Happy iOS 8 Day! In just a few short hours from now, we'll all be huddled over our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches eagerly waiting for the shiny goodness of the latest operating system. To keep you busy while waiting, today's Morning Report skims over all of the new reviews of Apple's upcoming hardware and software, and also details new security measures in place for iCloud. And don't forget to update all of your favorite apps today!
Earthquakes aside, Californians will have one less thing to worry about next year now that a new smartphone anti-theft bill has been signed into law. We've got all the details on that as well as an update to the iTunes Festival London lineup in today's Morning Report.
Could Apple's "thermonuclear war" against Samsung finally be showing signs of cooling down? While the two smartphone giants apparently aren't ceding any patent ground in the lucrative U.S. market, there appears to finally be some peace in the rest of the world, except in China, where Cupertino now faces a setback with the government. It's all in today's Morning Report!
Locking cell phones is so unpopular a concept that it accomplished the seemingly impossible—it managed to get the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reach a unanimous agreement when they decided to overturn it. We told you about that last week, but today President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law. So go on. Provided your initial contract has expired, unlock that iPhone.
You didn't think the iPhone 6 scuttlebutt was all washed up already, did you? The latest and greatest from the rumor mill claims Apple's next-generation smartphone will take a big leap forward for mobile photography.
Remember not so long ago when the rumor mill claimed Apple wouldn't be unleashing a phablet-sized, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this year due to supply chain problems? Turns out assumption may have been the correct one after all.
Could this spell the end of the "Framily"? CNET reported Tuesday that Sprint is quietly testing less-expensive versions of the more traditional family plans offered by rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless, presumably in an effort to share all of that unlimited data with loved ones. And there are plenty of other items of interest for our mid-week recap, so buckle up, click through, and enjoy the ride!
Those of us who have been around the personal computer block for a while remember the pain and agony of having to download and install software updates — a practice that now looks positively quaint in the era of app stores and stealth updates. The folks at Opera announced this week that Opera 22 for Mac and Windows is jumping on the silent update bandwagon, along with fresh new theme-based looks. And hey, after you update to the latest version, surf back here to catch up on everything you missed yesterday...