May 18, 2014
Apple still hasn't bought Beats Audio, but they are playing nice with Google -- or are they? Take a look at some of the stories we covered during the week that was.
The Big Three Stories of the Week1. Where did that message go? Late in the week, Reuters said Apple and Google have agreed to a settlement that would end all pending patent litigation between the two companies. Additionally, the two companies are expected to work together on aspects of patent reform. Underneath all this corporate friendliness is a major issue that is causing some mobile users to cry foul. At issue is something called "iMessage purgatory," which occurs when you switch from an iPhone to an Android-based device. For some, from this moment on, whenever someone with an iPhone tries to send you a text, you receive nothing. More worrisome, even though the message was never delivered, the sender continues to receive read receipts, when applicable. First uncovered by Adam Pash, the former lead editor of Lifehacker, this issue is now at the center of a new lawsuit brought against Apple. The suit is seeking class action status. Are you still cuddling with Apple, Google? 2. Still no Beats Ten days have passed since news first leaked that Apple would be buying Beats Audio for around $3.2 billion. Though no official announcement has been made about the acquisition (that should come this week), there are already signs Beats by Apple is close to becoming a reality. Here are some of the stories we covered about Apple's likely purchase of Beats:
Are you one of those laughing about this possible acquisition? We have something for you too: split-screen, horizontal multitasking. The functionality will allow iPad users to run and interact with two apps at once. Apple’s competitors have long criticized the iPad for its lack of split-screen capabilities. Hopefully, Apple is about to put those criticisms to rest. What's the bad news about iOS 8? Not all iOS devices are expected to support the update. On the chopping block as far as iOS updates go are probably the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.
This Week’s Awesome App UpdatesThe new ... and then it rained was our Game of the Week, while Litely celebrated being named AppAdvice’s App of the Week. But what were the best app updates this week? UP app wasn't technically updated this week. However, the service behind it was, which makes it worth mentioning here. Thanks to a new partnership with Automatic, Jawbone is now able to give UP users an idea of how their car usage impacts their overall fitness. Carrot Fit update, which adds a 7 Minutes in Hell Workout. Expect more yelling and nastiness.
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Viral Video of the WeekCar maker Bentley’s latest advertisement, “Intelligent Details,” recently surfaced online. What makes it special? The four-minute advertisement was shot and edited using only iOS devices. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyYhM0XIIwU
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CARROT Fit - 7 Minutes in Hell Workout & Weight Tracker
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