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Apple found to infringe upon University of Wisconsin CPU...

Yesterday, 11:03 PM

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A jury today found Apple guilty of infringing upon a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) originally brought Apple to court in January of 2014 claiming that Apple had infringed upon the patent in question, which relate to improving processing efficiency, with its A7, A8, and A8X processors. From Reuters:

Apple Inc could be facing up to $862 million in damages after a U.S. jury on Tuesday found the iPhone maker used technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's licensing arm without permission in chips found in many of its most popular devices.

As Reuters notes, Apple had tried to have the patent in question invalidated by the USPTO, but its request was denied. Damages haven't yet been assessed, but the $862 million that WARF is seeking is quite a hefty sum.

Source: Reuters





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NetNewsWire picks up iPad support, adds new gestures and...

Yesterday, 08:17 PM

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While version 4.0.1 might sound like a minor update for NetNewsWire for iPhone, it brings with it a fairly major new feature. NetNewsWire, the venerable RSS application that made its return to both iOS and Mac last month, is now a universal application, and is available for iPad, and includes support for iOS 9's iPad multitasking.

In addition to iPad support, NetNewsWire has added a couple of new gestures, letting you swipe right anywhere in an article to go back to the article list, and swiping right on an article row will mark it as read or unread. NetNewsWire now also supports the native iOS share sheet.

You can also now open OPML files in NetNewsWire, letting you quickly import a list of sites to follow. There have also been improvements to aspects of the dark theme, a Contact Support button has been added, and several bugs and crashes have been fixed.

You can get NetNewsWire for iPhone and iPad 4.0.1 from the App Store now.





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Apple Pay reference briefly pops up on TD Canada Trust...

Yesterday, 07:57 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://www.imore.com...pple-pay">ApplePay</a> is rumored to be set for a November launch in Canada, and recent listing by TD Canada Trust has added fuel to the speculation. <!--break--> As spotted by <a href="http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/news/td-canada-trust-apple-pay/"><em>iPhone in Canada</em></a>, TD Canada Trust briefly listed Apple Pay under the "Ways to Pay" section of its website, but that listing has since been pulled.</p> <p>Before the page detailing Apple Pay with TD Canada Trust was pulled, it listed TD Visa cards that would support Apple Pay, along with a note that transaction limits are limited to $100.</p> <p>Apple's mobile payments solution originally launched last October in the U.S. before expanding to the U.K. in July. In mid-April we saw the <a href="http://www.imore.com/new-report-says-apple-pay-could-launch-canada-november-2015">first reports</a> that Apple Pay would see a November launch in Canada, with a <a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-pay-reportedly-launching-canada-early-november">similar report</a> stating the same earlier this month. While it's far from certain at this point, the recent listing from TD Canada Trust has certainly ramped up speculation.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/news/td-canada-trust-apple-pay/">iPhone in Canada</a></p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856965/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50836/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856965/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50836/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856965/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50836/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856965/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50836/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856965/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50836/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856965/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50836/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225856965/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50836/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225856965/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50836/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/241225856965/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50836/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4aa50836/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/bbdLpxjf6kw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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New on iTunes: Early access to Inside Out, deals on Jake...

Yesterday, 07:47 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...-york-based-tv'title="New on iTunes: Early access to Inside Out, deals on Jake Gyllenhal movies, and discounts on New York-based TV"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/10/new-itunes-10-13-iphone6s-plus-hero.jpg?itok=UM1_Q4Or' /></a></p> <p class="intro">Every week, the <a href="http://www.imore.com/itunes-store">iTunes Store</a> adds new movies and TV content to its catalog. This week we have early access to <em>Inside Out</em>, discounts on Jake Gyllenhal films, and deals on New York-based TV.</p> <!--break--> <p>This week in movies starts off with <em>Inside Out</em>, which is available on iTunes three weeks ahead of its Blu-ray and DVD release. Also out this week is <em>Tomorrowland</em>. There is a sale this week on movies led by Jake Gyllenhal, with movies like <em>Nightcrawler,</em> <em>Brokeback Mountain,</em> and <em>Donnie Darko</em> all available for $9.99 each. The Movie of the Week is <em>'Big Eyes</em> which is available for a $0.99 rental and a $9.99 purchase.</p> <ul rel="nofollow"><li><em>Inside Out</em> - $19.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/inside-out-2015/id999607190?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>Tomorrowland</em> - $19.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/tomorrowland/id990865721?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>Nightcrawler</em> - $9.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/nightcrawler/id933543454?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>Brokeback Mountain</em> - $9.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/brokeback-mountain/id293294355?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>Donnie Darko - The Director's Cut</em> - $9.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/donnie-darko-directors-cut/id327941697?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>Big Eyes</em> - $0.99 (rental) - $9.99 (purchase) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/big-eyes/id952389699?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul><p>This week in TV, we start off with new episodes of hit shows once again, including the season premiere of <em>The Walking Dead,</em> as well as the latest episodes of <em>Blindspot</em> and <em>Arrow</em>. Fans of 30 Rock can pick up all seven seasons of <em>30 Rock</em> for $9.99 each. Finally, several shows based in New York are available for under $20, including <em>CSI: NY</em>, <em>Friends</em>, and <em>Without a Trace</em>.</p> <ul rel="nofollow"><li><em>The Walking Dead - First Time Again</em> - $2.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/first-time-again/id1032845253?i=1047440498&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>Blindspot - Bone May Rot</em> - $2.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/bone-may-rot/id1031739500?i=1048564255&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>Arrow - Green Arrow</em> - $2.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/green-arrow/id1027608805?i=1047117445&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>30 Rock - Season 1</em> - $9.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/30-rock-season-1/id204608536?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>CSI: NY - Season 1</em> - $9.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/csi-ny-season-1/id357040155?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>Friends - Season 1</em> - $19.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/friends-season-1/id168262075?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li><em>Without a Trace - Season 1</em> - $11.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/without-a-trace-season-1/id286600003?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul><p>Check in next week for more in movies and TV from the iTunes Store.</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856964/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50837/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856964/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50837/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856964/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50837/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856964/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50837/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856964/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50837/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225856964/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50837/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225856964/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50837/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225856964/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50837/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/241225856964/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa50837/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4aa50837/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/2ODf-iYQyGs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Twitter to lay off up to 336 team members, or 8 percent o...

Yesterday, 01:17 PM

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Twitter will be laying off a number of its workers as part of an overall restructuring of the social networking company. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, it said that it plans to lay off up to 336 team members, or about 8 percent of its total work force.

Twitter stated:

The restructuring is part of an overall plan to organize around the Company's top product priorities and drive efficiencies throughout the Company. The Company intends to reinvest savings in its most important priorities to drive growth.

Twitter says it expects the total amount of its restructuring expenses will be between $5 million to $15 million. The decision comes just eight days after the company named its co-founder Jack Dorsey to be its new CEO.

Source: SEC





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National Film Board of Canada releases educational game I...

Yesterday, 06:45 PM

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Canada's National Film Board has launched a new game onto the App Store called I Love Potatoes. While the name may sound ridiculous, the NFB is using the game as a way to educate children ages 9-12 on the issues of social innovation and a sustainable economy. As for the game itself, I Love Potatoes plants players in the shoes of a character named Chips who must figure out a way for his village to survive after it suffers misfortune. Along the way, you'll interact with other residents of Potatoland to survive in an effort to fend off the Potatosaurus Monster. Here's a quick rundown of what you can expect from I Love Potatoes:

  • A FREE, quirky and addictive adventure game that puts a fun twist on educational apps.
  • Beautifully rendered 3D animation featuring adorable characters and great storytelling.
  • Encourages family and friends to work together towards a common goal.
  • Illustrated by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Patrick Doyon (Sunday).
  • Created by the NFB's Digital Studio, winner of over 100 awards worldwide.
  • Co-created with Minority Media Inc., who brought you Loco Motors and Spirits of Spring.
  • BONUS: Includes background information on the social innovators who inspired the game.

In addition, the game features characters that are inspired by real-life people who have affected social change in countries around the world. For example, the character of Zepeel is inspired by Albina Ruiz, who worked to improve hygiene and living conditions with recycling programs in Lima, Peru. Similarly, the character of Beach is inspired by Guy and Neca Marcovaldi, who have set up a turtle sanctuary in Brazil.
If you'd like to check out I Love Potatoes, the game is now available for free on the App Store at the link below in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French.





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Apple hardware engineers talk iMac color depth, new acces...

Yesterday, 06:44 PM

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To go along with the release of its new iMac and accessories, Apple has given unprecedented access to its Input Design Lab to journalist Steven Levy, who was able to interview members of Apple's iMac and accessory team, along with SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. The interviews touched on many details, including getting the sound right on the new Magic Mouse 2.
Senior Mac hardware director Tom Boger talked about the color technology in the displays of the new iMacs:

"We've given these a wider color gamut. Basically means they have a bigger palette of colors they can display," he says. All high-end displays aspire to represent the full range of colors that the human eye can possibly see, which is a giant technological challenge. The previous industry standard was called sRBG (Standard Red Blue Green), which captured a pretty good chunk of the color spectrum. Currently, Apple's Retina displays deliver 100 percent sRGB. "We are very proud of that — a lot of monitors don't even do a hundred percent of sRGB. So that was really good," says Bogar.

In building its new displays, Apple explored, but ultimately passed on quantum dot technology because it required a toxic element, cadmium. They instead found a custom LED solution.
Apple's VP for Ecosystem Products and Technologies, Kate Bergeron, also talked about redesigning the Magic Keyboard, the new model of which is smaller, but with bigger keys.

Though the key caps on the Magic Keyboard are larger than on the previous version, Bergeron also revealed that one prototype had even bigger keys. "We did a lot of development early on and probably went down a path that was more extreme than it needed to be, so we backed up a little bit." The result, she says, is very minimalist. "We made the surface area as much of the keys as you can, and minimized the border around that keyboard to take up as little space on the desktop as possible. It weighs less than the one before, and it maintains rigidity."

You can read the entire set of interviews at the link below.
Source: Backchannel





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Drafts adds new Apple Watch complications, keyboard short...

Yesterday, 05:58 PM

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Drafts, the text editor for iPhone and iPad from Agile Tortoise, has been updated to version 4.5.5, adding new complications for the Apple Watch, along with other enhancements. The app now supports all small complication types, and tapping the complication now takes you directly to dictation capture for creating a new draft.
There are also new keyboard commands for new drafts, toggling the draft list, and displaying the action list, plus a number of fixes. You can find the full list of changes below:

  • [New] Apple Watch Complications! Keep up with your inbox from your watch face.
  • [New] Apple Watch Glance with quick access to inbox information.
  • [New] Keyboard command key types for toggling the visibility of the drafts and/or actions list and creating a new draft. Great for use in combination with external keyboard shortcuts.
  • [Fix] Current cursor position could be lost if Drafts was sent to background.
  • [Fix] Backup settings would not properly report error if Dropbox was not linked.
  • [Change] Restore Google+ posting, which was temporarily disabled while working around upload issues.

You can download Drafts 4.5.5 from the App Store now.





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Enjoy the party with new Minions Paradise game

Yesterday, 05:55 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="video"><div class="video_iframe"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.c...#38;showinfo=0"width="627" height="353" class="video-filter video-youtube vf-bokumfuv7iq" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div></div> <!--/video--> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/minions-paradise/id922318156?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Minions Paradise</a>, the latest game from EA Mobile and Illumination Entertainment is now available on your Android devices, and it introduces you to a new Minion, Phil. The new character means well, but is a bit clumsy, and creates some crazy situations for those around him. <!--break--> After accidentally capsizing the ship that everyone was partying on, Phil needs to try and keep everyone happy.</p> <p>To do this, you need to team up and explore the island, build new activities and games, host parties and give the rest of the Minions the best vacation you can. Their vacation is in your control now, and they expect it to be a good one.</p> <ul><li>Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/minions-paradise/id922318156?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul></div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225911212/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa49e4d/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225911212/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa49e4d/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225911212/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa49e4d/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225911212/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa49e4d/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225911212/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa49e4d/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225911212/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa49e4d/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225911212/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa49e4d/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225911212/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa49e4d/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/241225911212/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa49e4d/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4aa49e4d/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/Drt0HjBroC0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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iTunes, App Stores hit with second outage this week

Yesterday, 05:37 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...nd-outage-week'title="iTunes, App Stores hit with second outage this week"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/03/itunes-outage-mac-hero.jpg?itok=OxyGeaJY' /></a></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.imore.com/./itunes-store">iTunes Store</a> is currently experiencing a bit of an outage, according to Apple. Some users are unable to purchase and download items from the store. This issues may also be affecting the <a href="http://www.imore.com/app-store">App Store</a> as well.</p> <!--break--> <p>This outage has been underway since at least 12:30 p.m. EDT, according to <a href="https://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/">Apple's System Status page</a>. This is the second outage for Apple's digital stores this week, with both the iTunes and App Stores <a href="http://www.imore.com/itunes-store-app-store-experience-partial-outage">experiencing extended downtime</a> for many users just yesterday.</p> <p>Source: <a href="https://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/">Apple</a></p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225901335/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa43380/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225901335/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa43380/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225901335/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa43380/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225901335/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa43380/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225901335/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa43380/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225901335/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa43380/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225901335/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa43380/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225901335/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa43380/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/241225901335/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4aa43380/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4aa43380/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/2DOPjarJsnw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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