Verizon Blocking Hotspot Tethering on Jailbroken Devices

Following in the muddy footsteps of AT&T, Verizon has now begun to block tethering on jailbroken iPhones and rooted Android devices running apps, like MyWi, which bypass the need for a dedicated tethering data plan.

It’s unknown if Verizon will automatically upgrade users to a tethering plan if they do not comply, which AT&T started doing earlier this week. Verizon offers tethering plans starting at $20 per month for 2GB on top of a minimum $29.99 data plan.

[Read Write Web]

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Skype for Mac Updated with HD Video Calling and Lion Support

Skype has updated their Mac client to add compatibility for Lion and also HD video calling capability. If you have an HD webcam, such as the Logitech C910, then you can use it to chat with your friends in a much more clearer way. You can also use the built-in HD 720p webcam included on newer Macs for HD video. Skype recommends that you have at least a 1.5 Mbps connection to initiate an HD video chat session. If you don’t have an HD webcam, find one over at Skype’s webcam shop.

Skype notes on their blog that there will also be some stability and performance improvements to coincide with the new OS, so hopefully any previous bugs have been destroyed.

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Google+ Comes to the iPad (sort of) and iPod Touch

9to5Mac has just reported that Google’s social network app now works with the iPod touch. Previously, the app was exclusive to the iPhone but it seems that google has found time to add support to one more device.

The iPad support is not actually full support, but simply a double-pixeled iPhone simulation. Whether Google plans to add full native support to the app is currently unknown, but if you want it then go tell them on their contact page.

Also added in the update were Huddle settings and aggregated circle add notifications. If you don’t already own the Google+ app, you can download it here.

[9to5Mac]

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Comex Shows Off Ways to Fake FaceTime Calls and More

Well-known iPhone hacker comex (yeah, him) unveiled a couple of interesting links via Twitter over the weekend that can be typed into Mobile Safari on your iOS device to do some pretty quirky things. The first URL, facetime-accept://Mom launches a fake FaceTime call from your “mother” when accessed from a FaceTime-compatible device. You can customize the link by changing “mom” to whichever fake caller you would like to show up.

The second link, tellock://, will automatically force your device into a lock screen-esque mode until you press the home button. Other users were quick to point out other links including telprompt://*, which can be customized to dial different numbers on an iPhone, and sms:// for sending messages. iOS 5 compatibility is supposedly lacking, so let us know what works and what doesn’t!

[iDB]

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Apple’s Rumored “iTunes Replay” Service is Far From Ready

Last week, the rumor mill was churning about Apple preparing to launch their iTunes Replay service, which would allow for iTunes users to stream movies from Apple’s servers and then re-download them to their iOS devices. Early reports suggested that the service was set to launch in the coming weeks, but a new report by CNET all but rectifies that early speculation. The new report claims that  (more…)

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Apple Quietly Launches $999 iMac for Educational Institutions

Apple has quietly rolled out a new “education only” low-end iMac for $999 on their Higher Educational online store this morning. The computer, which cannot be purchased by individuals, sports a 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 dual-core processor, 250GB hard drive, 2GB RAM, and a 256MB AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics card.

Interestingly enough, this new model does not contain a Thunderbolt port, but instead a mini Display port. The next best iMac model would be the $1,149 student-priced Core i5 iMac, which has 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and a 512MB graphics card. That same computer is available to the general public for $1,199.

[MacRumors]

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EA’s Back to School Sale is Underway, Save Up To 80% Off

Unfortunately for students, the summer holidays are coming to an end and school will soon be–or already is–back in session. This time of year isn’t entirely bad news, however, as back to school sales can offer students great savings; for those who just spent their summer months working for their hard earned dollars, these deals are most especially appreciated. Electronic Arts is amongst the developers offering back to school savings on many of their popular App Store titles, some slashed by as much as 80% off. The most notable apps that EA has put on sale include  (more…)

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Release Date for iOS 5 Beta 6 Pegged as Wed, Aug 17th

Apple only just recently rolled out the fifth beta release of iOS 5, but sources for 9to5mac are already pegging the release date of iOS 5 beta 6 as Wednesday, August 17th. A few developers believe that they have cracked the over-the-air update date code for iOS, and were able to decipher the release date of iOS 5 beta 6 as a result. These same developers were able to pinpoint the exact release date of iOS 5 beta 5 this past Saturday; however, they warn that since it is still days away from the planned release of the sixth beta, that it could still be delayed because of bugs or other reasons out of our control.

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MobileMe to iCloud Transition Begins, Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.7.2

9to5mac reports that the promised MobileMe member transition to iCloud has begun with the opening of https://www.me.com/move/ today. Screenshots after the break show the simple process of the move. These screenshots also have many more important details about the move so if you’re a MobileMe member then please check them out. Another interesting tidbit is that former MobileMe subscribers will receive an extra 20GB of storage for iCloud, to match the storage they paid for under MobileMe. Adding the 5GB that iCloud gives out for free, that means that former MobileMe subscribers will enjoy 25GB for free, for a year.

In addition to the MobileMe transition, Apple has also seeded that mistakenly posted OS X 10.7.2 to developers this evening which is now the required version to install iCloud beta 6 for OS X Lion. Full release notes after the break.

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iOS 5 Beta 5 Brings Signs of Nuance’s Speech-to-Text

9to5mac has discovered some of the first visual signs that Apple is going to be incorporating Nuance’s speech-to-text engine in iOS 5 beta 5, which was released just hours ago. This feature has yet to be officially announced (it wasn’t mentioned at WWDC back in June), so the screenshots of the interface are likely to change as Apple iterates, though this is the first absolute sign that iOS 5 will feature at least some speech-to-text support beyond what is already in place. (more…)

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