Apple was put in the spotlight this week, with iPhone news dominating the scene.
Apple was put in the spotlight this week, with iPhone news dominating the scene. First, Apple supposedly lost the prototype of its next-generation iPhone, with photos emerging on both Engadget and Gizmodo. Adding fuel to speculation, Apple's lawyers asked for the device back, suggesting that it may indeed be genuine.
To make things more interesting, Adobe terminated its development of the compiler, which was aimed to enable Flash apps to run on the iPhone, following Apple's recent amendment to its iPhone 4.0 SDK licence. Meanwhile, an iPhone hacker has successfully managed to install Android on Apple's smartphone.
Facebook staged its F8 developer conference this week, making a number of announcements. The social networking giant introduced what it calls the Open Graph protocol, a way for users to share their activity on external sites via "likes" on their Facebook. The company is also getting rid of its Facebook Connect log-in feature in favour of the open-source OAuth. Thirdly, in a joint effort with Microsoft, they have come up with their own version of Google Docs. The product, which is currently in beta, lets Facebook users create MS documents that can then be shared with friends on Facebook.
Microsoft is getting serious about web standards and has sponsored the Web Open Font Format (WOFF), bringing it closer to becoming a standard. It's unknown whether IE9 will support the technology, but it's a positive move regardless.
Lastly, some good news for Linux fans. Synaptics is bringing multi-touch capabilities to a range of Linux distributions, including Fedora, Millos Linpus, Red Flag, Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop Sled 11, Ubuntu and Xandros.
Posted by Lana Kovacevic