We don't know about you, but it's been a long week and we're looking forward to some vacation time in the weeks ahead! Apparently the folks at our favorite tech companies are working through the summer, however, because there's some cool stuff on the way judging from Thursday's headlines, which we put into snack-sized form to kick off your Friday right here...
Remember all those stories from years ago about the lengths wealthy Russians went to in order to get their hands on an iPhone? Apparently, Apple has fallen out of favor in the former Soviet country, where Windows Phone is becoming more popular.
We came, we saw and for the most part, OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 appear to be a big hit with Apple fans. Pro users who have been waiting literally years for a new Mac Pro were also generally pleased with Cupertino's sneak peek of the new hardware, and we crossed off most of the items on our own personal wish list. Now we have to endure a long, hot summer before we can get our hands on all these goodies, but first let's recap some of the other stories from Monday you might have missed.
At last we appear to be seeing some movement on the Apple TV front. We can hardly wait. Sitting around with our little hockey puck sized hobby watching the Roku owners eat our lunch and have all the fun has been hard to swallow, but we expect great things. Find out about these developments and take a peak at one designer's vision of iOS 7 in this week's hottest news.
To the surprise of virtually no one, Android and iOS dominated almost all of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter of this year, but the real surprise came with the two companies duking it out for third place.
Strange but true: Windows Phone has no official YouTube app, and now Google wants to eliminate the only real option available to users, claiming Microsoft is violating terms of its API by eliminating ads.
If you weren't paying attention to the calendar on Monday, you might have woke up and thought any number of these clever pranks were the real thing -- so here's a few of the tech-related gags we got a chuckle out of.
Could the shareholders who slashed Apple's stock price by more than 10 percent following its quarterly earnings report actually be on to something? The Register seems to think so, even if the company's profit and bottom line appear perfectly healthy from where we sit. Before you wrap up for the weekend, kick back and indulge in some other stories you might have missed on Thursday, won't you?
While some of us are focused on tomorrow's Mayan apocalypse, smartphone makers have more pressing problems -- like how to shake the possibility that they may have their own real apocalypse to worry about.