Is Apple Nervous for the Galaxy IV…

Greetings everyone!! I love tech news of any kind and I would like to start posting tech news, updates, and rumors throughout the week. Let me know your thoughts on these topics in the comment section. Let’s begin…

Kudos to Apple for selling refurbished fourth generation iPads and iPad minis. The online Apple store was looking a bit empty for a while. With the current reselling competition I figured Apple just threw in the towel. Please note if you ever purchase something used online be sure to check the ratings as well as reviews. Using an official store is more official and secure. Most consumers want an open box, meaning it has been slightly used for a discounted price. The economy is tough, but that does not mean you cannot have the device that you want. Apple has five options for the refurbished fourth-generation iPad, ranging from $449 for a Wi-Fi 16GB white iPad to $679 for Wi-Fi + Cellular for Verizon 32GB models. I am glad they didn’t forget about the iPad mini, Apple is selling a refurbished Wi-Fi + Cellular for Verizon 16GB model in black for $429, and a Wi-Fi 32GB model in white for $389. For the GB those prices are not bad at all. A brand new iPad mini is fresh out of the box for a 16GB is $329. Kudos to Apple for jumping back on the bandwagon.

The announcement of the Galaxy IV debuts today, expect full coverage tomorrow!! Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller had a few choice words for the competition’s launch. “Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn’t as good as an iPhone.” I’m sensing a little shade on the playground. Schiller mentioned that Android users often run old operating systems and don’t have a better experience. “When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with.” I will be a witness to that statement; while using a Samsung Galaxy tab the experience wasn’t as seamless as it should have been. I will also say that the iPhone has been trying to catch up to the customization of Android’s software but keeps coming up short. Phil needs to chill it’s okay for a little friendly competition.

OTOpenTable, Inc. has updated its OpenTable app, which is free by the way to version 4.4. If you have never used OpenTable it is very convenient; if you have ever wondered if the restaurant you want to go to has an open table there you go. Plus you can read reviews, and take a look at the menu. It’s now possible to look up a specific restaurant from the home screen, rather than having to dig through the app. It was a personal nuisance before the update to keep searching and searching for what you wanted. Accessing through the home screen makes so much more sense. Multitasking has been implemented for users to navigate through the app while it’s searching. No more nagging spinner that locks up. There is a new design update, and iPhone 4/4S/5 users can now all see currently available nearby tables on the app’s home screen. This update made me reinstall the app on my phone!

skypeAn app I would be lost without, Skype has updated to version 4.6. Of course this app is for the free and the calling experience has been improved with a new, clean interface. It’s easier to mark recent chats as read; also, one-to-one chats appear in the correct order within the app. It is always great to get a new update for an app that you use everyday. That’s the news, interviews, and rumors for today. I will have some more app news and free software coming tomorrow!!

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