Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 15 August 2014

On August 15, 2014

Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news!

15 Free Sources to Learn Swift Programming Language – If you are not yet aware of this, Apple has introduced a new programming language called Swift in this year’s WWDC, alongside the new Mac OS X Yosemite.

The Best (And Worst) Browser For Your Laptop’s Battery Life – Ever wondered how much the weight of 10,000 open browser tabs is dragging down your laptop’s battery? Fear not: AnandTech just dug into the particulars with a delightfully detailed test.

Sam Sung’s Apple Auction on eBay Sees Price Drop $85,000 After Fake Bids Removed – Sam Sung is raising money for charity by auctioning off his Apple business card. The ironically named former Apple employee was hoping to raise $10,000.

Tim Cook takes ice bucket challenge at Apple HQ Beer Bash – Tim Cook has gladly accepted Phil Schiller’s challenge to douse himself with a bucket of ice in order to get out of a $100 donation to ALS charities.

Where All Mac Users Can Find a Copy of the Constitution – Own a Mac? Now there’s no excuse for not being up on the U.S. Constitution: It turns out there’s an electronic copy on every Apple computer.

Man murders roommate, asks Siri where to hide the body – Most of us are used to asking Siri where the nearest pizza place or supermarket is. He/she has become an almost indispensable part of some iPhone users’ lives. But would you ever ask Siri how to hide a dead body? That’s exactly what one Florida man did two years ago.

Samsung rolls out anti-iPhone “Wall Huggers” ad campaign to airports – A few weeks ago, Samsung rolled out a decently funny anti-iPhone ad titled “Wall Huggers.” The commercial effectively takes shots at the iPhone for having poor battery life, forcing users to constantly search for outlets to plug in their phones.

You won’t believe what Foursquare has done with its iPhone app – As promised a few days ago, Foursquare has released a new version of its app for the iPhone that includes a revamped design, a new logo and more new features.

Shazam re-adds Spotify; Beats Music quietly added too – Shazam has restored Spotify integration to its music identification app, while also quietly adding support for the Apple-owned Beats Music in its latest upgrade.

Teen’s iPhone photos put vibrant face on homeless population – The 18-year-old is at the tail end of a Kickstarter campaign to to raise $2,500 that will keep him out photographing with his iPhone 4s. His “Homeless But Not Hopeless” project aims to bring awareness about the homeless population of St. Louis, Missouri, which spiked 12 percent after the economic tsunami hit.

6 Free (or Cheap) Tools Every Startup Must Use – While all things ‘cheap’ maybe looked down upon in the past as poor quality, limited utility or even short-lived; in the technology world, cheap means efficient. And smart.