On this week’s podcast, Dell goes private with a $2bn loan from Microsoft, hard disks keep cheap SSDs at bay, Twitter survives another hack attack and BT scraps the restrictions on its ‘unlimited’ broadband. Our candidate for hot hardware is BlackBerry’s Z10, the firm’s long-awaited smartphone.
The major new addition is support for more 4G LTE networks worldwide with another 36 carriers now supported which brings the total number up to 56. However, this is pretty irrelevant to UK users because the smartphone was already supported on EE’s 4G network.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth updating because the update also includew a number of other important additions. One such addition is the option to download individual tracks from iTunes Match , which was removed in iOS 6.
Apple have also added a new button to reset the “Advertising Identifier” which is what advertisers use to bombard users with targeted adverts. You’ll now be able to reset the data , as well as having the option to opt-out of receiving targeted adverts.
US users will also now be able to use Siri to book cinema tickets thanks to the Fandango application. In essence users will now be able to order tickets using their voice alone, which is surely a sign of things to come.
iOS 6.1 also includes a number of security and bug fixes which are always an important inclusion in any operating system update. While, the overall speed and reliability of the operating system has also been improved.
iOS 6.1 is available to download right now on the iPhone 3GS and later and the iPad 2 and later. As always 3G recommends you backup your data before installing the update in-case anything goes wrong.
On this week’s podcast we discuss Ubuntu’s possible switch to “rolling releases”; welcome some encouraging financial news from Nokia; mull over some more equivocal financial news from Amazon; and question why it is that even Intel doesn’t consider Thunderbolt a necessity on modern laptops. Our hot hardware candidate is the Dell XPS One 27, a gargantuan touchscreen all-in-one PC.