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Kindle 2.0 universal binary update with iPad support is live!

If you've got the iPhone or iPod touch version of Amazon's Kindle App [Free - iTunes link] check your updates because the new Kindle 2.0, universal binary version with iPad support is now live in the App Store!

Boasting 450,000 books (for US customers, international availability varies), and Whispersync convenience between Kindle device, iPhone, iPod touch, and now iPad, Apple doesn't seem to have a problem with duplicating iBooks functionality.

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Amazon, Barnes & Noble Readying Book Stores for iPad

Confirming that it won't just be Apple's iBookstore (and your own free ePubs) on the iPad, the New York Times today mentions that both Amazon and Barnes & Noble are both working on book stores of their own. While both market their own hardware devices, the Kindle and the Nook respectively, the iPad is expected to throw a huge spotlight on eBooks in general, and they want to benefit:

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Former Microsoft ClearType Lead: iPad will Kill Kindle, TabletPC

Windows Weekly co-host Paul Thurrott, who was initially nonplussed about Apple's iPad but is slightly warming to the device, has linked to a blog post from Bill Hill, former head of ClearType at Microsoft, who offers:

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TiPb Picks of the Year -- Nova, Navigon, SimplyTweet, Kindle, Skype, Twitbit, 1Password, Appigo Todo, WiFiRemote, Boxcar

Every week a few of us from team TiPb -- bloggers, forum crew, and occasional friends alike -- bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game. Well, as 2009 winds to a close, we figured it's time for the staff to bring you not just picks of the week but -- PICKS OF THE YEAR!

So who's on deck for the very best iPhone apps of 2009? What are our picks? Find out after the break!

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Amazon's Jeff Bezos Apologizes to Kindle (and iPhone Kindle App) Users

In reference to last week's news that Amazon pulled copies unlicensed copies of 1984 and Animal Farm off users' Kindles and iPhone Kindle apps, Jeff Bezos proves that sometimes the buck still stops at the top:

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TiPb Presents iPhone Live! #20 -- 5.2 Million Sold!

Join Dieter and Rene for Apple's Q3 iPhone results, and Chris, James, and Rene for App Store redux, more third gen iPod touch, and iTablet rumors. Listen in!

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UPDATED: Amazon Remote Wipes Kindle Copies of 1984, Animal Farm -- Redefines Irony

UPDATE: Engadget heard from Drew Herdener,'s Director of Communications:

These books were added to our catalog using our self-service platform by a third-party who did not have the rights to the books. When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers' devices, and refunded customers. We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers' devices in these circumstances.

Good on them for coming clean and changing the policy going forward. Though it would have been nice to have the candor and insight up-front

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Quick App: Kindle 1.1 for iPhone

Amazon has gone and updated their iPhone Kindle App [iTunes link] to version 1.1 and added in some nifty new features to boot:

  • Read in portrait or landscape mode.
  • Select alternate background and text colors to improve reading comfort in low light conditions.
  • Tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages.
  • Pinch to zoom images in books.

Still free but also still requiring purchases through Amazon's web-based Kindle Store, it's never the less a good point release and overall improvement. And our resident Chadman was kind enough to provide some screenshots, so check out the gallery after the break!

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iPhone Optimized Kindle Store Now Live

Back in March, Apple's App Store was blessed with the free Amazon Kindle iPhone application. One of the biggest gripes that we had with it was the inability to purchase new books right from the app itself. While we still did not get that ability, Amazon has done the next best thing: last night they flipped the switch on an iPhone optimized Kindle store.

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Thursday Fun Video Part Deux: iPod Theater Edition

So. Funny. Maybe the Audio Book industry was right to be worried, but for the wrong reason. With the iPhone rumored to be getting voice control in 3.0, how long will it be before we get to see our signature device turn up as Sam Jackson in Pulp Fiction... or doing it's own into at Macworld 2007! The comedy potential is limitless, we tell you, limitless.

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