Remains of the Day: Campus activities

Let’s keep it short and sweet: Cupertino’s holding a meeting on the environmental impact of Apple’s new campus, rumored pieces of the new iPhone are surfacing, and a reputed hacker goes to work at 1 Infinite Loop. The remainders for Friday, August 26, 2011 are over and out.

Environmental Impact Report Scoping Session Apple Campus 2 Project (City of Cupertino)

City of Cupertino is holding a live webcast, asking citizens for input on the scope of the Environmental Impact Report on Apple’s new campus. Oh boy! I know what I’m doing Thursday, September 8, 2011, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Pacific!

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Remains of the Day: All about Steve

By now, you’ve surely heard the news. An icon of the tech community, stepping down from the post that he’s held for more than a decade, leaving the institution he helped found. I’m not sure if anything will ever be the same agai—what? I’m talking about Slashdot’s CmdrTaco; who are you talking about?

Oh, right! Steve Jobs! With the Apple CEO stepping down, it seemed only fitting that we assemble a collection of tidbits from around the Web about the legendary tech maven. The remainders for Thursday, August 25, 2011 would like you to fasten your seat belts—it’s going to be a bumpy night.

Steve Jobs Biography Will Include Resignation, Launch on Schedule (

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Remains of the Day: Ad infinitum, and beyond

If you thought Apple would just dash off its iPhone 5 commercial at the last moment, then you don’t know Apple, my friend. Meanwhile, the Netherlands weighs in on the Apple vs. Samsung case, iTunes gains share for digital movie downloads, and Windows 8 provides more information than you require. Stay on target for the remainders for Wednesday, August 24, 2011.

Apple starts work on iPhone 5 ad spots, won’t finish till October - sources (AppleInsider)

We’ve moved on from iPhone 5 rumors to rumors of…ads for the iPhone 5. Which, when you think about it, is itself kind of like an ad for the iPhone 5. Filming for the national campaign is reportedly taking place in Los Angeles as we speak, to air concurrent with the new phone’s release. Just in case it isn’t too late, let me pitch the perfect spokesman and motto: The iPhone 5…is alive!

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Apple issues updates for Boot Camp, iMac graphics firmware

Apple on Wednesday released a pair of updates to exterminate lingering bugs: one for Boot Camp, and one for the firmware in iMacs’ graphics processors.

Boot Camp—OS X’s utility that allows users to install Windows on their Macs—received an update that brings critical bug fixes and hardware support. Boot Camp 3.3 is a 199.75 MB download that requires Windows 7 and Boot Camp 3.2; it’s recommended for all Bootcamp 3.2 users.

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Keyword Search Extension offers address bar searching

We all have our little workflow dependencies—me, I find it hard to do my job without a full mug of tea, some familiar music, and the ability to make Web searches from my browser’s address bar. While Firefox and Chrome both support this functionality out of the box, Safari users have long had to turn to add-ons. We’ve covered several such in the past, but Arne Martin Aurlien’s Safari Keyword Search stands apart, for one simple—albeit technical—reason.

Like many of those other utilities, Safari Keyword Search lets you define certain keywords to quickly search a variety of sources right from Safari’s address bar. So, for example, I might want to look up a particular historical figure on Wikipedia; to do so, I just type “w Napoleon” into the location bar. Immediately, I’m taken to a list of results on Wikipedia.

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Motion FX uses Lion to add video effects in real time

Autodesk on Wednesday launched a new video-effects application for Macs, one that uses the face-tracking technology of OS X Lion to create exotic images using your computer’s camera.

Motion FX uses Autodesk’s Maya animation software to offer 80 visual effect filters—including smoke, fire, and “rainbow plasma”—all designed to react in real time to your on-camera movements. Users can set the application to apply the effects using motion, face, or color detection. Animated thumbnails allow you to preview effects before using them. (See the video below for a demonstration.)

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Remains of the Day: All things to all people

Next-generation iPhone rumors are back: It’ll run on Sprint! It’ll have a cheaper version for the developing markets! Meanwhile, if you’re reading this on your iPad in the bathroom, I just want to caution you to watch out for, uh, malware. And Samsung takes aim at one of Apple’s most ardent defenders with its latest legal filing. The remainders for Tuesday, August 23, 2011 are sorry, Dave—they’re afraid they can’t do that.

Sprint Shares Soar on iPhone 5 News (Wall Street Journal)

Don’t walk, run to your new rumored iPhone carrier. Pointing to unnamed sources, the Wall Street Journal says that when Apple releases a new iPhone this fall, it (as well as any older iPhone model that’s left on the market) will also be available on Sprint. That would open the iPhone up to three of the U.S.’s four major carriers (the fourth, T-Mobile, would fall in line if the government approves its acquisition by AT&T).

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