Well, even though we're all about the Apple here, we have to recognize what the competition is up to and we are as shocked as anyone to say that Microsoft had what looks like a pretty good week. Windows Phone 8 software is out in the wild and the Metro interface is some of the best work Redmond's done in ages and it looks wicked sweet on the Surface. There were a few stumbles in the MS Keynote, so we'll see if the OS works as well as it looks. So what else happened?
Spotify is clearly setting its sights on Pandora and Slacker with an announcement Tuesday that the music streaming company is adding free mobile radio to its existing iOS app. There's just one problem: The update isn't quite ready yet.
Grab bag o' news this week as no one really duked it out for top dog in the headline race. Apple's got a few tricks up its sleeves, Samsung did well in sales, lawsuits are such a constant they're like air anymore, and the iPad still kicks major butt. So what else did happen this week worth your time? How about these 10 stories, tips, and reviews?
Owners of the iPad have a reason to rejoice today, as they are finally able to join their music-loving brethren on Mac and iPhone in the phenomenon that is Spotify. After a less-than-satisfying release of an iPhone app that wouldn't run natively on iPad, the music streaming giant sat down and built an app from the ground up to give Apple's tablet crowd access to 17 million streaming songs. While the wait was lengthy, the app appears to be worth it.
The heavens parted, and Spotify has finally blessed the people (at least the ones with Premium accounts, anyway) with a new universal update to its iOS app, adding native support for the iPad -- and that’s not all.
That sweet little iPad app you see there in the corner could very well be Spotify, which currently tops our list of iOS apps that really need a tabletized update. As Premium members, we look forward to blasting a barrage of ‘80s one-hit wonders from our iPad, and doubling up the screen resolution of the existing iPhone/iPod touch app simply won’t do (although it does look quite clean on our new iPad, FWIW). While we are waiting for Spotify’s special event on Wednesday, let’s kick back and soak in the day’s news for this lazy Monday, April 16, 2012.
Happy Friday the 13th! Or, maybe not, depending on what kind of luck you’ve been having so far today. We’ve got quite a mixed bag of tech news to sort through today, so take a break from watching those Jason Voorhees movies (what -- you don’t do that on Friday the 13th?) and step right up as we present the latest and greatest for this Friday, April 13, 2012.
Believe it or not, Apple can hold a boring event now and again, and today it was the annual shareholders meeting -- the first with CEO Tim Cook at the helm. Sure, the company has boatloads of cash and its only real drama at the moment is coming out of China, but guys, let’s try to spice things up for next year and at least throw some chairs at each other or something, will you? Thankfully, the rest of the tech world had a more interesting day, so without further ado, here’s all the news that’s fit to print for Thursday, February 23, 2012.
Of course there's iPad 3 rumors, of course there are. You'd be a fool not to expect them. Our only surprise is that they haven't reached such feverish blistered fingers hot levels yet. Maybe it's because Tim Cook's iPhone 4S was such a lukewarm affair compared to the Steve mojo. At any rate, we've got that and a few other spicy bits for you to chew on in this week's muy caliente roundup.