Speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo, Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft’s Business Division, hinted that the company may be planning to bring a version of its Office productivity suite to the iPhone. When asked whether Microsoft was committed to getting its major productivity applications onto the Web and on mobile devices, Elop said the company recognizes the growing demand from smartphone users, pointing out how many people now access their Facebook accounts with their iPhones because the device, and others like it, had made it practical to access on the go. After interviewer Tim O’Reilly asked Elop directly whether this meant the iPhone would get access to a mobile edition of Office, he said, “not yet, keep watching.” Elop also announced that Microsoft plans to launch an ad-supported online version of Office sometime after 2009; it is unclear whether an iPhone version of the software would be created as a web application or as a standalone app.
During his current international trip, President Barack Obama presented Queen Elizabeth II with a “video iPod” featuring a special inscription, pre-loaded content, and accessories. Content on loaded onto the iPod includes both photos and videos from the Queen’s 2007 visit to the United States, photos from President Obama’s inauguration, audio of then-Illinois Senator Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and audio of his Inauguration address. ABC News reports that the iPod was also loaded with a variety of show tunes, including selections from The King and I, West Side Story, and The Phantom of the Opera.
Apple has announced that it will reveal its financial results of its second fiscal quarter on Wednesday, April 22. As it has in the past, the company will also conduct a conference call at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time that day to discuss the results. When announcing its first fiscal quarter results, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said the company expects revenue in the range of about $7.6 billion to $8 billion, with diluted earnings per share in the range of about $.90 to $1.00. [via SetteB.IT]
Core Cases has introduced its new line of Color Jackets for the third-generation iPod shuffle. Made from anodized aluminum, the sleeves offer full access to the headphone jack and power switch, and are lined with EVA foam for a secure fit without fear of scratching the surface of the shuffle. Available in an AM collection, which includes pink, orange, and purple jackets, or in a PM collection, which includes steel blue, red, and chrome versions, Core Cases’ Color Jackets for iPod shuffle 3G are listed as “coming soon” and will sell for $13.
The latest version of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, which developers must agree to before downloading and/or using the iPhone SDK or beta versions of the iPhone OS, has added a clause forbidding developers from working on or assisting with jailbreak projects or jailbroken applications. According to Ars Technica, the clause also forbids developers from jailbreaking their own devices. The move follows comments filed by Apple with the U.S. Copyright Office arguing that that jailbreaking constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, and is therefore illegal.
The relevant clause states, “(e)You will not, through use of the Apple Software, services or otherwise, create any Application or other program that would disable, hack or otherwise interfere with the Security Solution, or any security, digital signing, digital rights management, verification or authentication mechanisms implemented in or by the iPhone operating system software, iPod touch operating system software, this Apple Software, any services or other Apple software or technology, or enable others to do so; and (f) Applications developed using the Apple Software may only be distributed if selected by Apple (in its sole discretion) for distribution via the App Store or for limited distribution on Registered Devices (ad hoc distribution) as contemplated in this Agreement.”
DLO has introduced its new Action Jacket armband for the third-generation iPod shuffle. The new Action Jacket features a fully adjustable, washable armband, and a moisture-resistant, padded neoprene case with a front panel that can be used for cord management, or as a mount for the shuffle, leaving the inner pocket open for items such as keys. DLO’s Action Jacket for the iPod shuffle 3G will be available in Best Buy stores on April 5, through other retailers in the coming weeks, and will sell for $20.
iLounge is pleased to announce our Giveaway of the Month for April: Just Mobile’s Xtand. Twenty lucky iLounge readers will receive Xtands for iPhone or iPod touch: ten of each type of Xtand are available. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on April 30, 2009 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear franchise, discussed Konami’s recent Metal Gear Solid Touch release and future iPhone development plans in a recent interview with Spike TV’s Geoff Keighley, held at the San Francisco Apple Store. Kojima revealed that his team originally had the online group helm the development of MGST with Kojima studios overseeing production, but the resulting game was “crap.” After absorbing the existing assets, Kojima and his team realized developing the controls for a stealth game would prove difficult. “At first we thought this should be a stealth game… There were two parts a stealth and a shooting part ... We mocked up a sample but we thought it wouldn’t work,” Kojima said, adding that the short playing time of iPhone games would make it too difficult to manipulate the character through levels without being discovered by in-game foes. “So we changed the play style to touch shooting.” Kojima said that the final eight stages of the game, to be released later this year, will feature “touch fighting” gameplay as well as more “touch shooting.”
Kojima also revealed that he is a large Apple fan, and uses a Mac computer—one of the few employees at his studio to do so—as well as an iPod. Kojima went on to state that he would like to continue working on the iPhone, and hopes to do “something crazy” on the platform. Finally, he offered a glimmer of hope for those wishing for a true stealth-based iPhone game, saying he thought such a title might be possible as the platform develops and improves.
Apple has moved up the list of companies featured in Greenpeace’s latest Guide to Greener Electronics. Apple, which was 14th in past rankings, moved up to 10th in the latest set, scoring a 4.7 out of ten. Fellow mobile handset producers Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson top the list in first, second, and third places, respectively. According to Greenpeace, the company is doing well on chemicals elimination and has improved its recycling efforts, but still ranks as “poor” on energy; the environmental group cited the company as “bad” for little use of recycled plastic content in its products, but somewhat amusingly noted that certain cases available for its products did use recycled materials. Greenpeace’s full scorecard used for the rankings is available online (PDF Link).
This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows a first-generation iPod touch near the shore of the Caribbean Sea at the Laguna Tortuguero in Costa Rica. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!