Generally speaking, this is usually about the time of the year when rumor season on new Apple gear (and refreshes or updates to old) starts to heat up, and right on time we've got a juicy iWatch tidbit and a little dish on the iPhone 6. Meanwhile the past is proving popular for revelations and the Olympics are kicking off and we've got you a little help to make sense of the Sochi madness. So let's dig in.
The Winter Olympics are once again upon us. The world’s finest athletes are gathered together for two weeks in Sochi, Russia, where they will test their skills against top competition from around the globe in 98 events across 15 sports. These competitors have trained for years for a chance to take home a medal — that's a lot of preparation time. Luckily, it only takes a few minutes to download all of the apps you'll need to follow the games. We've compiled eight of our favorite options to follow the happenings in Sochi over the next couple of weeks. Grab these apps and treat your favorite chair like the first-place podium, because you’re sure to bring home the gold in Olympics-watching.
Isn't the entire point of the Olympics to bring together diverse groups and let them participate in friendly competition? That's not how Samsung sees it, apparently, as the South Korean tech giant has asked all participating athletes to cover up Apple logos on their devices during the opening ceremony. Samsung is one of the big sponsors of the winter games at Sochi, reports Slashgear, and it has little patience for participants who prefer iPhones over Galaxies.
So how about that Super Bowl? Given that your faithful recap writer isn't a particular fan of football, we largely missed the festivities, but that doesn't mean we weren't able to indulge in the commercials or partake of the requisite pizza and snacks just the same. It wasn't quite the same without an Apple commercial, but thankfully we've got some Cupertino-related news to kick off the post-Super Bowl week ahead...
In an overnight update, the immensely popular free-to-play endless runner Temple Run 2 added the first guest character in series history today – and it's Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who owns multiple world records, including the fastest-ever 100-meter sprint (9.58 seconds). While this might seem like an ideal opportunity for a free promotional addition, or something to reward die-hard players who have racked up a bundle of gems or coins to spend on a new runner, unlocking Bolt requires an in-app purchase of $0.99.
With the Olympics taking place for the third time in London at the moment, what better opportunity could there be to learn about the intriguing past of this impressive city? This is what London - A City Through Time hopes to deliver for your iPad. It’s an absolutely massive undertaking, since the capital of the United Kingdom witnessed a lot of history (and oftentimes was instrumental in world history), and it’s all there from 43BC to the present day in easy-to-navigate categories
During the Olympics Opening Ceremonies Friday night, Apple somewhat unceremoniously unveiled the makings of a new ad campaign featuring a young Genius Bar worker ready to help troubled Mac users anywhere and everywhere they need assistance. It’s always a bit exciting to see a new Apple ad -- but this trio of commercials have set off a bit of controversy for two reasons: 1) They’re dedicated to the Mac; and 2) they’re a major departure from what we’re used to.
All the major sports leagues out there have ironclad contracts governing how their content can be streamed online. The result is that you can't stream most sports broadcasts--at least not for free. Luckily, networks have finally made some of the most culturally significant sports events like the Olympics and the most recent Superbowl available online. In addition to these events, we've found a few other ways to get your sports fix for free, legally, without the hefty premium leagues like the MLB and NBA charge.
They weren’t on a mission of redemption like the USA Basketball team. They don’t have eight gold medals like Michael Phelps. They didn’t break any world records. And they won’t be getting a Speedo endorsement any time soon.
But Apple’s Executive Board members had plenty of reasons to high-five during the Games of XXIX Olympiad: Like each time Microsoft spokesman Lebron James, or Yao Ming, or any of the 11,000 other athletes from around the world was shown listening to an iPod before an event. Or whenever a broadcaster waxed intellectual about Phelps’ pre-swim playlist. Or when Dwight Howard was photographed downloading an app onto his iPhone. (Not so much when a duct-taped MacBook Pro made an appearance, but you can’t win 'em all.)
So we started thinking: What if Apple’s Executive Board, rather than its products, were the stars of the Beijing Olympic Games? What events would they participate in? Who would win gold?