Could Apple be getting kickbacks from travel agents? It might appear so, given how the company announced ticket availability for WWDC 2012 in the wee hours of the morning today for West Coast developers, which pretty much ensures the event will be packed with plenty of out of towners come June 11. While you mull that conspiracy theory, let’s recap the news for this wonderful Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
Sprint Says Unlimited Data Will Remain, Even with 4G LTE iPhone
Cnet is reporting that Sprint has cemented its unlimited data pledge to customers, and that will even extend to 4G LTE, even if the next iPhone launches later this year with the faster data. While ATT and Verizon continue to curtail their customers with capped data plans claiming the traffic could buckle their respective networks, Sprint is forging its own path — at least until all that HD streaming grinds things to a halt. “I’m not anticipating the unlimited plan would change by that point,” explains Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “That’s our distinctive differentiator.” God bless you, sir — here’s hoping you might get hired as CEO of one of the two bigger networks and carry the same gumption with you.
WWDC 2012 Sells Out in Under 2 Hours
Well, that was fast. Within two hours of our news post this morning announcing ticket availability for Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco June 11-15, early bird developers snapped up every available ticket — leaving none for those on the West Coast, who were likely sleeping when the announcement went live at 5:30am PST. The WWDC 2012 web page now says, “Sorry, tickets are sold out,” but remind tardy developers, “we’ll be posting videos of all our sessions shortly after the conference, so everyone can take advantage of great WWDC content for free.” Sure, that’s all well and good for actually gleaning knowledge from the event, but what about the camaraderie and late night drinking? Hard to simulate that in the comfort of your own home, we’d say…
Microsoft Extends SkyDrive Reach with New APIs
Before Google Drive sped into our hearts and minds yesterday, Microsoft beefed up its own SkyDrive cloud storage with new Mac preview software on Monday. But they aren’t stopping there: The Windows Blog is reporting that SkyDrive APIs will soon allow developers to “bring your data to any app, any platform, any device,” and Redmond will be showing those folks how to do just that with events in Amsterdam (today through April 27), New York City (April 27-29) and Las Vegas (April 30 – May 4). The company wants to integrate its cloud storage service into as many places as it can, and they’re arming developers with the knowledge to make it happen. Look for the fruits of those labors to roll out in forthcoming apps and products in the months to come.
iCade Core Shrinks the Box in June
Now that even more iPad apps are taking advantage of iCade support, retro gamers are likely eyeing the mini arcade cabinet with more serious intentions. According to Engadget, you may have an additional choice this June, when Ion debuts that cute little iCade Core. The Core is essentially the iCade without the faux arcade cabinet, while retaining the coveted space to stand your iPad upright and those luscious buttons and joystick that make it worthwhile. iCade Core will be shipping first to U.K. buyers for around $81 in mid-June, and if your iPhone or iPod touch is getting jealous, the even smaller iCade Mobile should be rolling out around the same time.
Microsoft Releases Patched Office for Mac Service Pack 2 Update
Bummed out that you were too late at installing Microsoft’s Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 before Redmond yanked it due to Outlook database corruption? Well, open thy AutoUpdater, because a new version 14.2.1 of the update is now available for your downloading pleasure. According to the Office for Mac blog, the update should be installed whether or not you’re already running SP2, just so everyone is sitting pretty with the latest and greatest version. Head to AutoUpdater or download the updater directly from the Microsoft website.
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