A big week for stories about Apple competitors. There's a real rogues' gallery of names here from Google to Samsung from Microsoft to Amazon. And if you're a fan of the actor Christian Bale, then you're in for a treat. Meanwhile, it's not too early to start thinking about your summer vacation. All that and more beneath the fold.
To its great credit, Pandora refuses to go gentle into that good night despite the recent competition from iTunes Radio (not to mention other competitors such as Google Play Music). To that end, the venerable streaming music site updated its iOS app today to support using Pandora stations as alarm clocks rather than the default tones you get with the iPhone.
It seems like there's something going on or about to happen, but we can't quite put our finger on it. Like something that didn't get mentioned. Like an event-wide "one more thing." Hmmmm, well, maybe you can spot it in this week's hottest news.
Happy Windows 8.1 Day! Oh, you weren't aware that today was the day? Well, it certainly is, as Microsoft began dishing out the update as of 7 AM EST Thursday. But there's oh so much more happening in the tech world, so kick back and soak it all in with today's recap -- even if you happen to be reading it from your swanky new Windows 8.1 update.
October is now here in full force, which means those of us in the market for a new iPad or Mac Pro are beginning to foam at the mouths, wondering when Apple will unleash new toys for us to spend our hard-earned cash on. And what good would a new gadget be without new apps to fill it with? It just so happens that the weekend brought us a few new options, so dive in and check 'em out in our app-tastic recap.
Oh, the rumor mill is cooking now and Apple's doing a few things in the background to kick things up a notch. We've seen quite a few high quality leaked photos (if they're to be believed, that is; while this gaudy thing above might not be the gold iPhone Apple's supposedly working on, we've got no evidence the other is real either). And we're getting closer to a date announcement. The suspense is killing us!
Almost immediately after the introduction of iTunes Radio back in June, speculation began running amok that internet radio provider Pandora was being put on notice -- but thus far, the company seems to be shrugging off any kind of threat from Apple.