When relationships go sour, drama breaks out. It’s fair to say that the recent Jobs/Schmidt coffee meeting may have been planned to spurn the rumours that relationship between infinity and the fruit has gone sour grapes. The two high-ups met over coffee with their expensive cars parked outside and after Gizmodo’s tipster snapped a few shots. Snippets of the conversation seemed well-timed: “They’re going to see it all eventually so who cares how they get it”, and “Let’s go discuss this somewhere more private”, and provocative to say the least.
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If Apple and Google are having it out, Adobe and Apple, who have had rough hits regarding Adobe’s proprietary Flahs, are having it out too. Steve Jobs (cue heavenly fanfare) has said Adobe’s software isn’t stable on OSX, but now Adobe are at Apple’s neck, saying it is an Apple problem. When will this silliness ever end? According to Zdnet, Adobe’s CEO, Shantanu Narayen, has this to say of the situation:
“We’ve been fairly transparent,” said Narayen. “We’re committed to bringing flash to any platform with a screen. This has nothing to do with technology. It’s an apple issue and you’ll have to check in with them.”
More Flash goodness/badness after the gap:
Really there isn’t much to see or hear, but Valleywag have a good say on some bad history. Both Apple and Google have been cr*pping into each other’s coffee for a while now; sadly, both have reserved soft places in my heart, at least as they apply to computer/iDevice hardware and email… le sigh.
The iPhone is the template for the modern smartphone. Its UI, App Store, and looks each have spawned dozens of look, act, and sell-alikes. But that may be the problem. Apple patented many aspects of its UI and from yesterday, have embroiled themselves in a battle with HTC (and by analogue, Google) in an effort to protect their innovations. If they can successfully defend their patents, it will be a major win for Apple, but also for software lawsuits in general which have never faired as well in debating the finer points of design and intellectual property.
Apple’s RAW workflow software, Aperture, just got a nice-looking upgrade. Aperture 3 sports over 100 features – right, so Apple-speak doesn’t always translate into realistic gains, but… – for the professional and wannabe professional to streamline through. Aperture isn’t a Photoshop replacement, but like Adobe’s Lightroom, is a great collection of the most-used components.
Big news in the world of headphones: @BJ, organiser of the Tokyo OFF headphone amp exhibition where dozens of local manufacturers and audiophiles met, will be meeting with Apple next week to showcase the merits of portable headphone amplifiers on portable media players such as the iPod. The meeting is scheduled for February 8, and if successful in wrangling the right ear, could mean very prolific exposure for the world of high-end portable audio. Discuss Apple and BJ in our forums.
The modern internet junkie is the lowest of common denominators. It feeds on rumours, loves unsubstantiated ‘facts’, tires of truth, and salivates for one-eyed wisdom. I am probably one. Apple struggle on and offline against this rock-hurtling beast who incessantly protects the first to complain. Well, Amazon complained.
Amidst the hype and hate of last week’s iPad announcement, the globe has continued to revolve, life has continued to rush on, and Apple’s competitors have continued whetting their development stones. Google, among that number have just put up some nice piccies and a video of their Chrome OS-powered tablet.
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The world waited with bated breath as the man himself, Steve Jobs, unveiled the much-anticipated Apple tablet device years in the making, bestowing it with the name “iPad”. Boasting of a 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, and low-power system-on-a-chip, the iPad holds itself out as the ultimate internet browser, email client, video, photo and eBook reader – with a specially designed iWork to provide word processing, presentation and spreadsheets.