Well, Autumn is officially here, gang, the beginning of the long indoor season if you live in a cold and rainy part of the country (hello, Seattle!). While the Mac|Life staff will be kicking back with 80 degree weather this week, some of the rest of you might be cuddled up indoors, listening to the rain, reading on your iPads, watching a movie or two, or at least fighting with some Angry Birds. Here's a full dose of our best of the week to help you make the most of your rainy days.
On the heels of a survey this week that claims most iPhone users in the U.S. are perfectly content to stick with AT&T should Apple’s handset wind up with other carriers, the telco’s CEO also appears to be thinking, “Don’t worry, be happy.”
The Mac|Life editors are in the midst of midweek madness, as Flo is a bit too jazzed up on caffeine and Robbie manages a few tongue twists. The gang still manages to share their thoughts on VLC's new iPad app, and discuss whether or not AT&T will be hurt by a Verizon iPhone.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions. And stay tuned for outtakes!
Does AT&T still see iPhone exclusivity in their crystal ball? Well, based on some comments from their Emerging Devices head, the company plans on moving forward with their plans, with, or without iPhone exclusivity in tow.
Hooray! AT&T's U-verse Mobile app is officially available for the iPhone. It's pretty convenient for AT&T U-verse subscribers--the app lets you program your home DVR, search your channel guide, and set your favorite shows--but most importantly, it's a nice way to download TV shows.
If you often sit and wonder how your iPad data plan here in the U.S. compares to the rest of the world, you can wonder no more. As it turns out, AT&T isn’t the worst offender when it comes to overpriced data plans for the iPad, and the cheapest prices are probably somewhere you’d never guess.
If Bloomberg's got it right, and they often do, all signs point to Verizon and AT&T are pairing up in an effort to displace much of the the need for credit cards in the retail universe by allowing consumers to pay for their purchaes with the wave of their smartphone. According to the report, the venture also includes the cooperation of some other financial sector and telecom heavy-hitters, including T-mobile, Deutsche Telecom and Discover Financial Services.
This past Monday, the internet, newspapers and television were all a-buzz with news that Jailbreaking your iPhone was no longer a practice frowned upon by the law. The Library of Congress, which holds sway over the U.S. Copyright Office, announced that a number of exemptions to legislation governing how consumers may employ the digtial software and hardware they own would be made. Those exemptions, now in effect, have a significant effect on how and where a number of the technologies we see everyday are used.
What are the changes that the Library of Congress has ordered? How do the changes effect the buying public? Why is everyone so excited? As usual, Mac|Life has the answers you're looking for.
According to Reuters, AT&T is currently working on implementing a fix for the iPhone upload data caps that many are experiencing in the US. According to the article, the problem affects less than 2% of the userbase, but the problem could take another 2-3 weeks to fix. Alcatel-Lucent, makers of the gear that powers the cell sites, started issuing a software patch today to fix the problem.