Thursday, March 8, 2007

Multi-Touch in the future

AppleInsider reported today that Apple is seeking a Senior Panel Process Engineer "to develop the new process and design for the multi-touch panel used in Apple products." Notice the "s" in products. While certainly good news, this may indicate that Apple is not planning on shipping such products anytime soon. As we all know Apple has the capability of doing multi-touch displays, but maybe Steve Jobs wants to give Jonathan Ive, his lead designer a break?

Meanwhile, Jeff Han's Perceptive Pixel is really the only company other than Apple that's taken a look in multi-touch development, but they seem to have made much progress. Take a look at these to clips to see the current state of multi-touch technology (except for what Apple's hiding from us):

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Google CEO and co-founders influenced by Steve Jobs?

It seems that Google CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have joined the $1 salary club with Steve Jobs. Could they have been coerced influenced by Steve Jobs for some reason? After all, Google has announced increased future collaboration with Apple...

Monday, March 5, 2007

Apple is 7th most admired company

For the first time ever Apple has made the Top 10 list of Fortune's 2007 Most Admired Companies List. Not only did Apple go up in rank, but Microsoft seems to have dropped two places from last year. Each company is rated in eight "key areas," some of which are innovation and quality of products/services, in a scale where the lowest score is better.

I'm happy to say that Apple soundly beat Microsoft in every area except social responsibility and financial soundness(which can be expected from Microsoft).

Whereas Apple received a score of 1 for both innovation and quality of products, Microsoft scored a 7 and an 8 in those respective areas.

Apple came in second to IBM by .02 points in the computer company only section, however IBM did not make it to the overall top 20.

[via Macuser]

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Apple adds new discount section to online store

While I was browsing the Apple Online Store, I noticed a new section in the Special Deals part of the store. This is a Clearance section, which currently offers older Airport Extreme Base Stations and some non-Apple Mac accessories.

The Airport Extreme is priced at $129 instead of the original $249, a significant discount if you are not looking for 802.11n capability(in which case you should go for the new Airport Extreme).

Doubleshot effect already patented by Apple?

Those of you that are familiar with the Microsoft Zune probably know about the "doubleshot effect" that it implements. However, it seems that Apple may actually have patented this before the Zune came out, which may cause trouble for them if they wish to keep their current Zune design.

Check out the patent filing here.

[via Engadget]