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4 years ago

Apple's Claim to the Letter "i" - Rejected

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Apple's Claim to the Letter "i" - Rejected

Apple's claim to the letter "i" has come to a screeching halt as a trademarks tribunal has rejected the company's bid to stop a small company from using their favorite letter of the alphabet.

This particular company wanted to name it's cases for Apple products DOPi, which is iPod spelled backwards. Apple's argument was that the DOPi name resembled their own products too closely and that it had potential to confuse consumers that they were purchasing a Apple product.

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4 years ago

Tony Hawk for iPhone "Real" and "Dropping Soon"

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Tony Hawk for iPhone "Real" and "Dropping Soon"

Tony Hawk for iPhone? Let's just him do the twetalking:

In the PR world, this is considered "going rogue," but I'm too excited to contain it. This is real & dropping soon.

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4 years ago

Goodbye iPad Mute Switch, Hello iPad Orientation Lock Switch

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Goodbye iPad Mute Switch, Hello iPad Orientation Lock Switch

Something has changed on Apple.com's revamped iPad specs page -- the mute switch is gone and in its place, a physical hardware button for "screen orientation lock". That's right, now you can sit or lounge without fear of the iPad spinning around willy-nilly every time you shift one way or 'tother. However, you can't quickly turn the sound off. (We're guessing you're supposed to hold down the volume rocker for that function now).

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4 years ago

Apple.com Adds iPad to Menu, iPod and iTunes Now Separate

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Apple.com Adds iPad to Menu, iPod and iTunes Now Separate

iPod + iTunes is dead on the Apple.com menu, long live iPod | iPhone | iPad | iTunes. (And yes, Mac is still there too).

The all new iPad section coincides with the launch of pre-orders and pickups today, and links to all the content previously available at apple.com/ipad via the homepage. The broken out iPod and iTunes section lets Apple focus on the devices (with the iPod touch front and center) on the former, and the iTunes software and store on the latter.

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4 years ago

International and Want an iPad on April 3? Reserve for Pickup and Get Traveling!

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International and Want an iPad on April 3? Reserve for Pickup and Get Traveling!

Not in the US, can't pre-order an iPad via store.apple.com/us, willing to travel by plane, train, or automobile to the closest Apple Retail Store on April 3? Then reserve your iPad for pick-up now and be sure get one when you get there!

You'll need an Apple Online Store ID to reserve one, but my Canadian Apple Online Store ID worked just fine. If yours works too, let us know in the comments!

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4 years ago

Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Now Available for Pre-Order in the US

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Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Now Available for Pre-Order in the US

Attention US shoppers, the iPad in both Wi-Fi and 3G flavors are now available for pre-order. Just head on over to the Apple Online Store and you can arrange to have your very own iPad Wi-Fi in 16GB, 32GB, and/or 64GB shipped to you or made ready for pickup at your local Apple Retail Store on April 3. iPad 3G 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB are also available for pre-order but won't ship until late April.

Did you pre-order? If so, which one did you get?

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4 years ago

Apple Online Store Down! US iPad Pre-Orders Imminent! International... iWhat Now?

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Apple Online Store Down! US iPad Pre-Orders Imminent! International... iWhat Now?

The US Apple Online Store is down in advance today's US iPad pre-order kick off. It should be back up by 5:30am Pacific, 8:30am Eastern so shoppers around the country can nab themselves a magical new iPad for delivery or pick-up on April 3. We'll post the direct link as soon as it's live.

Now Apple Online Stores in other countries like Canada and the UK... well we're not sure why they're down since they're not getting iPad pre-orders (or iPads until "late April") so keep your eyes peeled and let us know what they come back with... if anything.

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4 years ago

TiPb Apps 4.5: Pool Pro Online 3 for iPhone (GDC 2010)

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TiPb Apps 4.5: Pool Pro Online 3 for iPhone (GDC 2010)

Live from GDC 2010, Rene talks with Jonathan Kromrey, General Manager of Apple Games at Namco about Pool Pro Online 3 [$4.99 - iTunes link] for iPhone and iPod touch... and coming to the iPad as well!

Namco's Apple group, known as Order of Magnitude, started with the iPhone version but since much of the game runs server side, and they've got high resolution art for the PC and Mac versions, moving it over to the iPad is something they can do very quickly. (It will also allow them to bring it to Android -- already in beta -- and other platforms). Due to the server-side nature of the game, you can also play it across platforms with your settings and customizations linked to your username. That means if you play on the iPhone now, when you get the iPad you can log in and just keep playing.

Multiplayer is supported over Wi-Fi and bluetooth and you can chat (i.e. trash-talk) in any language supported by the iPhone via their Unite SDK, the same system that allows cross-platform challenges to be sent and received. (And you can wager with virtual cash to make it a little more interesting).

We've been promised this kind of multi-player, multi-platform gaming for a long time now but Namco looks like they're delivering. The performance and real-time rendering are slick and swift and the controls and customization are precise and robust.

Check out the video below, and if you're playing Pool Pro Online 3 let us know how you're liking it!

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4 years ago

Quick App Updates: Tweetie, Loopt, Foursquare, Flickr -- Including iPhone 3.2 Compatibility(!)

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Quick App Updates: Tweetie, Loopt, Foursquare, Flickr -- Including iPhone 3.2 Compatibility(!)

Tapped on App Store and what did I see? Updates for Tweetie, Loopt, Foursquare, and Flickr -- and a couple of those say iPhone OS 3.2 (aka iPad) right there in the What's New listing. (Yeah, that doesn't mean 3.2 is coming to the iPhone or these are 1024x768 versions, likely just that they're built using that SDK for maximum blackboxing on the iPad).

Tweetie [$2.99 - iTunes link] has just hit version 2.1.1 and brings iPhone OS 3.2 compatibility(!), Foursquare (4sq.com) integration, Vodpod video uploads, Post 'message' parameter to TwitPic, and Instapaper Mobilizer. See our previous Tweetie coverage for more on the app.

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4 years ago

TiPb After Dark: SinSearch Brings Bad Things to Your iPhone

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TiPb After Dark: SinSearch Brings Bad Things to Your iPhone

SinSearch [$1.99 (sale is over!) - iTunes link] is a very bad iPhone app. Not bad as in badly done by any means -- bad as in it helps you find things that are bad for your health, bad for your wallet, and/or bad for any chance at a career in public office should they be discovered. (Which means, of course, it should be wildly popular):

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