Friday, March 30, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Glenn W. K. For Writing Review of a Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.5.0

Congrats to Glenn W. K. of New Franklin, Missouri who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.5.0 at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Glenn W. K.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

Very pleased--works as advertised.


Sprint LTE Coverage Plans at RCA Expo



If you've been awaiting Sprint's new 4G LTE network your in luck because the initial deployment is getting closer. Sprint is upgrading towers as we speak, and should have six LTE markets running by mid year. Pictured above is what Sprint's LTE coverage will look like in 2014 when they complete their Network Vision plans. They plan to keep their legacy WiMAX network up and running until 2015, which means WiMAX customers can enjoy 4G WiMAX until 4G LTE arrives. Sprints goal is to cover 123 million users by the end of 2012, and 250 million by the ned of 2013.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

iPhone 4 owners get your $15 settlement



If you're an iPhone 4 user that didn't take advantage of the free bumpers Apple offered, your entitled to a $15 class action settlement. To qualify you must have experienced antenna issues and weren't able to return the device without incurring additional fees. You can register for your settlement payment at iPhone4Settlement.com. The $15 settlement isn't likely to do much for users that experienced signal issues, but Apple has been offering free bumper cases since 2010 to help resolve the issue.

Verizon Jetpack MiFi 4620L Available on April 12th



Earlier this year at CES Verizon debuted the Jetpack MiFi 4620L, which will be available on April 12th for $49.99. The pricing includes a new two-year commitment, and is after a $50 mail-in rebate. Unlike the MiFi 4510L this version will support up to ten WiFi connections and includes a standard 1500mAh battery. They'll also be offering a higher capacity 3000mAh battery, however, that's still much smaller than the 5000mAh extended batteries that are available for the MiFi 4510L. It's unclear if the MiFi 4620L will feature an antenna port, but we'd guess so considering the current MiFi 4510L has an external antenna port. This device is designed to work on Verizon's 4G LTE network available in over 200 markets and is backwards compatible with the legacy 3G CDMA network.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

AT&T Defines Meaning of 'Unlimited' Data Plan



After AT&T was recently sued by a customer unhappy about their unlimited account being throttled, AT&T now speaks out about unlimited data. According to AT&T, the reduced speeds will only apply to certain unlimited smartphone customers that use significantly higher data than those on newer tiered plans. "For example, in January, the top 5 percent of our unlimited data plan customers used an average of over 50 percent more data than the top 5 percent of customers on tiered plans," AT&T said in a statement.

Customers will receive a text alert when usage approaches 3GB within a single billing period and after the threshold is hit data with be throttled for the remainder of the month. "If you have a 4G LTE smartphone and still have an unlimited data plan, the same process applies at 5 GB of data usage, instead of 3 GB," AT&T said. They insist that this policy change won't affect 95 percent of their customer base and will only impact those that abuse their 'unlimited' data plans.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

LogMeIn Remote the new Carrier IQ?



Last year Carrier IQ raised concern from several users after they found out the Carrier IQ software recorded everything they did on their phones. With the Carrier IQ saga behind us LogMeIn Remote may now be taking their place. Last week HTC announced their phones will soon come pre-loaded with LogMeIn Remote, which is a client designed to provide remote access for troubleshooting. The idea behind the software is customers can call into tech support and easily have someone access your phone remotely to fix the problem.

Both HTC and Verizon answer some general questions here: LogMeIn Remote the new Carrier IQ Q/A

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pepwave SpeedFusion Modem Bonding



Watch In YouTube - Peplink/Pepwave SpeedFusion Modem Bonding

The video above demonstrates the SpeedFusion technology found on the Pepwave Max 700. This allows you to physically bond up to four 3G/4G USB modems, two WAN connections and one WiFi as WAN connection. For the demonstration we used two Verizon 3G modems and found nearly double the performance after two cards were setup in the site-to-site VPN tunnel.

For more information on Peplink/Pepwave bonding visit - Pepwave Max 700 Bonding Information

Friday, March 23, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Kenneth M B. For Writing Review of a Pepwave Surf Mini

Congrats to Kenneth M B. of Blue Springs, Mississippi who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Pepwave Surf Mini at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Kenneth M B.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

I needed a wifi signal extender with at least one ethernet connection. For the size and price, the Surf Mini is exactly what I needed. Very easy setup and great performance. Would highly recommend.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New iPad Data Usage on iTunes



Now that the New iPad is in the hands of millions of users the first thing we wanted to know was how much data it uses. For are first series of tests seen in the video above we ran some iTunes previews on the New iPad to see exactly how much data was consumed. To record the data we used a Peplink/Pepwave router with real time bandwidth monitoring.

The results showed that each iTunes two minute preview worked out to about 20MB of data. This means that if you want to checkout some previews over LTE killing some downtime you'll consume 600MB of data per hour. If we take the most popular data plans that works out to 3.4 Hr's of video on 2GB, 5.1 Hr's of video on 3GB and 8.5 Hr's on 5GB. It's probably a good idea that the carriers limited the ability of streaming the full movie over LTE. However, other services like Netflix, HBO Go and others aren't restricted, so stay tuned for updates on how much data some popular video streaming sites use.

Watch video in Youtube - New iPad Data Usage on iTunes Preview

Friday, March 16, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Linda B. For Writing Review of a Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.2.4

Congrats to Linda B. of Livingston, Texas who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.2.4 at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Linda B.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

Setting up the Cradlepoint MBR95 wireless 3g/4g router was easy, thanks to the quick set up manual and also the additional information and videos on the 3Gstore website. I like the fact that you can set up the router for a guest and also use the WiFi as WAN function as an alternative for larger downloads when traveling, thus saving data usage on your own air card. The unit itself is light and compact and the use of different colors of lights on the front panel allow you to see instantly if there's a problem with your set up or wireless access.


iPad 3 LTE Limits

Just got a new iPad 3 with Verizon LTE.  LTE is fast, BUT you cannot do FaceTime or download movies from iTunes - you need to do that over WiFi.  So, why exactly did they put LTE in this thing.  Also got this amusing error message after I started a download on WiFi and they switched off WiFi.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Apple TV 1080p Arrives (MD199LL/A)

Apple delivers the new Apple TV with 1080p a day early.  The new Apple TV not only streams at 1080p, but also allows you to stream movies directly from iCloud vs. having to store them on a computer in your iTunes library.  The first generation Apple TV had a hard drive to store movies.  The 2nd generation would stream purchased movies from your computer.  The 3rd generation allows you to stream any movie you have already purchased from iTunes without having to download.

If you have a 4G LTE connection, WATCH OUT, each HD movie can be 3-4GB






Wednesday, March 14, 2012

IP Power Switch on Back Order until 4/16


One of our highest rated items on backorder until April 16th, are you serious?

Last month we noticed a huge surge in sales of our Remote IP Power Switch.  Most of these sales were from customers who purchased one to test and now they were coming back and ordering 10+ at a time.  We quickly placed an order 3X our normal order (they are manufactured in China) and we were told of a delay in production.  We knew we would run out and we did.   So, right now, you can enter you name and contact info.  Starting April 1st, we will send out notices and let you place your pre-orders.   We will not charge your credit card until the day we ship.

For those of you new to the Remote IP Power Switch, you can download the PDF manual to find out more about its powerful features.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Peplink, SpeedFusion, Video Bonding, Firmware 5.4, Layer 2 capability, 3G Cellular bonding, 4G LTE bonding, Cable Bonding, Site to site VPN



Peplink has announced their new technology called SpeedFusion, which is capable of bonding multiple 3G/4G modems and Cable/DSL or leased lines. The technology was previously known as site-to-site VPN bonding, but now features enhanced features. Depending on the model selected you can seamlessly bond up to 13 links from different ISP's with automatic failover. If you already have Peplink Balance equipment in the field don't worry because SpeedFusion is an update found in firmware version 5.4 available now!

SpeedFusion Features:
  • 3G/4G/LTE Cellular Bonding

  • Enhanced Video Bonding

  • SpeedFusion (Layer 2) capability

For more information about Peplink SpeedFusion contact us - Click: Contact 3Gstore

Sunday, March 11, 2012

iPhone 4S Now Shows 4G Icon, huh?

Those with an iPhone 4S may have noticed something interesting. Before the update, our phone reported that we had 3G coverage, BUT after the iOS 5.1 upgrade, your iPhone 4S now reports that you have 4G. WTF? Bet this confuses a TON of people who think they actually have 4G phone. Your iPhone 4S is on AT&T HSPA+ network and it will go a little faster then the Verizon or Sprint 3G iPhone - BUT it isn't 4G. 

See what everyone else thinks, add your comments:

iOS 5.1 Apple gives iPhone 4S 4G Icon - EVDOinfo.com
iOS 5.1 Shows 4G Icon on iPhone 4S? - EVDOforums.com

Friday, March 09, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Gary L. For Writing Review of a Pepwave Surf Mini

Congrats to Gary L. of Conehatta, Mississippi who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Pepwave Surf Mini at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Gary L.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

Works well


3Gstore Testimonial of the Day

We get a lot of 3Gstore testimonials and this one really stood out as it illustrates not only the after sales support, but the before sales as well.  Thanks Byron for the comments and thank you Matt for going the extra mile to have yet another happy 3Gstore.com customer!


Bright and Shiny! Bright and Shiny! Windows 8 Preview




Microsoft has just come out with a preview of the basic version of what they hope will be their game changer, Windows 8.  This is supposed to combine all the great things of previous windows and at the same time blast everyone with a PC into the future.  This will finally secure Microsoft as our eventual corporate masters.  So let’s go through some new features that may lead to Microsoft becoming our benevolent overlords.

       
First of all if you have a Windows phone this is gonna be pretty familiar. The big square tiles in a dazzling array of calming colors are a big theme of this version of Windows.  This is what people are now supposed to use instead of a start icon. It’s all right at your fingertips/mouse so that you can click around with ease. Their “metro” screen is completely integrated with your social media, after you put in all your social media info. a couple of times.



Just to let you know that on their Windows 8 dream board their buzzword “ease”. Everything must be where you can get at it easily and everything is integrated together so that you can go from your Facebook, to twitter, to your cloud media with a few clicks. If they strapped a bomb to your chest and said if you don’t upload that picture of you at that Dave Mathews concert to all your social media in the next ten seconds you’ll explode. You should be fine, unless you sneeze.   
       

In all honestly you can tell this was made for tablets and not for computers or laptops unless they are touch screens. They see the tablets as the future and it’s hard not to agree at least in some sense.  But at the same time having the stuff available on the screen does get a little grating when you are trying to read or look at something. You have to scroll in, scroll out, and sometimes it gets a little confused as to what you are doing.  Also it does a fussy if you start clicking all over the place and don’t wait for other things to open and close.
       

Then you get to the desktop, which is a little harder to remember what you need it for after the start menu.  It has an orangey fish on it, which is in some way is supposed to make you think desktop.  This will let you go back to the old windows configuration which is a little boring after all the fancy that you have just seen but it’s also less confusing. It is nice because I know how to make old windows my bitch.  And you can easily get back to the cool stuff by heading over to the right or the left side of the screen where the “charms” appear. Charms are very similar to your old toolbar which has where you were and your most used applications. So you can click on that at any time and head back.  


        The other exciting thing about this is Windows is finally learning what Apple and Google figured out two years ago.  They seemed to have now learned that people want they’re webpages clean and easy to read.  I want to be able to go in, search for a good Thai place, and get out without being bombarded. The current internet explorer is almost the exact opposite of that; it would pull you in fifty different directions and all of them useless.  But this internet explorer is much quieter, cooler, so I am unlikely to destroy it with my laser vision, or my hammer.
 
I’m sure there are tons more things I could talk about but I think I’ll hold off until I see the full version later this year. Overall I would say that this may not be the game changer that Microsoft is looking for.  It is interesting and simple to use but is it enough for me to throw away all my IPod and get a Zune? No.


  I think this makes Microsoft finally even with Apple when it comes to content and usability and what they do after this will be the real test. Apple, Google, and Microsoft are a version of the arms race to see who will finally come out on top.  This is great for consumers because they will do anything and everything to get your business, and continue to innovate for the same reason. This is I believe Microsoft’s John Glenn, something that will spark people’s imaginations but won’t cause them to truly overtake.

Why you may want to buy the Verizon iPad 4G over AT&T



With the recent news of separate versions of the iPad available for Verizon and AT&T some may ask which model to buy. The first though may be to check 3G/4G coverage in your area, but there's another factor that may weigh into your decision. If you find yourself in a 3G area with both Verizon and AT&T it may make more sense to go with the Verizon model instead of AT&T. Why would you want to go with the Verizon's slower 3G when AT&T offers upgraded HSPA+ branded as 4G?

The answer is simple, the Verizon model also supports global HSPA+ support, which AT&T offers on their network. In theory if the new iPad ships "unlocked" you could take your Verizon iPad over to AT&T and get a sim if they offer faster HSPA+ service in your area. Then when Verizon gets 4G LTE coverage in your area you'll be able to go back over to Verizon and use their 4G LTE network! Apple did announce that the device would be carrier locked to either Verizon or AT&T on 4G LTE, but didn't mention anything regarding 3G.

Read More - Why you may want to buy the Verizon iPad 4G over AT&T

Verizon's new iPad features mobile hotspot, AT&T doesn't



On Wednesday Apple announced the "New iPad," which is available for pre-order and shipping on March 16th. Both Verizon and AT&T will have support for 4G LTE, however, there is a big difference in one specific feature so far. Verizon's new iPad will feature a built in mobile hotspot with support for up to 5 devices, while AT&T is "working on it" currently. Data plans begin at 2GB for $30 and go up to 10GB for $80 that includes the mobile hotspot feature. If you need more than five devices connected to your network you can pickup a WAW Router to share with more users and get Ethernet out capability.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

iPad 3 LTE capable announced today, get online with Wireless 3G or 4G




Today, Apple announced their iPad 3 LTE capable, which is the latest version of the iPad. The majority of iPad, iPad 2 and upcoming iPad 3 users are looking for an internet solution that will allow them fast internet accesson their iPad anywhere the go, securely and reliably. We have tested several different options that will meet the needs of any iPad owner, and have described the pro's and con's of each option to help you decide which option will suit you best! One of the biggest advantages to using any of the setups below (as opposed to relying on open WiFi networks or using AT&T or Verizon's 3G/4G LTE network via the built-in 3G/4G LTE chip) is that you'll be able to provide 3G/4G internet access to any device, not just the iPad! Why pay a monthly fee for something that is only going to work with the iPad, when you can also provide connectivity to your laptop, iTouch, Xbox360/PS3, and so on?

Read more about the new iPad 3G/4G options - iPad 3 LTE capable announced today, get online with Wireless 3G or 4G

The New iPad - What Does Apple Call the Next One?


Apple announced the new iPad today, that is right the official name is the "new iPad".   OK, so what does Apple call the next one they come out with, since this one is the "New iPad"

  • The Newer iPad
  • The Newest iPad
  • The one after the New iPad
I really enjoy Apple products and have been a loyal Apple customer for a very long time, but the naming of this new one is kind of dumb.

OnLive Desktop and Data Usage

OnLive is best known for their virtual game console that is delivered over a broadband connection. This allows Apple iPad or Android users to run Windows directly from your tablet devices. If you need to use Microsoft applications like Powerpoint, Word, Excel or have native flash enabled content, OnLive Desktop can be extremely useful for you. However, being Internet driven means you'll need to factor in how much data the application will use. We've done some testing with a Peplink Balance router to measure how much bandwidth the application is using in the video below:

OnLive Desktop Bandwidth Usage:



Watch in YouTube - Click: OnLive Desktop Bandwidth Usage

For more information on OnLive Dekstop data usage visit EVDOInfo.com - OnLive Desktop and Data Usage

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Verizon tells FCC they're running out of Spectrum



Verizon Wireless has been going back and forth when talking about spectrum for their 4G LTE network. Last month they said they've got plenty of spectrum for 4G, now they're filing with the FCC indicating problems will occur after 2015. Verizon currently has 29Mhz of spectrum in the 700Mhz band, which is more than their closest competitor AT&T with 16Mhz of 700Mhz spectrum. To compensate for this potential spectrum crisis they plan to aggressively deploy capacity enhancing technologies including small cells and femtocells.

Monday, March 05, 2012

AirCard Watcher App Upgraded


For those that have one of the following Mobile Hotspots:
  • AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G (AirCard 754S)
  • Rogers LTE Rocket™ Mobile Hotspot (AirCard 754S)
  • Telstra Ultimate ® Mobile WiFi (AirCard 753S)
  • BigPond Ultimate WiFi (AirCard 753S)
Sierra Wireless has upgraded the AirCard Watcher App to 2.0.1202.3 and is now available for download.

No Multi-User for You- The Limitations of the IPad







When we lived in a world without the IPad some saw it as a dark and sad place.   You had to use these dark and heavy things called Laptops to carry all your data and games.  Happily those days are far behind us, but there is one small problem, and the problem is starting to get aggravating. The IPad is expensive, no getting around that, they hover around $600 and that doesn’t include the data plans and the phone companies charges.  So for many they live in a one IPad home. This should be a completely satisfactory. The person who bought the damn thing has dibs when it comes to work and fun time. But when American Idol’s on it can be passed on to a spouse or a child of the main user.

Here is when the rub comes in.  Main user’s configuration, Facebook, Email, and Twitter account can not be logged out of in favor of some one who’s more interested in having a Justin Bieber background. This is a frustration that is not only frustrating but is also unfair. This seems to be a bit of a signal from Apple that they don’t want you to share your IPad. Something that cost the down payment on a Prius should be willing to share the wealth.  

Apple’s half-hearted argument is that the program that runs IPad is made for phones, which does not have a multi-users either.  Which is dumb, don’t come out with a product like this unless you want everyone to be able to have their own area on it. Recently tablets have been falling all over themselves to tell people about how their stuff is “child-friendly”. Which means that if someone touches it with ketchup on their hands it won’t explode.  But if it was truly family friendly it would have the ability to let others play their games and you not have to worry about duckies being drawn all over your presentation.  

But this also brings up an interesting question of what is the IPad for. Is it made for everyone to have their own, so that you can all sit silently apart playing monopoly hotels at different levels. Or is something that the family can use together, like the TV or light sabers? Hopefully Apple will smell what the consumer is cooking and decide that the next upgrades will include multi-users. Because the family that doesn’t beat my high score on angry birds stay together.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Raymond P. For Writing Review of a 3Gstore IP Switch - 2 Outlet - US - Latest Firmware

Congrats to Raymond P. of Bell Buckle, Tennessee who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for 3Gstore IP Switch - 2 Outlet - US - Latest Firmware at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Raymond P.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

Excellent product. Does exactly what I wanted.


Tekkeon MyPower White iPhone 4 Case Defect - MP1280W

Just so everyone knows how 3Gstore.com works, is that we put the customer first (see our Customer Service isn't Rocket Science Blog post).  We had an issue with a company that usually makes top notch products.  They made a black, red, and white battery case for the iPhone 4/4S.  We had a few reports from customers that their white case changed colors.  We thought the customer's case got dirty.  After getting the case back, we noticed it wasn't dirty, but had become discolored.   We immediately pulled them from our web site, so nobody else could order and we notified Tekken and they were working on a fix (BTW, Black and Red do not have this problem).

Today, we had a customer thinking we were out of stock of the white case because he couldn't find it on our site.

So, we promise to communicate better with our customers in the future.  Today, we are re-enabling the white iPhone battery case with the actual picture.  As soon as Tekkeon fixes this problem, we will update our sites.



Facebook gets a credit app thingy

Facebook used to be a way to suck hours from your life finding out if all the people who you hated in high school have failed at life the way you had hoped. But now it’s a platform for you to suck hours of your life by moving your virtual bean plants to the other side of your pretend farm. But in a way that was limiting as well, because you couldn’t cheat to win without paying for it. Which was fine, but then you had to go into your PayPal account, remember your password, add your funds,wait for those funds to appear and then send them on.  By this point your boss totally knows what you’re doing, so you have to stop and get back to your TPS reports.


Well now Facebook has solved this hitch by putting an app on Facebook that lets you pay with a click of your mouse.  The Pay Dialog will let you use “Facebook credits” just like Pullman dollars or Microsoft points. You can earn and use these credits which will be charged through your phone bill.  Also you could probably give money to charities and stuff too.


But is this step in the right direction for Facebook or more importantly for their customers? They have been struggling for some time to figure out their next thing.  Ideas like the timeline have not been hitting as they would have hoped, but simple stuff like streamlining the things that are already successful is a great way to bankroll their next big idea.  


But paying for things on Facebook is a radical idea. The whole point of the thing was to give people someplace free to go to make it look like they have interesting lives.Paying for things on or through Facebook may have been inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it won’t cause it’s own problems. The biggest question is, at the end of the day how much does it cost? Paypal has had to be pretty transparent about what they’re charging where the money is going but Facebook has yet to make those promises.  There is also the fear that buying ten more tomato plants could cost you the down payment on a new fiat. And you won’t see these charges until you receive your phone bill in the mail/e-mail that you ignore. So this maybe an inevitability but people should still go in with their eyes open.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Sprint Selected for Chrysler's uConnect

Sprint Becomes Wireless Engine in Chrysler Group’s Uconnect™ Program

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. March 01, 2012 - Sprint today announced an agreement to act as a strategic wireless partner for Chrysler Group LLC’s Uconnect™ Program.  “Chrysler Group and Sprint share a mutual commitment to the delivery of advanced, next-generation connected vehicle and telematics services,” said Matt Carter, president – Wholesale and Emerging Solutions, Sprint. “Sprint is delighted to be chosen for this unique alliance as we develop a robust wireless engine for Chrysler Group’s Uconnect program.” 

So, look for some cool stuff with having your car connected for traffic, weather, gps and other cool applications.
 

Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Parallels



Yesterday Microsoft launched the Windows 8 Consumer Preview for evaluation. Primarily being a Mac user, I wanted to see what they've come up with, and downloaded the Windows 8 ISO to run as a virtual machine in Parallels 7. The installation went pretty smooth until the Parallels installed "Parallel Tools," which allows you to take advantage of the Mac swipe gestures within a virtual OS.

If you plan to install a copy to evaluate you will need to disable "Smartmouse" in order to actually use your mouse within the Windows 8 preview copy. To do this you'll need to do the following:

How to disable Smart Mouse:
1.) Stop the OS from actively running
2.) Click on the configure button on the lower right side of the screen
3.) Select the "Options" tab and click on "Advanced"
4.) Change "Smartmouse" from auto to off and exit
5.) Relaunch Windows 8 Consumer Preview and your mouse will now work

After changing this configuration you'll need to create a custom user account. If you leave it as the default administrator you won't be able to enter any of the apps they include. This sounds easy enough, but after creating a new user you'll likely notice another bug where your mouse completely disappears. To fix this I just accessed the native desktop and started randomly clicking around until the mouse reappeared.

Overall it does work, but I wouldn't plan on doing anything productive until Parallels releases a patch, or Microsoft launches a new beta.