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Monday Fun Fantasy: Apple MacBook Mini

Is it real, or is it photoshop-fiction? Almost certainly the latter, but since our editor-in-chief, Dieter, went and bought himself a Dell Mini 9, it stands to reason Apple leaked this just to give him a little pay back for the stray Mac.

Gizmodo runs down the speculative specs:

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The iPhone Blog Week in Review for March 29, 2009

Every week I will be bringing you what I think are the week’s biggest stories and articles. Let’s get started, after the break!

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Best of SPE, 29 March 2009

Each week we round up the best of the Smartphone Experts Network in a few pithy paragraphs designed for your reading pleasure. Everything from a new leaked Storm ROM to waiting on any number of new smartphones to finally arrive to a comprehensive look at iPhone 3.0 can be found here.

You'll want to stay tuned to the Smartphone Experts family of sites next week - we'll be live at the CTIA Wireless convention, bringing you all the latest from every manufacturer on all of our sites. Will Android finally have its coming out party? Will Palm finally tell us when the Pre is being released? Will the AT&T Nokia E71 ever get official? Whatever happens, we'll give you the scoop.

Read on for the Best of SPE!


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Saturday Fun Video: Twouble with Twitter

Sure, our pal CrackBerry Kevin found this, but since the hero is clearly an iPhone user (and abuser!) we figured it was fair game for TiPb!

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Lawyer Lulz: Apple Tries to Sneak in Jailbreak Patent

Remember that Apple patent for biometric and other advanced authentication schemes we mentioned yesterday? Well, Engadget took a closer look and it seems like the artwork used in the patent features none other than a few of everyone's favorite Jailbreak apps, including Installer, SMBPrefs, and the iWood theme.

So is Apple trying to sneak in some Jailbreak patents, or did a crafty draftsman just do it for the lulz?

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iPhone OS 3.0: Ars Benchmarks Mobile Safari -- 3x - 16x Faster than 2.2

We mentioned yesterday that iPhone OS 3.0's Mobile Safari Browser was being reported as faster than the current iPhone OS 2.2.1 version. Now Ars Technica has run the numbers and the results are pretty impressive. Check out their full report for all the details, but this sums it up nicely:

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Patent Watch: Apple Exploring Advanced Unlocking for Future iPhones?

No, not unlocking the iPhone from AT&T (JAR!), unlocking the iPhone so you can use it. Slide to unlock, passcode unlock, that kind of unlock. Okay, now if you're still reading, Apple Insider has found some patent filings that suggest Apple is exploring things like biometrics (i.e. it reads your fingerprint while you slide to unlock), facial recognition (i.e. uses the camera to analyze who you are/might be) and pattern matching (i.e. choose unique shape combinations as a passcode). But it doesn't stop there:

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App Store Start Your Approval Process: Here Comes Sling Player!

TiPb scored the above eyes-on way back at Macworld 2009, and now TUAW brings word that SlingMedia's Player for the iPhone has finally been submitted to the App Store. Of course, no one but the magic 8-ball knows how long it will take for -- or even if -- Apple to approve it, but this is SlingPlayer, folks, so we're taking even the tiny little steps as they come.

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US Apple Stores Now Selling Unsubsidized, Contract-Free iPhones?

Apple Insider is reporting that some US-based Apple Stores are, following a similar to move by AT&T, starting to sell unsubsidized and off-contract iPhones. Pricing is $599 for the 8GB model and $699 for the 16GB, but in this case there seems to be no restriction on the quantities purchased.

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Vodafone Portugal Launches Mobile TV App

Back in January, before iPhone 3.0 made MMS an impending feature for all (carrier depending!), Jose sent us word that Vodafone Portugal had launched their own iMMS app. Well, now Jose is back and so is Vodafone Portugal.. with Mobile TV:

an application to watch TV from the iPhone. The download is free but after that you have to pay a subscription. One day is 0,89€, one week is 1,97€ (first week free), one month is 7,44€ (first month free).

So is this another case of a carrier leading where Apple will one day soon follow? They have announced new live streaming capabilities in 3.0...

Screen shots after the break.

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