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Apple 25 Billionth download winner flown to Beijing

Apple 25 Billionth download winner flown to Beijing

As you may have heard at the start of this month, Apple's iTunes App Store had its 25 billionth download, and the prize for being the one to tip the scales went to the young lady appearing just now in Beijing newspapers collecting her prize. Chunli Fu (also reported as Fuchun Li) of Qingdao, China, downloader of the 25 billionth app, has this week been given a warm reception at the Beijing Apple store where she's received her gift card for the iTunes Store worth a whopping $10k USD. When at first she was contacted by Apple, Fu dismissed it as a hoax - imagine her surprise when Apple confirmed and her friends started pouring in calls of congratulations.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: March 26, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: March 26, 2012

It's time to get heavy when it comes to wrapping up - Monday morning Wrap-Up posts are always like this, ladies and gentlemen, where there's a bit more wrapping than a wrapper normally deals with, a whole weekend to devour! We'll start out clean with Philip Berne and his Cheating at Foursquare. This of course can lead you directly into talk by Don Reisinger asking: Are We Going Too Far With Our Tech Obsession? Then you'll hear how the CEO of GameStop doesn't want the Xbox 720 to block pre-owned games - surprise! There's a whole new Canon out there and we've got a pre-review round-up as well as a Hands-on and sample collection of our own! Don't forget last week's Weekly Wrap-Up before you dive head-first into this weeks goods!

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Skype gets iPad Retina Display upgrade

Skype gets iPad Retina Display upgrade

Skype for iPad has been updated to work with the new iPad's Retina Display graphics, though the video quality supported in the app itself still lags behind what many notebooks - including Apple's own MacBook Pro - can offer. The free VoIP and video calling app, now at version 3.8, is still limited by the quality of the new iPad's front-facing camera, which has been left unchanged from the iPad 2. That means it tops out at VGA quality, rather than 720p HD.

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Flipboard sees red in China launch

Flipboard sees red in China launch

Auto-curating digital magazine Flipboard has begun its assault on China, with a new update adding support for social networks Sina, Weibo and Renren, along with new Chinese content. The app automatically pulls in news and articles from users' Facebook and Twitter contacts, but in a v1.8.3 update today, Flipboard introduced China-specific social network support so as to make a more convincing play for the market.

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iPhoto for iOS hits 1 million users in 10 days

iPhoto for iOS hits 1 million users in 10 days

Apple's new iPhoto app for iOS, first announced at the iPad event earlier this month, has reached over 1 million users in less than 10 days of being on the market. This is almost certainly one of the fastest selling apps in Apple's mobile app portfolio's history and certainly says a lot about the quality of the app itself. We've got a full review of iPhoto for iOS if you'd like to take a look, and do indeed suggest you try it out for yourself if you've not done so already.

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Clear list-keeper app Review

Clear list-keeper app Review

An app which is very clearly part of the new world ultra-simple design movement tied directly to modernism in the getting-things-done department of all hipsters' lives is "Clear" for iOS. This application allows you to undeniably simply make lists of items you must do during the day and does it with a user interface that's candy for the eyeballs. This app works for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone, and we certainly suggest the latter choice for all day long pushing and pulling for productivity growing.

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Grand Theft Auto III for iOS Review

Grand Theft Auto III for iOS Review

There's nothing quite like taking your rage and insane desires to crash cars into masses of people, walls, other cars, and the river in the original Grand Theft Auto III, and RockStar Games have finally brought it to the mobile platform. Actually technically they brought it to the mobile platform several weeks ago, but playing this game on the new iPad has revealed a brand new layer of excellence for your humble narrator, and while the desire to purchase the game was there at the start, the desire to play the game 24 hours a day has just reared its ugly head now thanks to the iPad's new Retina-quality display.

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Microsoft preps massive Windows Phone App Hub expansion

Microsoft preps massive Windows Phone App Hub expansion

This week is the beginning of Microsoft's biggest push ever for the expansion of their "App Hub" for Windows Phone, developers being tipped to "Prepare now and beat the crowd" for 23 new marketplaces around the world. With the Windows Phone Tango expansion of the mobile operating system made to access devices with lower-tiered specifications for less expensive smartphones as well, Microsoft is now coming at a vast new set of markets in lower-income areas of the planet everywhere from Bulgaria to the Ukraine. This move is set to not only allow Microsoft to sell one whole heck of a lot more phones, but provide a much more lucrative arena for app developers working with their Windows Phone platform.

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Path CEO got angry Apple audience after privacy blunder

Path CEO got angry Apple audience after privacy blunder

Path's high-profile iPhone privacy blunder earned app founder Dave Morin a sudden grilling in front of Apple CEO Tim Cook and his exec team, it's been revealed, though sources suggest the App Store approvals process may be less stringent than assumed. Cook demanded the meeting after the Path debacle - in which it was revealed that the app uploaded each user's entire address book to the Path servers - went public, Bloomberg's sources say.

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Pinterest iPad app coming soon amid website redesign

Pinterest iPad app coming soon amid website redesign

We've recently reviewed the iPhone application for the newly vastly popular social sharing website Pinterest, now we've got word straight from the source that the iPad edition is coming soon. This application would take the image-based platform and place it on the most popular gadget in recent memory, the most popular tablet computer on earth, and Apple's newest release - coming out this Friday for those of you keeping track. Today Pinterest's co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann spoke at South by Southwest's Interactive conference letting the world know how humbling this whole recent explosion of interest in the project has been.

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