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Thursday, October 6, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 05:00 AM

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

What can you say that hasn't already been said about this great man? He will be missed. RIP Steve.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What is Steve Jobs Like as a Neighbor?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:37 PM

"What's it like to be Steve Jobs's neighbor? Writing for The Palo Alto Patch, Lisen Stromberg offered her thoughts on just that question, and what made it so enjoyable for us to read was that it had little to do with Steve Jobs, Tech Titan & World ChangerTM, but rather about Steve Jobs, the neighbor, the parent, and the guy who lives down the street."

A very nice article, that points out a side to Steve Jobs that we will never see (unless you too are a neighbor). I like stories that touch on the human side of someone that I have admired, and that is what this article does.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Steve Jobs: From CEO to Elder Statesman

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"Apple announced Wednesday that CEO Steve Jobs is stepping down. It's unclear what role he'll play as the new chairman."

In one of Geekdom's most popular games, the speculation has started as to the role that chairman Steve Jobs will be playing at Apple. There seem to be two management styles at the top: a combined CEO and chairman, consolidating all the power at the top; and, separation of the CEO and chairman functions, sharing the power. I think that as Apple moves forward, Tim Cook will assume a higher profile, but that Steve Jobs will still be there doling out wisdom and product direction, in short, as an elder stateman / sage / oracle. The jobs appear to remain the same, only the titles are changing.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Steve Jobs on CNBC Tonight at 9pm Eastern

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 02:30 PM

"Irrepressible, irascible, and iconic, Steve Jobs has reigned as the undisputed king of Silicon Valley for the better part of three decades."

Find out all you want to know, or at least what they are willing to tell you, about Steve Jobs tonight. He will be featured on the CNBC show Moguls, Mavericks and Empires.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Can Apple Continue Without Steve Jobs?

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Talk" @ 07:00 AM

"It isn't the first time the question's been asked, but now that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a second leave of absence for health-related reasons, it's impossible not to wonder: Can Apple continue to be successful without its visionary leader?"

In my opinion, the answer is yes. Tim Cook did a fine job of running Apple while Mr. Jobs was getting his liver transplant, and I'm sure he'll continue to do so now. I also think that speculation along these lines is useless. We'll find out when we find out. I might worry about it if I were an investor, but I'm not. From my point of view, the only important thing here is to wish Mr. Jobs a speedy recovery.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Apple Shuts Down eBay Sale of Steve Jobs Figurine

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"A Canadian eBay seller contacted AppleInsider on Tuesday to share that they had sold a popular, rare Steve Jobs figurine on the bidding site. It went for a final price of $1,125, but eBay soon after allegedly canceled the listing."

These figurines keep showing up, and Apple legal keeps going after the people who sell them. I can't say that I'm surprised by that. Steve Jobs does have a right to protect his valuable image. At the same time, I can understand a desire to own your very own Steve Jobs figurine. What do you think? Is Apple being heavy-handed here?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Put Steve Jobs on Your Desk

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 04:00 AM

"If there's one more thing a true Apple fan should have on his or her desk besides an iMac and an iPhone dock, then it's this wonderfully crafted Steve Jobs action figure. Jobs' trademark black turtleneck, blue jeans, and (removable) rimless glasses are all there, of course, but the tiny details like the faithfully replicated New Balance 991 sneakers Steve wears make this one a real winner."

It would be better if it was a bobblehead, then I might be interested.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tsevis Visual Designs Loves Steve Jobs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 05:00 AM

"Visual designer Charis Tsevis creates high-impact images by piecing together digital minutia into stunning mosaics. Tsevis, based in Athens, Greece has worked for Toyota, IKEA, Bradesco Bank, Saatchi and Saatchi, BBH and media like Time, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, Sunday Times and Forbes, to name a few"

Interesting review with the designer, who takes a week or so of 16-hour days to finish his prints. I really like the one above but he has several other ones as well. And he doesn't just do portraits of Steve Jobs. You can check out his work on his website,

Friday, October 15, 2010

Steve Jobs, A Game Changer

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:34 AM

"Through interviews with friends, former colleagues and business associates, GAME CHANGERS reveals the many layers of the intensely private Steve Jobs - his style of leadership, management and creative process."

The video is about 50 minutes long, available now on the Bloomberg site, and is well worth viewing if you want some insight into Steve Jobs and what he has accomplished in the tech industry.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This Just In, Proof That Steve Jobs is a Ninja!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 01:15 PM

"Here's a reconstruction of what allegedly happened when Steve Jobs was caught with shurikens at Kansai Airport. OK, it's actually a reconstruction of how we all imagined it. But even while Apple denied it, Steve could still be a ninja."

I'm thinking he could be...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Job's Reality Distortion Field

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:56 PM

You don't even need to understand the language to enjoy the video. Worth watching. 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Is Steve Jobs the Smartest CEO?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 02:00 AM

"Fortune magazine has compiled a list of what it believes are the smartest people in the technology industry, and topping the list of CEOs is Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, while designer Jony Ive was named smartest designer."

image credit: wikipedia

Yes. In 1997 Apple was flirting with bankruptcy, and in thirteen (13) years, Steve Jobs has led them to the ranking of the most valuable technology company on the planet with a market capitalization today of about $250 billion. Fortune credits Jobs with changing four industries: music with iTunes, animated films with Pixar, mobile phones (telecommunications) with the iPhone, and mobile (portable) computing with the iPad. Many industry pundits complain about Jobs' dictatorial style, but how can one argue with the success that he's brought to Apple?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Steve Jobs!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"Tomorrow Today is Steve Jobs' 55th birthday. Many happy returns Steve. Steve Jobs was born February 24, 1955."

Happy Birthday Steve!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Steve Jobs Isn't A Role Model

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"Fast Company co-founder Bill Taylor has sparked a bit of a controversy on his Harvard Business Review blog by suggesting the heretical idea that — shock! — Steve Jobs might not be the best role model for other business leaders. Apparently, it’s deeply offensive to suggest that what makes Steve great are the exact qualities that typically make for bad management at most companies. He micro-manages every aspect of Apple, has been known to fire people with minimal cause, and perennially runs the risk of out-shining his company — which is particularly problematic when his health problems continue to cast into doubt his long-term prospects as CEO."

And yet Apple continues to thrive, proving yet again that when you run a company (instead of blathering on in a blog or newspaper about those who do) you follow your guts not some pre-defined formula for success. That's why Steve Jobs is the success he is and Apple is the company it is. In the article, numerous times, Bill Taylor mentions the saying "Trust the art, not the artist." I say it's the artist that makes the painting, not the theory of the painting that makes the artist.

The truth is, there's nothing about Bill Taylor that equates to real-world business experience. Unlike Jobs, Taylor has never been a CEO of a company. In his own bio he calls himself a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur, although except for founding the massive flop Fast Company which, as far as I know, no one outside of Silicon Valley reads at all, none of his business ventures have brought him any great successes otherwise he wouldn't be blogging for a publication.

He may be a successful writer, but he's not been a successful CEO, proving that he's probably spent entirely too much time talking about business theory and not enough time actually doing business. At least he's good at linkbaiting, though.

Jobs succeeds because he broke the mold. That's the whole point. He does things his way. Anyone who claims to know business should understand that. Maybe that's the way business should be done, not trying to see how to fit school training into the real world.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jobs' Health Bad For Apple Regardless?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple News" @ 01:00 PM

"Is the fascination with Steve Jobs's health morbid? As surely morbid as it is necessary. Jobs has not stepped down as Apple's CEO. After the surgery report surfaced, some blogs reported Jobs had been at Apple for meetings. Is he in? Is he out? This nonstop dance has the effect of keeping Jobs at the center of any talk of Apple even when he's ostensibly removed himself from its daily affairs. Only someone with an overweening sense of self-importance would allow this to continue. Unfortunately, that describes Jobs."

While I don't think Steve Jobs' health is anyone's business but his and his family's, I do see where Owen Thomas is coming from here. The constant drama surrounding Jobs' health (much of it media created and related) is a distraction to Apple's business and a drain on the share price as every little hangnail becomes reason to go running from Apple's stock. I'm not one to tell people what to do (except in certain un-family friendly ways) but maybe Owen Thomas is right. Maybe it's time Jobs stepped down and let the company move on without him. As much as that terrifies me and leaves me worried for the future of Apple, maybe it should happen now while he's still healthy enough to help out and steer the company as an advisor.

Of course, I'm a big huge monster Steve Jobs fan so it would really mean me locking myself in a dark room and weeping uncontrollably for weeks if such a thing were to happen, but maybe that's what's best for Apple in the long run.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Apple Out of Macworld After This Year

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple News" @ 03:21 PM

"CUPERTINO, California-December 16, 2008-Apple® today announced that this year is the last year the company will exhibit at Macworld Expo. Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the opening keynote for this year's Macworld Conference & Expo, and it will be Apple's last keynote at the show. The keynote address will be held at Moscone West on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Macworld will be held at San Francisco's Moscone Center January 5-9, 2009.

Apple is reaching more people in more ways than ever before, so like many companies, trade shows have become a very minor part of how Apple reaches its customers. The increasing popularity of Apple's Retail Stores, which more than 3.5 million people visit every week, and the website enable Apple to directly reach more than a hundred million customers around the world in innovative new ways.

Apple has been steadily scaling back on trade shows in recent years, including NAB, Macworld New York, Macworld Tokyo and Apple Expo in Paris.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone."

I really don't know what to say to this... I'm pretty surprised, stunned, shocked, and disappointed because without Apple, you can pretty much bet this will be the last Macworld, or at least the last one that really matters. With Apple having its special product announcement shows throughout the year, it really is becoming less necessary to have a Macworld event yearly. Just look at this year; Apple refreshed almost every product line well in advance of the January show making people wonder what they were even going to announce in San Francisco, if anything. And as much as I think Schiller is great and is the heir apparent to Jobs' desk, people aren't going to Macworld to see him; they're going to see a Stevenote.

It's a sad day for the Mac community.

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