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.
'Tis the season for buying smaller tech companies. The latest news comes not from Facebook (fresh out of buying WhatsApp for a staggering $16 billion), but from Apple itself. Today the Cupertino giant acquired Burstly, which the iOS beta testers among you may recognize as the company responsible for TestFlight.
One of the persistent (if odd) rumors that's been floating around lately is that Apple plans to buy the Tesla motor company as a part of its supposed drive to create the "iCar," but if it does, Tesla isn't telling. Yet in an interview with Bloomberg today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk did confirm that the motor company had "conversations" with Apple, but he wasn't specific as to what these concerned.
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."