Reading List is a daily column on weekdays that provides a summary of noteworthy news and rumors not already covered by iFans on the day. Read on to find out interesting tidbits and other important headlines related to both Apple and the greater technology industry for Wednesday, August 8th.
Google announced that it will be releasing an improved Search app for iOS in the coming days, with Siri and Google Now voice search functionality, while a new “Wi-Fi Plus Cellular” mode was uncovered in iOS 6 beta 4 that allows apps that are experiencing difficulties due to poor Wi-Fi strength to use a cellular data connection instead.
Apple today released iAd Producer 3.0, OS X Mountain Lion was found to reduce battery life by as much as 38 percent, iFixit posted an extensive repair manual for the MacBook Pro with Retina display and Starbucks partnered with Square to launch the mobile payment system at several of its U.S. locations in the near future. In other news, Pinterest finally allows anyone to sign up without an invitation, London 2012 was pegged as the first “social Olympics” and Valve announced that it will be expanding its Steam platform beyond just games.