It isn’t every week that includes a major mobile upgrade – iOS 5, the launch of a major new cloud service – Apple iCloud, an upgrade to iTunes and the release of the Apple iPhone 4S. In our weekend wrap-up, we revisit some groovy articles. We also have a few stories that we didn’t have time to cover.
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The drumbeat started early in the week as news spread that pre-order inventory of the iPhone 4S was sold out. Users coming late to the party would have to wait. By mid-week, iOS 5 was released for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The ever groovy Brian Burgess highlights 10 key new features in his first look. Brian also points out you have to upgrade to iTunes 10.5 before installing iOS 5.
The new iPhone 4S went on sale Friday, and true believers lined up outside long before Apple stores opened. In this great Cult of Mac photo, Steve Wozniak is shown, first in line, waiting for his local Apple store to open.
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Apple comes late to the cloud market with its new service, iCloud, following in the footsteps of Google, Amazon and Microsoft offerings. If you’re a Windows user, check out how to make iCloud work on a Windows PC. Early reviews of the new Apple service slam it for high prices for additional cloud based storage.
Due to user dissatisfaction with RIMs BlackBerry, and its outage this week. And the iPhone 4S being available on three major carriers – there will be more iOS users than ever. For those who are new to iOS, check out how to set up mail in Apple iOS 5.
In other news, Google continues to pare services. This week it announced plans to kill Google Buzz, its previous failed attempt at a social service. This allows the search giant to focus on Google+. Meanwhile, Google Voice competitor, Yap Voicemail has announced that it will be discontinued on October 20. To see how SMS is changing the world, check out our own Eric Mack’s post.
In this week’s installment of race to the bottom, RIM, the provider of Blackberry phones, found it could not keep its service up for a number of days, worldwide. Not good for a company that touts the reliability of its service.
And Netflix embattled CEO, Reed Hastings, announced that it was killing its DVD rental service, Qwikster, as the company continues to lose upset customers.
Finally, check out this week’s Freeware Friday. Austin Krause shows us FastStone Capture.
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