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iPhone Signal Strength Sets Bars Too High

Apple says it discovered a flaw in its method of calculating the number of signal strength bars on the iPhone that could overstate how strong reception is. A small change in signal could drop two bars in the display.Show full article

Hulu Plus Brings Subscription TV to iOS

Hulu has finally released a preview of its software for iOS: Hulu Plus. The service costs $9.99 per month, but includes full episodes - in HD, where available - from ABC, NBC, and Fox, as well as a vast backlist. The service will work with Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players, gaming systems, and computers, too.Show full article

Amazon Releases Cheaper Kindle DX

In an attempt to keep the Kindle DX relevant in a world occupied by the iPad, Amazon has released a new model that features a higher-contrast E Ink screen and the significantly lower price of $379.Show full article

How to Share Purchased iBooks

Concerned about buying books from the iBookstore because other members of your household won't be able to read them without using your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch? Never fear, because there are multiple ways that members of a family can all share the same purchased books - from different iTunes accounts - on multiple iOS devices.Show full article

What is Fast App Switching?

In which we learn how multitasking on an iPhone 4 is just like how a scientist takes a trip to Jupiter. Or something.Show full article

Pondering Friendship Online: Focus on Intimacy

What are the qualities of friendship? Who do you think of when asked about your friends? If someone says he or she is your friend, must you accept that unilaterally? Most popular online services now force you to confront these questions.Show full article

Pondering Friendship Online: Expand Asymmetrically

In which Adam thinks about how most social networking services are bidirectional, even though most online relationships are largely one-way, and explains how he deals with a vast number of acquaintances.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 July 2010

Notable software releases this week include HoudahSpot 3.0, Adobe Acrobat and Reader 9.3.3, WireTap Studio 1.1.1, and HP/Epson Printer Drivers 2.4.1/2.4 for Mac OS X 10.6.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 5 July 2010

Three quick blips for you this week - Glenn's appearance on the TechFlash podcast, a thought-provoking essay on the move away from "thingness," and some hard numbers on whether it's faster or slower to read on a device like an iPad or Kindle.Show full article

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