The differences between Apple and Google were clearly on display this month at their respective developer conference keynotes. Where WWDC 2014 left viewers entertained and wanting more, Google I/O effectively bored everyone to death with a nearly three-hour event that retreaded a lot of the same ground while failing to offer a compelling reason for Android Wear smartwatches to exist in the first place. But there was plenty of other news on Wednesday, and we've rounded it up right here...
Are you the sort of Spotify listener who prefers not to rely on spotty wireless connectivity to blast your jams? Good news: The music streaming service released a new iOS update this week that lets paying Premium members download an entire library for offline listening all at once. If that's not enough to kick off the summer months, read on for more cool news you might have missed as the week wraps up.
The big rumor Wednesday is that both Apple and Samsung may be planning to go bezel-free with this year's flagship smartphones, with the Korean manufacturer likely first out of the gate now that they've inked a media event for later this month. The less bezel the better, we say -- as long as our iPhones aren't going to smash into a thousand pieces because they're less sturdy as a result. Speaking of broken dreams, let's dig into our first story of the day...
If the date on the calendar yesterday rang a bell but you couldn't quite place it, that's probably because Thursday was January 9 -- the fateful day when Apple CEO Steve Jobs stepped onto a Macworld keynote stage and introduced the iPhone to the world in 2007. The device is still going strong seven years later, and today's recap offers up one more way to use the latest iPhone 5s, so read on!
Judging from today's recap, there are at least a few thousand mobile gamers out there who are quite content to line the pockets of game publishers via in-app purchases. While we personally view this new business model as the work of Satan, it shows no sign of stopping in the future. What ever happened to the good old days where you could just buy a game and that was the end of it?
iPad sales may be down, but that doesn't mean that people aren't using them, as evidenced by advertising firm Chitika's startling revelation that the iPad takes up a whopping 84 percent of all tablet Internet traffic of of June. That actually marks an increase from May's 82 percent, even with the release of Samsung's new Galaxy tablets.
Barnes & Noble doesn't quite seem to know how to right its Nook ship -- after abandoning its own hardware, the company's CEO has now gone overboard, leaving analysts to speculate who might come calling to bail it out.
Veteran rockers Pink Floyd are leading the charge against Pandora Radio, which is under fire for the reportedly meager royalty payments paid to artists and songwriters. We have one such tale of woe in today's recap, along with more sad news from bookseller Barnes & Noble, who appears to be throwing the towel on hardware manufacturing for its NOOK tablets. Read on to find out more!
As if Apple's "mission statement" video that kicked off WWDC 2013 wasn't already a good indication, Cupertino is stepping up its efforts to show how its products affect users, rather than focusing on specific features as rivals such as Samsung continue to do. You can see what we mean in today's recap, which also details a few products disappearing off the radar. Find out why!
If you life webcomics then have we got a news item for you. And if you're a big fan of streaming movies and YouTube, your life is about to get better, but if you're looking to upgrade to Windows 8, you may have to wait a little on your iTunes. That and more in this week's hot topics.