News Round-Up 3/3/2012: AT&T Raises the “Unlimited” Data Plan Threshold, Apple is Developing a New Audio File, and Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview is Downloaded 11 Times a Second

There is little doubt that the big news this week was the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  Some of the features for Windows 8 include Internet Explorer 10, gesture based controls, and a focus on the new app store.  Here’s what else was big in the news this week:

 

AT&T raises throttling threshold to 3GB on "unlimited" data plan

AT&T announced a policy change on throttling data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans Thursday. 3G/HSPA+ customers will now be throttled once they reach 3GB of data usage and 4G LTE customers will be throttled when they hit 5GB of data.

 

Apple developing new audio file format to offer 'adaptive streaming'

The timing of Apple's commission suggests it will showcase the new streaming technology alongside the announcement of the third generation of its iPad tablet, expected on 7 March. It is unclear whether the audio will stream in real time and compete with Spotify, or simply download a copy to the device for later use.

 

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Hits 1 Million Downloads

To put this into perspective, Microsoft sold seven copies of the software a second in 2010, and, yesterday, gave away 11 copies a second.


Apple wins injunction against Motorola in Germany over photo gallery patent

Apple on Thursday earned a key victory in a German patent infringement suit against Motorola Mobility, earning the iPhone maker an injunction against a number of Motorola devices.

 

Does Gatekeeper point the way to an App Store-only OS X?

The new Gatekeeper security tool will include a setting to lock a Mac down so it can only run software purchased from the App Store.

 

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