PowerPage Podcast Episode 152 – iPad 2 launch day

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Date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, 22:25
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast 2011

Episode 152 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (29.3 MB, MP3).

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

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This week we discuss today’s Apple’s iPad 2 event and where it places Apple in the tablet continuum. We also riff on iOS 4.3 and pick our favorite gear in “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • HyperMac Micro ($69) – 3600 mAh battery for charging your igear. It’s a must-have item in my gear bag
  • Mixxx (free, Mac App Store) – Free and fun DJ software with automatic beat matching

Rob

Tom

  • Printopia ($9.95) Print from your iOS device as a file on your Mac, or directly to your Dropbox folder.

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Verizon executive indicates that company will end unlimited iPhone data plans by summer

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Date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, 04:32
Category: iPhone, News

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A Verizon executive hinted Tuesday that the carrier will cease offering unlimited data plans for the iPhone handset as early as the middle of this summer, while also fueling speculation that Apple will release an updated Verizon iPhone later this year.

Per Reuters, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Francis Shammo made the remarks at an investors conference. According to Shammo, the carrier will probably transition to tiered pricing data plans in the “mid-summer time frame.”

Shammo also told investors Tuesday that Verizon had kept the unlimited plan for the iPhone launch because it “didn’t want to put up a barrier” to consumers looking to try out the handset.

Rumors emerged in early January that Verizon planned to offer unlimited data to iPhone customers. Rival AT&T began limiting its data plans last year, but quietly began offering some of its iPhone customers unlimited data again in January in an effort to keep them from switching to Verizon.

After a leaked memo revealed that new iPhone 4 customers on Verizon would be offered just a US$30 unlimited data plan, Verizon COO Lowell McAdam went on record as saying the unlimited data plan would only be a temporary offer, with tiered pricing coming in “the not too distant future.”

The report noted that shares of Verizon fell 2.4% Tuesday after Shammo warned that a new iPhone could negatively affect profit margins. “There could be some (margin) lumpiness when you launch the phone,” he said. “If there happens to be a new one that comes out, that quarter might not look so good (either).”

According to one analyst, Shammo’s remarks serve as evidence that an updated CDMA iPhone would arrive later this year. “I would take that comment as a pretty strong signal there’s an iPhone refresh coming to Verizon in the third quarter,” said Credit Suisse analyst Jonathan Chaplin.

Last week, Verizon CEO Dan Mead hinted that an LTE-capable iPhone from Apple is in the works. The executive also reassured investors by revealing that the iPhone 4 launch had been the largest in company history, contrary to reports that had suggested a more lackluster launch.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Mozilla releases Firefox 3.6.14 update

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Date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, 04:50
Category: News, Software

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Late Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 3.6.14 of its Firefox web browser. The new version stands as an 18.7 megabyte download offered the following fixes and changes:

– Several fixes to improve performance, stability and security.

Firefox 3.6.14 is available in more than 70 different languages and requires a G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 or later and 128MB of RAM to install and run.