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Snap Judgment: We touched Microsoft's Surface tablet!

The words “Apple” and “iPad” were never spoken during Microsoft’s unveiling yesterday of the company’s new tablet device, the Surface, but they haunted just about every facet of the presentation. First, there was the unusual, Apple-like secrecy surrounding the event — reporters were given just a few days notice that a “major announcement” would be taking place in Los Angeles, and only informed of the specific location just six hours before it was set to begin. (I overheard one reporter from San Francisco saying that he was only able to make a hotel reservation after he’d landed in L.A. that morning, because he wasn’t sure where in the sprawling city he’d have to be.)

When the Surface was finally revealed, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and a few other executives tripped over themselves fetishizing the tablet’s design, repeatedly emphasizing words like “seamless,” and “elegant,” and “perfect.” And much time was spent obsessing over the cutting-edge engineering that allowed for “vapor magnesium” casings that were both unfathomably thin and impressively rigid.

It was plainly obvious that Microsoft was gunning not only for Apple’s hefty market share, but also its zeitgeist-seizing mojo. The one question on all our minds, however, was whether any of us would get to actually use the Microsoft Surface.¬† READ FULL STORY

WWDC developments: Apple kicks Google Maps off iPhone, adds Facebook and more

Apple is kicking an important Google application off its iPhone and buddying up with Facebook rather than Google’s social network, as it distances itself from a bitter rival in the phone arena.

Google’s Maps application has resided on the iPhone since Apple launched the very first version of the phone in 2007. It’s one of the core apps on the phone, and can’t be deleted by the user.

But on Monday, Apple executives said Google Maps will be replaced by an Apple-developed app in iOS 6, the new operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. It’s set to be released late this year.

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WWDC preview: What will Apple do next?

Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to show off new iPhone software, updated Mac computers, and provide more details on future releases of Mac software when he kicks off the company’s annual conference for software developers on Monday. The announcement of new software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch has been confirmed by banners that appeared at the Moscone conference center in San Francisco on Friday, reading “iOS 6.” It’s not much of a surprise. Apple has used its Worldwide Developers Conference as an opportunity to announce new iPhone software for the past few years.

What’s not known is what new features will come with iOS 6, or when it will be released to consumers. Usually, the new software becomes available for download around the time a new iPhone model appears. Apple-watchers expect the next version of the iPhone, the iPhone 5, to appear this fall, about a year after the launch of the 4S model.
In 2010, Apple demonstrated the new iPhone 4 at the WWDC, but analysts don’t expect the company to show off a phone model this year. READ FULL STORY

Apple CEO Tim Cook promises 'incredible things,' hints at refined Apple TV

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for an interview at the All Things Digital conference yesterday. Without saying anything specific, he spent his 40 minutes on stage responding to pointed questions with detailed-yet-abstract answers, giving the impression that Apple as a company was in a quantum phase of working on everything and nothing at the same time. After noting his excitement for “all the things I cannot talk about today,” he promised the crowd: “The juices are flowing, and we have some incredible things coming out.”

The juice must flow! Zooey Deschanel doesn’t know if it’s raining!

Still, a close reading of Cook’s responses may offer some hint about Apple’s near future. (The interview was not streamed, but All Things D has a full live blog of the event.) READ FULL STORY

John Malkovich talks to Siri in new iPhone ads

Confession: I can’t stand the new batch of iPhone advertisements. Apple spent the better part of a decade dropping zeitgeist-grenade TV commercials. But when it came time to show off audio helpmate Siri, the marketing team decided to fall back on random celebrity pitchmen. The result was Zooey Deschanel and Samuel L. Jackson meandering around identical IKEA households. (Absent from these advertisements: The celebrities’ assistants, a.k.a. “Siri With Limbs.”) I have to admit, though, that I’m a bit tickled by a new pair of advertisements featuring adorable cult weirdo John Malkovich, who speaks to Siri as if she’s the only one who really understands him. Check out the two commercials below: READ FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin hates the Internet. Why does he keep writing about tech geniuses?

Aaron Sorkin needs to clear a space on his cluttered mantle. The king of the walk-and-talk recently signed on to adapt Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography — and considering how many awards The Social Network won, it’s safe to guess that Sorkin’s next peek behind the computer screen will be similarly celebrated.

But even though Sorkin snagged an Oscar for writing about the technorati, it’s still deeply weird that he somehow became Hollywood’s go-to tech biopic scribe. Sorkin has long had a love-hate relationship with computers — accent on the hate.

After getting into a string of online arguments with Television Without Pity posters in the early ’00s, Sorkin wrote an episode of The West Wing that featured a subplot about how horrible Internet users are. (Josh to C.J., on a certain site: “It’s a crazy place. It’s got this dictatorial leader who I’m sure wears a muumuu and chain smokes Parliaments.” C.J. to Josh: “The people on these sites, they’re the cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest!”) An episode of Studio 60 also revolved partially around the characters’ reactions to a critical blogger; as one opined, “It’s like we’ve all spent the last five years living in a Roger Corman film called Revenge of the Hack.” Another dismissed the blogger as someone with “a freezer full of Jenny Craig” who sits “surrounded by her five cats.” Even the new trailer for Sorkin’s upcoming HBO drama, The Newsroom, includes a moment in which Jeff Daniels’ character reacts with disdain when Dev Patel’s character mentions his blog.

And then there are the various Internet bashing comments Sorkin himself has made over the years. Here’s a sampling of his greatest hits:

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Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Ryan Murphy top 'Out' magazine's 'Power 50'

Out‘s list is out! The magazine just released its sixth annual power list of media mavens from entertainers to politicians that they deem the most powerful, and it is heavy with pop culture stars.

Making the list are talk-show titans Ellen Degeneres (#2) and Andy Cohen (#10), producing behemoth’s Ryan Murphy (#4), Scott Rudin (#13), and Alan Ball (#37), and clocking in at #40, Entertainment Weekly‘s own Managing Editor Jess Cagle. Sitting at the top of the list is Apple CEO Tim Cook, who memorably took over for the late Steve Jobs last year.

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Zooey Deschanel, Samuel L. Jackson in new iPhone ads -- VIDEO

Zooey Deschanel and Samuel L. Jackson are an unlikely pair, but iPhone endorsement has the power to unite them. Both actors appear in new ads that tout the 4S’s voice-recognition software. Siri helps the A-listers plan their persona-appropriate days: While the adorkable New Girl struts around in PJs, orders tomato soup from a darling establishment called the Cabbage Patch and has a one-person dance party, Jackson gets his seduction on with his electronic wingman and some ’70s smooth soul. See the ads below. READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher secures Steve Wozniak's blessing to play Steve Jobs

Regardless of what the public thinks, Ashton Kutcher has a stamp of approval to portray late Apple founder Steve Jobs from at least one inside source. According to TMZ, Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ partner in founding the computer dynasty, is A-OK with the casting news.

“The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now,” said Wozniak, “but I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s on board. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject.”

The indie biopic, from Swing Vote director Joshua Michael Stern, goes simply by the name Jobs and will reportedly follow the tech impresario’s transition “from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple.” It’s set to begin filming next month. READ FULL STORY

Mike Daisey issues another apology: 'Things came out of my mouth that just weren't true'

Before the curtain falls on the 15 minutes of ridiculousness that is the distressing dilemma of Mike Daisey, there is one more act: Daisey’s latest apology, which in reality should have been given eons ago and saved face for Daisey, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and everyone involved in the Apple factory farce.

Daisey once again took to his blog for his most recent apology, only this time the playwright-slash-performer decided to abandon trying to explain his good intentions and instead took full blame for the debacle.

He apologized first to his audiences: READ FULL STORY

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