• Thinking Outside The Browser Box: Why Should Apple Play By Current Internet Rules?

    Thinking Outside The Browser Box: Why Should Apple Play By Current Internet Rules?

    Earlier today, I was reading Joshua Topolsky’s editorial on This is my next about Apple’s “mistake” in turning their back on the Web and I kept stopping. I disagreed with basically everything. First of all, his entire argument is based on what I believe to be a fallacy: that Apple is going to completely turn their back on Web support for iCloud. I have reasons to… Read More

  • At 5 Million Users, It's Hard Not To View Instagram Through A Rose-Colored Filter

    At 5 Million Users, It's Hard Not To View Instagram Through A Rose-Colored Filter

    When we first previewed Instagram nine months ago, most of the initial comments predicted it would be dead on arrival. To say those people were wrong is a vast understatement. And Instagram now has five million ways to prove it. Yes, Instagram now has five million users. That’s 625,000 users for every month they’ve been in existence — with the growth accelerating. Just… Read More

  • IDC: Windows Phone 7 Will Surpass iOS As Number 2 Platform By 2015

    A couple of years ago, if someone had told me that the Windows Phone platform would become more popular than iOS, I would have laughed in their face. Now, however, IDC is claiming that it just may become a reality by 2015, as WP7 is expected to snatch the number two platform spot from iOS, currently ranked just behind Android. The BlackBerry OS is expected to lose even more ground, while… Read More

  • Rumor: Sprint iPhone Being "Actively Tested"

    Sorry, folks: we’re still waaaaay too burned out from all the pre-release, back-and-forth rumor mongering that went down with the Verizon iPhone to really weigh in on this one, so we’ll just pass on the details. The Details: According to 9to5Mac’s source, a Sprint-friendly version of the iPhone (one closely resembling the iPhone 4) is in testing in the deepest depths of… Read More

  • Apple Files To Get In The Middle Of The Lodsys Vs. iOS Developers Battle

    We figured that Apple was about to dive right into the middle of the battle between Lodsys and a handful of iOS developers — and it looks like we were right. The story so far: Lodsys claims that a bunch of iOS developers are infringing on their patents, and sends out a bunch of angry legal threats. Apple responds by pointing out that they’ve got patent agreements with Lodsys, and… Read More

  • Apple Just Handed Twitter The Keys To The iOS Kingdom — Here's Twitter's Take

    Apple Just Handed Twitter The Keys To The iOS Kingdom — Here's Twitter's Take

    When we first broke the news that iOS 5 would come with Twitter integration, I wasn’t thinking big enough. Based on the fairly vague (but credible) information I had, I figured it was mainly based around the Twitter Photos product which Twitter was rushing to get out in time. Turns out it goes much, much deeper. Apple has essentially baked a “Twitter Connect” into iOS 5. Read More

  • Lesson Of The Day: Apple Is Not Going To Commit Seppuku

    Lesson Of The Day: Apple Is Not Going To Commit Seppuku

    Bastards. Evil. Tyrants. Murder. Death. Kill. Back in February, every name in the book was thrown at Apple when the news hit that they were changing the App Store guidelines to make way for in-app subscriptions. Some of these new rules appeared onerous for a variety of different apps already in existence. Namely, everyone was concerned about Netflix, Kindle, SaaS apps, and music… Read More

  • iOS Passes 200 Million Devices, 25 Million Of Which Are iPads

    Scott Forstall, speaking at WWDC 2011, has just announced some major numbers relating to Apple’s iOS. 200 million iOS devices have been sold, which they claim makes it the #1 mobile operating system in the world. With Android nipping at their heels, that could be a transient title, at least in the mobile phone world. The iPad, however, is another story. Read More

  • Live From Apple's WWDC 2011 Keynote

    Live From Apple's WWDC 2011 Keynote

    We’re live in not-so-sunny San Francisco, where Apple is hosting their annual Worldwide Developer Conference — and, more directly important to the masses of Apple fans around the world, the WWDC Keynote. We already know some of what Apple’s announcing: OS X Lion, iOS 5, and a new, mostly-mysterious product called iCloud. From what we’re seeing, though, they’ve got… Read More

  • Rumor: Apple To Bring iOS To AirPort, Time Capsule

    Apple Insider chews the fat on the possible extension of iOS (in some form or another) to AirPort and other Apple peripherals. The move would make sense: a unified code base and the ability to sell apps for yet more platforms are both desirable. It would also allow deeper integration between the Mac and any wireless accessories for which the router serves as an intermediate. Will we hear… Read More

  • Heyzap Brings Social Discovery And Check-In For Games To The iPhone

    Heyzap, a social discovery platform for mobile and online games, announced today that it’s zapping its way onto the iPhone just in time for WWDC 2011, Apple’s developer conference. The startup will be extending its fast-growing Android community (which launched in March) and has been doubling in size every month since. The startup’s new iPhone app will detect recent gameplay… Read More

  • comScore: Apple Assumes #2 Spot Among Smartphone Platforms In The U.S.

    comScore this morning released some interesting data from its MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three-month average period ending April 2011. According to the measurement specialist, 74.6 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during that period, up 13 percent from the three-month period ending in January 2011. Roughly 234 million… Read More

  • Still Think The Mouse Isn't Dead?

    Still Think The Mouse Isn't Dead?

    We’ve been over this. But many of you felt the need to argue — passionately — about the fate of an input device we all use today: the mouse. I say it’s dead. Well not dead, dead — yet. But the wheels are clearly in motion. Many disagree. And I thought it was worth bringing up again upon seeing the demo video that Microsoft put out there for Windows 8. I mean… Read More

  • Twitter Getting Photos In Order Ahead Of iOS 5 Integration

    Twitter Getting Photos In Order Ahead Of iOS 5 Integration

    Yesterday, we first reported that Twitter was on the verge of launching their own photo-sharing service. That report has since been confirmed by Liz Gannes, who happens to work for All Things D, which is hosting a conference where Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was planning to announce this news. So, yeah. “Sources familiar with the matter.” Confirmed. And now we know a bit more. First… Read More

  • Opera Mini 6 For iOS – A Better Browser For iPhone And iPad? (Screenshots)

    Opera Software makes some damn fine browsers, as tens of millions of people around the world can attest. Apple products like the iPhone 4 and the iPad, of course, come with a decent mobile version of Safari, so users only get to enjoy Opera’s products when they actually visit the App Store and look for a replacement browser. Nevertheless, when the Opera Mini iPhone app hit the… Read More

  • Sequoia Leads $3M Round in Onavo, The Must-Have Data Shrinking iOS App

    It was only a few shorts weeks ago that we reviewed Onavo, the must-have iOS app that significantly shrinks data consumption. We were so impressed with the app’s ability to save users money on their data usage plans, that we went so far as to say that every iOS user should download it. Today the company is announcing a $3M Round A led by Sequoia Capital, with participation of Magma… Read More

  • What Happens When It's Google/Android Vs. Amazon/Android?

    What Happens When It's Google/Android Vs. Amazon/Android?

    Reading the news in recent weeks, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there are the early signs of a new war brewing in the mobile computing space. And it’s a war that promises to be the most fascinating one yet. It doesn’t involve Microsoft or Nokia or RIM or HP or Palm. It doesn’t even include Apple. It’s all about Android. Whereas right now, it’s… Read More

  • Seagate Enables iOS Access To GoFlex Home Servers

    As a fan of hard drives, I’m quite enthused by this bit of news. The Seagate GoFlex Home was one of the first easy-to-use cloud storage systems and for about a year access was limited to desktops and laptops. Now, however, you can access your files directly using a free iOS app for iPads, iPhones, and iPods Touch. The GoFlex Home costs $159.99 for 1TB, $209.99 for 2TB, and $269.99 for… Read More

  • Amazon Cloud Player Quietly Begins Working On iOS Devices!

    Amazon Cloud Player Quietly Begins Working On iOS Devices!

    Back in March, alongside the roll out of Amazon’s new cloud-based music upload/player service, we noted one glaring problem: it didn’t work on iOS devices. You might think this had to due with Flash or another technology that iOS wasn’t compatible with, but it wasn’t. It looked like something else was simply blocking it from working. Well, good news. That’s no… Read More

  • Apple May Not Have Bought Nuance But…

    Apple May Not Have Bought Nuance But…

    This past November, the blogosphere was briefly set on fire when a comment Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made in passing stated that Apple had acquired the voice recognition company Nuance. Wozniak quickly came out and corrected that comment, and most believed that he had simply confused Nuance with the company he mentioned right afterwards, Siri — a company that Apple actually did… Read More