Steve Jobs’s biography suggests Apple has TV in the works

By on October 21, 2011 at 5:30 PM.

Steve Jobs’s biography suggests Apple has TV in the works

Steve Jobs’s biography, written by Walter Isaacson and due on store shelves on Monday, has a passage that suggests Apple has a TV up its sleeves. The Washington Post published a small excerpt on Friday that reveals a conversation Jobs had with Isaacson in which he says he has already created a product that could change the television industry much like the iPhone changed the mobile landscape and the iPod re-sculpted the music industry. “He very much wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant,” Isaacson said in the book. Here’s an excerpt:

“I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,” he told me. “It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.” No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. “It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.”

Rumors that Apple has plans to enter the TV market have swirled for years now. In March, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said checks in Asia suggested that Apple was already working on a smart TV. Earlier this summer, another rumor started by a former Apple employee said customers will soon be able to walk into an Apple Store and leave with an Apple-branded TV. More →

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Steve Jobs vowed to destroy Android, called the platform a ‘stolen product’

By on October 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM.

Steve Jobs vowed to destroy Android, called the platform a ‘stolen product’

Apple co-Founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs vowed to devote his life and all of Apple’s cash to destroying Google’s Android operating system, which he believed to be an outright ripoff of Apple’s iPhone platform. Pulling quotes from an advance copy of Steve Jobs’s authorized biography by Walter Isaacson, The Associated Press reports that Jobs was furious in January 2010 when HTC launched a phone that appeared to copy many key features from the iPhone. Read on for more. More →

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Sony Pictures close to deal for feature film rights to Steve Jobs biography

By on October 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Sony Pictures close to deal for feature film rights to Steve Jobs biography

Sony Pictures is working on a deal to acquire the rights to Steve Jobs’s biography for a feature film, BGR sister site Deadline reported on Friday. The highly anticipated authorized biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacsson is due for release on October 24th, and Sony Pictures is reportedly making a substantial offer for the motion picture rights. “I’m hearing the deal is $1 million against $3 million and that Mark Gordon will be the producer,” Mike Fleming wrote on Deadline. Sony Pictures is thought to be a good fit for the project following its work on business book turned feature film Moneyball and the Oscar-nominated The Social Network. If the studio manages to work out a deal, this would be only the second film to chronicle Jobs’s career, the first being Pirates Of Silicon Valley. More →

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First Steve Jobs authorized biography to land in 2012

By on April 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM.

First Steve Jobs authorized biography to land in 2012

The first authorized biography about Apple CEO Steve Jobs is set to launch in early 2012, publisher Simon and Schuster announced on Sunday. The book, titled “iSteve: The Book of Jobs,” was written by Walter Isaacson, who began writing it in 2009. The Washington Post said Isaacson worked closely with Jobs and also interviewed family members, co-workers at Apple, and even those at Apple’s competitors. Isaacson is no stranger to writing; he’s written books about Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, served as CEO at CNN, and worked for TIME. “This is the perfect match of subject and author, and it is certain to be a landmark book about one of the world’s greatest innovators,” said Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp. “Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius.” More →

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About.me now out of beta

By on December 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM.

About.me now out of beta

About.me is a relatively new service, but it’s already attracting boat loads of users. Since September, About.me has let people reserve personal profile pages, and has just opened up to everyone. It’s an incredibly simple concept — have your own profile page that has a short bio, links to your different social networking profiles and services, and most importantly, a super high resolution image of yourself. In addition to being a great personal landing site, About.me offers a great suite of analytics items to track how much traffic you’re getting and from where, etc. Over 400,000 people have reserved their profile page names on About.me since September, and the company raised around $425,000 in funding according to TechCrunch.

Check out my page at about.me/jonathan! More →

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