Becoming Steve Jobs releases on iBooks Store, Kindle and Amazon.com

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2015

Becoming Steve Jobs, a highly anticipated Apple-endorsed biography of Apple’s mercurial co-founder and late CEO Steve Jobs, on Tuesday released on the iBooks Store, the Kindle Store and on Amazon.com.

Written by veteran Wall Street Journal and Fortune reporter Brent Schlender, who is 58 years old, and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor with Fast Company, the 464-page book published by The Crown Publishing Group offers new details of Jobs’ personal and professional life that did not quite get the treatment in Walter Isaacson’s biography that such a high-profile iconic figure in technology, media and arts deserves. Read More

 

Apple praises ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ biography, calls it ‘better than anything else we’ve seen’

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

Apple is throwing itself behind the latest biography to tell the life of late co-founder Steve Jobs, ahead of its release on Tuesday. “Becoming Steve Jobs” by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli has elicited a response from Apple’s often-quiet press team, as to why it chose to provide interview access for the completion of the book. Read More

 

iBooks is offering exclusive sneak peek from upcoming ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ biography

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2015

The new Steve Jobs biography by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli is launching on iBooks this Tuesday and Apple is now offering an exclusive sneak peek into the prologue and first chapter, including Schlender’s first interview with Jobs when he moved to NeXT, as noted yesterday be the official iBooks Store account on Twitter.

‘Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader’ should appeal to everyone who — like CEO Tim Cook — felt that Walter Isaacson’s official biography did Apple’s legendary co-founder a great disservice. Read More

 

Interesting excerpts from ‘Becoming Steve Jobs,’ upcoming Apple-endorsed biography

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

Penned by the The Wall Street Journal and Fortune reporter Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor with Fast Company, ‘Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader’ is slated for release on March 24 and already whole sections have been posted online. Endorsed by Apple execs, it’s fairest portrayal of the famous inventor who co-founded and led Apple to become the world’s top corporation.

Unlike Walter Isaacson’s much maligned biography, Becoming Steve Jobs offers an insight into the side of Steve Jobs you didn’t know: kind, patient and human.

Leaked excerpts offer Tim Cook’s reflections on working for such a demanding boss, the secret projects they discussed doing and not doing, tidbits on Jobs’ thought process and the events leading up to Jobs’s passing on October 5, 2011, including the story of Cook offering to give Jobs his liver. Read More

 

Documentary critical of Steve Jobs picked up by CNN, Magnolia Pictures

By Jake Smith on Mar 16, 2015

A documentary often critical of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films, after premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin this week.

“Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine”, directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney, aims to give viewers a “greater understanding of the celebrated tech icon.” Read More

 

Pre-order ‘Becoming Steve Jobs,’ a new book on Apple and its mercurial co-founder

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 2, 2015

Though it may seem the world doesn’t really need another book on Steve Jobs, I beg to differ given Walter Isaacson’s disappointing biography on Apple’s famous co-founder and late CEO.

Written by the The Wall Street Journal and Fortune reporter Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor with Fast Company, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader promises to be the Steve Jobs book that true fans deserve.

Scheduled to arrive on March 24 via Crown Publishing Group, it’s now available for pre-order over at Apple’s iBooks Store or Amazon’s Kindle Store for $15. Read More

 

Tim Cook honors what would’ve been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter today to commemorate what would have been the sixtieth birthday of Apple’s late co-founder and mercurial chief executive, Steve Jobs.

Honoring the memory of his friend and mentor, Cook tweeted out a quote from Jobs’ emotional commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, in which he said “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Read More

 

Universal Pictures releasing Steve Jobs movie in October

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

Universal Pictures announced on Wednesday that the Steve Jobs biopic will be released on Friday, October 9, 2015, written by Aaron Sorkin and based on the best selling biography by Walter Isaacson.

The film, which has seen a rough road to begin filming, features Michael Fassbender playing Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen playing Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Read More

 

Another Steve Jobs film is in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2015

As first noted by Variety, a new Steve Jobs film will be premiering soon. No, not Universal’s ill-fated biopic that started filming last week, based on Walter Isaacson’s biography and starring Michael Fassbender as Apple’s mercurial co-founder.

Titled “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” the new film is basically a 120-minute nonfictional documentary that explores the impact of Steve Jobs’ work on the society and our embrace of computers and technology. Read More

 

Universal Pictures announces cast list for “Steve Jobs” biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s biography

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

Universal Pictures has finally announced the set-in-stone cast for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, along with word the picture has begun shooting in San Francisco with Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle directing. The film will simply be titled “Steve Jobs” and will be based on the biography by Walter Isaacson. Read More

 

You’ll never guess whom Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt named his personal hero… or will you?

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Google’s former CEO and Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has a penchant for exaggeration. Not just infamous for telling bad jokes, Eric is known for going into a sputter when pressed on Google’s privacy practices and making platitudinous statements on Android and rivalry with Apple that earn him headlines.

The iPhone 6, for example, he dissed by stating that “Samsung had these products a year ago”. Sometimes, he can’t control himself to the point of risking public ridicule over claims like “Android is more secure than the iPhone”.

No doubt a talented technology executive, he’s such a multi-layered personality and it’s therefore perfectly fine to ask ourselves what principles guide Schmidt’s thinking. Does he have a personal hero he looks up to, both in tech and outside of the technology industry? Read More

 

Eight years ago today, Apple was going to reinvent the phone

By Sébastien Page on Jan 9, 2015

A widescreen iPod with touch controls. A revolutionary mobile phone. A breakthrough internet communications device. An iPod. A phone. And an internet communicator. An iPod. A phone. Are you getting it?

I still get goose bumps watching this.

 

Apple did not harm consumers with iTunes’ FairPlay digital rights management, ruling finds

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2014

Apple’s proprietary digital rights management software, FairPlay, that prevented users from loading songs from rival music stores on early iPods, did not harm consumers nor did it violate the United States antitrust laws, an eight-person jury has determined.

As reported by The Verge, the jurors have sided with Apple in a decade-long suit and have not found Apple guilty of exploiting FairPlay DRM as a lock-in preventing rival music stores from syncing with iPods. Though the iPhone maker is off the hook now, an appeal will be filed with a higher court. Read More

 

Natalie Portman passes on Jobs biopic, Jeff Daniels being considered for role

By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 2014

Natalie Portman has decided to pass on the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to a new report from Variety. Portman was said to be in talks for a lead female role in the movie, either as Jobs’ daughter Lisa or former Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.

Additionally, The Wrap reports today that Universal Pictures is eyeing Jeff Daniels for the role of former Apple CEO John Sculley. If he signs on to the project, Daniels would join fellow Newsroom alumni in writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin. Read More

 

Big media wants to make Steve Jobs deposition video public

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

A videotaped deposition of Steve Jobs, recorded in 2011 shortly before his passing and played during the iPod class-action lawsuit, could be made public if news organizations such as The Associated Press, CNN and Bloomberg succeed in proving that releasing the two-hour video is in public interest, CNET reported Tuesday.

And boy would it be interesting to watch Jobs make a series of snarky comments. Asked whether he had heard of Real Networks, Apple’s late co-founder asked “Do they still exist?” All told, he responded 74 times with “I don’t remember,” “I don’t know” or “I don’t recall.” Read More

 

Snarky comments revealed by Steve Jobs’ testimony in iPod class-action lawsuit

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2014

A decade-old class-action lawsuit over the iPod and Apple’s practice of locking the media player to its iTunes ecosystem is kicking off this week and with it comes a videotaped deposition of Steve Jobs, recorded in 2011 shortly before he died.

It’s full of snarky comments and as if that wasn’t enough, attorneys have unearthed emails between Apple executives and other evidence casting light on the company’s inner workings at the time.

The suit revolves around the iPod, iTunes and FairPlay, Apple’s digital-rights management (DRM) system for copy-protection of music sold through the iTunes Store. FairPlay was dropped in 2007 following the ‘Thoughts on Music’ open letter by Steve. Read More

 

Universal picks up Steve Jobs biopic, Michael Fassbender attached to star

By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2014

It’s official, Universal Studios has adopted Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic. In a late night scoop, The Hollywood Reporter says it has confirmed with a studio spokesman that a deal has been reached, less than a week after Sony put the film in turnaround.

Sony had been shopping the project around for more than $30 million, although it’s still unclear why it decided to back out. Several high profile names are attached to the film, and it has been widely talked about by both tech and Hollywood press. Read More

 

Sony drops Steve Jobs biopic, Universal rumored to take over

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Sony Pictures has dropped the highly-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin, according to Deadline. The outlet reports tonight that Sony has put the film in turnaround—meaning that another studio can purchase the movie.

It sounds like that studio is going to be Universal. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr says he is hearing that the Comcast subsidiary is nearing an agreement, and the deal could close by tomorrow, meaning the project should lose little momentum. Read More

 

Michael Fassbender now in talks to play Steve Jobs in Sony biopic

By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2014

The tumultuous casting process of Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic continues, with Michael Fassbender now reportedly in talks to play the Apple co-founder. Variety reports today that following the departure of Christian Bale, the actor has begun “early talks” with director Danny Boyle and Sony execs.

Although not as well known as Bale, Fassbender has starred in a number of high profile movies, including Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. He also received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor, for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. Read More

 

Christian Bale withdraws from Steve Jobs biopic deciding he wasn’t ‘right for the part’

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2014

Following the confirmation that he was going to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming Sony movie about Apple’s legendary co-founder, actor Christian Bale has reportedly changed his mind and pulled out of the upcoming project deciding he was “not right for the part,” according to a report Monday by The Hollywood Reporter.

This marks another high-profile actor who decided against portraying Apple’s mercurial co-founder after Leonardo DiCaprio earlier this year passed on the Steve Jobs role after weeks of discussions with the producers.

The unexpected development arrives less than two weeks after screenwriter Aaron Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang in no ambiguous terms that the British actor, 40 years old, was picked as “the best actor on the board in a certain age range,” Sorkin said. Read More

 
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