For Samsung, Steve Jobs’s death was ‘the best opportunity’ to unleash anti-iPhone ad blitz

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2014

Apple’s second California trial against Samsung over smartphone patents has given us an unprecedented insight into Samsung’s obsession with beating Apple and Apple’s worries over losing the cool factor to Samsung due to the snarky ads that ridiculed the iPhone as an outdated and dull phone.

As you know, Samsung’s campaign headlined under the ‘The Next Big Thing’ tagline went viral in September of 2012, thanks to a particularily scathing ad that ridiculed folks who’d wait in line for an iPhone 5.

The commercials were meant to counter the iPhone 5 “tsunami,” as Samsung execs put it, and have managed to enrage Apple’s marketing boss Phil Schiller so much that he proposed in an email to CEO Tim Cook that the firm fire its longtime ad agency.

According to a highly confidential email exchange between Samsung execs, we now know that the South Korean firm saw Steve Jobs’s death as the “best opportunity to attack the iPhone” and tarnish the Apple brand… Read More

 

David Fincher may no longer be directing Sony’s anticipated Steve Jobs biopic

By Jake Smith on Apr 14, 2014

David Fincher, of The Social Network directing fame, is no longer being tapped to direct Sony Pictures’ highly anticipated Steve Jobs movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Jobs movie from Sony Pictures hasn’t been given a title, but it’s based on Walter Isaacson’s official Steve Jobs biography released shortly after the Apple co-founder’s death. It’s expected to be a much better representation of Jobs’ life than the biopic starring Ashton Kutcher released earlier this year.  Read More

 

Steve Jobs email reveals past Apple TV ideas: apps, ‘magic wand’ remote and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 5, 2014

We’re only a few days in, but we’ve already learned a lot from the Apple-Samsung patent trial. With it being a legal proceeding, the public is given access to information it wasn’t previously privi’ed to by way of executive testimonies, corporate emails and other evidence.

In fact, earlier today a particularly interesting email surfaced from former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The document, which was submitted as evidence in the case, features a list of things Jobs wanted to discuss at the company’s 2010 ‘top 100′ meeting, including the Apple TV… Read More

 

Apple engineer offers detailed look at development of original iPhone software

By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2014

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting interview with Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie yesterday, in which Christie offers a detailed look at some of the events that led up to the original iPhone. Apparently the Cupertino company gave him permission to discuss the development process of the handset.

Admittedly, a lot of the things mentioned we’ve heard before—from book excerpts, court testimonies, etc.—but Christie does provide a few new details. For instance, he says at one point Jobs gave him and his team two weeks to come up with something or he would be reassigning the ‘iPhone software’ project to another group… Read More

 

Christian Bale reportedly front-runner for Steve Jobs role in Sony’s biopic

By Cody Lee on Mar 20, 2014

Academy Award-winner Christian Bale is said to be the front-runner for the Steve Jobs role in Sony’s upcoming biopic about the Apple founder. And if you’re a fan of the Cupertino company, or just a fan of good movies in general, this is exciting news.

Bale is highly regarded in Hollywood for his ability to play a wide range of characters—he’s done everything from a sociopathic serial killer to the cape crusader—and his commitment to the art. He once dropped 60 pounds in just a few months for a role… Read More

 

Steve Jobs told executives Apple would not release a TV

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2014

When the magic dust of the iPad settled, pundits and analysts alike began to wonder out loud what Apple was going to do next. What product category was the company going to revolutionize next? And for the longest time, a lot of folks thought it was going to be televisions.

Some even believed that’s what Steve Jobs was referring to when he said he had “finally cracked” the secret of TV. But according to a passage from Yukari Kane’s new book ‘Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,’ the co-founder never wanted Apple to release its own TV set… Read More

 

Jony Ive talks design, Steve Jobs, iWatch rumors and more in new interview

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2014

The typically quiet Jony Ive participated in a new interview which surfaced online yesterday. The Sunday Times was able to sit down with Apple’s world-renowned designer for a lengthy discussion on a wide range of topics as part of its ‘Makers of the 21st Century’ series.

As usual, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite parts from the article, but I’ll go ahead and tell you right now, the entire thing is worth reading. It’s very well written, covers a wide range of topics, (5 pages worth) from rumors to copycats, and Jony Ive is surprisingly candid… Read More

 

SoftBank CEO tells how he landed the iPhone in 2008

By Cody Lee on Mar 13, 2014

During a television interview with Charlie Rose that aired this week, SoftBank’s CEO Masayoshi Son told an interesting story of how he landed the iPhone in 2008. Apparently Son met with Steve Jobs two years before Apple launched the infamous handset to discuss…smartphones.

Son told Rose that he arranged a meeting with Jobs solely to show him a crude sketch of an iPod with mobile capabilities. Obviously, since the iPhone project was already well underway, Jobs didn’t need the drawing, but the meeting still spawned a relationship between the two… Read More

 

iSpaceship designer talks Steve Jobs involvement, project’s scale and smart planning

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2014

Apple has just finished demolishing the Campus 2 site after receiving an unanimous approval for the project from the Cupertino City Council last November. When construction completes in 2016, a whopping 12,000 Apple employees will move into their new 2.8 million square foot, ring-shaped home.

But how exactly was the massive glass and metal structure conceived, what was Steve Jobs involvement in the planning process and what influenced the four-story building’s unique design which earned it the nickname of ‘iSpaceship’?

Renowned architect Norman Foster, the chairman of Foster + Partners, led the project and talked all of the above, and then some more, in an interesting interview with Architectural Record, here are the highlights… Read More

 

‘Social Network’ director David Fincher in talks to lead Sony’s Jobs biopic

By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2014

If you fancy yourself any kind of Apple fan, or movie fan, you have to be excited about Sony’s upcoming biopic of Steve Jobs. Not only is it being written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin, but it’s now being rumored that David Fincher has signed on to direct the film.

Fincher directed the hit Facebook flick ‘The Social Network,’ which Sorkin also wrote, and also directs and produces Netflix’s critically-acclaimed drama House of Cards. So needless to say, adding him to the production team of the Jobs biopic would be a major move for Sony… Read More

 

This Steve Jobs statue is headed to Cupertino

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2014

A rather interesting statue honoring Steve Jobs was unveiled in Belgrade, Serbia today by famed sculptor Dragan Radenovic. The work is the result of an art competition that saw more than 10,000 entries and will end up in Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

The statue, which has been garnering mixed feedback as the story bounced around the web today, features Jobs’ head along with the Latin letter A and the binary digits one and zero. It also features a pair of Serbian letters: E, and then III rests at the bottom… Read More

 

Steve Jobs to appear on commemorative postage stamp next year

By Cody Lee on Feb 20, 2014

The United States Postal Service approved a number of stamps today that will be printed as part of a collectible series next year. The subjects of these stamps include Nintendo’s Mario character, The Beatles’ John Lennon and yes, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

While any member of the public can nominate someone to appear on a postage stamp, an advisory committee must review and then select those that go into production based on subjects that are “contemporary, timely, relevant, interesting and educational.” Read More

 

Here’s what happens if your phone number shows up on news after iPhone unveiling

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2014

Here’s an interesting little anecdote from analyst Ben Bajarin who has attended every Apple event sans the January 2007 iPhone introduction. Although he wasn’t there and his father was, the iPhone launch has impacted Bajarin’s “life–temporarily–even before I got my hands on one”.

The analysts dad was lucky enough to land himself a private demo of the original iPhone by an Apple executive whom he knew, right following Steve’s legendary presentation. After calling his son using a demo iPhone unit, the phone number ended up showing up on the news, resulting in a minimum of 1,500 calls a day… Read More

 

Bloomberg profiles head of Apple University Joel Podolny

By Cody Lee on Feb 13, 2014

Earlier this week, Apple announced that it was promoting its retail HR head Denise Smith to lead its human resources department company-wide. Smith replaces Joel Podolny, who will now focus all of his energy on a top-secret executive training program known as Apple University.

Not much is known about the project, other than that Steve Jobs hired Podolny—the former dean of Yale’s School of Management—to put together a program to teach his methods to future execs. But a new Bloomberg report helps shine some light on the University, and its new leader… Read More

 

‘Haunted Empire,’ a scathing book on post-Jobs Apple by former WSJ editor, coming March 18

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2014

Reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane had enjoyed unparalleled access to Apple in her five-year tenure at The Wall Street Journal, during which time she published numerous scoops like the 2009 story about Steve Jobs’s secret liver transplant.

She recently penned a new book on Apple that’s coming out on March 18. Titled ‘Haunted Empire, Apple After Steve Jobs,’ it offers a scathing look at post-Jobs Apple and, in the author’s view, the gloomy prospect the company is facing under Tim Cook’s leadership… Read More

 

Video of Steve Jobs’ first public Mac demonstration surfaces

By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2014

On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs demonstrated the original Macintosh for the first time at an Apple shareholders meeting in Cupertino. You’ve probably seen a video of the presentation; it’s the one where Jobs is introduced by a joke-telling Mac.

But what many people don’t know is that the Apple co-founder gave another presentation for the computer less than a week later at a meeting of the Boston Computer Society. And that presentation has remained largely unseen until this weekend… Read More

 

Aaron Sorkin finished with screenplay for Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic

By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2014

Aaron Sorkin has reportedly completed his screenplay for the highly-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic and submitted it to Sony. It was first announced that Sorkin would be working on the project back in the spring of 2012, but we’ve heard little of his progress since then.

The fact that he’s finished the script is good news though, and should appease observers who have been looking forward to the flick. Needless to say, both Sony and movie-goers alike are hoping Sorkin can drum up the same kind of magic he did with The Social NetworkRead More

 

7 years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone

By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2014

It’s hard to believe, but it was 7 years ago today that Steve Jobs took the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to give what would become one of the most remarkable keynotes of his career. It was January 9, 2007, the day that Apple reinvented the phone.

Few people in attendance could have realized the significance of what Jobs would be introducing that day. It was a new product that would not only put Apple on track to become the most valuable company in the world, but it would also revolutionize an entire industry…

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Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Jobs’ biopic now available in iTunes

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2013

For those of you who were unable to see it in theaters, Ashton Kutcher’s much talked about ‘Jobs’ film is now available for purchase. You can either buy it or rent it in iTunes, and then of course it’s available in Blu-Ray and DVD as well.

After months of rumors and a lengthy delay, ‘Jobs’ opened to mixed reviews on August 16. It stayed in theaters for just 7 weeks, and only pulled $35 million worldwide. It was considered by many to be a flop, but now you can be the critic… Read More

 

Good deal: 55% off Jony Ive bio and Inside Steve’s Brain book combo

By Cody Lee on Nov 15, 2013

It’s been a big week for Apple-related book releases, with two major titles hitting the shelves: Dogfight: How Apple And Google Went To War And Started a Revolution and Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products.

The latter is a full-length biography on Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design. And if you’ve been thinking about picking it up, you’ll be interested to know that you can snag it at a nice discount in this two-book combo deal… Read More

 
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