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TiPb Answers: Wi-Fi-only iPad gains limited GPS ability when tethered to iPhone 4

We've heard rumors and gotten questions about whether the iPad 2 gains any GPS functionality when tethered to an iPhone 4 and, based on our tests (see the video above) -- yes it does, albeit a little dumbed-down. GPS functionality seemed to be working in both Maps and Navigon, but it clearly doesn't work half as well as the 3G enabled iPad with assisted GPS built-in. Still, if you've decided on purchasing the 3G enabled iPad 2 primarily for its GPS capability, you may want to consider tethering an iPad Wi-Fi to iPhone 4 as an option.

Keep in mind the test was conducted on an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2.1 using MyWi to create a wireless hotspot, however the results should be the same when using an AT&T or Verizon iPhone 4 (running iOS 4.3 or 4.2.6 respectively) with the Personal Hotspot feature baked-in. Results should be similar on the original non-3G iPad as well, and make sure you have location services enabled on both devices for it to work properly.

So although this technically works, we wouldn't suggest using it as a full in-dash GPS unit by any means. If you want to do things like location-aware tweets it should work like a charm by roughly pinpointing your location when Wi-Fi router mapping isn't an option.

If you have a Wi-Fi-only iPad then pair it up with your iPhone 4 and let us know how it's working for you in the comments below!

[Urbanape via Daring Fireball]

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Apple release three new "if you don't have an iPhone..." ads

Apple has added three new iPhone ads to its website and YouTube channel with the new hook, “If you don’t have an iPhone”. The three ads all focus on different features, first up is the App Store showing a flight check in app. The second ad is aimed at iPod and iTunes features and the final ad focuses on iBooks. All the ads end with “Yup, if you don’t have an iPhone, well, you don’t have an iPhone.”

The three videos are after the break, let us know what you think of them in the comments!

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, March 17

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • iCookbook: A full-featured cookbook with voice control - just speak simple commands to move to the next step, manage timers, view notes, and more. [$3.99 - iTunes link]

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Angry Birds HD updated with 15 new levels

Angry Birds HD has updated with 15 new levels and a new golden egg. These will be the last set of levels for the Frontier Badlands.

  • Adventures in the Frontier Badlands come to a close
  • 15 new levels - each more challenging the the next
  • A new golden egg that is good, bad, and ugly

As of now, this update is only available for the iPad version of Angry Birds, but we expect that the iPhone version will shortly follow suit.

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think!

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iAds now being served to iPad

Been missing those iAds on your iPad? Well, maybe if you were a developer you we

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iPad 2 online orders now on truck for delivery!

W00t! According to TiPb iPad Forum members who ordered an iPad 2 online at the crack of dawn on March 11, their precious new devices are now on the trucks and out for delivery.

Others who ordered at the same time however aren't yet seeing that all-important status update. If you ordered your iPad 2 let us know if you're still waiting, if it's incoming, and if and when you get it!

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White Verizon iPhone 4 icons show up in iTunes 10.2

MacRumors says one of their readers did some digging through iTunes 10.2 and found that a white Verizon iPhone has been added to the previously existing white GSM (AT&T) iPhone 4 version.

[The icons] would be displayed in the Summary window within iTunes when the device is connected. The image is distinct from the original white iPhone 4 icon and clearly shows the antenna break on the top right side of the CDMA version that is not present in the GSM version.

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iPad 2, Will it blend? [video]

Tired of all the recent iPad 2 coverage? Well the guys over a Blendtec have just released a video for the iPad 2 version of Will it blend?

If you haven’t seen these videos before, they basically involve a guy in a lab coat sticking an expensive item of tech in a blender. This one is hard to watch, especially if your still waiting to get your hands on an iPad 2, it’s such a waste!

This video is based around the iPad 2 Apple keynote, but still has the usual outcome. Check out the video after the break.

[Blendtec]

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, March 16 [give away!]

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Instagallery: View Instagram photos on your iPad! Includes the ability to like and comment on photos as well as follow new users. [$1.99 - iTunes link}

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Google Mobile app updated and renamed Google Search [video]

The popular Google Mobile app has just received a major update and a complete name change too. The app will now be known simply as Google Search.

The update offers more ways to interact with the app using swipe gestures. Swiping down in a page will reveal the search bar whilst browsing. There is also a dedicated apps button for quick access to mobile versions of Google Apps. A new toolbar is available to filter search results; again a swipe is initiated to access this toolbar, left to right.

If you leave the app and come back later, you’ll be able to either start a new search by typing in the search box, hit the microphone button to do a voice search or tap on the camera icon to use Google Goggles. If you want to get back to exactly where you were before you left the app, you can simply tap the lower part of the page and it will be restored.

Google Goggles, Voice Search, My Location and Gmail have also all been improved in this new app. There is a short video after the break, demonstrating the new features.

[iTunes Link]

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