New iOS 8 Features That Android Actually Needs to Adopt

Apple is done with its WWDC keynote, where they introduced a bunch of new features for iOS 8, plus a new version of OS X called Yosemite. We poked fun at a handful of them already, but believe it or not, we are also capable of giving props when we see something cool or that we would like to see on Android at some point. I know, I know, you are probably wondering what I have been drinking over the last couple of hours, but hang with me for a second. You have to admit that Apple is really doing a great job at making all of the experiences seamless from iPhone to iPad to computer. They are also doing a pretty impressive job when it comes to making it easy to get in touch with or share things with the people you chat with the most.

So here we go – these are the iOS 8 features that were introduced today that we actually found to be pretty cool. Feel free to agree or disagree, of course. (more…)

3rd Party Widgets, Keyboards, and Sharing All Finally Coming to iOS

After reinventing the keyboard with predictive text in iOS 8, and trying its hand at Google Now-like integration and Google Voice, Apple moved on to a new SDK feature that they are calling “Extensions,” today at WWDC. What are extensions? Well, they do a number of things, like enable 3rd party widgets, sharing, and keyboards. Impressive, right?

So those keyboards, like Swype, Swiftkey, or any of the other four-dozen keyboards on Android that you all have had available for years, could potentially make their way to Apple, so that you could avoid using that impossible-to-type-on Apple ‘board. Apple enthusiasts should be throwing the biggest party in history, just for that announcement alone. (more…)

Apple Copies Every Android Keyboard on Earth, Introduces QuickType Predictive Text

Hey, WWDC is happening (our live blog is here) and we are beginning our list of things that Apple has invented in the new version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8. If you didn’t catch the sarcasm in that line, what I really mean is, a list of features that have been on Android for years that Apple is just now getting to.

First up, QuickType, a feature added to Apple’s keyboard. What does QuickType do? It predicts what you want to type by showing you suggestions. Think Swiftkey, Google Keyboard, Swype, and every other keyboard introduced on Android since, I don’t know, 2011?

More reinventions on the way.  (more…)

Tim Cook: Android to Apple Switchers “Sought Better Life”

Want your first fighting words out of today’s WWDC event? Tim Cook just dropped some of the dirtiest in years, essentially claiming that your life sucks if you own an Android device.

When talking about the 130 million customers of theirs that purchased their first Apple devices this year, Cook brought up the fact that many (no specific number) came over from Android. Of course, he couldn’t just say that they came over from Android, he had to say that they made a mistake by purchasing an “inferior” device initially, and sought a “better life,” so they came to Apple.  (more…)

Live Blog: Apple’s WWDC 2014 – Incredible. Beautiful. Fantastic. Great. Amazing.

Today, is WWDC day. In other words, all of tech stops to watch and see what Apple has reinvented to make the world a better place. This is the kick-off to Apple’s developer conference, which typically means we will see big updates to iOS and OSX. There may be new hardware involved, but this week is often reserved for the software side of things.

As Apple announces new features and versions of their operating systems, Android fans will sit back with a smirk and say things like, “We have been doing that on Android forever – how is that new?” or “Welcome to 2010, Apple fans.” Apple fans will respond back with, “But Apple did it better!” It’s a silly time, really, but one that we love to participate in. After all, the competition between Apple and Android hasn’t really slowed over the years. Tech fans are an opinionated bunch who like to take sides. (more…)

Apple Finally Makes It Official, is Buying Beats for $3 Billion

Hey, look, Apple finally decided to announce that it is buying Beats. The cost of the acquisition will run Apple $3 billion, a price that includes a purchase price of $2.6 billion plus another $400 million that will vest over time. Apple is buying both Beats Music and Beats Electronics.

This acquisition was first rumored back on May 8, so we aren’t exactly sure why it took Apple so long to announce it. Some think the delay was due to Dr. Dre’s YouTube celebration, where he spouted out drunkenly that he was “The first billionaire in Hip-Hop, right here from the motherf***in’ West Coast, believe it.” Either way, it’s all official now.  (more…)