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iPhone 4 South Korea debut and iOS 4.1 happening this week

Apple’s hugely successful iPhone 4 firstly debuted in the U.S. and select European countries like Germany and the U.K., and most recently a few weeks ago in 17 additional countries including Canada.

The iPhone 4 is now set to launch in South Korea.

On Sunday, South Korea’s KT Corporation confirmed in a statement the company planned to launch the iPhone 4 across the country by the end of this week.

The iPhone 4 drove thousands of people to line up on launch day in Canada (the case was similar in other areas), with supplies still being very limited for consumers who want to purchase the device today from an Apple store.

An Apple representative told us the iPhone would be more readily available in the coming weeks in Canada, and said there were still daily lines in the morning with people eager to purchase one while being hopeful there would even be a shipment.

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Google Goggles coming to iPhone, pending app store approval

googleThe search giant, Google, has just announced it would bring its visual search application Google Goggles to Apple’s iOS platform, making the application available for iPhone and iPad users.

Google Goggles is already available for Google Android powered mobile devices through the Android Marketplace.

Google Goggles retrieves useful information from a picture a user snaps along with their respective GPS position.

The company is dubbing the product a universal visual search tool.

However, although the app works great on certain queries, it is still in beta, but the company says future updates will make the product more effective and useful with more accurate and relevant information.

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43 top iphone apps and games to download

So, you were lucky enough to get your hands on a new iPhone 4 after waiting for hours in a line at the Apple store. Now what do you do? Well, you load it up with apps, of course, and there are plenty to choose from, with over 200,000 apps in Apple’s App Store.

With so many, you can spend days sifting through lists to find the best apps and games, and now, we have done all of that hard work for you, with a list of the top 43 apps we found in the App Store, including free and premium apps.

With thousands of apps, this list is in no way exhaustive. If we missed a cool app that you think belongs to this list, drop it in the comments and we might just add it.

Let’s get straight into this: here are the top 43 iPhone apps in no particular order.

Newly Added Apps

As part of an effort to grow this list with the latest and best iPhone/iPad apps, we have added an additional six apps. Feel free to post other apps that are not on this list in the comments and we might just add it.

Texas Instruments BA II Plus Financial Calculator

Price: $14.99 – iTunes

Comments: Business/Financial analysts know all about this, the Texas Instruments BA II Plus financial calculator, now conveniently on your iPhone.


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RIM, Nokia fire back at Apple’s device antenna claims

During Apple’s held press conference yesterday that explained the antenna issues with the latest iPhone 4, the company alleged other smartphones also have similar connectivity issues if the devices are held in certain ways.

Apple specifically made these claims against Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry, including other top phone makers like Nokia, Samsung, and High Tech Computer Corporation (HTC).

Today, both Nokia and RIM published statements debunking Apple’s claims against their products.

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Today’s Apple press conference could yield iPhone 4 recall

Update: Apple says 0.55% of all consumers who purchased the new iPhone 4 have called the company about reception issues. The company went on to say only 1.7-percent returned their iPhone 4, compared to a 6-percent return rate for the iPhone 3GS. The company said all smartphones have a weakness and that they are not perfect, and that less than 1-percent of the iPhone 4 devices have the reception issue. To remedy the issue, Apple will not conduct a recall, but will offer free cases. In order to get your case, simply fill the registration form on the Apple website starting early next week.

In about one hour’s time, Apple will deliver a press conference where the company is widely expected to discuss attenuation issues found in a significant number of new iPhone 4 devices.

Over the last few days, consumers who exchanged their faulty devices reported the issue was no longer present, though that information has yet to be confirmed.

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iPhone 4 becomes most successful product launch for Apple

The California, Cupertino-based tech giant, Apple Inc., today gave some insight into sales figures for its new iPhone 4 device.

The company says it has sold 1.7-million iPhone 4 devices in only three days after it started selling the phones on June 24, making the iPhone 4 the most successful product launch in the firms history.

The iPhone launched in the United States, among select European nations, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom on June 24. The iPhone 4 is set to launch in Canada some time in July, as confirmed by Apple, where the phone is also hugely anticipated and also expected to top previous sales records.

The preceding iPhone model, the iPhone 3GS, thought to be hugely successful, sold 1-million devices in seven days.

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Wal-Mart to offer iPhone 3GS for $97 with term, iPhone HD 4 could launch June 9

The largest retailer by volume in the world, Wal-Mart, has announced it would lower the price of the iPhone 3GS to $97 coupled with a two-year contract in the United States.

The new price marks a $100 discount from the regular price. As of right now, Wal-Mart will be the only retailer offering the iPhone 3GS at that lowest price available.

The price reduction at the world’s largest retailer signals Apple is readying the launch of the iPhone HD 4 and is attempting to sell off remaining quantities of the iPhone 3GS.

Apple co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs will likely unveil the next-generation iPhone during a keynote speech that will be delivered at WWDC 2010 on June 7 at 10am.

The new iPhone is rumored to include video conferencing, HD quality camera recording, a 1GHz processor, increased memory, a higher resolution display (960×640 pixels), the new OS 4, among other features not yet disclosed.

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Why RIM needs to push BlackBerry 6 out before June 7

BlackBerry WES 2010 April conference where BlackBerry 6 was unveiled

Competition in the mobile space has been intensifying ever since the iPhone truly revolutionized the mobile realm, followed more recently with the Android mobile operating system developed by Google that has recently seen record sales.

Research In Motion, the maker of the popular BlackBerry enterprise centric (turned consumer friendly) messaging device has traditionally enjoyed a competitive edge (and arguably still does) over other platforms with its superior messaging capabilities, mainly seamless push e-mail and PIN messaging with BlackBerry Messenger.

RIM has traditionally been focused on developing handsets that are geared towards enterprise with an efficient and functional operating system that is designed to serve its primary purpose: mobile messaging, e-mail, and notifications.

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Mobile market grows 56% in Q1, Apple challenges RIM’s second top spot

The market research firm IDC published a report today on global smartphone sales, indicating the market grew 56.7-percent in Q1 2010 with 54.7-million units shipped, compared to 34.9-million units shipped in the same period last year.

The smartphone market also grew by a record 38-percent in the final quarter of 2009 year-over-year.

Most notably, Apple was able to double its iPhone sales over the same period last year, as the company introduced the iPhone in emerging high-growth markets such as China.

According to the report, Apple sold 8.8-million iPhone devices, putting the company in the third top spot of global mobile vendors.

Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone model sometime this June, with the more redefined OS 4 that will bring many new features including multi-tasking, enhanced e-mail and personal information management, among other key enhancements.

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Adobe cancels all plans to bring Flash to iPhone

Only a couple of days after the leak of the next-generation iPhone that is expected to launch on June 22nd, Adobe, the maker of the popular web development platform Flash, has announced the company will entirely stop development for the iPhone.

The relationship between Apple and Adobe has deteriorated in recent weeks as the companies have failed to reach an agreement to bring Flash support to the iPhone.

Apple recently announced it has banned the use of Flash in its hugely popular app store; today prompting Adobe to cease future development for the iPhone entirely, meaning Adobe has no plans to bring Flash to the iPhone.

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