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Microsoft Paying Nokia Billions to Use Windows Phone Platform

Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop revealed that Microsoft is paying the Finnish handset maker billions of dollars to switch to Windows Phone, as the two companies struggle to compete with Apple and Google. Elop revealed the agreement in an effort to appease investors, after his company's stock tumbled 14 percent following the announced partnership with Microsoft.

The CEO said Microsoft's payments acknowledge the "substantial value to contribute" that Nokia offers the Redmond, Wash., software giant. He also said that his company will pay Microsoft royalties for the use of its software, as is standard practice.

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Apple Rumored to have Started Manufacturing Next-gen iPads Now

The report cites "people familiar with the matter" as saying that the new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model. It will have at least one camera on the front of the device for features like video-conferencing, but the resolution of the display will be similar to the first iPad. It will also have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor.

The coming iPad's RAM is expected to be doubled to 512MB, the same as today's iPhone 4 but still half that of the Motorola Xoom. RAM is also said to be accelerated using a faster 1066MHz bus, compared to the 800MHz timing of iPhone 4.

No details about the resolution of both front and rear cameras, but other reports expects parts similar to those used on the newest iPod touch: a front facing VGA resolution and a 1MP rear camera capable of 720p HD capture but not equivalent to the 5MP iPhone 4 camera, which rivals many point and shoot cameras in terms of photo quality.

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Confess Your Sins on Your iPhone

The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide worshippers through confession. The Confession program has gone on sale through iTunes for $1.99. Described as "the perfect aid for every penitent", it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament.

Now senior church officials in both the UK and US have given it their seal of approval, in what is thought to be a first.

The app takes users through the sacrament - in which Catholics admit their wrongdoings - and allows them to keep track of their sins. It also allows them to examine their conscience based on personalised factors such as age, sex and marital status - but it is not intended to replace traditional confession entirely. Instead, it encourages users to understand their actions and then visit their priest for absolution.

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10 Billionth App is Paper Glider, Winner


According to Apple, the 10 billionth app is "Paper Glider", and was downloaded by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, in the UK. As the grand prize winner of Apple's 10 Billion Apps Countdown promotion, Gail will receive an iTunes Gift Card worth US$10,000.

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10 Billionth App Download Milestone Reached

Apple on Saturday announced that its iOS App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad has reached the milestone of 10 billion downloads since its launch.

"Thank you. Ten billion times," Apple's official countdown was changed to read. "The 10 Billion App Countdown promotion has ended. Please come back to this page later to see who won."

The company began a countdown to 10 billion downloads on January 14. The 10 billionth downloader stands a chance to win an iTunes gift card valued at $10,000 U.S. It is not revealed who won it yet.

There are more than 300,000 applications available on the App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And Apple revealed this week that it has sold 160 million iOS devices.

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