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Apple Ping-style shopping network app detailed in patent application

Apple Ping-style shopping network app detailed in patent application

Apple is seemingly considering a Ping-style social networking system for shopping, which would allow users to canvas opinions on potential purchases, rate businesses and product lines, and get gift ideas. A patent application titled "Social Networking in Shopping Environments" describes an in-store kiosk which would offer a stock list to a user's iPhone; from that list, the shopper could then ask questions from their contacts or other friends lists about individual items or ranges.

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Apple Attempts to Acquire Patents to Fix for Your Snapshots

Apple Attempts to Acquire Patents to Fix for Your Snapshots

Take a peek at TEN new patent applications made by Apple that aim to increase the excellence of your photos in the future. Inside these you'll see a window into what may be for Apple, including Chroma Noise Reductions, Automatic Tone Mapping, and Continuous Image Capture. As Apple has a sort of singularity about it when it comes to features on new machines, one would hope that these camera improvements would affect all of their future devices. On the other hand, they DO tell of such magnificent features upon release of a magnificent product. Is iPad 2's camera going to feature all ten new items?

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Windows Phone 7 update “took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years” tips developer

Windows Phone 7 update “took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years” tips developer

Microsoft is readying the first major software update for Windows Phone 7, a release which developers are already suggesting "is going to be MASSIVE." According to Chris Walsh, one of the developers behind ChevronWP7, Microsoft "took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years," presumably hinting at previous rumors that the WP7 update will bring multitasking and copy/paste support, among other things.

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Apple Lounge to hit St. Louis

Apple Lounge to hit St. Louis

Move over New York City because St. Louis' new Apple store might just be Apple's most innovative store yet! With a never before seen "lounge" area with free Wi-Fi, this new Apple store structure will be sure to blow all of us away (or at least the residents in St. Louis).

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Apple Spirals UI for iTunes and iPods tip hypnotic navigation

Apple Spirals UI for iTunes and iPods tip hypnotic navigation

Apple are seeking to patent a new UI for iTunes and iPods, which could replace the existing Cover Flow side-scrolling system of album covers with a spiral, helix, curve or even a map.  As with most patent applications the examples are pretty broad, but the general concept is that spirals of artist names, albums and genres could be navigated down through various levels of detail, spawning sub-spirals to further drill down into individual tracks.

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Apple relax iOS dev tool limits, will publish App Store Review guidelines [Updated]

Apple relax iOS dev tool limits, will publish App Store Review guidelines [Updated]

Apple has loosened its guidelines for iOS developers, allowing them to use third-party tools to produce titles for the App Store.  The move is a backtrack on policies put into place earlier this year, which prescribed which languages could be used to create apps: only C, C++ and Objective-C.  The new stance, Apple says, will allow any development tools "as long as the resulting apps do not download any code."  Meanwhile, the company will also publish the guidelines by which is approves App Store submissions.

Update: Full guidelines now after the cut [Thanks Paul!]

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iPod touch, nano and shuffle review – Apple’s Best iPod lineup yet!

iPod touch, nano and shuffle review – Apple’s Best iPod lineup yet!

Apple may not have invented the MP3 player, but with its iPod range it certainly defined it. Every year consumers and rivals alike wait for the company's September music event, to see what the must-have functionality and hardware is this season. SlashGear has been playing with the new fourth-generation iPod shuffle, fifth-generation iPod nano and fourth-generation iPod touch since Apple's unveil last week; check out our group review after the cut.

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Apple acquire Poly9 3D mapping experts

Apple acquire Poly9 3D mapping experts

Apple has quietly acquired a Canadian mapping company, Poly9, in a move that some are suggesting marks the next step in the Cupertino firms plans to replace Google Maps in products like the iPhone and iPad.  Poly9's official site has been taken down and there's no official announcement from Apple or the company; their most notable product is a "cross-browser, cross-platform 3D globe" that can be manipulated without any installation and with minimal data downloads.

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Nokia hold top smartphone spot; RIM, Apple, HTC & Moto snap at heels

Nokia hold top smartphone spot; RIM, Apple, HTC & Moto snap at heels

Having told us all about general phone sales last Friday, market researchers IDC are back with some smartphone facts and figures.  As you might expect, the top five line-up is slightly different when you slice out basic handsets and featurephones, with Sony Ericsson, LG and Samsung dropping off the list and being replaced by Apple, HTC and Motorola.  Nokia keep their number one spot, with a stable 39.3-percent of the smartphone market share, while third-place Apple look to be nibbling away at second-place RIM's share.

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Google Maps Navigation headed to iPhone & other platforms

Google Maps Navigation headed to iPhone & other platforms

The launch of Google Maps Navigation on UK Android 1.6 and 2.x handsets this week could be just the beginning of the software's spread, according to the company's spokespersons.  They confirmed that Google intends to push the free turn-by-turn app to other platforms, including Apple's iPhone OS, though they declined to give a definitive timescale for the launch.  Hugo Barra, director of mobile products at Google, described the navigation market as having "been stagnant for a while" and in need of Google's "innovating".

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