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Calming nervous iPhone Nellies: At a Goldman Sachs investors' conference yesterday, Apple COO Tim Cook assured attendees that the iPhone is on track for a June release. (Really, it is, we swear!) Cook probably felt a need to reassure the assembled in light of the delay in shipping the Apple TV. BusinessWeek writer Arik Hesseldahl theorizes that the Apple TV delay could have something to do with FCC approval (or lack thereof) for the Apple TV.
But, back to the iPhone, some folks at Actioncorp did a thorough, frame-by-frame review of Steve Jobs' keynote presentation in which he introduced the iPhone, hoping to uncover undisclosed features of the much-anticipated gadget. The main discovery centers around ringtones, and what the Actioncorp crew say promises to be a much richer experience than Steve might have told us about.
The tale of an unsuspecting Switcher: In addition to postulating that 9,000 people switch from PC to Mac every day, Infoworld's Tom Yager is also conducting an interesting experiment. He replaced a friend's existing Windows machine with a MacBook, connected to her LCD display, running Parallels, so the friend can use both Windows and OS X. So far so good. We're looking forward to following this story!
Yager's friend may not be as lonely in the business world as many a Mac user has felt once or twice before. Digit magazine reports that Intel-based Macs are pushing OS X into the corporate world, although Apple has a ways to go in terms of establishing itself in the corporate market. The stigma, according to the article, has to do with the long-held opinion among IT guys that Macs are a pain to network. (Someone who has set up a wireless home network in about 5 minutes using the new Airport Extreme will find this difficult to understand.)
iTunes rising, and rising: New projections from Internet marketing firm Website Optimization predict that iTunes users will surpass RealPlayer users by the second quarter of 2007. iTunes users grew by almost 50 percent last year, while other streaming media players experienced mere single-digit growth. Although we're not knocking it, the comparison seems slightly odd: We don't consider iTunes a streaming media player (do you?). Oddly enough, one of the "other streaming media players" included in the comparison is QuickTime - which is what iTunes is based on.
And, despite iTunes' continued ascent, it seems that it's muy dificil for Latin American iPod enthusiasts to procure the devices.
Woz hearts technology, Jobs eats seeds: Speaking in Tokyo, Steve Wozniak recounted his love of all things tech from a young age. No surprises there, and he didn't reveal any secrets about Steve Jobs, either. Still, his description of the main differences between the two Steves made us chuckle: "I was sort of the middle man, with my feet solid on the ground, but Jobs was more floating, like the hippies of California. He wouldn't wear shoes, and would eat seeds."
There's just something about Texas: Another company you've never heard of called Texas MP3 Technologies is suing Apple, Samsung, and SanDisk for allegedly infringing on a patent the Texas firm purchased from two Korean inventors on February 15, 2007. Texas MP3 filed its lawsuit the next day. (Not fishy at all!)
Developers get fresh Tiger builds: Perhaps to give them something to play with as they wait breathlessly for Leopard's release, Apple released new versions of Tiger (OS 10.4.9) last night. The updates "consist primarily of bug fixes and minor improvements," according to ThinkSecret.
Geek stalkers, here's a product for you: If you want to know who's using a Nike + iPod kit within your immediate vicinity, a new product from Spark Fun Electronics can tell you. They've developed a USB serial interface that, when connected, allows you to pick up signals from nearby Nike + iPod sensors (which have a 40- to 60-foot range). Let's see what kooky things the hackers and hobbyists do with this!