Remains of the Day: Bite out of the old apple

A squabble over an iconic Apple image, a professional opinion of blogger conduct, and an explanation of Steve Jobs’s choice in fashion. The remainders for Wednesday, October 12, 2011 are a 1-2-3 inning.

Former Marin man files copyright for Jobs image (Mercury News)

A 25-year-old man, Farzin Adeli, has filed for a copyright of the now iconic image of Apple’s logo, where the bite is replaced by Steve Jobs’s silhouette. There’s some controversy, however, over just who came up with the image first. Fortunately, the Internet is really good at sorting out these kinds of disputes.

How Gizmodo escaped indictment in iPhone prototype deal (CNet)

The two men accused of stealing a prototype iPhone 4 from a bar in April of 2010 have been sentenced to a year’s probation, along with community service and a fine. The San Mateo district attorney ended up not going after the Gizmodo editors who purchased the stolen phone, but he remarked in court that the editors’ exchanges among themselves were “juvenile.” To which Gizmodo officially replied, “ARE NOT.”

Steve Jobs on Why He Wore Turtlenecks (Gawker)

We all know of Jobs’s uniform: black turtleneck, Levi’s 501 jeans, New Balance sneakers—but how did it come about? An excerpt from Walter Isaacson’s forthcoming biography says that Jobs was inspired to create a company uniform when he visited Sony, but after employees rejected the idea, Jobs decided just to stick to his own look. We’re just glad it wasn’t a purple velour tracksuit, with matching bling.

Product News:

iPhone Configuration Utility 3.4 for Mac OS X - Apple’s updated the iPhone mass configuration tool to version 3.4, presumably to bring support for iOS 5. There’s also a version for Windows.

Pocket God Episode 41 - Bolt Creative’s popular iPhone game adds a new underwater area, the Coral Reef. It also brings an iOS 5-based feature: Battle of the Gods Multiplayer mode. $1.

iTunes Movie Trailers - Apple’s created an iOS app for iTunes Movie Trailers, which lets you access trailers, behind-the-scenes featurettes, images, and more. The calendar spans a full year, lets you search local theaters and purchase tickets, and more. It even syncs across all your devices, thanks to iCloud. Free.

BusyCal 1.6 - BusyCal 1.6 is out. Its marquee feature is support for iCloud, but it also delivers a bunch of smaller tweaks and bug fixes (including the ability to print multiple days/weeks/months and to sync repeating To Dos with the Reminders app, and support for absolute alarms on undated tasks). It’s a free upgrade for existing BusyCal owners.

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