Kara Swisher of All Things D managed to ask Steve Jobs why Facebook Connect was omitted from Ping as he was making his rounds through the media demo room after the Apple Music Event. The answer was that Apple had held talks with Facebook about "a variety of unspecified partnerships related to Ping, but the discussions went nowhere," according to Swisher's blog.
It's gotten to the point of almost corny when you hear the familiar phrase "there's an app for that." Whether used for GPS or as an e-reader, a camera or a video editor, it seems our smartphones are getting smarter every day. They save our lives, as a man trapped in Haitian rubble discovered earlier this year. And, they're becoming medical devices too.
There's quite a bit of speculation that Apple will be unveiling a redesigned version of Apple TV, dubbed iTV, at their upcoming Annual Music Event this Wednesday. The rumor mill, as always, has gone into overdrive on this particular technology, since it's the unloved child of Jobs & Co., reduced to just a "hobby." But who doesn't want to see Apple push that old non-dynamic TV you've got into awesome new directions? Which brings up a good question: if iTV gets an iOS overhaul, what about its remote?
It looks as though Apple could be ready to fire off yet another salvo as part of their continuing war against buttons and peripheral holes. A war you say? Totally.
In 2006, the company did away with one hole by giving us the Magsafe power connector. In recent years you may also have noticed that their video out interfaces keep getting smaller and smaller: You just know that it's leading to the utter destruction of a physical video connection in their gear. Similarly, the introduction of the MacBook Air and its single dual purpose headphone/microphone jack signaled an impending unceremonial farewell to the presence of microphone port in their mobile devices. If a patent application filed today is any indication, Apple may be just that much closer to perfecting the latter and realizing their dream of a smooth, hole-free housing for their devices.
Bigfoot may get the majority of the media’s attention, especially after his stint on The Six Million Dollar Man. But the real star in the half-man/half-bear/monkey/gorilla arena is the Yeti. While Bigfoot is out stomping his footprint into mud, the Blue Microphone Yeti (shown left at very close to its actual size) is doing a bang-up job recording your podcasts, band practices, and events. Pretty good for a mythical creature--er, an affordably priced USB mic.
If you had placed bets on when Apple would schedule their annual media-centric event for next month, we hope you put your money on September 1, because the company has announced that’s when the gauntlet is officially being thrown down.
What can we hope to see Cupertino announce next Wednesday? We dusted off an old magic eight-ball and translated the results for you, so read on and find out what’s on deck -- or not.