Apple has been steadily rolling out new Apple Stores all around the world. There are a bunch of stores in the US, but no locations have been placed in South America. Apple has announced that it has opened a new location in Rio de Janeiro.
This week several news outlets - including our own - were quick to the gun with posting some iPhone 6 images that very much appeared to be the real deal. As it turns out, some smudges on the displays of these units gave them away: the same smudge patterns were used on previous renderings, also giving these images away as renderings as such. The whole lot was mocked up by 3D illustrator Martin Hajek.
BlackBerry has rolled out an update to BBM for iPhone and Android, adding in BBM Voice for making calls, and enabling BBM Channels, among other new features. The update, available today, sees BlackBerry's cross-platform messaging client also add in Dropbox support, allowing files stored in the cloud to be sent directly to a BBM contact without having to download it to the smartphone first.
A slew of somewhat blurry pictures surfaced by way of Sonny Dickson on Twitter today, who claims they feature the iPhone 6 casing. Whilst unverified, they show what appears to be a unibody construction much larger than the current handset's iteration, and follow along after a long string of leaks about the upcoming Apple smartphone.
UPDATE: These images have been proven to be more Martin Hajek renderings - check the smudges for clues.
The Flappy Bird obsession continues this week as the creator of the original game has completely shut down his app and - in the wake of this event - clones have arisen. This isn't the first time we've covered the Flappy Bird alternatives, as it were, but they've prevailed to such an extent that we had to return for a double-dip! Today we're having a look at several in-browser solutions as well as one rather well-made app.
Well before Flappy Bird was taken offline by its creator (just this weekend), there were plenty of clones to be played by the public. Today it's become a rather lucrative enterprise, potentially, as users have (apparently) gone so far as to buy iPhones specifically because they have Flappy Bird pre-installed. Don't be fooled, though, aside from the extreme ease with which you'd be able to hack your device and side-load the original game for free, there are plenty of alternatives to be had, some of which are better than the original.
Snapchat has had a rough few months, what with the massive scraping of its users' information and such. The latest headache for the company comes in the form of a vulnerability to iPhone users in particular, which can allow someone to be targeted with a denial-of-service attack, temporarily disabling one's iPhone.
A number of documents have appeared this week showing how Apple and the folks at GT Advanced have moved in a number of machines made for inspecting Sapphire Displays to their new manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. These machines have been found in import/export records acquired by 9to5 Mac and analyst Matt Margolis and appear to be working with the ability to inspect large slabs of Sapphire. These large slabs are specifically intended for displays as opposed to Apple's previous implementations of the material, those being the frontmost bit of the iPhone 5s' Touch ID home button or the backmost bit on the back-facing camera array of the iPhone 5.
With the iPhone already having done quite a bit of business in the United States and internationally over the past few years, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke up this week about how the company should - but probably won't - delve into Android. Suggesting that there's nothing holding Apple back from creating an Android device technically, Wozniak speaks with Wired on how Apple could enter a secondary market alongside the iPhone.
Until a few minutes after it was published elsewhere on the web, Apple had a job listing up which suggested they were in search of physiologists for fitness and energy tests. This listing suggests that Apple is working more deeply than in the past on athletic programs - this in turn teasing the possibility that Apple could be getting closer to releasing a fitness-centered app of their own - tied to the iWatch, of course.