This week, we're gonna save you some money. Sure, we save you money with our weekly deals every single Thursday, but today, we're looking at big money. We're talking savings of over $300 on refurb Macs and over $700 on new, out-of-the-box Macs. We're talking a huge chunk of cash staying right where you want it — in your pocket — while you pick up a great Apple computer. And then, if you have an iOS device, you can spend some of your savings on a little something for your them, too.
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."
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.
It's often said that we live in a "post-PC" world, but few reports verify the truth of that statement quite like analyst Benedict Evans' recent research. During the holiday quarter, according to Evans, Apple achieved higher sales numbers with combined sales of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch units, and Macs than were achieved by the global Windows PC industry. It also marks the first time Apple has outdone PCs in terms of hardware sales.
Love Taco Bell? Ordering burritos and crunchy tacos at the popular fast food chain is about to get a lot more convenient. According to Nation's Restaurant News (via MacRumors), the restaurant is planning on introducing a mobile ordering platform that'll let you orders your tacos in advance and pick them up fresh at your nearest location.
It's that time of the iPhone development cycle again. The alleged first images of the prototype for the new iPhone 6 are gracing the pages of MacRumors today, and yes, they're shot in the same blurry style normally reserved for shots of UFOs and Bigfoot. The pics came in from an anonymous source on Twitter, and according to Sonny Dickson (who sent out some of the best pre-release photos of the iPhone 5s), they originate from a source in China.