Remains of the Day: Shoot the moon
Tim Cook shoots off an email, Donald Trump shoots off his mouth, and the new iPod nano may shoot (not great) pictures. The remainders for Wednesday, February 1, 2011 are taking a shot in the dark.
Why I Love Apple - An Email from Tim Cook (Tony Hart Photo)
It’s been a while since we last saw Tim Cook respond to a customer’s email, but this time the Apple CEO reputedly responded to one consumer’s concern over the hiring of Dixons CEO John Browett as Cupertino’s new retail chief. In the purported missive, Cook said he “talked to many people and John was the best by far…His role isn’t to bring Dixons to Apple, its [sic] to bring Apple to an even higher level of customer service and satisfaction.” I prefer to interpret that as Browett coming onboard to ruin the customer service and satisfaction of all of Apple’s rivals.
Trump to Apple: Make it here (CNet)
Speaking on a Fox News program, real estate mogul Donald Trump said that Apple should manufacture all of its products in the good old U.S. of A., instead of shipping jobs overseas. Doesn’t Trump know that there’s only room in the Apple pundit field for one luscious head of hair?
Will the next revision of the iPod nano bring back the camera excised in the current, sixth-generation model? So says one rumor site, which has spy shots of a purported nano prototype with a camera embedded in the back. I’m calling it: The next big Flickr fad will be those people with nano watch bands taking pictures of their wrist hair.
Unintended Consequences (Irby Pace)
Ever snapped a picture of yourself on a Apple Store’s Mac or iOS device? Then your mug might be part of an art project by Texas photography MFA student Irby Pace, who compiled shots from a variety of stores and devices into a collection entitled Unintended Consequences. I look forward to when he inevitably runs across that photo I snapped of me holding a sign that reads “HELLO IRBY PACE. I AM WATCHING YOU.”
Perhaps you’ve already heard that Facebook has filed for an initial public offering. But you may not know that squirreled away inside all the legal and financial documents is a letter from founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to investors about the company’s “social mission.” Blah, blah, blah—look, just go watch The Social Network instead.
PhatPad 2.0 for iPad - PhatWare has updated its note-taking and collaboration app for the iPad. The new edition has been optimized for iOS 5 and adds multilingual support to its handwriting recognition technology, so it can decipher scrawls in seven languages. The company has made the interface multilingual, too; it's now available in English, French, and German. Text formatting is streamlined; you can change the format of a text label without creating a whole new style. $5. (That includes handwriting recognition support in one language; if you want it to be multingual, it's an in-app purchase of $3 per language.)
Twitterrific 4.4.6 for Mac, iPhone, iPad - The latest updates to The Iconfactory's Twitter client for Mac and iOS now does a better job of managing gaps in your Twitter timeline, and fixes a bug that caused the OAuth authentication dialogs to appear sporadically. The iOS version gains support for the Summly utility (which takes a URL and returns a summary of that page) and fixes a bug that caused the keyboard not to appear during searches; the Mac version now supports Twitterrific URL schemes for bookmarklets, and saves power on MacBook Pros running Lion. The Mac and iOS (universal) clients are free, ad-supported downloads; $5 to upgrade Mac or iOS version to premium and remove ads.
Longform for iPad 1.0.1 - A new iOS news reader from the folks behind longform.org. Like Instapaper and others of that ilk, Longform lets you save stories you find on the Web for later reading. It allows you to toggle between a story's original Web version and a simplified view that's easier to read; you can also adjust fonts, margins, and text size. It's compatible with Instapaper and Read It Later, and provides tools to share articles via email, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. $5.