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Spotify for iPhone v0.4 approved for App Store

Spotify for iPhone v0.4 approved for App Store

After news that Spotify are looking to launch their streaming music service in the US come Q3 2010, we'd wager there are a few more people interested in the company's freshly updated - and Apple approved - iPhone application.  Announced a couple of weeks back, the new Spotify v0.4 - which adds Last.fm scrobbling, easier "starred" favorites and several other features - has now found its way into the App Store.

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Apple sued over multitouch IP: iPad & iPhone imports under threat?

Apple sued over multitouch IP: iPad & iPhone imports under threat?

Apple's iPad might be shipping out to preorder customers, but there's at least one company who'd like to put a stop to it.  Taiwanese company Elan Microelectronics have filed a suit against Apple with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) today, on the premise that the Cupertino company's multitouch implementation impinges on one of their own patents.  If upheld, the ITC could block Apple from bringing iPads - along with iPhones, iPod touch PMPs and the Magic Mouse - into the US.

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Spotify for iPhone app updated: Last.fm, low-connection streaming, more

Spotify for iPhone app updated: Last.fm, low-connection streaming, more

Spotify's streaming music service has plenty of fans, even without a US release as yet, and the company have just announced that an update to their iPhone client is just around the corner.  The app - first released back in September last year - gains Last.fm scrobbling together with support for easier control of track and album favorites using a new star button system (which is also tipped for the Spotify desktop client soon).

Meanwhile low-speed connections needn't mean an end to your music, as the new version of Spotify Mobile for iPhone now supports a lower, 96kb/s bitrate.  That means some sacrifice of audio quality, but at least you'll be able to keep listening.  Similarly efficient is the app's ability to use tracks already locally cached on the iPhone in different playlists, rather than re-downloading them.

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Pioneer VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K & VSX-1120-K 7.1 receivers get iPhone remote support

Pioneer VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K & VSX-1120-K 7.1 receivers get iPhone remote support

Pioneer certainly seem to love iPod touch/iPhone integration; their latest batch of A/V receivers are the third generation of models to include support for the touchscreen devices.  The Pioneer VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K and VSX-1120-K each offer 7.1-channels of surround sound and can - via a USB hook-up - play back content from an attached Apple PMP; new to these models, however, is compatibility with the Pioneer's iControlAV App, that turns an iPhone or iPod touch into a touchscreen remote.  They also boast support for Bluetooth A2DP stereo audio streaming, to funnel music from any A2DP-compliant device.

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iPhone OS grabs US game market share from PSP & DS

iPhone OS grabs US game market share from PSP & DS

When is a games console not a games console?  When it's an iPhone or iPod touch, of course, and while Apple may only list gaming as a partial purpose of their devices, that hasn't stopped iPhone OS from picking up a growing chunk of the market.  Software analysts Flurry have stepped up with some new figures that suggest Apple's iPhone OS has seen its US video game software market share increase five-fold between 2008 and 2009.

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Kenwood AS-iP70 iPod speaker dock packs digital photo frame

Kenwood AS-iP70 iPod speaker dock packs digital photo frame

Kenwood might not be the first name you'd associate with iPod speaker docks, nor with digital photo frames, but their latest product ticks both boxes.  The Kenwood AS-iP70 has a 7-inch WVGA LCD display and a pop-out iPod/iPhone dock; as well as listening to music and viewing photos and video from the Apple PMP on the display, owners can also load up photos from an SD card and view them instead.

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Apple look to patent audio text messages for iPhone

Apple look to patent audio text messages for iPhone

We already have push-to-talk and audio MMS messages, but leave it to Apple to try and reinvent - and re-patent - their own system.  According to a new patent application made in November 2009, Apple envisage a setup whereby audio notes are transmitted via the voice channel rather than a carrier's data backend server, thus removing one potential point of overload.  The outgoing message could be recorded audio or it could be text automatically converted into audio for transmission through the voice channel.

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Gear4 SoundOrb Aurora Review

Gear4 SoundOrb Aurora Review

If you want to stand out in the increasingly crowded iPod speaker-dock market, you need a gimmick. That might be superlative audio quality, extreme design or some other sort of novelty; in Gear4's case, they've given the SoundOrb Aurora two claims to fame. Not only does it come with a wireless subwoofer, the sub actually lights up in a variety of different colors. So, enough to catch your attention, but does the Gear4 SoundOrb Aurora do enough to warrant a lasting place in your living room? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Debrand your iPhone with DIY polishing tutorial

Debrand your iPhone with DIY polishing tutorial

Horrified at Apple's recent lawsuit against HTC, and refuse to flaunt the company's brand on your iPhone any more?  We think you're probably taking the patent litigation a little too seriously - Mommy and Daddy still love each other, they just choose to show it via the ITC - but just at the right time comes Hack N Mod's gadget polishing tutorial, showing you how to take a battered iPhone (or any other gadget) and with a little elbow grease bring it back to unbranded life.

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Dirty Fingers Sexy Screen Wash and ET: more in common than you think

Dirty Fingers Sexy Screen Wash and ET: more in common than you think

It's a great urban legend. In September 1983, the Alamogordo Daily News of Alamogordo, New Mexico, reported in a series of articles that between ten and twenty semi-trailer truckloads of Atari boxes, cartridges, and systems from an Atari storehouse in El Paso, Texas were crushed and buried at the landfill within the city... it has been speculated that most unsold copies of E.T. are buried in this landfill, crushed and encased in cement.

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Apple’s target really Google in HTC patent punch-up?

Apple’s target really Google in HTC patent punch-up?

While Apple may be ostensibly going after HTC with this latest round of legal wrangling, it's starting to look like the Cupertino company is actually looking to take on Google.  HTC's devices - spanning Android and Windows Mobile - have been name-checked across the board, but Apple's case saves some serious bile for their Android implementation.  Meanwhile, examination of the specific patents in question raise questions about whether Apple's target really is the device manufacturer, or in fact the underlying platform on which so many of their recent smartphones have been based.

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Apple sue HTC over iPhone patent infringement [Updated with full patent list]

Apple sue HTC over iPhone patent infringement [Updated with full patent list]

Sad faces over at HTC today, we'd wager, as Apple unleashes their latest patent-related lawsuit on the makers of the Hero, Desire and Legend.  Filed in the US District Court in Delaware together with the US ITC, the suit alleges that HTC have infringed on twenty Apple patents that are all related to the iPhone, whether it's UI, architecture or hardware.  It's also accompanied by the usual "create your own tech, don't steal ours" quote from CEO Steve Jobs.

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