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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 world's most valuable company (Apple's market capitalization is currently a staggering $625.06 billion),... 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 can, however, say that without a doubt the transition from the Jobs era to the Cook era has been mostly... 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 was fired from Apple. "This express promise by Steve Jobs was consistent with a practice that Steve... 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 of up to seven years and eight months, a prison term that includes an additional year for "excessive... 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 have been more truth to the 7-inch iPad rumors than some people realize. One of the side effects... 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 to mind isn't Gates -- it's Steve Jobs -- and please, wait a moment before you sharpen up the knives.... 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 have forgotten Steve Jobs," Gladwell said. In contrast, Gladwell believes "there will be statues of... 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 6502 processor clocked at a whopping 1MHz, 4KB of RAM, and displayed 24 lines of 40 characters in... 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 of 2011. Such risks are a known manufacturing hazard, and are seen as something which Apple,... 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, this could all be a bunch of hogwash, but if the role really is down to Clooney and Wyle, would... 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 Apple's board since 2005 and has served on all three board committees -- audit and finance, nominating... 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 updates for all versions of Flash across all products; Flash licensees are free to continue... Read more...
Say what you want about Steve Jobs, but whatever your opinion of the man, the guy could sell an iPod. And an iPhone and an iPad and a MacBook, and pretty much anything with an Apple logo and the letter "i" slapped in front. This was part of his genius, the ability to market and sell goods and services to an insatiable public, so is it any surprise that his authorized biography is proving immensely popular too? His biography, written by Walter Isaacson, has sold more than 379,000 copies in the U.S. during the first six days it was made available. To put that in perspective, no book has done as well in its first six week since George W. Bush's Decision Points and Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy... Read more...
This little nugget of a news story is a beautiful bit of real-life poetry, as it tells a tale of when one tech mogul at the peak of his career (and sadly, near the end of his life) crossed paths with another tech mogul at the beginning of his. According to an article in Forbes, Dropbox founder Drew Houston and his business partner met with Steve Jobs in Cupertino in 2009. The purpose of the meeting? Jobs wanted to buy Dropbox for a reportedly nine-figure sum. The outcome of the meeting? Houston essentially said thanks but no thanks; Dropbox wasn’t for sale. Jobs probably had meetings like this every week, where he hosted some whip-smart startup founders and tried to buy their company, either... Read more...
The case of the missing iPhone 4 is finally over. Brian Hogan (below), 22, of Redwood City, and Robert Sage Wallower (pictured), 28, have changed their pleas from "not guilty" to "no contest" in the "lost iPhone" case, stemming from 2010. The pair, who had been accused of selling the device to Gizmodo last year, received sentences of one year of probation, 40 hours of community service, and a payment of $250 in restitution to Apple. Brian Hogan was the man who allegedly found the iPhone 4 prototype in Gourmet Haus Staudt, a German beer garden in Redwood City, Calif., in April of 2010. Once Hogan discovered it was no ordinary iPhone 3GS (it had been disguised with a 3GS case), Sage Wallower... Read more...
It's unclear to us why the death of Steve Jobs has hit us hard. We never knew him personally.  We love Android and hate the iOS closed model.  Despite that, while watching the videos when writing this, we would tear up, occasionally.  Is it because his age isn't that far off of ours?   Whatever the reason, farewell, Steve. "Think Different" was an advertising slogan created for Apple Computer in 1997 by the Los Angeles office of advertising agency TBWA\Chiat\Day. And, when one "thinks" about it, it's a good description for the mindset of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who died on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at the age of 56. Jobs brought Apple back from the brink of bankruptcy. He changed... Read more...
Sometimes, images are worth a thousand words. Sometimes, videos are worth even more. Steve Jobs is the man most commonly associated with Apple, but he's actually just half of the duo that created the company. Steve Wozniak, the other Steve, is the vital second part. Woz considers himself the engineer of the two, while Jobs handled business. Woz has never backed down from his technologist roots, today acting in some capacity with both Apple and Fusion-io. Needless to say, Woz was hit hard by the death of his long-time friend and co-worker, and the interview below shortly after hearing the news is a real tear-jerker. It really adds a layer of humanness to all of this. It's worth a watch.... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss a number of topics from Steve Jobs’ unfortunate passing, to Samsung's upcoming 830 series SSD, the Asus Eee Pad Slider, our 3D Monitor Shootout featuring LCDs from Acer and Viewsonic, the Asus ET2011 All-in-One PC that sells for a mere $500, we congratulate our recent Labor Day contest winner, and drop a few hints about our next contest, which we’ll be announcing very soon... Show Notes: 00:38 - Steve Jobs Passes Away 03:14 - Samsung 830 Series SSD Preview 06:17 - Asus Eee Pad Slider Review 14:04 - 3D Monitor Shoot-Out: Acer HN274H & ViewSonic V3D245 17:18 - Asus 20" ET2011AUKB-B006E All-In-One... Read more...
In the wake of the death of tech luminary Steve Jobs, who died on October 5, 2011 at the age of 56, several celebrities in and outside of the tech industry have issued condolences, statements, and messages. Steve Jobs, of course, was until recently the CEO of Apple, and was Chairman of the Board until his death.  Among the mourners, first and foremost, was U.S. President Barack Obama. He said, Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. By building one of the planet’s most successful companies... Read more...
As members of the press, we are tasked with telling a story, giving perspective, or relaying a message.  But how do you possibly articulate in words, a message that simply must be delivered with such respect, clarity and importance, that it challenges the very language in which you speak, in order to convey the message properly.  Such is the case at any and all occasions, where loved ones are lost, we suppose. So in a sense, this news, perhaps is no different.  However, Steve Jobs, without question, was an extraordinary man by any measure. Icon. Visionary.  Founder.  Genius.  These words have all been used to describe and articulate to the world the message of the... Read more...
It's a sad day for Apple fans in particular and the tech world at large. Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, has passed away at the age of 56. Jobs, who in 1976 co-founded what would later become one of the largest computer companies in the world, had been fighting with cancer for the past several years. The cause of his death has not yet been announced. Apple's board of directors posted the following statement on its website: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest... Read more...
There's tons of talk surrounding Apple right now, and for good reason. The man who directed a huge amount of Apple's comeback story has stepped aside as CEO, and there are plenty of unanswered questions moving forward. But it's important to note a few things. First, Tim Cook has been a monumental figure at Apple during Steve Jobs' periods of leave. He has been right there beside Jobs in the decision-making processes, and this whole "leader" thing won't be foreign for him. But potentially even more important is this: Jobs isn't leaving Apple. He's still employed there. He's the head of the Board of Directors, and so long as Steve is still at Apple, his thoughts will be valued highly. A new AP... Read more...
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