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In the span of mere days, Google announced its intentions to acquire Motorola Mobility, HP halted webOS and PC production, and the TouchPad went on a fire sale at just $99. Now, Steve Jobs is stepping down as Apple's CEO. August has surely been a shocking month for the tech world. In fact, the news from Cupertino was so shocking, Apple's publicly traded stock was halted in after-hours trading. The assumption is that there will be a massive sell-off now that Jobs isn't at the helm, but at least the stop will allow people to digest news and figure out what's next for the company. Jobs has been "on leave" for some time, making a brief stop at WWDC to speak at what is now his final keynote as Apple... Read more...
Apple may have a nominal member of the standards group that developed Blu-ray, but the company has shied away from supporting Blu-ray playback for years. Blu-ray disc authoring, in contrast, was added to Final Cut Studio 3 / Final Cut Pro 7 back in 2009. Jobs has previously commented on Apple's decision. In 2008, the CEO told listeners: "Blu-ray is a bag of hurt... I don’t mean from the consumer point of view. It’s great to watch movies, but the licensing is so complex. We’re waiting until things settle down, and waiting until Blu-ray takes off before we burden our customers with the cost of licensing." Apple has never categorically rejected adding Blu-ray support at a future... Read more...
The first official biography for Apple CEO Steve Jobs, one which has both his blessing and cooperation, has a new name. The publisher, Simon & Shuster, liked the name "iSteve: The Book of Jobs." The author had a different opinion. In reality, so did the family of the author, Walter Isaacson. He was already never quite sure about the title, which looked snarky to us, and his wife and daughter seemed to agree. They thought it was "cutesy." And now Isaacson has persuaded his publisher to go with something simpler and not snarky at all. Some (like us) might call it boring: Steve Jobs: A Biography. Only the title has been revised; the release date hasn't changed and is still March 6, 2012. The... Read more...
Most of the recent rumors about the upcoming next-generation iPhone have focused on September for its release, but a new DigiTimes report is pushing it out a month to October. However, iDevice fans might be appeased if another piece of the report is true: an iPad 3 coming at the same time. We've said before that the iPad 2 was more of a stopgap, intermediate iPad, and that the iPad 3 would be the one that iPad 1 owners should wait for. DigiTimes' report is short on details about the iPad 3, but previously it's been speculated that the iPad 3 would have a "retina display." However, DigiTimes indicates that the iPad 3 will have a 250ppi display, short of the iPhone 4's retina display, which is... Read more...
"CNBC Titans" kick offs its new season this Thursday at 9 p.m. with an unauthorized look at what the program calls the undisputed king of Silicon Valley: Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "Titans," CNBC says, "profiles remarkable people who made careers turning the 'unthinkable' into reality and companies that grew from humble roots to worldwide recognition." According to the site, "CNBC Titans" has previously profiled people like George Foreman, Donald Trump, Ted Turner, Hugh Hefner and Merv Griffin. Right now, CNBC has a preview website up. There, people can view exclusive Web extras and previews. Ironically, while this is an unauthorized TV look at Jobs, and several unauthorized print biographies of him... Read more...
In the on-again, off-again rumors about Apple lining up retail space in Grand Central Terminal (often incorrectly dubbed "Station"), it appears its on again. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is indeed in discussions 15,000 sq. ft. space in the terminal, which would be a fairly large retail outlet, although not the Cupertino, CA company's largest. Reports of Apple seeking to put a retail store in Grand Central Terminal first surfaced in early February. There were some rumors indicating that the store could even be Apple's largest, but a few weeks later, info arose stating that Apple had reversed its plans. There's no certainty Apple would get the space. Grand Central Terminal openings... Read more...
It's hard to understand the black eye unions have been given of late. In fact, a new study by the Center for American Progress confirms that without unions, the middle class withers. Thus, is it surprising to see that finally, after 10 years of Apple retail stores, they may unionize? Several media outlets were contacted by an organization calling itself the Apple Retail Workers Union on Thursday, May 19, the 10th anniversary of Apple's first retail store. The group announced plans to try to unionize Apple Store employees. The Apple Retail Workers Union has a site, but it's mostly just a placeholder. It says: Apple Retail Workers Union “At Apple, our most important resource, our soul, is... Read more...
Although Android has clearly overtaken iOS in terms of smartphone uptake, it is partially because of the number of handsets and former factors that are available to customers. That also means that no one Android handset can match the iPhone, and that's made even more clear by an analyst's report which indicates that even previous-generation Apple iPad, iPhone 3GS often outsell new Android devices. Canaccord Genuity technology analyst Michael Walkley stated the obvious in a Monday research note, saying that the iPhone 4 is "by far" the top selling single device at both AT&T and Verizon. However, he added the following: "Interestingly, our April checks indicated continued strong demand for... Read more...
IT'S OFFICIAL: Apple Has Brainwashed The Whole Country. How Else To Explain The Lack Of Outrage Over Apple's Secret Location Tracking? That's the entire headline from a recent Business Insider story discussing the importance of what Apple has done. It warns, in stentorian tones that would make a Doomsday cultist proud, that "Apple has so mesmerized you that you [all of us] live in the reality distortion field." We'd like to offer our readers with severe short-term memory problems a one-word summary of the story, as provided by our good friend Morbo: Folks actually seem pretty outraged. Congress wants answers, hearings have been scheduled, lawsuits filed, Illinois' AG has made inquiries, and the... Read more...
As the furball around a recently publicized hidden iOS location tracking file continues to expand, both a senator and a congressman have sent separate letters to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, asking about the file and why it is unencrypted. At the same time, it seems the discovery is not a discovery after all. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), sent a letter dated Wednesday, April 20 to Apple CEO Steve Jobs (.PDF), in which he said (in part): [...] because the data is stored in multiple locations in unencrypted format, there are various ways that third parties could gain access to this file. Anyone who finds a lost or stolen iPhone or iPad or who has access to any computer used to sync one of these devices could... Read more...
An Avian Securities research note earlier this month stated that mass production of the iPhone 5 won't begin until September, pointing to a later 2011 or early 2012 launch. A new note on Monday, April 18, issued by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with Concord Securities echoes that information, and offers purported details of the iPhone 5, as well. Kuo has been told that the iPhone 5 will go into trial production in August and mass production in September. In addition, his supply chain sources indicated that Apple's next handset will not feature an all-new-design, but rather only "slight modifications" from the iPhone 4. has heard that the iPhone 5 will include the faster A5 processor already shipping in... Read more...
Simon & Schuster has announced that, for the first time, an authorized biography of Steve Jobs will be published in early 2012. The book is called "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" and is written by Walter Isaacson. Numerous unofficial biographies on the Apple CEO have been written. One parody biography was written as well, "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs - A Parody," by Fake Steve Jobs (AKA Daniel Lyons). Not even the parody drew such ire from Jobs and Apple as did "iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business," by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon. In 2005, Apple banned by John Wiley & Sons from its stores because of that unauthorized biography. Walter Isaacson... Read more...
Apple's continuing its series of "If you don't have an iPhone" ads with one trumpeting the benefits of its so-called retina display. While it may be the highest resolution screen on a smartphone (for now), it's hardly a retina display: that was debunked last year by a display expert. Dr. Raymond Soneira runs DisplayMate Technologies, which makes software to test display quality, and said the claims made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs about the iPhone 4 display were faux. He said to really be a retina display, it would have to have a resolution of 477 pixels per inch at 12 inches. The iPhone 4 has a resolution of 326 pixels per inch at 12 inches. He called it "marketing puffery," which means, Jobs exaggerated,... Read more...
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs has been accused of reporting only the facts that support his products, and ignoring those that do not. Since Apple is a corporation, and needs to maximize the value of the company for its shareholders, there's nothing wrong with that, but there were quite a few inaccuracies in his presentation on March 2. Watching the iPad 2 event, we ourselves noted that while the iPad 2 is a great device, it's a modest upgrade and many of the statements that Steve Jobs made were actually misstatements.  Of course, we'd call them good marketing.  On the other hand, it's nice to see that we are not the only ones crying foul over some of them. Fortune's Seth Weintraub went through... Read more...
Those goofy guys over at M.I.C. Gadget must have had too many unsold Steve Jobs Action Figures lying around to just sit on, so they tried disguising him by adding a Ninja Face Mask and renaming him "Pineapple CEO." Sadly, it was just a tad too obvious, and Apple told them to stop selling the figure. According to the site's blog post, Apple hit them up with the cease-and-desist order on Thursday, Feb. 17. M.I.C. Gadget was selling a Steve Jobs Action Figure back in November of 2010. Apple told them to halt sales of that, as well. This new figure appears to be the same one, with the addition of the aforementioned mask and ninja throwing stars, perhaps a reference to the prior unconfirmed story... Read more...
The visionary behind Apple's resurgence may have only weeks to live. On Wednesday, Feb. 16, Radar Online reported that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is receiving cancer treatment at the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California, while the National Enquirer is reporting that Jobs has only weeks to live. The Stanford Cancer Center is the same place where actor Patrick Swayze sought chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. Steve Jobs earlier won a 2004 battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, but in 2009 was forced to undergo a liver transplant. The new issue of the Enquirer purports to show a frail, gaunt and "terminal-looking" Jobs in images. Critical care physician Dr. Samuel Jacobson told the Enquirer:... Read more...
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will soon have to admit that Android is not the only place for porn. Jobs famously said that in the past, yet here comes Playboy to the iPad, uncensored, as Tweeted by no less than Hugh Hefner himself late Tuesday. Undeniably, Playboy is not hard core porn.  But considering that even apps with bikini shots have been tossed out of the App Store, and fashion magazines have complained over what they have called the App Store "nipple police," the decision seems inconsistent.  Additionally, Playboy's iPhone app doesn't include full frontal nudity, either, so this is a big step, as Hef believes (below). At any rate, the entire catalog of Playboy, from start to current,... Read more...
Steve Jobs is in the news again today, and not for the best of reasons. Last week, Apple's Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook took the stage at a Verizon Wireless event in New York City in order to co-introduce the iPhone 4 for VZW. Many found that peculiar. Why wouldn't Steve Jobs take this opportunity to introduce such a monumental phone in the U.S. market? There's no firm confirmation that Jobs was already leaning towards taking a break, but we wouldn't doubt it given today's report. Jobs, who is and will remain Apple's CEO, is taking a medical leave of absence from the company that he turned around. This is obviously huge for the company. It's the second time that this has happened in recent... Read more...
Talk about stretching a dollar. In a regulatory filing, Apple announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Steve Jobs, was again compensated just $1 in annual salary for 2010, which is something he has been doing for over a decade now. "In 2010, Mr. Jobs’s compensation consisted of a $1 annual salary," Apple said in the filing. "Mr. Jobs owns approximately 5.5 million shares of the Company’s common stock. Since rejoining the Company in 1997, Mr. Jobs has not sold any of his shares of the Company’s stock. Mr. Jobs holds no unvested equity awards. The Company recognizes that Mr. Jobs’s level of stock ownership significantly aligns his interests with shareholders’ interests.... Read more...
Just a few days after a California law banning certain Internet impersonations (or e-personations) went into effect, Apple has complained to Twitter about the @ceoSteveJobs Twitter account. While that account has over 370,000 followers, its most famous Tweet came last year when the U.K.'s Daily Mail quoted a post that said Apple might have have to recall the iPhone 4. The Tweet said, We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect. There's no doubt that to most, the account is hilarious (probably not to Apple). Examples of recent Tweets: About the iPhone's recent New Year's alarm issues: All mobile phones have alarm problems. Press conference Tuesday. You're setting it wrong. Please... Read more...
The well-publicized alarm bug that affected iOS devices earlier has cost a young woman her waitressing position, according to an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs that was published on the Huffington Post. There are a few things missing from her story, however, such as how many times she had been late previously? After all, based on the amount of training that goes into prepping a new employee for work, a company, restaurant or not, is not going to fire anyone for a single instance of tardiness. If they did, they are crazy and won't stay in business for long, and you probably wouldn't want to work for them, anyway. At any rate, the iPhone bug caused non-recurring alarms for the first few days... 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 a lot of junk from Windows." Wikimedia Commons That's the key to Wozniak's response: Android will... Read more...
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