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Steve Jobs' Flash bashing worksThe Apple and Google patent wars begin, a glass staircase never looked so good, and the iPad release date is official.
>> Brian Tong: What's up, Apple Byters. We just wanted to give you guys the heads up with news that happened after we shot our show. Apple has announced that the WiFi flavor of the iPad will be released in the U.S. on April the 3rd. So you guys can break out your lawn chairs and sleeping bags or just wait for the 3G and WiFi version. That will be able later that month. Now, you guys might have to wait, but I already got mine right here. ^M00:00:18 [ Music ] ^M00:00:26 >> Brian Tong: What's up? Brian Tong here, and welcome to the Apple Byte. It's all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. So let's get to the show. Apple's been feeling the warm fuzzies after a recently filed suit against HTC, the handset maker that produces phones like the Nexus One. Apple claims HTC has violated 20 related iPhone patents such as user interface, architecture, and hardware. Steve Jobs said, "We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it." Now, everyone steals from each other in the tech world, Apple's included, and even though they weren't named in the suit, Google is like, "Oh, no, Apple. It's not going down like that." And said, "We stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped to develop it." Yeah. What's up now? Yeah. Yeah. >> Brian. >> Brian Tong: What? >> Can you please stop that? You look ridiculous. >> Brian Tong: You want, you want me to take this off? >> Yeah. And, and never put it back on ever again. >> Brian Tong: OK. Done. Alright. Well, the heat between these two big boys or babies is only going to get hotter in the mobile space. So we'll see how it all plays out. Now, in happy patent news, Apple has been granted ownership for its unique design and manufacturing process for the unibody MacBook designs. This also includes the MacBook Air, which doubles as a cheese slicer or a machete in the jungle. Now, we all know Steve Jobs has been making a point to keep beating up Adobe's Flash whenever he can, and it looks like people might be listening. Virgin America's website has dumped its Flash content so that iPhone users can now check in from their phone. Virgin's chief technology officer says they didn't want to cater to one hardware platform or another, and Flash eliminated the iPhone. It's a smart move by Virgin, and somewhere Jobs is smiling as long as he gets his free honey roasted peanuts. >> Ooh. >> Brian Tong: I love those. Alright. In iPad news, Rupert Murdoch confirmed there will be a "Wall Street Journal" app on the iPad. In fact, Apple's providing the company with an iPad for development that's being watched over like a hawk by Apple's security themselves. I just hope it's someone a little stronger than Apple's retail store security, if you know what I mean? Now, some of my favorite people in the world, those pesky analysts, are up to no good again. Canaccord Adams analyst, Peter Misack, made fanboys hearts skip a [heart sounds] beat claiming a manufacturing bottleneck would result in the initial batch of iPad's to be limited to the U.S. or even delayed entirely. Then a few days later, DigiTimes actually did their work and reported that Fox Chong's component suppliers for the iPad were seeing no delays inside with approximately 700,000 units set to ship this month and an additional one million next month. Let's get to some quick bytes, shall we? It looks like Valve Software is heading to the Mac. Last week, there were rumblings that Steam, Valve's digital distribution system for PC games, might becoming to Mac and a variety of clever images featuring recognizable characters from their franchises have now been sent from Valve to different Mac outlets, and this is great news for gamers. This left for dead spinoff with the caption, "I hate different," has to be the best one. Now, in some random news coming out of the unofficial Apple Web blog, over a year ago, a glass stair from the staircase at Apple's Fifth Avenue in New York store was being replaced and then was given to an Apple retail employee. That retail employee, who no longer works there, then put it up on eBay for sale and was eventually to sell the 250-pound glass stair for - drum roll please [drum roll] - $9,950. You know, it's really all about the finer things in life. Caviar, alligator boots, and a glass stair from an Apple store. Now, in products that need to go back to the drawing board, I Love, the maker of many Apple accessories, has their dual alarm clock with iPhone dock, but what makes it special is its additional bed shaker that vibrates a pillow or the bed to wake up a heavy sleeper. So for $99, go on and get an I Love Bed Shaker. Come on. It's not like I need one of those. You know what I saying? Yeah. You know what I'm saying? >> Well, actually, no, we don't. >> Brian Tong: Wait. You're, you're on this show a lot. You need to go away. Goodbye. Goodbye. Alright. That's going to do it for this week's show. Make sure to send your e-mails to the Apple Byte at cnet.com. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching, and we'll catch you guys next time for another byte of the apple. ^M00:04:41 [ Music ]