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iPod touch - Diminishing Stock?

  With the iPhone 3G stealing the spotlight from its iPod cousins, how does the iPod touch fit into the Apple family? Starting at $299 for the 8GB model, the iPod touch stands out as the pricey black sheep. Sure, the iPhone 3G’s price is subsidized, but try telling that to the penny-pinching masses. Where does the iPod touch go from here? AppleInsider reports that supplies of the iPod touch are diminishing and it may have something to do with a new model rumored to hit shelves in September. Giant electronics retailer, Best Buy also reported reduced quantities of 16GB models, while Apple’s online store showed a slight delay in orders. We called up a few of the busiest Apple retail stores in the Bay Area, including the one in downtown San Francisco, to find out if they had any in stock. Though bewildered by our intern’s awkward phone demeanor, all three Mac Geniuses assured us there were plenty (and were eager to hold one for us). Recently, Apple introduced the back-to-school promo to college students, offering a $299 rebate towards a new 8GB iPod touch with the purchase of a new Mac. Though this is quite the deal, and a great way to own the MP3 player-slash-mini computer without actually purchasing one, it could just be a ploy by Apple to exercise excess inventory. It appears that the iPod touch is nearing the same fate as the iPhone, with Apple depleting supply so as to make way for an army of new and improved successors. We expect a September announcement, just in time to excite eager consumers for the holiday shopping season.

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iPhone 3G - It Prints Money

  EE Times speculates that the iPhone 3G could cost Apple a whopping $100 to build. Also, that extra $100 you're going to pay for the 16GB iPhone 3G, they speculate the 16GB flash drive could cost Apple just $20 more.  When you're forking over your hard earned cash to AT&T or Apple on July 11, remember, you're paying a subsidized price. Apple could be charging AT&T up to double of the stated iPhone 3G price.  EE Times cites volume discounts, engineering refinements and the lower price of components for the manufacturing price drop. Expect spy shots of Apple executives swimming in large pools of money around the holidays.

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.Mac Service Hiccup

  According to MacNN, Apple’s .Mac online service was down today for several hours in both the United States and the UK, though .Mac reports that the site is now functioning just fine. Users were reportedly unable to open email, backup utilities or web galleries. The recent news of restrictive browser requirements for iDisk users may have brought bad karma to the site--but it was probably Apple preparing to transition to the new MobileMe service, which will add push email, contacts and photo galleries between Apple and Windows computers and the iPhone/iPod touch. The new MobileMe service will launch on July 11 and, unlike its predecessor, will be compatible with the latest browsers.

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  The ever present specter of Flash on the iPhone has once again, reared its head. Adobe CEO, Shantanu Narayen, stated during Adobe's Q2 earnings call that the company has Flash running on the iPhone within emulation: "We have a version that’s working on the emulation. This is still on the computer and you know, we have to continue to move it from a test environment onto the device and continue to make it work. So we are pleased with the internal progress that we’ve made to date." If Apple allows Flash on the iPhone, this would introduce a feature many iPhone users have been clamoring for. Just don't hold your breath. Steve Jobs has been critical of Flash Mobile, suggesting that it isn't powerful enough for the iPhone. Hopefully, the two companies will iron out their differences and give customers the option to install Flash on their iPhones. Via Silicon Valley Insider

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Firefox Download Day

Starting at 10AM PDT, Mozilla wants the entire universe to download the official release of Firefox 3. Dubbed "Download Day," Mozilla is hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in one day. If you feel like joining the hip crowd and smashing a made up world record click here and download away. If you have better things to do, like work, you can sit on the sidelines and make snarky remarks about how [insert random browser here] is cooler.  

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  According to O2, consumer interest in the iPhone 3G in the UK has eclipsed interest in the current by an unprecedented rate. Well, maybe not unprecedented when you realize that the iPhone 3G can be had for free in the UK on the O2 mobile network. More than 130,000 people have pre-registered their interest in the new iPhone. Compared to the 35,000 people who pre-registered for the original iPhone and it seems the iPhone 3G could be a huge hit in the UK. The iPhone 3G will hit the British Isle on July 11.

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 Gizmodo spoke with AT&T and found out that the mobile carrier will require current AT&T customers to be eligible for an upgrade before they'll hand over the iPhone 3G at its subsidized price.

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 More headlines about the iPhone 3G, PowerPC-hater Snow Leopard, what we all learned at WWDC, and glimpses at an iSight HD and a possible iCar.

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TomTom GPS Update

French language site, MacGeneration spoke with Yann Lafargue of TomTom about the their navigation software on the iPhone. The company does have its software running on an iPhone. Lafargue states that the discovery of a restrictive clause within the iPhone SDK agreement that restricts real-time route guidance isn't an obstacle, and is Apple's way of protecting itself. Still, TomTom is proceeding with caution with it's plans to bring its software to the App Store. "In general, Apple has so far worked with more Americans than Europeans, prompting a caution. There is a whole set of things to confirm before talking about marketing." Editor's note: Quote translated using Google Translate. Via iLounge 

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Another day, another round of articles about the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 2.0 software and OMG have you heard that Apple makes this cool phone?