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In-app purchases now account for a staggering 76% of App Store revenue according to report

Love them or hate them, in-app purchases look here to stay. According to a report from Distimo, in-app purchases now account for a staggering 76% of App Store revenue as of February 2013. This has seen a huge increase since January 2012, where in-app purchases accounted for just 53% of revenue.

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The Vaavud wind meter arrives on Kickstarter, take accurate wind speed measurements with your iPhone

The Vaavud wind meter has arrived on Kickstarter and it looks to provide those that need to know the exact wind speed around them. You may think that it’s not that important to know such information but if you are a kite flyer, wind surfer, paraglider or model aircraft enthusiast then this information can be critical.

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Belkin officially launches its Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad, thinnest keyboard case available

Belkin has officially announced the availability of is Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad. What’s so special about this case? Well Belkin claims that it is the thinnest keyboard case available for the iPad coming in at just 6.4mm. It has been manufactured from a revolutionary aluminium alloy and magnets and weighs in at just 17 ounces.

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Apple again rumored to be building an Ultra HD 4K TV set for release late 2013 or early 2014

Randomly accurate site Digitimes is reporting the often repeated rumor that Apple is still working on a TV set. The latest rumor surrounds the actual specifications of the TV set which Digitimes sources claim will be 4K. For those that don’t know, 4K or Ultra HD offers two times the horizontal and vertical resolution of the curent 1080p standard giving it a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels; this would equal four times the resolution of 1080p.

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Apple now offering free next day shipping on all iPhone models in the U.S.

Apple has launched a new promotion to entice would be iPhone buyers by offering them free next day shipping. The new promotion ony appears to be available in the U.S. Apple Store and no where else. The offer covers all models of iPhone from the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and the latest iPhone 5 models.

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Facebook Messenger now offers free voice calls for users in the UK as well as the U.S. and Canada

After launching its free voice calling option for its Facebook Messenger app earlier this year in the United States and Canada, Facebook has has quietly rolled out the same service for its UK users. The new calling feature for UK users is built into the Facebook Messenger app and if one of your contacts is online and capable of receiving a voice call you can now easily make a call.

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Apple updates its ‘Why iPhone’ page with news of its ninth customer satisfaction award

Last week Apple sent out marketing emails informing its customers of reasons why they should buy the iPhone 5. Apple also launched a web page called “Why iPhone” which listed a host of features, one of which was touting the iPhone as the J.D. Power and Associates choice for customer satisfaction for a staggering eight years running. Well that page was quickly outdated earlier this week when we heard the iPhone had picked up the award for the ninth year running.

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Apple adds ‘Offers In-App Purchases’ warning to the iTunes App Store (updated)

Apple has added a new warning label to apps in the iTunes App Store that contain in-app purchase options. You can now see at a glance if a particular app you are considering buying has in-app purchases. This new feature will hopefully help you make good decisions when buying apps that appear to be free but then later encourage you to upgrade them within the app; sometimes at really high costs.

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European regulators are looking into Apple’s carrier agreements over antitrust fears

European regulators are looking into Apple’s deals with European carriers over antitrust fears. The European union were supposedly contacted by several cellphone carriers that sell the iPhone after they claimed that the deals throttled competition. The complaints are believed to have come from French carriers however other countries may be involved too. The news comes for The New York Times who have been speaking with people familiar with the matter.

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US DoD rumored to be dumping BlackBerry and purchasing 650,000 Apple devices (updated)

The US Department of Defense is currently testing various Apple iOS devices and on completion of the tests is set to purchase 650,000 iOS devices. The news comes from Electronista who has a source familiar with the situation. The new devices are set to replace the existing older BlackBerry handsets that can’t run Blackberry 10 software.

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ABC said to be working on an app that will let you stream live TV to your iPhone or iPad

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, ABC is currently working on an app that will let users stream live TV to their iPhone, iPad or other mobile device.

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Samsung confirms that it is also working on a smart watch to rival the rumored iWatch

It should come as no real surprise to be honest that Samsung has let it be known that it is currently working on a smart watch and has been for some time now. The news comes from Bloomberg who spoke with Samsung’s executive vice president Lee Young Hee.

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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins says iPhone is now dated and being left behind

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins claims that rapid advancements in the global smartphone market has left Apple trailing when it comes to innovation. Speaking exclusively to The Australian Financial Review ahead of the US launch of the new range of BlackBerry 10 handsets Mr Heins said last week’s launch of the Samsung S4, along with a wave of recent smartphone releases had reeled in the lead Apple used to hold in the market.

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Young penguins find gaming on an iPad easy and lots of fun too

One of the main reasons that the iPhone and iPad have proven to be so popular is how easy they are to pick up and use. Nothing demonstrates this more than a video of penguins using an original iPad to play a game . The iPad was loaded with the app “Game for Cats” and soon enough, the penguins became extremely curious and started following the on-screen mouse around the screen.

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SOSCharger arrives on Kickstarter, delivers self generated power to your iPhone

The SOSCharger has arived on Kickstarter and looks to solve the age old solution of a dead phone battery when you are no where near a power outlet. The SOSCharger is a self generated power charger which means you wind up a handle which creates power for your iPhone.

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‘jOBS’ biopic with Ashton Kutcher delayed and no new date announced

The Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher which was set to make its big screen debut on April 19 has now been delayed. According to a report by Deadline, the film will no longer arrive on April 19 and no new date has been announced yet either.

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Duke Nukem II arriving on iPhone and iPad in April

3DRelams and Interceptor Entertainment have announced that they will be releasing Duke Nukem II for the iPhone and iPad in April. The Duke Nukem gaming series will be fondly remembered by millions of our older gamers as a side scrolling shooter type game with all the carnage and shootimg you could possible wish for.

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Google refreshes its mobile web user interface to look more like its Gmail iPhone app

Google has announced that it has refreshed the user experience for its mobile web access to Gmail, Calendar, Google+, Web and more. The refresh has come about because of the positive feedback it has received since launching a revamped Gmail iOS app back in December of last year.

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No Firefox web browser for iPhone or iPad unless Apple relaxes its rules

Mozilla has no plans to bring its Firefox browser to the iPhone or iPad in the future and it is putting the blame firmly at Apple’s door. Mozilla vice president Jay Sullivan was speaking at the mobile browser wars panel at SXSW Interactive. According to CNET:

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Sony targets potential iPhone converts with its updated Xperia Transfer software

Sony has released an update to its Xperia Transfer software suit that it offers free of charge to users of its Xperia branded handsets. The latest update looks to seamlessly ease iPhone users over to the Xperia’s Android platform by helping them transfer their content from their iPhone. The software claims to be able to transfer an iPhone’s contacts, messages, calendar entries, notes, bookmarks, and iTunes music.

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