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First Batches of iPhone 4 Selling Out Worldwide

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Just as Apple’s servers are finally accepting pre-orders of the iPhone 4 after being down most of the day, the device may be selling out.

AT&T sold its stock of the pre-order iPhone 4s this afternoon, and now Apple appears close to running out also. In certain parts of the country, the east coast especially, the online Apple Store has pushed shipping dates for the device back to the July 6-8 timeframe, according to reader reports.

The device appears to also have been sold out in the UK and Germany, according to MacRumors.

Let’s hope you were able to order or reserve one — delivery dates for latecomers have been pushed back to July 4 at the earliest.

Earlier today, AT&T said Tuesday was the busiest online sales day in the company’s history:

“Because of the incredible interest in iPhone 4, today was the busiest online sales day in AT&T history. As of Tuesday afternoon, customers who preorder iPhone 4 moving forward will receive their device on June 25 or later, depending on when the order is placed. We’ll email customers with confirmation once their order is placed, and again when it ships. In addition, we will have devices available on a first-come, first-serve basis in our stores beginning on June 24.”

Engadget: AT&T sold out of iPhone 4 pre-orders for launch day

Report: AT&T Exclusive U.S. iPhone Provider Until 2012

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AT&T may not be too concerned about chatter Verizon could be added to the list of U.S. carriers offering Apple’s iPhone. The Dallas-based carrier may have an insurance policy of sorts in the form of a deal with Apple hammered out in 2007, making AT&T the sole U.S. iPhone carrier through 2012, according to a report by Engadget.

Although much of an antimonopoly lawsuit against AT&T and Apple remains sealed, the gadget blog uncovered testimony from the Cupertino, Calif. company agreeing with a 2007 USA Today report saying the consumer device giant and carrier had signed a five-year exclusivity arrangement amid the unveiling of the first iPhone. Verizon, now in the news as a potential addition to AT&T, rejected the original deal, according to the newspaper.

The Macintosh Speaks For Itself (Literally)…

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Steve Jobs at the introduction of the first Mac in 1984.

In Part 11 of Macworld founder David Bunnell’s memoirs, Steve Jobs triumphantly introduces the Mac to the world. “It sang to us. It performed mathematical calculations with the blinding speed of a Cray mainframe. It drew beautiful pictures. It communicated with other computers. It bounced rays off satellites and sent a subversive message to the Soviet Union.”

Daily Deals: $39 CRT iMac G3, $929 Unibody MacBook Pro, $1,358 New MacBook Pros

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Before we get to the modern Macs on tap for today, there is another chance to buy a piece of computing history. There is a number of deals on older Macs, including a CRT iMac, running a blazing-fast 500Mhz G3 processor for just $39. Last week we had the MacBook Pro Lalapalooza and today we have the MacBook Pro Lalapalooza Part Deux. You can grab some unibody MacBook Pro machines starting at $929 for a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo model or pay $1,358 for the just-released MacBook Pros plus three years of AppleCare.

Along the way, we’ll check out the latest deals on iPhones plus new bargains on Mac software, including Mac OS 10.6. As always, details on these and many more items are available at CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.

TidBits Celebrates 20th Anniversary As Oldest Pure Digital Tech Pub On Net

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This week the TidBits website celebrates a special landmark: it’s the oldest purely digital technology publication on the Internet.

Started in 1990 by Adam and Tonya Engst, TidBits is celebrating its 20th anniversary of publishing “all the news that’s fit to byte.”

It started as a Hypercard stack and evolved into a text pub distributed through the web, email, AOL and Usenet, plus innumerable BBSes.

Today it’s stronger than ever, publishing a website, mailing list, iPhone app, Twitter feed, Kindle subscription, and podcast. Plus, it has a popular eBook publishing wing, TidBITS Publishing Inc., which has sold about 250,000 Take Control ebooks.

To celebrate, Adam has put together a testimonials page from more than 50 Mac industry leaders. Add your own comments to the page.

Daily Deals: $99 iPod nano, App Store Freebies, iTunes Freebie

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We reach midweek with another round of Mac-related deals. First up is a number of bargains on Apple iPods, starting with a fourth-gen 8GB iPod nano for $99. We also check into a new batch of App Store freebies, including “BaseBrawl,” touted as a violent baseball game. The iTunes store has released another freebie: Juliet Venegas’ “Bien o Mal.”

Along the way, we check out some new apps for the iPad and iPhone, as well as some interesting hardware. Details on these and many other items are available at CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.

Daily Deals: 27″ i7 iMac, 32GB iPhone 3GS, App Store Medical Freebies

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We start the day with a mix of Mac deals, including a loaded 27-inch iMac with Intel’s i7 processor cranking out 2.8GHz. ExperCom has added 8GB of RAM and three years of AppleCare – all for $2,379. Also on tap is a 32GB iPhone 3GS from AT&T. (If you’re interested, you might want to snap this bargain up soon, since they seem to be going quickly.) Finally, we wrap up out top trio with Medical freebies from the App Store, including a medical encyclopedia.

Along the way, we check out other gadgets and software, including a new round of price drops from the App Store on applications for the iPhone or iPod touch.

As always, details on these items and many more are available from CoM’s “Daily Deals” page which starts right after the following jump.

100 Tips #3: Quit And Close, They’re Not The Same

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On Windows, when you’ve finished using a particular piece of software, you close it with the X symbol in the top right corner of the application window.

Many switchers assume that the window close control in the top left of an OS X application window does the same job: but that’s not quite true.

Hasta La Victoria: Che Guevara iPhone App

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Now you can carry around quotes like “The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall,” from Che Guevara on your iPhone. (Irony not included.)

Guevara, launched Feb. 12 for $0.99 or €.79, is the latest app in the iTunes store to capitalize on lightning rod figures. Not to be confused with iChe, another Italian-developed app released four days later, Guevara features notable quotes from the Argentine revolutionary and guerilla war tactician in English, Spanish, French and Italian.

All of these apps were approved first for the Italian iTunes store but are for sale in others, including the US store, too.

The first of its kind was iMussolini, an app featuring famous quotes and speeches of the Fascist ruler. Despite a storm of complaints, iMussolini was only yanked for a week over copyright issues.  Once ranked no. 2 in the Italian app store, developer Luigi Marino tells us his creation has been dowloaded 8,000 times so far. It is once again for sale, along with another similar app of Mussolini’s speeches.

It seems there is a kind of double standard for quote apps of controversial figures: the US iTunes store features six apps of Dalai Lama teachings and quotes, but these were all removed from China’s iTunes store leading to cries of censorship.

The Guevara app, given a +12 rating for “mild or infrequent horror/ fear /violence themes”  was developed by two 30-something Italian IT consultants who have created another five apps on the iTunes store.

As far as we know, there have been no formal complaints to Apple about the El Che quote app. (Apple has not responded to our requests for comment).

Cult of Mac talked in exclusive with one of the developers of Guevara, Marcantonio Magnarapa, about an iPad version, the approval process and iMussolini.

Cult of Mac: How did you come up with the idea?

Marcantonio Magnarapa: We came up with the idea of a Che Guevara iPhone app while talking about the man behind the revolutionary –  inspired by the Steven Soderbergh movie, actually.

However you might feel about his actions, there is no doubt that his words strike a chord in every one, independent of the era or place. His thoughts are as relevant today as they were back in his day.