updated 03:55 pm EDT, Tue September 18, 2007
iPod trademarks filed
In brief: We've posted a review of VMWare Fusion, CBS says it is happy with the current iTunes arrangement unlike NBC, Apple has trademarked the iPod Classic and touch, a new Apple retail store will soon open at the Mall of Georgia, and unlocked iPhones are on sale in Thailand ... We have posted a review of VMWare Fusion, the virtualization software that allows Windows and other operating systems to be run on top of Mac OS X. VMware did their best to make things convenient for the user who has not installed Windows in Boot Camp. The software Windows Easy Install assistant that asks a few simple questions, such as where you would like the virtual hard drive stored, how large should it be, and the license key of your Windows CD. It then proceeds to install without requiring any further interaction. This is simply the easiest Windows installation ever, easier than installing Windows on a PC.
CBS happy with iTunes deal, will stay out of battle
Unlike NBC, which said it would yank its shows from iTunes after expiration of the current contract, in turn causing Apple to pull NBC content from the store, CBS says it is perfectly happy with the current arrangement, and has no plans to seek alteration. CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves told Reuters that the company is "staying out of the battle," adding that he views iTunes "as much as a promotional vehicle for our shows as a financial vehicle." Meanwhile, NBC and News Corp plan to debut an advertising online-video joint venture called Hulu in October.
Apple trademarks iPod Classic, touch
On September 18, the US Patent and Trademark Office published four of Apple's latest trademark applications pertaining to their iPod Classic, iPod touch, iTunes and MainStage which was first posted in Hong Kong and reported by MacNN yesterday. Apple's iTunes trademark application expands to now cover Telecommunication Services and Search Engines which relate and extends to Apple's iPhone as well.
Retail Apple store to open in Buford, Georgia
Apple plans to open a new retail store in Buford, Georgia on September 22nd at the Mall of Georgia. A preview of the store for media will take place at 9:00 a.m. EDT, and the Mall of Georgia will be open to the public at 10:00 a.m. EDT.
iPhones on sale in Thailand
It appears that independent resellers are pushing unlocked iPhones in Thailand. One reader writes: "Taking a walk through the IT centre in Pattaya Thailand today I was very surprised to see the new Apple iPhones on display and on sale to the general public These phones have all been software modified and I was able to use my Thai phone card on it."