After a long relaxing week of vacation, your remainders host has returned, refreshed and renewed! Just in time to hear all about how a certain mayor loves his iPad, a certain tech executive doesn’t love Steve Jobs, and a certain search giant wants to do some farming…for gold. It’s all that and more in this Monday, July 12 edition of remainders.
Sleek iPad is Apple of Bloomberg’s eye
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is an iPad devotee, using the Apple tablet for everything from giving his speeches to reading books in his free time. Bloomberg even called Steve Jobs to let him know how amazing he found the device. The mayor didn’t dish on his favorite game, but we think we can offer a pretty solid guess.
Larry Page calls Steve Jobs a liar
Mayor Bloomberg may be a Steve Jobs fan, but Google co-founder Larry Page has a different view. Responding to comments Jobs made at the D8 conference last month, in which Jobs said he was shocked—shocked!—to find that Google was making a phone, Page accused the Apple CEO of “rewriting history.” Come on, Larry—if Steve really could rewrite history, Bill Gates would have vanished Back to the Future-style by now.
Google secretly invested $100+ million in Zynga, preparing to launch Google Games
Speaking of Google, TechCrunch claims the search giant has pumped more than $100 million into Zynga, the company behind the uber-popular Facebook (and now iPhone) game, FarmVille. Rumor is that the Goog plans on launching its own gaming-centric project, dubbed Google Games, later this year. Which I guess will trump this year’s birthday wish of never having to hear about FarmVille ever again.
iPhone 4: Using FaceTime behind a firewall
FaceTime’s pretty smooth, but you can still run into problems if one or both users are behind a strict firewall. Apple’s got some suggestions on how to punch the correct holes into your firewall, but seriously, if you’re behind that strict a firewall, should you really be having video chats?