Yahoo! certainly kicked off the week in grand style Monday with news of its Tumblr acquisition, but it had one more trick up its sleeve that we'll get to in a moment, along with Apple going on the offensive over government accusations that the company isn't paying its full share of taxes on income generated overseas. But first, there's a whole batch of updates, tweaks and elaborations to enjoy, which includes some analysis on how T-Mobile US could one day leapfrog Sprint for third place!
In a stunning shift from their previous stances on mobile video chat, AT&T announced to The Verge today that it plans to extend cellular use of Apple's FaceTime for a larger swath of users in the coming weeks, particularly those who aren't covered by the new tiered plans it introduced last year. By the end of the year, AT&T plans to allow video chat apps over its network for all customers with LTE devices regardless of the platform.
Texting while driving has become such a big problem that all four major U.S. cell phone carriers have chosen to come together to educate consumers on the dangers, with an extension of AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign.
Lots of cool stuff to report on for this mid-month Tuesday, but the lead story won't be good news for those of you who have been vacillating about grabbing an iPhone 5 on T-Mobile US -- the handset will now cost you an extra 50 bucks compared to last week, proving once again that you snooze, you lose. The rest of our Monday recap is better news, with the exception of AT&T and HTC, who appear to have a loser on their hands with Facebook Home...
With only a month to go before WWDC 2013, it's still awfully quiet from Cupertino, which appears to be saving all of its ammunition for the big event. Meanwhile, developers are busy working on the next OS X Mountain Lion update and we'll have to be content with a tiny Thunderbolt firmware update to close out the week. Hoping for more? Keep reading to find out what else made news on Thursday...
It's been a busy weekend for tech news, with rumors of a new AT&T prepaid service on the way, Facebook retaliating against Path's API access for reasons unknown and Google Glass rumored to soon gain an iPhone app. If you were too busy out and about for the last couple days, feel free to kick back and soak in all the news in bite-sized morsels as part of our Monday morning recap.
The rumor mill is really going into overdrive this week, foaming at the mouth on every little scrap related to iOS 7 or OS X 10.9, which are both expected sometime this year. But not everyone is enamored with these wild flights of fancy, so we're here to mix things up with some good old-fashioned tales ripped straight from the pages of real life. At least you won't have to wonder "when" or "if" with this batch of stories!
If you're lucky enough to live in one of 15 markets, AT&T wants to blanket your domicile in the soothing comfort of automation and security, all controlled from the palm of your hand with most any smartphone.
There's a shakeup under way in the U.S. wireless carrier business. T-Mobile is leading the way, first with its new "UNcarrier" plans and now with an expansion-minded MetroPCS merger. And the sentiment is making its way toward the Big Kahuna, Verizon Wireless, as customers make it known that they'd prefer to be set free from restrictive two-year contracts. What will the mobile landscape look like in the future?
Analysts and investors are waking up to a very different world on Wednesday morning -- one where they have to face the reality that Apple Inc. is not going to keep raising their shares by an unrealistic amount. Sure, growth appears to have stalled, but a quarterly net profit of $9.5 billion certainly doesn't sound like a dying company to us. And with no new Apple goodies until the fall (according to CEO Tim Cook), we can get back to sharing real stuff instead of the hallucinations the rumor mill keeps churning out. Whew!