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Powermat Inductive Charging for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Inductive charging is the future, and one of the companies trying to bring it to the iPhone is Powermat. I say trying only because, unlike our friends over at CrackBerry.com, we won't be able to just swap in an inductive battery and go about our business. To truly bring inductive to the iPhone, Apple will have to build it in the way Palm does with the Pre and Pixi.

But Apple is Apple, so companies like Powermat are working around them with cases. The iMore Store has the 2009 Powermat models in stock, but coming later in 2010, they're getting sleeker and adding a second, slightly longer case that includes an extended battery.

Powermat, and others, believe one day inductive charging will just be built into our counters, desks, cars, etc. Hopefully Apple includes it in the 4th generation iPhone. I know I want it.

CES 2010 sneak peak video after the break!

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Geodelic Location-based Discovery for iPhone

Geodelic [Free - iTunes link] is a location-based discovery app for the iPhone that knows where you are and uses that information to recommend points-of-interest such as restaurants, stores, and shows.

I had the pleasure of watching their show-stealing presentation at CES 2010's Mobile Apps Showdown last week, and based on the amount of energy and creativity they put into that alone, I'm really eager to try this out and see how it develops.

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Facebook 3.1.2 Brings More Bug Fixes

Batten down your contacts and defend your profile pics, because Facebook 3.1.2 is here and it purports to fix those bugs that have been ailing ya:

  • Fixes some crashes
  • Fix a bug causing incorrect matches in address book sync
  • Fix a bug causing incorrect matches for contacts with the same name

Here's hoping that what has been, prior to 3.1, one of the best social networking apps on any platform, is back on track and ready rock.

Download it, try it out, let us know if it works!

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Facebook 3.1 Contact Syncing -- Got Bikini Pics?

As if Facebook 3.1 for iPhone and iPod touch didn't have enough problems, dmackdaddy let us know this potentially embarrassing problem he's experiencing with the new contact picture syncing functionality:

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Apple Releases MobileMe Gallery App for iPhone, iPod touch

Apple has just released their 5th iPhone and iPod touch app, MobileMe Gallery [Free - iTunes link] The functionality is as simple and elegant as the name suggests, pulling your MobileMe Gallery photos and movies from the cloud and showing them on your device. Sure, you could do this via Safari before, but there's an app for everything now, right?

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Apple Exploring iPhone/iTablet Stylus and Dynamic Multi-Model User Interfaces -- Patent Watch

AppleInsider brings word of two interesting Apple patents, one involving user interfaces that changed depending on the user's situation, the other -- wait for it -- for an iPhone/iTablet stylus.

The stylus patent, credited to John G. Elias, co-founder of multitouch maestros, FingerWorks, involves:

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iPhone App Piracy is Out of Control

Piracy exists in many different media platforms - movies, music, books, video games and yes, even iPhone applications. Exactly how big is iPhone application piracy to date? According to 24/7 Wall Street, the App Store has lost over $450 million since it's inception.

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Do You Want the 4th Gen iPhone Case to be Multitouch like Magic Mouse?

From the now we've heard everything department, an analyst is "predicting" that the 4th generation iPhone's plastic casing will be multitouch enabled, just like Apple's new Magic Mouse.

Not "predicted" of course is how it would work, and how it would filter out things like holding the iPhone for normal use vs. deliberately initiating a multitouch gesture on the back of the case.

Again, with Apple anything is possible, but is this desirable? Can you see Apple doing it?

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Winter 2010 Stanford iPhone Application Development Course Now on iTunes U

The Loop points out that the Winter 2010 semester of Stanford University's popular iPhone Application Development Course is now being posted to iTunes U.

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