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
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
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2013
I clearly remember September 2008 when the HTC G1 debuted in partnership with Google and T-Mobile. Google’s first usable Android-driven handset arrived some fifteen months after the iPhone had gone on sale in June 2007 and tech die-hards were startled that it didn’t incorporate the pinch-zoom gesture.
Android would be deployed across lots more handsets before eventually implementing not only pinch-zooming, but other familiar iPhone features as well. There was an unconfirmed rumor at the time that Google removed multitouch gestures from initial Android builds at Apple’s request.
In all honesty, the notion seemed a bit crazy. Why would Google take the iPhone head on and yet cave in to Apple’s demands? According to a new 272-page book titled Dogfight: How Apple And Google Went To War And Started a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein, Apple’s then CEO Steve Jobs imposed that choice on Google’s Android head Andy Rubin by sheer willpower… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2013
Apple’s VP of Internet software and services Eddy Cue tweeted out a link to a YouTube video last night, with the caption “an honor, a privilege and truly from my heart to Steve.” The video was of Cue giving a speech at a banquet.
More specifically, Cue was accepting an award on Steve Jobs’ behalf. He was [posthumously] inducted into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame last Thursday, and the clip shows a montage of keynotes, interviews and other gems… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2013
The house in Palo Alto where Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs spent much of his childhood years since the seventh grade has now become a protected historic site, according to a report Tuesday by the San Jose Mercury News. The house is also famous for the fact that Steve along with his sidekick Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple and built the first hundred Apple 1 computers there.
The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously to add the ranch-style property at 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos, California to its list of historic resources due to its association with Apple’s charismatic leader and famous inventor… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 29, 2013
Disney is after your kids’ tablets. The entertainment megalith will unveil a cartoon spaghetti western series on tablets before cable. ‘Sheriff Callie West,’ a female animated character (pictured top of post) the Mickey Mouse house hopes will become the next Hello Kitty merchandising bonanza, will be unveiled on the Watch Disney Junior app November 24.
The series will then appear later in 2014 on cable’s Disney Junior. The move is a recognition that children increasingly are turning to the iPad and other tablets for entertainment. Both Disney and Apple have deep ties. Not only is the entertainment giant’s CEO Bob Iger on Apple’s board of directors, but the Steve Jobs trust has a large stake in Disney… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 18, 2013
In a case of good timing, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has reconfirmed a multitouch patent credited to Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs and the original iPhone design.
On the sixth anniversary of the iconic smartphone, the U.S. government reaffirmed the massive patent that was called into question in 2012.
Jobs was among the more than two-dozen people named in the massive 364-page patent filed in 2006.
The USPTO had issed a preliminary invalidation of the patent package, but now believes all 20 patents are valid… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 5, 2013
Today marks the two year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing. I will forever remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news. Just like his life changed my life, so did his death, and if you’re reading this site on a regular basis, I’ll assume that you’re feeling the same way.
Steve Jobs could be called many things, but to me he’ll always be a rebel, a man who’s been part of more technological revolutions than anybody in this world. A man who wasn’t afraid of saying “no” when saying yes could have been so much easier. A man, who inspired many people and changed so even more lives.
On this day, let’s take a minute to remember Steve and read this quote from him. It’s deep. It’s sincere. And it’s real.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Thank you for everything, Steve.
By Cody Lee on Oct 4, 2013
Fred Vogelstein has published an interesting article in The New York Times today entitled “And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone.’” The lengthy piece offers up a detailed look at the events that lead up to the original iPhone unveiling.
More specifically, Vogelstein’s profile paints a picture of what the atmosphere at Apple was like leading up to Steve Jobs’ big keynote, with anecdotes from Andy Grignon, who was in charge of the original iPhone’s radios, and other employees…
By Cody Lee on Oct 4, 2013
Tomorrow marks the two-year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing. The occasion is sure to stir up a lot of feelings for a lot of people, as he meant so much to so many.
With that in mind, Tim Cook sent out a brief internal letter to Apple employees today, reflecting on Steve and what he meant to him, the company, and the world… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 3, 2013
Apple’s over-budget and behind-schedule proposed ‘spaceship’ campus took another step closer to reality Wednesday night. The plan first outlined in 2011 by Steve Jobs cleared the planning commission of Cupertino, Calif., Apple’s homebase.
If no more hitches appear, the new Apple headquarters will go to city council later this month with final thumbs-up or thumbs-down in November… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 1, 2013
Typically, Apple patents technology sold within its retail locations. However, today the company received a patent for the design and construction of the glass cylindrical entrance to its Apple Store in Shanghai. Unlike most entrances, the one in Shanghai shapes huge slabs of glass, connected by a complex arrangement of fittings to form a building unto itself. To top it all off, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is among the patent inventors… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2013
The Los Altos, California home where Steve Jobs and partner Steve Wozniak first began building computers may be turned into a protected historical site, according to a new report from CNN.
Apparently the Los Altos Historical Commission is looking to conduct a “historic property evaluation” on the house, which is located on 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos, as soon as next Monday… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2013
In case you missed our Sunday coverage of the newly exposed NSA tactics, the snooping agency – thanks to its secret 10-year initiative code-named Bullrun which runs at $250 million a year – has been able to successfully crack much of the Internet’s widely-used encryption technologies to compromise everyone’s online communications, banking transactions and other sensitive data.
And now, internal NSA slides from a 2010 report titled ‘Exploring Current Trends, Targets and Techniques’ and leaked by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shamefully depict iPhone customers as ‘zombies’. As if that weren’t enough, in a reference to the George Orwell book ’1984′ Steve Jobs himself is being portrayed as Big Brother… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Aug 22, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook, often compared to the iPhone maker’s mercurial co-founder Steve Jobs, is pictured in a new profile as a nuts-and-bolts technocrat able to balance a softer corporate image with the ability to make hard choices. After two years at the helm of the consumer electronics giant that is Apple, Cook is being described as a “methodical” and “no-nonsense” guy not afraid to make tough decisions.
Ahead of launching a new version of the flagship iPhone, Reuters speaks with Cook’s co-workers and colleagues, showing the Apple CEO is “as different as could be from that of his predecessor”… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Aug 22, 2013
A month after the educational concept of schools based on the iPad was first unveiled, the first seven ‘Steve JobsSchools’ have opened in the Netherlands. The Apple iPad is central to the groundbreaking educational effort, creating a “virtual school” with standard iOS apps tailored to meet the needs of students, parents and teachers.
While two of the schools expect to see the iPad replace text books, school schedules and traditional courses for all grades, the majority will initially start with early learners, according to the foundation promoting the effort… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2013
The Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple’s legendary co-founder Steve Jobs has opened with disappointing revenues and bombed at the box office this weekend. Specifically, the flick pulled in just shy of seven million dollars domestically, earning it the seventh place at the box office. This is one of Kutcher’s lowest openings ever and hardly a success knowing the figure fell short of the $8-9 million distributor Open Road Films was hoping to rake in.
And as if mixed reviews weren’t enough, the movie has failed to impress the trusted review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes which gave it a rating of just 25 percent… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 18, 2013
The long-awaited ‘Jobs’ biopic, starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, opened in theaters this weekend, and by all counts it’s been a bit of a flop. According to Deadline Hollywood, it’s sitting at the #7 spot, pulling in just $6.7 million domestically.
But is it really that bad of a movie? No. Then why is it doing so poorly? That’s a tough question to answer, but I’m going to try to do it in the following paragraphs. Don’t worry, I imagine this is the fiftieth ‘Jobs’ review you’ve come across, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet.
I saw Jobs yesterday afternoon, with my girlfriend. We went to the 12:50pm showing, and unfortunately we got there just as the previews were starting. So if they had shown the new Mac Pro commercial, we missed it.
The movie opens with Ashton—I mean Steve making his way to the stage for his big iPod unveiling in October of 2001. It then flashes back to his early 20′s and proceeds to take us on a journey of the founding of Apple… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2013
After months of speculation, interviews, and movie clips, the highly anticipated ‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher finally hit theaters today. And despite Open Road Film’s best marketing efforts, initial reviews are a mixed bag.
Looking at review aggregation site metacritic, the flick scored a decent 43 out of 100, but over at Rotten Tomatoes, it scored just 25 out of 100. Want to see what others thought about the movie? Keep reading for our review roundup… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Aug 16, 2013
You know what we should do to stop them from complaining? We should write AT&T a check for $1 billion and if the deal doesn’t work out, they can keep the money. Let’s give them the $1 billion [Apple had $5 billion in cash at the time] and shut them the hell up.
Steve Jobs, talking to telecommunication consultant Raj Aggarwal about how he was annoyed that AT&T was spending too much time worrying about the risks of the deal he was negotiating with them before the first iPhone came out… Read More