The $3.2 billion deal between Apple and Beats Electronics continues to make headlines, with more details seeming to confirm our previous report that the arrangment is less about overpriced headphones or streaming music services than the tastemakers running the company.
Thursday brought with it plenty of gifts for Mac and iOS users, including the free Pixelmator 3.2 "Sandstone" update we first told you about last month, which adds an all-new Repair tool, 16-bit per channel support, lockable layers, and the ability to convert selections into shape for the Photoshop alternative. But there's plenty more to talk about from yesterday, so let's dive in — we'll see you back here on Tuesday after the Memorial Day break!
It can be difficult to pick out the cream of the crop amidst the barrage of new iPhone and iPad games, but we’ve got you covered with our weekly look at the most notable new releases. This week, we have a promising-looking X-Men action game, the charming two-player dance experience Bounden, and even a MacGyver game in the mix. Give these a good look and then check back next week for more.
Apple appears to be on the move again, this time leasing a seven-building campus in Sunnyvale, California with plans to house nearly 1,500 employees there. According to The San Jose Mercury News, the Sunnyvale Crossing deal will offer Apple 290,000 square feet of space on top of the enormous "spaceship" campus already under construction in Cupertino, which adds another 2.8 million square feet of space... no pun intended. Now here's a quick look at what else made headlines yesterday!
Microsoft served up its latest Surface Pro on Tuesday, sidestepping the tablet wars by going straight for the throat of MacBook Air owners. But the move couldn't come at a worse time, as The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that China has now banned Windows 8 from new government computers, effectively slamming the door on any potential big contract shipments there. But hey, they still have plenty of consumers to sell them to... right?
Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts has only been at the helm of Apple Retail for three short weeks, but a new report claims the latest veep plans to shake up the future of Cupertino's brick-and-mortar stores in a number of ways.
There's still no confirmation a deal between Apple and Beats Electronics is taking place, but that saga took another interesting turn late last week. According to The Wrap, the founder of the MOG online subscription-based music service that ultimately became Beats Music is suing co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, claiming he was fired before he could receive benefits from an incentive plan. Looking for a potential slice of Apple pie, maybe?
iOS developers have long been able to offer promotion codes, which give customers free copies of their apps — but Apple has never allowed such codes to be used for in-app purchases, at least not until this week.
We’ve got a great variety of intriguing-looking releases in the mix this week, including an iPad port of acclaimed indie platformer Thomas Was Alone, the colorful tower defense affair Demons vs Fairyland, and the very attractive Table Tennis Touch. Give these new releases a good look, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.