This Week’s Top Story:
Apple continues to dominate headlines with this week’s release of iCloud/iOS 5 for Apple devices (months after the announcement in June), as well as the release of the iPhone 4S (which we haven’t stopped playing with all morning). Among the notable features of iOS 5 are the BBM-like iMessage, a revamped notification system, deep Twitter integration, and new camera capabilities. iOS 5 also allows for instant iCloud connection, organizing contacts, calendar, and mail events from all iDevices. Of course, such a big lift doesn’t come without some technology issues. Many users complained of long wait times for download, an Error 3200 during the backup/restore, and the tedious process of reorganizing apps.
Blackberry users worldwide have been experiencing outages for three days now, including delays in email and BBM.
The iPhone 4S prompted a pre-order sell out within 24 hours with more than 1 million purchases. The devices are being delivered to users this week for those who ordered early. Latecomers are now seeing 1-2 week wait messages for their devices.
After negative feedback from disgruntled customers, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that the company would kill off Qwikster and resume the previous system of DVD rental and online streaming through Netflix.com.
Facebook continued their plan for 20 purchases this year with the acquisition of Q&A service friend.ly.
In other news from Facebook, their iPad app finally launched alongside a brand new iPhone app.
Be On the Lookout:
Zynga’s Unleashed event produced a slew of new games, including Hidden Chronicles, Castleville, Zynga Bingo and Casino, and Dream Zoo.
99 Designs will be launching a fund to support and aid design students.