updated 03:40 pm EDT, Thu July 12, 2007
Blended iPhone "Smoothie"
In brief: The manufacturer of a particular blender who has gained significant recognition online for blending various products such as light bulbs and marbles on WillItBlend.com has successfully blended an iPhone into dust, Apple lawyers are cracking down on one publication for publishing an article about Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard prior to the operating system's actual release, and Apple is planning to open a new office in Moscow. A software developer has released an application for Apple's iPhone titled "MuniTime" that offers up to the minute public transit arrival times for two cities so far, Font Bros have released two new foundries, and Yellow Camp Software has released iCal Actions for Automator 2.1. "Will It Blend" has placed an iPhone into a Blendtec blender on the "Smoothie" setting, turning the cellular handset into little more than a pile of dust. Interestingly, the iPhone remains on and lit for a significant amount of time while battling the blades of the blender before eventually flashing off. The blended iPhone is also available for bidding on eBay, which as of this posting has risen to no less than $570.
Apple lawyers threaten Leopard article publisher
Apple lawyers, who are well known for issuing legal threats to even the smallest blogs and businesses for infringing upon its own trademarks or intellectual property, have demanded that APC -- a large Australian magazine and website publisher -- remove an article covering the pre-released test-only version of the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system which was issued only to software developers at the World Wide Developer's Conference earlier this year.
Following a letter from Apple lawyers threatening legal action, the publication removed screenshots of the operating system and finally took the article down entirely to comply with Apple's demands.
Apple to open Moscow-based office
Apple Inc. is planning to open a new office in Moscow, Russia and has posted job opportunities for a PR manager as well as a major clients manager on its website.... One software developer has released MuniTime, an application designed for Apple's iPhone that offers up tot he minute public transit arrival times for San Francisco's Muni as well as Portland's Streetcar system.
Font Bros has added two new foundries titled "E-Phemera" and "Filmotype" to its range of available fonts.... Yellow Camp Software has released iCal Actions for Automator 2.1, enhancing its collection of seven Automator actions that enable users to perform batch operations on iCal Event and To Do objects.