Once again, Apple served up some impressive numbers during its quarterly earnings report on Monday, only to have investors back off and critics paint a bleak picture for the iPhone maker. Perhaps the only truly sad news was CEO Tim Cook's comments about "declining business" with the iPod, which took a year-over-year nose dive after hitting its peak back in 2008. Hey Tim: Please don't kill our iPod classic! Some of us prefer to have our entire library in the palm of our hands...
The death of former South African President Nelson Mandela reverberated around the globe over the weekend and right onto the front page of Apple's website. That tribute to the man's legacy -- along with many others across the internet -- is still live at this writing, but the 95-year-old certainly won't be forgotten anytime soon. Here's a look at what else made news over the weekend...
I figure it started around the time I first laid eyes on the Nexus 4. For hours, I would gaze at its screen and pore over its tech specs, trying to convince myself that I needed a second phone. I similarly lusted over the Google Play editions of the HTC One and (to a somewhat lesser extent) Samsung Galaxy S4, but the financial commitment was always enough to scare me off.
But when Google took the wraps off its new Nexus 7 a few weeks back, I finally pulled the trigger. Running a brand-new version of Jelly Bean and packing 323 pixels per inch, the Asus-built tablet seemed like my perfect match. I ordered one as soon as it was available, and I could hardly wait for it to arrive.
Ever since the so-called "patent wars" broke out between Apple and Samsung in 2011, we've known that Apple's been trying to distance itself from its Korean rival and supplier. According to AppleInsider, however, Samsung itself might be attempting to break with other strange bedfellows of its own — namely, Google's Android operating system. Indeed, in a CNET interview this week, Samsung co-CEO J.K. Shin played up the virtues of Samsung's own little-known Tizen operating system over Google's popular OS.
Early reviews of Google's first Android tablet have been so positive, many are calling it the first real iPad competitor--so much so that Apple might be gearing up its own Nexus 7 killer for the fall. Size, weight, price and, yes, even the OS have industry experts singing its praises, including Apple stalwart Walt Mossberg, who went so far as to call it "a better choice than the iPad for people on a budget." But it looks like Google's race to the bottom with Amazon (the display costs just $10 more than the far smaller iPhone), has had some unfortunate side effects.
So who's going to buy a Google Nexus 7 next week then? We certainly can't wait to see how much of a difference it makes to the tablet market, but while we wait to see, why not check out some of the other tasty treats we've been testing this week!
Microsoft may have impressed with its Surface tablet last week, but this week it's likely to be Google's turn, with the search giant rumored to be introducing its own seven-inch, Nexus-branded slate at the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday.