Monthly Archives: January 2011

The iPhone Comes to Verizon — For Real This Time

The iPhone is finally coming to Verizon in the United States. No, it’s not April Fools’ Day. The blogosphere is overflowing with news about the just-announced end of AT&T’s exclusivity. By February 10 you should be able to get your hands on one. (Verizon, being a CDMA carrier instead of GSM, requires a different cellular radio in the device, so if you’re an AT&T customer you will have to buy a whole new phone.)

You can read about that sort of stuff elsewhere though. Apparently Apple has been testing their CDMA iPhone since 2008, and finally has a chance to roll out a new feature in iOS 4.2.5 that (I assume) AT&T wasn’t too keen on having: portable hotspot. You can flip a toggle switch in the Settings app and broadcast a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices.

You can also set the Personal Hotspot up to use Bluetooth or USB. Obviously, the latter two are for one-to-one connections. Essentially, it looks like this replaces the “tethering” option found in the current iOS build. An Apple rep I talked to believed this was the case as well.

Anyway, I won’t rehash all of the gory details here. You can read up on them from my sources.

Further Reading

What Everyone Missed About the Gawker Password Scandal

A few weeks ago the internet exploded with news about the servers that host the Gawker blogs (Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Jezebel, etc.) being compromised by a distributed group of crackers known as Gnosis. Though the attack itself was covered fairly well by various tech publications…

BlogBuzz January 8, 2011

Mac App Store Launches…Along With Tweetie 2 for Mac

Apple just launched the Mac App Store yesterday, bringing with it a welcome surprise. The much-awaited Tweetie 2 for Mac is finally available, in the App Store, under the new name of Twitter for Mac. I’ll get to that in a little bit, though.…

How to Explain Network Neutrality

How do you explain network neutrality to your less-than-tech-literate friends and family? It’s a broad and complex topic that is rather difficult to persuade people to care about. Of course, the best way to explain an issue like that is to demonstrate how it…

The Pragmatic Guide to JavaScript

There are plenty of books that teach JavaScript from a basic introductory angle. The Pragmatic Guide to JavaScript is a bit different. It’s a lightweight guide (around 130 pages) for those of us who already know a programming language or two. Instead of covering…

Best of 2010

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been actively posting on Webmaster-Source for about five years. This past year has been pretty busy for me. I did a bit of work on WordPress as part of the Google Summer of Code, I…