Remains of the Day: Chapter and verse
One textbook CEO pins all the glory on Steve Jobs, Samsung pins its hopes on an anti-iPhone ad, and one attorney pins the blame for a stolen computer on Apple itself. The remainders for Friday, January 20, 2012 are on pins and needles.
McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw chatted with reporters after Thursday’s Apple education event, in which he attributed the entire idea to Steve Jobs. He’s right—this is textbook Jobs. (Come on, no groaning—I earned that.)
In 2010, the Department of Justice investigated several tech companies for their “no poaching” agreements, eventually settling with the involved firms, which included Apple, Adobe, Google, Lucasfilm, Intel and Pixar. But a separate class-action suit on the subject is being heard next week, and so the DOJ’s files on the 2010 case have been made public. Just think: If this under the table agreement hadn’t been in place, R2-D2 might have finally made his feature film comeback with the starring role that eventually went to newcomer Wall-E.
Samsung takes aim at iPhone line-waiters once again, pointing out that the Samsung Galaxy S II comes with built-in turn-by-turn GPS while the iPhone doesn’t—and it also takes potshots at iPhone battery life and the 4S’s design. I don’t know about the new catchphrase, though—I’m pretty sure that “being Samsunged” is still illegal in 48 states.
In Singapore, military personnel are not allowed to carry smartphones with cameras into army installations. To solve that, one carrier—M1—is now selling modified version of the iPhone 4 and 4S that have no cameras. Fortunately, 4S users can take advantage of an amazing new technology: When you want to send a picture message, you dictate what the scene looks like to Siri, which will magically reconstruct the image—with magic!
Really, I feel bad for this Toronto lawyer who had his new MacBook Pro stolen right out of the back of his car only minutes after buying it, but suing Apple is not the answer. Unless this is all a carefully orchestrated scheme to boost Mac sales—we’re through the looking glass here, people.
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