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Google Says Apple Did Reject Google Voice from App Store

thumb160x_Bad_Apple Google Says Apple Did Reject Google Voice from App StoreLast month, Google, Apple, and AT&T all handed over statements to the FCC regarding the alleged rejection of Google Voice from the iTunes App Store. Apple claimed that they’d never rejected it to begin with, while Google redacted their one answer that might shed light on things. Well, now Google’s dishing the complete letter, which does in fact state that Apple rejected Google Voice from the App Store, as well as Google Latitude, which they worried would replace the core Maps app because it had features Maps didn’t. In short, it definitely seems like there’s a bad apple in this bunch. [Google Public Policy Blog via Gizmodo]

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SlingPlayer iPhone App Finally Arrives, Costs $30

sling_shot SlingPlayer iPhone App Finally Arrives, Costs $30Nearly a month after Sling’s iPhone app to stream shows and control your home SlingBox DVR was supposedly banned by AT&T for network-clogging concerns, SlingPlayer Mobile actually shows up—for $30, and it works over Wi-Fi only. It might make for a nice addition to Sling’s streaming web site, but it suggests the idea of ever-present video streaming might have to wait until cellular data problems are worked out. [via PC World]

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DIY Solar-Powered iPhone or iPod Charger

mightymintyboost DIY Solar-Powered iPhone or iPod ChargerWe’ve already shown you MintyBoost, a battery-powered USB charger built from an Altoids tin; now feast your eyes on MightyMintyBoost, a rechargeable, solar-powered MintyBoost charger.

Instructables user Honus’s DIY MightyMintyBoost tutorial is a bit involved, but the outcome—a USB charger that feeds off the power of the sun—is fantastic. In fact, Honus improves on the MintyBoost in many ways, foregoing the low-capacity AA batteries for a higher capacity, rechargeable lithium polymer battery and throwing in the solar cell to handle the recharging. This DIY is a bit advanced (soldering lies ahead), but the result is impressive.

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TidyRead Brings Readable Text Conversion to Smartphones

tidyread TidyRead Brings Readable Text Conversion to Smartphones“Readable” bookmarklets are all the rage right now (amongst browser nerds, at least), and TidyRead is an intriguing multi-platform variation. It streamlines and simplifies text from any browser with a bookmarklet or Firefox extension.

“Readable” bookmarklets are becoming a crowded field, with customizable JavaScript tools like the previously mentioned Readability and Readable App already offering a stripped-down, text-mostly view of any news article, blog post, or other sites you’d actually want to, you know, read.

tidyread_ipod TidyRead Brings Readable Text Conversion to SmartphonesTidyRead’s text view isn’t quite as option-loaded, but its Firefox extension and iPhone/iPod touch/Android-friendly bookmarklet might just win over those who are serious about no-clutter reading. The Firefox extension can auto-detect, and auto-convert, any text on a page it determines is an actual article of some depth, or work as a click-to-convert button. The smartphone bookmarklet delivers basically the same TidyRead view as on a full-size browser, but with all the sizes and alignment lined up for the smaller screen.

TidyRead is a free service to use, works on any browser with its bookmarklet, or on Firefox through its extension.

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SugarSync Offers 2GB of Free Windows/Mac/Mobile Syncing

sugarsync_big SugarSync Offers 2GB of Free Windows/Mac/Mobile SyncingWindows/Mac/mobile: SugarSync, a previously paid-only syncing service that got quite a few shout-outs in our feature-by-feature online storage chart, now offers a free 2GB plan that keeps documents synced across Windows, Mac, and mobile platforms.

If you’re familiar with Dropbox, our readers’ favorite file syncing tool, you’re going to think SugarSync’s offerings are pretty familiar—2GB of free space, multi-system, cross-platform syncing, file explorer integration, web access with sharing and photo gallery powers, etc. There are, however, a few key differences, positive and negative, that set SugarSync apart:

  • SugarSync lets you add folders anywhere on your system to be synchronized, while Dropbox sticks to a single-bin-for-everything mindset (although there’s a symbolic link work-around for that)
  • SugarSync’s free accounts limit you to syncing two computers, while Dropbox seems unlimited.
  • SugarSync has working clients for iPhones, BlackBerries, and Windows Mobile phones—some of which we’ve heard is on the way for Dropbox, but not released yet.

Other than that (and a lack of a Linux client), SugarSync seems like a pretty nifty way to keep files synchronized across systems, especially if you’re a frequent mobile net user. The free plan software is free to download; better transfer speeds and more options start at $4.99 per month.

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New and Improved Gmail, Google Calendar for iPhone and Android

Google has just pushed out a new Gmail engine for iPhone and Android users, adding features like (some) offline access, a “floaty bar” for archive, delete, and more, and quicker access to search and tasks.

The new interface also now displays email labels, and everything should run quicker and smoother in general. iPhone (and iPod touch) users will need to be running the latest 2.2.1 operating system for access to the latest and greatest features and interface. The new and improved Gmail for mobile is rolling out over the course of the day, and it works for both regular Gmail and Google Apps accounts.

calendar_ss New and Improved Gmail, Google Calendar for iPhone and AndroidWhile they were at it, Google also pushed out an update for Google Calendar for mobile users, adding event management for responding to invitations and changing your attendance status from your phone. Likewise, the Google Calendar updates work with Android or the iPhone and require the 2.2.1 iPhone OS.

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Wall Street Journal Puts Paid Content on Your iPhone for Free

wsj_app Wall Street Journal Puts Paid Content on Your iPhone for FreeiPhone/iPod touch only: In a standard browser, the Wall Street Journal’s content costs $103 per year, apart from any work-arounds. The Journal’s new iPhone app, however, seems to knock down the pay wall entirely.

Similar to the BlackBerry app released last summer, the WSJ iPhone app’s home screen provides scrolling headlines and thumbnail images of that day’s Journal content in a few different categories—”What’s News,” “Markets,” and “Editors’ Picks.” Hit “More,” however, and you get pretty much every category covered in the dead tree version. You can also tune into the Journal’s videos and streaming radio content from the app, and just one bottom banner ad seems to be the only monetizing content you’ll have to read around.

The WSJ app is a free download, requires an iPhone or iPod touch running at least the 2.2 firmware.

WSJ – The Wall Street Journal [iTunes Store (direct link) via Wired]

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