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An App Store For iPhone Software 531

Steve Jobs demonstrated a new "App Store" that will be pushed out to all iPhones in June. It's available now in beta. This will be the exclusive avenue developers will use to get their iPhone apps, written to the newly released SDK, to customers. Developers will get 70% of the proceeds from sales of their goods on the App store, with no further charges for hosting, credit-card processing, etc. Jobs called this "the best deal going to distribute applications in the mobile space."

Submission + - Steve Jobs confirms native iPhone SDK by February

vallette writes: Looks like developers will get their wish. The following message (from Steve himself) is posted on's Hot News webpage:

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers' hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we're trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once — provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones — this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than "totally open," we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone's amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.


P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch. [Oct 17, 2007]
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Cry no more early Apple adopters! (

juuri writes: The mighty Steve has perched himself on high and decided to give you all 100 Apple Fun Bucks! This is a scary trend if even the infallible are willing to listen to the mighty masses. Personally (as an early adopter) I didn't understand what the stink was about, you paid a price you apparently felt fair for a product, Steve's assertation yesterday that, "(this) is tech..." was right on the money!

Submission + - Apple launches iPod Touch, revamps Nano, iTMS wifi (

tRSS writes: "Apple just right now launched iPod touch, with similar interface as the iPhone and new iPod nano with video and coverflow. iPod touch start from $299 whereas iPod nano start from $149. They have also revamped the iPod shuffle with new bright colors. Apple has added the capability of buying and downloading music wirelessly from the iTunes Music store on iPod touch and iPhones now as well."
Networking (Apple)

Submission + - Duke's problems not iPhone, T'was Cisco-based ( 1

Kantara writes: Update on the iPhone and Duke's networking issues. Duke put out an update on what was going on with their network and the real culprit. From the artice:

Cisco worked closely with Duke and Apple to identify the source of this problem, which was caused by a Cisco-based network issue. Cisco has provided a fix that has been applied to Duke's network and there have been no recurrences of the problem since.


Submission + - Universal refuses to renew on iTunes

UnknowingFool writes: "It appears for the moment that Universal will not renew its long term contract with Apple for content on iTunes store. While the details are not known about the exact nature of the dispute, many speculate that it has to do with Apple's stance on fixed pricing and Apple's refusal to license their DRM. The worse case scenario may include Universal pulling its entire catalog from iTunes. Both sides stand to lose out with 1/3 of of new releases coming from Universal and an estimated 15% of Universal's sales coming from digital downloads. Apple's market share is about 75% of digital downloads, and digital downloads are growing while CD sales are shrinking."

Submission + - Apples Safari on Windows Review

An anonymous reader writes: Then comes the "Wow, this works and looks great. Let me buy a MacBook and trade in my Dell immediately!" ;-) Apple's software on a Windows machine is a noticeably refreshing experience. The more Windows users see a great program from Apple, the more they will want Apple hardware. I think this is a great move for Apple!
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Trading Methane for CO2 on the Carbon Market

Radon360 writes: With U.S. government regulations on carbon dioxide emissions looming, the largest producers of carbon dioxide emissions are looking to get the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to purchasing carbon credits. American Electric Power, one of the largest emitters of carbon dioxide in the U.S. is looking to capture and burn off methane from farm manure lagoons as a means of purchasing cheap carbon credits from farmers. Initial plans call for simply burning off methane gas (without any power extraction). Methane gas is roughly 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, and the idea is that by burning it will mitigate its impact on global warming.

Submission + - New adiabatic quantum computer demoed today

perpetual_motion writes: A Vancouver company called D-Wave is supposed to demonstrate its new "adiabatic quantum computer" today, a machine that could become the "x86" of the quantum computing world, according to Ars Technica. The site has a nice writeup on what's being announced, and some analysis on why it only needs to be "good enough". From the article: "The adiabatic system they're using may not wind up being the "best" in terms of its practicality or ability to solve a wide range of problems (the academic world is primarily working with other systems) but it's apparently ready for some sort of usage now. And that may be all D-Wave needs. If they can convince others to work with their system — code additional algorithms, provide high-level interfaces to Orion, work around its limitations — their approach may not have to be the 'best' in any sense."

There are also in-depth technical examinations of adiabatic quantum computing and the famous P vs. NP problem, if you want to get your quantum learn on.

Submission + - Biggest Windows Vista Annoyances

Deathspawner writes: "The RTM version of Vista has been final for a while, but many of the biggest annoyances from Beta 2 still remain. Techgage takes a look at the top 8 annoyances found after usage of the RTM for two months. Included in the list is the horrible bootloader, general slowness, DRM, lack of ease and problematic activations. Not to mention the headache inducing "Are you sure?" prompts."

Lack of Innovation in IT Holding Companies Back? 205

bednarz writes to mention that Google's Dave Girouard, manager of enterprise business, is blaming a "crisis" in IT and the "insane complexity" of technology, among other things, for the lack of innovation that could allow businesses to grow. "A lot of things that people think of as core IT functions need to disappear into the ether so that the IT organization can properly focus on the value-added [activities]," he said. "Information security, as critical as it is, needs to be taken care of by organizations who live and die by it, who invest the money, time, resources and staff. Why should every company in the world have to build up their own expertise and have to maintain servers and provide security?"

Submission + - Why Chicks Don't Dig The Singularity

Raindance writes: " looks at the intersection of sociobiology and Kurzweil's idea of The Singularity, and explains why chicks don't dig it. FTA: "I think male geeks in the futurist community assume that human nature is the same as the nature of male geeks in the futurist community. And it's kind of become a little religion; we have our own Rapture and our own eschatology and all that sort of stuff. But I think the idea of merging with machine intelligence is not appealing to lots of different kinds of people. And so when we talk about it, we talk as if this tiny sector of human experience — and the kinds of enhancements male geeks want — is all that there is. But when you describe these kinds of things to most people, they're not necessarily enthused. They're more often afraid. So I think we need a clearer idea of what is universal in human needs to be able to explain The Singularity.""

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