The Apple/Samsung rivalry has reached such a fever pitch that it's starting to take on comic proportions. Seemingly in response to the news that Apple TV's finally getting some love after years of playing sideshow to the Cupertino giant's other devices, Samsung today acquired Israeli streaming media startup Boxee, according to The Marker (via Apple Insider).
Apple just scored another victory in its long-running war against rival Samsung, and this time on Samsung's home turf of South Korea. Based on a study by Quality Insights (as reported by Naver via AppleInsider), Apple now ranks as the number-one smartphone manufacturer in terms of customer service in South Korea, beating out homegrown Samsung.
The Apple news space has been abuzz lately with photos of supposedly leaked parts from the upcoming "iPhone 5S," and today MacRumors essentially confirmed many of the associated rumors when it posted photos of an iPhone 5S prototype acquired through the Chinese parts network. It may not provide any of the design shocks that we saw when Gray Powell lost his iPhone 4 prototype at a bar back in 2010, but it does give us a good idea of what to expect.
Streaming services seem to be big news this week as everyone tries to figure out how to capitalize on that space and be your next big content provider. Amazon picks up Netflix's spurned shows, while Hulu's on the auction block and seriously, are they really going to call it iRadio? That and more streaming your way after the jump.
Two-step verification comes to one of our favorite services at long last, while Google finally appears to be paying some attention to its music service. Speaking of music, how's the iPod doing? That and more in this week's news you may have missed as we take a look back at some hot stories this week here at Mac|Life.
Well, that didn't last long. Just a few weeks after Apple reiterated that it wouldn't be working with chief competitor Samsung for thin glass for use in iPhones and iPads, South Korea's ET News passed along the rumor that Apple's currently working with the South Korean tech giant once again. And so far, this doesn't look like a temporary make-up. In the words of ET News, at least, the relationship's now so strong that it's almost single-handedly responsible for turning around the recent downturn in the Korean thin glass market.