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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.

Articles 2.0 for iPhone gets tighter Wikipedia support, maps

A major upgrade to this feature-packed and unique Wikipedia client brings tighter integration with the site, the ability to search for text in the current article, and more.

AT&T and Verizon iPhone plans compared


With the Verizon iPhone now available for pre-order, how do the official plans stack up between it and the AT&T version?

Verizon to optimize content, throttle heavy data users

A new document at Verizon's site explains two new practices the carrier will implement in order to protect the stability of its network.

Best Buy to sell the Verizon iPhone 4

On Wednesday, Best Buy officially announced that it would be selling the Verizon iPhone 4 beginning on February 10.

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Apple introduces paid subscriptions for iOS apps

News Corp's new publication for the iPad, The Daily, is big news. But even bigger news is that Apple has introduced paid subscriptions to the App Store--a feature that could open new doors for publications.

Bump iOS app can now share app recommendations

The app famous for being the billionth download from the App Store has steadily gained more sharing features over the past year. A new version of Bump lets you share app recommendations with a fellow Bump user.

Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta 3 for developers

A third beta of Apple's forthcoming iOS update in just under a month brings more enhancements for developers to test. Features included in this release for end users include AirPlay for third-party apps and a much-requested preference to toggle the behavior of the iPad's orientation lock/mute switch.

Instapaper to adopt revamped payment sharing service

The Readability Project is updating its service to let users easily pay a monthly fee that is divided among all the sites they read. Instapaper, an increasingly popular reading service and app, will integrate the new Readability service and even release a separate, official client for it.

LightSpeed retail system gets iPhone-to-Mac handoff

This POS (point of sale) system for retailers allows employees to move an in-progress transaction from an iPhone to a Mac, offering flexibility for alternative payments or incorporating other processing options.

IntelliScanner unveils tiny SOHO Black barcode scanner

This new ultra-portable handheld barcode scanner from IntelliScanner can hold 6000 scans and download into a variety of popular apps including Excel and FileMaker Pro.

Expo Notes: How developers on the floor feel about the Mac App Store

Many Mac developers were alking about the Mac App Store during Macworld 2011. Here's a round-up of what they're thinking.

Expo: Nuance announces voice integration for third parties

A leader in voice recognition software has opening up its services to third-party mobile developers, so a flood of new and updated apps will soon feature high-quality, fast voice automation abilities. Macworld spoke with Nuance's Director of Global Business Development about what this means for iOS apps.

Expo Notes: Industry Forum offers bite-sized insights

Before Macworld Expo officially opened its doors this week, the annual Mac conference featured a new format of rapid-fire presentations from seasoned industry professionals and analysts. Apple's lack of a presence this year seemed to enable more candid talks, setting the stage for an interesting event for just about anyone.

Verizon dishes on iPhone hotspot pricing

Verizon confirmed more details to Macworld about its iPhone data plans, specifically those dealing with the mobile hotspot feature that, at least for now, AT&T doesn't seem prepared to compete with.

Microsoft offers free trial download of Office 2011

If you've been on the fence about buying Office for Mac 2011, Microsoft now has a free trial with your name on it.