mr100percent writes: One of the new features in Apple's iOS6 release due this fall is an enhancement to the FaceTime video call feature, allowing it to function over 3G on any cellular network. On Friday, AT&T announced that the privilege only extends to users on its new "Mobile Share" programs, and not for users grandfathered on the unlimited or tiered data plans. Public Knowledge, a nonprofit Internet law group, believes that preventing other customers from using FaceTime violates net neutrality rules by blocking a service that competes with its own.
AT&T has denied violating Net Neutrality, and was forced to allow Skype over 3G after the FCC got involved. Sprint last month committed to no additional charges for 3G FaceTime access. Verizon, however, is said to be unable to hinder FaceTime over cellular as a result of a net neutrality promise to the FCC.
mr100percent writes: Microsoft has reportedly moved to prohibit employees in its Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, and Operations Group (SMSG) from using company funds to purchase any products produced by Apple. The company had already barred staffers from using expense allocations for competing smartphone platforms, however the new guidelines explicitly note that Macs and iPads have been added to the list.
"Within SMSG we are putting in place a new policy that says that Apple products (Mac & iPad) should not be purchased with company funds," an alleged letter distributed to staff reads, according to excerpts posted on ZDNet.
mr100percent writes: Battleheart's creator Mika Mobile in an update explained that it was dropping Android support. Google's platform was losing money for the company, since it spent about 20 percent of its time supporting the platform but only ever made five percent or less of the company's revenue. Much of the effort was spent on issues specific to Android, where the diversity was only creating problems rather than helping.
"I would have preferred spending that time on more content for you, but instead I was thanklessly modifying shaders and texture formats to work on different GPUs, or pushing out patches to support new devices without crashing, or walking someone through how to fix an installation that wouldn't go through," one half of the husband and wife duo said. "We spent thousands on various test hardware. These are the unsung necessities of offering our apps on Android."
mr100percent writes: Mac OS X developers have been given a few extra months to accept the Mac App Store app sandboxing requirementsor to forget all about selling their apps through Apple’s store. Developers now have about four months to decide on whether they will support sandboxing in their apps. The problem? If they do, some apps will become just shadows of their former selves.
mr100percent writes: Fox and Paramount have supposedly backed out of YouTube's imminent major movie service in an attempt to force action on piracy. Unofficial comments from the two claim that they won't get onboard as long as Google is indexing pirate video sites in its search engine and allowing them AdSense placement. Disney, not mentioned before, was also leaning the same direction, The Wrap said.
mr100percent writes: A US-based website RevolutionMuslim.com, known for inciting violence against the creators of South Park, has been taken down on Friday after the British authorities complained of a post praising a young woman who stabbed and nearly killed a British lawmaker over his support for the Iraq war. Legal experts say that it is difficult for the government to force a site off the Internet, but the government could pressure a site operator or service provider to take it down.
mr100percent writes: Electronista is reporting that Microsoft is going to increase its pressure on Apple by building its latest retail store directly across from the Apple Store in the Mall of America (Minneapolis). Previous Microsoft stores have opened near Apple's before, but this would be the first to sit directly next to each other. The company has made no reservations about the stores being meant to imitate and potentially lure away customers and has gone so far as to have a Genius Bar equivalent, the Answer Desk, and to hold high-profile openings. Won't Microsoft be embarrassed when their store is twice as wide, but a quarter as crowded.
mr100percent writes: Electronista is reporting that the text messaging record set by Samsung's Galaxy S phone using Swype was beaten just hours later by an iPhone 4 user. "Salford, UK-based Melissa Thompson had beaten a previous texting record by typing two sentences in 25.94 seconds on a Galaxy S, but El Paso, Texas-based Brian Sweet proved that he had already beaten the record and posted a video (below) as evidence. He typed the message in 21.8 seconds using the stock iPhone 4 keyboard, even after having to start the timer himself and with virtually no use of auto-correction."
mr100percent writes: AT&T on Tuesday sued Verizon for allegedly misleading customers with its "there's a map for that" ads. The complaint argues that Verizon is deliberately exaggerating the gaps in AT&T's coverage through its map of 3G networks, making it seem as though some areas have no coverage at all, not just 3G. Verizon has already had to alter maps after some earlier protests from AT&T.
mr100percent writes: "Sling Media, makers of Slingbox, submitted their iPhone app for review in March, only to be held in limbo while Apple and AT&T discussed the matter. AT&T feared the streaming player (which streams live TV from a person's home to an iPhone) would saturate the 3G network and bring it to a crawl, eventually quietly changing their TOS to ban "redirecting television signals for viewing on Personal Computers." Fastforward to May and their App is released, without 3G support. That's right, AT&T leaned on Apple to block the app, until Slingplayer relented and made it a WiFi only app. Slingplayer users are not happy."
mr100percent writes: iLounge is reporting that Apple rejected the iPhone aggregator app Newspapers, because of a topless photo. In the rejection message, Apple noted that Parental Controls have been announced for iPhone OS 3.0, adding that it "would be appropriate to resubmit your application for review once this feature is available." Rumor sites are speculating that Apple will relax their content restrictions once the 3.0 update puts parental controls in place. This may mean apps like NIN will be allowed in the future.
mr100percent writes: You may remember earlier in the month when AT&T changed its Terms of Service, banning any video/audio streaming to its devices, which would have blocked SlingPlayer, Qik, Skype from its devices, mainly the iPhone. The immediate outcry made AT&T issue a retraction and claim it was all a mistake. Well, AT&T decided you all have a short memory. Electronista is reporting that AT&T has again modified the terms to specifically prevent "redirecting television signals for viewing on Personal Computers." This means you, Slingbox. The company submitted their iPhone app to the App Store a month ago, and rumor has it AT&T has been leaning heavily on Apple to reject it, for fears it will saturate the 3G network.
mr100percent writes: MacNN is reporting on the features ZFS will contribute to the next version of OS X, Snow Leopard. Details on the new OS are sparse, but ZFS is going to be a big feature, especially touted for OS X Server.
mr100percent writes: Electronista reports that Vodaphone will carry the iPhone in 10 countries later this year. The telecoms firm will offer the handset to Europeans in the Czech Republic, Italy, and Portugal; Greece, India, and Turkey will be covered by Vodafone in Asia, while Australia, Egypt, New Zealand, and South Africa will also be served by the company. Vodafone doesn't say when it will offer the iPhone other than later this year and avoids other details, including pricing.
mr100percent writes: "iPodNN is reporting that Apple's iTunes software surpassed RealPlayer in unique users for the first time in April of 2007, according to WebSiteOptimization.com, and was the only contender among the four major streaming media players to show a positive growth rate over the past year."