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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Tuesday, August 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!

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Google Catalogs for iPad now available

Google has released their newest app, Google Catalogs, for the iPad. It features digital versions of catalogs across many popular categories, including fashion and apparel, beauty, jewelry, home, kids and gifts.

Details, screenshots, and video after the break.

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HTC ramps up the patent suits against Apple

Apple sued HTC, HTC counter-sued Apple, and now HTC has sued Apple, again over 3 additional patents in both Mac, and iPhone/iPad platforms. While HTC currently pays Microsoft a reported

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware seeks to halt Apple's importation and sale of infringing products in the United States. It also seeks compensatory damages, triple damages for willful infringement and other remedies.

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Steve Jobs biography moved up to Nov. 21, covers previewed

The first authorized Steve Jobs biography, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, has seen its release date move up from March 6, 2012 to November 21, 2011, and its covers shown off (above). In a private email to Fortune's Philip Elmer-Dewitt, Isaacson explained:

"The cover is the Albert Watson portrait taken for Fortune in 2009. The back is a Norman Seeff portrait of him in the lotus position holding the original Macintosh, which ran in Rolling Stone in January 1984. The title font is Helvetica. It will look as you see it, with no words on the back cover."

Isaacson further denied that the change in schedule had anything to do with Jobs' health, or anything other than the book being done, edited, and ready to go.

Book description after the break.


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BlackBerry Torch 9860 gets reviewed's [full review of the BlackBerry Torch 9860 full touch screen smartphone

Kevin Michaluk of sibling site has just posted his BlackBerry Torch 9860, and just like his BlackBerry Bold 9900, it's jam packed with detail.

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Google-Motorola purchase podcast special!

Yours truly was lucky enough to sit in with the big Android Central brain trust of Phil, Jerry, and Alex to discuss the details and ramifications of Google buying Motorola Mobility -- at least as far as anyone can discuss them this soon after the announcement. Show notes can be found via the link at the bottom. Now go listen.

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Apple cancels iPad 3 supply orders for 2011?

Last Friday TiPb heard that while Apple had considered releasing iPad 3 as early as this fall, it ultimately wasn't going to ship until the now traditional spring timeframe. Now the intermittently reliable Digitimes is reporting that Apple has cancelled orders with suppliers for iPad 3 parts for this fall.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 gets reviewed's full review of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 touchscreen, QWERTY smartphone

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Were Apple's Galaxy Tab 10.1 lawsuit photos misleading? [Updated]

Webwereld took a look at the visual evidence presented against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that got it banned from sale in most of the European Union, and has called shenanigans. Jerry from Android Central explains:

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TabCo (Fusion Garage) announces Grid 10 (JooJoo2) and Grid 4 (JooJooPhone)

In what has to be one of the greatest keynotes of all time, replete with canned applause and canned questions, TabCo Fusion Garage announced the JooJoo2 Grid 10 tablet, and a Grid 4 smartphone.

They're built on an Android foundation but with their own proprietary GridOS layer on top of it, and are doing this, they say, because Android might not really be popular, it might just be the only alternative... for now. In other words, they're position Grid as the best user experience alternative to iPhone and iPad.

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