Apple isn’t full of dummies. There’s a few reasons why its new OS is being released for free, like customer goodwill and accelerating adoption. [AllThingsD]
Ahead of its IPO,Twitter has obtained a $1 billion credit line. Let’s go shopping, Jacky boy! [Reuters]
Amazon has upped its free shipping minimum to $35 because they are rude. [CNNMoney]
Outbrain, the creator of those ubiquitous ad links placed at the bottom of websites, has picked up $35 million in fresh funding. [AdWeek]
An Aereo app for Android has finally dropped. [Engadget]
The new ring tones, alarm sounds and text alerts of iOS 7 are mostly pleasing in their bleepy-bloopiness, aside from a few missteps (we’re looking at you, piercing sonar alarm default).
If you heard them and thought they resembled syrupy, squeaky-clean pop music, you weren’t too far off. As it turns out, the man behind Owl City may also be the man behind iOS 7′s new noises.
Crime and Punishment
Tis the season for apple picking, just not the type that involves iPhones. A pair of Bronx politicians are proposing a law that aims to cut down smartphone theft by making it illegal to resell a device without a valid proof of ownership. If you try to sell the device without proof you’re the owner, you could face penalties and possibly jail time.
Steve Jobs’s first girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan, has written a memoir about her time with the tech giant. It’s called “The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life With Steve Jobs,” and the only thing that’ll make you cringe harder than its title is the sample of it that the New York Post published today.
Now, we can’t condemn Mr. Jobs for the beans his ex is spilling, as the late CEO is sadly no longer around to tell his side of the story.
If you’re excited to finally ditch your old phone for an iPhone 5S — settle down. According to app research firm Crittercism, apps are twice as likely to crash on the new Apple device compared to the iPhone 5C and 5. That could create a lot of problems during a heated round of Candy Crush. Read More
A few weeks ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District had the genius idea of handing out iPads to their students. Well, it turns out giving the devices to the digitally adjusted Facebook fiends was dumbest thing one could do with taxpayers’ money, so they’re taking them back.
Ex con and DIY O.G. Martha Stewart is having technical difficulties. On Wednesday evening, she announced via Twitter, “I just dropped my iPad on the ground and shattered two glass corners. What to do?does one call Apple to come and pick it up or do I take it?”
Apple in Your Eye
Well, here we are again at the secular saints’ day that is the release of a new iPhone. Once again, adults across the land have completely lost their shit, racing to get their hands on a snazzy product that–let’s face it–will be outdated within twelve months.
Without the option of pre-orders, lines formed outside Apple stores all over America. In Soho, the wait was longer for iPhones than cronuts. In Atlanta, hundreds of people were waiting in the Lenox parking lot at dawn, like a Walking Dead outtake. In Palo Alto, the San Jose Mercury News reports, Tim Cook showed up and walked among his adoring acolytes. When the doors opened, “the hundreds of customers lined up were rewarded not just with a new iPhone purchase, but with a sighting of CEO Tim Cook, who stopped by the store for the launch.”
You know who isn’t the biggest fan of the World Wide Web? Website owner, Aol host and app developer Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Duchess of Goop told E! News that the Internet is a cause of concern at her house because of all the weird things daughter Apple can see on it. It’s a freighting place, she said, like sitting through a viewing of View from the Top scary. Anyway, she sung the praises of her “super-smart” daughter for constant inquiries about normal childlike things, such as the sun, devil and renewable energy.
Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, the founders of AllThingsD, are splitting with Dow Jones and in talks to raise investment at a $30 to $40 million valuation. They don’t get to keep the name, though. [Quartz]
As eyeballs go mobile, Pinterest is introducing a few “tasteful” “relevant” advertisements. [TechCrunch]
Hong Kong wants, loves, needs that gold iPhone 5S. [Digits]
Unfortunately, if you want one here in the U.S., you’ll likely have to wait until October, due to short supply. [The Verge]
“It threw off a hell of a lot of heat, much to my wife’s dismay.” Bitcoin mining gets the A-Hed treatment. [Wall Street Journal]
Maybe Google should check its own pulse before it tries to solve death. [Wired]