We couldn't let Wednesday, January 22 pass without at least a cursory mention of how that date fits into Apple history -- after all, yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh being unveiled to the world in the now-iconic "1984" Super Bowl television commercial. While it's hard to believe three decades have passed, just look at all of the equally impressive ads Apple has had since. Let's celebrate the day by diving into a recap of what else made news yesterday...
Apple's latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will finally launch on China Mobile this Friday after years of rumors and speculation about when Cupertino will nab a deal with the world's largest wireless carrier. While the iPhone maker certainly isn't pinning all of its hopes and dreams on one carrier in one country, China Mobile could be the quickest shot in the arm in the war against Android we've ever seen. While we're waiting to see how many handsets are sold this weekend, check out our Tuesday recap!
Carrier data caps are an unfortunate way of life these days, but what if companies could foot the bill so users don't go over their limits? That's the premise behind Sponsored Data, a new initiative coming soon from AT&T.
Good news, FaceTime fans on AT&T -- the carrier has caved in just a little bit more, allowing FaceTime over Cellular calls to pretty much every compatible device, assuming you're not still on an unlimited plan.
iOS 6 has yet to even be released and already, AT&T is finding the update controversial with its plans to only allow FaceTime over cellular connections from the carrier's new Mobile Share data plans, which launch on Thursday.
Earlier this week, the folks at the Federal Communications Commission hunkered down to hash out what would and would not be a part of their freshly hatched plans for America's net neutrality laws. Words were spoken. Tempers flared. The Woz gave his two cents. In the end, the rules as we know them today were passed into being by a vote of three-to-two.
While most of us have been busy scurrying from store to store for last minute gifts or traveling home for the holidays this week, a few brave souls have been duking it out on our behalf in the name of keeping the Internet as free and as open a commodity as possible. Among the many geek and tech industry notables to take the stand and address the FCC as they explore the future of Net Neutrality, was Steve Wozniak, who argued in favor of an open Internet, free of the meddling hands and tiered-pricing plans that many Internet Service Providers are wont to indulge in.
If a day ends in Y, we know it's ripe for a new iPad rumor. Today's rumor involves a lens supplier being picked for the next generation iPad. We're excited about a front-facing camera. A camera on the back, not so much.
Comcast gets in a public spat with backbone ISP Level 3. We try to get all mad at Comcast, but because of lack of information, we end being logical. Damn you logic!
According to a reports from a number of credible sources, it looks as though Comcast has had just about enough of streaming content providers, or more to the point, Netflix. Back on November 19th, the company, which is no stranger to bullying high-bandwidth users, informed Level 3 Communications--the contractor responsible for making Netflix’s streaming magic happen--that they would be forced to pay a toll for the privilege of being able to transmit content to end-users on their network. The broad strokes of the story are that Level 3 gave into Comcast’s demands in order to ensure uninterrupted Netflix service to the millions of Comcast users who rely upon the streaming service for the few hours of media-enabled escapism that their day affords. However, looking deeper into the issue, the Devil is most certainly in the details.
The internet has enrolled in junior high. In contrast to those halcyon days when carefree if somewhat unruly young start-ups jostled equally for attention, today’s internet businesses are joining cliques, angling for favors, and shunning lower-class losers.