Apple’s getting ready to send a small team to the cloud, Foxconn may put down roots in Brazil, and RIM is on the defensive. Again. All the world’s a stage and all the remainders for Wednesday, April 13, 2011 merely players.
Apple assembling small team to build ‘the future of cloud services’ (AppleInsider)
If it seems like Apple’s been ignoring the promise of “the cloud,” well, it may not be for long. A job posting on the company’s site (since removed) listed an opening for a Cloud Systems Software Engineer who would help build “the future of cloud services at Apple.” Sounds like vaporware to me. Get it? Because clouds are made of vapor.
Apple manufacturer Foxconn considers Brazil plant (Reuters)
Might Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturer of choice, open up a factory in Brazil? That would potentially help Apple and other tech companies avoid hefty import duties when hawking their products to the country’s rising middle class. And so far, Brazil has been a hard nut to crack.
No? Yeesh. Everyone’s a critic.
Navv navigation app pulled from the App Store (Macworld UK)
Navv, a GPS turn-by-turn app for iOS devices, has been pulled from the App Store after a dispute between the developer and Apple. At the root of the spat? The developer’s name: “App Store BV.” Apple, of course, is already engaged in trademark fights with Microsoft and Amazon over the term. So, well, I don’t suppose we’re in for an ’appy ending.
Okay, that one was bad.
RIM CEO calls a halt to BBC Click interview (BBC)
RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis abruptly ended an interview with the BBC’s Click technology program after host Rory Cellan-Jones asked the executive about security disputes in the Middle East and India involving the company’s iconic BlackBerry. “That’s just not fair,” Lazaridis admonished the host. “We’ve just been singled out because we’re so successful around the world.” Wait a second, is life unfair because people are paying too much attention to you or because nobody pays attention to you? I just can’t keep it straight.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Official Commercial (YouTube)
Asus’s commercial for its forthcoming Eee Pad Transformer—yes, the one that knocked the iPad in that BestBuy ad—shows just how hip and versatile the company’s new netb—oh my god did he just rip the screen off his netbook? Whoa! Totally extreme, dude!
TextSoap 7 – Version 7.0 of Unmarked Software’s long-running Mac productivity tool adds a systemwide menu for bringing text into the application, interface updates, a search history, batch file cleaning, 64-bit support, and more. $30 for a limited time (regular price $40). Upgrades start at $20.
Marvel Comics 1.1 for iPhone, iPad – Version 1.1 of the free iOS comic book reading app now displays prices in the appropriate local currency, an Instant Read feature that lets you read while a comic is still downloading, and a number of bug fixes.