One blogger tracks down the history of the iPad; the Wall Street Journal corners cell phone carriers on FaceTime charges; and Verizon's CFO throws himself to the rumor wolves. Figuratively, of course. The remainders for Thursday, July 19, 2012 are the most dangerous game.
Brief History of the iPad: Prologue (52 Tiger)
Dave Caolo's got a very interesting rundown of the iPad's development, beginning with the Telautograph created by inventor Elisha Gray in 1888. Yeah, I don't know if "brief" was the right adjective for this.
AT&T Hints at Charges for FaceTime Users on its Cell Network (Wall Street Journal, subscription required)
The Journal talked to all the major carriers about whether or not they'll charge for FaceTime over 3G. AT&T, of course, declined to discuss the details of pricing, as did Verizon. Sprint, however, said that it remains "committed to our unlimited data and that means not charging for data consumption based on the application." Which, for those of you scoring at home, makes the game Sprint 1, AT&T and Verizon -512345718.
Speaking of Verizon, chief financial officer Fran Shammo said during the carrier's Q2 financial conference that lower than expected consumer upgrade rates could be due to rumors of "a new phone coming out there in the fourth quarter." Shammo--who in 2011 blurted out the existence of a CDMA iPad in early 2011 several months before it launched and yet lived to tell the tale--is tempting fate once again! Some people go bungee jumping, others talk rumors of unannounced Apple products. For the thrill.
ChronoSync 4.3.4 - Econ Technologies has updated its backup solution for the Mac to version 4.3.4 and its ChronoAgent utility to version 1.3.4; both add compatibility with Mountain Lion. ChronoSync is $40 for a new license; ChronoAgent is $10. Updates are free for existing customers.
Mercury Aura Pro - OWC's latest allows users to upgrade the flash storage in a 2012 11- or 13-inch MacBook Air. The Mercury Aura Pro offers 6G speed, and OWC includes a three-year warranty and the tools to perform the upgrade yourself. Available capacities: 120GB ($168), 180GB ($225), 240GB ($320), and 480GB ($645).