If you've been eyeballing those "chat heads" from the Android-based Facebook Home with envy, fear not: Facebook has you covered with a new iOS update on Tuesday. (Or rather, they will when the feature actually rolls out to everyone over the next few weeks.) But it was a classic Tuesday for Apple as well, with a host of Mac updates. Before you go download them all, get a quick refresher course with today's recap!
Americans are still reeling from the explosions that rattled the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, which all but consumed social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook almost immediately after they took place. As a result, you might have paid far less attention to tech-related announcements (and who could blame you?), but thankfully we've assembled a handful to get you up to speed.
Just when you thought BlackBerry might actually be out of the woods comes word that the company's first BlackBerry 10-powered handset might actually have more returns than sales, at least in some markets. Thursday also didn't bring good news from Rockmelt, who plans to ditch its socially minded web browser, although Pulse and LinkedIn had some good news to share with the world. Find out what it is in today's recap!
Do you remember where you were nine years ago? Some of us were probably sitting by our computers waiting for Google to invite us to join Gmail, the search giant's fledgling email service which has grown to be equally huge almost a decade later. And if that's not enough milestone for you, Roku has now sold its five millionth player since 2008! We've owned at least five of them during that time, so are you one of those who have the other 4,999,995?
Everyone loves a freebie, but how far are you willing to go to get one? If you happen to be a loyal Starbucks customer, that dedication has been rewarded with plenty of free apps and iBooks courtesy of their "Pick of the Week" cards -- but now you don't even need to step foot inside a Starbucks location to take advantage of that deal, as long as you have the company's iOS app installed. Find out more in today's recap...
Monday wound up being a rather brisk day for tech news, with the removal of AppGratis from the App Store continuing to make headlines. T-Mobile also finally provided some much-needed official support for existing iPhones and Marvel even returned with its free #1 promotion -- but you'll need to act quickly, because that deal turns into a pumpkin again at midnight tonight. Read on to find out more!
Many of our readers are probably iPhone owners, so you may have met Thursday's news about Facebook Home with a shrug or even a groan -- after all, what are the odds it will ever come to iOS? (Slim to less than none.) True Facebook junkies will probably be setting their alarm clock early on April 12 to download it anyway. Missed the news? Get caught up with our overnight recap below...
A vocal MacLife.com reader took us to task on Wednesday for reporting a well-sourced rumor about UI changes that may be coming with iOS 7, which is believed to be behind schedule as well. That got us thinking about coverage of Apple rumors here, which we tend to shy away from in all but the most high-profile cases that are backed up with reliable sources. (Not always possible, but we try!) So we'll throw it out to the readers: Want a rumor or two here and there with your news coverage, or should we stick to the basics and leave the wild speculation up to sites dedicated to such coverage? Make your voice heard in the comments, folks!
Are you a trailblazer who's been enjoying T-Mobile service on an unlocked iPhone all along? If so, your patience may be rewarded later this week as the carrier pushes out an update adding official support for the magenta network at long last. And if you're a Thunderbolt fan, we've got a doozy of an update for you, with a truly powerhouse docking station on the way from Sonnet. But enough of our yakkin', let's get on with it!
Whew! Hopefully you made it through Monday's April Fool's Day unscathed and are ready to get back to business. With the first calendar quarter of 2013 already behind us, there's plenty to look forward to in the months ahead, and Apple is giving developers their first taste of what's to come with an initial beta for OS X 10.8.4 -- which just so happens to kick off our Monday recap...