Remains of the Day: Live long and prosper
The iPhone 4S lives to fight another day in Italy, iAd may gain new life thanks to a fresh face, and the lifelike Steve Jobs figure may never see the light of day. The remainders for Thursday, January 5, 2012 are alive! Aliiiiiiiiive!
The Italian courts have denied a request from Samsung to block sales of the iPhone 4S in Italy. This follows a similar failure in France last month. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Apple uses that in its marketing material.
According to Bloomberg, Apple has hired Todd Teresi, an Adobe executive, to head up its iAd program. Teresi fills the role vacated by Andy Miller, who left in August of last year, and will report to Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue. Clearly, the company hopes the new face will freshen up iAd, which has apparently lagged a bit since its introduction. But heaven help the new guy the first time he opens his mouth and the word “Flash” comes out.
Apple ‘threatens legal action’ over Steve Jobs action doll (The Telegraph)
That $99 Steve Jobs figurine we referenced earlier this week? Apparently Apple is looking to block sales of the doll, even resorting to legal action against the company behind it. Really, though, the company is just worried that the figures are so lifelike that they might start coming up with their own groundbreaking products.
According to research firm DisplaySearch, Apple’s iMac accounted for 33 percent of all-in-one desktops shipped worldwide in the third quarter, more than any other single vendor. Amazingly, the iMac also accounted for 75 percent of combination washer-dryers sold. Nobody knows why.
Apple television gamble the talk of CES (USA Today)
USA Today weighs in on the rumors of an Apple-branded television set. The paper says that one issue Apple has yet to overcome is making sure it has content for such a device; the company is reportedly in talks with content providers for just that reason. One source also reported that Apple chief designer Sir Jonathan Ive has “a slick 50-inch TV” in his studio. Seriously? That’s the best your source could provide? The last guy at least told us that he had a La-Z-Boy and a package of Slim Jims.
telyHD - Tely Labs's new device allows for Skype video calls to be made from an HDTV. The device has Skype installed, built-in Wi-Fi, ethernet, an HD camera, four microphones, and HDMI support. A remote control allows for control of the telyHD from your couch. $249.
Animoog for iPhone - Moog Music has released an iPhone version of its polyphonic synthesizer. Like its iPad counterpart, Animoog for iPhone allows users to create music via its Anisotropic Synth Engine, complete with polyphonic modulation and pitch shifting. Also included are filters and a variety of modules that allow you to record your creations and even use a MIDI controller to interact with the software. Normally $10; $1 for a limited time. Requires an iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, or fourth-generation iPod touch.