I am officially tired of writing about Apple but I couldn't let this one go. This week Steve Jobs announced a few things that will be new to the Apple universe and the Interwebz have gone nuts. First, the new MacBook Air (the netbook that Steve Jobs said was too expensive and a useless piece of technology a little while back) will not come with a Mac OSX restore DVD. Instead it will come with a flash drive containing the restore software.
That was not the biggest deal, however. The one that the blogs have been all a-Twitter about was the Mac App Store. Now you will be able to download software titles to your Mac the same way you do to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Completing the package will be automatic updates. Somehow this has all been considered revolutionary by the Apple-loving tech media and I can't quite figure out why.
To hear why I am confused, hit the break.
Google is still in hot water with regards to their infamous Street View cars and their intrusive WiFi probing. There has been some speculation as to how severe the intrusion was and in a Google blog post by the senior vice president of engineering and research this past May, he went on to say that the data collected were only fragments, despite the fact that no one inside Google had analyzed the data at that time. Since then the data has been analyzed and Alan Eustace concluded, "That while most of the data is fragmentary, in some instances entire emails and URLs were captured, as well as passwords." I can also imagine they know where you keep your porn. Of course they want to delete this data as soon as possible but there is still no word that it has been destroyed. The newest controversy in this matter centers around a statement made by Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Hit the break to find out what the Google CEO said that isn't helping their cause.
If you thought Intel's stack-dropping acquisition of McAfee for $7.68 billion was a lot, you'll drop your jaw at this one. The world's largest chip manufacturer said earlier this week that it will spend somewhere between $6 and $8 billion on factory upgrades in the US, which will create anywhere from 800 to 1,000 manufacturing jobs.
Intel plans to renovate and renew plants in Oregon and Arizona and looks to open a new plant in Oregon. The implementation of these plans will create up to 8,000 construction jobs and looks to be in place over several years, said an Intel official.
For more on the big spending, follow the break.
Earlier this month, Blizzard decided to start Halloween early, by spooking all of their StarCraft II players with bans and suspensions on 5,000 accounts that were cheating or modifying the game to get an edge. A week later, the company also decided to attack the people in charge of creating cheat programs for the game.
Well, last week Blizzard decided to up the ante by filing a lawsuit in the Los Angeles US District Court against three individuals who are being targeted for making and selling hacks and cheats for StarCraft II. In case you had no idea, hacking is a clear no-no in the gaming world and is stated as such in the end-user license agreement, the Battle.net terms of usage and in general copyright law.
For more on what's happening with this three-piece suit, hit the break.
posted Thursday Oct 21, 2010 by Jon Wurm
With the WinPho 7 OS being described as an experience comparable to Android and iOS4 the next big step for Microsoft is to put on something sexy to get the attention of the 250,000 plus app developers out there. Take a quick look at the major players in the smart phone OS industry and you will find the usual suspects, Google, Apple, RIM, Palm, and Microsoft, again.
Hit the break to find out why Microsoft could be in the game again.
Here is a scary prospect for you - Apple might want to buy Facebook. Peter Kafka of All Things Digital has been trying to figure out what Apple is planning for the $51 billion they are holding in cash and this is what he has come to. When asked about the money, Steve Jobs said,
We firmly believe that one or more unique strategic opportunities will present itself to us, and we'll be in a position to take advantage of it.
For more on Apple's possible plans, hit the break.