The iPhone might have popped a wheelie, an infamous jailbreaker gets his 15 minutes of fame, and Apple’s no bigger a fan of paying taxes than the rest of us. It’s one for you, 19 for the remainders for Monday, April 30, 2012.
Former Apple exec Tony Fadell says that one early prototype of an iPhone actually had a Click Wheel on it. Sure, it would have made an excellent rotary dialer, as Fadell jokingly suggests, but I bet we wouldn’t have 3000 text editors on it.
Apple has reportedly hired Jessica Jensen, a Yahoo vet who ran the company’s women’s site, Shine; Jensen will supposedly be working on iAd. So, uh, I guess that’s still around.
Machine Politics (The New Yorker)
The New Yorker has a lengthy profile of George Hotz, the 22-year-old who jailbroke and carrier-unlocked the first iPhone. Just imagine how much more complicated that would have been if it had only had a Click Wheel.
Quasar: a window manager for iPad (BigBoss)
Speaking of jailbreaking, Quasar is a $10 app for jailbroken iPads devices that lets you run multiple applications side by side. And here I’d been using the poor-man’s multitasking, running one app on my iPad and another on my iPhone.
Steve Wozniak is shooting off his mouth again. The Apple co-founder said in an interview that he finds the Windows Phone beautiful, and much better than Android. Well, now we know what’s happening to that $15 per Android device that Microsoft’s been extracting.
Apple and Taxes: What the New York Times Missed (AllThingsD)
A New York Times story over the weekend commented on Apple’s sidestepping of certain taxes, such as California corporate income tax. All Things D’s Arik Hesseldahl took issue with some details of the Times’s story, arguing that things aren’t as simple as the Gray Lady purports. Well, as the old saying goes, nothing’s certain but taxes and people’s attempts to pay fewer taxes.
Tidy Up for Mac 3.0 - Hyperbolic Software has released version 3.0 of its duplicate-finding utility for the Mac. The update brings a new user interface, the ability to search for duplicate folder by their contents, a priorities option, searching only in preferred playlists or albums, and more. $20 upgrade from TidyUp 2.x, or $30 for a new license.