Wow, it’s the middle of the work week again… already? How time flies when you’re having fun! Our daily recap is a rousing mix of Apple Store rumors, Angry Birds, an angry iPhone carrier in the Czech Republic, a botched native Gmail app for iOS and the return of Retrospect, once the most celebrated backup software on the Mac. It’s all right here and ready for your eyeballs on this Wednesday, November 2, 2011.
“Hump Day” is here again, with Apple celebrating the life of Steve Jobs in a private ceremony held earlier today on the company’s Cupertino campus (and simulcast to Apple retail stores worldwide). The Apple co-founder continues to be memorialized ahead of his official biography which hits stores on Monday (more on that in a moment), but here’s what else is happening around the internet for this Wednesday, October 19, 2011.
It’s Friday at last, and what a grueling week it has been. Many of you are probably groggy from staying up late (or getting up early) to preorder a new iPhone 4S, hung over from the “Let’s talk iPhone” event or just plain bummed out about the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. But don’t despair -- let’s recap the events for Friday, October 7 before we embrace the weekend.
We know, we know. You’ve wanted to switch to an iPhone for a long time, and now that the next iPhone is almost here, it’s finally time to make moves. But what about all your precious Google Contacts, the photos you’ve taken throughout the years, and precious music? Fortunately, with a few easy steps, you can move all that stuff to your iOS device faster than you can say "I can’t believe I stuck with Android this long." Here’s make the move without the hassle.
Now that the doors have swung wide open for any and all to join Google+, the company is stepping up their mobile app features to make it easier for members to connect with each other. Matching an Android update last week, the iOS version now includes Hangouts and plenty of other changes -- but still no iPad love.
Closer and closer we get to the rumored release date of the next generation of iPhones. And, true to form, the rumor mill stories are all starting to get more and more overlapping and similar. October 4th is almost universally agreed as the Go-Date and things are starting to gear toward a two model release. Well, then, what else is going down?
Social networks are great for keeping up with friends and colleagues, but for heavy users, their clunky web interfaces can be a pain in the mouse. You might think dedicated desktop apps can streamline your socializing, but sometimes, the clients themselves can make things more complex than they ought to be -- especially when all you’re really trying to do is post pictures of your hamster riding a skateboard. Tab for Google+ aims for the sweet spot between “limited” and “overly complex” by bringing a slimmed-down web interface to your desktop with a click or keystroke. It’s all the Circling and Googley social networking you need without having to open your browser -- at least, in theory.
Google has officially begun its quest to kill your physical wallet with the new Google Wallet mobile service. Google Wallet has been in field trials in a handful of cities, but has now gone national with the help of MasterCard PayPass. Currently, Google Wallet is only available on the NFC-toting Google Nexus S 4G from Sprint. As the service continues rolling out, are iOS users going to get a chance to ditch their wallets for good?
During Senate Judiciary hearings today, former FTC official and new Google employee, Suzanne Michel, said that two-thirds of mobile search comes from Apple iOS devices. Considering the amount of Android units available to the public, that's a pretty remarkable figure.
A new report indicates that Google's brand value has risen 9 percent to hold the top spot with a value of over $48 billion. Apple, however has vaulted up 39 percent over the same period to grab the number two spot with a value of over $39 billion.
According to the report, this places Apple ahead of Microsoft, IBM, Wal-Mart, and General Electric for the first time -- ever.