Google has launched a new application in Apple’s App Store: Google Wallet. And while the app is on its first version, it already looks to be much more useful than Apple’s own Passbook app. The Google Wallet application will allow users to send money via email, save store credit and debit cards information, and keep track of card loyalty programs.
Just days after Apple released iOS 7 to the public, the company reminded us they haven’t forgotten about those millions of Apple TV users. Apple has updated the software to v6.0, adding new features and functionality such as iTunes Radio, AirPlay from iCloud, iCloud Photos and Videos, and iTunes Music Store.
T-Mobile will offer customers the Apple iPhone 5s for the low price of $99 down (requiring payments of $22.91 for 24 months) and the iPhone 5C for $0 down (also with 24 monthly payments of $22). While this is not the best value for your wallet, it’s a good deal for those looking to buy a new iPhone 5S without having to worry about paying full retail price.
Apple has been quite busy this week releasing betas to registered developers. Amongst them is a new beta of the next version of iTunes. iTunes v11.1 appears to be a minor update which brings support for iOS 7 and Apple’s upcoming iTunes Radio. Previously, developers were only able to test iTunes Radio on a device running iOS 7.
Apple has unleashed their latest software update (build 12F17) for OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion to those who are part of Apple’s Dev program. OS X 10.8.5 appears to be an end software version of Mountain Lion as Apple continues to work on its next major update of OS X codenamed “Mavericks.”
The cloud service provider Dropbox has released a software update for their iOS app, bringing support for swipe gestures and the ability to share multiple photos. With support for gestures, iOS users will be able to navigate the menu with swipe actions that allow you to manage and share content in the cloud.
The pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile USA has revealed their plans to add Apple’s iPhone 5 to their network of no-contract cellphone service plans. The carrier has very inexpensive cellphone plans that kicks off at $35 per month, and all of the plans includes unlimited 3G/4G LTE data and messaging, talk-time minutes.
Google has updated Gmail for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update comes with a newly designed email inbox with a friendlier user interface that’s now unified the desktop and Android versions of Gmail. Gmail for iOS will give users way to categorize their email into groups that give you an easier way to decide which emails you want to read.
After months in beta, Apple has finally released the OS X 10.8.4 update for Mountain Lion. The OS X update is available now for download via the Mac App Store, and brings major improvements throughout Mountain Lion, including Wi-Fi connectivity and Microsoft Exchange compatibility, Safari bug fixes, a fix for an issue that prevented users from making FaceTime calls to non-U.S. numbers, and other enhancements.
Google has updated Google Chrome for iOS, bringing a few new additions and a couple bug fixes to the mobile Web browser. The biggest addition is voice search capabilities, letting iPhone and iPad users search the web without worrying about having to use the on-screen keyboard. Similar to the Google Search app on iOS, users can easily access Voice Search by tapping on a microphone bar that has been added on top of the keyboard.
Google has launched an update to their Gmail app, giving it a few improvements and new features that will enhance the way iPhone owners use Gmail as their primary email account. The much needed enhancement is the new ability for users to select how to web links in your emails—through Google’s Chrome, YouTube, or even Google Maps, rather than with Apple’s apps.
Apple has released a minor iOS update targeted towards iPhone 5 users. According to the company, iOS v6.1.4 enhances the audio profile in the device’s speakerphone, fixing a bug in the iOS v6.1.3 update that caused the sound in the device’s speaker to appear a bit muffled and distorted for some users.