It's generally not hard to find a Wi-Fi hotspot if you live in an urban area, but Google's out to make the process even easier with an app that connects you to available hotspots automatically without usernames, passwords, and other assorted annoyances. Even better, Engadget reports that Google plans to bring the app to iOS as well as its own Android system.
Assuming Apple doesn't introduce big changes to its software keyboard with iOS 8 this year, the folks at Fleksy may be our best hope for change now that they've opened the doors to all developers with an SDK.
Facebook's at it again. Today the social media giant acquired the popular messaging app WhatsApp for a whopping $16 billion, according to the SEC filing that popped up earlier today. Broken down, that's $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook stock, a possible $3 billion in restricted stock. (That would actually bring the total up to $19 billion. Yeesh.)
Nintendo may still insist on keeping its head out of the mobile market, but that isn't stopping a few enterprising developers from filling the gap. This time, it's the guys behind GBA4iOS, who made a name for themselves in 2012 with an app that let you play Game Boy Advance games via an emulator. It's back again, and this time Apple's apparently allowing it (for now).
Samsung's on the verge of releasing its newest smartphone, and Apple aficionados might find that some of its rumored features sound a little familiar. As SamMobile reports (via 9to5Mac), the Galaxy S5 (if that's not similar enough for you) will embed a fingerprint sensor in the device's home button, much as with the iPhone 5s. That's a stark departure from earlier rumors that the sensor would be embedded in the screen itself.
Maintaining the privacy of users has always been a major concern at Apple, to the point that it's apparently affecting the success of the Cupertino giant's iAd business, reports AdAge. Ad buyers say Apple is "downright stingy" with its customer information, and that it has no real drive to "foster relationships."
They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but in the case of Clear for iOS owners who were spitting fire and brimstone over Realmac's upgrade policy late last year, it's never too late to change.
Like Tetris? With a little bit of awkward iOS app work, you can get it for free on your iOS device. You won't find it for free in the App Store proper on your iPhone or iPad; instead, you'll have to head to to the Apple Store app and download it from there.
When Apple introduced a "kill switch" of sorts for iPhones and iPads with the release of iOS 7, it was hailed as a landmark moment in the growing fight against smartphone theft. But as Re/code reports (via MacRumors) it may soon be required as part of a federal law directed at all smartphones sold in the United States. The federal bill follows a similar one introduced in the state of California last week.
Holy smokes is it a week full of rumors. Since we love you, you know we do, we've got the good ones saved up here ready for you, just like a box of your favorite chocolates, the carmel only kind with no disgusting coconut in there to gunk it up. So, kisses all around, now let's dig in.