Welcome back to the Monday edition of the recap! WWDC 2013 is now a wrap, and developers have headed home to start tweaking their apps for OS X Mavericks and iOS 7, but it was a relatively quiet weekend on the tech front. That doesn't mean you're left without anything to read today, however -- as always, we've assembled a crack team of stories, so without further ado…
Hard to believe it's June already, and in just one short week we'll all be savoring Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote, the first such event Cupertino has held all year. And of course, the rumor mill is in full gear as the calendar races toward the event, so you can expect a lot of wild theories about stuff Apple may or may not introduce next week, but remember this: It's a developer event, so while we'll likely get a peek at iOS 7, expect any new product announcements to center around OS X. Just sayin'…
Americans are headed back to work after the extended Memorial Day weekend, which was a bit lean on tech news, as you might imagine. But that doesn't mean we haven't scrounged up a handful of items to kick off the short work week, including Apple's mysterious removal of QuickTime trailer downloads and details on a new fee AT&T Wireless customers may be scratching their head over.
Angry Birds Friends brought the fowl-flinging sensation to Facebook, and unsurprisingly, it proved hugely popular in that format. Now the socially-connected spin on the franchise makes the return trip to iPhone and iPad while maintaining the distinct, free-to-play approach that defined that browser-based take. On a platform that already hosts five distinct Angry Birds games packed with several hundred total levels, the prospect of playing in one six-stage tournament per week may not seem remarkable, but it's the competitive aspect that puts an interesting tweak on the usual formula.
It's been a busy weekend for tech news, with rumors of a new AT&T prepaid service on the way, Facebook retaliating against Path's API access for reasons unknown and Google Glass rumored to soon gain an iPhone app. If you were too busy out and about for the last couple days, feel free to kick back and soak in all the news in bite-sized morsels as part of our Monday morning recap.
Whatever your opinion of TweetDeck, it's hard not to sympathize with those about to lose a loved one on May 7, when Twitter effectively slays the mobile versions of its TweetDeck apps. We had a similar situation when Echofon made the decision to axe its Mac client last year, prompting us to switch entirely to Tweetbot for a harmoniously synced iOS/OS X solution. What will you be using to replace TweetDeck mobile?
If you've been eyeballing those "chat heads" from the Android-based Facebook Home with envy, fear not: Facebook has you covered with a new iOS update on Tuesday. (Or rather, they will when the feature actually rolls out to everyone over the next few weeks.) But it was a classic Tuesday for Apple as well, with a host of Mac updates. Before you go download them all, get a quick refresher course with today's recap!
After years of skins, themes and tweaks, Facebook brought some uniformity to Android last week with its Home interface. It may have been launched alongside a companion handset, but it doesn't really matter if it's running on an HTC First, Samsung Galaxy or — shudder — an iPhone; Facebook Home is selling one of the most important things in the mobile industry: a complete experience.
Apple understands this better than any other smartphone vendor (though Google has definitely got the message). Since the early days of iPhone, the experience has less to do with a gorgeous piece of hardware and more to do with the speed and simplicity of iOS. And that starts with the lock screen.