There are more than 150 million iPads in use around the globe, but accessing Mac or Windows desktop applications from them can be an exercise in frustration. The folks behind Parallels Desktop have come up with an ingenious solution to this situation, but only for those who can afford the rather daunting per-computer subscription fee. Together with a Mac or Windows-based agent, Parallels Access “applifies” desktop applications to make them iPad-friendly, complete with audio.
Mere days after we heard that Apple CEO Tim Cook was under fire for a perceived lack of innovation, the news has surfaced that longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be leaving the Redmond giant within 12 months. Ballmer has always been a controversial though energetic figure, but the general attitude toward his handling of the company in recent years was reflected in the 8 percent jump in Microsoft stock today in response to the news.
We know most of you are probably locked away playing Plants vs. Zombies 2, which finally hit the App Store late Wednesday night after numerous delays. But hey, everyone needs a break once in awhile, so why not spend a few minutes catching up on the rest of the news you might have missed while you were taking care of those pesky zombies…?
Oh, Microsoft… when will you finally wise up and admit that Surface RT was a bad idea? A new class action lawsuit claims the company waited too long to alert shareholders that the tablet, once touted as an "iPad killer," was indeed a lemon. More on that in a moment, but first we've got a recap of some product updates that hit the internet on Tuesday, so get downloading!
Are you an Apple employee anywhere in the world with a great idea for how to market the iPhone in the company's retail stores? If so, you might be able to head to Cupertino for eight weeks to work with the iPhone team, which sounds like a pretty cool opportunity to us. If you don't work for Apple, maybe you're a Yahoo! user instead, in which case you can go try to claim the username you've always wanted — find out how in today's recap.
Now here's an interesting rumor: Although Microsoft already owns its Kinect technology, the Israeli company that created it could soon find itself with a new corporate address in Cupertino, California.
It seems the smartwatch train is chugging along with no sign of stopping. We've been dropping rumors about Apple's drive to create one of the devices over the past several months, and now it looks as though Microsoft's ready to jump into the race. Indeed, based on a report in The Verge this morning, it's apparently much farther along than its rival over in Cupertino. Reportedly, the prototype's already moved from the company's Xbox team and into the hands of its Surface tablet developers.