Mere days after we heard that Apple CEO Tim Cook was under fire for a perceived lack of innovation, the news has surfaced that longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be leaving the Redmond giant within 12 months. Ballmer has always been a controversial though energetic figure, but the general attitude toward his handling of the company in recent years was reflected in the 8 percent jump in Microsoft stock today in response to the news.
Oh, Microsoft… when will you finally wise up and admit that Surface RT was a bad idea? A new class action lawsuit claims the company waited too long to alert shareholders that the tablet, once touted as an "iPad killer," was indeed a lemon. More on that in a moment, but first we've got a recap of some product updates that hit the internet on Tuesday, so get downloading!
From the outside looking in, Apple appears to be in trouble with the iPhone in Russia, one of the world's largest countries. Three major carriers there have turned their back on the handset after five years, but is it a case of Apple being intentionally difficult because it has other plans -- such as its own retail stores there -- or are fickle Russians simply tired of paying too much money for the coveted smartphone? Time will tell, but let's get up to speed on the news in today's recap...
Well, it's official. Now that we're in our post-WWDC phase let the rumor mill begin. Leaked iPhone 5S shots, new case specs, carrier updates, stock invoices showing new handsets coming in new configurations before getting pulled, the whole enchilada. Well, we've got some of that action for you, plus a round up of other hot little news tidbits, all in one tidy package just waiting for you. Roll film!
Deep educational discounts have been Apple's thing for ages, but now Microsoft's looking to cut into the Cupertino giant's market by temporarily offering its beleaguered Surface RT for students and staff at universities and schools for $199. As ZDNet reports, the price only accounts for the tablet without a keyboard, although tossing in either of the two keyboard options still falls well short of Apple's asking price of $399 for students.