Tuesday sure was a day filled with emotion. For those who weathered Hurricane Sandy the night before, it was a real-life experience; then came the fantasy-based shocker that Disney was buying Lucasfilm and making a new Star Wars film. And if that wasn't enough, we had to endure the news that Apple would be delaying the release of iTunes 11 into next month, which certainly ended the day on a bummer note.
It seems no matter how many new products its rivals introduce, Apple will always steal the show. Google and Microsoft both had big product announcements on Monday, but all it took was Apple sending out a brief press release about some executive shake-ups for many to forget all about those new Android and Windows Phone products. Didn't hear the news? Then read on to get it a bite-sized edition…
Happy Windows 8 Day! What's that, you didn't know it was Windows 8 Day? That seems hard to believe considering Microsoft has practically held a media event every day for the last few months to chat about it and Windows Phone 8, which officially launches on Monday. Those lucky (?) Surface RT owners should get a taste of what it feels like for Apple gadget buyers to receive their launch day products at home today, so enjoy it, folks!
Hard to believe, but the month of October is rapidly drawing to a close. We've likely seen the last of Apple's 2012 product announcements this week, and with less than a week of this Halloween month left on the calendar, that means iTunes 11 -- which was a total no-show at Apple's Tuesday event -- should be popping up on the radar soon. In the meantime, kick back and catch up on some stories you might have missed yesterday, won't you?
The dust has settled and just like that, the iPad mini is real. Tuesday's Apple event was a whiplash-inducing hour as company executives announced a wide swath of new and updated products at a breathtaking pace -- and for the first time we can recall, made one of its key products obsolete within the same year it was released. As third-gen iPad owners ourselves, we can feel your pain, but if you bought one recently, you might try to return it to an Apple Store and see if they'll take mercy on you. Read on to find out more!
We're not big fans of locked handsets, but let's face it: It's a fact of life in the USA if you want to get 'em cheap and subsidized. While the iPhone has historically been tricky to get SIM unlocked from AT&T, suddenly this year it seems the floodgates have opened and between the carrier itself offering free unlocks for off-contract devices and a plethora of sources offering cheap freedom for everyone else, a lawsuit against Apple seems like maybe the wrong approach. Didn't hear about it? Read on to find out about that and a handful of other stories you might have missed on Monday.
Still bummed about the forthcoming loss of third-party Twitter client Echofon on the Mac? Then get your iTunes Store account warmed up, because Tweetbot just flew into the Mac App Store -- but it will cost you a cool 20 bucks for the pleasure of using it. Why so steep? It seems Twitter's new policies are to blame, and you can click on to read all about it.
Monday, October 29 is shaping up to be the Thunderdome of smartphone-related events, with both Microsoft and now Google hosting pow-wows on the same date to show off their latest Windows Phone 8 and Android products, respectively. Two smartphone platforms enter… one smartphone platform leaves? We'll find out soon enough.
In case you haven't heard, Apple set a date for its next media event with a casual "we've got a little more to show you" invitation sent to the media on Tuesday. The October 23 soiree is expected to unveil the iPad mini and possibly refreshed iMacs and Mac minis, but we'll just be happy for the arrival of iTunes 11, which Cupertino teased at last month's media event. Here's a look at what else went down on Tuesday you might have missed...
The ongoing drama between Twitter and its third-party developers appears to have finally taken its toll on Echofon, by far our favorite Twitter client on Mac and iOS. While other users have lamented the demise of Tweetie or how awful the official Twitter and TweetDeck apps are, Echofon was probably our most-used app for both desktop and mobile -- and now one-half of that winning team is headed for the dumpster. Read on to find out the details.