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Beware Country-Specific iTunes Stores

If you buy an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and you happen to be a user of the iTunes Store in more than one country, take note which country's store you're viewing in iTunes when you plug in the device for the first time. This will be the country the device will register with, and you will be forever barred from purchasing or even updating free apps from anywhere else. The only way out is to delete everything on the device and do a full restore.

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AT&T to Limit Throughput for Heaviest Data Users with Unlimited Plans

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Bandwidth may be getting cheaper and more available all the time, but you wouldn’t guess it from AT&T’s latest announcement. The company says that, starting 1 October 2011, it will limit throughput rates for the top 5 percent of data users with unlimited plans — whose use is what AT&T calls an “extraordinary” amount of data. AT&T takes pains to point out that this will not apply to the 15 million smartphone customers with tiered data plans or 95 percent of those with unlimited data plans.favicon follow link

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Glenn Fleishman looks deeply at networking an iPhone or iPod touch and keeping its data safe from prying eyes. Along with Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth, Glenn discusses file transfer and controlling remote computers. Updated for Personal Hotspot and Verizon iPhone!