Could it be? Will the next iPhone finally include NFC (near-field communication) features? That's the latest rumor based on a leaked photo of the device's internal components. Plus, we've got the details on the newly updated MacBook Pro with Retina display, a report on AppleCare+, and news on Facebook Messenger in Tuesday's Morning Report.
Tuesday was a big day for app releases, so we've rounded up a whole bunch of them in this edition of the daily recap. If you happen to be looking for some quick cash, the free eBay Valet app might be worth a look, taking the pain out of selling on eBay by letting a faceless team of valets do the heavy lifting in exchange for a 30 percent cut of the take. If that's not quite your speed, dive in...there's plenty more to be found ahead!
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!
Amazon kicked off the weekend by adding 15 more cities to its Sunday delivery lineup, growing from New York and Los Angeles to Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dallas, and other markets. The partnership with the U.S. Postal Service doesn't cost Amazon customers an extra dime, so if you happen to be in one of the now 17 cities served, you'll now have one less reason to leave the house each weekend. Speaking of which, here's a handful of other news bites you might have missed this past weekend...
Taking a cue from social networking services like Foursquare and Apple's own Find My Friends, Facebook has started releasing a new service for its iOS app that will announce when your friends are in the general area. It's called Nearby Friends, it's optional, and it's meant to facilitate impromptu group activities and social events.
According to the calendar, it looks like a wrap on the month of March, but we've got one final round of news from the weekend to share with you before we're all subjected to the madness of April Fool's Day on Tuesday. Today's recap is a fairly eclectic mix, so enough of our yakking, let's dive and get to the good stuff!
Social networking is a great tool for groups or businesses to communicate with the masses, but getting the message out across multiple services can be like pulling teeth. Like most everything these days, there’s an iPhone app for just such a purpose — no toothache necessary. Postcard is a free app for iPhone that simplifies the task of cross-posting to multiple social networks at once. Rather than switching between different apps or services, you'll simply tap out your missive once and then sit back as it’s posted to the relevant websites of your choosing.
Good old, Steve Jobs is back in the news this week with two stories. You want to know why Apple TV hasn't been kicking butt lately? No Steve is the answer there. But if you need your Steve fix, just take a jaunt down to the post office. Meanwhile, who's up for some games? And where's your place in the universe?
Facebook's at it again. Today the social media giant acquired the popular messaging app WhatsApp for a whopping $16 billion, according to the SEC filing that popped up earlier today. Broken down, that's $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook stock, a possible $3 billion in restricted stock. (That would actually bring the total up to $19 billion. Yeesh.)
On the surface, Paper looks a lot like what might have happened had Facebook invented Flipboard before Flipboard got the chance, and then slapped on a moniker rather too similar to an existing hugely popular (but entirely different) iOS app. Move beyond the snark, though, and you realize something surprising: Paper makes using Facebook almost pleasurable again. Facebook on desktop ceased to be fun a long time ago, and even the once-streamlined mobile app is increasingly full of cruft. The idea with Paper appears to be to strip everything back, bring stories to the fore, and turn the Facebook experience into a kind of edited newspaper.