Remains of the Day: Hello, is your iTunes running?
Let’s start the week off right with a white iPhone sighting, an Apple commercial’s debut, and a whole new meaning for “Google TV.” That and more in the remainders for Monday, January 24, 2010.
White iPhone 4 appears in AT&T’s online system (Boy Genius Report)
Boy Genius Report says that AT&T’s online account management system is now showing entries for 16GB and 32GB white iPhone 4s. (Apple’s latest word on the ivory phones’ arrival pegged them for spring 2011.) And here I was despondent that speculation was dead in the wake of the Verizon iPhone announcement.
New AT&T Verizon iPhone 4 Commercial (YouTube)
Speaking of the fast-approaching Bizarro iPhone, here’s Apple’s first commercial showing off the Verizon and AT&T iPhones side-by-side. I hope they’re not totally identical, or else we’re going to be really sad when we can’t make calls from our Verizon phone either.
On the topic of interrupted phone calls, the woman who downloaded the ten billionth app from the App Store actually hung up when a representative from Apple called to congratulate her. Gail Davis thought it was a prank call, so she told the rep she wasn’t interested. Fortunately, the matter was eventually resolved and she received her $10,000 iTunes gift card. On the downside, poor Ms. Davis is probably now going to be second-guessing every e-mail she gets from a deposed Nigerian prince.
According to All Things Digital’s Arik Hesseldahl, Apple has hired security expert David Rice to be its global director of security. Previously, Rice worked as a Special Duty Cryptologic officer in the U.S. Navy and an analyst at the National Security Agency. So I guess it remains to be seen how he’ll do in a truly secretive environment.
Google’s Schmidt eyeing TV (New York Post)
And now for an Eric Schmidt chaser. The Google CEO, who last week announced his intention to step down from the role, has reportedly been talking with a CNN producer about hosting a show on the network. Allow me to share my short list of potential titles for the program:
Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.
Street View with Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt 360°, 24/7, 365, Live, Outside Your House Right Now
Creepy Time with Eric Schmidt
Schmidt My Dad Says
I think we have a winner.