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iOS 6 Drops YouTube; Galaxy Note 10.1 Coming Soon; AT&T Shared Data Plans
Topping tech headlines Monday: Apple drops built-in YouTube app in iOS 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet coming soon, and AT&T shared data plans coming Aug. 23.
Topping tech headlines on Monday, Apple revealed that iOS 6 will not include a built-in YouTube app.
Developers noted that the iOS 6 beta 4 release was missing the video app from the system’s home screen. But all is not lost for viral video fanatics. While Apple confirmed that its license with Google to include the YouTube app on the home screen has expired, Google is working on a standalone YouTube app for download via the Apple App Store.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will hit global shelves this month, the manufacturer said Monday. An exact release date and price tag for the stylus-enhanced 10.1-inch tablet were not specified. The new Note will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on its 1.4-GHz quad-core processor, carrying 2GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 1.9-megapixel front-facing one. The tablet will initially be available in Wi-Fi-only or Wi-Fi plus 3G HSPA+, but the company promised a Wi-Fi plus LTE version later this year.
In other news, AT&T announced that its shared data plans will be available starting Aug. 23. Customers can sign up for a Mobile Share plan at any AT&T retail store or by calling AT&T. Online sign up will be available soon after launch, the carrier said.
Also making headlines Monday:
- Wozniak Slams the Cloud as ‘Horrendous’: Things are looking cloudy with a chance of doubt for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
- Nuance Challenges Apple’s Siri With Nina: The mobile personal assistant family tree continues to grow with Nuance’s new mobile customer service app, dubbed Nina.
- What Powers the Mars Curiosity Rover?: The Mars Curiosity rover landed successfully on Mars late last night, but what’s powering the Red Planet’s latest inhabitant?
- NASA’s 7 Minutes of ‘Mohawk Guy’ Goes Viral: Curiosity mission activity lead Bobak Ferdowsi becomes an Internet meme after sporting a red-tinged, star-stenciled mohawk on the live feed from NASA’s JPL mission control room.
- Wikipedia Hit by Outage: Users looking to Wikipedia for answers Monday morning were likely disappointed; the site was inaccessible thanks to an outage.
- Samsung Upgrade Offers Up to $300 for Your Old Phone: Looking to upgrade to a shiny, new Samsung device? The company’s new upgrade program might be the push you need to make the move.
- Ukrainian Officials Shut Down Demonoid BitTorrent Tracker: Ukrainian officials shut down BitTorrent tracker site Demonoid.com, following last week’s DDoS attack that left the site temporarily shuttered, according to TorrentFreak.
- Best Buy Founder Wants to Buy Company, Turn Private: Best Buy founder and former chairman Richard Shulze on Monday submitted a proposal to purchase the retail chain.
- Rumor Tips Smaller Dock Connector for All iDevices: Apple reportedly intends to update its entire iOS lineup to support the new, miniaturized dock connector rumored to be part of the new iPhone prototype.
- Report: Nokia Unveiling Windows Phone 8 Lineup Next Month: Nokia may announce its next-generation Windows Phone 8 handsets as early as next month.
- Apple, Samsung Continue to Fight Over Patent Evidence: Week two of the patent trial between Samsung and Apple kicked off Monday, and the proceedings were no less dramatic.
- Amazon Offering Physical Textbooks for Rent: Just in time for back-to-school season, Amazon has launched a new textbook rental service that may just save you some cash.
- Verizon Wireless Offering Microsoft Office 365 to Business Users: Microsoft and Verizon Wireless are teaming up to offer more cloud accessibility to mobile users.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag