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AT&T adding 2GB to tethering plans and launching AT&T Mobile Hotspot on February 13

AT&T announced today that beginning on February 13, their tethering plan will include an additional 2GB of data for no extra cost; in addition, the carrier will be launching AT&T Mobile Hotspot next to the HTC Inspire 4G (we're hoping that means iOS 4.3 personal hotspot will be a go as well).

We want to extend the benefits of an additional 2GB to smartphone customers on our tethering plan. This delivers more value today for the price they're already paying – and that's what our customers want.

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Best Buy will carry Verizon iPhone 4 beginning February 10

Best Buy announced today that they will be carrying the much anticipated Verizon iPhone 4 beginning February 10.

The iPhone 4 is an important device for Best Buy and we are excited to help Apple and Verizon Wireless bring it to even more consumers,” said Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile. “Our customers have come to expect Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores to carry the best selection of mobile phones anywhere, and offering the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network is our latest effort to deliver on that promise.

Anyone planning to head to Best Buy to purchase the iPhone 4 on Verizon?

[BBY]

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Apple Stores to have additional antennas to improve reception for Verizon iPhone launch

Following the Verizon iPhone announcement in January it looks like Apple and Verizon surveyed Apple Retail Store to determine which ones needed additional antennas installed to improve Verizon reception.

Not huge news considering big buildings like malls can play havoc with reception and extra antennas are typically used to provide better reception in many of them. It is nice to know Apple and Verizon are doing everything possible to make the launch go as smoothly as possible.

Just remember, it isn't the signal strength at a store you should be paying attention to, but the signal strength at home, at work, at school, and at any other location you frequent. If in doubt ask colleagues, friends, and anyone else using Verizon (or AT&T) in those areas what their reception is like.

Full letter after the break. Pre-orders start tomorrow!

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Apple adds subscriptions, auto-renew, personal information sharing to iTunes Terms and Conditions

If you're downloading The Daily, or any other app right now, from the App Store you'll be presented with new Terms and Conditions to agree to that include the new subscription service, how it handles auto-renewal, and how Apple may ask to share your personal information with publishers:

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The Daily subscription newspaper now available in App Store

Following the just-completed News Corp and Apple launch event, The Daily has gone live in the US App Store. An everyday newspaper focusing on a mix of editorial, news, and entertainment coverage it's goal is to provide the best in traditional content presented using the best in iPad video, image, internet, and multitouch technology. Highlights include 360 degree photos, animation, live social streams like celebrity Twitter feeds, and the ability to update during the day if events warrant.

Using Apple's new subscription service it will cost $0.99 a week or $39.99 a year.

And yeah, US only right now.

Anyone giving it a try? Anyone sold on a year's worth already? Anyone taking a pass? Let us know in the comments!

[Free with subscription - iTunes link]

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The Daily event meta live blog

The Daily Event

Apple and News Corp will be holding The Daily event today at 11am EST and we'll be following along, recapping the coverage and offering TiPb's unique color and commentary. We'll kick off a few minutes before the event. Join us!

The Daily Event live stream

Meanwhile, what do you expect? Any surprises?

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Verizon iPhone 4 available for pre-order tomorrow

Apple has put our a press release reminding existing Verizon customers that they can pre-order the Verizon iPhone starting tomorrow, February 3, at 3am:

Due to high demand, customer orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis.

Beginning on Wednesday, February 9, all qualified customers will be able to order an iPhone 4 on Verizon through the Apple Store (www.apple.com) for delivery or reserve for in-store pick up beginning February 10.

Beginning at 7 a.m. local time on Thursday, February 10, iPhone 4 on Verizon will be available to all qualified customers at Apple’s retail stores. iPhone 4 will also be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communication Stores nationwide.

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iPad 2 display emerges from China?

It looks like our good friends over at 9 To 5 Mac and iFixYouri have managed to get their hands on what might just be an iPad 2 display fresh from the assembly lines in China. According to them, the display is lighter as well as just over a 1 mm thinner than the current generation iPad display. The frame around the screen is also noticeably smaller as well.This seems to make sense as all of Apple's products have been getting smaller and thinner recently, and reducing the iPad's weight would be a huge plus.

The part number (LP097X02-SLN1) appears to be an LG Phillips 9.7in XGA 1024×768 H-IPS display, which is the same resolution as the current iPad. This matches up with theories that it's still too expensive to go to a 2x 2048x1536 Retina Display this year, and it's a non-starter for developers to go 1.5x or anything in between.

Check out some candid shots of both displays after the break and let us know -- would you be happy with this display in iPad 2?

[ 9 To 5 Mac ]

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Google Shopper for iPhone available now

Google has released Google Shopper for iPhone, which was previously only available for Android devices. Google Shopper is an app that provides information on products that you may wish to buy and lets you read product reviews and compare prices at online and local stores, using location services.

You can search for a product using text input, Voice Search or by scanning the barcode with the iPhone camera. Once you have found the product you want, you can then find the item at nearby retailers and with some stores you can even check if they have it in stock. You can also build gift lists and star products for future purchase as well as share items with friends across your social network.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, February 2

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • GadgetTrak: Track your iPhone using GPS. Update includes push notifications to initiate tracking and the ability to remotely trigger all cameras in an effort to help you find your stolen iPhone. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

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