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Beware Country-Specific iTunes Stores

If you buy an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and you happen to be a user of the iTunes Store in more than one country, take note which country's store you're viewing in iTunes when you plug in the device for the first time. This will be the country the device will register with, and you will be forever barred from purchasing or even updating free apps from anywhere else. The only way out is to delete everything on the device and do a full restore.

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Talking Your Way Out of a Plastic Bag

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TidBITS honcho Adam Engst called me the other morning as I was about to hop on my bike for my commute to work with the news that Apple had just announced there would be a real iPhone software development kit. That was good news, as I had a scoop on the topic a week before, but the secondary news was that an iPhone works in a plastic bag.

Covered in spandex and space-age water-resistant fabrics, I stuck my iPhone in a plastic Ziploc bag - brand names are a must for an iPhone - to prevent it from getting any water in it during my expected wet ride. The microphone and ear speaker (does that have a special name?) worked just fine. Another scoop!

 

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