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.
Lots of news this week all about things that are coming soon. In some cases, these things are rumors and in some cases these are things that are merely days away. We ourselves are most excited about what's cooking in the Apple TV world, because we've been mighty jealous of our friends with Roku and all their channels. Open that baby up, Apple, and let's get rolling.
The App Store is home to plenty of digital journal tools, but all of them require effort from the author to be useful. Heyday solves this problem in a very elegant way – and one that actually makes us want to participate. The free app converts existing photo libraries from an iOS device into an automatic journal of your life, complete with geolocation data and time stamps. The speed and accuracy at which Heyday accomplishes this task is nothing short of amazing, but the occasional coarse location can be confirmed or updated as needed. On days when photos aren’t taken, the app continues to work in the background with minimal battery impact, capturing key places visited.
Proving that tech companies can set aside their rivalries and differences for a good cause, some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley have launched a campaign calling for sweeping reforms to the National Security Agency.
That's a wrap on this year's Cyber Monday, which by all accounts appears to have been a bigger hit than Black Friday, which itself was overshadowed by so many retailers opening their doors for business on Thanksgiving this year. We actually didn't find too many amazing deals yesterday, but hopefully readers got a good start to the holiday buying season over the long weekend. Without further ado, here's a peek at some of the stories you might have missed while you were shopping online yesterday...
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Updates, updates, updates! We're chock full of them in today's recap, whether you use Facebook Messenger, Adobe Muse CC, Aperture or iPhoto, Parallels Desktop for Mac 9 or even watch Netflix on your television. Go forth, read about them and then click those update buttons (where applicable) to get the latest and greatest!