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Apple launches annual Back to School promotion, doesn't include free iPod touch

If you were one of our many readers waiting for Apple's Back to School promotion to kick off so you could grab a new MacBook or iMac and get a free iPod touch along with it, you're in for some disappointment. Instead of a free iPod touch like last year](, this year Apple is offering a $100 iTunes gift certificate to cap off your educational purchase.

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Twitter loses Reportage for iPhone

Reportage was WhereCloud's insanely creative iPhone Twitter app that let users "tune in" to other users' timeline -- like a radio station for tweets. I say was because Twitter's swerve away from the developer friendliness that helped them build their platform and their rapid acceleration into ownership plays that may -- or may not -- help them ensure its future has led WhereCloud to stop development.

Martin Dufort, who TiPb interviewed as part of our Developer Spotlight series two weeks ago, explains it was the the culmination of 4 changes by Twitter that led to his company's decision:

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, June 16

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Snowboard Hero: The ultimate snowboard experience with wicked tricks, insane air time, and super fast downhill speed. Now with 2 new characters, 2 new tracks, and 24 new events! [$4.99 - iTunes link]

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Angry Birds updated with 15 new levels

Even with the introduction of Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds continues to receive updates. Today's update brings 15 new levels and allows unlimited use of the Mighty Eagle after a single purchase.

  • Mine and Dine: a new cave themed episode begins with 15 new levels!
  • Find all the collectible jewels!
  • Use hanging stalactites to pop those pesky burrowing piggies!
  • Any particular levels stonewalling your progress? We tweaked a couple of them to spare you a few gray hairs!
  • Mighty Eagle still in business: Buy once, unlimited use!

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think!

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China sends iPad 2 leakers to prison

iPad 2 mockups and cases were floating around CES 2011 and the internet long before Apple announced the device, and now China has fined the people responsible for leaking the information, and sentenced them to over a year in prison.

The court announced the decision Tuesday in statements on its official account at Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service in China. It said that Xiao Chengsong, general manager of Shenzhen MacTop Electronics Co., had offered 20,000 yuan, or about $3,000, plus discounts on MacTop products to a former Hon Hai employee named Hou Pengna, for information about the iPad 2. The court said Ms. Hou then paid Lin Kecheng, a Hon Hai research-and-development employee, to get digital images of the device's back cover from last September, six months before the iPad 2 was publicly announced.

The court said Mr. Xiao was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and fined 150,000 yuan. Mr. Lin was sentenced to 14 months and fined 100,000 yuan, and Ms. Hou was sentenced to a year in prison and fined 30,000 yuan.

Since the factories making the devices and near the factories making the accessories, leaks have always occurred. In the highly competitive accessory market, having a case or other product ready when Apple launches a previously secret new device gives a huge first mover advantage. (Which is why Apple lately has a case of their own, like bumpers or SmartCovers, ready to go at launch.)

Video of TiPb's hands on with an iPad 2 dummy, after the break.

[Wall Street Journal]

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Facebook working on Project Spartan, an HTML5 app store for iOS devices?

TechCrunch has uncovered that Facebook is looking to launch an HTML5 based app store under the name of Project Spartan. The app store will offer games and news apps that run inside Safari, or as Web Clips on the home screen. Over 80 outside developers are currently working with Facebook on apps for the platform.

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Elevated Math for iPad teaches math

Elevated Math is an iPad app that teaches you math. It has over 150 math lessons in topics such as numbers, geometry, algebra, probability, SAT and more. There are also career-oriented videos featuring professionals who use math in their jobs.

  • Numbers and Operations – 40 lessons on whole number operations, integers, fractions, decimals, factors, decimal operations, exponents, powers, computational fluency of fractions, ratio, proportion, and percent.
  • Measurement – 12 lessons on attributes and tools (the units, systems, processes, applications of measurement, and estimation), and perimeter, area, and volume.
  • Geometry – 22 lessons on points, lines, angles and triangles, characteristics of geometric shapes, coordinate geometry and spatial visualization, and transformation of shapes
  • Algebra – 90 lessons covering the concepts found in a middle grade Algebra 1 class. Patterns are represented and analyzed, and linear functions are represented with tables, graphs, verbal rules, and symbolic rules. Nonlinear relationships are studied, as are polynomial, exponential, and rational functions. Expressions are manipulated and simplified, and equations and inequalities are solved. And much more…
  • Data analysis and probability – 9 lessons include selecting and using appropriate statistical methods for data analysis, developing inferences and predictions based on data, and applying basic concepts of probability typically covered in grades 6-8.

I've spent a little time with Elevated Math, and, as a math teacher, I am rather impressed. Kids and adults alike can learn math with this app. Elevated Math Press also includes additional materials, like teacher notes and student study sheets, on their website for free.

If you pick this on up, let us know what you think! Screenshots after the break!

[Free, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]

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Facebook working on secret photo sharing app?

I looks like Facebook is working on a massive photo sharing application for the iPhone. TechCrunch got their hands on documents, photos, and screenshots outlining the features: location elements, likes, comments, multi-picture mode, filters, multi-user albums, face-tagging, and more. They say it's almost like a mashup of Instagram, Color, Path, and Path's upcoming With. And though it might seem to be a reaction to iOS 5's new Twitter integration, they say it's been in development for a while now.

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Google updates Google Sync for iOS devices

Google has updated Google Sync for iOS devices, a service that lets iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users sync with Google's Gmail, Calendar and Contacts via Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol.

Google Sync keeps your phone’s native mail and calendar apps in sync with your Gmail, Calendar and Contacts. Today, three new updates to Google Sync for iOS will allow you to:

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Angry Business Man for iPhone and iPad now available

Angry Business Man is an extreme action tilt running game for iPhone and iPad. You must help the the business man never run uphill or downhill by rotating your device to align the world around him.

  • Fresh gamplay, bringing accelerometer based controls to the next level
  • Crisp Artstyle
  • Procedurally created world that never repeats itself
  • Short play sessions, perfectly suited for quick bursts of play
  • Ever Increasing challenge
  • Online highscores (powered by openfeint)
  • In-game score display
  • Business man must never, ever leave the screen!
  • Business man must never, ever run uphill or downhill!
  • Business man must never, ever run into obstacles but jump over them!

The free version, Angry Business Man 125m, allows you to run the first 125 meters. If you pick this one up, let us know what you think!

Trailer and screenshots after the break.

[$0.99 - iTunes link] [Free - iTunes link]

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