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).
Few would disagree that the original iPhone was revolutionary, but a former Apple senior director apparently feels otherwise, going so far as to dismiss the iconic smartphone for not being all that fantastic.
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.
You may have heard that Apple's acclaimed iTunes Festival is coming over to this side of the pond for next month's SXSW (South By Southwest) Festival in Austin, and now The Loop has more news on what to expect. Along with Coldplay, Imagine Dragon, and other groups, '90s sensation Soundgarden will be performing at the festival.
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 It succeeded in Europe, but in the wake of the resulting widespread protest, King has officially withdrawn its trademark application for the word in the United States.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.
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.
'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.
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.