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In a recent interview, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates described his one-time arch nemesis Steve Jobs as a wizard of sorts, saying he was adept at "casting spells" during his time at Apple. Gates was not speaking literally, of course, but to the style of leadership that Jobs used, compared to his own. Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011. Before his unfortunate demise, however, he built one of the most successful technology companies ever, and helped create a consumer culture that is somewhat unique to Apple and its various products. According to Gates, Apple was "on a path to die" before Jobs started casting spells. "I was like a minor wizard because he would be casting... Read more...
John Carmack is the legendary [former] id Software programmer that was behind such PC gaming bedrocks like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake. But during his ascent to PC gaming legend status, Carmack had more than a few run-ins with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Carmack revealed in a Facebook post this week that he grew up admiring the two Steves: Jobs and Wozniak. Following early success at id Software, Carmack bought his first NeXT computer (a company that Jobs helmed during this time away from Apple) and would later move the entire company over to the machines. However, his first real face-to-face meetings with Jobs came when trying to get Apple to integrate OpenGL support... Read more...
Apple is nearing completion of its spaceship campus, which first began construction over two years ago. Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs spoke before the Cupertino, California city council in June 2011 to get the ball rolling for the new Apple headquarters, which today has been officially christened “Apple Park”. Apple Park, which was designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, sits on 175 acres of land and will see the first employees stream into its doors in April. There are currently roughly 12,000 people working at Apple’s current HQ at 1 Infinite Loop, and it will take six months to transfer all of those employees to Apple Park. To honor their late and famed CEO, Apple Park’s... Read more...
The two men arguably most responsible for the technological landscape we find ourselves in today will be the subject of a new comedy musical set to open on Broadway next April. We're of course talking about Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, and Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, two of the most influential men who took different albeit parallel paths. Appropriately enough, the musical is called "Nerds," a term that wasn't always said with affection. Both Gates and Jobs come from an era when calling someone a nerd was considered somewhat derogatory, and advanced technology to the point where "nerd" and "geek" are both commonly used as terms of endearment. At the very least, it's no longer uncool... Read more...
One thing is for certain, Steve Jobs was a complex individual. As the co-founder of Apple, now the most valuable company in the world, it stands to reason that people would want to know more about him and his rise from a budding entrepreneur to billionaire technology icon. Unfortunately for Universal Pictures, its biopic titled "Steve Jobs" isn't generating much interest at the box office. Even though it's generating mostly favorable reviews from critics, "Steve Jobs" pulled in a paltry $7.3 million during its opening weekend to a national audience. That tally placed it seventh on the list of the highest grossing movies, with the top two spots belonging to "The Martian" ($15.9 million) and "Goosebumps"... Read more...
Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing posted an official trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, an upcoming documentary that details the life of the late Apple co-founder. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney directed the flick, though whether or not the movie's portrayal of Jobs is accurate is a topic of debate. This is the same documentary that premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year. Several Apple employees were in attendance, include Eddie Cue, the company's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, who called the film "mean spirited" in a Twitter post. "Very disappointed in SJ: Man in the Machine. An inaccurate and mean spirited... Read more...
The late Steve Jobs once said in regards to tablets that "if you see a stylus, they blew it," plain and simple as that. He also raged against large size smartphone models and smaller size slates, yet his successor, Tim Cook, has been more willing to embrace these things. This is why the iPhone 6 Plus is so much bigger than any of the models Jobs had a hand in designing (or approving), and why the 7.9-inch iPad mini exists. It's also why the rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" might also come with a stylus. While Jobs made it clear that a stylus has no place in a tablet world, it looks as though the next iPad will have one anyway. So says a KGI Securities... Read more...
It seems hard to believe that it’s been eight years since the original iPhone was first announced. At the time many of us were using smartphones like the Samsung Blackjack, and if you were a true diehard, BlackBerry smartphones. And for those of us that didn’t have smartphones, there were still plenty of bar- and flip-phones out there to choose from. But Apple swooped in with its highly anticipated iPhone on January 9, 2007 at MacWorld 2007, right smack dab in the middle of CES 2007. Then Apple CEO Steve Jobs wanted to steel the thunder from the show that was taking place in Las Vegas, and he definitely got his wish. Just before Jobs revealed the iPhone, he remarked how Apple had created a "widescreen... 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 his high school squad, the story of Apple starting out in a garage isn't entirely accurate. So says... Read more...
As Steve Jobs’ emails are being used against Apple in an antitrust lawsuit, the company is also being accused of deleting songs from consumers’ iPods that were purchased from rival music services between 2007 and 2009. During a court session at the U.S District Court in Oakland, California, Apple confirmed that it had deleted non-iTunes music but argued that it was a legitimate security measure. During this time period, consumers who tried to sync their iPods, which had non-iTunes music on it to their iTunes library, would receive an error message that would instruct them to restore their device to its factory settings. However, when users restored the settings, the music from rival services... Read more...
Steve Jobs has been dead for three years, yet despite that fact, he is causing problems for the company he helped to build because of emails he previously sent that have been made public. The emails have been used against Apple as it defends itself against various lawsuits. This month, Apple is once again preparing to go to trial for its third major antitrust lawsuit since Jobs died. Scheduled to begin on Tuesday in Oakland, California, the latest class action lawsuit revolves around the company’s older iPods, which were limited to playing songs sold in the iTunes store or downloaded from CDs. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are consumers who have stated that the company violated antitrust law... Read more...
Save for the most cynical among us, most people would agree that Steve Jobs left this world far too early. Having battled cancer for several years, complications led to his passing at the age of 56. He left behind a wife of 20 years and four children, and of course his legacy in Apple, the company he co-founded in 1976. It's that legacy that Apple's current CEO Tim Cook focused on when addressing employees in an internal memo this weekend. The letter comes as we approach the three-year mark since Jobs died. In the time since, Cook has been tasked with filling impossibly large shoes, and behind the new face of Apple, we've seen some distinct changes as the CEO battles increasing competition from... Read more...
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs left this world far too early, and during his waning moments at the company he built into an empire, his declining health due to pancreatic cancer and subsequent complications was painfully obvious. Ironically enough, his final contribution to Apple and consumers around the world may not be one of the company's many physical products, but a HealthKit platform that could be integrated into future devices. There's an interesting article in PCMag describing how several of Steve Jobs' creations were the result of his personal life experience -- in other words, if a product that fit his needs didn't exist or fell short of expectations, he'd build it and then sell the world... Read more...
There are generally two places the United States Post Office is willing to put your mug -- one is on the wall in the lobby featuring the FBI's "Most Wanted" criminals, and the other is on a postage stamp. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will occupy the latter in 2015 as one of several collectables for the year. He'll be in good company, too. Other collectable stamps in 2015 will feature Elvis Presley, James Brown, Robert Robinson Taylor, Johnny Carson, Ingrid Bergman, the Peanuts gang, science fiction writers, and others, including events. Steve Jobs already has a statue, and in 2015 he'll also have a stamp commemorating him. It's a bit unusual to be privy to stamp subjects so far ahead of time,... Read more...
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