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.
Apple sometimes gets a hefty dose of criticism for its closed-system approach to iOS, but it's important to remember that closed systems have their benefits as well. That much was apparent in a recent statement Android chief Sundar Pichai made to an audience at the Mobile World Congress (via FrAndroid).
Although Apple has working hard filling out the capabilities of iOS over the years (remember when there was no copy and paste?), the lack of true file management continues to be an issue -- and one Readdle hopes to crack with its latest update.
Security and privacy are big concerns these days, and few things emphasize that so well as Chitika's data (via AppleInsider) demonstrating how quickly Apple's iOS 7.0.6 patch was adopted by iPhone and iPad users. Within 48 hours of its release, the security-focused patch was installed on more than 13.3 percent of iDevices throughout North America. As of yesterday, that number stood at 25.9 percent.
One of the more interesting iOS controversies over the past couple of months was developer King's strange attempt to get the word "candy" trademarked in an attempt to fend off imitators of its popular Candy Crush Saga game. It succeeded in Europe, but in the wake of the resulting widespread protest, King has officially withdrawn its trademark application for the word in the United States.
Considering that Oral-B exhibited an iOS-compatible toothbrush today at Mobile World Congress in Spain today, it seems as though we're approaching a world in which almost every appliance will work hand-in-hand with Apple's spunky mobile operating system. Proctor and Gamble revealed the Oral-B SmartSeries 7000 last month (as Engadget reports), but today marks one of the first times that other people have managed to get their hands -- and teeth -- on the unit.
Disappointed with the current MFi (or "Made for iPhone") game controllers on the market? As Engadget reports, Mad Catz introduced yet another offering in the form of its C.T.R.L.i gamepad during the Mobile World Congress 2014, and it looks like it has potential.
Back in November we reported that an iOS-integrated hearing aid could be on the way, and now it's here. The new device is called the ReSound LiNX, and its iOS integration allows users to listen to music and talk on the phone in addition to its standard hearing aid duties.
An update for iOS 7 should appear in the Settings tab of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today, but it's not the iOS 7.1 update you're probably hoping for. Instead, it's a rather innocuous 35.4 MB download for the iPhone 5s that simply fixes the SSL connection verification.
The Fitbit Force came out just last October, and at the time it sounded like it was a wonderful improvement over its Fitbit Flex fitness band from last year. But recently a tiny percentage of users have discovered that the iOS-compatible device was actually hurting their health in addition to helping them traffic. It's worried Fitbit enough that it's ceased sales of the devices and recalled all of the ones currently in the hands of customers.