Hints at what Apple has up its sleeve briefly appeared online Sunday, two days before the company's set to hold its news event in San Francisco.
An information page detailing software Apple includes with its iPhone 5S showed off an updated look for the icons of Apple's iLife and iWork -- something that cropped up earlier this week -- along with a note that Apple's making GarageBand for iOS free. The information was removed shortly after its discovery.
GarageBand was initially left out of the list of iLife apps for iOS that Apple said it would begin to give away to new iOS device buyers last month. … Read more
Google Maps updated its iOS app on Tuesday with new route and traffic features. According to Google, the update brings "faster access to navigation," "tips and tricks" for beginning users, and support for Arabic and Hebrew.
Version 2.3.4's navigation feature helps users better decide among various traffic and route options. The app now has a smaller map within the route selection screen, which lets people more easily compare directions based on traffic and other conditions. The "tips and tricks" section gives users advice on how to use the app and its … Read more
Windows Phone 8 is officially ready for phablets. Microsoft made the announcement Monday that an update to its operating system for mobile phones -- titled Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (in classically unimaginative Microsoft fashion) -- will now work on devices with screen sizes in the 5-inch-to-7-inch range.
In addition to scaling the OS for a larger screen, Windows Phone Update 3 will work for 1080p HD resolutions, the current favorite on big-screen smartphones.
Rounding out newfound hardware support is compatibility with quad-core processors, specifically Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 workhorse. And there's very little besides.