AT&T brings Wi-Fi iPads into the 4G fold with new cases

While cellular connected tablets have been around since the launch of the first iPad, many buyers opt for Wi-Fi-only slates for the simple reason of cost. 4G radios make tablet hardware more expensive, and connecting a slate to a mobile network comes with a monthly data bill.

But [company]AT&T[/company] is hoping that people who skipped LTE when they bought their iPads have now changed their minds. At the Consumer Electronics Show Tuesday, Ma Bell announced it will soon start selling smart cases that connect Wi-Fi-only iPads to 4G networks. Though AT&T didn’t reveal availability or pricing, it said it will first sell these new Modio cases for the iPad mini, mini 2 and mini 3, followed by versions for the iPad Air and iPad Air 2.

These sleeves won’t just contain radios. They have independent 4,600mAh battery backs, which AT&T says will support 10 hours of continuous surfing. They also come with embedded microSD card slots supporting up to 32GB of additional storage.

Of course, you’ll still be on the hook for data fees, but if you’re already an AT&T customer on a Mobile Share plan, you can add the case to your plan for $10 a month.


International data roaming is broken. Can MVNOs fix it?

If you travel overseas and want to maintain your mobile data connection, you’re either going to pay criminal roaming rates or endure tremendous hassles avoiding them. But a new breed of virtual operators like Voiamo are looking to create the first truly international plans.

A fond farewell to T-Mobile’s 200 MB plan

I confess: I used T-Mobile’s 200 MB plan for a year, and it served all of my smartphone needs. Since then I and most other smartphone users have graduated to heavier data buckets, but there is still a need for a cheap 200 MB plan.

Don’t panic, AT&T iPhone 4S buyers: You can keep unlimited data

There’s a mild uproar spreading among AT&T iPhone 4S customers who are running into the apparent loss of their grandfathered unlimited data plans when upgrading to the iPhone 4S online. Don’t worry, it isn’t AT&T trying to screw you; it’s just isn’t great at UX design.

Remote Desktop Connection updated: connect to a PC through your Mac

RdpmacMicrosoft updated their Remote Desktop Connection for Mac last week and I’m just getting started with it. I’ve previously used RDP to view and control my MacBook Pro with my Asus Eee PC, but I want to kick the tires of using the Mac to connect to my new UMPC. The one obvious disadvantage of using RDP between any two systems of course, is that both have to be powered on. If you leave a desktop or notebook running while at home however, this could be another free alternative for remote access.Once I get everything set up and working here at the home office, I’ll look into true remote access while on the road between the two devices. For Mac to Mac connections, the “Back to my Mac” feature works well, but it’s mainly an RDP client with a nice face. Quick note: on my Q1UP running Vista Ultimate, I had to enable the Remote Desktop access. The below screenshot illustrates it. By the way: that shot is from my Mac. 😉Remotevistamac(via MacUser)

Study Shows Mobile Phone Users Want their Email

Mobile PhonesAccording to Webcredible, a usability and accessibility consultancy, the most requested mobile service respondents wanted on their data-enabled mobile phones was email.

This is really of no surprise that 33% of respondents stated email was their most needed mobile utility. There are many reasons to have a data enabled mobile phone such as: keeping up to date with your schedule, supporting your social life, and being able to check traffic when driving to a meeting; but when it comes to getting business done, email is still where the rubber meets the road.

This also explains one possible reason that since the iPhone was released, it’s been the number 2 smartphone, behind Research in Motion’s BlackBerry. Road warriors use technology to enable us work from anywhere, and BlackBerry is simply made for email.

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Wednesday Morning Vid-Biz Headlines

$10 billion in Worldwide Internet TV Ad Revenues by 2011? That’s the estimate from Understanding & Solutions, saying video could account for 18 percent of internet advertising altogether. (PDF, via paidContent)
CNN/YouTube Debate Attracts Young Audience; pulling in a record 407,000 from the precious 18- to 34-year-old demographic. (Reuters)
EFF Defends Toddler’s Right To Fair Use And Dance; the EFF has filed suit against Universal Music Publish Group after UMPG had a 29-second video of a very happy toddler bouncing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” taken down with a DMCA notice. (EFF release)
ABC Online in HD (Beta); ABC launched its high-definition video player, the first major network to do so. The content rich player requires screen resolution of 1300×770 and a minimum bandwidth of 2 Mbps. (LostRemote)
One Million Joost Beta Testers So Far, says Niklas Zennström. (APC Magazine, via TechCrunch)’s Nearly Naked Publicity Stunt; live-streaming singing with Naked Cowboy today in Times Square. (, see Sarah Meyers’ and Naked Cowboy’s streams too)

Make Color Labels Work For You

The color labels that OS X provides for users seem to be a veritable Swiss Army Knife. If you don’t currently use them you’re probably not going to believe me on that last statement. But the more I play with them, the more I realize they can do. The best part is that you can tell programs like Automator or Apple Scripts to key off the different label colors that you may have applied to your files.

Now the main issue here is early-on, deciding on a coloring scheme, and sticking to it. If your files are all willy nilly in their colored labels, you may not have as much success using them to your advantage. But then again I could be wrong I suppose.

If you’re curious to start playing with color labels, here’s a neat Apple Script posted at MacOSXHints. If you set it up as a Folder Action, it will color files based on their file type (movie files as blue, text documents as green, etc, etc). Seems like a nice way of quickly identifying what’s what when you get to that folder view and want to find the movie files without having to resort the columns…

Going public ain’t easy

google.gif Silicon Valley is desperately trying to bring back the 1990s, betting that Google will jump-start another bull run that will make at least some insider very very very rich! My guess is that they will have to wait a little bit longer, for there are some unforeseen legal problems that are cropping up around the uber search engine. Today Affinity Engines, a company co-founded by Orkut co-creator Orkut Buyukkokten filed a lawsuit against Google for stealing code. Orkut had co-founded a social-networking service called Club Nexus with Tyler Ziemann. The two then sold the service to Stanford for use by the university’s undergraduates, reports Wired News. In addition, the company is also locked in a patent infringement battle with Overture “over their AdWords.’ Of course we all know about the privacy brouhaha over text ads in the GMail service. Who said going public is easy!