PowerPage Podcast Episode 150 – Steve on leave and Hello Verizon

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Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 16:20
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PowerPage Podcast 2011

Episode 150 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (33.8 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Tom Hesser

Topics:¬†In this episode Tom Hesser makes a surprise guest appearance for our 150th episode. On it, Rob, Tom and I discuss¬†Steve Jobs taking his third medical leave, the imminent launch of the vaunted Verizon iPhone and we play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Linksys E4200 Dual-N Router ($179) – Screaming-fast wireless access point with 300 + 450 Mbps wireless transfer rates, 3×3 MIMO antenna array, USB storage and four Gigabit Ethernet ports. It beats the pants off the Airport Extreme (I’m just sayin!)
  • MarsEdit 3 ($40) – The best way to write, preview, and publish your blog.
  • SnapTranslate Premium - $25 translation app for iOS. Take a picture of any text and it’s translated instantly.

Rob

Tom

  • Infinity Blade ($5.99) – Sword fighting action game with console-quality graphics (and IGN iPhone game of the year)
  • PhoneView ($19.95) – Software to access all the data on your iPod or iPad (I’ll second Tom’s pick, it’s fantastic)

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Apple releases iMovie 9.0.2 update

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Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 14:36
Category: News, Software

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Late Thursday, Apple released iMovie 9.0.2, the latest version of its consumer-level video editing application. The new version, a 28.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- This update improves overall stability and fixes an issue that could cause audio playback to be out of sync.

iMovie 9.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later to install and run and can be snagged manually or via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

Leaked photo shows AT&T plan to alter iPhone text messaging plans

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Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 05:33
Category: iPhone, News

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You’ve got to admit, a little competition leads to some interesting changes.

Per GearLive, AT&T looks to be consolidating their text message plans, eliminating the low and high ends and meeting somewhere in the middle.

GearLive is reporting that AT&T appears ready to make some revisions to their text messaging plans next week. Thanks to the following leaked screenshot from Best Buy, the wireless carrier plans to eliminate their two current packages and consolidate them into a new one priced at US$10 per month for 1,000 text messages:

Via the image, AT&T looks to be retiring its US$5 for 200 text messages/month and US$15 for 1,500/month text message plans.

The good news with this change is that existing customers will be grandfathered in, meaning they can keep their existing text message plans — even through upgrades or other changes to their account.

The changes look to be slated for Sunday, January 23rd.

As always, let us know what’s on your minds per this issue.

Apple releases second iOS 4.3 beta to developer community, states multitouch gestures on iPad “just a preview”

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Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 05:36
Category: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

Late Wednesday, Apple released to developers the second external beta of its upcoming iOS 4.3, as well as a new pre-release copy of Apple TV software designed to support the mobile operating system’s new AirPlay feature for third-party programmers. The company also informed developers that some features present in the initial beta won’t make it into the 4.3 release.

Per AppleInsider, the new beta of iOS 4.3 carries build number 9F5135d and is available for all three of Apple’s iOS devices. At this point, it’s too early to tell what changes may come baked into the release when compared to the first beta, released exactly one week ago.

The first beta of iOS 4.3 introduced a personal hotspot control panel, new multitouch gestures for the iPad, and updated SMS alert settings. Resource files accompanying the release also provided hints at a handful of new iPad and iPhone models, as well as a potential “Find My Friends” social networking feature.

It should be noted, however, that the multi-touch gestures that made their debut in the first beta won’t be ready for prime time by the final release of iOS 4.3, according to a note to developers accompanying the release of the second beta.

“This feature will not be enabled in iOS 4.3 for customers,” the documentation reads, “but we are providing this preview to gather input on how these gestures work with your apps.”

Still, a picture’s worth a thousand words and gestures on the iPad could prove interesting:



As always, let us know what’s on your mind in the comments.