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Apple CEO Steve Jobs noted earlier that "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone," defending the right of Apple to keep such apps off the iPhone. He might want to enhance the FaceTime app to check for boobs while running, based on this Craiglist ad for iPhone 4 video sex operators. Jobs famous comment about porn on Android came was he explained why the app submitted by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore had been rejected from the App Store. Jobs said via email, "Fiore's app will be in the store shortly. That was a mistake. However, we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy an (sic) Android phone." Naturally, while making... Read more...
The Daily Mail apparently saw a Tweet from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and rushed out a story about an iPhone 4 recall. Unfortunately, they didn't realize it was a parody Twitter account until it was too late. Really, how could they have believed it, anyway? After all, as Apple CEO Steve Jobs emailed a customer, "There are no reception issues." More on that later. The Daily Mail story (since taken down) appeared as above (without the X; we wanted to make sure no HH readers saw it and mistook it for real news). You can still see evidence (at least at the time of this writing) if you Google the purported quote from the Apple CEO: We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect.A little down... Read more...
Did Apple really not know about the problems with the iPhone 4's antenna system which, particularly when the device is held with skin touching the bottom left of the steel antenna surrounding its case, can cause signal degradation and even dropped calls? It's possible, and it's possible that its own paranoia, as well as its BFF, AT&T, are at fault. First, Apple's BFF: AT&T. A recent study of mobile broadband speeds nationwide showed an interesting fact. The fastest AT&T connection in the nation is on Apple's campus. That's because there's an AT&T tower mounted at Apple's headquarters at One Infinite Loop, in Cupertino, CA. It figures, right? It also makes one wonder if Apple will... Read more...
A few weeks after Apple announced its revised programming rules for iPhad devices, Adobe dropped the bombshell that it was abandoning Apple's platform. Up until late April, Adobe had tirelessly pledged Flash support for the iPhone, but certain changes to the developer license made it too risky for the company to continue development. Apple and Adobe have publicly sparred in the last week and the Flash developer may have deliberately upped the ante. Sources at the FTC revealed today that the regulatory agency is preparing to investigate Apple's developer license to see if it unfairly restricts competition—purportedly at Adobe's request. The troublesome section of Apple's developer license is 3.3.1,... Read more...
Steve Jobs has been on a quest to rid the world of buttons since the original Macintosh debuted sans numeric keypad. In later years, we've seen the G4 Cube (with its touch-sensitive power-on area, as opposed to a physical button), the Apple Pro Mouse (sometimes known as the zero-button mouse), and most recently the iPhone/iPad with their single button. If you thought one button was as low as any practical device could go, you were wrong. Apple has filed a patent application, 20100103116, for a "Disappearing Button or slider." The abstract reads: An input device is disclosed. The input is a deflection based capacitive sensing input. Deflection of a metal fame of the input device causes a change... Read more...
When Apple released a new version of its iPhone developer program last week, it included new eligibility requirements that have serious implications for both advertisers and programmers. Adobe and Apple have been less than chummy in recent months, but the content creation company has always maintained it would bring Flash to the iPhone one way or another—until today. As of now, Flash for the iPhone is dead. Mark Chambers, Adobe's product manager for Flash, gave some insight as to why on his personal blog. One of the sections of the iPhone developer agreement that's causing problems for a number of companies is 3.3.1, which essentially states that app developers are only allowed to use approved... Read more...
There's an app for darn near everything on the iPho, iPa, err, iPhad these days—but not for porn. No one paid much attention to this until recently, but the recent frenzy over Apple's decision to block political cartoonist Mark Fiore from the App Store (since reversed) has shone a spotlight on other restricted content. The issue came to a head when Jobs opted, as he sometimes does, to answer an email from an Apple enthusiast who expressed reservations regarding the company's content restrictions. On April 15, Matthew Browning wrote Steve, identified himself as a user and recent convert, and then expressed the following: I’m really starting to have a philosophical issue with your company. It appears... Read more...
The fat cats at Apple have reason to celebrate, and we're not talking about the successful launch of the iPad. Not directly, anyway. The Cupertino gang turned in record financial results for Apple's fiscal 2010 second quarter ended March 27, 2010, at least for a non-holiday quarter. Apple posted revenue of $13.60 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.07 billion, which works out to $3.33 per diluted share. That's a pretty sizable bump from one year ago when quarter profit sat at $9.08 billion and net quarterly profit at $1.62 billion, or $1.79 per diluted share. "We're thrilled to report our best non-holiday quarter ever, with revenues up 49 percent and profits up 90 percent," said Steve Jobs,... Read more...
Fully a third of the top dogs on Barron's 30 Most Respected CEOs list released in this week's print edition hail from the tech world.Given how virtually all anyone talks about these days (other than healthcare, but don't expect a discussion of that here) is social media, gadgets and the interwebz, it should be no shock. Nonetheless, a few tech names fell off the list this year: Chase Carey of DirecTV left the company to be the No. 2 man at NewsCorp.; Satoru Iwata of Nintendo due to the Wii's declining fortunes; and Rick Tsai of TSMC, as he's no longer with the semiconductor manufacturer.So we have, then, the 10 most respected CEOs from the tech world (phrases in italics are Barron's summation... Read more...
Since the iPhone OS 3.1.3 update came out, the word has spread far and wide among jailbreakers: don't upgrade! There's no reason to do so, as no new features were added, and a "safe" effective jailbreak couldn't be guaranteed.It is interesting, therefore, to see that Steve Jobs hasn't upgraded his iPhone to 3.1.3, either. 9to5Mac, while confirming the validity of an email from Jobs to a reader, took at detailed looked at the email header. What they saw was (above) that in the X-Mailer section it said: iPhone Mail (7D11) which means he's on 3.1.2.There could be many reasons that Jobs is on 3.1.2. It's quite possible that Jobs simply can't be bothered with syncing his own device and relies on his... Read more...
A number of iPad-related stories broke over the last couple days; we've rounded up some of the larger topics into a single news post. First up, graphic designer Paul Threatt took exception to some of Apple's iPad advertisements, several of which purported to show the device running Flash without a hitch. In the screenshot below, the iPad is surfing the New York Times and displaying a slideshow that's only viewable on a browser with Flash installed. Threatt didn't just complain to the company, he filed suit with the FTC, alleging that Apple's ad conveyed false/misleading information about the capabilities of the device. From the complaint: In several advertisements and images representing the... Read more...
The iPad has been a red-hot topic since Apple unveiled it last week; the tablet's price structure, included hardware, and iPhone-derived UI are all topics that have been debated extensively by tech pundits and enthusiasts across all forms of media. These are salient points of conversation, to be sure, but the question of whether or not potential iPad customers will accept the App Store as the sole source of iPad software, has gone largely unaddressed. The iPhone App Store has been an undeniable success, but consumers may not tolerate the same level of control over their computers as they have over their cell phones.To date, Apple has been able to win massive market share and appoint itself... Read more...
Post-iPad announcement, Steve Jobs late last week held a company town hall. Wired noted that the big topics included both Google and Adobe, which should surprise none.After all, Google is becoming more of a threat to Apple, with its Android app phone OS, and with plans to release a Chrome OS for PCs as well. Additionally, Adobe's made clear how it feels about the lack of Flash support on the iPad (and by extension, the iPhone).On Google, Jobs said: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there’s no getting Jobs off this rant.... Read more...
While many expect tomorrow's Apple event to result in CEO Steve Jobs unveiling an Apple table, we now have confirmation. Considering how much Apple values secrecy, you have to expect they are not pleased about this.While being interviewed on CNBC today, addressing his company's latest earnings, which showed its first boost in earnings in two years, Terry McGraw, chairman and CEO of McGraw-Hill said:"Yeah, Very exciting. Yes, they'll make their announcement tomorrow on this one. We have worked with Apple for quite a while. And the Tablet is going to be based on the iPhone operating system and so it will be transferable. So what you are going to be able to do now -- we have a consortium of e-books.... Read more...
Apple announced on Monday that Google's CEO, Dr. Eric Schmidt, has resigned from their Board of Directors. While there was little content in their announcement (it was only two paragraphs sans the company info paragraph at the end), it had been obvious for a long time that he had to go. After all, the companies are starting to compete more and more against each other, and Schmidt had to recuse himself more and more often, because of that. Obvious examples include Android phones vs. the iPhone, Chrome vs. Safari, and the Chrome OS vs. Mac OS. Not mentioned in the press release is the FCC investigation of the rejection of the Google Voice app from the App Store. You can probably imagine Steve Jobs... Read more...
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant two months ago.  The report also states that despite this, he is still on track to return to Apple's helm at the end of June.  In fact, early this month that same WSJ reported that Jobs was due to return at the end of June.  Of course, at that time the WSJ didn't have the info it has now.Jobs left Apple for an extended medical leave in January, promising to return at the end of June.  According to the Journal, as part of an agreement in place before he went on leave, some board members have been briefed weekly on his condition by his physician.Steve Jobs is in a somewhat rare position:... Read more...
Naysayers, time to eat your hat. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, is ready to return to the helm of the Cupertino, CA based technology company, as scheduled, by the end of June. In mid-January of this year, Steve Jobs took a medical leave of absence, giving few details but setting a timeframe to return of the end of June. Jobs had previously suffered a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2004, but in January it was said that he was suffering from a nutritional problem related to a hormone imbalance. He had earlier exhibited rather dramatic weight loss. According to a person familiar with the matter, Steve Jobs nearly starved to death: "He was one real sick guy. Fundamentally... Read more...
January 24, 1984 was the day the Macintosh first went on sale. It was the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface rather than a command line interface, and it promised to revolutionize personal computing. Yes, back then Apple still called itself Apple Computers. And although January 24th was its birth, January 22, 1984 was its introduction, via a commercial known as 1984, directed by Ridley Scott, and shown during the Super Bowl. The ad is set in an Orwellian world, and a host of people sits staring blankly at a broadcast of a monolithic figure on a giant screen, until a woman clad in track-and-field garb runs in (with security hot on... Read more...
Wired's public upload image viewer, which generates a page containing an image you upload under a Wired logo banner, was hacked to produce an official-looking page that seemed to indicate Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack (if you ignore all the grammar and spelling errors, that is). You'll recall that last year someone posted a fake story about a Steve Jobs heart attack on iReport, CNN's social news site. It's hard to believe anyone fell for this, based on how poorly the story was written: Steve Jobs in has had a cardiac arresta sombre mood surrounding sever of the Apple boardPaulo AltoAmbulenceSheesh. Since the person had to go through the trouble of creating an image that looked to be... Read more...
A Bloomberg report citing "a person familiar with the matter" indicates that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has begun a probe into the disclosures made by Apple regarding Steve Jobs' health, to determine if in fact investors may have been misled. The "Steve Jobs Health Story" has taken on a life of its own, in a soap opera-ish way. First it was noted at last year's WWDC conference that Jobs look gaunt and tired. There were multiple denials over any health issues by Apple and Jobs, including a December report by Jim Goldman where he said that "sources inside the company tell me that Jobs' decision was more about politics than his pancreas." However, as recent as early January Jobs... Read more...
Steve Wozniak, the "other Steve" that people associate with Apple, but not in the cultish near-godlike way people think of Steve Jobs, appeared on CNBC recently, and was asked about his opinion on Steve Jobs' health as well as his privacy. Also appearing on the show were Sarah Lacy (Business Week) and Matt Richtel (the New York Times). Lacy indicated in just one question just why the private life of Steve Jobs seems to have reached celebrity status and interest. Lacy:"He is such a part of the value of that stock. So looking at it as a business story, it's really hard for us not to cover it. I know you feel we should get out of his business, but do you at least grant the position business have... Read more...
In response to the announcement of a medical leave by Steve Jobs, a group of analysts was assembled to discuss the issue on CNBC. Key among them was Jim Goldman, CNBC's Silicon Valley Bureau chief, and Dan Lyons, who formerly played the "role" of "Fake Steve (Jobs)," on a satiric blog. The exchange between the two was contentious, and included Lyons asking Goldman to apologize to Gizmodo, whom he mocked when they said Jobs' health was "rapidly declining." You can watch the video below; the exchange starts about 3:30 into the video. What Lyons said was: There are two kinds of reporters who cover Apple: the kind who realize they're getting snowed and and they're getting bullied and they're getting... Read more...
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