Lowell McAdam

Today in Tech: Apple iOS 4.3 details, MySpace spinoff

January 13, 2011: 8:27 AM ET

A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.

  • Apple released iOS 4.3 beta to developers and quickly enough, users found some rather interesting new features, chief among them: four and five finger-multitouch gesture support for the iPad. A five-finger pinch brings users back to the home screen, a four-finger swipe up or down shows or hides the multitasking bar, and four-finger swipes to the left or right lets users switch among apps. The new gestures do seem to support news coming out of Boy Genius Report that Apple reportedly plans to kill the physical Home button iPad and iPhone users are used to. Other new iOS features? Personal Hotspot, a tethering option which Verizon mentioned at its iPhone event earlier this week and which could arguably be available on AT&T if the carrier chooses to support it, camera support for the iPad 2, and "Find My Friends," an as-of-yet unexplained bit that could be a location-based friend-finding service a la Google Latitude. (Gizmodo, Boy Genius Report, 9 to 5 Mac, Macrumors)
  • An interview with Verizon Communications President Lowell McAdam revealed some of the challenges in bringing the iPhone 4 over to the carrier. Verizon put up cell towers at Apple headquarters for testing and troubleshooting purposes, and also to ensure the same troubles that plagued AT&T with regards to usage and capacity wouldn't happen again. The two companies also agreed to exchange information about their products roadmaps. "We had to share with them where we were going with our network and they had to share with us what they were planning for devices," said McAdam, 56. "That's when we said, 'Yes, this should work.'" (Bloomberg) More
  • How does the Verizon iPhone affect Android and AT&T?

    With the launch of the Verizon iPhone now official, many are wondering how Verizon's other popular platform, Android, will fare.

    Verizon's (VZ) iPhone was launched today by two number twos, Apple (AAPL) COO Tim Cook and Verizon heir apparent Lowell McAdam. The iPhone 4 is very similar to the current bestseller on GSM with some antenna design changes. Also, it won't allow simultaneous data and voice use, like other MORE

    - Jan 11, 2011 12:09 PM ET
  • Lowell McAdam: Seidenberg's 'air' apparent

    By Sarah Ellison, contributor

    While Ivan Seidenberg got his start as a cable splicer's assistant, working hands on with the copper wires and fiber-optic lines that were once the phone company's core business, his handpicked successor, Lowell McAdam, 56, has spent the bulk of his career in the wireless industry -- Verizon's new core. Last year wireless accounted for 58% of Verizon's annual revenue, up from 50% in 2008.

    McAdam, who became MORE

    Oct 29, 2010 3:00 AM ET
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