Remains of the Day: Continue testing
It won’t arrive until later this week, but the iPhone 4S appears to already be a hit—is anyone surprised? Meanwhile, the Steve Jobs tributes continue, Sony’s got its eye on that Jobs biography, and Siri gets the Aperture Labs treatment. The cake might be a lie, but the remainders for Monday, October 10, 2011 can only speak the truth.
Apple tallied more than 1 million pre-orders for the 4S on its first day of availability alone—and in the first 12 hours of that day, AT&T netted more than 200,000 of those customers. How’s that for underwhelming, hmm?
Speaking of the 4S, if you’ve spent your nights secretly dreaming of an epic Siri/Portal mashup, Jeff Heimbuch’s your man. Let him introduce you to GLaDOSiri: Her turn-by-turn directions might lead you into a fiery furnace, but it’s all in the name of testing.
The studio that brought you The Social Network has its eye on a new biographical source—Steve Jobs. Sony has reportedly bid more than $1 million to acquire the film rights to Jobs’s upcoming biography, written by Walter Isaacson. Oh boy: As if coming home to LA for the holidays wasn’t funny enough, now I get to watch thousands of would-be Jobsians walking around in black turtlenecks and jeans to try and get in character. Here’s to the crazy ones, indeed.
The company has scheduled its employee memorial for Steve Jobs, according to a leaked email from CEO Tim Cook. I’m just going to say this once: Yes, it’s tempting, but respect Apple’s wishes for an internal celebration and don’t gate-crash. The security guards have just as much right to mourn SJ as the employees; don’t make them chase you off their campus.
For Jobs’s Biological Father, the Reunion Never Came (Wall Street Journal)
Steve Jobs met with several people in his final weeks, but sadly, his biological father was not among them. Abdulfattah Jandali gave a brief interview with the Wall Street Journal Monday, where he revealed that a few emails—including a brief “Thank you” from Jobs—comprised the extent of his communication with his estranged son.
Finale 2012 - Finale has released Finale 2012, the latest version of its music notation software for Mac. Finale 2012 includes a new ScoreManager that lets users easily change instruments, staff name, clef, and more; new instrument sounds; and the ability to create PDF files of scores within Finale. $600. Upgrade from Finale 2011 is $120.
MoneyWell 1.7, 1.2 - No Thirst Software has released new versions of MoneyWell for both the Mac and iPhone that include AES-encrypted Dropbox sync technology, letting users remotely access their latest account balances. MoneyWell 1.7 for OS X has been updated improve OS X Lion compatibility, providing better support for Lion’s new automatic document restore. MoneyWell 1.2 for iOS has been updated to work on iOS 5. $50 and $10, respectively. Upgrades from previous versions are free.
Verbs IM 2.2 - iOS instant messaging client Verbs IM is now a universal app, compatible across the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. $1, with $4 in-app purchase to unlock Verbs Pro, which enables notifications, encrypted IM, and routed connections. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.
Hydra Express 3, Hydra Pro 3 - Craeceed has released Hydra Express 3 and Hydra Pro 3, updates to its HDR photography Mac applications. New features include a new tone mapper, 12 tone mapping presets, X-Ray-based alignment editing for accurate positioning, and more. Hydra Express 3 and Hydra Pro 3 will cost $50 and $100, respectively; they are on sale for $25 and $50 for the first ten days after release. Upgrades are either free or $30, depending on the version.
Sparrow 1.4 - Sparrow has released the latest update to its mail application for Mac. The 1.4 update adds CloudApp integration, which lets users drag and drop an attachment into their emails. The attachment is automatically uploaded to CloudApp and turned into a link. The app also gets a speed boost. Other updates include the ability to reverse order emails; pull to refresh; user interface improvements; and bug fixes. $10. Free update from the previous version.
Ticket to Ride iPad 1.2 - Version 1.2 of Days of Wonder’s Ticket to Ride iPad app features new AI on the Ticket to Ride base map, four different AI personalities to play against, support for Days of Wonder’s News Channel using Apple’s notification system, and compatibility improvements for iOS 5. $7.