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| July 10, 2011
Top AppAdvice News & Apps Of The Past Week
This week, we've seen the relaunch of @comex' popular online jailbreak solution JailbreakMe, a couple of iPhone 5 rumors and the news of some amazing expansions. Read on, and find out more. Industry News: Apple's iTunes Platform To Contribute $13 Billion In 2013 According to one analyst, Apple's digital stores will contribute around $13 billion in 2013. Netflix Expanding To 43 Countries Across The Globe The popular TV and movie streaming service, Netflix, is expanding to 43 countries across the globe. The countries are mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean. What Today's Facebook Announcement Means (And Doesn't Mean) To Mobile Users Facebook has announced an in-browser video chat service, which is powered by Skype. The service is free to use, and has left iOS fans wondering whether an upcoming update to the official Facebook iPhone app might allow users to make video calls via Facebook on-the-go. Bad News, Apple: Judge Sides With Amazon, Rejects Injunction Against "Appstore" This week, a U.S. judge sided with Amazon, and rejected Apple's injunction against the "Amazon Appstore." Verizon iPhone Accounts For Almost One Third Of U.S. iPhone 4 Carrier Share Since the carrier launched the CDMA iPhone 4 in February, the Verizon iPhone has captured almost one third of the U.S. iPhone 4 carrier share. Spotify USA Now Accepting Invitation Requests It's been a long time coming, but the popular online music streaming service, Spotify, is finally USA-bound. The service is now accepting invitations to Spotify USA, meaning a public launch shouldn't be far away. iPhone News: AT&T To Offer Standard Insurance For All iPhone Models, Starting July 17 Great news, iPhone owners: From July 17, Apple's line of smart phones will be covered by AT&T's Standard Insurance policy. This means you can insure your iPhone handset for just $4.99/month, with either $50 or $125 deductible depending on the model. IM+ Developer Acquires Fone, Expect A New IM+ Video To Hit App Store Soon SHAPE Services, the developer of IM+, has recently acquired fone (a popular VoIP app). Following the acquisition, IM+'s developer has announced that the company will soon announce a new application, "IM+ Video." Official Google+ iPhone App Is Awaiting Apple's Approval If you're a fan of Google's new social network, rest assured that an official iPhone application is coming: The news hit the Web earlier this week from a Google employee. Furthermore, a couple of pictures of the application running on an iPhone smart phone also surfaced. WSJ Confirms iPhone 5 Later This Year - Here Are The Details This week, The Wall Street Journal made a series of claims regarding Apple's upcoming iPhone handset. Namely, that the handset will be thinner and lighter, and will sport an eight megapixel camera. Additionally, the publication also stated that users will be able to charge the sixth generation iPhone handset in a whole new way. Confirmed: Verizon To End Unlimited Data Plans This Week This week, Verizon stopped offering unlimited data plans to new customers. While existing customers had the opportunity of becoming "grandfathered" into an unlimited data plan (for $30/month), new customers no longer have the option. The new plans are: $30 for two gigabytes, $50 for five gigabytes or $80 for 10 GB. If you overstep your limit, Verizon will charge you an additional $10 per gigabyte of data downloaded. iPad News: Jailbreakme.com Is Finally Up And Running For iOS 4.3.3 On Every iDevice Great news, iPad 2 fans: There's finally a jailbreak solution that supports Apple's second generation iPad, and what's more, it's currently the easiest solution on the market. The recently relaunched JailbreakMe offers support for the iPad 2 running iOS 4.3.3. As a result, Apple is expected to issue a software update soon. Amazon Is Now Working To Push iCloud Out Of The Way With New Cloud Drive Policies Amazon's Cloud Player (which allows users to upload their own music to a "cloud drive," and listen to it on a desktop computer) now supports the iPad. iPad 2 Shipping Time Cut In Half, Under A Week For The First Time Since March Apple's second generation iPad is now shipping in three to five business days.