A big week for stories about Apple competitors. There's a real rogues' gallery of names here from Google to Samsung from Microsoft to Amazon. And if you're a fan of the actor Christian Bale, then you're in for a treat. Meanwhile, it's not too early to start thinking about your summer vacation. All that and more beneath the fold.
We're still not completely sold on this whole Google Hangouts thing, but the search giant continues to make improvements, including a big update this week that brings the app in line with the rest of iOS 7.
Come hell or high water, Google is going to figure out a way to get people using its social network and chat service -- and a wave of new features announced this week could go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.
Tuesday was an exceptionally busy day for the tech world, and we wound up clipping probably three times the usual number of news items for possible inclusion in today's recap as a result. But instead of dumping all of that on you at once, we've managed to distill it down to the five stories you'll want to read up on most -- so dig in and enjoy!
The dream of the '90s is alive at Facebook. This morning TechCrunch reported that the social media giant now allows a few select members to open chatrooms for all of their friends via "Host Chat," who can then join without an invitation. Links to the active chats would then show up in users' News Feeds, although moderators will be able to set privacy settings to restrict access.