Happy Windows 8.1 Day! Oh, you weren't aware that today was the day? Well, it certainly is, as Microsoft began dishing out the update as of 7 AM EST Thursday. But there's oh so much more happening in the tech world, so kick back and soak it all in with today's recap -- even if you happen to be reading it from your swanky new Windows 8.1 update.
Although Apple hasn't officially announced a date yet, reliable sources have now confirmed Oct. 22 as the date for the company's next media event. At minimum, we'll probably see new iPads and a release date for OS X Mavericks, although speculation is already running rampant that the new cylindrical Mac Pro could begin winging its way to stores later this month as well. So while you're waiting, be sure to check out our Tuesday recap and get caught up with what else is making news this week...
BlackBerry wasn't the only company yanking software over the weekend: The Apple TV 6.0 update released last Friday was apparently causing bricked devices, but it's back now and… well, same as ever, aside from the bricking.
Ever since the announcement of iTunes Radio earlier this year, commentators have tended to describe it as an Apple-branded version of Pandora with some elements of Spotify thrown in. But according to a recent report from Cnet, there may be more to it than that. Rather than relying on an algorithm to create song suggestions (in the matter of Pandora), Apple plans to hire musical experts to perfect their own take on streaming Internet radio.
There were plenty of other things rumored alongside the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for Tuesday, but at least one of them -- a software update for the Apple TV -- is said to still be in the cards for next week.
Oh, the rumor mill is cooking now and Apple's doing a few things in the background to kick things up a notch. We've seen quite a few high quality leaked photos (if they're to be believed, that is; while this gaudy thing above might not be the gold iPhone Apple's supposedly working on, we've got no evidence the other is real either). And we're getting closer to a date announcement. The suspense is killing us!
Almost immediately after the introduction of iTunes Radio back in June, speculation began running amok that internet radio provider Pandora was being put on notice -- but thus far, the company seems to be shrugging off any kind of threat from Apple.
Like products from McDonald's, Nissan, Pepsi, and Procter & Gamble? Let's hope so, because if you're planning on using the free version of iTunes Radio once it reportedly goes live next month, you're going to be hearing a lot from them. According to AdAge, the four companies will have exclusive rights to ads on the platform throughout the end of 2013.
In a move that could signal that Apple is starting to take independent streaming radio stations more seriously, the Cupertino company sent an e-mail to multiple radio stations asking them to submit cover art for future use on mobile device and iTunes.