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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The little things

By on October 6, 2011 at 2:07 PM.

The little things

While I don’t have a story to tell about Steve Jobs and myself, I do have a personal story. Years ago, actually almost five years ago now, I posted that I had heard from a close source of mine that Apple was set to release an “all new” MacBook, and it was most likely the ultra-portable laptop that was rumored to be in the works. I got the information from someone close to me, and he got the information from someone with first-hand knowledge of the device. Basically, Apple had requested that a popular music group at the time play at its holiday party. The group wouldn’t be paid for its performance, but every member of the band would get one of Apple’s brand new laptops the company would be introducing at MacWorld. I also reported that the laptop would be available almost immediately after its unveiling. This came true, and that laptop ended up being the groundbreaking MacBook Air. A few days after publishing the scoop, I received a phone call from my source that it went something like this: More →

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Steve Jobs passes away

By on October 5, 2011 at 7:39 PM.

Steve Jobs passes away

Steve Jobs Dead

News just broke that Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has passed away at age 56. Apple’s statement is as follows:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Apple has posted a page on the company’s website, allowing Apple customers to share their thoughts and condolences with the company via email. Tim Cook’s email to Apple follows below, as does the Jobs family’s statement. More →

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Steve Jobs tried to end Apple’s patent war with Samsung in 2010

By on September 29, 2011 at 7:45 PM.

Steve Jobs tried to end Apple’s patent war with Samsung in 2010

Steve Jobs made contact with Samsung in an effort to resolve a patent argument last year, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. However, Jobs did not participate in the discussions that eventually took place and deteriorated, Apple’s patent attorney Richard Lutton explained during a hearing in an Australian court. “Samsung is an important supplier with whom we have a deep relationship” Lutton said while being questioned by a Samsung lawyer. “We wanted to give them a chance to do the right thing.” Samsung and Apple are locked up in multiple patent battles around the globe. Samsung’s German arm has been banned from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, its Australian branch cannot sell the device until a judge rules whether or not it is infringing on Apple’s patents, and lawsuits are ongoing in the United States and Japan. Apple has accused Samsung of creating “copycat devices,” and has targeted Samsung’s Galaxy S family of smartphones, the Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and various other products in the United States. More →

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Steve Jobs explains how Apple ‘got to its glory’ in 1996 interview [video]

By on September 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM.

Steve Jobs explains how Apple ‘got to its glory’ in 1996 interview [video]

Just a few months before Pixar CEO and NeXT founder Steve Jobs would rejoin Apple and eventually regain his position as its chief executive the following year, PBS aired an interview with Jobs that would end up being an insight into the strategy that not only propelled Apple in its early years, but also would help it to become the technology giant it is today. Louis Rukeyser conducted the interview and in his second question, he asked Jobs “What went wrong at Apple?” which at that point in time was in the midst of collapsing. Jobs’s response:

Oh gosh. You know I haven’t been there in a long time. My perception may not be complete. But from the way I see it, Apple was a company that was based on innovation. When I left Apple ten years ago, we were ten years ahead of anybody else. It took Microsoft ten years to copy Windows.

The problem was that Apple stood still. Even though it invested cumulatively billions in R&D, the output has not been there. People have caught up with it, and its differentiation has eroded, in particular with respect to Microsoft.

And so the way out for Apple — and I think Apple still has a future; there are some awfully good people there and there is tremendous brand loyalty to that company — I think the way out is not to slash and burn, it’s to innovate. That’s how Apple got to its glory, and that’s how Apple could return to it.

Several months after the interview aired, Jobs would sell what was left of his software company NeXT to Apple for $429 million — its NextSTEP operating system would become the foundation of OS X — and rejoin the company. A clip of PBS’s interview with Jobs follows below, and the full 9-minute interview can be found on the read link. More →

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Apple suppliers expect minimal impact from Jobs's departure

By on August 26, 2011 at 11:30 PM.

Apple suppliers expect minimal impact from Jobs's departure

Foxconn and Quanta Computer, two companies that manufacture Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad, have suggested that there will be “minimal” impact on supply orders following news that Steve Jobs will no longer serve as Apple’s CEO. Reportedly, Tim Cook, who has replaced Jobs as CEO, was already working closely with the manufacturing process while Steve Jobs was out on leave. DigiTimes said that the move could affect Apple’s global brand recognition and the company’s innovation and creativity, although it will certainly take some time to see just how true those claims are. On Thursday, a number of analysts speculated that Jobs’s departure could benefit Apple’s iPhone and iPad competitors. More →

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Apple working on new streaming technology to take over living rooms

By on August 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM.

Apple working on new streaming technology to take over living rooms

Amid the flurry of news reports about Steve Jobs’s departure as CEO of Apple was one hidden gem: Apple is reportedly working on a new way to deliver video content to televisions. The Wall Street Journal noted that Tim Cook, who has stepped up as the new CEO of Apple, will need to work on boosting Apple’s presence in the digital video market. “Apple is working on a new technology to deliver video to televisions, and has been discussing whether to launch a subscription TV service,”  the report said. It is still unclear what Apple’s new technology is, but in July we saw a unique patent for sharing media across iOS devices, which could very well be used with an Apple TV product. In addition, there have been rumors that Apple has considered purchasing the online streaming service Hulu, which could certainly help it kick-start a subscription TV platform.

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iPhone and iPad competitors could benefit from Jobs's resignation

By on August 25, 2011 at 1:10 PM.

iPhone and iPad competitors could benefit from Jobs's resignation

Apple’s iPhone and iPad competitors could benefit with Steve Jobs out as CEO of Apple. “It’s going to give competitors a bit more of a lease of life to go out and compete harder,” Nomura International Plc. technology analyst Richard Windsor told Bloomberg, which noted that Sony and Nokia’s stock prices jumped after Jobs’ announcement. “It’s been thought about, talked about endlessly for the past several years that Tim Cook would probably take over so while you get an initial knee-jerk reaction on the downside, we would probably expect that not to last very long.” Apple will also need to maintain the momentum and market lead that Steve Jobs created as CEO. “If the new management team doesn’t sustain the level of innovation that Steve Jobs spearheaded, it’s going to be an opportunity for the competition in the long term,” Korea Investment Management Co. fund manager Lee Young Seog said. “Still, because of Tim Cook’s competence and the system at Apple, the competitive landscape isn’t likely to change anytime soon.” Steve Jobs announced his resignation from his CEO post on Wednesday and he will be replaced by Tim Cook, who has effectively been running the company while Jobs has been on leave. “Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it,” Jobs said in his resignation letter on Wednesday. More →

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak discusses Jobs's departure from CEO role

By on August 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak discusses Jobs's departure from CEO role

The tech world erupted Wednesday night as Apple visionary Steve Jobs announced that he was stepping down from his role as CEO, passing the torch to former chief operating officer Tim Cook. Every analyst and pundit who was awake had his or her say on the matter, but one man in particular offered his thoughts from a perspective few have enjoyed. “He really has had to sacrifice a lot to run Apple,” Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told BYTE in an interview on Wednesday evening. “I mean, just your time, everybody wants you day and night, that’s what I mean by sacrifices. It takes so much out of anyone to be under just contant [sic] pressure and demands like that.” Wozniak continued, “Steve needs now to just have some ‘Steve time.’ He deserves it.” On whether or not Jobs’s departure might have a negative impact on Apple’s business, Wozniak noted, “You’ve got to remember. He was surrounded by great, great people at Apple … and those people are still there. I don’t think the core Apple culture will change because of (Jobs’) leaving, not for a long time. Apple is set up. It just needs to stay financially responsible.” More →

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Even without its core, Apple will live on

By on August 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM.

Even without its core, Apple will live on

If a leader’s resignation from his or her CEO role at a company doesn’t have an impact on that company’s business, the leader was ineffective. As such, it seems odd to think analysts and pundits are spending time debating whether or not Apple founder Steve Jobs’s departure from his chief executive post will change Apple. The obvious answer, of course, is that Apple will remain largely unchanged in the near term — product roadmaps always extend for multiple years and Jobs will now sit at the head of Apple’s board — but over time the company will grow and evolve under now-CEO Tim Cook’s lead. After all, a company that does not grow and evolve is doomed to fail. And if there is one thing Apple is good at, it’s evolving. Read on for more. More →

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Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple, Tim Cook takes his place

By on August 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM.

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple, Tim Cook takes his place

Steve Jobs has officially resigned from his job as CEO of Apple, though he has been elected Chairman. Tim Cook, Apple’s long-time COO, who acted as CEO during Steve Jobs’ medical leaves will replace Jobs as CEO. Full press release from Apple after the break.

UPDATE: Steve Jobs’ letter to Apple and the Apple community

Developing… More →

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Apple board directors discussing options for Steve Jobs successor

By on July 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM.

Apple board directors discussing options for Steve Jobs successor

Apple’s board of directors has been in informal talks with executive recruiting firms and has been discussing a successor to CEO Steve Jobs, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Reportedly, the board has also met and talked with “at least one” head of a “high-profile tech company” as a possible successor, although it’s unclear who that person is. The Wall Street Journal also noted that it wasn’t immediately clear if Steve Jobs had been aware of the search or if Apple has been looking behind his back, though he emailed The Wall Street Journal in response to their questions about the discussions: “I think it’s hogwash.” Steve Jobs has been on medical leave from the Cupertino-based firm since January of this year. More →

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