Aug 15

Verizon Coverage MapAccording to many separate sources – and common sense – the upcoming iPhone 5 will include LTE “4G” network support.  That news might be mixed for some, as LTE isn’t anywhere near 3G coverage in the U.S., particularly on the AT&T and Sprint networks.

But if you’re a Verizon customer looking forward to an LTE-eanbled iPhone 5, chances are you will have coverage by the time the next iPhone ships.  Version has just announced that when it completes major network upgrades tomorrow, August 16, its LTE network will cover “more than 70 percent of the U.S. population.”

Take a look at the list of cities where LTE will become available for the first time, and cities that will get expanded coverage, after the break…

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Aug 08

iHome iD55 Portable iOS Speaker System

We’re always pleased when iHome releases new products, and today’s annoucement is no exception.

The new iHome iD55 is a portable speaker with a curved design and a universal dock for iPhone, iPad and Dock Connector iPods.  The unit runs either on AC power via a wall outlet, or with 4 AA batteries.  Includes SRS TruBass circuitry and 2 Reson8 speaker chambers. MSRP is $79.

According to iHome, the iD55 will offer 6-8 hours battery-powered playback at medium volume.  We hope to get one in for review soon to put it to the test.

Hope those new Dock Connector adapters are a reality…

Check out the iD55 and get more details at www.ihomeaudio.com.

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Jul 25

OS X Mountain Lion is Live!

Months after its announcement, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, aka v10.8, is now available for purchase in the Mac App Store.  Officially, we’re now supposed to call it OS X, not Mac OS X, but Apple’s naming scheme hasn’t exactly been tops in 2012…

It’s a $19 upgrade, which is great, and has a range of iOS inspired features including new Reminders and Notes apps, Messages for seamless conversation integration with Messages on the iPad and iPhone, a new Notification Center, speech-to-text dictation, and Game Center (yawn). There’s also easier file sharing, improved AirPlay and iCloud functionality, Power Nap which grabs new messages, photos, documents, software updates, etc., while your Mac sleeps, new Gatekeeper app security, Safari 6, and other tweaks and improvements. 

You can find a complete list of all 10.8 features here.

Not all Macs support this new OS X version.  Here’s a brief rundown of compatibility:

2007 or newer iMacs and MacBook Pros; 2008 Unibody MacBooks; 2008 or newer MacBook Airs and Mac Pros; 2009 or later Mac minis.

If you purchased a new Mac after June 10, 2012, you likely qualify for a free upgrade to Mountain Lion. Head to this page on the Apple site to see if you qualify.  Unfortunately, it’s not an automatic process; you have to submit a “claim” and wait for validation.  Not exactly Apple-smooth, but we’ll take it.

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Jul 02

Pocket PC Central is now on FacebookYes, it’s taken far, far too long -  years, in fact – but we finally have a page on Facebook. We hope to build this into a fantastic tool for for our readers to submit questions and suggestions, share what they like in the world of iOS, Android and Windows Phone, and even comment on what’s going on at Pocket PC Central in general.

Our Facebook page is a little sparse at the moment, but we’ll be working in the coming days and weeks – hopefully with your help – to make it a much more useful destination.

You can find us here: http://facebook.com/PPCCentral

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Mar 14

New iPad Launch Day Retailers

We all knew the New iPad – aka iPad 3 – was going on sale Friday.  What we didn’t know was exactly who would be selling Apple’s latest tablet on launch day.  But now we do.

Apple has announced that – aside from Apple Retail Stores – Sam’s Club, Walmart, Radio Shack and Best Buy will all have the New iPad on March 16th.  Verizon Wireless and AT&T retail stores will also be selling their respective LTE/3G models, eager for you to start shelling out dough for their wireless data services.

U.S. stores are expected to begin selling the iPad 3 at 8:00AM local time on Friday.  In addition, the New iPad will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands that same day.

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