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Consumer Interest in iPad Dwindling?

According to a study by Retrevo of more than 1000 randomly selected individuals, it seems as if the consumers interest in Apple's iPad has dwindled considerably since it was announced back on January 26th.

"As we like to say, it’s the apps that sell smartphones like the iPhone and it could very well be those same apps that motivate buyers to run down to the Apple Store and get in line to buy a shiny new iPad. Whether this device becomes a big hit is anyone’s guess but based on this study it sure looks doubtful."

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Dev-Team Releases iPhone OS 3.1.3 PwnageTool for Mac OS X

If you have a itchy trigger finger when it comes to updating the software on your iPhone then this latest release of the Dev-Teams PwnageTool for Mac OS X is just for you. Now unless you care to have have a supposed more accurate battery indicator there really is no reason to upgrade to the 3.1.3 software but never the less there will be those of you who absolutely feel the need to upgrade.

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Tapulous' Riddim Ribbon with The Black Eyed Peas Now Available in App Store

Riddim Ribbon, featuring the Black Eyed Peas [$2.99 - <a href=http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/riddim-ribbon-feat-the-black/id350897007?mt=8">iTunes link] has just boom, boom, pow'ed its way onto the iTunes App Store.

Created by Tapulous, the developers behind Tap Tap Revenge, it brings the type of high octane, musical, iPhone and iPod touch-optimized gameplay they're famous for but takes it in a whole new direction -- first person front facing racetrack forward!

Bundled tracks: - Boom Boom Pow - I Gotta Feeling - Meet Me Halfway - 8 remixes

Downloadable levels ($0.99): - Tiësto: Louder Than Boom - Tiësto: Escape Me - Benny Benassi: Satisfaction

Also noteworthy:

  • "For a limited time only: purchase the game and get a FREE MP3 download of a Meet Me Halfway remix, downloaded straight to your iTunes!"

Video after the break, and if you try Riddim Ribbon out, let us know what you think!

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75% Chance iPhone Remains AT&T Exclusive iPhone Carrier in 2010

Credit Suisse Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin thinks we can expect Apple's iPhone to remain exclusive to AT&T for an additional 12-18 months, long past some people's expectations (and recent rumors). Not only will it remain exclusive, Chaplin says, but the delay will have a major negative impact on Verizon, causing him to lower his rating on Big Red from "Outperform" to "Neutral" and cut his share price target from $32 to $30.

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Say Hello to TiPb: The iPhone, iPod, and iPad Blog!

We're proud to say that The iPhone Blog is now TiPb: your #1 iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad blog!

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Spray on Glass -- Could this be the future of iPhone and iPad Technology?

Could spray-on liquid glass be the future of the iPhone and iPad? It is thin, flexible, transparent and even anti-bacterial. This liquid glass was invented in Turkey and held by the company Nanopool.

For more about this new technology, stay with us after the break.

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On Flash Crash and Sublime HTML5 Video Clash

We all know by now there's no Flash on the iPhone or iPod touch, and it doesn't look like there'll be Flash on the iPad, which is probably why Adobe's Chief Technology Officer fired off an impassioned defense of the plugin, while a software engineer shows how a still-unfixed bug crashes it, and the first full on HTML5 video player concept makes its debut.

First up, Adobe CTO, Kevin Lynch has posted a full throated defense of Flash on his Adobe Blog and in a follow up comment notes:

Regarding crashing, I can tell you that we don't ship Flash with any known crash bugs, and if there was such a widespread problem historically Flash could not have achieved its wide use today.

How does this reconcile with Apple CEO, Steve Jobs saying something along the lines of "Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash"? TUAW draws our attention to Matthew Dempsky who found a bug that causes Flash to crash in Safari and Chrome, and Firefox to crash completely. And Adobe hasn't fixed it some 16 months later... Dempsky has created http://flashcrash.dempsky.org/ to demonstrate (remember, it will crash Firefox completely!), and says:

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iPad in Business -- Doctors Want it, Omni Group Gets it

While much of iPad presentation thus far has been focused on content consumption, Apple's iWork demo and the ability to run iPhone productivity apps -- and eventually iPad-specific apps -- as well as 1024x768 web apps means it's got a fighting chance in business, especially key verticals like medicine, and with developers like Omni Group.

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Game Developers Like iPhone More than Nintendo DS, Sony PSP

According to Game Developers Research, their new study shows the iPhone platform is more popular with game developers than either the Nintendo DS or Sony PSP. Electronista sums up:

Demand for the iPhone has surged to where about 19 percent of all game developers are writing for the iPhone and iPod touch. The figure is more than twice as high as for the DS and PSP and results in three quarters of all mobile game developers writing for Apple's handhelds.

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Ars: Slingplayer Didn't Change for AT&T, AT&T Tested and Got Comfortable with Sling

Chris Foresman over at Ars Technica spoke with Sling Media regarding AT&T's recent announcement that they'd now allow SlingPlayer to work over 3G, and general manager John Gilmore had this to say:

"We actually have been working very intensively with AT&T to get the 3G streaming approved," Gilmore told Ars. "Over the course of the last couple of months, they have been testing the app in their labs."

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