News

CNN Now Offers Live Video Streams of its Cable Channels – If You Subscribe to Cable

The only thing I’ve been really missing since cancelling my cable subscription and going Internet-only is cable news (though you can watch Al Jazeera live on the Roku). Today, CNN announced that it is now the first cable news network to stream all of its programming live online and on mobile. That, of course, made me hope that I could now watch CNN in the background while surfing the net, but the reality is that CNN’s two channels (CNN itself and HLN) will only be available to those who already subscribe to cable (or a “multi-channel video service” as the cable industry likes to call it).

News

AT&T Launches Most Boring Groupon Clone Yet

Now that Google, Facebook, the New York Times and virtually every other company has launched some form of daily deals/group-buying site, AT&T is joining the fray today as well. According to Bloomberg, AT&T’s Groupon clone is launching in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas-Forth Worth  “within the coming weeks.” The service is hosted on AT&T’s YellowPages.com….

Mobile

Why I'm Not Buying ChangeWave's AT&T/Verizon iPhone Switcher Numbers

According to research firm ChangeWave, 15% of AT&T’s mobile subscribers plan to switch carriers in the next 90 days. Even worse for AT&T, 26% of its iPhone users plan to defect to Verizon once it gets the iPhone (41% within the 90 days after the release of the iPhone and 31% within a year). With numbers like this and the general undercurrent of dislike for AT&T in the tech blogosphere, these statistics are obviously catnip for the tech press and most outlets reported them as simple facts.

Apple

Confirmed: iOS 4.3 Will Feature Personal Hotspots

After yesterday’s Verizon iPhone announcement, it was already becoming clear that Apple would bring personal hotspots – that is the ability to use the iPhone as a WiFi router for up to 5 devices – to other networks as well. Today, Apple released the first beta of iOS 4.3 for iPhone and iPad to developers and this version does indeed offer personal hotspots just like the Verizon iPhone pundits got to gaze at yesterday.