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iPod touch ditched by criminal, run over by car

Longtime TiPb reader and law enforcement officer, Mike, sent us this tale of a poor iPod touch that got caught up in a sordid tale of crime, survived being run over by a car, and lived to play music about it all.

Story after the break!

[Thanks Spanishcop!]

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, August 10

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!

  • Slide-N-Glide: Tilt the device to get the green sliders through the hole in the center of the game grid while leaving the blue sliders on the grid. [$0.99 for iPhone and iPad - App Store link]

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Measures HD for iPad now available

Measures HD, by Neuwert Media, is an iPad utility app that converts between currency and units of measure.

In addition to all features available in the iPhone version, Measures for iPad supports unlimited number of favorites and wikipedia look-up feature providing additional information for the units you choose. The UI for the iPad version was created from scratch to provide the best user experience.

Screenshots and details after the break.

[iTunes link]

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Apple sues Motorola over XOOM Android tablet design in Europe

No sooner did Apple win a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany (which carries over to most of the rest of the EU), then they've gone and sued Motorola over the same trade dress/design infringement grounds for the XOOM tablet. (And a local German company called JAY-tech for good measure.)

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Walmart's VUDU streaming video service goes web app for iPad

Add Walmart's VUDU streaming video service to the growing list of content companies creating HTML5 web apps for iPad to neatly step around Apple's revenue sharing requirements.

Beginning today, iPad users can go to VUDU.com and browse through VUDU's entertainment content library, which includes more than 20,000 blockbusters, Hollywood classics, independent films and TV episodes, then rent or purchase and watch them instantly. For one touch access to VUDU, customers can add a VUDU icon to their iPad desktops by clicking the "Add to Home Screen" button when on VUDU.com.

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iPhone 5 renders [Speculation]

MacRumors commissioned CiccareseDesign to make some renders of what the iPhone 5 just might look like based on the case leaks we saw earlier this month. And... I like it. It gets rid of the glass back of which I was never a fan, and adds back in some thin new -- and yes, sexy -- curves.

The designs show manufacturers what areas need to be open or exposed for cases, but reveal little else. In the past, this has caused some misunderstandings about future features. iPad 2 cases seemed to suggest an extra port at the top of the device, but that turned out to be a space for a microphone hole. Similarly, there are a few areas on the iPhone 5 case designs that are open to interpretation.

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Amazon announces Kindle Cloud Reader web app for iPad, Mac, Windows

Amazon just let us know that their Kindle Cloud Reader is now live, and lets you read any of their over 950,000 Kindle books right in Safari on iPad, Mac, or Windows, or Chrome on Windows, Mac, or Linux, without needing the Kindle app or hardware.

“We are excited to take this leap forward in our ‘Buy Once, Read Everywhere’ mission and help customers access their library instantly from anywhere,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle. “We have written the application from the ground up in HTML5, so that customers can also access their content offline directly from their browser. The flexibility of HTML5 allows us to build one application that automatically adapts to the platform you’re using – from Chrome to iOS. To make it easy and seamless to discover new books, we’ve added an integrated, touch optimized store directly into Cloud Reader, allowing customers one click access to a vast selection of books.”

While there's no iPhone or iPod touch (it tells you your browser isn't supported and you should download Safari or Chrome, though hopefully a better intercept screen is in the works), it's a full HTML5 web app and includes offline storage. I've tried it out on iPad and it works quickly and cleanly. The Kindle Store is built in, so there's no jarring transition to the Amazon.com version of the store, and all the menus and options work really well. Likewise, the text is just a legible as it is in the app, and the WhisperSync works perfectly. Hopefully it keeps up that level of performance when personal libraries get really big.

With the controversy that arose in the wake of Apple's App Store subscription service, and the requirements to match pricing (since dropped) and remove links to external stores (still in effect), it felt like only a matter of time before Amazon would go this route. It will be interesting to see how many others follow.

Details and screen shots after the break. Anyone going to stop using the app and switch to the web app?

[www.amazon.com/cloudreader]

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Card Scanner Pro for iPhone now available (DON'T POST UNTIL TUESDAY)

Readdle, the developer behind PDF Expert and ReaddleDocs, has released their new business app, Card Scanner Pro. It's purpose is to scan business cards by taking their pictures and storing the information as contacts.

Take a picture of a business card with the iPhone camera and automatically pull all the data from it to create a new contact in the iPhone Contacts. Scanning takes 3 seconds and the accuracy is as great as you expect.

  • Scan and import the business card - With a simple snap of your iPhone, Card Scanner transfers the contact information directly into your iPhone's address book.
  • Review and Edit information - While reviewing and editing the contact information, the app displays a cropped image from the business card and reflects where that information comes from. This makes the verification and the correction effortless.
  • Browse stored business cards - Browse business cards in Card Holder, where all scanned cards are stored and do what you may ever need: edit contact information, email a text, call or simply delete the card.
  • OCR Makes it perfect - Fast and accurate ABBYY's OCR technology does a perfect job. All fields will be immediately filled with the proper data pulled from the card.

Card Scanner Pro is available on the iPhone for $6.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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Apple briefly bigger than Exxon

Apple's market cap briefly rose higher than Exxon today, temporarily making Apple the most valuable company in the world.

Whether or not Apple again rises above Exxon, and whether or not they manage to stay that way for a while, it's still a huge milestone for a once-struggling tech company unsure if it could remain in business, let alone surpass the glories of their past.

Congrats

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Introducing Facebook Messenger for iPhone

Facebook has introduced a second app for iPhone, a dedicated Facebook Messenger client to help you get your IM on. Sadly, it's not a universal binary so you're limited to chunky double fuzzy on iPad (same as the regular Facebook app... until they finally launch Facebook for iPad). Still, for hardcore Facebook Message users on the , this will no doubt be appreciated.

Details and screenshots after the break.

[Free - App Store link]

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