Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:
Apple gets ready to announce the iPad 2
Verizon's unlimited data plan will end this summer
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize
Facebook purchases a group messaging system
Lenovo shows off an eyeball-controlled laptop
Amazon threatens to shut down California affiliates based on a proposed tax law
Angry Birds St. Patrick's Day will launch March 22
Verizon's "darling" status with iPhone users may quickly be coming to an end as a new report from Bloomberg cites Verizon's Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo saying unlimited data plans will no longer be available from the new iPhone carrier.
Current switchers can grab the $30 per month unlimited data plan for their iPhone 4, but that could all change shortly. The offering, which Shammo said was "not a long-term solution," was likely just a marketing tool to entice the first wave of iPhone users to jump from AT&T, which currently does … Read more
Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:
Sony launches Sony Music Unlimited, the company's own music store.
The FBI gets ready to outline wire-tapping policies for digital communication.
Google announces Google One Pass, a subscription service for newspapers and magazines that will compete with Apple's recently announced iTunes subscription service.
The iPhone rumor mill is predicting a smaller, $99 version of the iPhone this summer.
Warner Bros. announces App Editions of "Inception" and "The Dark Knight."
Sony announces its zero-tolerance policy for hacking the PlayStation 3.
The more Facebook friends you have, the more … Read more
Rdio, from the makers of Skype (Windows/Mac/iPhone), is a subscription-based music service offering more than 5 million songs as well as added social components that let you connect with friends to share and discover new music. Today, the service announced an updated version of its iPhone app that features an entirely redesigned interface and new options for song recommendations, popular music charts, and new releases. It also offers improved search tools and better syncing controls than previous versions.
Get started by downloading the free app, then sign up at the Rdio Web site for a 30-day free trial. … Read more
It might not be long before Sony turns its back on iTunes, if a new report from Australia's The Age proves to be accurate.
According to the publication, Sony is working hard on on getting its Music Unlimited streaming service to catch on with customers. Michael Ephraim, head of Sony Computer Entertainment in Australia, said that as the service is rolled out around the world and it starts to gain popularity, it might be time for Sony to think twice about its partnership with Apple and iTunes.
"If we do [get mass take up] then does Sony Music … Read more
What should disgruntled AT&T iPhone subscribers do with their old iPhone when they move to Verizon Wireless?
I offer one reader some advice in this week's Ask Maggie column. I also ease another's apprehension about using a Google Android phone with a MacBook Pro and accessing Gmail on an iPhone. And I provide some thoughts on Verizon's limited time offer of an unlimited data plan for the iPhone and other Verizon smartphones.
Ask Maggie is a weekly advice column that answers readers' wireless and broadband questions. If you've got a question, please send me … Read more
Mozy, the online backup service provider and EMC subsidiary, plans to announce today that it's dumping its subscription permitting customers to store unlimited data.
The reason is not hard to guess: with ever-growing quantities of photos and videos, the unlimited plan is financially unsustainable, the company said. In other words, it's my fault.
You see, I'm a Mozy customer. I spent $82 for a two-year subscription and started inflicting my hundreds of gigabytes of photos and increasingly videos as well. I'm a photo nerd, so each 21-megapixel photo in raw format sucks up something like 20MB … Read more
Rumors have been heating up over the last few weeks that Amazon was on the verge of offering "free" unlimited video streaming to its Prime members, who pay $79.99 a year for free two-day shipping on many items sold on Amazon. Now a tipster has sent a few screenshots to Engadget allegedly showing an unlimited video-streaming section to complement Amazon's VOD (video-on-demand) offerings.
Whether someone at Amazon accidentally jumped the gun on the launch is unclear, but the section has now disappeared along with the "Watch now," free unlimited streaming button (I have an … Read more
AT&T has quietly revised its data plans for iPhone users, allowing some to switch back to unlimited data. The move comes just weeks before the heralded Verizon iPhone launch, which many analysts believe will cause a great number of AT&T customers to jump ship.
Verizon announced that it would be offering an unlimited data plan for new iPhone users, something AT&T got rid of last summer. Now, AT&T has backtracked, allowing some users that previously had the unlimited plan to switch back if they so choose.
This policy does not cover new … Read more