While most of us have turned our attention away from WWDC 2013 in the wake of Monday's keynote, developers will still be busy at Moscone West this mid-week hump day at Apple's annual conference. The rest of us will have to keep busy working our own jobs until we can see the fruits of their labor in the months ahead, which gives us time to catch up on other news making the rounds...
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.
Some new devices out there in the wild and if you're a gamer this week was like early Christmas to you. As we gear up for WWDC, the rumor mill is about to kick in with more "news" about everyone's favorite fruit-based tech company and they're be more tech to go around than you can stand. And Apple puts the kibosh on some iOS-powered hook ups. So let's see what the old news bag has for us this week.
Google may be the enemy in the eyes of many iOS users, but it's hard to deny the search giant has brought most of its coolest toys to Apple's mobile platform -- so why did it take a third-party app to add support for Google Play Music All Access?
A U.S. Senate subcommittee may have spent the better part of Tuesday grilling Apple executives over untaxed offshore fortunes, but Cupertino isn't the only tech company taking advantage of the same loophole.
Mobile users have become accustomed to searching with only their voice, but those on the desktop are still stuck with the ol' keyboard and mouse -- that is, unless you're rocking Google Chrome, whose latest stable version now includes voice search.
As I was following the stream of Google I/O updates on my Twitter timeline last week, one thought kept popping into my head: Apple could never get away with this.
I'm not saying it wasn't interesting. Over the course of three hours, Google showcased its new Hangouts app and Google Play Music All Access service, some exciting developer tools and major updates to Maps, Chrome and Now, but anyone expecting a repeat of last year's show was sorely disappointed.
Google+ is a hit-or-miss proposition for many socially connected folks, so the company’s first Hangouts attempt — originally part of the Google+ app — passed by largely unnoticed. Now available as a standalone app, Hangouts appears hell-bent on reinventing the messaging wheel, but winds up leaving too many spokes off to make this a smooth ride.
Google is making a big push for Hangouts to be your new best friend, but users of the company's free Voice service are discovering that enabling messaging on their Gmail account eliminates convenient access for the elder service.
Strange but true: Windows Phone has no official YouTube app, and now Google wants to eliminate the only real option available to users, claiming Microsoft is violating terms of its API by eliminating ads.