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iTunes for OS X updated with notification center widget, improved syncing

Apple has updated iTunes for OS X to version 12.1 today. Coming along for the ride is a new notification center widget, along with performance improvements for syncing with your iOS devices.

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Runkeeper adds Spotify integration for premium users

The good folks at Runkeeper have been taken in user feedback, and today are happy to announce that their iOS app now features Spotify integration. That means Spotify premium users can rock out to their favorite tunes on Spotify from right inside Runkeeper — no more jumping between apps.

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Sky partners with O2 to enter the UK mobile market

Sky has today announced plans to launch a new mobile service in 2016, partnering up with O2 for the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) venture. The deal will enable Sky to offer 2G, 3G and 4G services to its customer base, placing the company in a strengthened position against rivals.

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Apple ties with Samsung for title of world's largest smartphone manufacturer

Apple's stellar quarter – during which it sold 74.5 million iPhones – has allowed the manufacturer to catch up to Samsung. According to data from market research firm Strategy Analytics, both Apple and Samsung control a market share of 19.6 percent and are now tied for the title of the world's largest smartphone vendor.

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FTC rules that throttled unlimited data doesn't qualify as 'unlimited'

In a ruling that's resulted in a $40 million fine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's smacking down TracFone's speed throttling of customers that were paying for unlimited data service. The case in question only applies to TracFone, but it helps to reinforce a precedent that could apply to even the larger carriers in the United States.

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Universal confirms full cast for Steve Jobs biopic

While there's nothing shocking to come out of this, Universal Pictures has officially detailed the full cast of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic in a press release today. The release basically confirms previous reports that the film will star Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, alongside Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley.

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YouTube now defaulting to HTML5 video

YouTube is now defaulting to HTML5 video, which if you've been following the evolution of the technology for a while is pretty much the angel opening the seventh seal on Flash.

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More Android users are switching to iPhone than at any point previously measured

During the Q1 2015 conference call, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, said the company saw the highest rate of Android to iPhone switchers in 3 years — which is as far as the numbers go back.

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Tim Cook: Apple Watch will ship in April

As part of Apple's Q1 2015 conference call, Tim Cook announced that the Apple Watch would be shipping this April. That's in keeping with Apple's previously announced "early 2015" timeframe. (Cook explained Apple sees January to April as "early", May to August as "mid", and September to December as "late".)

From our Apple Q1 2015 transcript:

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Highlights from Apple's Q1 2015 conference call

Apple has just announced record breaking results for Q1 2015 — 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs sold, $74.6 billion in revenue — and now it's time to sit back, relax, and listen to their quarterly conference call. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook and CFO, Luca Maestri should be running the call. We'll update this post every few minutes with highlights, so refresh as the mood strikes you.

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