'Tis the season for buying smaller tech companies. The latest news comes not from Facebook (fresh out of buying WhatsApp for a staggering $16 billion), but from Apple itself. Today the Cupertino giant acquired Burstly, which the iOS beta testers among you may recognize as the company responsible for TestFlight.
The big news Wednesday was no doubt Facebook's latest big acquisition, which left those of us who don't use the WhatsApp to ask, "What's the big deal?" instead. We can certainly think of at least a few other companies we'd have rather seen the social networking giant drop $19 billion on, but it will be interesting to see what the future holds. But first, let's take a trip backwards in time and catch up on everything else that happened yesterday...
The man who sued Apple because he hated Siri has had his day in court, and was told by the judge to basically go home and never come back. At least, not with this case. If, however, you're willing to sue a company because beta software has bugs and you don't feel like returning the item that uses it, well, who knows what you'll sue over next?
If the third beta of iOS 7.1 serves as any proof, Apple is at last allowing users to delete the installation files up for upgrades to the operating system that automatically start downloading when the device is connected to AC power. As reported by German site Macerkopf.de (via MacRumors), users who don't want to install the updates will soon be able to delete the installation files to free up room on their iDevices.
After the initial shock of the sweeping design changes that came with iOS 7, many iPhone and iPad users are still trying to adjust. But get this: more changes are on the way. As Cult of Mac reports with a comprehensive gallery of the changes in the third iOS 7 beta, eight new features will likely make significant modifications to the existing look of iOS 7.
Apple seeded the second beta of iOS 7.1 to developers today, and Cult of Mac has put together a handy collection of GIFs showing the most significant changes we can expect on our devices in the coming weeks. On the face of it, the update may seem minor since it doesn't include any major new features, but it does include a few tweaks that aim to address some of the complaints users have had with the operating system since it first appeared.
With mere days to spare before Google Reader takes a dirt nap, the folks at Digg have started rolling out their new Reader service, complete with an iOS app that should be hitting the App Store any moment.
Apple only mentioned Apple TV in passing during the WWDC keynote last week, but that doesn't mean it's neglecting the little black box. As of today, two new important features have made their way into the beta for the diminutive media device. For one, the iTunes Radio compatibility that was announced at WWDC is now available; for another, Apple added a new Conference Room mode.
Xyla Entertainment is looking for a few more closed beta testers for the Mac version of their beat-based platformer Rush Bros, so now's a good time to rush to their homepage and sign up. It looks like you'll have a good time if you get in. Reminiscent of the Sonic franchise with its focus on speed, Rush Bros lets you use your own music to alter puzzle-packed levels that you and another player race through simultaneously.