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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 27, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening, everyone. This afternoon, RIM delivered its quarterly report, and even though it didn't look too good, it was still better than quarterly reports of the past. Samsung is teasing a new Galaxy Note II event for October 24, while Google turned 14 years old today and celebrated with a brand new doodle. Qualcomm introduced a pair of new processors for mobile devices today, and a series of new iPhone patents deals with things like disappearing buttons, 3D displays, and invisible speakers.

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Google contacts gain open CardDAV for iPhone freedom

Google contacts gain open CardDAV for iPhone freedom

Today the folks in charge of the software universe at Google have let it be known that they're adding CardDAV to the list of open protocols for accessing data on mobile apps and devices. This means that your iPhone 5 is now able to sync with your Google contacts list the same way you're able to sync with Google Calendar and Gmail. Third parties galore - and not just on iOS - will be able to build their own Google contacts wielding apps in the very near future!

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iPhone patents point to invisible speakers and disappearing buttons

iPhone patents point to invisible speakers and disappearing buttons

The Apple patent collection is one that inspires not just a vision of the future as it will be, but one that, even in this most recent collection, shows what will likely never be. The newest set of patents revealed this week at Unwired View show a future iPhone that's got features that would change the device not in the software department, but in the hardware - three dimensional screens, speakers sitting behind the front glass, and more.

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Street View for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 users is two weeks away

Street View for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 users is two weeks away

Google Maps for iOS may not be due to hit the iPhone 5 and other iOS 6 devices until the end of the year, but Apple fans will reportedly be able to use Street View on their devices far sooner. While Google's work on an iOS 6-compatible native version of the mapping app isn't expected to be ready for release until later in 2012, a browser based Street View for Apple's gadgets is roughly two weeks away, the NYT reports.

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Apple ditched Google Maps due to lack of turn-by-turn navigation

Apple ditched Google Maps due to lack of turn-by-turn navigation

This whole Apple Maps and Google Maps fiasco has gotten pretty crazy. After iOS users found out that the new Apple Maps pretty much sucked, they were left wondering why Apple ditched Google Maps in the first place. Many believed it had to with the crumbling relationship between the two companies, but it turns out the answer is as simple as it gets: Apple left Google Maps because it didn't have turn-by-turn navigation.

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iPhone 5 seeks approval for China

iPhone 5 seeks approval for China

It appears that Apple has gotten the China Compulsory Certificate for the iPhone 5 in a couple iterations, both of them quite possibly headed for China Telecom. The first of these will likely be the global GSM model - here in the approval found by Sina marked as WCDMA phone model A1429. The second is a CDMA2000 version model number A1442 of the device - this will likely be a brand new model of the iPhone as the current CDMA iPhone 5 (A1429) does not currently have China Telecom in its listing of networks. Of course there's always the future.

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