An unlikely source offers a hint about a future Apple device, while a venerable institution pushes back against Cupertino’s subscription policy. Elsewhere, AT&T’s CEO is just a little bit too cheerful—he must be up to something. The remainders for Monday, April 4, 2011 are just happy to be here.
While doing an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, Sony CEO Howard Stringer apparently leaked that the company would be supplying Apple with digital camera sensors—possibly for unannounced iOS devices. “Why would I make Apple the best camera?” Stringer wondered onstage. Ooh, ooh, I know this one: because Apple will pay you a lot of money and you’re still trying to figure out how to make smartphones that people will buy? Close? Am I getting warm?
The Financial Times is going against the grain on Apple’s subscription policy, saying that it doesn’t want to give up its relationship with subscribers. Under Apple’s rules, it would control customer data for subscriptions, allowing customers to decide whether or not that information will be passed onto the content provider. The FT is currently negotiating with Cupertino over the sticking point, which will no doubt be resolved when Apple just decides to buy the Financial Times, lock, stock, and pork-belly futures.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is pretty confident that his company’s acquisition of rival T-Mobile is a foregone conclusion, and he’s got a message for current T-Mobile subscribers: you’ll be able to stay with your rate plan under AT&T. And, for an unlimited time, you’ll get all the dropped calls and cruddy signal for no extra cost.
And a serious moment, as a trio of burglars tried to rob an Apple Store in San Diego County on Monday morning by smashing through the windows, grabbing what equipment they could, and jumping into a car. Unfortunately for them, they were confronted by a security guard, shots were fired, and one burglar was killed.
VideoHunters 1.1 - The YouTube client for iPad improves stability and responsiveness in this update, as well as adding the ability to share themes via Facebook and Twitter. $2.
Simon Express and Simon Free - Dejal's server- and Website-monitoring tool are now available in the Mac App Store in both free and $60 versions, in addition to the existing versions. The free version is limited to five tests.
iCarbs 2.0 - The 2.0 update to James Hollender's app for tracking carbohydrates in food now allows users to enter their intake of food servings and store them for a year. $2.