Archive | August, 2011

Steve Jobs the neighbor

31. August 2011

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Lisen Stromberg, a Palo Alto neighbor of Steve Jobs, writes about the former Apple CEO from a different perspective, describing him in a role markedly different from the one he occupied as the head of billion dollar company. I first met Steve (does anyone call him Mr. Jobs anymore?) years ago at a backyard pool [...]

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Does icon in Photo Stream beta give away iPhone 5 form factor?

31. August 2011

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Did Apple just tip its hand regarding the form factor of the upcoming iPhone 5? Amid swirling rumors of an iPhone with a larger screen comes this screenshot taken from the latest Photo Stream beta Apple rolled out to iOS developers. Note that the icon above doesn’t resemble any current or past iteration of the [...]

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Apple employee misplaces/loses another iPhone prototype at San Francisco bar – lightning can strike twice!

31. August 2011

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You know, I figured I stood a better chance of getting hit by lightning twice than an Apple employee losing yet another iPhone prototype at a bar. Yet, the unthinkable has happened according to an exclusive report from CNET. The story goes that an Apple employee recently lost/misplaced an iPhone prototype (we assume the iPhone [...]

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Ceramic iPhone horn provides volume boost sans wires and batteries

31. August 2011

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What you’re looking at here isn’t a modern day incarnation of the conch from Lord of the Flies, but rather a thoughtfully designed and clever iPhone speaker that doesn’t require cords, batteries, or really anything at all. Called the MegaPhone, the device is a ceramic horn handmade in Italy and was developed by en&is. The [...]

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iPhone 5 rumored to launch in New Zealand on October 9

31. August 2011

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A recent report allegedly sourced from someone within Apple claims that the iPhone 5 will launch in New Zealand on October 9th. Admittedly, I’m not terribly interested in the iPhone launch date in New Zealand (though I’d love to go visit sometime), but this is worth noting because it aligns well with previous rumors regarding [...]

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US seeks to block AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition; claims it will stifle competition and innovation

31. August 2011

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AT&T this past May decided to use some of their iPhone profits and acquire T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. Should the deal approve regulative scrutiny, AT&T would leapfrog Verizon and become the nation’s largest wireless carrier. But that regulatory approval hit a roadblock today as the U.S government filed suit today to block [...]

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NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers replace playbooks with iPad 2s

31. August 2011

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As competitors still struggle to sell tablets that aren’t iPads (ridiculous firesales aside), Apple’s iPad continues to make inroads into all sorts of interesting places. Over the past few weeks, we’ve noticed a number of airlines are turning to the iPad as a means to digitize the cockpit and do away with absolute mountains of [...]

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Sprint holding “special presentation” on October 7, coincidence?

31. August 2011

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Sprint employees may not be allowed to talk about it, but it’s largely believed that the nation’s third largest carrier will be getting both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5 in early October. Over the past few years, Sprint has tried to counteract its iPhone deficiency with other smartphones like the Palm Pre which, [...]

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Apple accuses Samsung of violating RAND obligations; Samsung doesn’t quite deny it

31. August 2011

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Samsung last Tuesday filed a motion seeking to dismiss Apple’s counterclaims. Since this case involves so many different motions, here’s a super quick recap to get you up to speed. Apple first sued Samsung in April for copying the look and feel of iOS. Samsung fired back with its own lawsuit claiming that Apple’s iOS [...]

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Steve Jobs’ father regrets giving him up for adoption; hopes to one day meet his son

30. August 2011

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Those familiar with Steve Jobs’ life story know that Jobs was adopted as a child and has never met his birth parents. It’s also well known that Jobs’ biological father is of Syrian descent. In the wake of Jobs’ resignation, new details surrounding Jobs’ adoption, the reasons behind it, and the man who is Jobs’ [...]

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Like Jobs, Tim Cook begins responding to user emails with terse messages

30. August 2011

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In the virtual world, Steve Jobs is perhaps best known for his extremely terse and to-the-point email responses to consumers. With Tim Cook now firmly in place as Apple CEO, some have wondered if he would be as open to responding to user emails as Jobs was. Though to be fair, Jobs’ email responses were [...]

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On meeting Steve Jobs in an elevator and Jobs’ hearing loss

30. August 2011

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Following Steve Jobs’ resignation as the CEO of Apple, there’s been an avalanche of interesting and poignant anecdotes about Apple’s legendary co-founder. One in particular that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention is from long time Apple employee Michael Dhuey who worked at Apple from 1980 through 2005 and was one of two people who [...]

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