In broad, soap operatic strokes of the finest sort, IBM and Apple are at each other’s throats over Apple’s latest recruit: IBM’s vice president of microprocessor technology development. Improbably named Mark Papermaster, the man in question is responsible for IBM’s blade server division, and IBM is pretty sure there’s a non-compete in there somewhere, especially with Apple’s recent acquisition of PA Semi, a chip developer with PowerPC technology similar to IBM’s — IBM has filed lawsuits both against Apple in California (a state traditionally indifferent to non-competes) and against Papermaster in New York. We’re not going to get into all the sordid details, but just because IBM and Apple are very, very angry at each other right now doesn’t mean they’re mad at you. Probably.
9:08AM PT — We’ve got a little less than an hour to go, so we’ll just kind of be loitering outside Apple Town Hall, waiting to spot Steve and the unicorn that is his new MacBook Pro.
We’re at Apple HQ! There’s going to be a bit of a wait before we get going, but stick close by!
Photos by Ryan Block
The pre-WWDC Apple rumor mill has finally churned out something that doesn’t have the words “3G” and “iPhone” involved — sources have told both Ars Technica and our friends at TUAW that Steve will also use his keynote to introduce the next major version of OS X, codenamed “Snow Leopard.” As the derivative release name indicates, there aren’t many changes in store from 10.5 Leopard — Apple’s said to instead be focusing on tightening up speed and stability as it starts producing more mobile devices. What’s more, this could be the end of PowerPC and Universal support in OS X, as Snow Leopard is said to be Intel-only. That’s bound to ruffle a few feathers, but things could get even more heated if Carbon is deprecated as is also being rumored. We’ll see when we see — Monday can’t get here fast enough.
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Apple just announced that iTunes UK will finally make films available to British punters. Studios include 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Sony Pictures Television International and Lionsgate UK. At kickoff, about 700 films will be available to purchase or rent. Films cost £6.99 for purchased library titles and £10.99 for new releases. Rentals start at £2.49 for library titles and £3.49 for new releases — “HD” titles for £4.49 without with an Apple TV prerequisite, apparently.
Update: Nope, after digging around the store it’s clear that an Apple TV is still required for HD rentals. Picture proof after the break.
Update 2: The Canadian iTunes store is sporting films now as well. Come on Apple, Canada’s not worthy of a press release? What’s that aboot?
Update 3: Canadian press release now oot — 1,200 films (not 700 in UK) now available for rent or purchase.
[Thanks, Nate and Zayn K.]
Japan’s third-largest mobile phone operator now has rights to Apple’s iPhone. As has been the norm recently, the announcement is a one-liner without any details related to exclusivity (NTT DoCoMo and KDDI still can has a chanceburger) or model… though it should be noted that Softbank is a W-CDMA (UMTS 3G), not GSM/EDGE carrier. Softbank only says that they’ll be selling the iPhone “later this year.”
Sure, we think the iMac is a nice machine, but sometimes you want to add a PCI card or six, and when the cheapest beslotted Mac starts at a whopping $2,799, mods like Hideo Takano’s Mac Pro Mini just make you wonder what could have been. Of course, there are no slots in this bad boy either since it’s based around a stock Mac mini with a 2.33GHz processor upgrade, but it is a mighty impressive effort — actually, check out Hideo’s whole Mac Mod Lab site for even more sick Mini mods.
For those of you that don’t know it Microsoft and Google have been at each others throats for the last 3 years or so. Microsoft always has annoyed Google with MSN.com who’s search feature takes up a very low third place in the search engine race between Google, Yahoo, and MSN. Google who’s supposed number one rule is “do no evil” which was always a direct jab at Microsoft who so many feel is an evil corporation because they’re good at what they do (even though they’re one of the most generous companies ever when it comes to donations, school projects, and just generally helping people) started off a war with Microsoft however a few years back when Microsoft first started work on “Longhorn” which you guys now know as Windows Vista (yeah, I was around and monitoring very closely the progress of Longhorn and it will forever be just that to me, I know it’s a codename but you get attached when you were around these things from their beginnings) Google announced that they were making their own operating system to compete with Microsoft. They’ve been at war ever since throwing punches back and forth, buying companies, bidding wars, and lawsuits. Microsoft’s first punch back after the announcement of the Google Operating system was to kill off one of Google’s pet projects Google Reader, which was originally supposed to be a program much like library’s work where Google took every publication (books, magazines, you name it) was scanning them and offered them for free online. Microsoft being the only company with enough power and money to do anything about it took Google to court and destroyed the program in almost unpublicized lawsuits. The war had begun, Google with their cocky attitude pushed ahead full steam, and Microsoft let them. Recently the war has gone to the new playground of the internet social networking websites. Google and MSN fought a short lived battle over MySpace where Google won out rights to put advertisements on the site with a several hundred billion dollar deal. It appeared Google had been winning out with it’s deal with Double-Click going through it seemed they were gaining steam, their stocks soared to almost $800 a share and everyone predicted that they would break the $1,000 mark by the end of the year. Most companies would of taken this opportunity to split stocks and release some more to make sales of stocks jump, but Google with their big head and go get ‘em attitude wanted to be the next Berkshire-Hathaway (The company that Warren Buffet, good friend of Bill Gates, works for) who has never split stocks and currently to get a single share of Berkshire-Hathaway you’ve got to fork over $141,100. As the rest of the economy was dropping especially in the technology departments Google seemed to be on top, until that fateful day December 11, 2007 Everyone’s stocks dropped like a rock when Google was brought back to reality with $600 a share stock prices, but Microsoft continued to climb with the release of SP1 for Office 2007 and SP3 release candidate for Windows XP Microsoft was able to pull off the impossible and do what they do best, making gains in a bare marketplace. Before this Microsoft and Google had been at it over purchasing a minority stake in Facebook, Microsoft won out which started the decline of Google’s stock, then came the 11th, and now Microsoft is flaunting the fact that they may be very slow moving, but that doesn’t stop them from being THE slow moving behemoth of our time. Even though Google has all rights to text advertisements with MySpace all of your music on MS is now brought to you courtesy of the Zune, which is Microsoft’s MP3 player that inspired the Ipod, and once again Microsoft still won out that battle too. I’ll never own an Ipod being that they’re a direct rip-off of the Zune, which has STILL even with the Ipod’s popularity and publicity beat out the Ipod in both unit sales, and profits. Maybe that explains why Microsoft moves so slow at what they do, they fight on so many fronts, and they hate to lose. Take that Apple, and Google!!! I actually really like Microsoft fot those of you that don’t know… I can respect them as a corporation, a lot of companies I can’t even come close to respecting their business practices or company models, but M$ I can.
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