One day to go before Apple's education-themed event in New York City, and the Internet is a-buzzing. The part of it not shut down in protest of SOPA and PIPA, that is. Dan Moren and Lex Friedman may be heading to the Guggenheim, but the remainders for Wednesday, January 18, 2012 are off to Conjunction Junction.
Can't wait until Thursday's announcement for details on Apple's new education initiative? AppleInsider has your back: An anonymous source spilled some supposed beans, revealing the event's code name ("Bliss"), head honchos (senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue and vice president of iWork development Roger Rosner), and its inspiration (The interactive "Our Choice" ebook published by Push Pop Press before Facebook swallowed it whole). However, AppleInsider was unable to get any information about the contents of Apple's customary press breakfast. Macworld is there for you: At Cupertino events the company has served omelets and pastries; since this event's in NYC, we're thinking an assortment of bagels and schmears.
The secrets Apple keeps (Fortune)
The new book Inside Apple by Fortune editor Adam Lashinsky threatens to reveal lots of inside information about everyone's favorite purveyor of Macs and iPhones. Spoiler Alert: It turns out that Apple is quite secretive!
Play-Doll For Kids 1.2: This app allows kids to create doll-like characters that can then be shared via Facebook, Twitter, and email. It comes with more than 50 dolls, which can be personalized with different clothes, hairstyles, and accessories. Once characters are built, they can then be placed in a variety of contexts (party, jungle, and so on); kids can even record voices for their creations. Free.
Brother Printer Drivers 2.8.1: Updates the OS X software for Brother printers and scanners for anyone using OS X Lion or OS X 10.6.
Yanobox Moods: Yanobox's new color-correction plug-in for Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and After Effects provides a heads-up display, allowing users to keep an eye on their HD footage and the Moods interface at the same time. It also offers controls for black, silver, and white levels; contrast; exposure and gamma; three-way color balance; and more. $49, free trial available.