Wednesday saw Facebook announce its intentions to buy messaging service WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and Facebook stock. The deal will include $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in Facebook stock.
News spanning the globe! China! Russia! Texas! All this and more, in the MacTrast News Digest for February 19, 2014
Persuading the major Russian cellular providers to sign on as iPhone partner carriers has led to dividends for Apple, as the company’s iPhone sales in Russia doubled in 2013 to 1.57 million units.
Mobile payments firm Square has teamed up with Bono’s (PRODUCT) RED organization to offer a special edition credit card reader that benefits the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.
The multitasking enabled workspace app hopTo received a nice update today. The app, which allows you to view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files, and also manage your cloud storage amongst various services, gains SkyDrive and “open-in” support, and more.
If your 11 or 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air has been crashing when you’ve awakened it from a sleep state, fear not. Apple has heard your cries and is preparing an update to remedy your woes.
A recent aerial photo from Ron Cervi, a news and traffic reporter for KCBS, shows work at Apple’s “Spaceship” Campus 2 project is coming along nicely, with most of the existing structures demolished.
Apple increased its share of the Chinese smartphone market to 7% in the last quarter of 2013 on the back of demand for its flagship iPhone 5s handset. However, that was only good for fifth place in the competitive market.
Apple announced today that it will be holding the first iTunes Festival to be held in the United States at SXSW, running from March 11-15. The festival will take place at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits.
All the news that will fit in a 580 pixel wide column… It’s the MacTrast News Digest for February 18, 2014.
Realmac, maker of the popular tasks and to-do list apps Clear+ and Clear, has elected to return to a single universal Clear app, and will also be offering the Clear app free for two 24-hour periods.
Another indication of Apple’s interest in the fitness and health monitoring field is a patent granted on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent describes a biometric headphone system that can sense a variety of body functions, including temperature, heart rate, and perspiration levels.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has long noted how important China is to his company’s future. He has visited the country multiple times, meeting with business partners and government officials. Now we know at least 1.6 trillion reasons why China could be so important to Apple…
Madison Avenue ad buyers say that Apple and Amazon are missing out on ad revenue, because they are “slow, cocky and downright stingy.” This comes from a recent posting from industry publication Ad Age.
Eclectic San Francisco artist Jason Mecier has just unveiled his portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The eclectic part? It’s composed out of 20 pounds of electronic waste!
In another “me too” move that Samsung has become so well known for, South Korean electronics maker Samsung will reportedly include a fingerprint reader in its upcoming flagship Galaxy 5S handset. The sensor is reported to be of the “finger-swipe” style.