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The Daily Slash: May 20th 2010

The Daily Slash: May 20th 2010

Only 11 more days left in the month, and today marked a pretty loud, and impressive, announcement from Google. Of course, there's just 11 more days in the month, and that means June's getting closer and closer. And we all know what's coming in June. Tonight though, in typical Daily Slash fashion, we'll focus on what else happened out there today. First up, in the Best of R3, we've got a report card with some pretty impressive statistics, and Versace has a new phone out (it's "unique"). And then in the Dredge 'Net, Steve Jobs isn't a fan of WebM, the white iPhone HD looks very sleek when it's rendered, and it looks like the AT&T Pre Plus has been given an unlock.

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iPad printing “will come” says Steve Jobs

iPad printing “will come” says Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs has apparently been working on clearing his inbox again, with the latest missive from the Apple CEO being in response to a user query regarding the absence of printing from the iPad.  According to a Mac Rumors reader, Jobs replied to the question with the typicaly-terse "It will come," lending weight to previous rumors that enterprise-friendly functionality was in development for the Apple tablet.

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Gates: “Microsoft has a lot of different tablet projects”

Gates: “Microsoft has a lot of different tablet projects”

Apple's iPad may be an early sales success, but it's still polarising opinion between those for whom fingers are the be-all and end-all, and those who prefer the precision of stylus input.  Nobody represents that split better than Steve Jobs and Bill Gates; the Apple CEO recently said that if users had to reach for a stylus then a touchscreen device was a failure, while the Microsoft chairman has described the iPad as "a nice reader" but reiterated his preference for a "mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard."  It seems he's not alone in that; according to a recent Gates interview, he revealed that Microsoft "has a lot of different tablet projects" including prioritising content creation rather than consumption.

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Steve Jobs on Flash: Adobe should focus on the future, not criticize Apple

Steve Jobs on Flash: Adobe should focus on the future, not criticize Apple

In an open letter published to Apple's site today, Steve Jobs has taken a hatchet to Adobe over Flash and their attitude toward Apple recently.  Outlining the six reasons he believes Flash is not best suited to mobile devices, Jobs describes the technology as "created during the PC era – for PCs and mice," and as falling short when it comes to "low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards."

Read the full letter after the cut

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Steve Jobs denies OS X App Store, confirms Best Buy iPad 3G

Steve Jobs denies OS X App Store, confirms Best Buy iPad 3G

Steve Jobs has been sifting through his inbox again, answering emailed questions regarding the WiFi + 3G iPad and the possibility of an App Store for OS X.  Two separate Mac-fans got in touch with the Apple CEO, with one asking whether Best Buy would be stocking the 3G-enabled version of the company's new tablet on April 30th (the device's official launch date) while the other was more curious about rumors that the company planned a desktop version of the iPhone's App Store.

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Thanks to Pixar, Steve Jobs Makes an Appearance at 2010 Oscars

Thanks to Pixar, Steve Jobs Makes an Appearance at 2010 Oscars

Despite the fact the Oscars has shown off a few extra features this year, like The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers and a performance from James Taylor, nothing has been as big a shock as seeing Steve Jobs walking the red carpet. The co-founder of the Cupertino=based company was found walking amongst the stars of Hollywood, managing to only stand out a little bit. At least to one person.

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Jobs: iPad ebook price parity with Kindle is coming [Video]

Jobs: iPad ebook price parity with Kindle is coming [Video]

Everyone's favorite bearded-tech-uncle Walt Mossberg caught up with Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the warm afterglow of the iPad launch earlier this week, and pestered him about ebook pricing and battery life in comparison to the Amazon Kindle.  Asked why Apple were pricing ebooks through their new iBooks app were $14.99, compared to the Kindle's $9.99, Jobs said that "that would change", pointing to publishers unhappy with Amazon.

Video after the cut

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McGraw-Hill dumped from iPad keynote over loose-lipped CEO?

McGraw-Hill dumped from iPad keynote over loose-lipped CEO?

Steve Jobs proudly announced five publisher partners for the iPad's new iBooks app yesterday -Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan and Hachett Book Group - but according to Apple insiders one print heavyweight was conspicuously missing.  McGraw-Hill was unceremoniously dropped from the keynote, after CES Harold McGraw III prematurely spilt the iPad beans earlier in the week.

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iSlate Tablet touchdown in 2010?

iSlate Tablet touchdown in 2010?

So Steve Jobs is “extremely happy with the new tablet”.  That’s always good news with the Apple chief (he’s apparently already killed it off twice).   Furthermore, Apple is expected to make a major product announcement on Tuesday, January 26th in San Francisco (possibly called iSlate), and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has noted that “there is a 75 percent likelihood that Apple will have an event in January and a 50 percent chance that it will be held to launch the Apple Tablet”.  Apple shares today are currently up and have hit a record high.

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Apple tablet is Jobs’ micro-management obsession claims WSJ

The Apple Tablet rumors had been flagging over the past few days, so it’s handy that the Wall Street Journal has come along with a shot of adrenaline and some interesting suggestions about the scale of Steve Jobs’ involvement.  In a piece that has already seen Jobs fire off an email suggesting “much of your information is incorrect”, the paper claims two iterations of the tablet project have been euthanized by the outspoken CEO in recent years; first, because battery life proved unsatisfactory, and second because of “insufficient memory”.

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Steve Jobs taking a leave of absence from Apple due to heath concerns

Steve Jobs taking a leave of absence from Apple due to heath concerns

First there were plenty of rumors in reference to the personal health of Steve Jobs, enough in fact to flush him out to where he made a statement about it. It seems commenting on his health has only made situations worse for Jobs. Now Steve has come fourth again with a notice stating that we will be taking a leave of absence.

In the letter Jobs mentions that the curiosity around his health issues have only served as more of a distraction for not only him and his family, but Apple as a company as well. For the time being Jobs will leave the day-to-day work to Tim Cook. If all goes well jobs plans to return to duty in June. See below for full letter.

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Steve Jobs sitting out Macworld due to hormone imbalance

Steve Jobs sitting out Macworld due to hormone imbalance

Now we've done it! All of the media speculation and constant comments about Steve Jobs' gaunt appearance in recent months has pushed him to talk about what's been ailing him. Here's a hint: he's not dying.

Despite what many people have seemed to think, Jobs' is not on his deathbed or anything of the like. In fact, the Apple CEO has taken to the web and sent out a letter to the Apple Community in order to clear up the rumors and to hopefully let people focus on Apple products tomorrow at Macworld and not his health.

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