PowerPage Podcast Episode 149 – VeriPhone and iOS 4.3b1

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 22:09
Category: Podcast

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Episode 149 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (23.8 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

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In this episode Rob and I discuss the new VeriPhone (a.k.a. the Verizon iPhone) and we analyze its pros and cons and debate the role of its new Personal Hotspot feature in the iPhone ecosphere (and whether AT&T will adopt it.) We also take a first look at iOS 4.3 beta 1 which was just seeded to developers. And we wrap it all up with a healthy serving of “What’s on your Mac.”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Waterfield Muzetto bag for MacBook Air ($219 and up) – This vertical, leather man bag is my hands-down favorite bag for the MacBook Air 11. It’s beautiful yet professional-looking and Waterfield can’t keep them in stock. Order yours with the vertical sleevecase with leather trim (+$47) now and you might get it in February.
  • RapidWeaver ($40, Mac App Store) – Ridiculously easy way to create websites on your Mac. Very Mac-like and includes some nice templates.
  • Angry Birds plus toys – ($9-$29 from ToyWiz) – You got a problem with that?

Rob

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Rumor: Apple may add Personal Hotspot feature to AT&T/GSM iPhone in iOS 4.3 update

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 04:09
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The much-hyped Personal Hotspot feature found on iOS 4.2.5 will not remain exclusive to the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4, and will arrive with the release of iOS 4.3 for existing GSM-based handsets, according to a new rumor.

Per iPhoneHellas.gr, (via Google Translate), the feature will be part of a purported update in the works known as iOS 4.3. The rumor was credited to “reliable information” obtained by the site.

The Personal Hotspot feature is included in a new version of iOS, dubbed 4.2.5, that was spotted on pre-release CDMA iPhone hardware shown off at Tuesday’s Verizon iPhone press conference. The feature is found in the Settings application on the phone, where it can be turned on or off and the Wi-Fi password can be changed.

In addition, on Tuesday iPhoneclub.nl also reported that the iOS 4.3 update will only support the mobile hotspot feature, which allows up to five devices to be connected to a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi, will only be available if a carrier offers it.

AT&T famously did not allow tethering on the iPhone in the U.S. even after Apple had added the ability to share a wireless Internet connection via USB or Bluetooth to its mobile operating system. The feature eventually arrived last June alongside new, capped data plans. Tethering with an iPhone on AT&T costs an extra US$20 per month.

When asked on Tuesday whether AT&T will offer the Personal Hotspot feature on its network, a company spokesperson said they wouldn’t “speculate” on potential future features. Apple has not made any mention of the Personal Hotspot coming to existing iPhones since the feature was first revealed on Tuesday.

Stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available.

Adobe releases Flash Player 10.2.152 update

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 04:37
Category: News, Software

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You may love Flash Player or hate it, but the new versions can’t be ignored.

Late Tuesday, Adobe released Flash Player 10.2.152 for Mac OS X, a 7.6 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version functions essentially as a pre-release to version 10.2 and includes the following fixes and changes:

- General stability fixes.
- Additional audio and video fixes.

The full notes of the new version can be found here and Flash Player 10.2.152 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know.