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Hype in the tech world is part of the game. There are entire events dedicated to hype: CES, E3 and Mobile World Congress are all platforms for various companies to get in front of crowds and unveil groundbreaking technology. Some companies are better at this than others. I would argue that Apple has mastered the art of hype more than anyone else. At this point, Apple merely needs to send out an invitation to a press event and the tech world stops to pay attention.

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The Apple announcement has come and gone and it went pretty much the way I expected. We saw a new iPhone (called the iPhone 5 and not, thankfully, the “new iPhone”). We also got to see redesigned iPod Nano and iPod Touch devices. A new pair of earbud headphones called EarPods rounded out the new hardware. Updates to iOS and iTunes rounded out the announcement. But despite the hype, I think the biggest conversations will be around pricing and the lack of a smaller iPad.

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It’s September, which means it’s time for Apple to bring the tech world to a halt as company executives reveal the next line of products that will grace store shelves in time for the holidays. I don’t think there’s another company out there that can create as much speculation as Apple. Even something as simple as an event invitation becomes the target of intense scrutiny as bloggers and journalists parse every tiny detail in the hope of learning something before the official announcement goes live.

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Today’s uproar is not occurring in a concerted cry of outrage like it normally does, but instead it is occurring in the volume of material being published on so many different fronts. Two weeks ago we covered the fact that smartphones track our locations: Today’s uproar – Apple’s iPhone and 3G iPad track your location […]

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It’s a little 4-minute TED talk that demonstrates where the book is headed. It’s an electronic book with illustrations, maps, animations, videos, interactive graphics, etc. and built in: A next-generation digital book Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad — with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very […]

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The news broke earlier this week: Researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden discovered that the iPhone 4 and iPad 3G devices — essentially cellular devices running iOS 4 — have a secret file hidden away that tracks the devices location regularly. It appears that these devices determine location through pinging cell phone towers and triangulating the resulting position. Then the device records the estimated latitude and longitude with a timestamp in a file called consolidated.db. Allan and Warden hasten to add that, as far as they can tell, this information remains stored locally on your phone (though it will transfer to any computer you synchronize your device to).

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The internet is alight with the news:Apple’s iPhone and 3G iPad track your location and store the data in a hidden file. Wired had one of the first reports: iPhone Tracks Your Every Move, and There’s a Map for That Your iPhone or 3G-equipped iPad has been secretly recording your location for the past 10 […]

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I ran into a post by Jennifer Van Grove at Mashable the other day that piqued my interest. Van Grove wrote about an application by Spotlight Mobile called Meridian. It gives iPhone users a way to get their bearings, like many other navigational apps. But it doesn’t just tell you how to get to the store or attraction, it shows you where you’re going inside the building.

Obviously, this isn’t nearly as necessary when you’re going to the convenience store (now why did they have to move the pretzels? How will I ever find them?), but for larger buildings, I think it could be very useful. According to Spotlight’s Web site, the company is working to partner with organizations that want to help customers and patrons navigate large areas. The app just launched and has only one location to choose from. As it happens, it’s my favorite bookstore on the planet, Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Ore.

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This morning, I read a post written by Charlie White at Mashable that suggests Apple’s troubles at the executive level could potentially intensify. White cites articles from a couple of British newspapers that say Jonathan Ive, the head of industrial design at Apple, may not be entirely happy with his situation. If Ive were to leave Apple, it could be a big blow.

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Well, shucks. This morning, Verizon announced that it will carry a CDMA-enabled iPhone 4 in the United States starting in early February. That’s great news to Verizon’s customer base — the largest in the United States. It will also give us the chance to see if the reception and speed issues iPhone users have reported are the fault of AT&T or the device itself.

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