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No BlackBerry keyboard for you, and other news for March 31, 2014

Sorry folks, it looks like those of you who dreamed of having a BlackBerry-type keyboard for your iPhone will have to just keep on dreaming. The company has won a court order against Ryan Seacrest's Typo iPhone keyboard. The Typo had been expected to go on sale this Spring, but once BlackBerry got...

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Office Mobile goes free for the iPhone, and other news for March 28, 2014

Amid all the hoopla about Microsoft Office finally coming to the iPad (even Tim Cook tweeted about it) was a little bit of information that was missed by many: Microsoft has made its Office Mobile for iPhone suite free, and home users can edit their documents even without an Office365 subscription....

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A rack mount for the Mac Pro and other news for March 27, 2014

It's been a rather quiet morning, but here are three stories we found for you. Sonnet Tech has announced a 4U rack mount for Apple's cylindrical Mac Pro. The so-called xMac Pro Thunderbolt 2 PCIe Enclosure rolls off the tongue and includes three PCIe single-width expansion slots; Thunderbolt 2...

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Here's what Apple's first hacked-together iPhone looked like, and other news for March 26, 2014

Yesterday we told you the Wall Street Journal posted its interview with one of the original iPhone engineers about the creation of the iPhone. But now Apple has share an image of what the first hacked-together "iPhone" looked like. As you can see above, the first "iPhone" was a PowerMac G3 with an...

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Apple offering refunds for unauthorized in-app purchases, and other news for March 25, 2014

Apple has sent an email to users who have made recent in-app purchases (IAPs) announcing they can receive a refund for any unauthorized IAPs "made by a minor." The refund initiative is part of a consent decree Apple struck with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Users who wish to get IAP...

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UK App Store and iTunes Store pricing may increase 20% in 2015, and other news for March 24, 2014

Last week British Chancellor George Osborne introduced the UK's annual budget for the year ahead. It included, among other things, a change that may affect the price of apps and media in the UK App Store and iTunes Store by up to 20%. As The Guardian reports: George Osborne's latest budget could...

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Apple features new "Indie Game Showcase", and other news for March 21, 2014

Apple has rolled out a new section on the App Store called "Indie Game Showcase." It's dedicated to spotlighting stunning games by independent iOS developers. As Apple describes the new section: Often made up of just a few dedicated members, independent studios prove that what really matters is...

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World's first Apple reseller to close after 37 years, and other news for March 20, 2014

The first Apple reseller is closing its doors next week after 37 years in business. Minneapolis-based FirstTech's last day of business will be March 29th with a going-out-of-business sale beginning today. The company (originally known as Team Electronics) began selling Apple computers in the late...

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Here's the most popular colors in the App Store, and other news for March 19, 2014

The App Store offers more than a million apps, and the first thing a shopper sees while browsing is their icons. That first impression is important, and developers often spend a good chunk of time and money on designing a good one. Icons aren't only used to identify their apps. Apple has created...

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Apple launches 8 GB iPhone 5c and relaunches 16 GB iPad 4, and other news for March 18, 2014

As we mentioned this morning, Apple has officially launched an 8 GB version of the iPhone 5c. As of the time of this writing the 8 GB iPhone 5c still hasn't shown up in the US online store, but it is available in all European stores. In the UK store the 8 GB iPhone 5c has a price tag of...

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