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Following this week's five-year commitment to the Mac platform, Microsoft said it is working with Apple to bring Virtual PC to the new Intel-architecture, although it didn't provide details about the release date. The company, however, said that it would not run under Rosetta, Apple's emulation environment that allows older PowerPC programs to run on Intel-based Macs. The company said that it would wait on receipt of the new shipping machines to better evaluate Virtual PC for Intel-Macs as well the final release date of Mac Office and Messenger for Intel-Macs; however, the company this week said it has dropped all development of Windows Media Player for the Mac.
In Brief: MacNN has posted a new podcast that features an interview with Larry O'Connor, the founder and CEO of OWC, about his company philosophy and favorite products.... A Japanese site has posted photos of the disassembled iMac Core Duo, which is available now from the Apple Store (as pre-order from Amazon), along with iWork '06 and iLife '06--both of which ship in new "mini packaging" ... The Flux iPod Film Festival has announced prizes (MacBook Pro, iTunes cards, and t-shirts) for the fest as well as an extended deadline (February 20th) due to international interest in the festival.... Smalldog debuted its CarTune FM transmitter/charger.... XtremeMac debuted new NBA Iconz for the iPod video/nano...Jansport promised a wide range of backbacks and totebags that feature both Bluetooth and iPod integration in its Fall Collection 2006.
The iPod ecosphere is growing fast, helping out both Apple and a wide variety of other computer peripheral manufacturers, such as Belkin, Griffin Technology, Harmon Kardon, and Bose as well as high-end designers such as Kate Spade, according to MarketWatch. The report says that iPod products will contribute more than $200 million, or more than 20% of its 2005 sales of $800 million, to the 2006 fiscal year revenue of Belkin. "NPD does not yet have figures on the market for iPod accessory sales alone, but that during the first nine months of 2005, total portable digital player accessory revenue reached $412 million in the United States-a 370% increase from the same period in 2004-with accessory sales generating nearly 26 cents for every $1 of digital player sales. Of those sales, speaker systems made up the largest piece of digital player revenue, with 26.5% of the U.S. accessory sales, while player cases accounted for 18% of the market's revenue and sales of FM transmitters made up 16%."
The "Golden Apple for Jobs" is coming in March, ahead of the company's 30th anniversary on April 1st. Following a series of all-time highs during Expo week and Apple's passing of Dell's marketcap, Bloomberg News reports that Steve Jobs will be able to cash in on more than $800 million from his restricted stock grant he received in 2003. "Jobs exchanged worthless options on a split-adjusted 55 million shares for 10 million shares of restricted stock three years ago. The shares, the 50-year- old's entire stake in Apple, vest in March. Right now, they are valued at $808.6 million."
Now AAPL Stock: 93.7 ( -0.57 )
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe