• Skype for iPhone vs. FaceTime

    Apple will have to add 3G calling to its video chat service if it wants to compete

    If you have an iPhone, you'll want to get the free updated app Skype released Wednesday along with this YouTube video showing how it can be used to see your friends dancing in their underwear.

    Skype now supports two-way video calling on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation iPod touch, not just over Wi-Fi MORE

    - Dec 30, 2010 6:30 AM ET
  • The world's first subsidized iPads

    Apple's tablets will reportedly sell in the U.K. for more than 60% off. Could it happen here?

    Americans dreaming of an iPad Chrismas will be watching closely to see if AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) follow the lead of Orange and T-Mobile (DT), two carriers authorized to sell 3G iPads in the United Kingdom.

    On Monday, Everything Everywhere, a joint venture of the two firms, announced that it will be selling -- MORE

    - Nov 22, 2010 9:20 AM ET
  • If the iPad is the new iPod, is the new Nook an Atari Lynx?

    Barnes & Noble decided it had to be first to market with a color e-reader, even if that meant not putting out a perfectly polished device. But in an iPad world, the dedicated e-reader race might not even matter.

    When news leaked of the Nook Color, the new e-reader with a color screen from Barnes & Noble (BKS), the hype machine went into overdrive. Pundits frothed at that idea that this could MORE

    - Oct 29, 2010 12:43 PM ET
  • It's time to stop cheering "Super Wi-Fi"

    If the government really wanted the new, more powerful Wi-Fi to work, it wouldn't confine it to the margins of the spectrum world.

    When Julius Genachowski announced the creation of "Super Wi-Fi" last week, the nation's top telecom regulator painted it as a high-tech triumph. Under his plan, the government will open up access to powerful airwaves that can easily penetrate walls, allowing phone calls, tweets, Netflix streams, and every other MORE

    - Sep 29, 2010 4:30 AM ET
  • The iPad lands in China on Friday. And also in five South American countries

    The world's most populous country is the 20th to get Apple's tablet computer

    Apple (AAPL) announced Monday that it will begin selling the Wi-Fi-only version of its "magical" iPad in China on Sept. 17.

    [UPDATE: In a separate, Spanish-language press release, Apple also announced that the iPad will go on sale in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru the same day.]

    The 3G iPad will be arriving in China at a later, unspecified MORE

    - Sep 16, 2010 10:50 AM ET
  • Wi-Fi iPhones coming to China Monday

    China Unicom overcomes a key impediment to sales in the world's largest mobile market

    China Unicom, Apple's exclusive carrier in the world's largest cellphone market, announced Friday that it will begin selling iPhones equipped with Wi-Fi receivers on Monday.

    This could be the breakthrough both companies have been waiting for. China Unicom, the country's second-largest cellphone company with some 315 million subscribers, began selling iPhones in Oct. 2008, but government restrictions prevented MORE

    - Aug 6, 2010 9:56 AM ET
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  • Apple preparing an iPad Wi-Fi fix

    More than a month after it appeared, the company will address a nagging complaint

    "A very small number of iPad users have experienced issues with Wi-Fi connectivity," begins Apple (AAPL) Support Article TS3304 "iPad: Issues connecting to Wi-Fi networks," putting a positive spin on an embarrassing development before offering several kludgy workarounds.

    Then, in an update posted last week, the support article delivers a line that will be music to many MORE

    - May 11, 2010 12:38 PM ET
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  • Why Israel lifted its iPad ban

    The official explanation for seizing the devices at the airport never did make sense

    On the face of it, Israel's decision Saturday night to allow iPads to be brought into the country was a straightforward reversal of a sensibly cautious import policy.

    At least 20 iPads purchased in the U.S. had been seized at Ben-Gurion Airport, confiscated and held in storage for 45 shekels ($12) a day -- a fee that now MORE

    - Apr 25, 2010 8:01 AM ET
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  • One iPad Wi-Fi problem fixed

    But complaints of dropped connections and sluggish downloads persist

    "Short version," writes an iPad owner who calls himself "batzgam" in the Apple (AAPL) discussion topic iPad 'not auto-connecting' solved! "Raise the screen brightness above the minimum setting -- wifi reappears!"

    Like many early adopters, batzgam had a complaint about how his new iPad was communicating with his local Wi-Fi network.

    How widespread these problems are is hard to say. As of Wednesday MORE

    - Apr 7, 2010 8:30 AM ET
  • How AT&T spilled the Starbucks beans

    Here's one thing the folks at Apple could teach their friends at AT&T: how to parcel out the good news.

    Case in point: the Starbucks-iPhone-Wi-Fi deal that's been on and off all week and generating all the wrong kind of headlines (see for example, here).

    If Steve Jobs were running AT&T, he would have kept it simple. And a surprise. The first we would have heard about it would be when he MORE

    - May 10, 2008 9:07 AM ET
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