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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has reportedly spent many sleepless nights fretting about the day when technology would have dominion over humans. Like the turning point when the student surpasses the master, his fear was of a future where artificial intelligence would become smarter than people and take over the world, but then he had an epiphany. Wozniak surmised that when (not if, mind you) AI machines become smarter than us piddling mortals, they'll keep us around because they'll realize we're needed, that we as the human population are part of a delicate ecosystem,... Read more...
CleanBayArea, a Silicon Valley recycling center, is looking to put $100,000 in the hands of a woman who obliviously parted with an original Apple I computer. One of only 200 such systems constructed in 1976 by Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the recycling facility sold the early desktop computer to a private collector for $200,000 and is determined to make good on its policy of splitting sales proceeds with their donors. Vice President of CleanBayArea Victor Gichun says that the Apple I computer was mixed in with a number of boxes full of electronics that the 60-something-year-old... Read more...
Every budding entrepreneur is familiar with Apple's humble beginnings in a garage. From there, the company grew. And grew, and grew, and grew to where it is today -- a firm with a market capitalization just shy of $680 billion, and that's after the recent (and inexplicable) stock drop. Budding business owners use that story as motivation, just as teenage athletes are told that Michael Jordon was cut from his high school basketball team before going on to become one of the best NBA players of all time. The thing is, we as a species tend to romanticize history, and while Jordan really was cut from... Read more...
If you look over the most recent data from International Data Corporation (IDC), you'll see that Apple's share of the global smartphone market declined from 12.9 percent to 12 percent in the past year. Meanwhile, Samsung's stake is now almost twice that of Apple's at 23.8 percent. Granted, Samsung sells a lot more models than Apple does, but even so, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes the Cupertino company made a misstep by waiting this long to release a bigger size smartphone. "Apple could have had a much bigger share of the smartphone market if it had a larger screen iPhone for the past... Read more...
If you have a ton of money to throw at a computer, you can go in one of two directions -- either all out and load it up with the latest and greatest cutting edge components, or old school (as in, really old school) and pick up a vintage system that's so dated and rare that it's now become a high-priced collectible. The Henry Ford museum complex took the latter route by winning an auction for one of the first Apple-1 computers. The winning bid was $905,000, shipping not included. That bid qualifies the auctioned off Apple-1 as the most expensive Apple computer ever sold, trumping the $671,400 price... Read more...
Edward Snowden, former contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) who blew the whistle on the U.S. government's spying efforts by disclosing thousands of classified documents -- is he a hero for what he did, a traitor, or something else? It's a discussion point that may be debated for decades for come, and is certainly being talked about now. Both Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak have an opinion on the matter, which they recently shared publicly. In an interview with Rolling Stones, the co-founder of Microsoft was critical of Snowden's actions, or at least the way he went about them. As a result,... Read more...
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a funny guy. He's also highly opinionated (aren't we all?) and an unabashed fan of technology. Hence, if you're a diehard Apple fan, you'll have to forgive the Woz for suggesting that the Cupertino outfit get in bed with Google and build an Android phone. The day that happens is the day Steve Jobs digs his way back to the surface like a character from The Walking Dead. Don't get us wrong -- we're not saying it would be such a terrible idea to play on both teams. And some of what Woz has to say makes a lot of sense. "There's nothing that would keep Apple out of... Read more...
It remains to be seen what the history books will say about Steve Ballmer, the man who led Microsoft for the past 13 years after company co-founder Bill Gates entered into retirement. Now it's Ballmer who's retiring, and he's doing it at a time when Microsoft is struggling to find how best to transition to mobile. Fair or not, most will likely remember Ballmer for the current state of Microsoft and the company's failed Surface strategy rather than what he accomplished during his time as CEO. Certainly that's true of Steve Wozniak, co-founder of rival Apple. In an interview with BBC News, Wozniak... Read more...
The biopic "Jobs" opened on Friday, August 16, grossing just $6.7 million over the weekend even though it was available for viewing in the U.S. and Canada. One person who contributed a few dollars to the $6.7 million opening weekend is Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple turned movie critic after seeing Ashton Kutcher in action as the late Steve Jobs. So, what did the Woz think about the movie? On a positive note, Woz felt the acting was great for the roles the actors were assigned, but overall, he thinks the movie misses the mark. He revealed as much in an interview with Bloomberg, adding that... Read more...
You know Steve Wozniak as the oft-outspoken American programmer who co-founded Apple and invented the Apple I and and Apple II systems, but if he gets his way, you'll soon know him as a bona fide Australian citizen. One of the reasons why Woz finds taking up permanent residence in Australia so appealing is because the country's rolling out a national broadband network. "I support it very much. It's one of the reasons why I actually like this country and want to become a citizen. I live in a country where we don't have any regulation of telecommunications," Wozniak told The Australian Financial... Read more...
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and inventor of the Apple I and Apple II, has never been one to bite his tongue, and he certainly didn't when asked what he thought about the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung. In three words, "I hate it," Wozniak explains, and he also doesn't agree with Apple's $1 billion victory over Samsung. "I don't think the decision of California will hold. And I don't agree with it -- very small things I don't really call that innovative," Wozniak told Bloomberg in an interview. Apple sued Samsung for allegedly ripping off the look and feel of iPhone and iPad devices... 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's latest iPad 2 ad states that Apple wants technology to get out of the way of the "magic" that devices can provide, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak echoed that during a keynote session at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, California on Monday. "The tablet is not necessarily for the people in this room. It's for the normal people in the world. "I think Steve Jobs had that intention from the day we started Apple, but it was just hard to get there, because we had to go through a lot of steps where you connected to things, and [eventually] computers grew up to where they could do ...... Read more...
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is backtracking so quickly you have to wonder if Apple's other co-founder and current Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave him a call on his iPhone. Earlier quoted as saying that Android would eventually become the dominant platform, he told Engadget he was misquoted. He told Engadget that "Almost every app that I have is better on the iPhone." However, despite that, he still confirmed that he did say Android would be dominant, in the end. He did add that "it can get greater market share and still be crappy." He also compared it to Windows, how Windows is dominant, but we "got... Read more...
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