Sprint is making an aggressive roll out behind its 4G LTE network, bringing its high speed mobile broadband access to n additional 17 more markets. The addition of these markets span across the United States.
1Password creator Agile Bits is showing off the convenience and security of having passwords in third-party apps while using its software and iOS 8's extensions. Because of the new extensions system in iOS 8, third-party apps can now better communicate with each other along with Apple's fingerprint Touch ID system.
Details of the transition of Beats employees to Apple are now starting to come to light. It's been two months since Apple acquired Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion, but we're now seeing who will stay with Apple and who will get left behind.
The Russian government has asked for security cooperation from Apple and enterprise services firm SAP. The proposal would see Apple handing over the source code for their products so Russia could inspect them for backdoors or defects that could be exploited by spy agencies like the NSA. Apple has repeatedly denied working with the NSA or other government agency to create such backdoors, but the Russian government, well, they're not wanting to take any chances.
Both the brick-and-mortar Apple Retail Stores and Apple Online Store will be participating in various state tax holidays around the United States. The holidays, designed to spur sales while giving shoppers a bit of relief, are typically scheduled are the beginning of August, and lop off the state sales tax that is added to purchases (local county and city taxes still apply, though).
FreedomPop has announced that it will offer 500MB a month of free 4G LTE data for tablets that supports Sprint's network, along with direct sales of Apple's iPad mini and Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 on their website.
Virgin Mobile will be rolling out a new no-contract wireless plan, sold exclusively through Walmart. The mobile operator will be offering Americans the ability to activate up to five phone lines for a monthly fee starting from just $7 for each line. Available on August 9th, those who opt for Virgin Custom will have the option to customize everything to suit current needs and requirements, so long as you only enjoy using some of the popular social networks available.
Sprint today released its earnings report for the first fiscal quarter of 2014, detailing a net income of $23 million, the best result in over seven years. The US mobile operator also confirmed that 3G network maintenance was largely complete, while LTE coverage expands to cover approximately 254 million people. Sprint had previously been struggling with new affordable plans to attract custom and forking out for upgrading 4G infrastructure.
On Monday, unconfirmed reports that Apple had acquired Swell, a popular radio and podcast compiler app available for both iPhone and iPad, began circulating from various sources. At the time, Re/Code had noted the deal was worth around $30M and while the financial details surrounding the acquisition remain a mystery, Apple has now confirmed the deal to The Wall Street Journal.
The Lollapalooza music festival kicks off in Chicago in a few days, but for those that can't make it, Red Bull has you covered. As part of a partnership, Red Bull will be live streaming the festival to a number of devices this weekend.