Gmail for iOS has been updated to version 3.0, adding background refresh to make viewing your email faster. While Gmail already utilizes push notifications, users have previously needed to wait for the app to refresh and load new messages when opening it.
Game broadcasting service Twitch has announced an SDK that will allow developers of mobile games build in support for Twitch broadcasting. Twitch wants to bring as many of its broadcasting features to mobile as it can, including live streaming game video and audio, video capture with the front-facing camera, and audio capture using both the built-in as well as external microphones. Twitch hopes to have the same dominence over mobile game broadcasting that it currently enjoys with PC and console games, according to the press release:
Apple's CarPlay is the hot topic this week and it's taking the Geneva Motor Show by storm. We've seen closer looks at what Ferrari and Mercedes Benz are doing with it, but Volvo looks like it might have both of them beat. Apple's Greg Joswiak has been on the ground in Switzerland through the first couple of days of the show, and has helped Volvo to unveil CarPlay in one of its concept cars.
Flipboard will soon purchase and shut down competing news app Zite from CNN. The Zite team will join Flipboard, except for Zite CEO Mark Johnson, and the deal includes an advertising partnership between Flipboard and CNN.
The SURFACE Case with kickstand by Seidio is the perfect iPhone 5C hard case; combining a super-slim design, protective outer shell and a magnetic kickstand for convenient viewing. Color options include black, blue, red and purple.
Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got a ton of bug fixes for IM clients, VNC clients, organizers, editors, and more!
Apple vs Samsung takes an unusual twist today with a report that Cupertino has actually shared some confidential information it accused Samsung of unlawfully sharing. It all centers around a confidential license agreement with Nokia, which a Samsung executive reportedly made known his knowledge of. But, according to FOSS Patents, Apple has outed the terms of the deal anyway:
A report today suggests that Apple will be retiring the regular, non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro in the second half of 2014. The news comes via Digitimes, a somewhat hit-and-miss source that cites insiders in the supply chain, and claims that Apple will be taking the MacBook Pro line Retina only:
There are some stories floating around about CarPlay being run by, powered by, or something by QNX, BlackBerry's embedded operating system division. A better way to phrase it is that CarPlay "takes over the user experience" of in-vehicule infotainment systems running QNX. Here's the thing: Apple doesn't make or license embedded operating systems for smart cars just like they don't make or license embedded operating systems for TVs. They simply hook into what's already there, be it a Ferrari or a Panasonic, via CarPlay or Apple TV.