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iPad magically solves crimes on NCIS

iPad showed up on the hit CBS show NCIS tonight, helping out with the forensics work, though sporting a red hot skin case rather than the traditional lab jacket.

NCIS has a long history of using iPhones going back to the original, and so many shows have iPhones these days there's no way we can post them all, but iPad sightings have been far less common to date.

Is this a sign that's about to change? Has the TV iPad onslaught begun?

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New iPhone 4 ad focuses on Every great thing about Retina Display

Apple has just posted a new iPhone 4 commercial, this one called "Every" and focused on the 960x640 Retina Display.

Calling it the highest resolution phone screen ever, it shows zooming in on a photo of a child's freckled face, the Pixar(!) movie Up, the calligraphic logo-type of the New York Times, highlighting in iBooks, the official Twitter for iPhone app, CoverFlow in the iPod app, Epic's amazing Unreal engine, and a home video.

It also confirms Apple has gone full circle from focusing on features for the original iPhone 2G, to focusing on apps for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, to once again focusing on features for iPhone 4 like FaceTime and now Retina Display. It makes sense as competition first caught up to (and exceeded) features of previous models and are now beginning to catch up on apps. Reframing around the brief window of feature advantage iPhone 4 enjoys and adding in a big fat helping of emotional resonance will solidify the already iconic Apple brand in customers' minds.

The only question is, as Retina Displays and video calling becomes the norm, what's the next differentiator for Apple? AirPlay?

UPDATE: Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac checked out the Twitter IDs shown off in the video, and sure enough, the accounts are real. The people on the other hand... we doubt it.

Video after the break.

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Google Mobile App for iPhone adds Google Goggles support

Google Mobile App for iPhone has just added Google Goggles support. Goggles is the awesomely named camera-search based service that debuted on Android and lets you find information about something just by taking a picture of it.

In the new version of Google Mobile App just tap on the camera button to search using Goggles. Goggles will analyze the image and highlight the objects it recognizes -- just click on them to find out more.

You can see how it works in the video after the break. It's totally Star Trek, but it's also still a work in progress according to Google:

Computer vision is a hard problem and Google Goggles is still a Labs product. It works well for things such as landmarks, logos and the covers of books, DVDs and games. However, it doesn’t yet work for some things you might want to try like animals, plants or food.

Get it, it's hot.

[iTunes link via Google Mobile Blog]

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UPDATED: Apple TV (2010) bug lets you watch iTunes rentals for 30 days?

Rent a movie from iTunes on Windows or Mac and stream it to your new Apple TV (2010) and it never starts Hollywood's 24h-48h countdown, which means you have 30 days to enjoy them as much as you want. Here's the steps as MacRumors outlines them:

We've successfully tested this procedure on latest iTunes (thanks to forum user TheBritishBloke), and it works (at least in the short term as the new Apple TV hasn't been out for 30 days):

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iPad poised to become 4th largest consumer electronic category?

People are buying iPads so fast it's poised to pass gaming platforms and cell phones to become the 4th largest consumer electronic category according to analysts with Bernstein.

I'm a little confused on how a single device like iPad can be a category, so maybe they mean it will be akin to how iPod is dominant and has come to be synonymous with MP3 player. So for the purpIf that proves to be accurate it will be quite the achievement for a device many predicted would be a flop, much larger companies tried to establish as a product category for decades before, and until competition arrives next year is pretty much carrying the entire form factor on its black glass and aluminum shoulders.

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Apple needs and acre of land, farmers need $1.7 million for it

When Apple needed land for their $1 billion dollar data center the farmers who owned it decided they needed $1.7 million to sell. Not bad considering they bought it for $6,000 just 34 years ago.

“They told us to put a price on it and we did,” said Kathy Fulbright, 62, seated on a brown leather sofa in the living room of the home she and her husband built with the proceeds. The 49-acre property boasts a 4,200-square-foot house with a Jacuzzi in the master bathroom, as well as a manmade pond stocked with bass and catfish.

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iOS apps can be installed on Apple TV, they just can't be launched (yet?)

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered that you can install iOS apps on the new iOS Apple TV, you just can't launch them yet because Apple TV lacks the capacity to do so.

So, not only is the AppleTV set up for installing applications (of UIDeviceFamily 3), but the installation actually works

Of course, adding that capability will no doubt be high on the jailbreak to-do list... if Apple themselves don't do it first. (Fingers crossed).

[@stroughtonsmith via Gizmodo]

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Google TV cometh [the competition]

Apple just launched the second edition of Apple TV, Microsoft has Media Center, and now it's Google's turn with Google TV. Logitech launches their vision soon, as does Sony, so once again it's Apple's integrated model against Google's de-coupled software, and only consumer choice can win.

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iPad now available from Target, Amazon

As expected Target has begun selling Apple's iPad, and if our inbox and subsequent searches are to be believed, online retail giant Amazon has joined them.

Like our early screenshots showed, Target is offering the complete line of iPads. Amazon is only selling the Wi-Fi iPad though 3rd party resellers may or may not have the 3G model available (the page was showing some, then popping up errors, so your luck may vary).

Apple moved millions of iPads via their own Apple Retail and Apple Online stores and getting them onto the shelves (real or virtual) of more and major outlets can only help them sell more.

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Has Apple dropped AirPrint support for 2nd-Gen iPod touch

Apple have silently changed the details of AirPrint support since the release of iOS 4.2 Beta 2 last week. Originally the AirPrint capability was listed by Apple as supporting the iPod touch 2nd Generation when it was announced back on the 15th September:

AirPrint will work with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (second generation and later).

After the release of the latest iOS Beta the press release has now been changed to read:

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