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iOS 4.3 may feature Personal Hotspot, bringing wireless tethering to all iPhones

One of the big revelations about the Verizon iPhone announcement -- apart from finally confirming that the iPhone was headed to its network -- was the inclusion of the Personal Hotspot feature. Built-in, carrier-sanctioned wireless tethering for the iPhone? We like the sound of that. Now it appears as though all iPhone users may be getting the feature. Redmond Pie is reporting that an "unnamed...

Android Market now supports carrier billing on AT&T

Carrier billing is now available for the Android Market in the US for AT&T customers. Previously, only T-Mobile customers had the possibility of having the items they bought on the Android Market show up on their phone bill, thus not being forced to use Google Checkout to pay for any app or game purchases. Carrier billing makes impulse buying decisions much easier, and as such may have a posit...

Twitter Tuesday - Twitter not launching news network, celebrities quit social media, Tim Burton crowdsources a story on Twitter

Hey, Twitter fans! Welcome to another Twitter Tuesday. This week, we had Biz Stone dropping rumors about a Twitter News Network, but the official word from Twitter is that the site has no plans to do anything like that. Here's what happened: In an interview with Reuters, Biz was asked whether Twitter -- which is already trying to distance itself from the "social network" label and become more ...

Windows Phone 7 launches in the United States

As of this morning, Americans, you can now buy a Windows Phone 7 device online from the Microsoft Store, Dell or Amazon, as long as you're happy with either an AT&T or T-Mobile service plan. The lowest price seems to be $99 for the HTC Surround on Amazon, with an AT&T service plan -- but it looks like it's already on backorder. Presumably you can also pick up a phone from your local...

Steve Jobs speaks candidly about Adobe, Google, the iPhone, iPad and more!

At the All Things Digital D8 conference last night, Steve Jobs did something odd: he took part in an event that he had no control over. Rather than being the charismatic cornerstone of a pulpit-delivered keynote, he played the role of a heckled, candid interviewee. And he... rocked! He talked a lot, and on a huge range of topics which aren't really 'Download Squad-ish'. Still, I've collated a ...

Skype for iPhone gets 3G support, but it will cost you

The good news is that the latest update to Skype for iPhone finally allows you to make calls over AT&T's 3G network. The bad news is that those calls will cost you a "small monthly fee." The fee starts in August for Skype calls to regular numbers, but Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G will still be free until the end of the year. The fee makes some sense, because Skype over 3G will likely add ad...

iPhone 4 screenshots show AT&T Internet tethering in latest beta

Although it was beginning to seem doubtful that Apple and AT&T were planning to offer Internet tethering with the next version of the iPhone, a glimmer of hope has appeared with some new iPhone screenshots. In the latest beta version of iPhone OS 4.0, beta 4, "Set Up Internet Tethering" is an option on the Network settings screen. Tapping it prompts you to call AT&T to set up a tetherin...

AT&T: Wholesale Applications Community is a platform, not an app store

To follow up on some earlier news about AT&T's possible deployment of a new, cross-platform app store, I received a clarification from AT&T about what the Wholesale Applications Community (that's what they're calling it) is and isn't. It's NOT an app store. It IS an international coalition of around 25 telecom companies that's aiming to create a platform open to all developers and selling ...

AT&T takes a jab at Apple with its own cross-platform app store

AT&T continues to live the good life as the exclusive U.S. mobile carrier for Apple's iPhone, riding the wave of customers attracted by the App Store. That could all change at any time, though, with speculation that Apple plans to drop its exclusive deal and bring the iPhone to new carriers sometime this year. AT&T isn't going to take that lying down, though: they're teaming up with other...

Fake Steve Jobs wants to put the squeeze on AT&T's network with Operation Chokehold

Fake Steve Jobs, occasionally also known as journalist Dan Lyons, is fed up with AT&T's data network. The shoddy service AT&T has provided for iPhone users, especially in major cities, has become such an issue that AT&T itself recently released an iPhone app that allows users to report locations where the network has failed them. Lyons isn't going to take it anymore. In character ...

AT&T Mark the Spot: an iPhone app that lets you report sucky service

Released by AT&T themselves, Mark the Spot is an iPhone app that very simply lets you report outages in your mobile connectivity. Have a look at the screenshot -- what you see is what you get. An honest, earnest piece of troubleshooting software! Kudos must be given to AT&T for a truly humble app. Network admins have limited contact with the end-users during the best of times -- there's a ...

Google answers to FCC, (mostly) stops blocking numbers in Voice

Looks like Apple's not the only one drawing the ire of the FCC when it comes to Google Voice. AT&T filed a complaint with the FCC, forcing Google to explain why it was blocking a bunch of rural phone numbers from its Voice system. Google's answer? Because it's really expensive! Telephone providers are common carriers, and they're required to provide access to some phone exchanges out in the...

MMS finally arrives on the iPhone for AT&T customers

For American iPhone users, today is a pretty big day. AT&T customers should now have MMS (also commonly known as picture messaging) on their iPhones. Update your carrier settings by clicking on your phone in iTunes and going to "Check for Update." Then, to make sure MMS has been enabled for you, go to Settings -> Messages. You should see an option to turn MMS on. Now, whenever you're sendin...

AT&T: iPhone software update with MMS coming Sept. 25

The most embarrassing thing about having an iPhone is its lack of multimedia messaging. MMS is a feature that even old-school candybar "dumbphones" have had for years, and this supposedly cool, revolutionary device has been around for years without supporting it. Well, that's about to change. On Sept. 25, Apple will release a software update (presumably iPhone OS 3.1) that will enable MMS, accordi...

Apple responds to FCC inquiry about Google Voice rejection

After Apple decided not to allow Google's phone app, Google Voice, into its application store, the FCC opened an inquiry into Apple's reasons for rejecting Google Voice, and its notoriously inconsistent app store approval policies. Now, Apple has not only responded to the FCC's questions, but publicly released the response on its website. Here are some of the highlights: Apple claims it didn't...