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    by Published on 11-30-2009 05:48 AM

    India will effectively "kill" some twenty-five million Chinese cell phones beginning tomorrow, December 1st.

    India's Department of Telecommunications has given the order to operators to "block cellphones" without a valid IMEI number. The move leaves millions of Chinese using mobile phones without an IMEI number with only two options: buy a new phone with a valid IMEI number or get the number implanted in the current phone using available ...
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    by Published on 11-30-2009 05:08 AM

    With Apple's enormous power and size, it isn't difficult to imagine the many ways in which the company is capable of exerting massive influence wherever it places its high beams. Naturally, such influence leaves Apple vulnerable to the occasional criticism of market manipulation.

    Case in point. This week Apple is facing claims that it is "manipulating flash memory prices" through the duplicitous act of placing huge orders and then ultimately ...
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    by Published on 11-29-2009 02:53 PM

    Apple has long touted their Mac mini as the world’s most-efficient desktop. Now, there’s independent confirmation of that from a UK group, which found Apple's small form-factor desktop the most efficient of over 100 systems rated. Four portable Apple machines also found their way onto the list of the top ten most efficient laptops.

    Sust-it, an independent testing group which bills itself as “the best place to find energy ...
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    by Published on 11-29-2009 02:13 PM

    MacRumors highlighted a newly posted Apple job listing today that shows that the iPhone "Geo team" is looking for a software engineer to work on the Maps app.

    Google has long been the database engine behind iPhone's Maps application, and since Apple and Google have increasingly come into competition, as Google moves more into mobile technology, it is unsirprising ...
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    by Published on 11-29-2009 01:30 PM

    The British Broadcasting Corporation, more commonly known as "BBC", is the longest and largest running broadcaster in the world. The BBC is paid for by an annual television licence fee, which is charged to all UK households that use equipment capable of recording and/or receiving live television broadcasts. Of course this fee is decided by the Government, leading to god knows what for prices. But for all of you BBC watchers, ...
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    by Published on 11-29-2009 11:09 AM

    Rumors abound this weekend that Apple is holding steadfast to the late Autumn tradition of previous years and is now once again testing new iPhone hardware that could be introduced as early as next summer.

    According to a report from 9to5Mac:

    While the suggestion of "iPhone3,1" has been around for several months, dating back to its discovery in the iPhone firmware last August, the latest find of it in ...
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    by Published on 11-29-2009 10:31 AM

    Ever wanted a million-dollar smile? Can't afford one? Well, you're in luck.

    There's an app for that... sort of.

    This weekend on the Today show, an app that's been around for a while but hasn't received much attention until lately finally resurfaced for us to "brush up" on.

    In only a few short years we've see the iPhone used to provide more functions than virtually anyone initially thought possible. Now, the iPhone can even whiten teeth, ...
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    by Published on 11-28-2009 06:38 PM

    UPDATE: Now Available on Cydia

    iClassic is a media player for your library, that mimics the interface of the famous iPod Classic. It will fully emulate the iPod Classic's functionality, including using the old-school Click Wheel. Unfortunately, the app will not support games in this release but it is being worked on for future updates. The app is expected to cost $2.00 from the Cydia Store.

    I spoke ...
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    by Published on 11-28-2009 03:06 PM

    Two weeks ago, a shipment of from three to four thousand iPhones- valued at from €2 million to €3 million - was stolen from a warehouse in Belgium. Now, an unnamed black market dealer is selling off iPhones in Russia, raising concerns that these are indeed the snatched smartphones.

    According to the Russian website iPhones.ru, the phones - which are called "Europeans" - are being ...
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    by Published on 11-28-2009 02:17 PM

    As noted here back in August, the French HardMac site released information from their sources that indicated Apple had been testing the next generation Intel "Gulftown" Core i9 processors. Recently, a Polish website released results from tests of the new processor before quickly taking them down. HardMac reports that the tests had showed that the six-core processor running at 2.8 GHz - with 50% more transistors than ...
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    by Published on 11-28-2009 11:57 AM

    Last week we covered a new app on the scene called Snappy, which allowed you to take properazzi style photos by snapping a quick photo by simply pressing and holding on the top status bar in any application.

    Although Snappy is more of a camera Add-on, and SnapTap is more of a tweak. SnapTap, by Tom Zickel, allows you to take pictures using the volume controls instead of using the small camera button onscreen. This app is ...
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    by Published on 11-28-2009 10:57 AM

    Among the new iPhone music apps that has people talking is the "Sing Along With…" application from a company called Apptism. Minus the real artist names in the app title, each variation offers the full collection of lyrics from the stars’ back catalogs, according to an article on MusicAlly. One example given is that of "Sing Along With the Canadian Country Star," which includes a plethora of Shania Twain lyrics (see above image).