Apple Stores are spreading throughout the world like one of those scary plague diagrams from Outbreak, but if there’s one Apple product that isn’t catching on like an infectious disease, it’s the Apple TV. Plus, the epidemic that is the App Store will burn out eventually, says…some guy. It’s Wednesday, August 11, 2010 and these are your remainders.
A description of Apple’s almost 300 retail stores in colorful diagram form. Sadly, it’s missing a map of the most optimized route for visiting each and every one.
Engadget, having previously gone out on a limb about the next Apple TV refresh, now says that it will once again sport the name iTV, lack the ability to play 1080p videos, and still not have that integrated hot dog bun toaster I’ve been waiting for.
Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin says Apple’s App Store model of taking 30 percent off the top is “unsustainable.” Which makes sense, you know, because when I think about business models, I think about Linux.
PatentGate — Apple responded, resolved amicably (FutureTap)
Remember the whole stir over Apple including a sketch of FutureTap’s Where To app in one of its patent filings? Frankly, we wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t—it’s patent law, after all. Well, Apple’s senior patent counsel responded to the developer to clarify that the company was just using it as an illustration, and wasn’t intended to suggest that the functionality was Apple’s own invention. In related news, new rule: no appending “gate” to things willy-nilly, okay? At least not until we solve Who-stole-my-sandwich-gate.
iHelp for Autism (SF Weekly)
The iPad’s proved to be an extraordinarily useful device for helping kids with autism. Says one mother, “I don’t usually dabble in miracle-speak…but I may erect a tiny altar to Steve Jobs in the corner of our living room.” Man, been there, done that.