Apple bids adieu to its vice president of numbers, the story of how RIM failed to hit AT&T’s softball pitch, and Google is crashing your MacBook. The remainders for Friday, June 29, 2012 are all mixed up inside.
Apple Corporate Controller Betsy Rafael to Retire (The Mac Observer)
Awww, Betsy, we hardly knew you. No, seriously: Even as the company’s principal accounting officer since 2003, your name didn’t really come up very much. But we appreciate everything you’ve done for Apple; now go enjoy a mojito on the beach somewhere, and say hi to Big Bob Mansfield for us.
Multiple Missteps Led to RIM’s Fall (The Wall Street Journal)
Apparently, in 2010 AT&T came to RIM to try and help them build an iPhone competitor so that Apple wouldn’t end up dominating the market. Because you know what they say: Three CEOs is better than two.
We Were Right: Google Confirms Chrome Is to Blame for Crashing MacBooks (Gizmodo)
Chrome is targeting MacBooks the world over, crashing those that use the Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip (such as the latest MacBook Air). Somewhere, Sergey Brin cackles, then leaps off a skyscraper.
Minneapolis street test: Google gets a B+, Apple’s Siri gets a D (Fortune)
Speaking of Google, the ever-reliable Gene Munster (note: no affiliation with TV’s The Munsters) conducted an “experiment” stacking up Siri against searching for information via Google, and determined that Google beat out Apple’s virtual assistant. In other news, Munster also concluded that an orange was 100 percent more orangey than an apple.
Aperture 3.3.1 – A small update following Aperture’s behemoth 3.3 patch, 3.3.1 fixes an issue that could cause the app to hang or quit unexpectedly when upgrading libraries. Free.
Apple printer driver updates –
If you own a printer, chances are its driver got an update. Epson’s drivers have been updated to version 2.11, Canon’s to version 2.9, Lexmark’s to 2.8, and Infotec’s, Gestetner’s, Ricoh’s, Savin’s, InfoPrint’s, NRG’s, and Lanier’s have been updated to version 2.3. You can find all of these updates on Apple’s Support Downloads website. Free.