3 Free Magical iOS Apps

9:22 PM, Feb. 7th, 2014 · · iPhone

Free on iTunes

Think your iPhone is a bit of magic? Wait until you see these 3 apps Vern Seward features in this week's Free on iTunes. Crowsflight, Swiftkey Note, and Cardiio.

DOJ Slaps Samsung’s Wrist for FRAND Patent Abuse Against Apple

8:58 PM, Feb. 7th, 2014 · · iPhone

Samsung's Timeout

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has slapped Samsung's wrist, warning the South Korean company not to use standards-essential patents (SEPs) to try and get import bans on competitors' products. The warning caps an investigation into Samsung patent abuse by the DOJ, but it didn't include any penalties for the company.

Apple Might Be Serious About Sapphire Displays for iPhone

8:50 PM, Feb. 6th, 2014 · · iPhone

Sapphire

Remember that big sapphire manufacturing deal in Arizona that Apple was working on? According to some excellent sleuthing from Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, Apple is working with sapphire producer GT Advanced to make enough sapphire for 200 million iPhone displays, and if so, Apple will leave the competition flat-footed once again.

Apple Quietly Battles Bitcoin Transactions Out of App Store

2:20 PM, Feb. 6th, 2014 · · iPhone

Apple and Bitcoin

Apple has pulled another yet Bitcoin app from the App Store: Blockchain, the online wallet app from Blockchain.info. With this latest action, Apple has systematically removed the ability to conduct Bitcoin transactions from the App Store, and it's unclear why.

Apple Turns Burberry Fashion Shoot into iPhone 5S Ad

9:55 AM, Feb. 6th, 2014 · · iPhone

Ahead of the official iPhone 5S launch Apple teamed with Burberry to use the new smartphone for a fashion shoot, and now some of that footage has found its way into a new commercial highlighting the combination media player and smartphone.

Samsung Requires Olympic Athletes to Cover Apple Logos in Opening Ceremonies

3:24 PM, Feb. 5th, 2014 · · iPhone

You can't handle the truth!

When you're trying to convince the world how awesome your smartphone is, nothing can be more frustrating than that world seeing the Olympic athletes your sponsoring using someone else's device. Samsung's solution for this problem at the Sochi Olympic opening ceremonies is to deny reality and require athletes using iPhones to cover the Apple logo.

Apple Fires Up iPhone 4 Production Again for India, Brazil

9:28 AM, Feb. 5th, 2014 · · iPhone

Apple is bringing back the iPhone 4 as a low cost option for customers in India, Brazil, and Indonesia. The company decided to start selling the older model in those markets to hit a more affordable price point, and it marks the first time Apple has restarted production of a discontinued product.

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Bringing back the iPhone 4 shows just how important India is for Apple. Ot may be an older model, but local retailers and Apple thing it can still be a big seller. If so, it'll help the company win back marketshare it's losing to Samsung's low cost smartphones.

iOS 7.1 Inches Closer with Beta 5 Release

2:35 PM, Feb. 4th, 2014 · · iPhone

iOS 7.1 beta 5 was released to iPhone and iPad developers on Tuesday, bringing us just a little closer to an official public launch. Users have been impatiently waiting for the iOS update to hit with hopes that the final release will include fixes for crashes, interface improvements, and improved battery life.

Pebble Smartwatch Appstore Opens for Business

11:27 AM, Feb. 4th, 2014 · · iPhone

The promised appstore for the Pebble smartwatch is open for business with over 1,000 apps and watch faces available for download. The Pebble appstore gives users a consolidated location for finding new apps for their smartwatch instead of relying on multiple sources.

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Good news, Pebble owners, you finally have a centralized place to find apps and watch faces. Apple set an expectation that there should be a single location to find apps for our mobile devices, so it isn't any surprise that the big name in the smartwatch market is doing the same.

AT&T Drops $450 Incentive for T-Mobile Switchers

8:28 AM, Feb. 4th, 2014 · · iPhone

Only a month after launching its US$450 credit offer for T-Mobile customers that switch over to its service, AT&T is dropping the deal. AT&T introduced the offer to compete with a similar offer from T-Mobile.

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Carriers are launching and quickly killing off customer incentive programs while T-Mobile maintains its deals and switcher offers. There isn't much of a chance that T-Mobile will give Verizon a run for its money, but it sure looks like the carriers are throwing all kinds of ideas at the wall in hopes that something sticks and gives them a competitive advantage.