If you thought Apple was done with acquisitions for a while after putting down $3 billion for Beats, think again. A new report from TechCrunch claims that the Cupertino company has acquired Spotsetter, a social search engine offering personalized recommendations on places you should visit.
Fans of "read later" services Pocket and Readability will be overjoyed to hear that both services have made some big announcements this week, including the debut of a "smarter" Pocket for iPhone and iPad now available.
Earlier in the week we reported that word got out that Apple had bought Matcha.tv back in May, which now appears to be the cause for its sudden disappearance from the App Store following its acquisition. (Compare this, too, to how Apple left HopStop up after acquiring it.) And now we know why the Cupertino giant acquired it: it simply gave the Apple the recommendations it really wanted.
One of the reasons that Netflix caught on so well is that it made the act of watching our favorite movies relatively easy; what hasn't been easy is finding something that suits your tastes if you don't know what you're looking for. Netflix hopes that "Max," its new game-like recommendation system, will fix that.
While RSS lovers continue to mourn the loss of Google Reader, competing services are already moving on with new ideas to replace it -- such as Flipboard, whose latest update allows users to create custom magazines to share with others.
With millions of apps, movies, TV episodes, and albums available for purchase at our fingertips, it can be hard to keep track of it all. iTunes' new history tracker shows us what we've browsed, but it's not very discretionary, and there's no such feature for the App Store. Whatever your preferred method, if you're a rabid list maker, there's a good chance that Recall - Reminders for Recommendations will replace it. Basically, it does what iTunes and App Stores should have done all along: Keep lists of the digital media you might want to buy and make sure you don't forget about them.