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Apple, iPad & why the stylus isn’t dead

Apple, iPad & why the stylus isn’t dead

"It's like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it." The audience sniggered. There was no small sense that Steve Jobs had carefully prepared that line earlier and had it waiting; that like the repetitious declarations of the iPad as "miraculous" by every person to take the stage at its launch, this snub at Microsoft's expense had similarly been rehearsed, a barbed nugget guaranteed to set the gathered journalists, bloggers and Mac-faithful a-titter. A stylus is, after all, old-school; a flawed halfway house before the advent of the iPhone and iPad. Jobs' Apple can't see a reason for one, and they reckon you should think so too. And yet, as input methods go, the stylus remains one of the most misunderstood.

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Nokia sue Apple over iPad 3G

Nokia sue Apple over iPad 3G

Nokia's ongoing legal spat with Apple has taken a tablet turn for the worse today, with the news that the Finnish company are now setting their lawyers on the iPad WiFi + 3G as well as the iPhone.  According to a Nokia press release, the company alleges that Apple have impinged on five "important" patents, relating to "enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations."

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iPhone 3G Android hack [Video]

iPhone 3G Android hack [Video]

After the first-gen iPhone saw its Android hack, it's now the turn of the iPhone 3G to get some Google magic.  Arch hacker David Wang and his team of tinkerers have fettled the port for the second-gen Apple smartphone, and while it's described as "slightly more rough" than the last achievement, you can still browse the web over the cellular connection, send/receive SMS messages and pretty much use any app which doesn't require audio support.

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Wi-Fi Sync gets speed demo, optionally disables iTunes backup [Video]

Wi-Fi Sync gets speed demo, optionally disables iTunes backup [Video]

After the positive reaction to the first demo video of Wi-Fi Sync - which promises to cut the cable between your iPhone, iPod or iPad and iTunes - app author Greg Hughes is back with a new video that demonstrates what sort of speed you can expect.  Obviously synchronizing over WiFi is going to be slower than via USB, but as the video shows, transferring a few new music tracks isn't an especially arduous task.

Video demo after the cut

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Wi-Fi Sync cuts the iTunes cord [Video]

Wi-Fi Sync cuts the iTunes cord [Video]

We'd ask Steve Jobs what he thinks about Wi-Fi Sync - a new app that promises to cut the cord between iTunes and your iPhone/iPod/iPad with synchronizing over WiFi - and whether he'd approve it for the App Store, but we've a horrible feeling that the answer would be a short, sharp "nope".  That's a shame, since it answers one of the most common criticisms of the platform.

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Over one million Opera Mini downloads already

Over one million Opera Mini downloads already

Apple approving Opera Mini for iPhone was perhaps the most surprising event of the week, and it comes as little surprise that owners of the smartphone have been downloading it in their droves.  After leaping to the number one download spot in the 22 featured Apple Stores on the company's site, Opera have just announced that the browser was downloaded more than one million times in its first day of availability in each market.

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iPhone OS 4.0 wrap-up

iPhone OS 4.0 wrap-up

Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 preview has been and gone, and the aftermath is a much more appealing OS not only for the iPhone but for the new iPad.  As anticipated, the biggest draw of today's event was multitasking, with Apple telling us it's taken them four iterations of the iPhone OS to get it just right.  Elsewhere there's a new social gaming network for competing with both friends and strangers, a unified inbox and folders for better organising email and apps, and a new iAd advertising platform.

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Apple iPhone OS 4.0 liveblog now underway!

Apple iPhone OS 4.0 liveblog now underway!

It's Thursday April 8th and SlashGear is at Apple HQ bright and early waiting for the iPhone OS 4.0 "Sneak Peek" event to begin.  It's something of a surprise - and definitely short notice, even for Apple - coming so soon on the heels of the iPad launch last weekend, and we've got high hopes for what might be on the cards today.  We're liveblogging the whole event at http://live.slashgear.com/ so join us as we find out exactly what Apple have in store.

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74% iPad buyers were Mac owners, 66% had iPhones claims analyst

74% iPad buyers were Mac owners, 66% had iPhones claims analyst

Apple may describe the iPad as a new segment, but are they also carving out a new audience for the company?  According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, first-day sales of the new tablet don't seem to suggest that's the case.  He interviewed 448 iPad early-adopters and discovered that 74-percent were existing Mac users and 66-percent had an iPhone.  Just 4-percent expected the iPad to replace their existing computer, and only 1-percent thought it might replace their iPhone.

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Spotify for iPhone yanked from App Store

Spotify for iPhone yanked from App Store

Having told you about the new version of Spotify Mobile for iPhone just the other day, you might be wondering exactly where to find it in the App Store.  Unfortunately, v0.4 has actually been yanked - not at Apple's behest, but by Spotify themselves.  Turns out, the new version's iPod integration - which could use locally stored tracks rather than downloading them anew - was causing some issues for certain devices, resulting in crashes.  Spotify have sent a new version, v0.4.1, through to Apple, but they're still waiting for it to be approved.

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