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August 16, 2013

In honor of the new Steve Jobs movie, here’s a spot-on Microsoft parody, called “Gates.”

17:33 // 8 months ago
August 13, 2013
We’d always go for walks. And the walks just kept getting shorter. Until near the end we’d … kind of walk around the block or maybe—maybe four blocks, something like that. And you just watched him getting weaker. And this is the strongest guy I knew. This was absolutely the strongest, most willful person I have ever met.
Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison • Discussing the last days of his close friend Steve Jobs, who he once lived nextdoor to. Ellison said Jobs made the decision to cut off his medication. ”He was just tired of fighting, tired of the pain,” he explained. “And he decided, shocked Lorraine, shocked everybody that the medication was gonna stop. He just pulled off the meds, I think on a Saturday or a Sunday. And by the following Wednesday, he was gone.”
11:37 // 8 months ago
August 10, 2013
None of the publishers nor Apple have expressed any remorse. … They are, in a word, unrepentant.
U.S. District Judge Denise Cote • Discussing Apple’s actions regarding its e-book price-fixing case, which they recently lost. The company could find itself facing some extremely tough sanctions on its business activities—the Department of Justice has proposed ending their agreements with publishers, forcing them to link to other companies in its app store for the next five years and limiting their ability to take part in contracts in any content industry that limit price choice for consumers. Despite her statement above, Cote says that she hopes to limit the actions taken against Apple to limit the intervention taken by the federal government into the e-book market.

(Source: pcworld.com)

13:48 // 8 months ago
August 9, 2013

"Breaking" news: Companies that sell smartphones are really petty

  • last week Apple, facing a potential ban of some of its older iOS devices, successfully petitioned the Obama administration to veto a decision by the International Trade Commission that would have banned the import of the company’s devices into the U.S., due to the company violating patents its competitor, Samsung, owned. The Obama administration said that the patents were fundamental to the creation mobile devices and were being abused by Samsung. It was the first time the president vetoed an ITC patent decision since 1987.
  • this week The tables have turned. In another patent case involving Samsung’s Galaxy devices, the ITC found the company in violation of Apple’s patents, putting them in danger of an import ban. One major difference here: The patents Apple was accused of violating? Seen as essential. The patents Samsung’s accused of violating? Not essential, though Samsung says it can easily modify software to get around the issue. Anyone like it when companies fight in public? source
18:48 // 8 months ago
June 21, 2013

Apple’s hold on the music-buying consumer is falling, and that’s OK

  • $12 the estimated amount iTunes users spent on music in 2012, according to an estimate from analyst Horace Dediu. This is way down from where it was in 2007, where consumers spent $42 on music. As a whole, individual consumers are spending less on Apple’s ecosystem than they were in 2007, with software falling from $42 to $9, but there are many more consumers, balancing things out. One exception to the rule? Apps have increased in individual consumer spend from $3 in early 2008 (when they were first made available) to $16 now. source
9:40 // 10 months ago
June 14, 2013
techcrunch:

I think we can all agree this is better than Apple’s iOS 7 redesign, right?


97,000 views of this photo on Dribbble, which is a record. But this points to the problem the upcoming iteration of the iOS visual interface currently has. Apple added too many thin lines — a no-no when trying to simplify — when really they needed to focus on simple shapes. And that an undergraduate design student came up with this is pretty impressive.

techcrunch:

I think we can all agree this is better than Apple’s iOS 7 redesign, right?

97,000 views of this photo on Dribbble, which is a record. But this points to the problem the upcoming iteration of the iOS visual interface currently has. Apple added too many thin lines — a no-no when trying to simplify — when really they needed to focus on simple shapes. And that an undergraduate design student came up with this is pretty impressive.

12:59 // 10 months ago
June 10, 2013
This is supposedly what iOS7 looks like, according to 9to5Mac. Note: This was created by someone who mocked up the design based on something they saw, which is why it looks like something a 10-year-old designed. By the way, WWDC is today and E3 is this week.

This is supposedly what iOS7 looks like, according to 9to5Mac. Note: This was created by someone who mocked up the design based on something they saw, which is why it looks like something a 10-year-old designed. By the way, WWDC is today and E3 is this week.

10:12 // 10 months ago
June 4, 2013
We believe the ITC’s Final Determination has confirmed Apple’s history of free-riding on Samsung’s technological innovations. Our decades of research and development in mobile technologies will continue, and we will continue to offer innovative products to consumers in the United States.
A statement from Samsung • Hailing the ruling, by a judge with the International Trade Commission, that several older model Apple products (AT&T models of the iPhone 3 and 4, as well as 3G versions of the iPad 1 and 2) infringe on a patent held by Samsung. The practical ramifications of this is that a limited bar has been placed on the sale of those models within the United States. For Apple, the next likely step is an appeal, but their options have dwindled – the final ruling from the ITC would require a Federal Circuit appeal, or a reprieve from the White House itself. source
20:15 // 10 months ago
May 25, 2013
breakingnews:

1976 Apple computer sells for $668,000
AP: A German auction house said Saturday that a 1976 Apple 1 computer sold for a record $668,000.
The functional model, purchased by an anonymous buyer, was built by Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a family garage. It is one of only six functioning models left in the world, the auction house claims.
Photo: Courtesy Computer History Museum

Obviously Apple was fibbing a bit when they released the Macintosh Classic. This here is the true classic, right down to Steve Wozniak’s inimitable signature. Though that’s a pretty steep price tag for a machine that can’t even play Angry Birds.

breakingnews:

1976 Apple computer sells for $668,000

APA German auction house said Saturday that a 1976 Apple 1 computer sold for a record $668,000.

The functional model, purchased by an anonymous buyer, was built by Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a family garage. It is one of only six functioning models left in the world, the auction house claims.

Photo: Courtesy Computer History Museum

Obviously Apple was fibbing a bit when they released the Macintosh Classic. This here is the true classic, right down to Steve Wozniak’s inimitable signature. Though that’s a pretty steep price tag for a machine that can’t even play Angry Birds.

15:36 // 10 months ago
May 21, 2013

Apple CEO Tim Cook was facing a Congressional panel today with tough questions about the way the company has organized itself in an effort to lower its tax burden. But at the end of the questioning, John McCain had something else on his mind. That, friends, is what we call a softball.

14:59 // 11 months ago