iPad comes to VerizonThe iPad comes to Verizon, teens are texting more than making calls, Google Sky turns to crowdsourcing, and the PS3 gets Netflix with 5.1 surround
-It's Friday, October 15, 2010. I'm Jeff Bakalar, and it's time to get Loaded. Late yesterday, news broke out about the iPad coming to Verizon. Starting on October 28th, customers will be able to choose between 3 bundles, all of which will include Verizon's MiFi Mobile Hotspot device for connecting to the web when a Wi-Fi signal isn't available. Not to be outdone, AT&T will also begin selling the device on the same day. A new report from Nielsen says that teens are texting far more than they are making voice calls. The study found that teens aged 13 to 17 text roughly 6 times each hour they are awake, which is an increase of 8% over last year. At the same time, voice calling has dropped 14%, and it should come as no shock that data consumption is up as well, about 4 times over last year. Google is teaming up with New York-based server SLU to allow for user-submitted high-res photographs of deep space. These photos will show up as layers in Google Sky and Google Earth. And this new feature, combined with the already available NASA Hubble and Sloan Digital Sky Survey Photos, will give stargazers a more complete experience. And finally, the PS3 is getting Netflix streaming without the need for a disk. Up until now, the Xbox 360 was the only console to allow for diskless streaming. And not to be outdone, the updated PS3 Netflix app will introduce streaming 5.1 Dobly Digital Surround as well. Netflix says that 5.1 will hit other devices later on. Those are your headlines for today. Mark Licea and I would like to thank Natali Del Conte for the opportunity to fill in for her during her maternity leave, and we're all looking forward to welcoming her back on Monday. I'm Jeff Bakalar for CNET.com, and you've just been Loaded.