Well folks, the U.S. government effectively shut down Tuesday morning at midnight as Democrats and Republicans alike continue to wag their blame fingers in each others' direction over the budget and defunding the so-called "Obamacare." What's a citizen of the United States to do? Now would be a great time to take a deep breath and have a quick tech reality check, courtesy of our weekday news recap...
Samsung continues to dominate the global smartphone market, but it may soon find itself with fewer customers if it keeps up stunts like the one European Galaxy Note 3 owners have to contend with. Instead of being SIM-locked, owners are discovering their phablets are locked out of being used outside of the region where they were purchased — a path we're hoping other hardware manufacturers choose not to follow.
Ever since Facebook started monetizing itself through ads, many of us have seen them creep in between the posts from our families and friends with something approaching begrudging acceptance. But now, according to a blog post from yesterday, they might be approaching an entirely new level of annoyance with a new video feature.
Staying fully connected these days often involves managing multiple social networking accounts, which means posting updates across multiple accounts – a potentially daunting chore on Mac or PC, and downright tedious from the iPhone. Socializer promises to make short work of this task, despite a look and feel firmly stuck in the past. The app makes it dead simple to cross-post messages – with or without attachments – to Twitter, Facebook, and App.net, all at the same time.
If you're like us, you probably have an old Apple ID from when the iTunes Music Store first went live, then maybe an iCloud or MobileMe (or even Mac.com) account, each of which is considered an "Apple ID." Why can't we consolidate all of these accounts into one? Good question. We don't have an answer, but as you'll find out in today's recap, we're not alone in asking this question...
If you're using a third-party Instagram-connected app that uses either "Insta" or "Gram" in its name, that's likely to change in the weeks ahead as the Facebook-owned photo sharing service begins cracking down harder on copycats.
Rumors and leaks are heating up and you know what that means: pure speculation! Fakes! A slowly growing fever pitch of excitement as we get closer and closer to the big day. If the 9/10 predictors are right, we'll be seeing Apple invites pretty soon, but only time will tell. That, and a MacLife columnist goes Android rogue — GASP!!!
Online photo service Shutterfly has always been a great place to order prints or create photo gifts, but the company is gradually moving to mobile devices, including a new iPad app for creating photo books.
Facebook just received a huge boost to its general usefulness in the form of the ability to place reservations at restaurants across the United States through its mobile app, thanks to a collaborative effort with OpenTable. In addition, you'll be able to learn the showtimes, channel information, and descriptions for your favorite shows via each show's Facebook page.
Today during Facebook's earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the fears expressed by many users when the social-networking behemoth acquired Instagram--ads will eventually be coming to the popular photo sharing service. It was bound to happen at some point (even if Zuckerberg and his billion-dollar check hadn't showed up), as Instagram hasn't generated any revenue for years.