Remains of the Day: A close shave
Apple won’t hold an event in February, developers might want to drop marketing images of white iPhones, and Cupertino picks up a Redmond refugee. The remainders for Thursday, February 4, 2012 are within your grasp.
Apple will not hold an event in February (The Loop)
Reports of a “strange” February Apple event were circulating around the Web, but The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple put the kibosh on the rumors, saying “Apple will not hold an event in February, unusual or otherwise.” Well, I guess the Beard didn’t see its shadow.
So says Michael Arrington, so take it with a grain of salt. According to the former TechCrunch editor, Apple is reserving white iPhones for its own marketing images, and would rather that developers show their apps running on the black model, although Arrington also admits that some well-known apps, like Flipboard and Path, have images using white iPhones. Quick, somebody call the white-iPhone conspiracy theorists out of retirement and tell them they have one last job.
Challenge to schools: Embracing digital textbooks (Associated Press)
In the wake of Apple’s digital textbook announcement, the Obama administration is throwing down the gauntlet with school and publishing companies to bring the technology to K-12 students. While they’re at it, maybe the schools could also finally bring technology to bear on the problem of those awful P.E. classes.
During an Apple all-hands meeting last month, Tim Cook reputedly dished numbers on Apple’s charitable giving, saying that the company had donated a total of $50 million to Stanford’s hospitals, as well as raised more than $50 million for the Product Red initiative. That still pales next Microsoft, which last year made its biggest charitable contribution to the world by discontinuing the Zune.
Speaking of Microsoft, Apple has apparently snapped up Robin Burrowes, Redmond’s chief of Xbox Live in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, to head up App Store marketing in Europe. First order of business: Make sure that all apps are translated into European.
How Apple’s ’1984′ Ad Was Almost Canceled (Mental Floss)
We’re all familiar with Apple’s famous 1984 ad, but it almost didn’t air because Apple’s board of directors hated the ad. In order to sell them on it, Steve Jobs ran into the room and threw a chair through the conference room’s window. Well. We think that’s why he did.
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