Steve Jobs’s biographer says ‘thermonuclear’ anger at Google was real

By on April 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM.

Steve Jobs’s biographer says ‘thermonuclear’ anger at Google was real

Walter Isaacson, the man behind the authorized Steve Jobs biography, said while speaking at the Royal Institution on Wednesday that he disagreed with Google CEO Larry Page, and Jobs’s hatred for Android was real, Macworld reported. In an earlier interview, Page indicated that the Android, Apple feud was just “for show” and merely a way to rally the troops. The CEO mentioned how he “had a relationship with Steve” and despite his declining health at the time, Apple’s co-founder reached out to him for a casual talk. Isaacson, however, outlined why Jobs felt such “thermonuclear” anger towards Google’s “stolen product.” More →

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Google CEO: Steve Jobs didn’t really hate Android

By on April 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM.

Google CEO: Steve Jobs didn’t really hate Android

Steve Jobs famously vowed to spend his dying breath and all of Apple’s cash to destroy Google’s Android operating system. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Google CEO Larry Page said that despite Jobs’s rather public hatred, “the Android differences were actually for show.” Page claimed that, “For a lot of companies, it’s useful for them to feel like they have an obvious competitor and to rally around that. I personally believe that it’s better to shoot higher. You don’t want to be looking at your competitors. You want to be looking at what’s possible and how to make the world better.” The CEO shot down rumors that the two were bitter rivals, instead noting that “I had a relationship with Steve.” Despite Jobs’s ailing health at the time, Apple’s co-founder reached out to Page for a casual talk. “He was quite sick. I took it as an honor that he wanted to spend some time with me,” Page said. “I figured he wanted to spend time with his family at that point. He had a lot of interesting insights about how to run a company and that was pretty much what we discussed.”

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Apple’s Tim Cook named most popular CEO of 2012

By on March 30, 2012 at 8:30 PM.

Apple’s Tim Cook named most popular CEO of 2012

Glassdoor on Friday revealed its latest list of the “Top 25 Highest Rated CEOs of 2012.” Apple’s Tim Cook took the top spot with a 97% approval rating, leading Ernst & Young’s Jim Turley, Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs and Google’s Larry Page. “I think leadership is doing an amazing job,” said one Apple employee. “We have the best management team anywhere.” When Steve Jobs stepped down in August 2011, the late Apple co-founder garnered a cumulative approval rating of 97%, however Cook leads Jobs’s rating of 95% from March 2010 to March 2011. While it has been a tough year for Hewlett-Packard, the company’s new CEO Meg Whitman also made the list with an 80% approval rating, placing her in the  No. 24 spot. Glassdoor bases the list entirely on feedback from anonymous employees who were asked one question — do they approve of the way their CEO is leading the company? More →

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Apple’s upcoming streaming TV service again tipped by CBS CEO

By on March 12, 2012 at 7:35 AM.

Apple’s upcoming streaming TV service again tipped by CBS CEO

Apple CEO Steve Jobs approached CBS approximately one year ago in an attempt to secure a content deal for a streaming television service that was in development at the time. CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves publicly spoke of the negotiations once before during an earnings call late last year, and now he is quoted again after having reportedly discussed the matter on stage during a presentation at the UCLA Entertainment Symposium. “I told Steve, ‘You know more than me about 99 percent of things but I know more about the television business,’ ” Moonves said according to Hollywood Reporter. Moonves said he denied Jobs access to CBS content for the service out of fear it might disrupt CBS’s existing revenue streams. Apple is reportedly still working on a unique streaming TV service that it intends to launch alongside an Apple-branded HDTV later this year. Some reports suggest the service may treat channels like apps, allowing users to subscribe to individual channels or groups of channels a la carte. More →

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Steve Jobs used patents to pressure Bill Gates into 1997 investment in Apple

By on March 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM.

Steve Jobs used patents to pressure Bill Gates into 1997 investment in Apple

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was no stranger to legal battles involving the patent system. Apple is currently waging war on a number of Android vendors and the company’s former CEO vowed to crush Google’s mobile platform before his untimely passing last year. “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said, according to Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple boss. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” But more than a decade before the iPhone even existed, Apple was locked in patent battles with Microsoft that would end up saving the company from the brink of bankruptcy. Read on for more. More →

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Steve Jobs’s life laid out as a Facebook Timeline [video]

By on February 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM.

Steve Jobs’s life laid out as a Facebook Timeline [video]

Whether you’re fan of Apple products or not, there is no denying the influence Steve Jobs had on the world. Simon Lau — a freelance Web, iPhone and iPad developer — built a tribute to Mr. Jobs using Facebook’s Timeline feature. Facebook’s Timeline replaces a user’s traditional profile page with life events, check-ins, new friends additions, photos and more, all listed in chronological order. Lau’s Timeline of Jobs, which was promptly removed by Facebook only to later be restored, features an array of photos and life events that highlight the Apple co-founder’s time on Earth. Hit the break for a video showcasing Steve Jobs’s Timeline. More →

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FBI dossier on Steve Jobs from 1991 released to the public

By on February 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM.

FBI dossier on Steve Jobs from 1991 released to the public

In 1991, Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs was considered for a sensitive position in the Bush Administration, according to a recently released FBI dossier. The 191-page file reveals a background investigation conducted on Jobs when he was being considered for the President’s Export Council. When the Bureau spoke with individuals who knew Jobs, it received a large number of negative feedback with many saying that “Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.” The FBI was also concerned about Jobs’s prior drug usage and estranged relationship with his daughter, Lisa, who was born out of wedlock. There were a large number of people who praised his upstanding moral character, however, and recommended him for the appointment. The material also contains previously unknown details about Jobs, such as a 1985 threat made against his life. More →

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Virgin America brands jet with ‘stay hungry, stay foolish’ to honor Steve Jobs

By on January 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM.

Virgin America brands jet with ‘stay hungry, stay foolish’ to honor Steve Jobs

A Virgin America Airbus A320 now features the quote, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” directly beneath the cockpit in tribute to the late Steve Jobs, reports CNET. The quote is taken from Jobs’s 2005 Stanford commencement speech and was suggest by a Virgin America employee. “The ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’ aircraft name was actually submitted as a tribute to Mr. Jobs by one of our employees in an internal plane naming competition,” said Virgin America spokesperson Abby Lunardini. Virgin has always looked to innovate the industry and it was the first airline company to offer fleet-wide Wi-Fi. It is also the only airline based in Silicon Valley, and the company likens itself to the late Apple co-founder. “The idea behind Virgin America was to reinvent the travel experience by thinking differently about design and service–we are known for the tech-forward amenities we offer onboard,” Lunardini said. More →

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Next-gen iPhone may feature advanced light-field camera

By on January 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM.

Next-gen iPhone may feature advanced light-field camera

In the upcoming book “Inside Apple,” it is explained that Steve Jobs expressed great interest in light field camera maker Lytro. The late Apple co-founder even met with the company’s CEO Ren Ng, who after finding out Jobs wanted to meet, rushed to his home to discuss product design and photography according to an “Inside Apple” passage obtained by 9to5mac. “The company’s CEO, Ren Ng, a brilliant computer scientist with a PhD from Stanford, immediately called Jobs, who picked up the phone and quickly said, ‘if you’re free this afternoon maybe we would could get together,’ ” the book reads. “Ng, who is thirty-two, hurried to Palo Alto, showed Jobs a demo of Lytro’s technology, discussed cameras and product design with him, and, at Jobs’s request, agreed to send him an email outlining three things he’d like Lytro to do with Apple.” Read on for more. More →

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Steve Wozniak: Android has leapt ahead of Apple in many ways

By on January 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM.

Steve Wozniak: Android has leapt ahead of Apple in many ways

In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple, a company that would grow into one of the most innovative and valuable in the world. With the iPhone, Apple brought smartphones into the mainstream and quickly turned into a mobile company. Soon after Google released the company’s Android operating system, which spread like wildfire, Jobs vowed to destroy Android and considered it a cheesy knockoff of his device, but a stolen product. However, Woz has taken an opposite approach and praised both operating systems. Read on for more. More →

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‘Inside Apple’ explores Apple’s secrets, hits bookshelves on January 25th

By on January 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

‘Inside Apple’ explores Apple’s secrets, hits bookshelves on January 25th

Adam Lashinsky’s new book “Inside Apple” is expected to hit bookshelves on January 25th. The novel discusses the inner workings and secrets of Apple, including Apple University and a mysterious retreat that executives take each year. According to the book’s synopsis: “In this primer on leadership and innovation, the author will introduce readers to concepts like the ‘DRI’ (Apple’s practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual ritual in which 100 up-and-coming executives are tapped a la Skull & Bones for a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).” The hardcover version of Inside Apple will cost $16.92 and a Kindle eBook edition will also be available for $12.99. More →

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Apple may be rushing to launch the iPad 3 on Jobs’s birthday

By on December 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM.

Apple may be rushing to launch the iPad 3 on Jobs’s birthday

Is Apple planning to launch the iPad 3 on Steve Jobs’s birthday next year? The idea might sound more like a conspiracy theory than a rumor but if you’re looking for an update on when Apple might be launching its iPad 3, a new report says late-February. According to Focus Taiwan, Apple’s component suppliers and manufacturing partners are hustling to build enough devices in time to get the tablet on store shelves by February 24th — Steve Jobs’s birthday. Foxconn, which is reportedly building between 9.5 million and 9.7 million units, has allegedly asked its workers to work through the Lunar New Year holiday. While anything is possible at this point, the date doesn’t quite match up with earlier rumors that suggested Apple will launch the device in March or April. The new iPad 3 is expected to offer a slightly revamped design and a high-resolution Retina Display, but Apple may have some competition right out of the gate this time around — BGR exclusively reported earlier this month that Samsung is planning to unveil a tablet with a Retina-like resolution in February. More →

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Jobs’s passing and fear of stalled innovation prompt Apple to enter Israel, former exec says

By on December 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

Jobs’s passing and fear of stalled innovation prompt Apple to enter Israel, former exec says

News emerged earlier this week that Apple had acquired Israel-based fabless chip maker Anobit for as much as $500 million. Beyond the team and flash memory technology Apple will gain from the acquisition, the company reportedly plans to use the Anobit’s facilities as a research and development center. The deal is big for Apple on several levels — Anobit’s class-leading flash memory chips are already used in the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air — but one former Apple executive believes fear was among the factors that motivated Apple to enter Israel, which is heralded by many as the “second Silicon Valley.” Read on for more. More →

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