AT&T offers free Calls & Texts To Japan during March

Many companies have been affected by the catastrophe which has hit Japan, several companies have already donated to relief organizations, now AT&T has officially announced that customers can call and text Japan for free through March 31st.

The offer extends to customers in the United States and Puerto Rico, and is in reponse to last week’s earthquake and tsunami.

AT&T also said wireless customers will not be charged for international long distance calls or texts to Japan that were placed after March 11th.

And AT&T landline customers can apply for 60 minutes of credit for calls to Japan from March 11th to March 31st.

Those interested can read the whole press release below:

AT&T Offers Wireless, Wireline Billing Relief for Consumers Calling and Texting Family, Friends in Japan

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Apple to update iBooks soon!

It has been a while since our favorite e-book reader has seen an update, however now the rumors are getting more and more intense. According to both a recent Steve Jobs Email and 9to5Mac.com all of that is about to change.

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Image Source 9to5Mac.com

This would be the second sizable update to iBooks after enabling PDF-opening from the Mail app, the biggest feature is that iBooks will allow user created subfolders for organization purposes. As it currently stands, iBooks has two default collections, as it were. The buttons that switch from your PDF collection to your Books collection are apparently going to become a single one just named “Collections” (possibly with an overlay dropdown letting you choose which subfolder). Titles will be able to migrate from one collection to another.

Another new feature will allow for AirPrint which will allow you to get paper copies of your PDFs as well though this feature does not extend to EPUBs. PDFs will also have email capability, so if you’re somewhere without an AirPrint capable printer you can email the PDF to a desktop with a standard wired printer.

Now all we can do is wait and keep our fingers crossed that the next update will be noteworthy and awesome, but with Apple behind the release how can it not be amazing. What would you like to see in a new update, leave us a comment below.

iOS 4.3 could be released as soon as December

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The iOS 4.2 update has only been available for a few days, and speculations about iOS 4.3 are already making waves online. According to several sources, the only major new feature that is expected to debut is app subscriptions, which would allow recurring charges. This would address one of the biggest complaints raised by magazine publishers since the iPad launched last spring.

Furthermore 4.3 will reportedly also include the capability to automatically push out fresh content to tablets. A similar feature has been available on the Amazon Kindle since it launched. Unlike the text-only Kindle, however, iOS devices support media-heavy content, and the mythical Maiden, North Carolina data center may play a big part in delivering this content.

Among the first publications to take advantage of this new capability will probably be The Daily, the new tablet-only “newspaper” planned by News Corp. Apple and News Corp have reportedly been collaborating on the development of The Daily, which is expected to get its own event sometime in December.

 

Apple updates Boot Camp!

Yesterday released several new updates, one of the updates pushed down the Software Update pipeline was a new Boot Camp and MacBook EFI update.

The new Boot Camp update is available for both 32 Bit and 64 Bit Windows installs and provides support for the ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, the Apple USB Ethernet adapter and the MacBook Air SuperDrive, alongside a gaggle of other bug fixes.

Additionally, there’s a new EFI Firmware update for the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0 reportedly resolves an issues where an attached external display may occasionally and incorrectly show a purple tinge.

If you have installed the updates and have noticed any changes in performance then leave us a comment below.

Apple announces change in iTunes, what could they mean?

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For once Apple has left the whole world wondering what the heck they are up to, if you load the official Apple website and you’ll see a new front page teaser.

“Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget,” the copyt reads, before telling visitors to check back tomorrow at 10AM EST / 7AM EST for an exciting new announcement pertaining to iTunes

We are all wondering what on earth Apple could possibly have planned.

Many have speculated that Apple will be announcing a new cloud-streaming iTunes, but you might remember that Steve Jobs said as recently as September that Apple was still wary of the cloud.

Stay tuned and come back tomorrow where we will tell you exactly what it was that Apple  announced.

Apple releases app for iPhone bumpers program.

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If you own an iPhone 4 then you might have noticed that Apple started processing bumper refunds yesterday, and today the iPhone app followed, if you are eligible for the bumper, then here’s how it works:

1.Download the iPhone 4 Case Program app from the App Store.
2.Launch the app on your iPhone 4 and sign in using your iTunes Store account or Apple ID.
3.Select your Bumper or case.

For iPhone 4 purchases made before July 23, 2010, you must apply no later than August 22, 2010; otherwise, you must apply within 30 days of your iPhone 4 purchase. To qualify for this program, you must purchase your iPhone 4 by September 30, 2010.

The selection isn’t really the biggest, among the selections available are the black Apple iPhone 4 Bumper and a variety of mostly black or clear cases from third-party manufacturers like Incase, Belkin, and Speck.

Having iPhone 4 owners use an app to claim their free Bumper case is a decidedly novel, Apple way of handling the situation. Not only does it eliminate entering serial numbers, it also cuts down on fraud, since the app will throw up a warning message if you run it on a device other than the iPhone 4 explaining that it’s only valid for that specific handset.

Consumer Reports still can’t recommend iPhone 4.

A few days back we reported that Consumer Reports couldn’t/wouldn’t recommend the purchase of the new iPhone 4 due to the issues with the antenna. Many people have speculated whether the hasty press conference was a specific response to the well-respected consumer advocacy site.

Well now the big question is did Steve Jobs manage to change Consumer Reports’ mind on the issue?

Not really While they do believe that Apple’s offer of free cases is a good first step, they still say that even with a free case, the iPhone 4 is a no-go to get a recommendation from the giant consumer testing firm. Last week CR created a furor when it said the iPhone was the best smart phone it had tested, but didn’t meet its standards for reception.

Consumer Reports write that they “look forward to a long-term fix from Apple. As things currently stand, the iPhone 4 is still not one of our Recommended models.”

What we find interesting is that the iPhone was the best smart phone they have tested, and yet they still wouldn’t recommend it, well the other phones they have tested must be crappy then? Right, but they still got a recommend stamp from the Tech Site, wonder how that works.

Apple posts video of Press Conference.

If you are like most of us you didn’t attend the Apple press conference yesterday, however that doesn’t mean you will miss out on seeing Steve up on the stage telling everyone that the antenna issues are not “that” bad.

Apple has posted video from yesterdays event.

You might be unhappy to hear that Apple has decided not to include the juicy Q&A session, where Jobs rips the tech press for creating Antennagate.

Check out the video and let us know what you think!

Apple will offer free bumpers to all iPhone 4 owners!

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At the Apple press conference earlier today Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that after long investigations, of the signal problems with the iPhone 4, the company has decided to offer all iPhone owners a free bumper.

Steve said that they have spent a lot of time looking at the statistics from AppleCare, and have asked how many iPhone users really are experiencing the reception problems. You would expect with all the press that the numbers would be astronomical… But the actual number is……0.55% Just one half of one percent.”

However since Apple wants to keep all of their customers happy the have decided to offer the following support:

– Apple will provide all iPhone 4 customers who purchase their phones by September 30th a free case. Customers will be able to choose from Apple’s own bumpers, as well as third-party cases sourced from other vendors.

– Customers who have already purchased a bumper can receive a refund. Apple’s site will begin taking orders for the free cases beginning late next week, and the company will re-revaluate the case situation as it gets closer to the September deadline.

– Any customer who is still unhappy with their iPhone 4 can return it, provided it is undamaged, within 30 days of purchase with no restocking fee charged.

So there will be no iPhone recall, and Jobs didn’t really apologize either, he just maintained that the issue was one common to other mobile phones and as reported above according to their data, affects a very small percentage of iPhone 4 owners.

Apple has No plan to redesign iPhone 4

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During the press Conference earlier today Apple had a Q&A session where they allow the journalists to ask any questions they might have, one of them was “whether or not Apple had any plans to redesign the iPhone 4” To which Steve Jobs replied that “that Apple is happy with the antenna design of the iPhone 4 and they won’t be redesigning it.”

He then added that the “iPhone 4… it’s better than 3gs in every way,” and that “Looking at the data, [they] don’t think [they] have a problem.”

Instead, he blames Apple accidentally painting a bullseye on the iPhone 4’s antenna design. “If we were to fault the iPhone 4, it’s that we waved a red flag in front of the bull by putting a “grip me here” mark on the iPhone 4,” by which he means the black lines marking the separation between antennas.