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Google tweaks iPad search experience

Google is continuing their bold new design initiative, tweaking the search experience on iPad for web results, image results, and more.

The search button located below the search box provides quick access to specific types of results like Images, Videos, Places, Shopping and more. Just tap to open the search menu and select an option to see results in one category.

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AT&T to throttle top 5% of "unlimited" data users

If you still have an "unlimited" data plan with AT&T and you're among the top 5% of data users, prepare to be throttled.

Starting October 1, smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5 percent of heaviest data users. These customers can still use unlimited data and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle. Before you are affected, we will provide multiple notices, including a grace period.

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Apple now owns 66% of mobile profits

Horace Dediu of Asymco has taken a look at the financial results of Apple, Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola, HTC, and RIM and put together a comparison of who is making profit and how much. Apple, perhaps not surprisingly, has gone from almost 0 in 2007 to 66% in the latest quarter, 2011.

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Tweetcaster Pro updates with iPad support

Tweetcaster Pro has been updated as a universal application for iPhone and iPad.

  • Multiple Account Support
  • Facebook Integration
  • “Zip It” (Hide unwanted tweets)
  • Peekaboo Links - Link Preview
  • In-App Notifications
  • Tweet Power Swipe
  • Timeline Search
  • iTunes Music Sharing and purchasing integration
  • Geolocation/Nearby functionality
  • Advanced Profile Editing
  • Multiple Themes
  • Custom Backgrounds
  • Follower Management
  • Long tweet Support
  • Draft Manager
  • Lists
  • Twitter Trends
  • Instapaper/Read It Later Integration
  • Threaded Conversations
  • Standard features such as Search, URL shortening, Photo/Video Uploading, Retweets (with or without comment)

I really like Tweetcaster's UI. It has a very nice design and makes good use of popups without overusing them. I'll likely be using Tweetcaster as my primary Twitter app on the iPad.

Tweetcaster Pro is available for $4.99. Screenshots after the break.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Friday, July 29

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!

  • Waterslide 2: Torpedo your way through a gigantic, city-wide waterslide, skimming around hairpin corners and rocketing down the massive drops at toe-curling speed. Collect the pearls and avoid the aquatic adversaries as you race toward the finish. [$0.99 for iPhone and iPad - iTunes link]

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iPhone 5 appears in Korean carriers inventory system but only in 16GB and 32GB flavors?

Here we go again, another day another iPhone 5 rumor. This time, 9to5 Mac has received an alleged screen capture from KT’s (Korea Telecom) internal stock inventory system. The screen shot clearly shows SKU’s (stock-keeping units) for AIP5 which we assume stands for Apple iPhone 5 followed by a number.

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Do you want to learn the piano? There's now an accessory and app for that

If you ever have an urge to learn how to play the piano, Ion may have just made it a whole lot easier with the Piano Apprentice accessory and companion app. Ion in case you forgot, is the company that brought the awesome iCade cabinet to market. It has now released another addition to its growing portfolio of iOS accessories.

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Skyfire VideoQ for iPhone and iPad now available

Skyfire Labs have released their new iPhone and iPad apps, Skyfire VideoQ, as a method of watching flash videos.

Skyfire VideoQ™ is a new kind of App that lets you watch Flash Videos while browsing with Safari or any iPad/iPhone browser! Simply click the ‘Mail Link to this Page’ on any browser to email the video URL to your ‘Queue’ and open the App.

  • Simply register your email address in the App.
  • Use the “Mail Link to this Page” button in Safari or any browser to email a webpage with a Flash video to video@skyfire.com.
  • Videos sent from your email address will appear in your Skyfire VideoQ.
  • Copy the URL of a webpage that has a Flash video and open Skyfire VideoQ.
  • Install our bookmarklet into Safari. Once you find a page with a Flash video, just use the bookmarket to send the page to your Skyfire VideoQ.

One of the biggest complaints about iOS is the incompatibility with Flash. Skyfire VideoQ may not completely fill that gap, but since a huge amount of Flash content on the web is video, it's a great solution for many people.

Skyfire VideoQ is available on the iPhone and iPad for $1.99. Screenshots and video after the break.

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What might be a picture of what might be an iPhone 5...

Yes folks, it's silly season, the months before a new iPhone when case leaks and device peaks dominate the blogs as everyone and their blurry cam tries to get a shot of what's next from Apple -- like a picture on a train of something in something that could be something... or nothing.

Here's what Seth Weintraub of 9to5Mac had to say:

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Siege Hero updated with Age of Discovery, 75 new levels

Armor Games have updated their iPhone and iPad game, Siege Hero.

Tap the screen to fire. Find the weak spots. Loot the treasures. Save the innocent villagers.

Tear down the 150 castles across two Ages. If you're good enough to earn Gold on each castle you'll unlock the extra looting levels in the Treasure Map. Over 5-hours of gameplay with much more to come.

The update includes:

  • Age of Discovery now available. Use your Siege skills to free the oppressed and become the Hero once again.
  • 75 new levels
  • 6 new characters
  • 7 new achievements
  • New Weapons
  • Many hours of challenging gameplay

I've played some of the first few levels of Siege Hero and I'll definitely be playing some more. It reminds me a little of Angry Birds, but instead of catapulting birds in the 3rd person, I'm throwing weapons in the first person. It's fun!

Siege Hero is available for $0.99 on the iPhone and $3.99 on the iPad. Screenshots after the break.

[iPhone iTunes link] [iPad iTunes link]

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