T-Mobile to offer 200MB of FREE data every month for iPad Air and Mini with Retina

This is pretty great, and more than enough data for the inevitable times you want to check email or do some light surfing but don’t want to go through the hassle of enabling tethering from your phone.

Very cool TMo! If ATT doesn’t match this then I am definitely getting a TMo Air when I order mine…

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iTunes Radio so far…underwhelming

Given how great Spotify, Pandora and other streaming services are, iTunes Radio has to be more than good to carve itself a niche at this point. It has to be great. Apple great. The kind of great that makes you go zOMG how did I ever live without this?!

So far? Not so much.

I’ve set up some of my own custom stations, and also listened to the pre-packaged ones. In all cases I’ve heard songs repeated every single time I use the service. Not good to put it mildly.

Added to the fact that the Remote app still (!) hasn’t been updated to include control of iTunes Radio – which means I have to, gulp, use my iMac to select and play a station in my whole house music set up – this feels more like a half baked hobby than something Apple is taking seriously.

I find that stunning.

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iOS 7: we finally search ALL emailboxes!

As a big email archiver, using folders, sub-folder, etc. the ability to search across multiple email folders was a feature whose absence on my iPad often annoyed the heck out of me.

I installed iOS 7 on my iPhone 5 and did an email search without realizing that they’d finally added the feature. Up came messages I’d stored in several different mail boxes and folders. Finally!!

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TouchID’s (AWESOME!!) future

Interesting iPhone 5s presentation today. I know that some people are inevitably disappointed by these announcements since almost nothing is unknown by the time of the actual presentation, TouchID hardware included.

I’m actually really excited about this feature though. While the focus today was on unlocking the phone and making purchases in iTunes and iBooks, it’s a short hop, skip and jump to get to things like:

- integration with the iCloud keychain (think: TouchID to automatically enter your username and password for ANY site on Safari, and credit card as well where appropriate)

- user accounts (!!!!) for easy sharing of devices (think: TouchID to automatically use an iDevice with your apps, data, photos, accounts, permissions, etc.)

- turn *any* iDevice into yours (think: you forgot your iPhone or iPad but really need to make a call or whatever; your friend gives permission, and you TouchID to automagically turn their iPhone into yours)

I’m sure my imagination is missing 95% of what’s possible but I’m very excited for the Ring Dings and Pepsi, George!

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First Seven iPad-Only ‘Steve Jobs Schools’ Open in the Netherlands – Mac Rumors

Wow! We should trade notes…

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/21/first-seven-ipad-only-steve-jobs-schools-open-in-the-netherlands/

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Mobile Devices Overtake PC Sales at Lenovo

The largest PC maker in the world now gets more revenue from phones and tablets than from PCs. Remarkable.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/08/16/business/global/smartphones-and-tablets-outsell-pcs-at-lenovo.html

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PC Industry Fights to Adapt as Tablets Muscle In – NYTimes.com

“Still, there is a strong view among many longtime tech executives that the PC’s relevance will steadily diminish.”

Amazing that what I thought the moment I first saw an iPad is now conventional wisdom. Scary that it’s happening faster than even the most optimistic iPad users would’ve foreseen.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/29/technology/pc-industry-fights-to-adapt-as-tablets-muscle-in.html

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