Apple Pay has only been available to the public since Monday, and already one retailer has decided to wall off their NFC payment terminals from iPhone 6 users. Our Friday Morning Report has the details, along with Bitcasa's decision to strong-arm unlimited storage customers into more expensive plans, and a glimmer of hope for older Mac owners to get Handoff working. Let's close out the work week with some news!
Google will be countering Apple's WWDC 2014 announcements with its own annual developer conference this week in San Francisco, an event rumored to include an Android Wear smartwatch from Samsung as well as new TV and automobile products from the search giant. Google I/O kicks off Wednesday, so we'll be sure to keep an eye on the proceedings and report back here with any big developments. In the meantime, here's what you might have missed over the weekend...
Apple faced another setback in its ongoing patent spat with Samsung overnight as Judge Lucy Koh dished out a denial of Cupertino's attempt to gain a permanent injunction against the Korean manufacturer. It's certainly far from the end of that legal skirmish and Apple still has an opportunity to appeal the decision, but it also offers Samsung some wiggle room as well. Thankfully, the rest of today's overnight recap is (mostly) less dramatic, so let's dive in...
Happy Friday once more! Hard to believe we're heading into the final week of February next week, so we'll take it easy on the recap this time around by getting readers caught up on some of the app-related news they might have missed. Spoiler alert: You might want to hit the App Store, there's some good stuff waiting to be downloaded!
Getting impatient waiting for Apple to light up its free 12 Days of Gifts app on December 26? Here's a little pro trip: Open the app today and you'll find a special early treat in the guise of two music singles from Lorde absolutely free! But hopefully that will be enough to tide you over, because there are 10 more days of waiting for the rest of the goodies... so tide yourself over for one of them with our weekend recap!
Once billed as a low-cost provider of "infinite storage," Bitcasa is evolving with its users by changing up its cloud storage plans in favor of offering additional services in the future -- but existing power users may be left out in the cold.
Google may keep its products in a beta state for what feels like forever, but "infinite" cloud storage service Bitcasa has to run a close second -- until this week, when the company finally launches its product aimed at killing the hard drive.
With fast internet access and more services and even full applications moving to the cloud, it's always interesting to see how developers continue to refine and enhance their product offerings, including two from Adobe and Bitcasa.
While the jury is still out on how Microsoft did introducing its Surface tablets on Monday, the folks in Redmond appeared to fare much better with today's introduction of Windows Phone 8, the latest and greatest version of their smartphone operating system which will be released this fall. However, there's a bit of bad news for owners of existing Windows Phone 7.5 handset owners -- so read on and find out all about it as well as everything else making news for this Wednesday, June 20, 2012.