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Less than a week after the conclusion of the event, Apple has posted the session videos for WWDC 2010 online. These cover the 100-plus instructional courses held during the week, which were intended to aid developers in coding for Mac OS X or iOS. The videos are available in HD or SD quality, and can be imported into iTunes for viewing or sync with Apple handhelds.
Apple has reportedly given special treatment to one Chinese developer, who was attacked last week while attending WWDC. Known online as Stone, the developer works with Tencent, responsible for China's popular QQ messaging client. While riding a bus in San Francisco Stone was mugged, suffering injuries including a broken rib and marks on his face. An iPad brought with him was bent and cracked, although technically still functional.
As a part of ongoing WWDC proceedings, Apple has handed out the 2010 Apple Design Awards. The candidates were selected mainly on the basis of nominations from developers, although Apple reserved the right to pick its own choices. Winners were rated on a combination of design, innovation, performance and technology adoption.
Less than a day after the event, Apple has posted two different video versions of the 2010 WWDC keynote. On Apple's website is a streaming version, encoded in three different quality levels for QuickTime. Via the iTunes Store people can now download a podcast version, viewable either in iTunes or on an iPhone, iPod, iPad or Apple TV.
Titles sold through the iBookstore now account for about 22 percent of US e-book sales, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The claim was made during today's WWDC keynote, which ultimately announced the iPhone 4, but began with a segment on the iPad. Even though the iBookstore has only officially been active since April 3rd, over 5 million titles have been downloaded worldwide, Jobs comments.
One of the first announcements to come from Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote is a forthcoming update of iBooks, the e-reading app for the iPad. Due later this month, the update should add three important features. The most essential of these is support for PDF files, a common component of other e-readers. A separate bookshelf loads by tapping a "PDF" button at the top of the screen.
Workers at the Moscone Center in San Francisco have begun decorating the building in preparation for next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, photos show. Outside of the building, a large white Apple logo now dominates the glass facade. On the inside a wall has been plastered with the banner image visible on the official WWDC website.
The major emphasis of Steve Jobs' June 7th WWDC keynote will on new iPhone hardware, but it could also include two other important announcements, says Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu. Sources allege that the prototype iPhone details leaked a month ago are close to those of the final device, for which Wu argues evidence is also mounting of a near-future release. Carriers are believed to be letting old inventory purge, while Walmart has dropped the price of an iPhone 3GS to as little as $97. Apple has stopped selling the iPhone 3G online.
There is "little room for surprise" at this year's WWDC keynote, scheduled for June 7th, claims Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. As is commonly expected, the major focus should be on a new iPhone, featuring better battery life, an upgraded main camera with a flash, and a new front-facing camera for video chat. Beyond this, nothing earthshaking will be announced, Munster predicts.
Apple has now confirmed that CEO Steve Jobs will be hosting the company's WWDC keynote, scheduled for 10AM Pacific time on June 7th. The conference will run until June 11th, and have over 100 sessions and labs. Apple sold out of tickets in just eight days, despite a $300 spike in cost. In excess of 5,000 people are expected to attend.
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French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l