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TidBITS#916/25-Feb-08

Two industries underwent major changes last week: Cellular carriers began offering unlimited minutes for $100 per month; and, after a long and expensive campaign, Blu-ray beat HD DVD as the optical disc format of choice for high-definition video. Glenn Fleishman looks at both events and how they relate to Apple. Also in this issue, Glenn writes about a new hardware vulnerability that may expose encrypted data with the help of compressed air, Jeff Carlson discovers that DRM won’t let him view rented movies on his Apple TV, and Joe Kissell discusses how to achieve better video presentations with iChat Theater. We also note the releases of SuperDuper 2.5, Airfoil 3.1, Xsan 2 (along with the discontinuation of the Xserve RAID), a keyboard update for the MacBook and MacBook Pro, a 2 GB iPod shuffle (plus a price reduction for the 1 GB model), and Brian Tanaka’s new “Take Control of Permissions in Leopard” ebook.

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Three Cell Carriers Offer Unlimited Minutes for $100 per Month

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless shave off the top of their profit margins by offering $100 per month unlimited cellular calling plans, with various included and add-on unlimited text messaging and phone-based Internet and email access. Verizon led the movement, with AT&T and T-Mobile joining later in the day. Sprint Nextel is still lost at sea.