What a topsy-turvy world we live in! Valve's Steam is expanding beyond games next month, while Verizon js hoarding some not-so top-secret data plans for its new Share Everything program. Don't know what we're talking about? Then you clearly haven't read today's news recap, which includes all the details on this and much more. Here's the latest for Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
Apple controls its own destiny with the iPhone, a brutal reality that clearly must chafe at its carrier partners. But would a once-exclusive partner actually go so far as to instruct its salespeople to sell other smartphones over Cupertino's handset?
We'll have to wait just a bit to see Apple's own quarterly results on Tuesday afternoon, but there's plenty to look forward to if AT&T's own Q2 2012 results are any indication, with the onetime exclusive carrier activating 3.7 million iPhones during the quarter.
Verizon Wireless continues to bring its A game, adding an additional 33 markets for its 4G LTE service as it posts $28.6 billion in operating revenues for Q2, announcing that smartphones now make up a full half of its postpaid customers.
An error message discovered in iOS 6 Beta 3 has put a damper on one of the operating system's new features, which is the ability to make FaceTime video calls over a cellular data network. While AT&T and Verizon seem to be mulling how much to charge customers for such a privilege, as usual Sprint has no such issue.
It's not much of a surprise, especially now that rival Verizon Wireless has already introduced their own service, but AT&T has finally made good on its promise to introduce shared data plans -- and won't be forcing current customers to use them if they don't want to.
One of the iOS 6 features we're most looking forward to is FaceTime calls over a cellular connection -- no more being restricted to Wi-Fi only! But AT&T users might want to temper their excitement with a dose of reality.
Seems like day two at the Google I/O developer conference was more about iOS users today, with both Google Chrome and Google Drive apps finally making their way to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. But that's not all this fine day has in store for you: Save big on Parallels Desktop 7, sign up for a Verizon Share Everything plan or celebrate Atari's 40th birthday -- it's all here for Thursday, June 28, 2012.
Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have been teasing shared data plans for months, but it looks like Big Red has beaten Ma Bell to the punch, today announcing its new “Share Everything” plans which allow data sharing between up to 10 devices.
Still rocking grandfathered unlimited data through Verizon Wireless? Better enjoy it while it lasts, because the carrier plans to drive a stake through its heart when Big Red makes the switch to family data plans this summer. Should make good fodder for Sprint’s future marketing, since they continue to be the only U.S. carrier offering truly unlimited data plans. Meanwhile, here’s the rest of what’s making news for this Wednesday, May 16, 2012.