New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who had previously been a key player at Google, sees mobile devices as central to re-energizing her moribund company. And the new version of the Yahoo app is definitely a positive sign of good things to come. Just released today, the new version lets you quickly scan your favorite news topics, while training it to find those items of greatest interest. If this sounds familiar, it may be because these features characterized the very popular Summly app, which Yahoo purchased less than a month ago. The company has now integrated the features of Summly into Yahoo.
Bitcoin has been in the news in recent weeks. The virtual currency was trading for $15 earlier this year and rocketed up to $260 earlier this month. It's now trading at about $120, up from around $50 a few days ago. Now that's volatility.
I'm always eager to report the arrival of a new free app from one of the major tech companies, and today it's Yahoo! Weather for iPhone. So far there's no version specific for the iPad. An early review on iMore says it presents a "great deal of information with a crisp, clean user interface." It offers detailed weather information and forecasts, as well as interactive radar, satellite, heat, and wind maps.
A photo of the rear case of the rumored forthcoming low-cost iPhone appeared on Tactus yesterday. There's no way of knowing whether it's the real deal, but it is in line with other rumors. The photo shows a white polycarbonate shell, just as rumors had suggested. It also indicates the phone is both taller and wider than the iPhone 4 or 4S.
The website Alibaba.com is already selling dozens of different cases for the iPad 5. According to reports, Apple typically gives case manufacturers specs far enough in advance so they'll offer accessories by the time the device launches. It's not unreasonable, therefore, to make inferences about the forthcoming model based on what Alibaba.com is selling.
Mailbox, an extraordinary new free app for effectively managing your inbox, is now available for downloading. Previously, you had to put your name on a waiting list, but now anyone can download the app.
The app has generated a huge amount of interest because it completely rethinks the way you can use your iPhone to manage the onslaught of email. You use simple gestures in list view to archive or delete emails, to "snooze" them for later viewing, or file them away in a "list," which is like a folder.
Images keep emerging on the Internet of alleged casings, or moulds for casings, of the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad. All of the evidence continues to suggest it will have narrower bezels on the sides like the iPad mini, allowing the device to be somewhat narrower without reducing screen size. And the evidence also suggests it will be thinner and lighter, possibly due to the implementation of an IGZO display.
"iSteve," the humorous movie about the life of Steve Jobs is available online today. Funny or Die, the website producing the feature-length biopic, postponed the premiere, originally scheduled Monday, due to the tragic bombings in Boston.
Earlier today TIME magazine posted its annual list of 50 must-have apps for the iPad. I find such lists save time by directing me to the most useful apps. You can view the list via a slide show or can click the View All link under the left and right arrows to jump to the whole listing at a glance.
It's astonishing how much interest there is in what Apple will do next, and how much we cling to every indication of gadgets in the pipeline. Yesterday the blogs were abuzz with a vague hint from Apple board member Bill Campbell. In an hour-long talk to his employees at Intuit, he talked briefly about future products. And while he gave the standard line of not being at liberty to discuss Apple's forthcoming products, he did say he expects "a lot of things going on with the application of technology to really intimate things." Of course, everyone is interpreting that to mean an iWatch or some other wearable device is on its way.