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Remember the awesome yacht Steve Jobs commissioned before he passed away? Well, it was temporarily impounded over a payment dispute. Designer Philippe Starck and his lawyers contended he was 'only' paid €6 million (~US$7.9 million) for the €100 million (~US$132 million) superyacht, but was owed €9 million (~US$11.9 million) total. Basically, it was a dispute over $4 million. That's a lot of dough for mere mortals, but would it be enough to prevent the heirs of Steve Jobs from sailing off into the sunset? Not a chance. "The Venus is not under arrest," a Dutch lawyer for the Jobs family... Read more...
A year after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer, the custom yacht he helped design has finally been completed and is ready to set sail. The yacht, christened "Venus" after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity, and victory, is 260 feet long and looks remarkably close to as described in the Jobs biography penned by Walter Isacson. Image Source: onemorething.nl Jobs would have been elated with the finished product, which was unveiled in the Dutch city of Aalsmeer and presented to his surviving family members. In true Apple fashion, the yacht is... Read more...
Steve Jobs is gone, but certainly not forgotten. As hard as it is to fathom, he's been dead for exactly one year, having lost a hard fought bout with pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011. He passed away in his home in California, though he left behind a consumer culture for Apple products that doesn't exist for any other company or product line, and whether you're a fan of devices like the iPhone and iPad, or if you can't stand the rabid reception Apple products always elicit, you can't help but admire the business savvy he possessed. In remembrance of the man who built what would now become the... Read more...
It seems hard to believe, but it was one year ago today that Steve Jobs resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Apple and handed the reigns to Tim Cook, then the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Jobs passed away not long after, succumbing to pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011. That means Cook has been at the helm without any input from Jobs for the majority of his short tenure as CEO, though Apple's accomplishments during the past year aren't his alone. Apple's roadmap was already laid by the time Cook took over, so it's really too early to issue Cook any kind of meaningful report card. We... Read more...
Wayne Goodrich, a former employee at Apple, is suing the Cupertino company for breach of contract and unfair business practices after he was supposedly promised job security by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last year. As Goodrich tells it, he wasn't fired for anything that had to do with job performance, but rather "business reasons." According to the court complaint, Jobs told Goodrich in May 2005 that he would always have employment at Apple, a conversation that occurred after Jobs returned from medical leave. Wayne Goodrich contends job performance had nothing to do with why he... Read more...
Breaking into and stealing from a dead guy's home ranks only slightly higher on the total pole of shame than robbing someone's grave. Be that as it may, it's being reported that the Palo Alto home of the late Steve Jobs was burglarized a month ago, during which time the robber stole over $60,000 worth of "computers and personal items." Details or the burglary are just now coming to light, and on August 2, a suspect named Kariem McFarlin was arrested in connection with the crime. McFarlin is currently being held on $500,000 bail. If found guilty and convicted, he could face a potential prison sentence... Read more...
When he was alive, Steve Jobs was very outspoken about his disdain for smaller sized tablets. He referred to 7-inch tablets as "tweeners" noting that they're "too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad." Sure, you could bump up the resolution in a 7-inch device, but that too would be "meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size." Jobs, at least outwardly, viewed 10-inch screens as "the minimum size to create great tablet apps." Yet despite all his rhetoric, there may... Read more...
Boston Magazine has posted an in-depth article on how and why 38 Studios fell apart, including a significant number of comments and insights from Schilling himself. The article confirms much of what we initially expected; Schilling was absolutely committed to the game, faithful to the cause, and had no idea how to run a company or attract investors. Employees that supported Schilling in the early days have turned on him as more details became apparent. Schilling wanted to be "Bill Gates rich" and was interested in the latter's philanthropic work. Reading the article, however, the man who comes... Read more...
No matter what your opinion of Steve Jobs is, as a businessman and a human being, there's no denying the impact he's had on technology and, in particular, his ability to mass market high-tech items and permeate the mainstream audience, creating a consumer culture like we've never seen before. But how will he be remembered 50 years from now? He won't be remembered at all, according to Malcom Gladwell, who told CNN in an interview that Windows superstar Bill Gates is far more likely to leave a lasting impression on the consciousness of society. "Of the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will... Read more...
If the Apple II was made of flesh, blood, and bone, it would probably be out shopping a sports car today, one of the many rituals that seem to manifest when you reach middle age. The Apple II, you see, was introduced to the world 35 years ago at the West Coast Computer Faire. The 8-bit machine would go on sale to the general public less than two months later on June 5, 1977. Widely considered Apple's first iconic product, long before the iPod, iPhone, and iPad ever came into sight, the Apple II was largely a Steve Wozniak creation. It kicked off the once popular Apple II line with a MOS Technology... Read more...
Apple recently took a PR hammering after the New York Times published a report claiming that labor conditions at the company's Chinese partner Foxconn continued to be poor--and that Apple knew about it and chose to do nothing. CEO Tim Cook blasted the allegations at the time, but has followed up nonetheless. Apple announced today that the Fair Labor Association will conduct "special, voluntary audits" of Foxconn facilities in Shenzhen and Chengdu. Unlike the suicides of 2009-2010, the recent accusations of poor monitoring relate to aluminum dust explosions at two Foxconn factories in May and December... Read more...
The man who once stared at goats, George Clooney, is now looking at a possible role depicting the late Steve Jobs in an upcoming biographical film chronicling the Apple co-founder's life up until his untimely death at the age of 56. As you can probably imagine, this is a coveted role, and Clooney isn't the only one in the running. According to a report in the U.K.'s Now Magazine, Noah Wyle, a former co-star of Clooney's on ER, is also in the discussion to play Steve Jobs. The biopic would begin filming next year, which means nailing down a cast would have to take place sooner than later. Of course,... Read more...
Arthur D. Levinson has some mighty big shoes to fill. That's because Apple this week named him as the company's non-executive Chairman of the Board, a spot that was previously held by the late Steve Jobs. So who exactly is this guy and what does he bring to the table board? "Art has made enormous contributions to Apple since he joined the board in 2000," said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "He has been our longest serving co-lead director, and his insight and leadership are incredibly valuable to Apple, our employees and our shareholders." Levinson up to this point has been a co-lead director of... Read more...
It hasn't even been 12 months since multiple manufacturers were positioning Adobe Flash support as a centerpiece of their tablet strategies. Flash, we were told, was required for a "full Internet experience," and vital to the presentation of rich content. Today, Adobe dropped a bombshell. From this point forward, "We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook." Adobe will continue to provide bug fixes and security... Read more...
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