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News: Music labels worried about Apple’s focus on apps

Record label executives are concerned about Apple shifting its focus from music to iPhone and iPod touch applications, according to a BusinessWeek report. The article suggests that due to Apple’s role as the world’s largest music retailer and dominance of the U.S. with roughly 90% of digital downloads and a 74% share of the MP3 market, the labels are more dependent on Apple than before, while Apple’s core business is growing less…

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News: App re-downloads restricted in iPhone OS 3.0?

The ability of users to re-download previously purchased apps over-the-air may be restricted in iPhone OS 3.0, according to a new report. Currently, users may purchase and then re-download applications an infinite number of times across multiple devices. Mac Rumors has posted a screenshot showing a new iPhone OS dialog box which informs the user that they’ve already purchased the item, and that they can download the app for free on their computer…

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First Looks: Avantalk Multimedia Wireless Speakerphone BTSP-200

Is this the future of iPhone and iPod wireless speakers? Avantalk’s Multimedia Wireless Speakerphone BTSP-200 ($130) is a completely portable wireless or wired audio system with A2DP and AVRCP support, enabling it to work as a speakerphone for current iPhones and a music playback device for certain iPhone OS 3.0 stereo Bluetooth devices. Inside the black and silver housing are twin speaker drivers, a microphone, Class 2 Bluetooth 2.0 chip, and simple…

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Review: Griffin PowerBlock, PowerJolt + PowerDuo Reserve

PowerBlock Reserve takes the prior PowerBlock—a wall charger—and transforms it such that Griffin’s 500mAh battery pack appears to be part of its shell, differing only in texture: the charger is primarily glossy black plastic, and the battery is substantially soft touch matte rubber. There’s a USB port on PowerBlock Reserve to plug in your pre-existing USB cable for iPod or iPhone charging, and the included battery makes a magnetic…

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Article: Weird + Small Apps: iHoop, Need For Cheese, Ohmz, RedLaser, Run From Hell + Slot Japan!

After a couple of weeks in which our Weird and Small Apps column skewed way more small than weird, the wacky is back for our latest edition. Between the insane iHoop and the less crazy but still amusing Need 4 Cheese, Ohmz, and Run From Hell, there’s a lot to tell you about this week; a bar code scanning and lookup tool called RedLaser and an odd Japanese slot machine simulator called Slot Japan! fill out the list. Though none of the titles…

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News: Report: Next-generation iPhone specs confirmed?

Suggesting that he has direct knowledge of the features of Apple’s next-generation iPhone, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber claims that recent rumors “are indeed accurate” that the new iPhone will include a magnetometer and improved camera with autofocus capabilities, a higher-resolution image sensor and video recording features. While the device’s video feature will not be spectacular, he suggests, it will be convenient,…

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News: Apple rejects book reader Eucalyptus over content

Apple has rejected yet another iPhone reading application over “explicit content,” despite the fact that the same content is offered in other currently-available apps, as well as online. iPhone developer Jamie Montgomerie has posted a blog entry chronicling his communications with Apple over the rejection of Eucalyptus, his book reader app that taps into Project Gutenberg, a producer of free electronic books that offers more than 28,000…

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Review: Sega of America Sonic the Hedgehog

The basic premise of the early Sonic games was simple: have fun running around and jumping in large, open environments, collecting rings until you reach the exit on the far right side of each large map. Rather than funneling you into a single straight path, Sonic’s stages were often both long and tall, with multiple routes to the exit, and different sorts of obstacles in your way. One route would take Sonic through a loop-de-loop—previously…

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News: Tapulous releases Dave Matthews Band Revenge

Tapulous has teamed with Dave Matthews Band for the release of Dave Matthews Band Revenge, the company’s latest artist-specific rhythm game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Dave Matthews Band Revenge features ten songs, including two singles from the band’s upcoming album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, themes, graphics, and effects inspired by the band’s videos and discography, four difficulty levels, each with unlockable boss…

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News: Gameloft intros Siberian Strike for iPhone, iPod touch

Gameloft has introduced its new Siberian Strike game for the iPhone and iPod touch. A top-down shooter in the style of the 1942 series, Siberian Strike places players in the shoes of Elliott Freeman, a 1940’s fighter pilot who must destroy a Soviet cyborg before it invades Europe. Features include 12 levels, a choice between accelerometer and touch controls, local Wi-Fi multiplayer, four difficulty levels, and a mix of shooting and piloting…

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