The morale at Foursquare is apparently terrible and everyone wants to leave. One person described the startup’s dire situation as “the building is on fire.” [Business Insider]
Here’s a think piece about what it means for Google now that Bing is Siri’s favorite search engine. [AllThingsD]
The new feature on iOS7 that turns the iPhone into a flashlight is bad news for those apps that claim to do the same thing. One app, which is VC-funded, issued a statement: “We are certainly concerned about this announcement by Apple, as it could affect our core revenue stream.” Sure, that’s your problem. [TechCrunch]
Sony says the Playstation 4 will cost $399, which is $100 less than the XBox One. Clearly Sony didn’t come here to make friends. [Tech Hive]
Just days after launching on Android, Vine is more popular than Instagram on Twitter. [The Verge]
shiny new things
Well, that was quite the slog. For two hours today, the Apple execuatti showed off the company’s new products to excited developers (and press) at the company’s WWDC keynote in California, and boy, aren’t we living in the golden age of personal computing.
For roughly the first hour and a half, Apple honchos attired in their finest business casual clothing showed off new products and generally drummed their chests. There’s the new operating system called Maverick (cue breathless John McCain jokes on Twitter), a revamped Safari browser that might make us peel away from Chrome, new MacBooks with extended battery life and a redesigned Mac Pro that looks like a Darth Vader shake weight.
There’s nothing worse than that three seconds of terror: your iPhone slips out of the fragile cusp of your hands, tumbles onto the ground and you pick it up only to see the casing completely busted. Although it might feel like that your life is shattered, there is therapy for your newly enhanced phone and it comes in the form of art. How cathartic!
One of the biggest flaws of the iPhone is how quickly it runs out of battery life–even when you’re not using it. Now, a German developer might’ve discovered the reason why that’s happening: it’s all Facebook’s fault.
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Everybody knows you shouldn’t get into a car with a stranger. And if hackers can find a way to mimic the work of three Georgia Institute of Technology researchers, you may want to reconsider using a stranger’s iPhone charger, too.
App for That
Dogs, creatures that lack opposable thumbs and thus the ability to read or operate any device, now have a social network–sort of. Where My Dogs At, a new, grammatically incorrect app, that locates nearby dog-friendly locales and rates them with user reviews. Think Yelp for animals that make that noise a lot.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is worried about our state’s significant uptick in phone thefts, but that’s really more Tim Cook’s problem. Bloomberg reports that Mr. Schneiderman has penned a letter to tech giants like Google and Apple asking them why, if you guys are capable of making face computers and cars that drive themselves, can’t you make phones unstealable?
IT'S DRAKE'S WORLD
If one of your deepest desires is to strip Drake’s Crossfit-sculpted body naked, only to reapply this season’s YOLOiest gear, then your wish has now come true. There’s a free iPhone app called “Dress Up! Drake Edition,” where you can treat Drake like a virtual paper doll. No thinking is needed, just a fashionable eye for Read More
Apparently there’s nothing you can’t make using a 3D printer. That’s what obviously bored European designer Alan Nguyen has proved with his creation. It’s a Croc-like shoe (a.k.a. the peak of high fashion) that consists of lumped-together iPhone cases as the platform, alongside a slot to hold your Apple device. Who needs their phone in an easily accessible place anyway?
Mr. Nguyen told the BBC that the wedge is fully functional and called it “pretty comfortable.” That doesn’t help its ugliness though. He works for Freedom of Creation, a 3D printing studio in Amsterdam and designed the shoe to test copyright limitations.
There are so many ways to steal an iPhone, and unless you just like the feel of it, shoving one up your butt probably shouldn’t be one of them. An ex-con tried pulling that off last weekend by tucking the Apple device up his tush in an attempt to hide it. However, his brilliant plot was foiled after the victim located the phone via an app, which pointed out his location at a West Village police station, and retrieved it.