Apple will be holding their annual general shareholder meeting today. The Board of Directors (including Google CEO, iPhone partner, and Android rival Eric Schmidt) is up for re-election, and management will supposedly be held to answer by shareholders, but Steve Jobs will not be in attendance (he's still out on leave), and we don't really expect much in the way of specific iPhone news.
Of course, if anything interesting does come out, you know we'll keep you covered.
Microsoft PR must hate it every single time CEO Steve Ballmer gets on a mic. Bloggers on the other hand...? From the latest analyst briefing:
"The truth of the matter is all the consumer market mojo is with Apple and to a lesser extent BlackBerry. And yet, the real market momentum with operators and the real market momentum with device manufacturers seems to primarily be with Windows Mobile and Android."
Um.. Apple and BlackBerry manufacture their own devices there Steve, so while their internal momentum is enough to steamroll an industry, ODM's can't get their hands on iPhone OS X or RIM's OS no matter how badly they probably want to.
I'm a big fan of not using a hard case as doing so hides the beauty of the iPhone. So I tend to look for pouches, sleeves, and sometimes leather cases. Enter the Krusell Hector Leather Case for the iPhone and iPhone 3G which happens to be available in iMore Store for $29.95. I've spent a good amount of time using this case, so read on for the full review!
What do you do if you helped commercialize the home computer with the Apple II, made the GUI mainstream with the Mac, laid the foundation for many aspects of modern computing at NeXT, revolutionized the music industry with iPod and iTunes, changed the consumer electronic retail experience forever with Apple Stores, and restore innovation to the smartphone space with the iPhone? And... oh, yeah, sidelined in a little 3D paradigm shift in entertainment via Pixar?
Well, if you're one Steven P. Jobs, and it's today... Boom! You celebrate your 54th birthday.
Interesting concept video for using iTunes, rather than the iPhone itself, to manage home screen icons and layout. Single icon, multi-icon selection, icon and space lock and unlock, whole screen moving, sort by name, sort by last usage, etc. are all visualized and it makes a rather compelling case.
Would you rather (or additionally) handle icon/app management via iTunes? As we move to more wireless/over-the-air syncing and operations, do we want to have more reasons to stick with the tether, or could a MobileMe-like service include it?
Also, while it looks solid on 2 screen, what if you're rocking 9 screens, will it scale?
Engdget Mobile scored an interview with Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility. Our favorite carrier CEO (for recently telling Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Nokia's CEO, and Euro-haters that "99.5 percent of the industry is trying to copy the iPhone"), shot from the hip on a wide range of issues, including AT&T outages, reports of iPhone reception problems, the success of the App Store, and the competitive landscape now that Google and Palm are (back) in the game.
Our pal Casey over at Android Central, launching off the latest ruminations of GigaOm Malik, on the relative advantages and disadvantages of open source vs. proprietary software models, as straw-man'd into the current tech darlings from Google and Apple: the Android and the iPhone, says:
There is a new email promo floating around from Best Buy (got mine last night). Their Reward Zone and Premier Silver members are being offered a pretty enticing discount when purchasing new a iPhone 3G. Here's how it works: Reward Zone members purchasing a new iPhone 3G will be lucky enough to have $50 knocked off the regular price while Premier Silver members get a even more generous $100 off of a new iPhone 3G.
ubiqkom.org (via Engadget Mobile) has posted a video of an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard hooked up and running alongside an iPhone. We've seen homebrew keyboard connectivity before, of course, but this is such a nicely packaged, Apple-centric solution is makes us dream again about what could have been -- and still could be if Apple gets its Bluetooth profiles sorted out.
Of course, we'd also expect a built in dock, and maybe a more portable keyboard in general, wouldn't we?
This week we'll be bringing you more of the same, of course. Be sure you are paying special attention to CrackBerry.com, as this will be a HUGE week for CrackBerry Nation. This coming Thursday, February 26th, the site officially turns 2 years old!! And when CrackBerry.com turns another year older, it doesn't mean a day of celebrating, it means a week birthday festivities! Whether you're a BlackBerry owner or not you'll want to stay glued to the site for great contests, deals and giveaways each and every day. If you're not a daily visitor but want to follow the action, you can always subscribe to the CrackBerry RSS feeds or follow the site on Twitter at @crackberry.