This morning Google Search 3.0 arrived in the Apple iOS App Store giving millions of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users access to Google Now, an “information assistant” that has been available on Android-powered smartphones for the past year.
Once you have activated the Google Now feature in the Google Search app, you can use Google Now to see time and weather updates based on your current location, get notices of breaking news and your favorite sports teams, area restaurants, and currency exchange rates.
Rumors that Google Now was coming to Apple’s mobile operating system appeared back on March 12 when a leaked video showing off Google Now’s iOS tutorial video appears and was quickly pulled down from YouTube.
For more information, visit the Google Now website. Google Search is a free application in the iOS App Store (link). To use the Google Now features, you must be running iOS 5.0 or later.
Last night, Apple released and update to their iOS Apple Store application.
The update, while minor, strikes me as a tool to help keep new iPhone owners all worked up about when they can upgrade to the new iPhone, allegedly the iPhone 5S.
The two new features puts up a notice of when you are eligible for an iPhone upgrade, with pricing, keeping you informed once you buy your new phone with delivery notifications.
Hey, when it’s a new toy, even overnight shipping is too long and we *need* to know where our phone is and when it will arrive at on our front porch.
|Mockup of iPhone with 4.94-inch screen, created by Marco Arment – marco.net
During today’s Apple quarterly earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the iPhone maker’s plans for a larger screened smartphone.
“We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade-offs exist,” Cook said during his company’s quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday.
I kinda have to agree with AppleInsider’s article. Apple CEO Tim Cook won’t ship a larger sized iPhone until the screen is ready. In my mind, that means being able to to a 5″-ish sized screen sporting Retina display quality in yields that can be sustained in a high quantity to sustain a global launch over to calendar quarters.
In other words, the iPhone 5S will be the same tall 4″ screen seen on the iPhone 5 and a larger 5”-ish screen will appear in 2014 on the iPhone 6.
From the Wall Street Journal:
“Blackstone Group LP has ended its pursuit of Dell Inc. less than a month after the private-equity firm said it would try to top a leveraged buyout by the computer maker’s founder and a rival investment firm.
Blackstone had been putting together a bid for Dell to trump the $24.4 billion offer from founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell and private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners. Blackstone’s offer would have kept part of the company in the hands of public shareholders.”
As a Dell customer, I’m happy to see this get behind us. It’s a bit worrisome to be ordering Dell hardware and services and not knowing who’s going to end up in control of the company.
Yesterday afternoon Apple released a minor update to their iPhoto software for Mac OS X.
iPhoto 9.4.3 gains the ability to now delete photos directly from the My Photo Stream, export photos directly from My Photo Stream, and allows you to edit RAW photos that have been manually imported from My Photo Stream.
In addition to the My Photo Stream enhancements, Apple also fixed a number of bugs related to Facebook photo syncing, stability improvements and fixes related to making your own books, calendars and cards.
The iPhoto update is free to customers who purchased it from the Mac OS X App Store. If you don’t have a current version of iPhoto, it can be purchased for $14.99.
In this morning’s First Look digest, ComputerWorld reports that Dish Network has submitted a $25.5B bid to acquire Sprint Nextel. Dish’s bid represents a $5.5B premium over Japan’s SoftBank which is looking to spend $20B for a 70% stake of the struggling carrier’s business.
Dish said its proposal is a superior alternative to the pending SoftBank proposal.
“Sprint shareholders will benefit from a higher price with more cash while also creating the opportunity to participate more meaningfully in a combined Dish/Sprint with a significantly enhanced strategic position and substantial synergies that are not attainable through the pending SoftBank proposal.” said Charlie Ergen, chairman of Dish.
If you are the type that just can’t get enough Facebook and you use a Google Android smartphone, you might be interested to know that Facebook Home is now available for download from the Google Play Store.
Facebook Home provides deep Facebook integration into your Android-powered smartphone putting your friend’s status updates, notifications, and Messenger chats front and center so you always know what’s going on.
According to BGR, compatible devices include the HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Galaxy S4, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note II and of course HTC’s (2498) First. Unfortunately, Facebook Home is only available in the US right now and you must be running Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS or later.
Want to learn more about Facebook Home? Check out Facebook’s promotional video.