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.
It appears to be game on for Android-based wearables now that Google has thrown down the gauntlet on its own offerings, which will be available in the coming months from LG and Motorola. Meanwhile, Apple continues to be mum on the subject, but something tells us whatever they eventually do come up with will likely make us all forget about every other device in the category...
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.
Seems as if Microsoft, Nokia and Google are racing to cram in as many product announcements and leaks as possible ahead of tomorrow's Apple media event. Nokia's news will come a bit later, while Redmond has already unleashed its big Windows 8.1 update and free Remote Desktop apps (more on that in a moment) and Google just can't seem to keep the Nexus 5 from leaking at nearly every turn. Here's a quick look at what else made headlines this weekend...
The big event on Tuesday was Apple CEO Tim Cook's return to the AllThingsD conference, which we'll get to in a moment, but we managed to assemble a handful of other tidbits for you as well. We've got an acquisition, a merger, a couple of software updates and even some gripes about Apple's plans to relocate its flagship San Francisco retail store… so dig in and enjoy!
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.
Yahoo! certainly kicked off the week in grand style Monday with news of its Tumblr acquisition, but it had one more trick up its sleeve that we'll get to in a moment, along with Apple going on the offensive over government accusations that the company isn't paying its full share of taxes on income generated overseas. But first, there's a whole batch of updates, tweaks and elaborations to enjoy, which includes some analysis on how T-Mobile US could one day leapfrog Sprint for third place!
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.