We currently rely on some hardy, heavy duty cases to save our beloved iOS devices in those rare situations where we may accidentally drop them in water. But what if your iOS devices came straight from Apple as fool-proof in that you could safely drop them in water without a worry? That could be the case for future iPhone iterations.
Apple purchased the music streaming service "Lala" back in December of last year. In April of this year, Apple announced that it would shut down the acquired site, and many Lala users wondered what would happen to their unspent Lala credits. Yesterday, Apple answered, and began contacting Lala users to offer them refunds in the form of iTunes gift cards - and they are rounding the amounts up! Even though many were upset about Apple's decision to shut Lala down, at least they're doing the current users right by giving them (monetary) credit where credit is due.
Gizmodo asked its readership yesterday for a favor: any realtime information its readers could offer from the WWDC keynote address on Monday. Why? Apparently, Apple has declined to respond to Gizmodo's request for passes to said keynote.
Last night Steve Jobs was on stage at All Things Digital answering questions about the iPad, iPhone, and Apple in general. Today it was Steve Ballmer's turn, and unfortunately he was put into a defensive mode by Walt Mossberg because a number of the questions were centered around responses from Jobs the night before. That said, I'm reminded of what I heard happened in the Nixon-Kennedy debates back in 1960. Historians argue that Kennedy won, not because his words were better, but he appeared better. When you watch Steve Ballmer, it's almost impossible to remember that this man is the CEO of the largest software company on the planet. He has to be smart, but he is such a horrible public speaker, I always end up wondering why Microsoft hasn't fired him yet.
Check out the video clip below, where it's borderline impossible to understand what he's trying to say. Be sure to check out the clever, if inaccurate, jab at the iPad around the 3:55 mark.
Unexpected rumors popped up today regarding Apple's long lost product, the Apple TV. Some of you might be screaming at us right now, "Why are you telling me about the Apple TV? This is supposed to be a site about iPhones!" But the rumor involves the OS... namely that the Apple TV might be getting the iPhone OS, complete with the ability to run apps.
According to the Business Insider, even though Apple's market capitalization is still $1 billion shy of Microsoft's, the value Apple's actual business is now higher. The concept is simple (sarcasm). If you calculate the stock market capitalization, take into account cash on hand, and then figure in the company's debt, Apple is worth $200 billion while Microsoft is worth only $197 billion.
Just two days ago, Apple's market cap was $51 billion below Microsoft's, so by the end of today none of the convoluted math may even matter.
UPADTE: It is now official, Apple's market cap has surpassed Microsoft's, putting it second only to Exxon-Mobile.
The hysteria generated by a single block of metal, plastic and glass, a bit smaller than a common kitchen sponge, is earth shattering.
Sources close to Adobe have suggested that Adobe will be suing Apple in a few weeks, according to a report by ITWorld. This falls on the heels of Apple's announcement that the app store will no longer accept applications created using Flash or other cross-platform compilers. Adobe is already at odds with Apple over the exclusion of Flash on the iPhone and iPad. Suggesting this is an antitrust issue seems to be a bit of a stretch though, so it is unclear what lawsuit Adobe would even have against Apple. And since Adobe has made no official comments regarding a possible lawsuit, at this point everyone is simply in speculation mode.
Adding to Adobe's conflict with Apple, Mashable has posted a story as to how Adobe has teamed up with HP to offer a couple of video demos for HP's Slate tablet, the longer demo showcasing Slate's use of Flash and AIR support.
The commercial lays it on pretty thick by emphasizing how Flash support lets you “access the full web and not just a part of it.” The first demo video below shows off photo-sharing and editing, interactive crossword puzzles, Flash games, and more as well as the on-screen keyboard and other elements of the HP Slate user interface. The second video is a 30-second marketing reel showing off the HP Slate in action:
Nokia and Apple may want to go toe to toe in the legal ring right now, but they're being told to wait a bit.
According to Macworld, the International Trade Commission has told both parties that it must complete its own probe, which was scheduled to take 45 days after it agreed to perform the investigation on February 22nd, then the lawsuit will presumably move forward. That's if it's still on and not settled by then, although Nokia seems determined to win it, and Apple apparently has enough bandwidth to handle two lawsuits at once.