"The iPhone is finally getting tethering"
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The iPhone is finally getting tethering
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>> Brian: What's up Brian Tong here and welcome to the Applebyte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple, so let's get to the show. Now, we have all been very patient and I mean patient waiting for tethering to come to the iPhone and it looks like we'll see it in the next OS. The 4th beta for iPhone OS 4.0 was recently released and now there's a new option to set up Internet tethering. You'll be able to tether your phone to a laptop over Bluetooth or USB and if you're hoping this will work with the WiFi iPad it won't. Now, WWDC starts June 7th, is pretty much a no-brainer, this will be part of the announcements and summer can't come soon enough especially with that new wallpaper background they've also added. I'm all set with the wallpapers. What can I say? Now, this week the entry-level white MacBook was updated with a 2.4 gigahertz processor, the same integrated NVIDIA graphics card as the 13 inch MacBook Pro and the same extended battery life of 10 hours. It's priced at $9.99 and you'll also be able to use a mini display port adapter 2 HDMI to connect it to a large screen. Its power is now pretty much on par with the 13 inch MacBook Pro the main difference is are the Pro's aluminum body, an additional 2 gigs of RAM, back-lit keyboard and a Firewire port for $200 more. So if you had to pick between the 2 and the price difference what would you do? Well, I prefer the feeling of metal against my skin.
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>> Brian: Alright, more trickles of information from the Next Gen iPhone keep getting out; this time Chinese website Towbow [assumed spelling], not to be mistaken with Billy Blake's Taebo, is showing a white version of the purported front panel of the Next iPhone. This makes sense since the current phones are black and white but it's the first time we've seen evidence that it exists. Then Hard-Mac is showing off what they call the first protection skins for Apple's latest toy. Now, that's a really creative way to market your case that I've never heard before, but upon closer inspection you can also see its ribbed markings so maybe they are right. Now, have you ever made a mistake when purchasing and app from the App Store? I have and here's how to fix it.
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>> Brian: There are times where some of us get a little app happy, I know you've been there, and we purchase the wrong app from Apple's App Store. I recently purchased the Iron Man 2 game, I know, don't judge me, but I accidentally purchased the iPhone version instead of the one for the iPad. I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com and I'll show you a little trick that a lot of people don't know about, how to return apps that you've already purchased. Now, before we jump into this I want to emphasize that this is not intended to be used to buy an app then return it and hurt the developers, because these guys are the people that are making our gadgets more enjoyable so let's respect that. Alright, the first thing you have to do is purchase some apps from the App Store through your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or computer or wherever. Now, once you've done that jump into iTunes and in the top right-hand corner find your user name, select account and log-in. Let's go to your purchase history and then you'll see a list of dates and order numbers, select the date that you made the purchase and you'll see an order breakdown, then click on report a problem and an option will show up next to the price of each app. Find the boo-boo that you made, in this case it's going to be Iron Man 2 for me that was $6.99 and click report a problem. A prompt will appear and you'll need to select the problem that you had and add any comments. I explained my Iron Man 2 issue and also told them how I purchased the iPad version immediately afterwards. Submit it and you'll receive a confirmation e-mail. It only took about a day for an iTunes rep to get back to me but I received an e-mail telling me the charges would be reversed. Now that's customer service. There's really no reason to return a 99 cent app and you do have up to 90 days to request a refund but hopefully this feature helps you the same way it helped me out. I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com with your how-to for refunding apps. Respect your developers and use it wisely.
>> Brian: I've been stuck on that same Iron Man level the past 2 weeks and it's pissing me off. Now, we've been told that the iPad is going to revolutionize print media like newspapers and magazines. Publisher Conde Nast says they've only sold 365 copies of their December issue for the iPad even though it's $2.00 less than the print version. Media outlets jumped on this pointing to it as a failure but the WiFi iPad came out on April 3rd so it's unlikely people are buying the December back issue. Now, Conde Nast doesn't seem too worried since they've sold over 57,000 copies of its magazine on the App Store since December for the iPhone and iPod Touch but specific iPad numbers were not released so it just might be that the iPad is a little slow on the uptake. I can tell you that the GQ Magazine layout and interface is a favorite of mine and it's worth checking out for the price especially with covers like this.
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>> Brian: And Mobile Me users if you haven't had a chance check out the new Mail Beta at Me.com it's free and it's a cleaner interface that's similar to the iPad. You'll still have access to the other services by clicking the top left-hand corner icon but it's nice to get a refresh. Alright, we've also got an iPhone app of the week.
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>> Brian: For all of you Twitter freaks check out the Twitter for iPhone app. Now, Twitter acquired the popular $2.99 Tweety app renamed it and it's now free with more features. It supports multiple accounts, you can search tweets from people nearby and when you compose messages you'll have access to key functions like GEO Tagging, Hash tags and shrinking down URL's. It's also great because you don't have to have a Twitter account to use the Tweety app. Now, I did have issues attaching pictures to my tweets where the app would hang and freeze up. I'm running the iPhone OS Beta right now so that could be why, but check it out. This is hands down my favorite Twitter app as long as the picture issues are resolved. Alright, that's gonna do it for this week's show. Send us your e-mails and questions to the Applebyte@CNET.com. I'm Brian Tong thanks for watching and we'll see you next week for another bite of the Apple.
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