How did the iPhone prototype end up in Gizmodo hands? That's what the police would like to know.
The saga of how Gizmodo got that device exploded this week into a criminal investigation with many questions arising about journalists' rights and responsibilities.
In an investigation that appears to stem from the gadget blog's purchase of a lost Apple iPhone prototype, deputies from the sheriff's office in San Mateo County, Calif., last Friday obtained a warrant and searched Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's Fremont, Calif., home, seizing his computers and servers. The warrant said a felony crime was … Read more
Apple will shut down Lala six months after acquiring the struggling streaming-music service.
A note that replaces Lala's home page says the service will no longer accept new customers and informs members that the site will be functional only through May 31.
Lala is a streaming-music site that sells songs for 10 cents apiece and enables people to store their music libraries on the company's servers. Lala has gone through multiple iterations; it was once a CD-swapping service before reinventing itself as a streaming site.
Apple's decision to close Lala isn't much of a surprise as … Read more
As you've probably heard by now, Steve Jobs this week posted an open letter on Apple's Web site outlining the company's reasons for not adopting Flash on i-products like the iPad and the iPhone.
Jobs outlined six points of contention Apple has with Adobe over Flash. They are, in order: that Flash isn't an open platform; that it's not needed because H.264 works fine for streaming video; that it kills a mobile device's battery in short order; that the Flash interface was designed for mousing, not touching; and that with HTML5 and the … Read more
The missing iPhone 4G purchased and publicized by Gizmodo last week has developed into a legal soap opera taking some rather dramatic turns. The story line has involved police breaking down the door of a blogger, his computers being seized, and the local authorities tracking down the people who found and sold it.
We also know that Apple reported the phone missing to the local authorities, who then initiated a criminal probe, both into the person who sold the device, revealed by Wired.com Thursday as 21-year-old Brian J. Hogan, and the party that purchased the prototype iPhone for $5,… Read more
In response to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' explanation on why his company refuses to let Adobe Systems' Flash Player on his company's iPhone, Adobe's chief technology officer sounded an upbeat tone and said the company was moving on without Apple.
"We feel confident that were Apple and Adobe to work together as we are with a number of other partners, we could provide a terrific experience with Flash on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch," Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch wrote in a company blog post late Thursday. "However, as we posted last week, given the … Read more
Flash fight! As we reported earlier Thursday, Steve Jobs released an open letter discussing Apple's stance on the controversy surrounding the lack of Flash in Apple's mobile products. Following this letter, The Wall Street Journal interviewed Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe, who discussed the letter and offered his rebuttal.
Narayen describes Jobs' letter as an extraordinary attack, following with descriptions of Apple as a company that's using the idea of open standards as a smokescreen to legitimize its restrictiveness and closed nature. He describes every one of Jobs' statements as false.
The saga of the lost prototype iPhone started with a 21-year-old Silicon Valley resident who says he regrets not trying harder to find its real owner, according to a published report.
Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, Calif., is the person who found the iPhone and was paid by Gizmodo, according to a story published on Thursday by Wired.com.
Hogan's lawyer issued a statement to Wired and said Hogan was in the bar with friends when another patron handed him the phone after finding it on a nearby stool, asked around if anyone owned it, … Read more
Apple has released a third update to its Aperture software for editing and cataloging photos, with improvements to stability and the chromatic aberration correction tool among dozens of changes.
Aperture 3 added the ability to correct chromatic aberration--a color problem caused by camera lenses--and Apple believes version 3.0.3 should give better results with less effort.
Indeed, my quick test, editing a dozen photos shot with various lenses, showed a vast improvement over the relatively weak performance in Aperture 3.0.2. It was faster and did a better job removing the color fringes.
Another change concerns geotagging. Aperture … Read more