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HBO has a trailer out for a new series called Silicon Valley that dramatizes the life of nerdy brainiacs and the startup culture in Bay Area. Being about Silicon Valley, the trailer includes a mention of Steve Jobs. We won't spoil it for you, but it's sure to elicit either a chuckle or a growl, depending on your mood. The show premiers in April on HBO. And remember, I know H.T.M.L.
Apple released iTunes 11.1.5 on Wednesday. The maintenance release fixes a crashing bug and improves support for iBooks for Mac in Mavericks.
Apple told an appeals court that its 2013 antitrust conviction was a "radical departure" from modern antitrust law, and that if that conviction is allowed to stand it will "chill competition and harm consumers." According to the Associated Press, Apple made the arguments in formal written filings with the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Apple has begun certifying devices for the "iBeacon" mark under its MFi ("Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad") licensing program. Manufacturers can now apply to use Apple's iBeacon logo on devices that meet the company's standards.
Check out the WeatherFlow Wind Meter, an anemometer for your iPhone or Android device. Stick it in your iPhone, point it into the wind, and get real-time local windspeed and directional measurements. According to the company, it's accurate to the larger of +/- 0.5% of the reading or 0.2 mph at up to 15° off-axis, and it reads in meters/second, miles/hour, knots, kilometers/hour, or the beaufort scale. For information junkies, you can also have your app report its findings to other users and see data from other users, too. It's priced at US$34.95, and it's available now. Yay science!
Disney announced a proprietary digital movie access platform on Tuesday called Disney Movies anywhere, and the company partnered with Apple and iTunes to make it happen. With Disney Movies Anywhere, customers can access their Disney movies on any iOS device, or through a browser on Mac and PC. As an incentive to attach your iTunes account to your Disney account, the company is offering a free copy of the awesome Pixar movie The Incredibles.
Apple released OS X 10.9.2 on Tuesday, a Mavericks update that includes important bug fixes and a couple of new features. More importantly for some users, TMO can confirm that the update includes a fix for the SSL security hole that was patched in iOS on Friday.
Apple has officially added its hefty corporate weight to the business forces urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill legalizing discrimination against homosexuals as long as the discriminator can claim religious prejudice. Apple has a recent track record of being politically active in the gay rights arena, both under the late Steve Jobs and under current CEO Tim Cook, a gay man.
I thought about writing a full article on this, but really, all I can come up with is #lolthefuturelooksbright. The short version is that Bloomberg reported that Ford is planning to dump Microsoft's Windows for its in-car "Sync" platform, and instead embrace the future with Blackberry's QNX platform. The reasons apparently boil down to the fact that it's cheaper and better than Windows, but in either case it's not saying all that much. Perhaps it will be the shot in the arm that Blackberry needs to survive. Then again, maybe Ford will be find itself needing to shop around again in a few years. Either way, it's further anti-validation for Microsoft. Speaking of which, this could shed some light on why Ford CEO Alan Mulally wasn't interested in the Microsoft gig eventually given to new CEO Satya Nadella. [Image courtesy of Shutterstock]
Alabama promotional site AL.com has published a great profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook, focusing on his childhood in Robertsdale, Alabama. From it, we learn that Mr. Cook was popular as a kid, meticulous, well liked, and that he served on the yearbook staff as business manager.