I use my iPhone for a number of different functions. One of those functions is to provide my MacBook Pro with an internet source while on the move. In previous generations of the iPhone software, I had to jailbreak my iPhone 3G and use PDAnet to basically (ok…technically illegally) tether my iPhone and my laptop.

With the introduction of the iPhone 3.0 update, the iPhone saw laptop tethering as an OEM option for the first time ever! Great…fantastic…where do I sign up? Wait…you have AT&T? Sorry…no dice for you. You have to wait until AT&T releases their tethering service and at that point in time you are going to have to pay an arm and a leg for it. The whole idea really baffles me anyway as I pay for unlimited data as it is, but to not offer it out of the gate is semi-ridiculous too.

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Yesterday morning, Microsoft unwrapped its new search engine to try to combat Google’s stronghold on the art of internet searching. Bing, the update to Microsoft Live Search, comes in an attractive package the Microsoft claims is faster and provides more targeted search results than the competition.

“I think the benefits are subtle,” said Andrew Frank, a research vice president at Gartner, Inc. “I don’t think they jump right out at you when you first start using it. It takes a while to appreciate the difference and I think the difference is a lot more pronounced in certain categories, like travel. Microsoft has focused on some specific categories, especially for ‘decision uses,’ as they call it. But you have to happen upon a lot of this to discover it.”

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