Microsoft Plans To Expand Xbox Live On iOS

Xbox LIVE iOS

Microsoft's Xbox Live plays a key role across the various Windows platforms for gamers, tracking acheivements, friends and more. Games that offer Xbox Live are prominently featured on the Windows Phone platform. Though some iOS games have offered Xbox Live achievements, Microsoft hasn't done much to push their it beyond Windows. According to The Verge, Microsoft is looking to expand Xbox Live on both iOS and Android platforms. Details of the plans were also leaked in a job posting, which has since been removed. … [Read more...]

Apple CarPlay Official, Coming To Several Vehicles This Year

Apple CarPlay

Apple today officially introduced CarPlay, bringing deep iOS integration into a number of new automobiles starting this year. Formerly known as iOS in the Car when it was announced at WWDC 13', CarPlay brings the iPhone experience to cars in a way that makes it easier to access commonly used apps include Phone, Messages, Music and Maps, in addition to steering wheel access to Siri. Limited third-party apps including Spotify will also be available. Auto manufacturers including Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are showcasing their implementation of Apple CarPlay this week at the Geneva International Motor Show . Additional companies that have made commitments to Apple include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, … [Read more...]

Apple TV Driving Serious Revenue, Available Now With $25 iTunes Gift Card

Tim Cook

At an Apple shareholders meeting, CEO Time Cook remarked that the Apple TV was responsible for $1 billion in sales in 2014. That figure includes both hardware and sales of iTunes Store content including movies, music and TV shows. It's hard to discern what percentage of that revenue is a result of Apple TV hardware sales. The last data point regarding units sold was provided in early-2013, when Apple confirmed 13 million units sold. "It’s a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days," said Cook. … [Read more...]

Amazon Working One New Streaming Music Service

Amazon Instant Video app for iPad

Like iTunes, Amazon offers movies, TV shows and music for purchase. For customers who subscribe to Prime, the gain access to thousands of TV shows and movie content that can be streamed for free. This is in addition to free 2-day shipping. The one missing piece is a music subscription service, but that could change according to a new report from re/code. … [Read more...]

ABC To Offer Live Stream of Oscars 2014 In Limited Markets

Oscars 2014

On Sunday, the 86th Academy Awards will be streamed live for the first time on ABC web and mobile apps. Access to live streams of the 2014 Oscars will be limited to only eight markets in the U.S. at no additional charge, but there are some very significant limitations. For one, while ABC is considered 'free TV', access this stream will require that have a pay-TV subscription. On mobile devices, you can access the Oscars 2014 using the free Watch ABC app, available in the App Store. … [Read more...]

Fortune Ranks Apple As Most Admired Company

Apple Store

Fortune today released their list of the world's most admired companies. It's an interesting list that isn't based on market cap, sales or stock price. The yearly study surveys executives and directors from eligible companies, in addition to financial analysts. They poll executives from the Fortune 1000, Global 500 companies with roughly 15,000 exectuives polled. The goal of the list is to find companies that have the strongest reputations within their industry and across other industries. When you think of smartphones and computers, it is no surprise that Apple retains their position as the most admired company. … [Read more...]

Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.5, Fixes Bugs And Improves iBooks Compatibility

iTunes 11.1.5 update

Apple today released a minor update to iTunes, only a day after the release of the larger OS X Mavericks update 10.9.2. iTunes 11.1.5 addresses a bug that would cause iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected, an issue that has certainly caused a bit of frustration for some users. Mavericks introduced support for iBooks on Mac. This release improves compability with iBooks for Mac on Mac OS X Mavericks. … [Read more...]

Do you want a waterproof iPhone 6?

waterproof iPhone

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been officially introduced, it will be Apple's turn later this year to showcase their next generation iPhone. Since the iPhone 3G, hardware revisions have been an every other year occurrence. This year should be no different with the iPhone 6. Based on previous rumors, the big feature of the iPhone 6 will be the size of its display. Still months from an iPhone 6 release date, we've yet to see much in the way of part leaks, which usually help paint of picture of what's coming. One of the features of the Galaxy S5 that's intriguing is its water resistance, providing an added layer of protection against water damage that has become commonplace. Hopes and dreams of a massive retina display aside, do you want a … [Read more...]