Remains of the Day: Leftovers
Thought you’d seen the last of me after Thanksgiving, eh? No such luck, remainder…ers. The turkey and stuffing may be gone, but there’s still plenty of leftovers in the tech world. Help yourself to the latest missive from Steve Jobs, another case of Apple laying the smack down, and some wishful photoshopping by Verizon. You may need to loosen your belt a couple of notches before you delve into the remainders for Tuesday, November 30, 2010.
Cool as Apple’s new AirPlay technology is, its usefulness is somewhat diminished by the limitation that third-party apps can only stream audio. Fortunately, Steve Jobs allegedly told one e-mail correspondent that support for those features may arrive in 2011. Until then, you’ll have to go back to using shadow puppets to reenact that hilarious moment from your latest vacation.
Remember that super speedy solid-state storage replacement for the new MacBook Air being hawked by Taiwan-based PhotoFast? Well, turns out there’s a fine line between quick and dead, because PhotoFast has cancelled the product at Apple’s behest, before it could even find a U.S. distributor. The heavy end of the hammer reportedly involved the company losing its licensing for legitimate Apple accessories, so we sure hope that PhotoFast can make up the difference by selling knitted hats for iPads or something.
A patent dispute between Microsoft and a small Canadian company is going to the Supreme Court. Software patents vs. Microsoft: don’t you hate it when you can’t figure out which is the lesser of two evils?
So, an ad on Verizon’s site touts the Motorola Droid X’s ability to turn speech commands into directions—the only problem is the company composited the iPhone’s Google Maps interface onto a Droid X’s body. I once made a similar mistake with Wilford Brimley and Heidi Klum, and I still suffer from occasional involuntary convulsions.