Steve Jobs

Tim Bradshaw

Watching the Apple faithful grapple with its imminent acquisition of Beats Electronics has been fascinating.

The only thing Apple watchers seem to agree on is that nobody saw it coming, even though Reuters reported talks about some sort of tie-up over streaming music more than a year ago. It’s the ultimate example of Apple doing something nobody could imagine Steve Jobs doing. 

Tim Bradshaw

Count Larry Ellison among the Apple bears. The Oracle chief executive, who has described himself as one of Steve Jobs’ closest friends, told CBS News that the iPhone and iPad maker’s prospects are dim without its “brilliant” co-founder. 

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Steve Jobs’ biological sister Mona Simpson has shared the eulogy she delivered for her brother at his memorial service with the New York Times.

9to5 Mac reports that Apple has acquired C3 Technologies, a company that creates 3D maps of cities and geographic features. 

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Steve Jobs was renowned for his willingness to speak the unvarnished truth, regardless of who he offended. He also had an obvious business interest in talking down competitors. But even with those caveats, some of his observations about other companies, from the authorised biography by Walter Isaacson that was published on Monday, make interesting reading. 

This week we saw that, while Steve Jobs may be gone, his shadow looms large over Apple and its forthcoming products.

Despite the company missing its third-quarter earnings estimates, Apple posted record sales of the iPhone 4S in the first three days. Meanwhile, the late co-founder’s leaked biography is in the spotlight for revealing intimate details of a very private man. 

Steve Jobs

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I am a member of a cult. That cult is Apple. Its prophet was Steve Jobs. I am not a shareholder of the company. But I am – and have been for 31 years – a devotee of its products.

This started in 1980, with purchase of the Apple II for a World Bank research project I had promoted. I did not myself use the machine. But I could see the immense advantages of having such a computer for our own use rather than relying on remote access to a mainframe computer under someone else’s control.

 

Tech news from around the web:

As the deadline for applications for the latest Y Combinator start-up showcase nears, GeekWire reports that survey of 52 venture capital firms raised $1.72bn during the third quarter, a 52 per cent decrease in dollar commitments on the same time last year. The survey, by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association, says the latest total is the lowest for eight years.

Mobile devices now amount to almost 7%  of all US web traffic, Apple Insider says. According to a report by comScore,  Apple’s iOS mobile operating system takes up a 58.5% slice of all mobile traffic, with the iPad now accounting for more traffic than iPhones. 

The death of Steve Jobs produced a wave of public grief. From accounts of his historical significance to highly personal reminiscences, it was a moment to commemorate a man who did more than anyone to shape the history of personal technology. 

One of the strangest research trips I ever went on was to the Kannon Do Zen Center in Mountain View, California. It came at the end of a long day at Apple trying to understand what made the company tick. My office at the time was a stationery closet on the fourth floor of One Infinite Loop, Apple’s corporate headquarters, a makeshift space an iPhone’s throw from the senior executives including Steve Jobs.

It was late 2009 and I had been hired for a few months to do some writing for the then nascent Apple University, an internal programme intended to help rising executives within the company learn the business of Apple. But first I had to try to learn it myself, to find something to grip in a company that to the outside world seems as smooth as the glass facades of its shops.

 

Steve Jobs was a hero for many around the world, but in China, his status was almost mystical. Like his life, his death has captivated millions of Chinese Apple fans, and prompted some wistful questioning over whether China could ever have its own technology magician.

Already in Beijing, white flowers have appeared on the steps of the Apple store, while its iconic Apple logo will remain unlit until 10am on Friday.