Sunday, December 25, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

iTunes 10.5.2 Update Released

Earlier today, Apple released the iTunes 10.5.2 update for Mac OS X and Windows PCs.  The 16MB or update addresses iTunes Music match and audio distortion on certain CDs.
"iTunes 10.5.2 includes several improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs."
iTunes 10.5.2 is available now via the Software Update control panel or via direct download from the Apple website.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Motorola Teases the Droid 4

BGR has what appears to be a photo of Motorola's upcoming Droid 4 handset.  The fourth edition of the "Droid" family is rumored to have "[s]pecs [that] include a 4-inch qHD display, Android 2.3.5, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 4G LTE compatibility."

BRG also seems to think that the Droid 4 could be released as early as next week.

[Via BGR.com...]

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Apple's New Grand Central Terminal Store Opens Dec 9

Looks like Apple's new Grand Central Terminal store, located in Manhattan, New York, will open it's doors on December 9.

I'm going to be heading back to the Big Apple sometime in the next two weeks!

Infinity Blade 2 1.0.1 Update Released [UPDATED]

Chair, the Epic game studio that brought us Infinity Blade and now Infinity Blade 2 has released Infinity Blade 2 1.0.1.  The update is designed to fix a start up crashing issue that customers, including myself, have been experiencing on the iPad 1 and iPhone 4.

The game was released back on Wednesday.  Infinity Blade 2 is a universal game, meaning that you will be able to run the game on both your iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad 2 without having to pay for it again.

Infinity Blade 2 sells for $6.99 via the iTunes Store.  The 1.0.1 Infinity Blade 2 update is free to people who have already purchased the game already.

UPDATE

After installing the 1.0.1 update on my iPad 1, I'm still having trouble running Infinity Blade 2.  Epic Games is working on on a fix.  After installing the update, make sure that you reboot your iPad before trying to play the game.  I've been able to get a little further into the game before it crashes, but I don't get to see the introductory cut scene movie.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Epic Infinity Blade 2 Arrives Tonight

Infinity Blade is an amazing game for the iPhone and iPad.  Starting at 11:00pm Eastern time later this evening, Epic is expected to begin selling Infinity Blade 2 for iOS.
"Beyond the enhanced visuals, Infinity Blade 2 also advances the storyline of the original game and expands the combat experience to include more options and less predictable enemies."
Infinity Blade is one of those games that I can play often and not get bored with.  I'm looking forward to more stunning graphics and touch-tastic RPG play tonight.

[Via MacRumors.com...]

Fate of webOS Still Hangs in the Balance

According to a new article on BGR.com today, the fate of webOS, the mobile operating system that HP acquired thru their acquisition of Palm, still hangs in the balance.

After having burned through a staggering $3.3 Billion on webOS, HP has abandoned their plans for any new webOS smartphones or tablets.
 "HP CEO Meg Whitman has gone on record in stating that a decision regarding the fate of webOS will be made within two weeks. HP took possession of webOS when it acquired Palm for $1.2 billion in 2010, and that buy yielded one failed tablet that was discontinued shortly after launching, three failed smartphones and soon, perhaps, the death of webOS itself."
[Via BRG.com...]

Apple's Grand Central Store Nearing Completion

Apple has started teasing the opening of their new Grand Central Terminal retail store.  I was in Manhattan for the iPhone 4S launch and the store front still had the black facade up.  I'm looking forward to taking a new trip down to New York City in then few weeks to check out the new 23,000 square foot Apple Store.

Here's another shot of the store with it's teaser billboard.


[Via AppleInsider.com...]

Saturday, October 15, 2011

New York City Apple Stores

Yesterday I was in New York City, in Manhattan, New York.  It just so happened to be the iPhone 4S launch day.

Grand Central Terminal Apple Store


I hate driving into The Big Apple, so I took a commuter train into Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal (GCT).  Up on the main concourse, we can see that the GCT Apple Store is under construction.  You will also note that not only the back balcony is consumed by the new store, you can see that the store will also wrap around to the left wall.  It is impossible to gauge how far along the new store is with the black blockers up.  Grand Central is a noisy place, but I didn't hear any heavy construction underway when I was standing at the bottom of the stair case.  I hope to make another trip into New York City before the end of the year to check out the new store when it opens.

Fifth Avenue Apple Store


The Fifth Ave Apple Store is the first Apple Store in Manhattan that I visited.  I've since been to several of the others.  You'll recall that the Fifth Ave store is the one that has the gigantic glass cube marking the entrance to the store.  Apple is currently renovating the cube and has decided to continue to keep the popular store open during the construction.

The Fifth Ave store is always busy, but throw in the iPhone 4S launch and you've got a mob scene!  The following are two photos that I look of the line waiting to get into the store to buy a new iPhone 4S.



Despite the busy nature of the store, I did go inside to purchase a dock ($29.00) for my new iPhone 4S and received the same superior customer service that is expected from a shopping experience at an Apple Store.

Steve Jobs Fan Memorial


With people still shocked from the sudden passing of Apple Chairmen of the Board, Steve Jobs, people are still leaving tokens on the steps of the Fifth Ave Apple Store.  Mr. Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011.

To find an Apple Store near you, visit the Apple website.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

iOS 5, iCloud Becomes Available - Hurry Up and Wait (Updated)


In addition to releasing Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2, Apple also released iOS 5.0 for current model iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices and opened the virtual doors to the iCloud service.

At the present time, the iOS 5.0 upgrade for my 16GB iPhone 3GS is taking about 45 minutes to download the 668.8MB update.  I've been waiting a good 30 minutes now for the account verification email so I can start using the iCloud service.

Updates

10/13/11 12:20am - I just started the iOS 5 package download for the 4th Generation iPod touch.  iTunes is reporting that the software update is pulling down in about 6 - 10 minutes.  I think I'll actually run the upgrade tomorrow night.

10/13/11 12:05am - My iOS 5 upgrade on my iPad and data restoration is finally done and it's ready for me to test; which is code for "play with all the cool new features."

10/12/11 11:40pm - The iOS 5 upgrade completed some time ago on my iPad, but the data restore is taking forever.  The bad news here is that iTunes is busy with the restore so I really can't work until the restore process has completed.

10/12/11 10:50pm - I figured I could short-circuit the upgrade process on my daughter's iPod touch 4th Generation by connecting it to my MacBook Pro while the iOS upgrade was running on my iPad; no such luck.  Only one iOS device upgrade at a time - even if the only thing I wanted to do was get a jump on the iOS download package for the "iTouch".

10/12/11 10:25pm - Still another 25 minutes for the iOS 5 packaged for the iPad to be downloaded and installed.

10/12/11 9:52pm - The iOS 5 upgrade on my iPhone 3GS is complete.  Next up, my iPad.

10/12/11 9:08pm - The iOS 5 update package for my iPhone 3GS has finally completed downloading.  I'm about to start the software upgrade now.


10/12/11 8:37pm - My iCloud account verification email has arrived.  It took about 30 minutes for the request to be processed.  The email contains the directions for activating your iCloud account from an iOS 5 device or Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2.

10/12/11 8:30pm - The iOS 5 update package for my iPhone 3GS is still downloading.  About 50% of the update is down, and iTunes is showing that another 53 minutes remains for the download before the update can be applied.  It's going to be a long night.  Again.

Apple Releases Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 Update


Today, Apple released the OS X Lion 10.7.2 update bringing iCloud support to the operating system.  the update also includes Back To My Mac and Find My Mac.

The 400MB+ update is available now via the Software Update control panel.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Apple Sells Out of Pre-Order iPhone 4S Handsets


If you didn't get a chance to pre-order your iPhone 4S yesterday, you may find yourself having to wait a few extra weeks before you can get your hands on the new iPhone.

Despite some early glitches that I saw yesterday morning while trying to pre-order my iPhone 4S, the online Apple Store is now showing ship times of 1-2 weeks on all models of iPhone 4S.  AT&T announced that they sold 200,000 units yesterday.

The new iPhone 4S will be available on AT&T, Verizon, and for the first time, Sprint.  On the hardware side, the iPhone 4S will include the more powerful A5 processor that debuted in the iPad 2 earlier this year, a new redesigned antenna that will allow the phone to automatically switch between modes to improve receptions/transmission with wireless networks, a new 64GB storage option, and a new 5 lens, 8MP digital camera the can shoot up to 1080p HD video.

The iPhone 4S will also ship with iOS 5, which includes the amazing Siri personal assistant software.  It is the single most exciting features that I've seen on a phone in a long time.

The iPhone 4S will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions that will sell for $199, $299 and $399 price points.  The iPhone 4 will drop down to a single, $99 8GB model.  Amazingly, the iPhone 3GS will continue to be sold on AT&T in an 8GB memory configuration and will be sold for free with a 2-year service agreement.  An unlocked iPhone 4S will go on sale in November.

The iPhone 4S will go on sale at retail locations on Friday, October 14.

[Via AppleInsider.com...]

Friday, October 7, 2011

Apple iPhone 4S Ordering "Adventure" (Updated)

10/7/11 7:25am: Hope springs eternal!  After arguing with my bank and getting them to agree that my credit card was not expired, I was able to pre-order the iPhone 4S 32GB directly from Sprint's website.  The estimated arrival date of my new iPhone 4S is Friday, October 14, or Saturday, October 15.

10/7/11 5:40am: It's time to throw in the towel!  The connection to Sprint's systems aren't working and I keep getting pushed into the $109/month service plan.  I'm going to have to wait for Apple and Sprint to iron out the kinks before I can order my iPhone 4S.  I've stayed up all night and all I have to show for it are bags under my eyes.  Grrrrr!


10/7/11 5:20am: The Apple Store/Sprint link appears to be working again, but I still can't get a clear step of options for my cellular service plans. So far, my efforts to switch to an iPhone have been fruitless.

10/7/11 5:00am: Sam was able to reserve an iPhone 4S on AT&T.  I'm crashing when the Apple site goes out to check my account status on Sprint with a really annoying "WS.workflowSessionValidationFailed.webUIBody" error message.

10/7/11 4:48am: Just checked in with my fellow iPhone enthusiast, Sam, who is now getting the same error message as me.  At almost 5:00am, it's time to throw in the towel on getting an iPhone for Friday, October 14.

10/7/11 4:42am: The Apple Store is now throwing up a message that they can no longer process any iPhone orders and that you should try back again later.  Double ugh!



10/7/11 4:12am: I've lost track of how many times the ordering process has crashed on me.  Ugh!

10/7/11 4:12am: Continuing to have trouble with the Apple Store site.  Poor performance, ordering processes crashes, and unable to select the $79.99 Simply Everything plan.

10/7/11: 3:45am: The Apple Store is taking forever to update and I'm stuck at the "Processing information" page.

10/7/11: 3:45am: The Apple Store site is getting hammered!  It is so slow to load data from Sprint.

10/7/11: 3:43am: The Store is online and I'm attempting to purchase my Sprint iPhone4S.


I'm not so patiently awaiting the Apple.com Store to go back online for I can order my Apple iPhone 4S for Sprint. I'll be purchasing the 32GB black edition...eventually.

10/7/11: 3:29am: Pre-orders for the iPhone 4S were suppose to start at 12:01am PDT/3:01am EDT and the store is still down.

Apple Store...

iPhone 4S Preorders Start Tonight


The curtain is about to go up on the iPhone 4S.  Starting this evening at 12:01am PDT / 3:01 EDT, the Apple iPhone 4S will begin pre-order sales on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.

I've enjoyed using my Palm Pre phone, but it is time to retire if for an Apple iPhone 4S.

For more details, visit the Apple website...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Remembered: D8 Steve Jobs Onstage



Listen to Steve Jobs' thoughts on many different things from the June 7, 2010 D8 conference.  During this interview with Walt Mossberg, Steve talks about Flash on iOS and the lost iPhone 4 prototype.  Also, about the 28 minute mark, Steve talks about a small company called Siri - which is now a major part of iOS 5.

[Via AllThingsD.com...]

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses The Loss of Steve Jobs


Team,

I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email rememberingsteve@apple.com.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

Tim

[Via Apple PR...]

Steve Jobs: 1955-2011


Today, the world has lost one of her great visionaries and leaders.  Steve Jobs has always been a role model for me, and the news of his passing today is very sad indeed.

Apple.com/stevejobs...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rumor: iPhone 4S, not iPhone 5

Time to put all the iPhone 5 rumors to rest.  In a recent iTunes 10.5 beta release, people have found references to the iPhone 4S, not iPhone 5, in the .plist files.

Can't wait until Tuesday to see what Apple CEO Tim Cook has up his sleeve.

[Via 9To5Mac.com...]

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

iPhone 5 Event Scheduled for Oct. 4, 10am PT


It's official, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, will take the wraps off of the new iPhone 5 at a media event.  The October 4 media event will get under way at 10am PT at Apple's headquarters.

Friday, September 16, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook Next Up for Deep Discounts?


With today's revelation that RIM has only sold 200,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks in the last quarter.

During the conference call to discuss RIM's performance, co-CEO Jim Balsillie "noted that the company plans to offer price cuts on the not-so-popular BlackBerry PlayBook in the form of rebates, and an incentive program for enterprise sales."

Could the BlackBerry PlayBook be the next tablet that will under go a fireside sale like the now discontinued HP TouchPad tablet?

I won't buy another tablet for $300, but I will buy a $99 tablet to play with.

[Via BoyGeniusReport.com...]

Monday, September 5, 2011

Rumor: Second Wave of TouchPads Due Late October



According to a new article up on PreCentral, HP is planning to produce a second wave of TouchPads with an order for between 100,000 - 200,000 units.

HP has said that this second run of units is intended to fill unexpected customer demand, but DigiTimes, via PreCentral, suggests that this second run it to use up the spares that have been produced, but not yet assembled into TouchPads.

"[W]e’ve suspected from the start that there were other forces at play here. True to form, Digitimes claims to have the details, stating that HP’s plan is for the second wave of TouchPads to land in late October (and you thought it was outdated when it launched in July), with somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 units to be produced. 
The line about unfulfilled demand is only part of the story – HP also has to deal with parts suppliers who were stuck in a lurch when HP cancelled the TouchPad, not to mention the financial consequences of breaking their order contracts with said suppliers."

Are you planning on being one of the up to 200,000 people trying to get in on a TouchPad?  I will be because it will be the perfect bookend to my Palm Foleo.

Keep checking the HP Online Store to purchase your closeout TouchPad.

[Via PreCentral.net...]

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Rumors Suggest iPhone 5 On Schedule for "Fall" Launch

A pair of iPhone 5 launch rumors suggest that the new Apple phone is on track for an October launch.  Both This Is My Next and Boy Genius Report have documents suggesting that iPhone 5 will go live in October.



BGR has gotten their hands on an Best Buy document that says that the iPhone 5 will become available for pre-order the first week of October.  The same notice indicated that Sprint will be included along side AT&T and Verizon when the phone launches.

Along the same lines, another Best Buy document indicates that stores will be receiving a new Apple fixture according to This Is My Next.


"To be clear, this isn’t a run-of-the-mill installation for the big box — our tipster tells us that the request that a manager be on-hand at 6AM is out of the ordinary (they usually show up at 7AM for inventory), and that a similar arrangement was scheduled for the iPhone 4 launch."
It looks like things are still on track for a "fall" release of the iPhone 5 this year.  (By the way, "summer" ends on September 21.)  Could we be looking at an end of September reveal, followed a week later of pre-sales, followed two weeks later by a full on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint retail launch?  Let's hope so, because my Palm Pre Original is starting to look really old.

[Via This Is My Next.com, BGR.com...]

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rumor: Samsung Looking to Buy webOS from HP? [UPDATED]


Palm employees and fanatics alike have lived through many near death experiences with their company, hardware, and software.  The latest rumor, if true, may give webOS a new lease on life after HP announced a drastic cut back on webOS hardware, canceling the HP TouchPad and greatly reducing the markets the HP Pre3 would be released in.

Now, according to DigiTimes, via AllThingsD's blog, Samsung may be talking to HP about acquiring webOS.
"The latest: That Samsung is mulling a bid for webOS as a way of reducing its reliance on Google’s Android OS and competing more effectively with Apple. Samsung could conceivably pick up where HP left off, bringing the operating system not just to phones and tablets, but to PCs as well. Added bonus: the accompanying IP would likely prove helpful in the company’s patent battle with Apple."
Publicly, at least, HP has pledged to continue to develop webOS for use on the company's PCs; which they are also looking to spin off, in a move similar to the one that IBM made a few years so.

Update:

"Samsung CEO Gee-Sung Choi has struck down any such thoughts (and unlike Leo Apotheker, Choi has a firm grasp of what’s going on in his company), saying outright to reporters at the IFA conference in Berlin that Samsung would “never” pursue a purchase of webOS. Bloomberg reported that a Samsung spokesperson confirmed the statement. He went on to say that “It’s not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion,” and that creating an OS is “harder than people outside think.”

Facebook for webOS Updated


HP's Palm unit has released an update to their Facebook application.  The maintenance update includes an Exhibition update for webOS smartphones running webOS 2.x.  (If you are one of the many webOS users who are locked into webOS 1.4.5, this update will do little for you.)

To get the Facebook for webOS 1.5.562 update for your webOS device, use the Software Manager application, or use the HP App Catalog to search for the Facebook application.

Apple Releases iTunes 10.4.1 Update


With all the fun and excitement that we've been experiencing here on the east coast (earthquakes, hurricanes, and power outages) you may not have seen that Apple has released a maintenance updates to iTunes 10.

The maintenance update to iTunes 10.4.1 fixes issues with things like the addition of artwork, unresponsiveness when purchasing HD movies, issues launching iTunes after waking your Mac, VoiceOver support, and issues between iTunes and some third-party keyboards with multimedia controls.

The 12MB update is available now via the Apple Software Update control panel.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Letter from Steve Jobs


To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve


I wish both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook the best of luck.


[Via Apple PR website...]

Steve Jobs Steps Down as Apple CEO; Tim Cook Promoted to CEO

Earlier today, the leadership of Apple, Inc. passed from co-founder Stephen P. Jobs to former Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook.

"CUPERTINO, California—August 24, 2011—Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple's Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO."

[Via Apple PR website...]

Saturday, August 20, 2011

HP Halts All webOS Hardware Sales


Earlier this week, HP announced during their quarterly earning call that they will halt the sale of all webOS devices, including the recently launched HP TouchPad tablet and the Pre3 smartphone.
"HP will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. The devices have not met internal milestones and financial targets. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward."


This is yet another sad day for fans of the Palm product family, but, unfortunately, not a surprising one.  The sell through of webOS devices has not risen to the levels to allow HP and webOS to compete against the likes of Apple iOS and Google Android.  HP executives where quick to point out that they had not killed the webOS operating system, but with the OS not available on any new devices and a dwindling customer install base, I don't see how HP will hope to attract third-party developers to their platform if HP themselves are not fully committed to it.

The good news, if you are a die hard fan of Palm and webOS, HP is suppose to be starting a fireside sale on their remaining inventory of HP TouchPad tablets.  The 16GB TouchPad is suppose to go on sale for $99, while the 32GB TouchPad will sell for $149.


Keep and eye on the HP online store for your last chance to pick up a TouchPad before they disappear.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Apple Releases OS X Lion 10.7.1 Update

Today, Apple released Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1 as a maintenance update the latest version of the Mac operating system.

Even with today's minor bug fixes to Lion, many Mac users are waiting for OS X Lion 10.7.2 to arrive.  It is widely expected that OS X 10.7.2 will include the updates necessary for using upcoming iCloud software.

To download and install the software, simply use the Software Update control panel in Mac OS X Lion.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Google Android: Now With Motorola Inside

Early this morning, Google announced their plans to acquire Motorola Mobility - the Android smartphone OEM.

Writing for AllThingsD.com, John Paczkowsi states:
"With its $12.5 billion deal to acquire Motorola Mobility, Google is gaining not only a major Android handset manufacturer, but a vast trove of intellectual property with which to defend it."
The punch line here folks is that Google was feeling a little light in the Intellectual Property (IP) department, so they when out and acquired a company that already had a lot of IP build up.  Google intents to use their new found IP and patents to protect not only themselves, but their Android licensees from patent trolls like Microsoft and Apple.

[Via AllThingsD.com...]

Sunday, August 7, 2011

KHOMO Waterproof Cover for Apple iPad, iPad2

I still have a few weeks to go before I get to take my summer vacation, during which time, I will be forced to sit on a beach in direct sunlight.

While looking for accessories to protect my gear, I came across the KHOMO Waterproof Case Cover for iPad 2.  As far as I can tell, this kit is compatible with the original iPad also.  The kit comes with what looks like a giant zip bag with a velcro secured flap.  The bag also features a plastic loop that connects to a carry strap.  The bundle I found over on Amazon also includes a 6-foot black sync cable and sells for $12.99 plus tax and shipping.


There are other waterproof options available, all of which cost more than this bundle.  If your iPad spend a lot of time near water, you might want to spring for a more expensive solution. Since I only go to the beach, if I'm lucky, twice a year, I might consider other options.  Since I'm most worried about keeping sand and drink spills away from my iPad while I"m traveling, this looks like the perfect balance between protection and cost.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

End of the Road for Jailbreakers Stealing Cellular Tethering Service


If you have a jailbroken/rooted Apple iPhone of one of the many Google Android and have been using apps to essentially "steal" wireless tethering services between your phone and your notebook or tablet computer, your days of "free" service are almost over.

AT&T and now Verizon are putting technology in place on their networks that allows them to sniff out people who are tethering devices like laptops, typically over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, to their smartphone's data plan as a sort of wireless modem to get on the Internet.

Both AT&T and Verizon required you to subscribe to an additional service before you can tether another device to your phone.

I may not be a fan of the prices that are charged to tether or setup your smartphone as a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot, but I like the idea of people stealing bandwidth and driving up the cost of my smartphone data plans even less.

[Via EngadgetMobile.com, Electronista.com...]

HP TouchPad - $100 Off This Weekend Only

HP is running a $100 instant rebate promotion this weekend only (Friday - Sunday) on their new webOS 3.0 TouchPad when you purchase the tablet online directly from the HP.com website.

I have mixed feeling about the TouchPad.  In the time since I purchased my Palm Pre, the webOS market share has failed to catch on.  Then, once it became painfully clear that HP and Sprint would not bringing webOS to the Pre and Pixi smartphones, nor where they going to released updated models, HP "graciously" offered early Pre owners $50 off the TouchPad.  Now, less than 60 days after launch, HP is cutting the price of the TouchPads by $100.  This weekend only, the 16GB TouchPad is $299 and the 32GB model is $399.

If you are inclined to get a tablet, and don't want an iPad, or confused by all the various Google Android tablets, then the HP TouchPad is probably the device for you.  If you don't need a massive selection of apps.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

HP Releases webOS 3.0.2 68 for TouchPad


Yesterday HP rolled out webOS 3.0.2 68 for their new TouchPad tablet.  The update includes enhancements to the Calendar, Email, Photos & Videos, and Browser applications.  webOS also gets tweaked in this release.

HP has posted the full change log for the webOS 3.0.2 update on their website.

[Via PreCentral.net...]

Monday, August 1, 2011

Rumor: iPhone 5 to Launch in October


Ugh!  This was not the news I was hoping for today if John Paczkowski over at AllThingsD.com has reliable information on Apple's new iPhone.

"So those rumors claiming the iPhone 5 will debut in late September? They’re wrong.

Instead, it’s going to be an October surprise — the month in which Apple plans to launch its next-gen iPhone."
I guess it's a good thing that I was able to my Sprint Palm Pre screen repaired by Sprint and then upgraded my Pre to HP webOS 2.1.  Looks like we're in for a few extra weeks of waiting.

[Via AllThingsD.com...]

iCloud.com Beta Goes Online


I saw that iCloud.com has gone live today and I was able to log in using my existing Apple ID.  Aside from being able to look around, I'm not sure that there is much more we can do until we get iOS 5 installed on our iDevices or a update to Mac OS X that replaces the MobileMe control panel with the iCloud control panel (I'm assuming that there will be a new control panel or other software integration with the Mac OS X or Windows PC).

If you are registered as a paying Apple software developer, you will be able to download some additional API tools for building into your applications.

I was able to login to iCloud.com from my MacBook only.  When I hit iCloud.com from my iPad, I was greeted by a beta page.