Steve Jobs’ health: Where’s that SEC probe?

Steve Jobs w/Macbook AirIt’s been nearly six months since Bloomberg News, which had been leading the pack investigating the vagaries of Steve Jobs’ health problems, reported that Apple (AAPL) was facing a “review” by Securities and Exchange Commission.

On Wednesday, team Bloomberg revisited the story and reported that Apple’s disclosures about Jobs’ health “remain under scrutiny” by the SEC.

But the 1,039 word piece, reported by Connie Guglielmo, David Scheer and Karen Gullo, offers no new information about the government probe, what it’s after or what progress it has made.

The story quotes a former SEC lawyer, a former SEC enforcement attorney, a securities law professor, and the author of a paper on advocating CEO health disclosures.

The pivotal question, as the experts point out, is what happened in the nine days between Steve Jobs’ Jan. 5 announcement that he had a “hormone imbalance” and his Jan. 14 statement that he was taking a five and a half month medical leave.

Connie Guglielmo led the Bloomberg team that reported in January that Jobs was considering a liver transplant. The fact that Jobs had the surgery — and had been sick enough to go to the head of the transplant waiting list — was not revealed until June 20, a few days before he returned from his medical leave.

Given that her sources had nothing new to say about the SEC review, it’s not clear why Guglielmo chose to revisit the story today, less than two weeks before Apple is scheduled to release earnings for what analysts think will be a strong quarter.

There was one nugget of news in the piece, however. It had been widely reported that members of Apple’s board were being briefed by Jobs’ doctors on his condition. The Bloomberg story names them: Art Levinson, former CEO of Genentech, and Bill Campbell, the former CEO of Intuit.

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Google OS Is Real And No Threat To Apple


People have been speculating about a Google OS for years, and finally it’s official. Chrome OS will be open source, free, and popping up on a netbook near you in about a year or so from now.

And do you think Apple’s worried? Nah.

Apple doesn’t give a damn about netbooks, as it has already made crystal clear.

I’ve no doubt that Chrome OS will be a huge success, especially if it ends up being as fast and as simple as Google promises. On netbooks, it will perhaps cut into sales of Linux-based devices, and to a lesser extent the ones running Windows 7. And we shouldn’t underestimate the potential of Windows 7 – it’s the best thing to come out of Microsoft in a long, long time.

And that’s what Google is taking aim at. The intention is to eat into Microsoft’s market share, to get Chrome OS installed on netbooks first, then notebooks and desktops later. Apple, even with eight per cent or whatever it claims nowadays, isn’t in its sights.

I doubt if anyone at Apple even gives a damn. Assuming they are building a tablet-like gadget to take the MacBook name and do to other tablets what the iPhone is doing to cell phones, they’ll also be working on an OS X + iPhone OS derivative to run on it. And if that’s the case, it’ll be very interesting to see how it stacks up against Chrome OS.

But anyway. Hi Google. Welcome to the OS club. It gets hot in here sometimes.

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Googleofficially enters the OS Wars with Chrome OS

Google’s huge announcement this evening that it will push an open source, instant-on OS which runs on both Intel/AMD and ARM platfoms will be an interesting developement for Apple users.  The new ChromeOS will make use of HTML5/CSS (like the Pre) which will allow applications for Chrome to also run on browsers (Chrome the best probably) on Mac, Windows and other variants of Linux.  Chrome now looks like it is more a platform (like Adobe Air) than a browser.

The Chrome OS aims to be a simple OS geared toward Netbook-type devices.  Google touts "Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS".  The OS won’t be officially released for at least a year, but the hype surrounding it will certainly make other OS vendors take notice.  The Netbook category is undeniably a huge space and Google hopes to get a foothold in it.

While it doesn’t seem to be in direct competiton to any of Apple’s current products, if Apple plans to release any products that fill the gap between the iPod Touch and the MacBook, there might be some overlap.  It still may be time to reconsider that board seat that Google CEO Eric Schmidt is holding.


Gadget Deals: Samsung NetBook, 23-Inch Samsung LCD, Canon Telephoto Lens


Today’s deals include a Samsung Netbook that can be hacked to run OS X, a 2TB external HD for a nice price, and a Philips 42-inch LCD HDTV for $850. And many more!

Find more deals every day on the CoM Daily Deals page.

2.8-lb. Samsung Intel Atom 1.6GHz 10″ Netbook for $369 + free shipping (Well-made hardware that makes a great OS X HackBook: lowest total price we’ve seen by $11)

Fantom%202TB%20eSATA%20/%20USB%20External%20Hard%20Drive%20for%20$190%20after%20rebate%20+%20free%20shippingFantom 2TB eSATA / USB External Hard Drive for $190 after rebate + free shipping (lowest total price we could find by $30)

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HP%20Officejet%20Pro%208000%20Inkjet%20Printer%20for%20$20%20after%20rebate%20+%20free%20shipping HP Officejet Pro 8000 Inkjet Printer for $20 after rebate + free shipping (lowest total price we’ve seen for this printer)

HP02-Compatible%20Inkjet%20Cartridge%208-Pack%20for%20$35%20+%20$5%20s&h HP02-Compatible Inkjet Cartridge 8-Pack for $35 + $5 s&h (compatible with HP Photosmart 3110, 3210, and 3310 printers, among others. Lowest total price we’ve seen for this bundle by $5)

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Google Chrome OS under development

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Google just announced they are indeed developing the long-rumored Chrome OS.

Expected to be web-focused with a minimal user interface, the lightweight open source operating system will appear initially on netbooks running either x86 or ARM processors. Expansion to the desktop and full-powered laptops will most likely follow. According the Official Google Blog, Chrome OS will be available to consumers in the second half of next year.

“Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS,” wrote . “We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds.”

Not surprisingly, the OS will be based on a Linux kernel and should run all current and future web-based applications.

Google admits that there may be some overlap between its operating system for mobile devices, Android, and the newly introduced Chrome OS. The blog announcement explains, “Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems.”

What does this mean for the Mac community? Sound off in the comments!

TUAWGoogle Chrome OS under development originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 08 Jul 2009 02:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Announces Google Chrome Operating System

Google announced that they are getting into the Operating System business with Google Chrome Operating System. The new OS is described as their attempt to “re-think” what operating systems should be.

Google Chrome OS will be an open s…

New Laptop Hunters ad: “Looks sturdy!”

We’d almost forgot about these…the Latest installment has a young couple looking for a sub $700 laptop.  Obviously, there is no Mac anywhere near that.  Interestingly, Microsoft has gone to Flash from its own Silverlight technology in publishing this ad. 

Microsoft might want to

switch its attention to the pesky Google

pretty soon.

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iPhone Dropped in Swimming Pool Is Still Going Strong



Two weeks after an iPhone 3GS was dropped in a swimming pool while recording video, the phone is still frickin’ working says its owner.

“I’m talking to you on it now,” says Khena Kara, the iPhone’s owner, speaking from his home in Nashville, TN. “It’s still going strong.”

Kara’s iPhone 3GS gained internet fame after Kara accidentally dropped it in a swimming pool while recording a video. The iPhone kept recording as it sank to the bottom, and as he fished it out. “It still frickin’ works!” he says in surprise as he pulls the iPhone from the pool. Kara posted the footage to YouTube, and it spread fast on blogs and Twitter. It has now been watched more that 500,000 times.

But many questioned the video’s authenticity. Most notably, Mashable wondered whether it was real.

“Yes, it’s real,” says Kara of the video. “It was the pool in my subdivision.”

Above is a video still of Kara taken from the iPhone video right after it was fished from the pool. And below it is a new picture of Kara taken with the same iPhone.

The new picture’s metadata appears to back up Kara’s story.


Here’s the full picture of Kara emailed to CoM. The photo says it was sent from an iPhone. The picture’s metadata says it was taken with an iPhone on July 5 — almost two weeks after the pool video was posted.

The photo’s GPS data points to a subdivision outside Nashville, and the Google satellite image of the subdivision shows a large swimming pool. Kara asked that the satellite image not be published.

“I don’t want that many people to know where I live,” he says. “There are too many weirdos out there, and if you had seen some of the responses I’ve gotten, you’d swear I posted a video of me killing a puppy or something. It’s crazy.”

The crazy response is partly because of the video’s popularity, and partly because of the Mac-versus-Windows flame war it started.

“This thing has taken on a life of its own,” adds Kara, who speaks with British accent even though he is half French, half Sicilian. He was born and raised in Paris, France, and educated by a British tutor. His father is a famous French movie star.

“I had no idea how much attention it would get. It’s insane. I had no frickin’ idea.”

Questioning the video’s authenticity, some wonder if Kara put the iPhone in a waterproof case before he dropped it in the pool.

Kara says the iPhone was wrapped in a rubbery case, but it’s not waterproof.

“It’s a cheapo rubber case,” he says. “I don’t remember the brand. The case might have helped, but all the holes are still exposed, so it didn’t make that much difference.”

Others have accused Kara of working for Apple.

“I’d be happy to work for Apple,” says Kara laughing. “I’ll move to Cupertino if you want me to. They can send me free stuff too.”

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Next Generation 3,1 iPod Model Detected in Logs

PinchMedia announced that they had started detecting the “iPod 3,1” version number in their analytics reporting from App Store applications. The details are as follows:

– the first time an application using Pinch Analytics was run b…

IP Address Menu 5.3 – Display IP in menu bar, notify of change by email.

You want to display your current IP address in the menu bar? You want to display your user name, your computer name, the IP address, the subnet mask and the MAC address of each of your network interface at the same time? You want your Mac to automatically send an email or upload a file through FTP when one of your IP addresses changes?

Then IP Address Menu is what you need!

IP Address Menu allows you to display your current IP address (and other information) in the menu bar and to notify you of changes by email or FTP.

– It displays an icon or your current IP address in the right side of the menu bar.

– It displays your user name, your computer name, the IP address, the subnet mask and the MAC address of each of your network interface in the menus.

– It can display your external IP address (when connected to the Internet through a router).

– You can copy them to the clipboard by selecting them.

– It can automatically send an email or upload a file through FTP with all this information and the new IP address when it detects that one of your IP addresses has changed.

– This can be useful for example if you want to be notified when your remote Mac has changed of IP address because of an internet reconnection.

– You can configure the subject and the body of the emails sent.

– You can configure the name and the content of the file uploaded through FTP.

– It doesn’t need any installation which makes it very easy to use.

– It is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Russian and many other languages.

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Dear Apple: The iPhone Battery Aftermarket Exists for a Reason

mophiejuicepackairHaving now lived with an iPhone 3GS for the better part of three weeks, I remain incredibly impressed with the device. It’s powerful, fast, and running extremely mature software that’s delightfully quirk-free.

That said, it’s also become apparent that if you’re actually interested in using the phone for its intended use (web browsing, e-mail and video), battery life is ridiculously inadequate. In spite of assurances at WWDC, the 3GS only lasts marginally longer than the 3G, and I often need to charge up mid-afternoon to make sure i have decent battery for my train ride home.

Yesterday, things really went out of wack, and I could literally watch my charge diminish by 2 percent per minute when I was doing nothing so much as leaving it on my desk. A restart fixed it, but it was an extreme case of a persistent problem.

I started thinking about all of this thanks to Joel Johnson’s review of the Mophie Juice Pack Air over at BB Gadgets today. I still think having any case would be a downer, but the extra battery power is becoming increasingly necessary to enjoy my long-awaited iPhone in the manner I choose. That said, I can’t really bring myself to by one of those big battery packs that hold four times the charge, or what have you — afraid of losing it.

What’s been your experience? Do you moderate your Flight Control play to preserve your talk time? Or do you sport a bonus battery pack?

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The Missing Sync for Pre launches with Mac support

Mark/Space has released a Mac version of The Missing Sync for Palm Pre, along with a Windows Vista and XP version currently in progress. Previously launched as a beta, the synchronization software allows mobile phone users to share information such as contacts, calendars, photos and music between the Mac and Palm Pre. The application enables automatically syncing when near a Mac via Wi-Fi, or can …

Sources: Google OS lives (and it’s coming to a netbook near you)

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Two separate sources—one inside the company and one outside it—have confirmed to Ars tonight that Google plans to launch an operating system built in some fashion around its new web browser, Chrome. One source says that the new OS will be launched soon, perhaps as early as tomorrow.

Tentatively called “Google Chrome OS,” the project appears targeted at netbooks, the tiny portable computers typically used only for such light tasks as web browsing and e-mail. Chrome, of course, isn’t an operating system, but a quick-booting OS built around a single application like Chrome would be a natural fit for a netbook. With such an OS, Google could obviously make it extra easy for users to access the full range of Google cloud applications through the browser—Google Docs, Gmail, Google Maps, etc.

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Briefly: Lights2 Pro theme, NI promo, Map Kit

In Brief: seyDoggy has released Lights2 Pro RapidWeaver, a revamped successor to its Lights theme, while KeyNote Zone now offers a free version of its Comics theme for Keynote. A new Native Instruments promotion, “Tone Up For Summer,” brings discounts of up to 50-percent for the company’s Guitar Rig 3 products. The Pragmatic Programmers has launched a video tutorial for developers planning on usin…

Sonos CR200 to get capacitive touchscreen, $350 price

Confirming an earlier image leak showing Sonos’ upcoming CR200 remote control, the company accidentally slipped the product page ahead of schedule. The device features a smaller profile than its predecessor, but with a considerably larger display. The 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen will now serve as the primary control interface, enabling users to flick through content or search for items by usin…

TUAW Tip: Paste without formatting by default

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Here’s something I know affects plenty of users out there. Have you ever pasted text in a document or email message, only to have it formatted differently than all the text around it? Irritating, right?

There’s an answer, thanks to the Keyboard & Mouse pane in System Preferences. If you click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, you can assign “Paste Without Formatting” and/or “Paste and Match Style” to Command + V for all applications. Just click the plus button under the list, type in the name of the appropriate menu items, and press Command + V in the Keyboard Shortcut box.

One note: Panic designer Neven Mrgan found that using this tip means you won’t be able to paste images into iChat using Command + V. Dragging and dropping (or choosing Paste from the Edit menu) still works, though.

Apps that don’t have either of those menu items will still default to regular old “Paste” for the same key command. Paste away!

[Via @robotspacer, @chockenberry, and]

TUAWTUAW Tip: Paste without formatting by default originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 07 Jul 2009 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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WWDC Demo: Mashduo compares iTunes libraries

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When traveling, I am always amused to see other iTunes libraries appear in my iTunes as we all glom on to the same wireless network. “Oh, hello there, Sandy’s MacBook, I didn’t realize you were such a Hootie and the Blowfish fan.” If you’re constantly asking your friends about their iTunes libraries (excessively, perhaps?) you might want to check out Mashduo — an OS X application that allows you to drag and drop library files for comparison. Finally you’ll know who has the larger ABBA collection, or who never quite understood The Dead Milkmen (hint: they only song they own is “Bitchin’ Camaro” or “Punk Rock GIrl”).

As you can see in the video, Mashduo is pretty fast for what it does: collating and analyzing all that iTunes data. I cut about 22 seconds out as Mashduo did its thing to over 14,000 songs in those libraries. So yeah, it’s fast. It is also a limited use piece of software, yes, but it is open source, so you can monkey around with it to your heart’s content. First feature request: it would be lovely to have it work with those mystery iTunes shares over the network.

TUAWWWDC Demo: Mashduo compares iTunes libraries originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 07 Jul 2009 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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VideoPier 1.3 adds Elgato Turbo.264 support, more

Aquafadas has launched an update to its MPEG-2/AVCHD capture and management utilities, VideoPier and VideoPier HD 1.3. The latest version now supports Elgato’s Turbo.264/Turbo.264 HD, enabling faster export and conversion of codecs while reducing CPU load on the host machine. New clip management tools can be used for deleting clips, from both the application and the hard disk, with support for dra…

Xslimmer 1.6.4 – Strip ppc/intel code from universal apps/localizations to save space.

Xslimmer reduces the disk space taken up by Mac OS X applications removing localizations you don’t need, and preserving just the Intel or PowerPC version of the code in Universal Binaries.

Xslimmer is a new, user-friendly way to size down your Mac OS X apps, removing the code inside the Universal Binaries that does not fit with your machine’s architecture, and deleting the localizations you don’t need.

This is done in a safely way backing up your apps before slimming, downloading a “blacklist” of apps that check themselves, or allowing you to exclude any application, folder or path.

Want to see for yourself? Grab your copy of Xslimmer now and try it out for free.