For a few moments, it looked like phone case manufacturer Case-Mate had jumped the gun and released images of the iPhone 5 (decked out in their fancy schmancy cases, of course). But then — POOF! — the page was gone, all but confirming that we were seeing something that Apple didn’t want us to see yet. However, images remain and speculation continues! If what we’re seeing is real, the iPhone 5 will be slimmer but wider than its predecessor and have an aluminum back (some have said it may resemble a miniature iPad more than a regular iPhone). In other news, the CEO of France Telecom has decided that Apple’s notorious secrecy means nothing to him and let it slip that the iPhone 5 is coming on October 15. Or so he thinks.
If you’re one of the people who finds themselves frustrated with Amazon’s often head-scratching recommendation engine (No, I am not interested in “By the Devil’s Hand: The 666 Killer. Bat Amazon, bad!), you should definitely keep BookLikes on your radar. A Polish start-up, BookLikes intends to be the one-stop shop for all things literature, not only selling books but providing recommendations and offering a social network so you can share your thoughts across the web. Unlike Amazon’s recommendation engine, which seems to have a bizarre, half-insane mind of its own, BookLikes takes into account your “reading preferences, general book information and social activity” when it suggests something you might like, learning the details of your preferences over time. It’s difficult to imagine a small start-up tackling Amazon in any way, but if you’re a voracious reader, keep you eyes open.
In a definite “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” moment, it looks like you’ll soon be able to update your Twitter status from Facebook, an act that will save countless lives by preventing the great Facebook/Twitter war that was foretold for 2012.
Are you a thoughtless monster who never knows what to get his friends and family for the holidays? Of course you are. Your new best friend come December may very well be GiveEmThis, an online system that will suggest what you should get for someone by “reading” their Facebook profile, examining what they post and shooting an Amazon link your way. GiveEmThis is based around an algorithm that should grow smarter as more people use it, so all of you selfish, bad gift-givers out there know what to do.
Although we here at Tapsauce generally lean toward being Apple fanboys, we’ve had plenty of experience with Windows’ dreaded Blue Screen of Death. Heck, who hasn’t? In a weird way, it’s almost comforting that the upcoming Windows 8 will keep the blue screen informing you that you’re computer has gone wrong and needs to be rebooted, but it’s not surprising that they’ve given it a pretty major overhaul, replacing the lines of incomprehensible, menacing text with a few spare sentences and a giant, frowning emoticon.
In news that will probably not surprise you, Apple has become the world’s second most valuable brand, with it’s $39.3 billion only trailing Google’s $48.3. Microsoft slipped to third place with $39 million…perhaps they can blame that on the lackluster sales of the Windows Phone 7.
In what may be the weirdest story of the week, a blatantly anti-Apple game called Phone Story somehow managed to slip through the iNet (oh, Apple jokes) and launch on the App Store, only to be pulled seven hours later. The game is a collection of minigames, all decrying corporate greed: you force miners to dig for cotan at gunpoint, you attempt to rescue attempted suicides at Foxconn, you force as many customers as you can into an Apple store to sell a new release and finally, you control workers breaking down electronic gadgets in less-than-pleasant conditions. Considering the usually rigorous application process for the App Store, you just know that someone behind the scenes at Apple is packing up their belongings and being shown the door.