Once a touch-friendly version of Office for Windows appears — a project that’s in the works — look for Office to land on Apple’s iPad, Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday. That would take the place of the current iPhone-specific version and Office on the web. It’s a shame Microsoft didn’t push this project quicker; it likely left tens of millions of dollars on the table by not supporting Apple’s tablet sooner.
Sources tell Bloomberg that Apple is gearing up to expand its iTunes Radio service to more English-speaking countries by 2014. Read more »
From the startup that reimagined the thermostat, comes a reinvented . . . smoke detector. And of course design, smart sensors, innovative UI and wireless connections are behind the new Nest device. Read more »
PlayKids TV just got a lot new content for the preschool crowd, and the makers of the iPad app want to lure in parents frustrated about Netflix not working on a plane. Read more »
President Obama gave Apple a hand when he overturned an iPhone import ban that was to go into effect in August. Will he do the same for Samsung? Read more »
Need to view or take close up pics of really small objects using your phone? Check out the low-cost add-ons made by Carson Optical: These fit on iPhones and the Galaxy S 4 using a magnet, making small objects super clear. Read more »
Is the 4-inch iPhone 5s too small for you? A new report suggests that Apple is working on a much larger form factor for the iPhone 6. Read more »
After waiting two weeks, my new iPhone 5s arrived. I spent most of the weekend using Apple’s latest and greatest. How good is it? I’d easily recommend it to anyone that asked for several reasons. Read more »
A long weekend piece by Wired contributing editor Fred Vogelstein in the New York Times chronicles the unveiling of the very first iPhone during the keynote of MacWorld 2007. Despite a smooth performance day-of, the dirty little secret was that the smartphone really didn’t work. Prone to freezing, dropped calls, and losing internet, the iPhone needed every minute up until its June release date for tinkering, but Steve Jobs required a flawless demo. That seamless, 90-minute presentation has turned into a seminal moment for the smartphone, but the really intriguing story is the tightrope walk to getting there.
Three years and 150 million users later, Instagram, the photo sharing service that launched on October 6, 2010 is growing up — it needs to sell ads and make money. And as it grows up, I can say my love for it hasn’t diminished. Read more »
Apple, long a laggard in India is waking up and wants to make a stronger push into the country by planning to team up with retail chains and open stores-within-stores in small towns, a report says. Read more »
There’s no shortage of guides for how to better use your iPhone, and now Apple is offering its own tips and tricks page for the iPhone 4s, the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s right on its site. Read more »
The smart home is getting smarter every day, but what it really needs help with is fine-grained presence detection to deliver more context. Thankfully, we’re getting closer. Read more »
Running down a long dark corridor for the first time, clearing a room full of monsters, and collecting loot after you win. The basic formula of what makes a classic dungeon crawler fun to play. Read more »
Apple is appealing a verdict that it conspired to fix ebook prices. The company isn’t required to file the full appeal until early 2014, but here are some of the arguments to expect. Simon & Schuster, one of the settling publishers in the case, is appealing the injunction as well. Read more »
A dash of color doesn’t seem to be moving Apple’s new iPhone 5c: Retailers are already discounting the device with Best Buy the latest to offer a $50 price promotion. Read more »
Who needs talk of TWTR’s IPO when you’ve got the crazy Silk Road saga, iOS 7 troubles and Target launching an MVNO? Read more »
Apple’s Siri voice assistant is now two years old. Susan Bennett claims she recorded the now-iconic vocals back in 2005. Read more »
Venmo Touch allows mobile users to use the same payment credentials across a variety of iPhone apps. After launching in the U.S., Braintree is ready to bring it overseas. Read more »
Siri, or perhaps another personal assistant entirely, could make iOS even smarter than it is today thanks to Cue. Apple reportedly bought the personal assistant software for north of $35 million. Read more »
After widespread complaints about inaccurate motion sensors on the iPhone 5s, Gizmodo ran a number of simple tests to investigate. The results are pretty dramatic. Read more »
Google will launch a version of its Google Music app for iOS later this month, sources tell Engadget. On Thursday, the gadget blog reported the news, saying the software is getting tested internally at Google. The app is expected to support Google Play Music All Access, a radio-like experience that costs $9.99 per month.
I’m not surprised to hear this possibility as Google tends to extend its services to other platforms — particularly Apple’s iOS — in order to broaden its audience. This in turn provides Google with more potential users of its services and therefore, more user data for the company.
The Netflix iOS app rolled out two key updates Thursday: The app now supports Air Play, so you can stream from your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV. And the app will stream in HD if you have a fast enough internet connection. If you’re not seeing these features yet despite upgrading your app, Netflix says to be patient: they’ll roll out “to all members who have the latest Netflix app (version 5.0) by mid-October.”
A new report suggests that the next generation of Apple’s iPads will be upgraded to feature 8-megapixel cameras with larger apertures than the current models. Read more »
iPhone-Check makes it easy to see if the iPhone 5s is in stock at your local Apple store without having to leave your couch. Read more »
The long-buzzed about iPad Mini with retina display didn’t make an appearance at the latest Apple event in September, and it’s likely that the world won’t see it until the new year. Reuters reports that delays on display manufacturing in China have crippled production, making it near impossible to do a full roll-out for the holiday season. If the iPad Mini retina does appear, expect limited quantities, long lines, and a bit of heartbreak.
Good news for Hulu Plus subscribers hit the airwaves on Wednesday: Google announced support for Hulu Plus on its $35 Chromecast device. Instead of watching video content from the online provider on an Android smartphone, tablet or Apple iPad, folks can shoot Hulu Plus to an HDTV.
To get the new wireless streaming function, users will need to upgrade their Hulu Plus mobile app to the latest version, which now includes a one-touch Chromecast button to enable streaming. As with other Chromecast streaming services, Hulu Plus will actually shoot video from the cloud to the Chromecast, but the smartphone or tablet used to start the stream can act as a remote control for playback.
Data from meta-analysis firm eMarketer suggests tablet penetration in the UK is lower than that in the U.S., but still higher than that in other key European countries. Read more »
Apple has resumed its push email services in Germany, having won an interim court decision allowing it to do so. In early 2012, Motorola won and enforced an injunction against Apple’s push email services, based on patent infringement. Read more »
Facebook has released an update to its mobile app ad unit that will appeal to popular brands. Read more »
Now that iOS 7 supports external game controllers, get ready to ditch the on-screen controls. Logitech teased a gamepad last week and now an image of the device has leaked to the web. Read more »
Apple may one day make a full-blown TV set, but contrary to earlier rumors, German TV maker Loewe will likely not be associated with it. Read more »
FiftyThree, the company behind the award-winning iPad journaling and drawing app Paper, has partnered with Moleskine to let users order print versions of their journals straight from the app. Read more »
Independent digital bookstore and publisher Emily Books already offers subscriptions to its monthly ebook selections through its website. Now it has launched an iOS app, “Emily Books Reader,” that lets users subscribe and read the ebooks on their iPhones or iPads. Read more »
This summer Verizon saw its share of the smartphone market grow to 37 percent, while AT&T and T-Mobile saw their shares shrink year-over-year. A big factor was the iPhone’s increasing popularity among Verizon’s customers. Read more »
Lodsys is a shell company that “owns” in-app purchasing and wants small developers to pay it a license fee. Apple stepped in to put a stop to this but a Texas court, known for its sympathy to patent trolls, booted Apple from court. Read more »
You can once again purchase an iPhone 5s for in-store pickup through the Apple store online, but availability is extremely limited. Read more »
How much money would it take to buy out the entire app store. And what on earth can you learn from answering that question. You’d be surprised. Read more »
The iPhone 5s is the first prominent phone with a fingerprint sensor, and is expected to change the way security is managed on mobile devices. Since passwords are a pain without keyboards, what’s best for a mobile world? Read more »