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Foxconn persuades Apple to drop search for second iPad manufacturer?

Despite the recent rumor that Apple was looking to add a second manufacturer to its iPad supply chain, DigiTimes's magic 8-ball now says it won’t happen... this year at least. Foxconn has convinced Apple that it can manage the whole iPad operation on its own.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, July 13

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!

  • MoneyWiz: It's the one app that has it all: budgets, accounts, bills & incomes, scheduled and recurring transactions, reports, sync, multi-currency and 100+ more features. [$4.99 for iPad - iTunes link]

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iTunes Connect closed on Wednesday, July 13. May affect app availability, App Store access

Apple has sent out a note to developers advising them that iTunes Connect, the back end interface for managing App Store apps, will be down for maintenance on Wednesday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. They also warn that some countries will lose App Store access, and price changes might cause apps to temporarily become unavailable.

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Words With Friend HD update brings shuffle

Newtoy Inc. has updated their popular word game, Words With Friends HD, with the ability to shuffle your tiles and much more.

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WriteRoom updated as universal app for iPhone and iPad

Hog Bay Software has updated their writing app, WriteRoom, to be a universal app for iPhone and iPad and brings many new features.

Distraction-free interface keeps your text in focus. Dropbox synched folders keep your documents organized. Fonts and colors make the environment yours.

  • Dropbox sync and iTunes file sharing access to your files.
  • A new universal UI that works on all iOS 4.0 and up devices.
  • Many new font and color settings to customize your writing room.
  • Drag-to-scroll scroll bar for quick navigation bigger documents.
  • In full-screen view, tap margins to move cursor toward margin (iPad)
  • Extended keyboard row with customizable keys. (iPad)

This app is the ultimate choice for writers who prefer a minimalist, distraction free environment. It must be tempting to throw extra features into WriteRoom, but Hog Bay Software have stayed true to their vision of the app and only added necessary features like word count, text search and TextExpander support while still keeping WriteRoom clutter free.

WriteRoom is available for $4.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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AT&T announces new international data roaming packages

AT&T has announced new international data roaming packages, and while they aren't great, they are better than what's been available before. Here's the spin:

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Netflix splits off streaming, changes pricing

Have a Netflix subscription you enjoy for DVDs and iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV streaming? Well they've just announced they're splitting your physical media from your online content, and changing the pricing on you as well. The new DVD-only plans start at $7.99 for 1 DVD a month. Unlimited streaming remains $7.99 but if you want both unlimited DVDs and unlimited streaming, it'll cost you $15.98 ($7.99 for each, no combo discount).

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Bluetooth keyboard support hidden in iOS 5 for Apple TV

9to5 Mac has uncovered an interesting feature of iOS 5 beta 3 for the Apple TV. The previously unused Bluetooth chip appears to have been activated. It looks like Bluetooth support is aimed at integrating a keyboard into your setup, rather than anything more exciting. The new Bluetooth feature can be found in the normal settings menu, enabling you to pair a keyboard with the usual passcode setup process.

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iOS 5 features: AirPlay Mirroring for FaceTime

iOS 5 beta 3 seems to have enabled another feature -- AirPlay mirroring for FaceTime. If this makes it into the final release -- and not everything does -- it'll be fantastic for families and businesses alike.

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Convert documents into PDFs with PDF Converter for iPad

Readdle has released their new iPad app, PDF Converter.

PDF Converter lets you transform any file you have on the iPad into a PDF document whenever you need it. Everything from a multi-million contract to a web page you want to read later can be saved as a PDF in several taps.

Make PDFs from:

  • Email Attachments
  • iWork and MS Office documents
  • Web pages
  • Files from other applications
  • Clipboard content
  • Photos
  • Documents on Dropbox and MobileMe iDisk
  • Contacts

I keep my PDFs organized in iBooks, and PDF Converter is the perfect companion. There are many times I come across something on the web that I want to save for future reference, like a tutorial, but I also hate cluttering up my bookmarks. Now, I convert it into a PDF, send to iBook, and organize in there - simple, yet effective.

PDF Converter is available for $6.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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