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With all the new features that are popping up in both Lion and iOS 5, there’s a lot of speculation as to exactly where Apple got these ideas. A company that’s known for its innovation is suddenly being accused of being completely unoriginal and building off of the work of others without giving credit.

For instance, some say the new Notifications Center is a derivative of Teehan+Lax’s famous home screen concept. TUAW takes this conversation even further with a recent article that points out several new official features that Apple owes to jailbreak developers.

One of the most shocking stories published in this arena is a recent Cult of Mac article where a Cydia developer claims that Apple not only stole his idea for Wifi Sync, but even ripped off his icon!

The interesting counterargument to all this is that we see all these ideas and demand that Apple give them to us, then we they do, we fault them for it! After all, is adding a unified notification screen really such a unique idea that Apple shouldn’t try it because others have done so? That argument simply doesn’t seem sound and is definitely no way to keep your users happy.

So what do you think? Is Apple shamelessly stealing the ideas of others or are they doing an admirable job of giving users exactly what they’re asking for? Where is the line between the two?

I was recently honored with the opportunity to have a discussion with the founder of one of my favorite web services: Zootool.

Today we’ll give you a look into our chat with Bastian Allgeier about why he created Zootool, what challenges he faced transitioning a web service into an iPhone app and whether or not we can expect to see an iPad version any time soon!

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Some people (apparently a great majority) get some wild enjoyment out of firing furious fowls into rudely constructed structures that protect a pile of prig-looking pigs. It’s not just iOS devices, but Android, Palm and other charts are topped with the best-selling physics-based destruction game “Angry Birds”. But we already knew that, so I’m always interested in seeing which new app will surface to the number 2 spot on the mobile gaming charts; and I’ve found a winner: “Tiny Wings”.

Tiny Wings features a bird with a problem: his wings aren’t big enough to fly. Your mission is simple, keep your bird in motion with high-and-long glides over the colorful hills of rolling digital islands. Start slow, sliding down a grassy slope, then let gravity and aerodynamic velocity take it from there.

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This week we all watched as Apple unveiled its next round of amazing software products at WWDC. For you iPhone fans, there is a ton to be excited about. The next iteration of iOS is definitely the most major update yet and it brings about lots of great new features to drool over.

Today we want to know which new feature you just can’t wait to get your hands on this fall. They’re all pretty amazing but for some of us, a certain feature stands out as something we’ve been waiting far too long for. Which one is it for you?

After you vote in the poll, leave a comment below and let us know where iOS 5 disappointed you. Which new feature have you been waiting for years to see still hasn’t made it onto the iPhone?

Earlier today Apple kicked off their annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference with a keynote speech that was chock full of new goodies for virtually everyone who uses their software regularly.

Mac.AppStorm has all the info on what’s coming with Lion and iCloud and we’ve got the lowdown on outstanding new features of iOS. Let’s take a look!

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The web is buzzing with news that Apple is cracking down on companies that are giving away free iPhones and iPads on the ground that such practices are against their policies.

Can Apple really do anything about these giveaways? Can a company dictate what you do with their products after you purchase them? Let’s discuss.

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Monday will bring about the opening of the always exciting Worldwide Developers Conference, an event hosted by Apple each year to show off the newest goodies that will keep our wallets empty for the next 365 days.

This year it would seem that Apple has quite a bit to be excited about. The topic that’s on the homepage of every tech blog is of course iCloud, which it would seem has gone far beyond myth and into certain reality. In fact, MacRumors is even reporting that the iCloud banners are already up in the WWDC venue!

Beyond that you can expect to see lots of talk about updates to both of Apple’s operating systems: OS X and iOS. The event is supposedly aimed primarily at software so we don’t expect to see anything iPhone 5 related, but anything could happen in those “one more thing” segments that Jobs is always sneaking in.

Today we want to know which announcement you’re most excited about. Are you ready to take your music to the cloud, finally see a decent notifications system in iOS or anxiously drooling over Lion?

Be sure to check back Monday for the scoop on everything new in the world of Mac, iPhone and iPad!

We’d like to say a big thank you to this month’s iPhone.AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can order a slot through BuySellAds.

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Invincible Demon – Invincible Demon is an Incredible top down action shooter with a few new twists. Shoot, dodge and jump across 18 different levels with 3 selectable characters each with there own unique play style.

Demolition Dash – No one is safe from the manic mayhem in Demolition Dash. Take control of the tiny monster Zilla and annihilate everything in sight: wipe out SWAT teams, blow up cars and leave only rubble behind on your way through eight famous cities. Destroy or avoid everything that gets in your way with Zilla’s mighty roar and powerful jumps!

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Find My iPhone is an awesome free feature that allows any iPhone or iPad owner to track down their device in the event that it gets stolen or lost. From any Mac or iOS device, you can log into MobileMe and instantly see a map containing the locations of your iOS devices. From here you can lock them, reset them or even send a message and set off an alarm.

This feature is great in theory, but does it work in the real world? Today we’ve got three “Find my iPhone” stories that recently made headlines, each with interestingly unique outcomes.

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Today is our fourth post in a series titled “Ask the Editor”. This is a great way for you to ask questions and get help for all things iPhone. Whether you’ve just purchased your first iPhone and need help setting it up or are a pro with an advanced technical question, I’ll tackle your problem and see if I can help!

We’ve had some great questions submitted since last time, so read on to find out what my responses are and how you can submit your own questions for the next article.
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