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All posts tagged "steve jobs"

  • Want to play with a bit of geek history? Apple II OS now open to public

    Retro tech lovers, you have our full permission to geek out after reading this: the operating system that ran the iconic Apple II is now available to the public. For those of you too young to remember any piece of tech younger than the Sony Discman, the Apple II was one of the first successful, mass-produced home desktop computers. Designed primarily by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the Apple II was first produced in 1977 and featured a microprocessor running at 1 MHz, 4 kB of RAM and an audio cassette interface for loading programs and storing data. The source...

  • Ashton Kutcher joins Lenovo as product engineer, no seriously

    So it looks like the trend for Hollywood celebs taking on roles at large tech companies isn't about to slow down any time soon. The latest A-lister to take on a corporate role is Ashton Kutcher, who is now a product engineer meets brand ambassador for Chinese tech giant Lenovo. Yup, that would be the same Ashton Kutcher who played Steve Jobs in the most high profile biopic about the legendary Apple CEO. "This partnership with Lenovo brings together my love of technology and design that makes your life better. I can’t wait to dig in and help Lenovo...

  • The man who missed the boat: how do we judge Steve Ballmer’s legacy?

    Like so many big tech companies, Microsoft started out as just a couple of guys in a garage. Back in the 1970s Bill Gates and Paul Allen conceived a small start-up called Microsoft. The rest, as they say, is history. The latest chapter of that history however is set to draw to a close in the near future. Steve Ballmer, the CEO of the world-changing -- and for many world-defining -- company called Microsoft has announced his retirement. The Microsoft share price jumped upwards on the news, unlike when Bill Gates announced his resignation. The market clearly knows that which...

  • Does Steve Jobs deserve a giant statue? One Indiegogo campaign thinks so

    Steve Jobs deserves praise for a lot of things, including bringing Apple back from the brink of demise and making otherwise marginal technologies really popular. But does he deserve a Statue of Liberty sized memorial? Well, at least on Indiegogo campaign thinks he does. The campaign, led by a group of young entrepreneurs living in San Francisco is initially looking to raise US$50 000 for the project. That amount, they say, is based on quotes for a life-sized statue. They are willing to go bigger, adding that the "size of the statue will be directly proportional (positive correlation) to...

  • Oracle’s Larry Ellison thinks Apple is screwed without Steve Jobs

    Anyone who thinks Apple's been struggling since founder CEO Steve Jobs' exit and ultimate death is in pretty good company. In an interview with CBS, the Oracle CEO describes Jobs as "our Edison" and "our Picasso" before suggesting that Apple is set to go downhill rapidly without him. "We've already seen the experiment," he tells the interviewer. "We saw Apple with Steve Jobs," he says while pointing up, "we saw Apple without Steve Jobs," pointing down, "we saw Apple with Steve Jobs," pointing back up again. "We're gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs," he ends, pointing down again. ...

  • Ashton Kutcher channels Steve Jobs at Teen Choice Awards [video]

    It looks like playing late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs has rubbed off a little on Ashton Kutcher. During his acceptance speech at the recent Teen Choice Awards, Kutcher channeled the Apple icon, condensing his speech into three powerful points. The first, that opportunity looks a lot like hard work sounds like something that would have resonated with Jobs, given how hard he pushed his teams. Kutcher's second point, that there's nothing sexier than intelligence, thoughtfulness and generosity probably would've also sounded at home coming from Jobs' mouth. Unlike Kutcher however, he probably wouldn't have mentioned that...

  • Given a little more energy Steve Jobs would’ve built an Apple car

    This is interesting. Tucked away in Nick Bilton's New York Times article about Apple potentially building an iWatch is a revelation that Steve Jobs actually wanted to build an Apple car. According to Bilton: In a meeting in his office before he died, Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former chief executive, told John Markoff of The New York Times that if he had more energy, he would have liked to take on Detroit with an Apple car. The language used in that quote suggests that Jobs might have only come up with the idea near his death, when Google's self-driving...

  • Steve Jobs was not into streaming music says Beats Audio founder

    Beats Audio CEO Jimmy Iovine apparently tried for years to entice Steve Jobs into the concept of music subscription and music streaming. Jobs on the other hand never seemed very interested, according to an All Things D report. In an interview yesterday with All Things D, Iovine said: "I was always trying to push Steve into subscription. And he wasn’t keen on it right away. Luke Wood and I spent about three years trying to talk him into it... he didn’t want to pay the record companies enough. He felt that they would come down, eventually." Iovine...

  • Apple’s Spaceship campus will only be ready in 2016

    Apple's plans for its new 260 000 square metre campus in Cupertino have hit some snags courtesy of an environmental impact report, according to AppleInsider. Initial plans to start construction in 2012, look more than likely to change to 2014, meaning that the project will likely only be completed in 2016. Cupertino city manager David Brandt said: "They could conceivably break ground in 2013, but only if everything goes smoothly. The project is running a little bit slow." Slightly altered plans were submitted to the city of Cupertino on 14 November, detailing the relocation of a proposed auditorium. But even...

  • What Steve Jobs can teach us about hacking charisma

    Olivia Fox Cabane makes her living by teaching people the skills needed to be charismatic, influential and persuasive. During her career, she’s been invited to speak at Harvard, MIT, Google and the United Nations. And through her new book, The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism, Cabane wants to change the way you think about charisma. While most people think charisma is so something you’re either born with it or you’re not, Cabane believes that charisma is nothing more than a set of attitudes, skills and behaviours that can not only be practiced...

  • Aaron Sorkin confirmed as writer for Steve Jobs biopic

    Sony Pictures has signed off on a big screen adaptation of Apple co-founder and visionary Steve Job's authorised biography. Aaron Sorkin, the man tasked with with translating Walter Isaacson's best-selling book into celluloid is no stranger to tech stories either. He wrote the screenplay for The Social Network, for which the Hollywood veteran picked up an Oscar. In a statement to the press, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal explained why Sorkin...

  • Even Apple loved Ghostbusters in 1984 [Video]

    Ghostbusters has always been awesome but back in 1984 it was even cooler than Apple. That’s why the Cupertino-based tech giant parodied the movie’s theme song in a video for it's international sales conference that year. The concept for the video is pretty simple: Apple employees rid store shelves of IBM products. They’re ‘Blue busters’ you see, ridding the world of the dark-suited drudgery of Big Blue. Look, if you know the history...

  • Steve Jobs plays FDR in long lost ‘1984’ sequel [Video]

    Apple’s '1984' campaign is one of the most iconic in advertising history. It launched the perception that Apple computers were for rebels. It was always assumed that it was a one-off, until now... It turns out the campaign had a sequel. Rather than freeing the slavish drones of an Orwellian style Big Brother, however, the ad features Apple in the role of heroic American forces liberating Europe from evil. The enemy is, of...

  • Digital wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft [Infographic]

    I've been listening to Charles Arthur every Tuesday on the Guardian pod-cast, Tech weekly, for the past year. Arthur would mention his upcoming book whenever the tech giants of Apple, Google or Microsoft were pitched against each other in the news. Hearing Arthur in my car once a week makes me feel like I know the dude, so when he announced that his book had just been published I downloaded a copy for Kindle. The book got me thinking in pictures, so rather than review the book, I thought I'd illustrate it. Each frame is drawn from a chapter....

  • Designer of viral Steve Jobs silhouette image lands Coca Cola deal

    Hey, remember that kid who designed the iconic Apple logo incorporating Steve Jobs' silhouette after the tech icon’s death? He’s back. Hong Kong-based design student Jonathan Mak Long has designed a new logo for Coca Cola, after being approached by Ogilvy China. As Mak explains on his Tumblr account: If you are in Shanghai, you may come across a poster I designed for Coca-Cola. The Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy China got in touch with me, and offered me this amazing opportunity. I can’t thank them enough, and really hope we can keep doing work together in the future. Long’s tribute...