Apple plans to bring clean energy to a power-hungry facility, Sprint searches for an influx of cash, and a Steve Jobs special makes its way to the airwaves. The remainders for Wednesday, October 26, 2011 are supported by readers like you.
Apple plans solar farm at data center site (The Charlotte Observer)
Apple's apparently building a enormous solar farm to help power its equally enormous North Carolina-based data center, which serves as the hub for the company's new iCloud online service. Wait, so the cloud is sun-powered? This goes against everything I ignored in fourth-grade science class!
The iPhone may be a revenue generator for Apple, but for Sprint it's incurring huge costs. The carrier says it's seeking $7 billion in additional funding because of the money it's spending on bringing the iPhone to market. According to Reuters, Sprint is paying Apple a 40 percent higher subsidy than it does on other phones. Maybe this was Apple's plan all along--a Trojan phone, destroying the carriers from the inside!
Next week, PBS will air a special focusing on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, featuring interviews with Apple co-founder Ron Wayne, Ross Perot, Walt Mossberg, and Robert Palladino--Jobs's calligraphy teacher at Reed College. I just hope that Jobs's emails get the same melancholy touch that Ken Burns brought to Civil War correspondence.
Pumpkin iPad Case ([iPad]enclosures)
Sure, using a pumpkin as a case for your iPad might seem like a spooktacular idea in this Halloween season until you a) accidentally forget to take out the candle, b) see it smashed by a bunch of teenage hooligans, or c) have to clean gross pumpkin gloop off your iPad. Or, on second thought, just carve your pumpkin to look like an iPad. It's way easier.
The Callousness of Siri (One Foot Tsunami)
You might be tempted to treat Siri like an intimate confidante, but as friend of the show (and Rogue Amoeba CEO) Paul Kafasis has detailed in a blog post, Siri just doesn't care about you--or your medical conditions. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.
Er. Uh. That got dark. Sorry about that.
Perfect Photo Suite 6 - Version 6 of onOne Software's photo-enhancement suite now works as a standalone app as well as a Photoshop plug-in, allowing it to work with Aperture and Lightroom. Four new tools for working with portraits, layers, effects, and masks join existing resizing, focusing, and framing utilities. $300; $150 upgrade for owners of previous versions. Customers who purchased version 5.5 on or after August 7, 2011 are eligible for a free update.
Ulysses 2.1 - The Soulmen have updated their writing software to version 2.1, adding support for iBooks-compatible ePub export, Web export, and compatibility with a number of Lion features, including full-screen mode, native scrolling, multitouch gestures, and improved data sandboxing. There's also an improved interface and a number of other feature enhancements. $20.
Mint 2.0 - Version 2.0 of the finance-tracking app adds an iPad native interface, complete with multitouch graphs, a redesigned overview screen, the ability to get a detailed view of your transactions, and offline viewing of data. Free.
DirecTV 1.3.1 - Version 1.3.1 of the satellite provider's iPad app adds the ability to stream live video from a number of TV channels, assuming you're on the same network as your supported DirecTV box. It also adds parental controls for streaming on the iPad, and lets you change start and end times for a program, in case you need to add extra time to a recording. Free.