Remains of the Day: Free for all

Apple’s offering free developer IDs to programmers; hackers have found a way to get free ebooks from the iBookstore; and Dell is about to go PC-free. The remainders for Monday, February 27, 2012 are free and clear.

Apple prompts Mac developers to sign up for the Developer ID program (The Next Web)

Apple’s entreating developers to enroll in its free new Developer ID program—the one that lets them sign their software with Gatekeeper-compatible certificates. That’s right: You too could have a license to kill distribute authenticated Mac software.

Sources: Apple not pulling Evi app, working with developers to avoid confusion (The Verge)

Developers of a Siri-like iOS app dubbed Evi are apparently not having their app summarily removed from the App Store, according to The Verge. Despite an earlier report that Apple was poised to axe the virtual assistant due to similarities to Siri, apparently Cupertino is actually trying to work with the developers to iron out any confusion to end users. Frankly, it’s all to the good, I say: Siri could really use a friend.

Apple’s iBooks Fairplay DRM circumvented (MobileRead)

If you haven’t already heard, some enterprising hackers have figured out how to circumvent the FairPlay DRM Apple uses on ebooks sold in the iBookstore. I will tell you, me circa 2003 is just shocked at this.

AT&T Plan Would Let App Makers Pay for Subscribers’ Data Use (Wall Street Journal)

Well, I didn’t see that coming: AT&T is saying that it will offer data plans which allow for a content provider or app developer to pay for users’ bandwidth, a move the carrier likens to toll-free calling for data. So, uh, is there one I can sign up for where AT&T will pay for all my data? Because that would really save me some time and money.

Dell: we’re no longer a PC company (PC Pro)

According to the president of Dell’s enterprise solution group, the company is no longer “a PC company” but an IT company. I’m sure all those folks who’ve bought their computers from Dell will be gratified to hear that next time they call for technical support.

Warren Buffett: Steve Jobs Didn’t Take My Advice to Buy Back Apple Stock (CNBC)

Speaking of cases where money should be returned to shareholders, super inventor Warren Buffett says that Steve Jobs ignored his advice to initiate stock buybacks. Buffett was also reportedly a bit peeved that Steve didn’t heed his design suggestions for the next iPhone.

Netflix Starz Play titles pulled from streaming (Slashgear)

Adios, Starz Play. Content from the premium movie channel will no longer be available on Netflix’s streaming service by the end of February, thanks to an inability for the two companies to come to an agreement on contract renewals. This not only means the loss of some movies from Disney and Sony that the channel offered, but also the loss of Starz’s original series. Or, in other words, nobody is Spartacus.

Harmony (Apple)

During the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night, Apple aired its first iCloud commercial, Harmony, showing all the benefits of the service. For people who only take appropriate pictures—always perfectly the first time—and never want to get rid of a single one.

Product News:

MobileOffice S410 - Plustek has launched its latest portable, USB-powered scanner. The S410 can scan documents directly to Evernote and photos directly to Google Picasa, and can process up to six pages a minute. Included is software for Optical Character Recognition (OCR), document management, and other functions. $159.

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