Would you like to be able to move e-books from your computer to your iPhone wirelessly? Of course, if you use the Calibre Stanza server and/or the Calibre/Dropbox method, you already can, at least with Stanza, but what about iBooks which loads by hotsync?
If developer Greg Hughes has his way, you’ll be able to do just that. He’s submitting a wireless sync app to Apple for approval, which would let you sync your iDevice via wifi just as you can over USB. Of course, as TechCrunch points out, if Apple wanted you to be able to sync wirelessly, they’d have let you already—wifi syncing will naturally be slower and less secure than using USB 2.0.
AT&T has announced the final details on its iPad data plans. There is no contract required, but the plans are set to automatically renew by default. The $15 250-megabyte plan warns at 20% and 10% of data remaining, and has the option to add another 250 megabytes for $15 or start a $30 unlimited plan (which then goes for 30 more days from the point of subscription). The plans also allow free use of AT&T wifi hotspots (such as those at Starbuck’s) as long as they are active.
If you use AT&T wifi access points on your iPhone, be warned: miscreants can trick your iPhone into connecting to their wifi server by naming it “AT&T Wifi”. They can then use nameserver tricks to redirect your wireless browsing, potentially capturing important information such as login passwords or even credit card numbers.
I’ve noticed that my iPod Touch will automatically connect to networks with the same names as those I’ve used before (it seems like half the wifi networks out there are named “linksys”, and if you’ve connected to one then you’ll automatically connect to any of them), whereas my laptop, which goes by MAC addresses, will prompt me for each one (and, internally, name the networks “linksys 1”, “linksys 2”, etc.). I hadn’t thought in terms of the vulnerability that could leave in regard to trusted network names, though.
The “Boy Genius Report” smartphone blog, source of several iPhone-related stories we’ve covered, has been acquired by the owner of Mail.com in a deal reportedly worth “multiple millions.” Best of luck to founder Jonathan Geller in his site’s new corporate ownership!
The saga of the 4G iPhone prototype has taken some interesting turns lately, as police have raided the home of Gizmodo’s editor and talked to the person who allegedly found the iPhone. We probably won’t be covering the story in full as it is only tangentially related to e-books, but CNet has a good roundup of what’s happened for those who are further interested.