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January 26 2014

Watch Newly Discovered Footage of Steve Jobs' First Public Mac Demo

Thirty years ago this week, Apple aired its "1984" commercial during the Super Bowl, teasing the Macintosh personal computer. Two days later on Jan. 24, cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs officially unveiled the device at the Flint Center near Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif

Both of these are now considered pivotal moments in Apple's history and the history of personal-computing technology. Far less well-known, however, is that six days after the Flint Center appearance, Jobs did a public demonstration of the Mac on the other side of the country in front of the Boston Computer Society

More about Apple, Steve Jobs, Mac, Tech, and Gadgets

January 23 2014

8 Vintage Mac Reviews That'll Make You Appreciate Modern Tech

The revolution started in 1984. No, not the ominous date of George Orwell's dystopian world — the creation of the first Macintosh computer by a company called Apple.

Since the company's boisterous introduction into the world of personal computers, Mac has been a major player in the technology industry. The computer's 30-year anniversary falls this year on Jan. 24, and we're feeling nostalgic. We plumbed through old magazines, newspapers and TV shows and found some vintage, entertaining reviews of old Mac products.

Relive the days when critics praised now ancient computing systems, and laugh as old reviews proclaim that Apple is a useless company that produces lackluster products that no one really needs. The times have certainly changed. Read more...

More about Apple, Features, Steve Jobs, Macintosh, and Mac

January 10 2014

7 Facts for the iPhone's 7th Birthday

Seven years ago on Jan. 9, Steve Jobs presented the first iPhone to the public

Several releases later, Apple has shipped more than 420 million units of its signature smartphone, as of September 2013. The iPhone sells so well that it makes up 53% of Apple's overall revenue.

To celebrate the phone's anniversary, Statista created this infographic featuring seven facts about the 7-year-old phone.

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Image: Mashable composite. iStock, Booka1, girlfrommars, mfto

More about Mobile, Iphone, Tech, Steve Jobs, and Chart Of The Day

November 12 2013

By Popular Demand: Quora Adds Traffic-Tracking Tool for Writers

Quora is hoping to attract more content creators by giving them an inside look at traffic to their posts

The question-and-answer service announced a new analytics tool Tuesday that enables its writers to monitor the number of views, upvotes (Quora's version of Likes) and shares their posts and answers receive on the site

The tracking tool creates a graph of the metrics and breaks them down by time periods like "last 3 months" or "last 7 days." The new tool will be available to some users beginning Tuesday on both desktop and mobile and will roll out to all users over the "coming weeks," according to Marc Bodnick, head of the business and community teams at Quora. Read more...

More about Tracking, Traffic, Google Analytics, Analytics, and Steve Jobs

November 06 2013

10 Things You Didn't Know About Apple Design Chief Jony Ive

Jony Ive has a love for fast cars, but in the early 2000s, that hobby almost killed him.

After a string of early successes as Apple's design chief, Ive bought an Aston Martin D89, only to get into a car accident one month later with a member of his design team, which nearly killed them both. Apple's reaction to the event was to give Ive a "big pay raise." Apparently, the car crash served as a wake-up call about just how valuable Ive was to the company

That is one of several new details about the secretive Apple designer found in Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products, a forthcoming book from Leander Kahney, based on research and interviews with former Apple designers and execs. The unofficial biography sheds some light on Ive's upbringing, design inspirations and occasional clashes with execs at Apple. Read more...

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October 29 2013

Garage Where Steve Jobs Started Apple Designated as Historic Site

The legacy of the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs just got a little richer on Monday. The garage where he started Apple with Steve Wozniak has been named as a historic site

Located in Silicon Valley, the modest house at 2066 Crist Dr. in Los Altos, Calif., was the place where Jobs and Wozniak, along with others, churned out the very first Apple computers (see below). Built in 1952, the 61-year-old house is not only the birthplace of Apple, but also the childhood home of Jobs

According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, Jobs’ sister Patricia had no say in the new designation for the property. That was left to the Los Altos Historical Commission, a group of citizens appointed by the Los Altos City Council Read more...

More about Apple, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, History, and Silicon Valley

October 28 2013

Apple Spaceship Campus Designer Recounts Working With Steve Jobs

Much has been written about Apple’s new campus, with most of the focus being on the spaceship design of the main building and the event auditorium

However, last week, one day before the unveiling of the iPad Air, a video surfaced that reveals just how closely Steve Jobs worked with the project’s designer, architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners

The environmental impact presentation given by Apple’s real estate and facilities senior director, Dan Whisenhunt, features Foster talking about the early development of the project and his conversations with Jobs Read more...

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Apple's Spaceship Campus Will Have a Flying Saucer Auditorium

Amid all the excitement around Apple’s recent iPad event, some of us may have missed a new set of images for the company’s new campus that emerged in the last couple of weeks. The drawings depict an event auditorium that mirrors the flying saucer aesthetic of the main building, but in a much more interesting way

Found in a set of images posted to the Cupertino City Hall website, discovered by the Apple Gazette, the circular, glass enclosed structure is actually an entrance to an underground auditorium

Additional images shared on the website of one of the architects working for the firm contracted to build Apple's new headquarters also show off aerial and side views of the structure Read more...

More about Apple, Design, Steve Jobs, Cupertino, and Tech

October 05 2013

Apple CEO Tim Cook Commemorates Anniversary of Steve Jobs' Death

On the two-year anniversary of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death, company CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the legacy of one of technology’s biggest icons.

Sending the message from his recently verified Twitter account, Cook wrote:

Second anniversary of Steve's death. Going on a long hike today and reflecting on his friendship and all the dents he made in the universe.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 5, 2013

The public message offers a rare look into the friendship that the two Apple veterans shared for well over a decade. It also shows Cook’s willingness to embrace Twitter as a platform for sharing one’s most intimate thoughts — something Jobs, known as a very private person, would likely have avoided. Read more...

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Developing the First iPhone: Behind the Scenes

In a piece published by the New York Times Friday, writer Fred Vogelstein has a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the monumental amount of preparation that went into designing and producing the first iPhone and the introduction event in January 2007.

The story starts with a look at the hectic moments before the now-famous keynote given by former CEO Steve Jobs. Andy Grignon, a former senior engineer at Apple, was not excited on his drive to San Francisco before the event:

But as Grignon drove north, he didn’t feel excited. He felt terrified. Most onstage product demonstrations in Silicon Valley are canned. The thinking goes, why let bad Internet or cellphone connections ruin an otherwise good presentation? But Jobs insisted on live presentations. It was one of the things that made them so captivating. Part of his legend was that noticeable product-demo glitches almost never happened. But for those in the background, like Grignon, few parts of the job caused more stress.

Grignon was the senior manager in charge of all the radios in the iPhone. This is a big job. Cellphones do innumerable useful things for us today, but at their most basic, they are fancy two-way radios. Grignon was in charge of the equipment that allowed the phone to be a phone. If the device didn’t make calls, or didn’t connect with Bluetooth headsets or Wi-Fi setups, Grignon had to answer for it. As one of the iPhone’s earliest engineers, he’d dedicated two and a half years of his life — often seven days a week — to the project. Read more...

More about Mobile, Iphone, Apple, Steve Jobs, and Tech

September 13 2013

Steve Jobs Inspires 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2'

The foodimals — mutant food beasts spawned from a machine that turns water into food — are overcrowding the animated world in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

To help save the day from the overwhelming shrimpanzees, watermelephants, mosquitoasts, tacodile supreme and other food beasts, the film's creators are introducing a new character who resembles some familiar real-world tech luminaries

"Chester V is a composite of blue-jean billionaires like Steve Jobs and Richard Branson," co-director Kris Pearn told Mashable

Voiced by MacGruber actor Will Forte, Chester V serves as a famous inventor and CEO of Live Corp. as well as a role model to the movie's lead character, Flint Lockwood Read more...

More about Films, Entertainment, Movies, Animation, and Steve Jobs

September 10 2013

John Sculley Reflects on Steve Jobs' Firing

Steve Jobs' 1985 ouster from Apple is one of the most infamous moments in modern business history. Jobs' account of his firing is detailed in Walter Isaacson's biography, Steve Jobs, but the other man at the center of the dispute — then-CEO John Sculley — has remained largely silent.

That changed last week at the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Bali, Indonesia. Responding to an audience member's question about the most famous firing in tech history, Sculley expounded on the subject for more than eight minutes.

Although Sculley has given interviews about his time at Apple — and his relationship with Jobs — in recent years, we can't ever recall a more candid public discussion of the events leading up to Jobs' dismissal. Read more...

More about Steve Jobs, Media, Tech, Gadgets, and John Sculley

August 24 2013

Tim Cook Deserves More Credit

Tim Cook can't win.

Apple posted sales of more than $150 billion in the 2012 fiscal year — nearly as much as the two previous years combined — and record sales in two of the first three quarters of 2013, yet even friends of the company say it's on the decline

The Apple CEO has tried to appease Wall Street by tying some of his compensation to Apple's stock performance and paying out the largest initial cash dividend of any U.S. company, but the stock has spent most of the year below the $500 mark, and investors are clamoring for Apple to return even more cash

More about Apple, Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Business, and Mobile

August 22 2013

The GOP Plan to Crush Silicon Valley

TNR-Logo-MainWhen Congress returns from its summer recess in early September, it will have exactly nine legislative days to agree on a budget or the government will shut down

House Republicans are seeking far greater cuts in non-defense spending than Senate Democrats, and some members of the GOP are threatening to hold up any budget agreement until the Obama administration abandons the Affordable Care Act. It’s going to be a slog, with all sorts of unseemly compromises

But let me suggest an area where Democrats should allow exactly zero more dollars to be excised from the federal budget: government research for science and technology. We’ve already seen a 13% drop in this area over the last two years, and it’s hard to overstate just how damaging to the country’s future further reductions would be. Read more...

More about Google, Apple, Steve Jobs, Republicans, and Innovation

August 18 2013

Ashton Kutcher Defends 'Jobs'

When Steve Jobs died on Oct. 5, 2011, many New York tech industry VIPs learned about his death inside the New York Stock Exchange during the Silicon Alley 100, an event teeming with professionals inspired by the Apple founder

The guests — myself included — discussed his career, health and sad demise at 56. Talk soon turned to how his life would be portrayed in books and movies.

Flash forward nearly two years, and the public has its first big-screen portrayal in Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher as the title character

Days before the movie's Aug. 16 release, Kutcher rang the NYSE opening bell — right near where we had stood debating the day a movie like his would appear. But the reception wasn't too hot. Tech luminaries such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, along with critics, weren't too pleased with the indie film's representation. Some gnawed at Kutcher's acting chops. Read more...

More about Films, Entertainment, Movies, Celebrities, and Steve Jobs

August 16 2013

Not Into 'Jobs'? Maybe 'Gates' Is More Your Style

If you were among the many movie-goers who didn't enjoy the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, we have the perfect alternative for you.

Official Comedy created the ultimate Jobs parody with a trailer for Gates, an imagined film about the famous Microsoft founder.

Parodying Bill Gates' likable geekiness, ever-polite attitude and relatively unhindered path to success (compared to that of Steve Jobs), the video shows why a Gates biopic would make for a slightly less exciting film than Jobs.

Check out the clip above and let us know what you think of the parody in the comment section. Read more...

More about Youtube, Microsoft, Viral Videos, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs
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