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Apple Byte: Finally, a real excuse to live at Starbucks

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Apple Byte: Finally, a real excuse to live at Starbucks

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Brian Tong talks AT&T news, plus an iPhone app that will make you sing your heart out.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:05 >>What's up, I'm Brian Tong and welcome to the Apple Byte. It's everything good and bad inside the world of Apple, so let's jump in to the latest news. AT&T has announced that free AT&T Wi-Fi access is now available for Apple iPhone users at thousands of locations like airports, hotels and that green and brown grass thing that you'll never get rid of: Starbucks. AT&T actually made this announcement in February then took it back. Released another press release in July then took that back, but now it looks like it's here to stay. My producer Ariel was kind enough to let me out of my cage, so we could check it out. Ok I finally get a little fresh air. We're outside in front of a Starbucks. I wanna check out this AT&T Wi-Fi thing. Now to get setup the first thing you do wanna do is jump into your settings on your iPhone and then go to the Wi-Fi icon, click on that and it will show you a bunch of wireless networks in your area. Look for the AT&T Wi-Fi network and you wanna click on that and then you'll be connected. Now once you're connected get out of the settings and then you're gonna wanna select Safari. Go to Safari and instantly a AT&T Wi-Fi splash page should show up. They're gonna actually ask you to punch in your 10-digit cell phone number. Do that, accept the Terms and Conditions, press continue and viola! You should be surfing the net. There you go Wi-Fi for free at thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi locations. We checked it out here on the Apple Byte. Whether you like the coffee or not you are not gonna complain about free Wi-Fi. Now, name the US state that has yet to officially get the iPhone and that includes the first gen. I'm waiting for it. Well if you guess Vermont, you are correct. Now known for its native production of maple syrup and the Ben&Jerry's ice cream factory, AT&T has never had wireless coverage in the green mountain state, but area providers Verizon and Unicel have merged and to prevent a wireless monopoly, AT&T will be moving in. It might be months away, but get ready Vermontians or Vermonteans? iPhone 3G hysteria is coming. Now what do you get when you combine your iPhone headset with the new MackBook and MacBook Pros, Molly Wood shows you the magic in this Quick Tip. >> And here it is, your iPhone stereo headset or any headset with this little microphone capsule on it like Apple's upcoming stand-alone earphones with the remote and mic. Any of these can control iTunes on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro. You just plug it in to the headphone jack over here and it works just like it works with your iPhone. Click once to pause. Click twice to move to the next track and click three times to move to the previous track. And it's just that easy. I'm Molly Wood for CNET.com and you're welcome. >> Thanks Molly. I swear that's the first Apple tip I've seen her do in ages and afterwards I saw her wash her hands immediately. Okay, let's check out the iPhone app of the week brought to you by our friends at Download.com. You've probably heard about it the app you wanna get is Midomi. Now if you have a song in your head, Midomi lets you sing it, you can say the lyrics or hold the song up to a music source playnet and it will identify the song. So, let's try this out. Now, I feel like singing, so -- hey guys, can we hit the lights. Thank you. Here we go. ^M00:03:19 [ Brian Tong singing ] ^M00:03:30 >>. Okay. I stop recording. Now let's see what Midomi comes up with. Okay. Do you see that? Lionel Richie's "Hello," it's here right here, listen to it. Now you can watch YouTube videos of the song and you'll get the link to iTunes to purchase it. So check out Midomi and our review of other iPhone apps on Download.com. Now, we wanna be in touch with you guys, so e-mail us at theapplebyte@cnet.com. Give us an insider scoop or anything you want. I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com. Thanks so much for watching and come back next time for another bite of the Apple. ^M00:04:02 [ Music ]

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