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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak caused a bit of a stir on Twitter when he seemingly suggested he and his wife Janet "may have both been patient zero in the U.S.," presumably in reference to the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives. But are they really patient zero (zeroes?), and do they even have the coronavirus? Those are good questions, and the answer to both is "probably not," though the situation is a little vague at the moment. In a tweet posted yesterday, Wozniak said Janet was getting checked out for a "bad cough" that started January 4, after having "just returned from China." He made the post while at the West Coast Sports Institute. Wozniak also tweeted on January... Read more...
Do you think Facebook is listening to your conversations, through your smartphone or any other gadget? There is an easy solution—stop using Facebook. That is the advice Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says is appropriate for "most people," himself included (he actually did quit Facebook last year, due to the amount of data collection). There is a growing concern over privacy and how big tech firms, Facebook included, handle our collective data. The Cambridge Analytica scandal is one of the more prominent examples of how things can go sideways. However, it is by far not the only one. Wozniak made his latest comments about Facebook to TMZ while strolling through Reagan National Airport in... Read more...
Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak recently revealed that he had seven bitcoins stolen from him in an old school scam that has been around as long as credit cards. Those coins are now valued at roughly $70,000 and change. He wasn't duped by one of the many cryptocurrency scams out there, like those that pretend to be from a tech celebrity such as Elon Musk. The scam Wozniak fell prey to was a simple credit card hustle. Woz says that someone online bought the seven bitcoins from him using a credit card, but the card was canceled after the bitcoin was transferred, so the payment failed to process. To make matters worse Woz says that the card number was also stolen so there was no way to get... Read more...
Another Apple-1 computer is up for auction, this one with an estimated value of $1 million. The current high bid is just over half that amount at $510,000 with three days to go, a handsome some for a piece of geek history, though we suspect the final bid will be significantly higher. That's because this particular Apple-1 appears to be different from all the rest. According to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, only a few Apple-1 systems were built on blank (not green) printed circuited boards (PCBs) with manual soldering. "At this time, this is the only known Apple-1 to show the signs of starting out as a blank original-run board and not part of the two known production runs, so this board appears... Read more...
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak never seems afraid to speak his mind. What he has to say isn't always in favor of the company he helped create, either. We got to see a little bit of that in his recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on reddit in which the Woz covered a variety of topics, as well as his concern for Apple. When asked what Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing right and wrong in his opinion, Wozniak responded with plenty of praise by saying Cook is carrying on the strong tradition that Steve Jobs was known for, which entailed "making good products that help people do things they want to do in their life" rather than advertising crummy products. However, he's not as sold on the Apple Watch strategy.... Read more...
One thing you can count on when Apple is in the midst of a controversy is an opinion from Steve Wozniak, the outspoken tech guru who doesn't always side with the company he co-founded. Heck, if Apple toots in the wind, it's a good bet the Woz will have something to say about it. Surprisingly, he's been quiet about Apple's beef with the FBI over iPhone encryption, though he made his feelings known in an appearance on the Conan O'Brien show. Straight to the point, Wozniak is decidedly on Apple's side on this one. As one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit digital rights group that seeks to protect civil liberties in the digital world, it's not surprising that... Read more...
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, and like other creatures of the planet, we have our place (hopefully he's right and things don't... 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 woman brought in following the death of her husband, flotsam from a clean up of the family garage. It... 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...
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 three years," Wozniak told CNNMoney. "It could have competed better with Samsung." That's easy to see... 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 a similar system fetched at an auction in Germany last year. There's some significant history behind... 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, Gates has a hard time characterizing the former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee a hero.... 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 the Android market as a secondary phone market," Wozniak told Wired in an interview. "We could compete... 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 was critical of both Ballmer and Microsoft. "I don't know how the world judges Steve Ballmer, but... 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 the product timeline in the movie didn't match up with the evolution of Jobs. Image Source: Open Road... 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 Review in an interview. According to Wozniak, he'll be able to retain his American citizenship, though... 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 in creating its Galaxy line, with mixed results around the world. Here in the U.S., a jury ultimately... 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'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 ... normal consumer appliance things." This is the same message that Apple sent to consumers in its latest... 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...
Steve Wozniak told a dutch newspaper something we already know: Android is awesome. He didn't come out and say it exactly that way, but the Apple co-founder might as well have. Instead, Wozniak told the De Telegraaf he thinks Android will become the dominant smartphone platform in time, eventually catching up to, and surpassing, Apple's iPhone. He likened the situation to that of Windows, which now dominates the PC world, and he sees Android doing the same for smartphones. That doesn't meant that Wozniak is suddenly sour on his iPhone, and quite the opposite really. Keeping in mind this is translated text, Wozniak told the dutch rag that "The iPhone has very few weaknesses.. When it comes to... Read more...
The Prius is not listed among the models that Toyota recently recalled (and temporarily stopped selling) for sticking accelerator pedals, but according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, it has its own acceleration problem. At the same time, on Wednesday, reports of Prius brake problems on that same model year emerged.Steve Wozniak was speaking at the Discovery Forum 2010 when went off on a sidebar and began discussing his Prius' problems. Wozniak is a big fan of Toyota's hybrid, and has several. It's even appeared on camera when he was guesting on Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D-List" as her faux boyfriend."I don't get upset and teed off at things in life, except computers that don't work... Read more...
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