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Rogers Announces iPhone 3G Rate Plan

What happens when you don’t live in the home of the brave, land of the free (and unlimited internet data)?

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iPhone, It Was Born To Run

  When you pick up your iPhone 2.0 in a few weeks, the first place you may want to take it to is the gym.  That’s what Engadget is predicting anyway. According to a press release from 24 Hour Fitness yesterday stated, "Nike and Apple worked with major gym equipment manufacturers to make their cardio equipment Nike + iPod compatible so gym members can easily track and record workouts on cardio equipment like treadmills, stair steppers, elliptical trainers and stationary bikes."  The gym giant will be the first to do so, however only selected gyms in its system will offer Nike + enabled equipment beginning in July.  The press release only mentions the iPod nano, however Nike has made it clear that Nike+ would eventually be available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  Engadget muses that with new iPhone on its way and the App Store about to launch (not to mention the patent application that included this graphic), July just might be your month to start that exercise program that you resolved to do back in January.

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iPhone Coming to China

 MarketWatch is reporting that the way has been cleared for the iPhone to reach the largest mobile phone market in the world. According to Gao Songge, deputy director of China Mobile’s general department, the only thing holding up the deal with Apple was Apple’s insistence on requiring that China Mobile share revenues. Apple dropped those demands on Friday and now the iPhone is set to hit the Chinese market 540 million mobile users. There is no timetable set for a Chinese release of the iPhone. Yet with the prospect of Apple stores opening in mid-July and the introduction of 3G service in time for the Beijing Olympics, it might not be that far off.

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  China will get its first Apple retail store this summer according to an article in Shanghai Daily. Apple China’s website announced that the new store will be located in the Sanlitun area of Beijing, the city’s most fashionable district. The Shanghai Daily says that an industry insider has tipped them off with some details, “Apple will open the three-floor store on July 19 and will open a second Retail Store in Beijing during the Olympics.”  The Chinese newspaper also postulates that the new iPhone may join the other Apple products available in the new stores. There has been no official word from Apple China on the exact opening dates and times of these new stores.

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iPhone SDK 8 Ready For Download

  Apple emailed notice to developers that iPhone SDK beta 8 (build 9M2199a) is ready to download and that they are now accepting iTunes App Store submissions. Apple states: Beta release 8 is compatible with the final iPhone OS 2.0 release and must be used to build and sign any iPhone OS application to be submitted to the App Store. As a reminder, you must be a member of the iPhone Developer Program to submit apps. The final firmware release of iPhone 2.0 is rumored to launch Friday, June 27 and expected to hit OG iPhones before the launch of the iPhone 3G.