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Gwyneth Paltrow launches 'GOOP City' app: First Manhattan, then the world!

Finally some answers for on-the-go girls (and guys) who absolutely must know where to pick up this season’s most mouthwatering macriobiotic fare with Madonna (Angelica Kitchen, obvs), how to cope with the perils of sitting next to a sweaty seat filler at the Emmys (if I had a nickel…), and who you have to bang to get your hands on the latest Coldplay album (not Brad Pitt… maybe Jay-Z)! That’s right GOOP fans, all-around doyenne Gwyneth Paltrow is bringing her unique brand of so-upscale-it’s-accessible-again-and-is-the-world-upside-down? elegance to mobile devices.

This latest venture, called GOOP City, became available on iPhones and iPads today for $3.99. Like everything else GOOP, it’s nothing if not universal (if you fit any of the three conditions above). The iOS app will offer tips on restaurants, bars, shopping, walking tours, and more. For now, GOOP City will focus on New York City, though more cities will be GOOPified in coming months. Paltrow described the app as “a trusted friend,” explaining that she was inspired by “years of being steered in the wrong direction by bribed concierges, biased opinions, and just plain bad suggestions.”

Food for thought: Paltrow’s daughter is named Apple. Is it a mere coincidence, or has she been planning this Jobs-ian tech takeover since 2004? How long before Paltrow partners with vendors in the world’s end-all-be-all daily deals website: LifeGOOPer? (Now your iPhone pocket journal will be only $148.80 instead of $372!) Next thing you know, she’ll be booking your hotels, flights, and car rentals on GOOPelocity. And then the final phase: GOOPling, a joint project with Ryan Gosling to take over all of meme-dom!

What do you think, PopWatchers? Will you sign up for GOOP City? Is Paltrow the modern-day shadow self of Napoleon, waging a step-by-step takeover of life as we know it?

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'Seinfeld' and 'Bad Boys' for no charge? Sony's Crackle launches as iTunes' No. 1 free entertainment app

The fight for controlling what you watch on your mobile devices just landed a new big contender. Sony Pictures Entertainment’s iPad and iPhone app Crackle launched on Monday as a free download, and it pretty much immediately landed at the top of the iTunes chart, ranking as the top overall free download for the iPad (and No. 3 for the iPhone). It’s not exactly hard to understand why; Netflix, Hulu, Time Warner Cable, and many others have been fighting to win over your eyeballs in the mobile/tablet/gizmo space/realm/dominion; while Crackle’s offerings are limited just to what falls under Sony’s corporate umbrella, that’s not a skimpy buffet: The app features movies like The Da Vinci Code, Pineapple Express, Big Daddy, and Ghostbusters, and TV shows like Seinfeld, Married with Children, and NewsRadio. (You can also watch all of this via Crackle’s website.)

Anyone who remembers the early days of Hulu, however, also knows that Sony hopes those aforementioned crown jewels will help you overlook its otherwise not-quite-as-exciting lineup: READ FULL STORY

Angry Birds flying to TV? Really, world?

angrybirdsIf Spider-Man can be a musical, and Ouija boards can be a movie, then can we really be surprised that Angry Birds may turn into a cartoonAngry Birds is one of the most popular apps ever, already franchised with toys and shirts and board games and anything else you can slap one of those bird faces on. (My kingdom for an Angry Birds-branded competitive erector set! One person builds, one person catapults, and we all learn some valuable lessons about ballistics and physics. A girl can dream.) I don’t know that I’d call an animated series “the next logical step” like CNN did, but okay, sure — if gummy bears managed to turn just-okay candy into a long-running cartoon, I suppose anything is possible. READ FULL STORY

iPhone heading to Verizon: It's official

iphoneIt’s official: Lowell McAdam, the president and COO of Verizon, announced this morning that “we’re partnering…with Apple.” The iPhone 4 will be available on Verizon on February 10, and starts at $199 for a 16GB 2-year plan, which is the same pricing as AT&T. Existing Verizon customers can preorder the phone come Feb. 3.

One thing to note: You can’t switch from AT&T to Verizon and keep your same phone. AT&T runs on a GSM network (think: SIM cards), and Verizon runs on CDMA, so the devices themselves are not interchangeable. The devices will run on Verizon’s 3G network (not the 4G LTE), and because of the way CDMA works, customers won’t be able to use voice and data simultaneously.

So, PopWatchers: Does this mean there’s an iPhone in your future? Or a carrier switch?

Apple yanks WikiLeaks app

Apple pulled a WikiLeaks app from its App Store, Tech Crunch reports, because the app “violated [Apple's] developer guidelines.” Apple has been notoriously vague about approving apps, or pulling them from the store even after they’re approved, and this is just one more example of the often opaque process.

If you want to read WikiLeaks on your iPhone, there’s still an amazing program that lets you do it: Safari. Read it to your heart’s content! You can access all kinds of crazy stuff.

Do I wish Apple were more transparent about its approval guidelines? Certainly. But am I worried that they’re going to pull, say, a newspaper’s app because that paper published an article that contains information obtained from leaked memos? I’m really, really not.

But maybe you are, PopWatchers. How slippery do you imagine this slope to be?

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Richard Branson launches iPad-only magazine, The Dude abides

projectRichard Branson unveiled his latest venture today: an iPad-only magazine called Project. First, conquer space. Then, iPad apps. ¡Viva!

Project, which costs $2.99 per monthly issue, comes as Rupert Murdoch is readying an iPad-only newspaper, The Daily. The inaugural issue features Jeff Bridges on the cover and some snappy graphics, plus interactive elements like “shaking” dirt off a page. READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: The Angry Birds Peace Treaty

Angry Birds and Pigs have been warring for generations. Is there any hope to stop the carnage? Perhaps some kind of brokered accord that could end the conflict, once and for all? Behold the Angry Birds Peace Treaty, from the Israeli comedy series Eretz Nehederet: [contains some salty language] READ FULL STORY

Apple's big announcement: What do you hope it means for iTunes?

apple-cloudImage Credit: Imagemore Co Ltd/Corbis“Tomorrow is just another day… that you’ll never forget,” claims Apple, as a way to tout a big iTunes announcement for tomorrow. (10 a.m. Eastern. Set your reminders, PopWatchers!) But what does it all mean? Eh, who can know the inner-workings of Steve Jobs’ magical noggin? If I could have one wish this holiday season, it would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace. But if I had two wishes, I’d wish for a bunch of stuff from Apple.

First, duh, streaming from the cloud. Isn’t that what everyone’s wishing for? So I could, say, sign into my iTunes account from another computer and listen to my music from there. Wouldn’t that be a treat? (Isn’t that why Apple bought Lala in the first place?)

Second, more robust TV offerings. I’d consider renting shows through the service if it had, you know, the shows I wanted to watch.

Third, buy-one-get-one-free songs. I just think it would be fun.

What are you wishing for, PopWatchers?

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal reports Apple will soon announce a deal to sell Beatles music on  iTunes. It remains unclear if this will be part of Apple’s Tuesday announcement.

Greyson Chance? There's an app for that. (Er, him.)

Greyson-ChanceImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosDo you like Greyson Chance? Well, now there’s an app for that, too. The YouTube sensation and star of Ellen DeGeneres’ eleveneleven record label just released his own iPhone/iPad app on the heels of releasing his debut single. The free app, available on iTunes, offers fans the latest in Greyson news, tweets, videos, and music. So now, the 13-year-old mini-Bieber (who knew that was possible?) is literally at the disposal of your fingertips. Cool? Yes. And for the very affordable price of free, I imagine many tween girls just got an early Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa present.

Are you fans of Greyson Chance, PopWatchers? Will you be downloading his new, free app? And more importantly, would you, like me, be willing to admit that you wish you had your own app? It seems like all the cool kids have them these days. I’m starting to get jealous!

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iPad heading to Verizon Oct. 28

ipadVerizon will start selling iPads on Oct. 28, the companies announced today. Holy moly! Verizon is bundling its Wi-Fi-only iPads with a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, which shakes out to be the same as a Wi-Fi+3G one from AT&T — except that you have to carry around a pocket-sized mobile hotspot that only gets four hours of battery life. The pricing is about the same as AT&T, too: $629.99 for the 16GB, $729.99 for the 32GB, and $829.99 for the 64GB. Verizon will also sell the stand-alone, no-data-plan devices, but those prices haven’t been released yet. (Presumably they’ll still be $499, $599, and $699.) READ FULL STORY

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