Remains of the Day: Spanish inquisition
Apple’s design guru gets enmeshed in legal affairs, Cupertino loses a case en España, and South Koreans are about to have a whole lot more fun with their iPhones. Nobody expects the remainders for Wednesday, November 2, 2011!
As the legal case between Samsung and Apple winds on, the South Korea-based company is seeking an extension for deposing several key Apple personnel, due to scheduling conflicts. Among those being interviewed is Apple senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive. What? Nobody puts Jony in a corner.
Speaking of matters legal, Apple has lost a suit against a small Spanish maker of Android tablets, alleging product piracy; that company, Nuevas Tecnologías y Energías Catalá, is now seeking damages from Apple. Well, you know what they say: Apple’s pain in Spain is entirely sane.
From Europe we move to Asia, where South Korea has lifted a ban preventing Apple from selling games via the App Store. For the last the last two years, the most entertaining app available in the Korean store has been Keynote. (Hey, those transitions are kind of fun.)
Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs has been selling pretty well: About 379,000 copies have been moved in just the first week of its availability, and it’s already the 18th best-selling book of the year.
Following up on news from earlier this week, Boy Genius Report says Apple will be revamping some of its retail efforts on Thursday, including expanding the in-store pickup option and adding in-store purchase through the company’s iOS app. Also, the Genius Bar will reportedly become an actual bar, so I’d recommend staying out of the Apple Store during happy hour.
Square Card Case 1.1 - Square's iOS app for purchasing goods at participating vendors has been updated to version 1.1, bringing directory improvements, more merchant information on the back of cards, support for geofencing in iOS 5 (requires iPhone 4 or 4S), automatic card backup, support for removal of cards, and various bug fixes and improvements. Free.
BreakTime 2.1 - The break-reminder Mac app from excited pixel has been updated to version 2.1, adding new status icons, UI improvements, changes to the default break length (it now reflects recommendations from researchers at Cornell), a Sudden Termination option for speeding up computer shutdown, support for sandboxing, and a block for the "In a Minute" button. A number of bug fixes have also been addressed. $5.