Remains of the Day: Kicking it
Tim Cook will kick off this year’s D conference; shortages of the 15-inch MacBook Pro suggest new models with even more kick; and Apple kicks a Russian security firm while it’s down. The remainders for Tuesday, April 10, 2012 get a kick out of you.
Taking up yet another mantle of his predecessor, Apple CEO Tim Cook will be the opening speaker at the D10 conference later this year. We predict Cook will leave his shirt defiantly untucked.
OnLive, the company that streams the full Windows experience directly to your computer, has apparently come to terms with Microsoft over licensing. OnLive is now providing its customers with a virtual install of Windows Server 2008, instead of Windows 7, which is believed to be due to licensing restrictions. Well, that’s better than the alternative reputedly offered by Microsoft, where OnLive pays users in order to stream Windows Millennium Edition to them.
I wondered why the leaves at the bottom of my morning tea looked like a one and a five. Must be because supplies of the 15-inch MacBook Pro are supposedly running short at Apple Stores. AppleInsider suggests that the shortage means new 15-inch models are en route, possibly using Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chips. I say it’s far more likely that Apple is discontinuing the 15-inch MacBook Pro because the iPad is so successful.
Whoops! Apple asked a Russian domain name registrar to take down a server supposedly being used by the Flashback malware; unfortunately, the site in question was actually a “sinkhole server” being run by Dr. Web, the Russian-based security firm that first uncovered Flashback’s botnet. To make matters worse, Dr. Web’s CEO claims that Apple never responded when he first reached out to the company about the threat. To be fair, I’d think twice before responding to a security firm run by this guy too.
AT&T’s announcement that it would begin unlocking out-of-contract phones was surprising enough, but the carrier is also reportedly unlocking in-contract phones belonging to U.S. military personnel deployed overseas. AT&T going above and beyond? It’s a Christmas miracle!
Apple founder fears patent war fallout (Financial Review)
In fact, Steve Wozniak is so worried about the fallout from the patent war that he has built himself a palatial underground patent fallout shelter.
Final Cut Pro 10.0.4 - A bug-fixing update for Final Cut Pro X improves image quality and broadcast monitoring as well as performance when editing and syncing multicam clips. It also adds support for Simplified Chinese to the non-linear editing app. Free.
Motion 5.0.3 - The latest update to Apple's motion graphics and compositing application improves performance for text editing and loading time, and fixes an issue with the Fill Opaque feature and Transform Glyph. Free.
Compressor 4.0.3 - This update allows Compressor to run as an encoding node on a monitor-free Mac, improves MP4 and AVI encoding performance, and fixes an issue with Open Directory. Free.