We’re busy preparing for Apple’s iPad announcement on Wednesday, but we have some great articles for you to read in the meantime. Adam leads with a look at how AT&T is now throttling unlimited plan users (their bandwidth, not them personally) when they hit 3 GB of usage and how affected users might be able to fight back. Then Jeff Carlson reviews Reflection, a Mac OS X application that acts as an AirPlay receiver, so you can mirror your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S display on the Mac, which is a boon to speakers, educators, and anyone who needs to demo iOS apps to a group. Finally, we look into Apple’s twice-delayed requirement that apps in the Mac App Store be sandboxed to see how it impacts developers and users alike. Notable software releases this week include Mac OS X 10.7.3 Supplemental Update; Hazel 3.0; GraphicConverter 7.6.2; DEVONthink Personal, Pro, and Pro Office 2.3.3; Firmware Update for MacBook Pro (15-inch, late 2008 models); HandBrake 0.9.6; Fetch 5.7.1; TextExpander 3.4.1; and iMac Wi-Fi Update 1.0.
Apple has scheduled a media event for March 7th in San Francisco, where the company is expected to unveil the next model of the iPad.
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In a clarification of the company’s previous approach, AT&T is now throttling throughput speeds for users of unlimited data plans as soon as they exceed 3 GB of usage, exactly the same amount of data included in the similarly priced tiered plan. Mad about it? Consider taking AT&T to small claims court, as one iPhone user did successfully.
An iPad 2 or iPhone 4S can mirror its display on an Apple TV, but not on a Mac. With the Mac OS X application Reflection, the iOS screen can now be mirrored on your Mac — perfect for giving presentations or recording what’s happening on the device.
For a second time, Apple has extended the deadline for requiring App Store developers to sandbox their apps. Unfortunately, this delay does little to ease the problems that surround the sale of apps that do not fit Apple’s distribution model.
Notable software releases this week include Mac OS X 10.7.3 Supplemental Update; Hazel 3.0; GraphicConverter 7.6.2; DEVONthink Personal, Pro, and Pro Office 2.3.3; Firmware Update for MacBook Pro (15-inch, late 2008 models); HandBrake 0.9.6; Fetch 5.7.1; TextExpander 3.4.1; and iMac Wi-Fi Update 1.0.
Two quick bits for you this week — Apple’s 25 billionth App Store download and the New York Times revelation that third-party apps to which you give location permission also get access to your photo library.