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Ford ditching BlackBerry for iPhone company-wide

3,300 Ford employees currently using a BlackBerry will be getting a company-issued iPhone before the end of the year, and 6,000 will be replacing their flip phones with iOS devices in the next two year. Ford spokesperson Sara Tatchio commented on the switch.

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Unread dev provides a look at the harsh realities of indie app development

Jared Sinclair, the developer behind RSS reader app Unread, has provided a detailed account of Unread's first year of existance. It's a sobering look at the state of indie app development and the market for pay up front apps. Sinclair goes in-depth about the stress of creating Unread, and the toll it took on his life. And all of the effort put into the app has not translated into sustainable revenue, according to the post on Sinclair's blog:

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Tampa man charged with scamming $309,768 from Apple retail stores

Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. of Tampa has been charged with scamming a total of $309,768 from a number of Apple's retail stores located in 16 states, according to recently revealed federal court documents.

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Apple TV adds FOX Now, CNBC to channel lineup

The Apple TV has added a couple of new sections today, FOX Now and CNBC. Both channels allow you to watch on-demand content from both providers, and require you to sign in and activate your Apple TV with your cable provider before you can use them completely.

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Apple refreshes its Retina MacBook Pro line-up with improved hardware

Apple has today unveiled new units in its MacBook Pro range of Retina laptops. The units sport improved (and newer) Intel Haswell processors, coupled with increased RAM as standard options. 13-inch Pro models come with 8GB of RAM minimum, while the larger 15-inch options pack 16GB. Not only are we looking at increased specifications, but the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro has also received a price drop, now selling for $2499.

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Facebook reportedly making Messenger app mandatory for chat over the next few days

It was a few months ago that we reported Facebook would be killing in-app messaging. Facebook instead prefers users to chat with the dedicated Facebook Messenger app. Facebook is now notifying people that transition will happen over the next few days.

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Add a personal touch to your orders with Amazon's 3D printing store

Amazon has launched a new section of its retail website where customers can customize and purchase a number of 3D printed products, including items such as cases, holders and stands for smartphones and tablets.

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T-Mobile launches new plan to help families save some pennies

T-Mobile is launching a new plan aimed at families of four. Beginning this Wednesday, July 30, customers will be able to set up a four-line Simple Choice plan with 10GB of data for $100 per month. Unlike plans on other carriers where that data would be shared, on T-Mobile each line will get 2.5GB of high-speed data. The offer will be available until 2016.

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Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics gets the all clear from the EU

The EU has reached a decision on Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics, passing the deal through with the all clear. The $3 billion deal to purchase the Beats brand has been in the works for some time and will enable Apple to absorb not only the new (and fairly popular) music streaming service, but also an iconic family of premium headphones.

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Apple to acquire radio app Swell for $30 million

Apple is set to remain on its purchasing spree with the acquisition of Swell, a popular radio and podcast compiler app available for both iPhone and iPad. According to Re/code sources, the deal is worth around $30 million, a relatively minor purchase in comparison to Beats Electronics at $3 billion. Swell enables consumers tune into their favorite talk shows and podcasts in an intelligent way, providing a more personalized experience.

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