Apple CEO Tim Cook is headed to Washington, D.C. next week to testify about the company's offshore cash hoard, a rare public appearance which is being preceded by an interview that offers a glimpse of what's to come.
It's our last recap of the week, which means the weekend is once again upon us! There are plenty of Thursday updates you'll want to get a heads-up about before wrapping up the work week, particularly for owners of mid-2012 MacBook Air models. Don't be shy, dig in and enjoy our bite-sized nuggets of tech news -- it will only take a few minutes!
You kind of have to admire the timing. While most of the tech world is focused on the ramifications of Google's I/O yesterday, Apple followed up its perfectly timed 50 billion app downloads milestone with today's minor but notable update for iTunes. New features include a pleasing new interface for the miniplayer and additional support for multi disc albums. It doesn't reverse many of the unpopular design shifts made with 11.0, but it's good to see an update that adds some cool new features without adding unnecessary bloat.
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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.
As you've probably heard, Apple's App Store hit 50 billion downloads on Wednesday, which means we've all been waiting with bated breath to find out who the lucky so-and-so was -- and which app they purchased.
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.
Google I/O kicked off in San Francisco on Wednesday with an exceptionally long keynote mostly aimed at developers this time around. Aside from the three bits included in our recap today, the only real news for consumers was a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android coming June 26 -- and surprisingly, the rumors of Android 4.3 (or an even higher version) didn't quite pan out. But hey, the conference has two more days, so maybe we'll hear something today…?
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Apple's App Store hit 50 billion downloads a couple of hours ago, and the one lucky user who happened to download the 50 billionth app will be receiving a $10,000 gift card for the App Store. If you happened to be one of the 50 people who downloaded something right after the winner, you'll be getting a $500 gift card as well.