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Apple TV will become games console predicts analyst

Apple TV will become games console predicts analyst

For a "hobby" project, we certainly seem to be talking about Apple TV a lot lately.  Even before the new Boxee Beta landed on the set-top box, Apple were decrying plans to integrate the Apple TV into a full HDTV; instead, reckons at least one analyst, they're intending to develop it into a "serious gaming" platform.  According to Michael Patcher, at Webush Morgan Securities, the obvious path for Apple to take is into gaming hardware, albeit relying on third-party developers for actual titles.

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Apple defend App Store censorship: some dirty devs spoiled it for everyone

Apple defend App Store censorship: some dirty devs spoiled it for everyone

Given Apple's previous attitude toward developers for its App Store, and the regulations it puts in place, it should come as no surprise really that they've thrown the cat among the saucy pigeons this week.  The Cupertino company have rolled out Phil Schiller, head of worldwide product marketing, to explain why purveyors of titillating apps - including swimsuit-clad ladies, jiggling chests and rock-hard glutes - are finding their software unceremoniously yanked, despite meeting Apple's previous age restriction guidelines.  The answer?  Some developers had been submitting "an increasing number of apps containing very objectionable content."

Apparently Apple was tiring of customer complaints that the App Store was turning too top-shelf in its offerings, though as we've seen before there's a degree of inconsistency that has led to several accusations of hypocrisy on the company's part.  While many titles from small developers have been pulled from the virtual shelves, others - such as from Playboy and Sports Illustrated - are still on sale.

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Photoshop 1.0 recreated for iPhone [Video]

Photoshop 1.0 recreated for iPhone [Video]

Adobe already have a version of Photoshop available for the iPhone in the App Store, but what if your tastes run more retro than that?  Ansca Mobile have taken their Corona iPhone development platform and a copy of Photoshop 1.0, and produced a special version intended for last week's 20th anniversary of the Adobe app.  It allows access to the Photoshop 1.0 Levels panel, taking any image in the iPhone's gallery and letting you tweak white point, black point and gamma, in separate red/green/blue or combined channels.

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Sling “didn’t change” SlingPlayer for iPhone for AT&T approval

Sling “didn’t change” SlingPlayer for iPhone for AT&T approval

Yesterday's news that SlingPlayer for iPhone was finally being allowed to use AT&T's 3G network was widely accompanied by a quote from AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega claiming that Sling Media had modified the code to suit the carrier.  Today, however, Sling Media themselves are claiming that they made no changes to the app; representative John Santoro says "we didn't change anything ... AT&T never discussed any specific requirements with us."

VeriFone iPhone payments system gets video demo

VeriFone iPhone payments system gets video demo

Who would've thought that one of the more interesting battles in the mobile space would be for micro-payment systems, but VeriFone have gone on the offensive with their iPhone 3G/3GS based credit-card adapter.  Facing competition from startup Square, Verizon sent over their hardware for TechCrunch to try out; a cradle for the iPhone, rather than the Square 3.5mm-plug dongle, it's clear each system has its pros and cons.

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Hang on, where’s iPhone OS 4.0?

Hang on, where’s iPhone OS 4.0?

Many of the iPad rumors we heard in the run-up to yesterday's launch turned out to be false - OLED displays, dual cameras and solar panels all come to mind - but one of the suggestions that had sounded reasonably believable was that the tablet would run iPhone OS 4.0. Last we heard, tipsters suggested that Apple had been sitting on the launch of the updated platform since it contained too many mentions of the iPad, something that would tip developers (and thus the press) that the nigh-legendary tablet was on its way.

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Google Voice webapp bypasses iPhone and webOS app stores

Google Voice webapp bypasses iPhone and webOS app stores

If Google can't get Google Voice onto the iPhone via the App Store, then they're just going to go the long way instead and get in there via the browser.  The search giant has just announced a new, web-based version of Google Voice that allows users to access the VoIP service via their smartphone browser.  Coded with the magic of HTML5, the nippy app works with the iPhone and webOS devices like the Palm Pre, and supports calling, voicemail access and SMS.

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AT&T iPhone exclusivity ends Wednesday?

AT&T iPhone exclusivity ends Wednesday?

Stripping iPhone exclusivity from one single carrier has already been shown to pay dividends - UK carrier Vodafone sold 100,000 iPhone 3GS handsets in their first week of sales, despite the handset having long been available from rival O2 - and now there's talk that AT&T will be next to lose their exclusive partner status.  Hot Hardware have apparently heard from an internal source at AT&T that the carrier will lose their iPhone exclusivity this coming Wednesday, though right now there's no confirmation as to which other US carriers might pick up the smartphone.

iPhone Google search could be dumped for Microsoft Bing?

iPhone Google search could be dumped for Microsoft Bing?

Hold off on the sarcasm; the rumor is bizarre enough on its own.  According to Business Week's sources, Apple and Microsoft are currently negotiating to make Microsoft Bing the default search engine on Apple's upcoming iPhone OS, a move which would replace Google.  Two sources have apparently told the publication that talks have been in progress for weeks: "Apple and Google know the other is their primary enemy" one explained, adding "Microsoft is now a pawn in that battle."