June 19, 2013
April 17, 2013
Steve Jobs sits alone in a dark room, reading notes from a set of index cards and a MacBook Pro. The janitor walks in and tell him he should go to sleep. Steve replies, “Yeah, I will, I will. I just need to rehearse this keynote speech for tomorrow.” The janitor laughs. “That’s what you told me four hours ago!”
This is the opening scene of “iSteve,” Funny Or Die’s new Steve Jobs biopic-comedy. It’s also the closest thing to reality you will see over the next seventy-eight minutes.
Watching this movie felt a lot like using a PC. I spent half the time staring at the screen in utter bewilderment, and the other half desperately trying to figure out how something so void of any semblance of taste was actually OK’d by anyone at any level of the production.
August 9, 2012
Reporting for Gizmodo, Cord Jefferson has a great account of what it is like to be an extra in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, “jOBS“, featuring Ashton Kutcher. While Jefferson was able to meet Kutcher, he described the experience as being long and boring. One part of the gig included listening to Kutcher give Jobs’ speech against IBM in Honolulu. Jefferson said he heard the speech 26 times:
I’ll remember those lines for the rest of my life. Not because I find them particularly profound, but because I heard Kutcher say them, by my count, 26 times over the course of about three hours. If you have any assumptions that the work of making movies is glamorous or exciting, kill them now.
As for the biopic’s success, the writer was not able to give a firm answer. He said Kutcher sounds serious about the gig (Kutcher looks close to Jobs, just saying). He talked about Sorkin’s upcoming film, too:
July 10, 2012
May 30, 2012
Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter behind the Sony-backed biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, just sat down with Walt Mossberg at the D10 Conference to discuss everything from the late CEO and upcoming blockbuster to writing techniques and…The Beatles.
Sorkin is a Hollywood mogul thanks to his numerous successes, including “The Social Network,” “Moneyball,” and “The West Wing,” but the Big Shot warned that his silver-screen version of the best-selling biography is still in its early stages. expand full story
April 26, 2012
December 14, 2011
BBC is getting set to air a new documentary entitled ‘Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy’ tonight at 9:00pm on BBC HD and BBC Two. According to the Telegraph, the documentary apparently presents a more “ruthless image of Jobs” where Wozniak reveals that Jobs reduced him to tears following the release of Walter Isaacson’s ‘Steve Jobs’ bio (click the image above for the clip of Woz from the doc):
Jobs, for instance, tricked a young Wozniak into writing code for a computer game but pocketed the majority of the payment for the project from Atari himself. Wozniak admits on the programme that he cried when he heard about Jobs’s scam following the release of a book on Jobs.
The doc is hosted by Evan Davis, and features appearances from Tim Berners-Lee, Rita Clifton, and Stephen Fry. It will also of course include interviews with Steve Wozniak and others that were close to Apple and Jobs. The program profiles Avie Tevanian, who worked with Jobs as head of software at Apple until 2006, who tells a story of trying to get Jobs to join in on a stag party: expand full story
December 13, 2011
Originally aired on November 2, PBS is making their 60-minute “Steve Jobs– One Last Thing” documentary available on DVD starting today. Available on Amazon now for $22.15, the documentary includes a never-before-broadcast interview with Jobs from 1994, as well as interviews with a number of those who knew and worked with Jobs such as Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne, Ross Perot, and Dean Hovey.
Here’s an excerpt from the rare Jobs interview: expand full story
October 26, 2011
October 21, 2011
October 11, 2011
Newsweek reporter Dan Lyons recently interviewed Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Apple employee #6, Randy Wigginton, following the passing of Steve Jobs. In much of the interviews Wozniak and Wigginton recall early stories of Apple’s garage days that you’ve probably heard versions of, but the men also offer a few interesting insights into their relationships with Steve when Apple was still in its infancy.
During the interview, Wozniak mentions he was asked by Walter Isaacson to talk about Steve for his upcoming biography, but Woz turned down the offer saying, “I didn’t want to talk about Steve. I was afraid he wouldn’t want it.”
When asked if he had ever had a falling out with Jobs, Wozniak remembered a story regarding him leaving the company in 1985 leading Jobs to confront Wozniak’s new partners:
“The closest thing we ever had to an argument was when I left in 1985 to start a company to build a universal remote control. I went to Frog Design to do the design. Steve dropped in there one day and he saw what they were designing for me and he threw it against the wall and said they could not do any work for me. “Anything you do for Woz, belongs to me.” I was on my own, but I was still friendly with Apple. But Steve had a burst-out there. The people at Frog told me about it. That was the only time there was ever a fight between us, but it wasn’t actually between us. Nobody has ever seen us having an argument.”
Wigginton, who started writing software at Apple when he was 14, thinks back to when Jobs called all of Woz’s friends to ask them to convince Woz to leave HP and start Apple:
“They got along but it was funny. It was more like Woz would put up with Jobs. Jobs would bug him to get stuff done. I’ll never forget the night Jobs called all of Woz’s friends and wanted us to call Woz and tell him to quit HP and start Apple. Woz wanted to stay at HP. So we did it. Until that point, Woz was undecided.”
Wozniak also confirms the legendary story of Jobs cheating him out of money on Atari bonuses: expand full story
January 17, 2011
Dan Lyons, who started the Fake Steve Jobs Blog as his anonymous pet project a few years ago, says he is no longer posting as Fake Steve. Like a lot of us in the tech community, Lyons is feeling awful about the situation with Jobs’ illness.
I know his old partner and friend, Steve Wozniak. And I just can’t bring myself to call Woz and ask him what he knows. I’m sorry. I know a surgeon who has worked at Stanford Medical Center, where Steve Jobs has received a great deal of his medical treatment. But I won’t ask her what she’s heard. For one thing, she won’t tell me. For another, all the hot showers in the world could not wash that stink off me. I won’t ask my friends who work at Apple what they know. I’ve never asked them for any inside information about Apple. We’re friends. I respect that. They don’t know what’s wrong with their boss. They’re just feeling awful.
I know the feeling. Today I’m feeling awful, too.
October 12, 2010
August 28, 2008
Eagle-eyed Apple watchers may have grown a little misty-eyed this morning when they potentially came across an obituary of CEO Steve Jobs, published by Bloomberg – but don’t fret – news of the death of Jobs has been grossly over-exaggerated.
What actually took place was a simple error, as Cult of Mac reports, Bloomberg updated its obituary for Jobs yesterday, only to accidentally send the story to all the organisation’s subscribers.
"An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today. The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted," Bloomberg quickly warned.
That the obit was updated is also no cause for alarm – most major media outlets hold the obituaries for notable celebrities on file, presumably so they can all scramble to publish these faster than their competitors in order to secure web traffic – but these obits aren’t usually published until someone, erm, well until someone dies, basically.
And while Jobs’ known brush with cancer, combined with a recent illness got the gossip-mongers (including us) all in a tizzy in recent weeks, the publication of the obit does not in any way imply that there’s a senior job going in Cupertino. (Though given recent iPhone and Mobile Me cafuffles there may well be a less senior job going for the right person…)
Returning to the obit, Steve’s going to be fairly pleased, we guess. The Bloomberg write-up extends across 17-pages (not at all bad for such an incredibly private person). Oh and there’s lots and lots of gushing praise for the man in the report, here’s a two highlights, but you can read the whole thing here:
– "In terms of an inspirational leader, Steve Jobs is really the best I’ve ever met," Bill Gates.
– "Steve had these dreams of being one of the great people that has companies and makes products that change the world." Steve Wozniak.
And now we have you all thinking about Jobs, we though we may as well offer another re-run of his Stanford Commencement address. Enjoy:
August 26, 2007
The latest news around the net is the iPhone hack that allows you to take the sim-locked iPhone off of AT&T and use it freely on any GSM network – making the must-have device more accessible. This is a boon to people (like us) abroad who love the iPhone but don’t want to pay AT&T’s exorbitant roaming
extortion fees. Apple hasn’t taken an official stance on this issue perhaps because of a little bit of history. Maybe you’ve seen the picture to the right on Steve Wozniak’s official website:
Yep. That is Steve Jobs on the left, but the most startling thing in this picture (besides Woz’s ‘do) is that young Jobs is playing with a piece of contralband called the “Blue Box.” What is a Blue Box? From Wikipedia:
An early phreaking tool, the blue box is an electronic device that simulates a telephone operator‘s dialing console. It functions by replicating the tones used to switch long-distance calls and using them to route the user’s own call, bypassing the normal switching mechanism. The most typical use of a blue box was to place free telephone calls – inversely, the Black Box enabled one to receive calls which were free to the caller. The blue box no longer works in most western nations, as modern switching systems are now digital and no longer use the in-band signaling which the blue box emulates. Instead, signaling occurs on an out-of-band channel which cannot be accessed from the line the caller is using (called Common Channel Interoffice Signaling (CCIS))….
Some of the more famous pranksters were Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, founders of Apple Computer. On one occasion Wozniak dialed Vatican City and identified himself as Henry Kissinger (imitating Kissinger’s German accent) and asked to speak to the Pope (who was sleeping at the time).1].
We love the Steves, but it is well documented that the Apple founders got their start by hacking AT&T (from 1971-1975 AT&T was still a monopoly – just like it will be in 2010).
Therefore, it is going to be extremely difficult for Apple to take the moral high ground on the current controversy surrounding the young entrepreneurs who are hacking the iPhone. AT&T has already started hitting back at the companies that offer to untether the iPhone from the wannabe monopoly.
Hey AT&T, why not put those attorney fees into better service for your customers and lower prices for your roamers? That would be a better way of keeping customers, in our opinion.
Update: It turns out that the duo not only built the illegal boxes but assembled them and SOLD them on Cal Berkley’s campus for around $150. This profit was some of the money that was used to start Apple!!
In 1971 Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak designed a device called the ‘Blue Box’. It allowed — of course illegal — phone calls free of charge by faking the signals used by the phone companies. His friend Steve Jobs instantly realized that there must be a huge market for something that useful. He bought the parts for $40, Woz built the boxes and Jobs sold them to his fellow students at the University of California in Berkeley for $150. To demonstrate the ‘product’ to some students, Woz once posed as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and called the Vatican. Allegedly he played his role so well that they told him the pope was sleeping but if he requested they would awake him. Woz got nervous and hung up.
The Wozniak/Jobs blue boxes were perfected and the business partnership between Jobs and Wozniak was born with Jobs working with Wozniak to sell the blue-boxes. They had some success and decided to begin working on a personal computer. Jobs sold his Volkswagen, Wozniak sold his HP scientific calculator, together raising $1,300 to fund their startup – the rest is history.
Halliday, David. 1983. “Steve Paul Jobs”. Current Biography 5 (February): 204-207.
During an interview at Tesla’s design Studio in Los Angeles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on Apple’s rumored electric vehicle program, codenamed “Project Titan“. It was hardly the first time the CEO commented on the project, but it always interesting to hear about the possibility of Apple bringing an electric car to market. This time Musk called the project under-development an “open secret” and agreed that Apple is “serious about it.” expand full story
September 4, 2015
February 22, 2015
On the day of the annual Academy Awards ceremony, Apple has begun airing a new iPad Air advertisement highlighting how the tablet is used in the filmmaking industry. The new video advertisement is narrated with excerpts from notable movie director Martin Scorsese’s 2014 commencement speech at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The video, embedded below, is accompanied by a website highlighting specific stories of the iPad being used to make movies. These video stories were actually filmed and edited on iPads. The new website also discusses key video planning, filming, and editing applications for the iPad such as Final Draft, Garageband (but not the consumer-focused iMovie), and VideoGrade. This film-focused advertisement follows a music-oriented one that aired on the day of the Grammy Awards.
December 23, 2014
Update: Sony has now announced that “The Interview” will be available on YouTube, Google Play, and Xbox Video today, December 24th, at 1PM Eastern. The film will cost $14.99 to own or $5.99 to rent. Google Play Movies & TV is available for iOS on the App Store.
The New York Times reported earlier today that Sony Pictures had approached Apple about the possibility of streaming the upcoming film “The Interview,” which features actors James Franco and Seth Rogen (who will also appear in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic) as a US talk show host and producer tasked by the CIA with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
Earlier this month, hackers with ties to North Korea breached Sony’s system, stole terabytes of data, and threatened physical attacks against theaters that showed the movie. Most national theater chains backed out of the premiere and Sony decided to scrub the entire affair.
The studio immediately began searching for an on-demand service that would host the movie online, including iTunes. According to the Times:
September 9, 2014
Running U2 ad looks like 10 year old iPod ads
U2 is going on. They are putting their album on the iPhone 6
Now talking Music
Talking about iTunes
Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349
magsafe induction charging
3 different editions. Works with iPhone 5/c/s or iPhone 6
Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, AppleWatch Edition
can control Apple TV, walkie talkie,
Jay Blahnick talking about all of the fitness features
Fitness App monitors activity
Workout App allows you to set specific goals
Talking Fitness now
Pinteresting and city Mapper. BMW Charge level
American Airline 1 tap, Starwood Hotels (creating a key).
Twitter and Facebook are making apps as Mark reported
3rd party apps for iWatch.
Notifications from apps.
Watchkit for Glances and notifications
This tap communication this is going to change the world.
Interesting maps interface on Apple Watch
:PLots of updates since iPod Nano
I’m really like the polish of these watch apps and glances
Glances is interface for Watch for little bits of info
Kevin Lynch (former Adobe Exec) is demoing Apple Watch
2 size Apple Watches
Magnetic leather and lots of other watch options
lots of watch faces and personalization options
Magsafe induction charger
4 sensors in the back
Share heartbeat with other people
Ive narrating. Whole different UI
Jony Ive narrating Apple Watch Story
MultiTouch allows people to interact with technology
Apple Watch is the most personal device Apple has ever created.
tim Cook Dropped it
Apple Pay: October in US
Integrated into Target Appor Groupon or Uber
Lot of locations will take Apple Pay
Apple doesn’t know what you buy
No need to cancel Credit cards if iPhone gets lost
Device only – no iCloud syncing
Use iSight Camera to add new card. Add to passbook
Passbook will be the wallet
NFC Radio in 6 and 6Plus with touch ID.
Apple demonstrates NFC payment/ Brings up Eddie Cue
Apple loves these types of problem. This is what Apple does best
Apple talking security non-ironically
Credit card/magnetic stripe interface
Bigger than Bigger
Tim Cook back up: How it makes you feel!
That’s all for iPhone 6/+
New Silicone Cases and LEather cases including Product Red
New Gyroscope in camera
"This video stream is actually being recorded and hosted on the new iPhone 6"—
Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) September 09, 2014
Schiller: iPhone has become the world’s most popular video recorder.
iPhone 6 has an 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor.
Sounds like Fast Autofocus, Tone mapping, noise reduction,
Focus Pixels Camera
802.11AC and Wifi calling and VoLTE
Apple Invents calling over Wifi
it measures elevation (Barometer)
THE NEW M8 CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CYCLING AND RUNNING
Double Touch moves whole screen down for reachability”
Apps/Websites not updated to new iPhones “just work”
2B Transistors on a 20nm process. 13% smaller than A7
25% faster CPU
Developers can customize apps for the larger screen
“easy to use one-handed
Sleep/Wake is pushed to right side (all as expected)
Sideswipe gestures for new phones
6 plus has new horizontal display
1080P display in Plus
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus
“Today, we are launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.”
more importantly, #1 loved phone in the world
#1 smartphone in the world
Starting with iPhone
(Last Apple event at Flint Center was iMac launch in the late 90s
Hello again says Tim cook with a Bondi Blue iMac in the background
This video stream is a mess for me (Safari)
(unless you’ve got the Truck)
It is showtime!
Might just be Electric President
We love music … so much you get two songs at once.—
Benjamin Mayo (@bzamayo) September 09, 2014
This music isn’t great unless that CD is skipping
Video is now live!
T Minus 20
They're letting media in!—
Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) September 09, 2014
Not going to lie. Not sure who this is
Apple making your typo famous? Priceless
We’ll, can’t deny it any more. I’m in Cupertino, CA. At the Flint where the iMac was launched and today … ? We’ll soon see!—
Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) September 09, 2014
No doubt? V
Dre will be there
Are those presenter clothes for the fitness expert?
It's a watch. A wallet, A fitness device.
Are you getting it?—
Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) September 09, 2014
Maybe they’ll be time lapsing the covers coming off of the major structure
I'm telling you guys, don't go into that white box. You will not be the same when you come out.—
Joe Brown (@joemfbrown) September 09, 2014
Craig on scene
Apple’s doing their own blog
He needs coffee?
Its Craig Federighi waiting in line for coffee like a normal. The hair blessed, they're just like us. http://t.co/wTLxrouiCI
Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) September 09, 2014
Apple is liveblogging themselves? Yisssssss. I can go back to sleepwat.
Who invited this guy?
Some TMI from Engadget:
Steve Kovach sharing some great photos of the breakfast scene.
We’re now 2 hours from liftoff
It’s September 9th, and you know what that means: Apple’s biggest event in several years is happening today. We’re expecting Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team of executives to discuss two new and larger iPhone models, a mobile payments system, and of course, a fashion/health/fitness-centric wearable device. We’ll be following along and providing articles with the latest news throughout the day. This News Hub will embed the latest action from the ground at the Flint Center in Cupertino and provide an easy access view of the latest news articles. You can also follow us on Twitter at @9to5Mac for quick updates as they break, and all our updates below: