While Apple has iAd and aggregates traffic data, for the most part they've thus far been content to merely take our money, give us shiny boxes, and not really bother much about who we are and what we do. Not all companies make their money off of massive hardware margins, however. Google, for their part, wants to catalog the world's information. They want to bring you info before you know you need it. They want to build the Star Trek computer. That kind of omniscient service requires an omnipresent awareness that needs to know as much about who and what you are as possible. Microsoft has been transitioning from software powerhouse to services alternative for years now, and with the just-announced Xbox One, they've arguably about to take over the living room. With Google on one end and Microsoft on the other, will Apple become an oasis for the more privacy conscious among us?
The iMore show has been an overwhelming success, reaching more of you, in more ways, then many of us here on the site could have possibly imagined. However, it didn't include you as much as any of us have wanted. Increasingly the iMore show had become more about awesome interviews and less about our even more awesome community.
Remember that iCEO plush toy that was all the geek rage awhile back? Turns out there are a few hundred of the little jobbies left, but the only way you can get one is by backing Throwboy's new Chat Pillows on Kickstarter.
Unity, the multiplatform game engine, has gone free to use for iOS and Android. The company made the announcement at its Unite Nordic conference in Malmö, Sweden, according to Keith Andrew of PocketGamer.
If the latest rumors turn out to be correct we could be looking at social photo and video integration in iOS 7 by way of Flickr and Vimeo support, most likely added to the existing social sharing options of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The story comes by way of 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman:
Anyone familiar with Android may well have come across LevelUp Studio. They are responsible for the excellent Twitter client Plume and the extremely popular Beautiful Widgets. Excellent apps for Android users, and now they have brought at least part of Beautiful Widgets to iOS with their new weather application; Bright Weather for iPhone.
iTunes U lets you subscribe to courses quickly and easily but there may come times when you don't necessarily want to subscribe to an entire course. You're also given the option to download individual classes within those sections if you choose too.
CTIA isn't the only event happening today, up in Redmond at Microsoft HQ we're being treated to a first look at what's next for the Xbox. Besides the gaming, the Xbox has steadily been increasing its attack on the living room, and Xbox Live has gone cross-platform with the release of Wordament on iOS. Then of course there's Xbox Smartglass, so already Microsoft has our attention before announcing anything new.
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