In case you missed it, Steve Jobs on Thursday posted an open letter to no one in particular dismantling Adobe's Flash platform with the delicate precision of a hand grenade. Jobs lambasted Flash on a variety of fronts, including reliability, security, and performance, among other complaints. Jobs concluded his tirade by saying that "Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content" and that "Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind." Ouch.
If Jobs seriously thought Adobe would take his recommendation to heart (and surely he didn't), he was wrong. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen responded to criticisms made by Jobs, saying the technology problems he pointed out in his essay are "really a smokescreen."
Hit the jump to find out what else Narayen had to say.
Just when you thought things between Apple and Adobe couldn't get any nastier, Steve Jobs decides to kick it up a notch by listing out all the reasons why Flash sucks and isn't allowed 10 feet from any Apple devices.
"I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads," Steve Jobs starts out. "Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain."
This might seem like a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but Jobs goes on to acknowledge that "Apple has many proprietary products too, however the Cupertino company "strongly believes that all standards pertaining to the Web should be open," and that "Apple even creates open standards for the Web."
Hit the jump to see what else Jobs had to say about Flash.
We know you guys and gals are sick to death of Apple stories -- blame the temporary uptick in Apple-y content on the recent triple play (iPad release, iPhone OS 4 announcement, lost/stolen iPhone 4G) -- but this one was just too quotable to pass up. According to Steve Jobs, if you want to watch porn, get an Android phone. Here's how it went down.
According to TechCrunch, a customer named Matthew Browning wrote an email to Jobs because he was concerned that Apple's blocking of an app by satirical cartoonist, Mark Fiore, was indicative of Apple taking on the role of "moral police."
"It appears that more and more Apple is determining for it’s consumers what content they should be able to receive. For instance, the blocking of Mark Fiore’s comic app (due to being political satire) or blocking of what Apple considers to be porn," Brown wrote.
"I’m all for keeping porn out of kids hands. Heck – I’m all for ensuring that I don’t have to see it unless I want to. But… that’s what parental controls are for. Put these types of apps into categories and allow them to be blocked by their parents should they want to."
Jobs reportedly replied: "Fiore’s app will be in the store shortly. That was a mistake. However, we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy and (sic) Android phone."
So there you have it, folks. Android is the platform for porn.
One of the bigger complaints with Apple's recently announced (and long hyped) iPad is that it doesn't support Flash, which some feel renders the $500+ tablet little more than a fashionable paperweight. That's not such a bad thing in Jobs' eyes, at least according to a report in Valleywag in which the feud between Apple and Adobe took a turn for the bitter.
As the story goes, Jobs shot down Adobe's Flash as little more than "a CPU hog" riddled with "security holes" and "old technology," so why bother including it in the iPad?
His alleged comments echo a similar sentiment shared during a shareholder meeting two years ago when Jobs explained why Flash wouldn't be integrated into the iPhone, saying the PC Flash version "performs too slow to be useful" and that Flash Lite "is not capable of being used with the Web."
Anyone think Apple and Adobe will eventually kiss and make up?
Steve Jobs has submitted one of the most devious patents of all time: operating system advertising. That’s right, according to the patent, Jobs wants you looking at ads embedded right into your operating system.
To take it one-step further, the patent attorneys who filed the application did their due diligence making sure every aspect and use of the "innovation" was outlined in detail. This passage sheds a little light on just how invasive and annoying this could be:
“The operating system is configured to present one or more of the advertisements to users of the computer device. In some implementations, the operating system can disable one or more functions during the presentation of the advertisements and then enable the function(s) in response to the advertisements ending. That is, the operating system can disable some aspect of its operation to prompt the operator to pay attention to the advertisement.”
Not only are they going to put ads in front of your face, they are going to do everything in their power to make you pay attention to them. This basically says they would go as far as crippling the device while the ad is displaying. Further, in the application they talk about measures to verify user presence, such as user confirmations throughout the ad.
The application makes careful notation not to distinguish its platform so that this technology could be used on any device, i.e. “portable and desktop computers, servers, electronics, media players, game devices, mobile phones, wireless devices, email devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), embedded devices, televisions, set top boxes, etc” per the filing.
According to Mathhew Robert Young, a state prisoner at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon, he's the one responsible for virtualization technology (VT), which was stolen from him by both Steve Jobs and Intel. Young says he told Jobs about the technology, and when Jobs never responded to an alleged offer to buy the intellectual property for $250 million, Young pitched it to Intel, allowing the chip maker to make VT work with its Core 2 Duo processors. In a civil action suit filed with the U.S. District Court in Oregon, Young says he's entitled to $5 billion and claims he can prove his allegations with a live demonstration.
"Pro se plaintiff is the only person in the world at present who knows how to make both the [Core-2 Duo micro processor, and the Virtual Technology] work, and pro se plaintiff can in fact come before this U S District Court and prove it by a factual DEMONSTRATION," and that "plaintiff declares here that this action is a JUST cause, and not for harassment purposes," Young wrote in his court filing.
In a separate but perhaps related matter (and by 'perhaps,' we really mean 'definitely'), Young is also claiming he is being "unlawfully held and restrained of his liberty and freedom in the Snake River Correctional Institution," which has also been brought to civil action.
Steve Jobs' health has been a cause of great speculation all around the internet in recent days. Most conjectures pointed at sickness of some sort or the other, though the gravity of the purported illness swayed wildly in each theory. Perhaps fearing that the rumors would eventually dent the spirits of investors, Steve Jobs broke his silence by issuing a statement detailing the current state of his health.
Jobs acknowledged that he is suffering from a hormone imbalance that sends the protein level in a patient's body plummeting. His doctors believe that it will take him until spring to recover fully. His unnamed ailment closely resembles Crohn’s Disease, which impacts the upper intestine, according to a report. One thing is for certain that Apple aficionados must be amassing more information on the Crohn’s disease - few might even be working on a more effective cure.
Apple investors and fans must be feeling a lot better after receiving official word on Jobs’ health. Perhaps Jobs felt that had he delayed an official statement any further it could have opened the door wide open for wilder speculation. After all, it was only a few months ago that his obituary was published. We wish him a speedy recovery.
The ghosts from Apple’s past have returned to haunt the company. A couple of years ago, an internal inquest was launched into the alleged backdating of stock options grants at Apple made between 1997 and 2001. The investigation uncovered several irregularities - and forgeries - that eventually prompted the Securities and Exchange Commission to step in.
Although SEC filed charges against then Apple CFO Fred D. Anderson and general counsel Nancy R. Heinen, the company’s top brass including Steve Jobs were given the clean chit and lauded for their cooperation in the investigation.
However, disgruntled Apple stockholders Martin Vogel and Kenneth Mahoney believe there is more to the stock-option-backdating story than what met SEC’ keen eye. They have initiated a class-action suit against Apple CEO Steve Jobs, already beleaguered Anderson and Heinen, and four others from the Board of Directors.
The plaintiffs alleged that Apple’s blue-eyed boy Steve Jobs was the beneficiary of one such backdated stock option and profited to the tune of $20 million, and that Apple’s account department didn’t deem it necessary to record this spending in their books.
Also up for legal debate will be the catastrophic decline in Apple stocks – that wiped $7 billion in share value within two weeks – after Apple’s announcement of the internal investigation and whether shareholders deserve to be redressed for it.
iTunes has registered more than 5 billion song downloads hitherto and has also emerged as the most frequented online movie store in the world. The increasing popularity of digital distribution channels like iTunes points to the end of the storage-media era - perhaps good riddance.
Apple Ceo Steve Jobs, who himself is a digital distribution champion, must be happy with the fact that iTunes is pioneering the digital distribution revolution. Movie buffs are renting and purchasing 50,000 films every single day from iTunes to go with the amazing feat of 5 billion song downloads.iTunes is Apple's golden goose and Steve Jobs, by the look of it, the fabled King Midas.