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SlingPlayer Mobile iPhone App Goes 3G Friendly Today

http://indyposted.com

Sling Media, makers of the SlingPlayer hardware and software packages will go live today with AT&T 3G capabilities for iPhone users. Previously only WiFi connected users could stream their videos over their iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS devices.
SlingPlayer allows users to stream their cable, satellite or DVR files directly to their outside devices over high speed internet, previously AT&T had disallowed 3G use of the system for fear that it would cause unnecessary congestion on their fledgling 3G service. AT&T announced several weeks ago that they would allow 3G service to be used with the iPhone SlingPlayer App, but Apple had to first approve the program, which is now available via the App Store. The cost of the 3G version is $29.99, with a free download available to users who have already purchased the WiFi version of the program.
In order to use the program users will also need to purchase a Sling Box which is hooked up to their home video setup and internet connection.

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Apple issues warning about location-based ads in iPhone apps

http://www.downloadsquad.com

Sometimes, Apple's decisions about content in the App Store can be petty and anti-competitive -- like asking developers to remove any mention of Android. But sometimes, they make a call that seems to put users first. This time, it's a request that developers use your location to provide useful information, rather than just serving you location-based ads. Here's the text of the warning to developers, posted in Apple's developer forum:
If you build your application with features based on a user's location, make sure these features provide beneficial information. If your app uses location-based information primarily to enable mobile advertisers to deliver targeted ads based on a user's location, your app will be returned to you by the App Store Review Team for modification before it can be posted to the App Store.'
Developers might balk at the removal of a possible cheap and easy revenue stream, but I think Apple is doing the right thing, here. Apps like Foursquare and Gowalla, which allow business to advertise specials, should be unaffected, because they also your location for checking in, finding your friends, and other important game elements.

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Skype Calls Over 3G Coming To iPhone "Real Soon Now"

http://www.businessinsider.com

Skype users will soon be able to place calls from iPhones over the 3G network, thanks to an update to Apple's policies, according to a post on Skype's official blog.

Skype for iPhone currently allows Skype-to-Skype and Skype-to-phone calls only through a wireless connection. Until recently, Apple had banned VOIP programs like Skype from enabling calls over the 3G network. The new version of Apple's Software Development Kit, rolled out with the iPad, removes this restriction.

As a result, Skypers will be able to call each other for free from anywhere AT&T's network operates. No firm date has been set for the new feature, but the company promises that it will be available "real soon now".

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Tagcrumbs lands on iPhone – social bookmarking for places

http://eu.techcrunch.com

Berlin-based Tagcrumbs wants to be the YouTube for places, although a much more apt comparison might be Delicious. The location-based service, which on the surface competes with usual suspects Foursquare, Yelp, Gowalla and Germany’s own Dailyplaces, enables users to bookmark, tag and share places.

This week Tagcrumbs debuted its iPhone app (iTunes link), which takes advantage of the phone’s GPS capability, making it a snap to begin using the service. Users aren’t even required to sign-up to start discovering new places.

Unlike Foursquare and similar services, however, there’s no attempt to build in any kind of gaming element, users don’t ‘check-in’ and there’s no associated badge of honor. Instead, the model seems more akin to social bookmarking in which the motivation to use the service is selfish as well as social. Places can be bookmarked purely for a user’s own convenience (and even made private) or shared with followers and therefore the wider Tagcrumb community.

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Apple source calls the Tablet an "iPhone on steroids"

http://www.techdigest.tv

When it comes to rumours, Boy Genius Report always seem to have some great, reliable sources. I'm not sure where they've picked these sneaky contacts up, but I sure wouldn't mind flicking through their phone book! The latest leak they've picked up on comes from an Apple connect that they say has never "steered us wrong".

Here's the low-down on the fresh details they've acquired.
It's powered by an incredibly fast ARM CPU
The tablet's multi-touch gestures are "out of control."
It runs on the iPhone kernel.
The internal model number is K48AP.
There hasn't been an updated iPhone OS build because there's too much tablet-related code/references in the OS and Apple obviously didn't want that to leak. Oh dear.
The tablet is basically an "iPhone on steroids."

So there you have it. Or at least the rumour concerning whatever "it" turns out to be. An iPhone on steroids? Not sure that's enough for me to be honest. I was expecting the next iPhone to be an iPhone on steroids, I wanted this one to be a tablet on steroids!

Still, rumour and speculation only at this point. Until the end of the month at least, anyway.

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Love the first lacking iPhone? Get the G-Fi that adds Wireless GPS

http://www.phonesreview.co.uk

Remember the first ever Apple iPhone 2G that had many features that excited us at first, but then all of a sudden Apple came out with the 3G that was very good, then there is the present 3GS with many more features that really did get us on the edge of our seat, well there is a new accessory for the first-gen iPhone 2G.

This new product is called the “G-Fi”, a simple chunky box that adds Wireless GPS to the iPhone, it is pretty similar to that of Mi-Fi that will create a Wi-Fi hotspot, and the only difference is that the G-Fi does not actually pipe in the internet.

This new product is $100 and will support up-to 200 devices that have Wi-Fi, you do need an app that is specific to this device and the iPhone 2G, this app is called Navmii and will set you back $33.

So if you prefer the iPhone 2G because it is simple and do not wish to spend loads on the iPhone 3GS version would you consider buying the G-Fi?

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