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ExtraBITS for 17 January 2011

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We have bit more reading for you to sink your teeth into this week, with news of the iPad coming to Verizon Wireless, AT&T considering a mobile hotspot feature, and the price of the iPhone 3GS dropping. Also, check out Glenn Fleishman’s exhausting (er, exhaustive) review of 11 iPhone navigation apps for Macworld and Adam’s virtual MUG meeting for MacVoices TV.

Adam’s Virtual MUG Meeting on MacVoices TV -- Unable to travel to Connecticut, Adam did a full iChat-based presentation for the Connecticut Macintosh Connection along with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices TV. The video is a little fuzzy, but the conversation moves along nicely, touching on Adam’s forthcoming presentation about Mac OS X Lion at Macworld Expo, the future of Mac OS X, the problem with Dell monitors, and much more.

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Macworld Reviews 11 iPhone Navigation Apps -- Macworld has published the January 2011 update to Glenn Fleishman’s massive 2009 iPhone GPS navigation app article and package of reviews. This time around, 11 apps are covered, many of which have seen significant improvements. Nearly all of the apps now have support for iOS 4 background location updating, too.

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Apple and AT&T Drop iPhone 3GS Price to $49 -- It’s not surprising that AT&T wanted to drop the price of the older iPhone 3GS, given the upcoming release of the iPhone 4 for Verizon Wireless customers. Apple quietly followed suit, so if you’re looking for an inexpensive iPhone that works with AT&T’s network, you won’t go wrong with an iPhone 3GS for $49.

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AT&T Considers Mobile Hotspot for iPhone -- Verizon Wireless surprised folks with the inclusion of a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot option for its upcoming version of the iPhone. Now, AT&T says it is considering the feature, bolstering rumors that the option will appear in iOS 4.3 for all carriers.

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iPad Also Coming to Verizon Wireless -- A Verizon Wireless executive said a version of the iPad with CDMA technology to work on the company’s network is coming, but no date is set. Verizon currently sells Apple’s Wi-Fi iPad bundled with a MiFi portable Wi-Fi/cellular hotspot.

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