The Beatles are on iTune—oh, wait. That was last year. Well, they’re on iTunes again. Also, Apple may be planning yet another social-networking service (because its previous ventures have just been gangbusters), and the authorities admit they did sorta kinda help look for a misplaced iPhone prototype. The remainders for Tuesday, August 6, 2011 would like just the facts, ma’am.
The Beatles’ ‘1’ Album Comes to iTunes for $10 (The New York Times)
To those of you who have dutifully tracked down every song from The Beatles’s oeuvre that hit number one on the charts, bad news: The Fab Four’s album, 1, containing those 27 tracks, is now available for purchase on the iTunes Store. Personally, I’m holding out for the less auspicious followup, 2.
Thanks to Apple’s online service, you can find your iPhone. But what if you’re looking for your friend? Apple may have an answer for that soon, as well, if one snooper’s discovery pans out. The name “Find My Friends” was supposedly found in Apple-authored HTML code, corroborating earlier reports from a previous iOS beta. But will you be able to find your friends’ iPhones?
Android is the archrival to Apple’s iOS—but could the two have closer ties? According to a recent filing by Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission, Android’s history may have begun during creator Andy Rubin’s tenure at Apple in the early 1990s. For those of you unclear on the significance, this is like finding out that Magneto and Professor X were brothers.
Good news for newly-promoted Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue. If he can just hang on until 2015, he can take home a sweet 100,000 restricted stock units. I’m sure they’ll look great on the mantelpiece.
Last week, we heard the tale of the missing iPhone 5 prototype. While it did not initially appear as though the authorities were involved in the search, the San Francisco Police Department has now come forward to say that they did “assist” in the investigation, though Apple did not file a police report. The real issue is whether or not SFPD officers were involved in searching the home of one Sergio Calderón or whether it was just Apple investigators. To be fair, there is a fine line between “Hi, we’re with the San Francisco Police” and “Hi, we’re with the San Francisco Police.”
Adventures of an Apple Founder (iBookstore)
The third co-founder of Apple computer, Ron Wayne, has written an autobiography about the lessons he learned in working with what has become arguably the world’s most prominent technology. During the two weeks that he worked there. In 1976. Lesson 1: Don’t cash out too early. There is no lesson 2.