During an interview with CNN Money, Microsoft CFO Tami Relller said that they talked with Apple about developing an iTunes app for Windows 8, but users shouldn’t expect the app "any time soon". She notes:
"ITunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying."
Bloomberg Businessweekreports that Amazon is working on a set-top box to stream video content over the Internet via its Instant Video and Amazon Prime services.
The box will compete with similar products like the Roku and the Apple TV, as well with a more versatile devices such as Sony's Playstation and Microsoft's Xbox that have moved into the streaming video field in recent years. The report notes:
The popular file sharing app Bump today was updated to version 3.5.8. According to change notes, in the new versiondevelopers have removed the ability to share tracks from your iTunes library to your computer or another Bump user.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple will begin production of its next iPhone that is similar in size and shape to the current model during the second quarter, setting the stage for a possible launch this summer.
As Taiwan’s Economic Daily Newsreports, "high-ranking officials" at Samsung has revealed that the company has not yet received orders for an A7 chip that is expected to be used in the iPhone 6. The fact is reportedly causing speculation at Samsung that Apple has decided to shift its orders for the A7 processor to Taiwan Semiconductor Company (TSMC).
Today Facebook invited members of the press to an event related to Android on April 4, and TechCrunch notes that Facebook will likely debut its long-rumored smartphone at the event. According to previous reports, the handset would be an HTC smartphone based on Facebook-modified version of Android OS.
iOS version of Xiaoi (center and right) and Android version of Xiaoi (left)
As Shanghai Daily reports, Apple is facing a suit in China from a local company claiming that Siri infringes on its patent rights. The court in Shanghai will hold a pre-hearing today where Apple and the plaintiff, Shanghai Zhi Zhen, should exchange evidence. The reportnotes:
According to a report from The Economic Times, Apple plans to triple the size of its reseller network to 200 stores in India by 2015. Reportedly, Apple's vice-president (sales) for India, Europe, Middle-East and Africa Hugeues Asseman discussed some of these plans with key franchisee owners and trade partners during his visit to Mumbai last month. The reportnotes:
According to The Guardian's report, today Apple added a new tagline "Offers In-App Purchases" directly underneath the Free/Buy button for App Store apps that support the feature. The tagline helps make clear to users that paid or free apps may require additional in-app purchases in order to enable apps’ full functionality or receive other benefits such as in-game currency. The report notes:
While Apple has earned much praise for its iPhonedesign aesthetic, it also has received criticism for durability problems, with many users experiencing the issues after dropping their smartphones onto hard surfaces.
In the fifth-generation iPod touch and iPhone 5 Apple began using sapphire crystal in order to cover the rear camera of the devices, providing superior scratch resistance and durability. Apple notes:
Tom’s Hardwarepublished results of a detailed performance test of a Core i7 Haswell processor, which suggest that it will offer 7-13% performance increase over equivalent Ivy Bridge chips – a similar increase experienced with the transition from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge.