Digital Zone 242: Facebook Sucks

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In this edition of the Digital Zone, we talked about:

  • Apple unveils iPhone, iPad subscription policy
  • iPhone 5 to have huge screen
  • AT&T offers customers 1,000 free bonus rollover minutes
  • Apple working on smaller, cheaper iPhone
  • Initial sales of Apple’s Verizon iPhone 4 below expecations
  • Microsoft to pay out “billions” as part of Nokia deal
  • Google Tried To Convince Nokia To Adopt Android
  • Facebook sucks 12 percent of your Internet time
  • Scientists calculate total data stored to date: 295+ exabytes

Apple announced a subscription system for buying newspapers and magazines on iPhone and iPad applications. This will allow publishers to sell subscriptions by the week, month, year or other period of time, instead of asking readers to buy each issue separately. Publishers won’t be allowed to automatically collect personal information about people who buy subscriptions through the Apple apps. Instead, subscribers who sign up through an app on an Apple device will be given the option to share their information with publishers. If people don’t share their information with publishers, Apple will still hold onto it, though it will not pass it on to the publishers or other third parties. Apple will take its standard 30 percent cut from all app and content sales made in its iTunes store. Content providers that don’t want to automatically give Apple a slice of the revenue can try to sell subscriptions outside the app. One way to do that would be through the Web browser, although that might prove too much of a hassle for people already used to buying apps, music and other things on iTunes.

It’s being reported that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper iPhone, but it sounds like they’re working on a bigger iPhone. DigiTimes reports that component suppliers who work with Apple shared details which imply that the company is intending to build an iPhone with a 4-inch display. The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple’s next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interested in expanding the screen size to 4-inches to support the tablet PC market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market.

AT&T is giving iPhone users an extra 1,000 free rollover minutes to their account. All the customer has to do to apply the minutes is reply with the word “yes” and it will be added within the next four weeks. If you did not receive a text message, you can text “yes” to 11113020 and you will automatically be sent a reply telling you that the free rollover minutes have been added to your account.

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