• Wednesday Morning News

    If you want coffee with Tim Cook at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, you'd better be prepared to pay $610,000 for the privilege. The auction for charity closed at just over $600,000 just a few hours ago, with 86 bids in total. Right now, the original page on CharityBuzz just says the auction is closed: the highest bidder remains a total mystery.

    A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple, and the claim is that Apple continued sales of the iPhone 4 when it also knew about the "sticky power button problem" that more than a few users have experienced. According to the claimant, an inherent design flaw in the power button component causes it to deteriorate and fail just after the standard one year warranty has expired, and she's seeking $5 million in damages.

    It wasn't that long ago that the iTunes Store was primarily used for streaming and downloading music. A survey from networking company Sandvine has revealed, however, that the App Store now accounts for the largest portion of iTunes' network traffic, likely due to the insane number of iOS devices currently in use. Direct App Store downloads count for around 38% of iTunes traffic, whereas streaming accounts for some 36%. Direct media downloads are only around 20% of the total, and I'm quite surprised that streaming accounts for more traffic than pure downloads.

    There's always been more speculation surrounding the home button of the next iPhone than any other part. We've already heard rumours of a fingerprint-sensing home button, a capacitive-touch home button that isn't a physical button anymore, and now, rumours of a sapphire crystal home button that will hide a capacitive sensor beneath the surface. This isn't the first rumour that has said Apple will be ditching the physical home button, and it probably won't be the last, either.

    Apple's hiring engineers to work on iWork, and their postings are looking for software quality assurance, an end-stage in the software development lifecycle. Maybe this means we'll finally see a big update to iWork in the near future* probably too much to ask for at WWDC, but you never know.

    Wait a second. Hold the phone. BlackBerry are bringing BlackBerry Messenger to the iOS platform? To be fair, they're also bringing it to the Android platform as well, but the fact remains that BlackBerry will be putting one of their major drawcards in the hands of their competitors. A good point by Rene Ritchie at iMore: as of today, every major competitor makes software for iOS, and by contrast, Apple makes software for none of theirs.

    Analog Camera is by Realmac Software, the guys behind Clear for Mac and iOS. It uses the same great gesture-based navigation that makes apps extremely fluid and easy to use, and also features filters found in Analog for Mac. It'll be out later this month, and you can watch a video or sign up to be notified on their website.

    If you're running low on disk space, there's a few temporary caches and other places where you can safely delete that will free up disk space. A pretty good tip from OS X Daily.

    Apple screwed the Xserve pooch, says The Mac Observer. But no single factor contributed to the demise of the humble Xserve. Rather, it was a combination of factors; for one, Apple didn't have the enterprise-level on-site support that their major competitors had, and as great as the Xserve/RAID was as a product, it fell victim to something called "opportunity vs engineering cost" analysis. Good read.

    Siri can now tell you to shut up and get to the point. If you're wasting words on a lengthy query, Siri can now quote a famous person on brevity and ask you to pose your question again in fewer words. I guess that's better than: "Sorry, I didn't get that".
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