Seems as if Microsoft, Nokia and Google are racing to cram in as many product announcements and leaks as possible ahead of tomorrow's Apple media event. Nokia's news will come a bit later, while Redmond has already unleashed its big Windows 8.1 update and free Remote Desktop apps (more on that in a moment) and Google just can't seem to keep the Nexus 5 from leaking at nearly every turn. Here's a quick look at what else made headlines this weekend...
At this point, it's almost a comedy of errors: Why does Microsoft have an Office app for iPhone but nothing for the iPad? Apparently it's on the way, but first the company is giving the touch treatment to Windows.
Samsung continues to dominate the global smartphone market, but it may soon find itself with fewer customers if it keeps up stunts like the one European Galaxy Note 3 owners have to contend with. Instead of being SIM-locked, owners are discovering their phablets are locked out of being used outside of the region where they were purchased — a path we're hoping other hardware manufacturers choose not to follow.
Oh, Microsoft… you're back at it again with a new generation of Surface tablets, but we can only imagine that buyers will forget all about them when Apple unveils its next iPad, presumably at a media event next month. But kudos to the Windows maker for adopting the old saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again…"
Happy iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c Day! We have to admit, it's been quite a week around MacLife.com, what with the release of iOS 7 on Wednesday and now new devices to drool over, savor or enjoy. But before you go thinking that Thursday was just another boring day full of post-update depression, read on to find out some of what was making headlines yesterday.
There are just two days to go before iOS 7 hits the streets ahead of new iPhones on Friday, and judging from the increasing volume of updates hitting our devices, developers have been working overtime to get their apps ready for Apple's latest mobile operating system. Let's kick off our weekend recap with one such up-and-coming release, shall we?
Mean-spirited ads from both Microsoft and Samsung directed at Apple have become something of the norm as of late, but today Microsoft released a series of questionable videos on YouTube that touched a nerve that extended far beyond the Apple faithful. The series, called "A fly on the wall in Cupertino," was quickly pulled after a barrage of outrage and mockery across multiple social networks.
The new iPhones are here! Well, not quite — but those looking to buy one of the new candy-colored iPhone 5c models can at least preorder on Friday, and presumably will have the device in hand come Sept. 20, when the rest of us can wander into a retail store and buy one. If you're preordering, drop us a line in the comments and let us know which color and storage capacity you're laying down cash for!
With the release of the Xbox One fast approaching, Microsoft is crossing its I's and dotting its T's by releasing an official Xbox Music app for iOS and Android, offering fans another way to rock out while on the go.
It was a relatively quiet weekend on the tech front, presumably the calm before the storm now that Apple's September 10 media event is only one day away at this writing. If you're simply too excited about the announcement of a new iPhone or two tomorrow, calm yourself down by boning up on everything else that went down this weekend, then head back here on Tuesday for the latest on what Apple has in store for us!