Remains of the Day: Shooting spree
The iPhone 4S’s camera is launching it to such great heights, even while its competitors are down in the bargain bin. Elsewhere, the publishing industry refuses to crack a history book on the music business and New York’s newest Apple Store will probably remain behind the curtain for a bit longer. The remainders for Tuesday, November 22, 2011 are through the looking glass here, people.
Man, that iPhone 4S is such a disappointment. Just over a month from its release, it only ranks second on photo-sharing site Flickr’s list of most popular cameraphones, totally failing to steal the crown from the iPhone 4. To be fair, though, it’s just eking out a win over the former second-place entry, the iPhone 3G.
Cell Phones with Plans (Amazon)
Speaking of smartphones, Amazon’s having a bit of sale for this week’s Black Friday festivities. Every non-iPhone smartphone offered by the online retailer will cost you just $0.01—a single penny! (Along with a two-year contract for your provider of choice, naturally.) You know what they say: You get what you pay for.
Penguin Suspends ebook Availability to Libraries (New York Times)
In what can only be described as a work of unmitigated genius, publisher Penguin has said it will now be delaying the availability of new releases to libraries—but only for ebooks. Penguin says its concerns revolved around the security and viability of the distribution model, or, as one senior executive was overheard saying “Libraries, man! You know they give stuff away for free? We gotta put an end to that.”
That rumored Grand Central Apple Store we talked about on Monday? Yeah, turns out it probably won’t open before December, according to a construction worker interviewed by Mashable at the scene. The site also spoke to a barista at a nearby Starbucks, who said “Seriously? Are you going to order something or not?”
Bento 4 Holiday Kit - FileMaker has released its 2011 holiday kit, including three templates to help organize holiday cards and mailing labels, help plan parties, and track gift lists. Requires Bento 4 (a 30-day trial of which is also available at FileMaker's site). Free.
Capo 1.2 for iOS - SuperMegaUltraGroovy's music instruction app for iOS has been updated to version 1.2, bringing support for additional effects on your given track. You can re-mix to mono, change your equalizer settings, and reduce or eliminate vocals. Free update for current users; new users can pick Capo up for $20 from the App Store.