updated 11:05 am EST, Mon March 5, 2007
CS3 due March 27th, WWDC
In brief: Adobe today confirmed that it will ship its anticipated Creative Suite 3 on March 27th, Carphone Warehouse is apparently in talks with Apple to be the exclusive distributor of the iPhone in the UK, and brick-and-mortar retailer Best Buy reportedly offers an intranet website with artificially inflated pricing made to look like its internet-based page. T Australian Apple University Consortium is offering scholarships to Australian University staff as well as students to attend this year's Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), and Microsoft won a partial victory in a lawsuit battle involving a controversial Alcatel-Lucent patent claim related to speech recognition. Adobe is preparing to celebrate its global Creative Suite 3 (CS3) event live via webcast to debut its suite of creative tools. The software offering is expected to ramp up Mac Pro sales, as the event will mark the first official release of Adobe's Intel-native CS3 application.
Carphone Warehouse fond of Apple
Carphone Warehouse has expressed interest in the forthcoming iPhone, and is in reportedly in talks with Apple to become iPhone's exclusive carrier in the UK. Carphone Warehouse founder and CEO Charles Dunstone recently switched to a Mac as his only work computer, and the company's creative studio is using Mac systems alongside the head of its phone network division, who uses a Mac at home and who is an Apple fan.
Best Buy deceiving in-store customers?
Major retailer Best Buy, which is facing a probe from the Connecticut Attorney General's office, has admitted that the site customers see in the store is different than the internet website customers see when surfing from home. The company uses an intranet made to resemble the real website, but allegedly posts artificially inflated prices to deny in-store discounts to customers.
Australia WWDC scholarships
The Australian Apple University Consortium today announced that it will offer Scholarships to Australian University staff and students to attend this years Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June of 2007. Successful scholarship recipients will receive a WWDC Conference Ticket as well as a financial subsidy to help cover the cost of airfair to and from San Francisco from Australia, as well as twin-share accommodation for seven days.
Microsoft wins partial victory
U.S. federal judge Rudi Brewster in a summary judgement dismissed a controversial Alcatel-Lucent patent claim against Microsoft regarding speech recognition, saying that the Redmond-based company hadn't infringed on the French-American company's patents. Alcatel-Lucent intends to appeal the decision, and is still bringing numerous patent challenges to Microsoft which include those relating to the Xbox 360 console.