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David has been covering Apple and how to get the most out of its products since 2005. Now a freelance tech writer, he runs Finer Things in Tech, jots down thoughts at DavidChartier.com, occasionally starts outlining the great American tech novel, and might still get to snowboard Breckenridge one more time.

Apple releases iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Apple has released iOS 4.3, a major update to its mobile OS for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Included in the update are a handful of key new features, like AirPlay for third-party apps, streaming media via iTunes Home Sharing, and personal hotspot support. Notably missing from this update, however, is an intriguing feature that Apple tested during iOS 4.3's beta period, but yanked for the public release.

Foursquare 3.0 brings recommendations, new Specials

A major upgrade to this location-based social network and "real life game" brings smart recommendations for your next outing, a more flexible leaderboard for scoring points and badges, and many more Specials that businesses can offer to users who check-in.


Google enables Instant Previews for mobile browsers

Google enabled Instant Previews for desktop browsers last November, which allow you to view a visual snapshot of a search result before clicking through to load the entire site. Now, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can enjoy the same browsing benefits.

AT&T says unlimited data plans can be ported to iPad 2

AT&T confirmed to Macworld that the good ol' days of unlimited iPad data don't need to end when the iPad 2 arrives this week.

AT&T, Verizon iPad 2 data plans compared

When the iPad 2 arrives, Apple will for the first time offer two different carriers to power its tablet's wireless data option. For those deciding between an iPad 2 running on AT&T versus one running on Verizon, David Chartier compares your options.

Mail Perspectives brings compact view to Mail

An upgrade to this plug-in can slim down Mail's window to the bare essentials, making it easier to keep an eye on new messages without stealing too much space from your work.

Apple unveils Joint Venture service for business owners

Apple on Thursday introduced Joint Venture, a new service similar to One to One, but tailored for businesses in a number of significant ways. Members will be able to schedule staff training sessions, get support from Apple Geniuses over the phone, use loaner Macs while a company machine is in the shop, and more.

iTunes 10.2 update paves way for iPad 2, iOS 4.3

Apple on Wednesday announced the iPad 2, iOS 4.3, and more, but didn't stop there. To help customers prepare for the new products, it also released iTunes 10.2, an update that supports iOS 4.3.

How to manage Safari's Top Sites

Top Sites is one of Safari 5's biggest features, but adding, managing, and removing your favorite or most-used sites from it can be a little confusing. We'll help you clear it all up.

Apple gets back to basics in Mac OS X Lion

Apple has always touted the Mac as the "computer for the rest of us," wearing its reputation on its shoulder for designing intuitive interfaces and great experiences. But there have always been parts of Mac OS X where those claims just don't hold up. Lion is designed to fix that.

Cyberspace iOS browser gets bump-to-share, more integration

An update to this Safari alternative for iPhone and iPad makes it easier to share Webpages between your iOS devices and harness a variety of third-party services, including Readability, Instapaper, and Evernote.

File Multi Tool 5 manipulates file, photo metadata

For the times you need to edit file and photo attributes that the Finder doesn't provide access to, File Multi Tool 5 might offer the tools you need.

Box.net adds video out, AirPrint, and more to iPad app

A big update to this cloud storage and collaboration service for businesses brings support for video out, AirPrint, and some new security and authentication options.

Apple App Store

Analysis: How Apple's new subscriptions stack up to the competition

Some publisher are up in arms over Apple's newly announced rules for subscription-based content in the App Store. But a closer look at the rules indicate that what Apple's proposing for the App Store isn't that out of line with what you see from similar services.

Twelve South unites your Apple Keyboard, Magic Trackpad

Tired of your Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad roaming free on your desk? Twelve South has released a simple accessory that can unite them for use at your desk or on your lap.