Apple is taking its iWork for iCloud apps multi-platform, turning it into a product accessible to internet users on any device, similar to Google Docs. Where previously to use Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, you needed to own at least one Apple device, you're now able to get an Apple ID and access the apps without needing your own Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
Xiaomi has become one of the biggest smartphone makers in the world, despite having zero presence in the United States. And while the company isn't planning to launch its phones here any time soon — international VP Hugo Barra made that very clear in Xiaomi's first major press event in the US today in San Francisco — the company is getting ready to launch a US sales site in a few months and start selling some of its products here. It's a small first step into the American marketplace, but one that could foreshadow a bigger presence here in the states.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the country’s Department of Transportation have unveiled proposed rules for drone flights. The plan [PDF] aims to maintain aviation safety standards, but will also make it difficult for companies hoping to use drones as couriers.
The perfect portable computer is something we’ve been chasing for decades. Ideally, it’s an exceptionally light, incredibly thin computer that can fit comfortably on our lap and slip into a shoulder bag. It should easily last all day or more without needing to be plugged in. It needs to be powerful enough to justify carrying it around instead of just getting everything done with an even more portable smartphone or tablet. It really ought to look good, too. Oh, and could you put a flat-out gorgeous 13-inch screen on it too, please, without making it feel big? Thanks. No pressure.
A month ago, I wrote about the iPhone's camera and how instrumental it is to many of the things that make that bestselling device so appealing. Today, Apple's most direct competitor, Samsung, has reiterated its long history of developing cameraphones and promised to deliver nothing less than "the future of cameras." In a post by Samsung's camera R&D chief DongHoon Jang, the company promises its 2015 flagship phone "will be intelligent and do all the thinking for users, allowing them to take amazing pictures under any conditions, without having to worry about anything more than just pressing the shutter button."