Vale Steve Jobs

Friday, 7 October, 2011

Steve Jobs Apple silhouette by Jonathan Mak Long

A sad day yesterday… Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies aged 56.

Graphic created by Jonathan Mak Long.

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Would an Apple index bolster confidence in the share market?

Friday, 30 September, 2011

Were Apple shares, which are currently trading somewhere north of the US$400 mark, to be included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, an index of 30 large – publicly owned – US companies, which gauges the performance of their shares, they would exert a disproportionate influence on the well known share market index.

“Don’t hold your breath,” Bespoke, based in Harrison, New York, wrote in a note to clients, citing speculation today that Apple may enter the Dow. “If the stock were added to the index without a split in the shares, it would have a disproportionate weight in the index, making it more like the Dow Jones Industrial Apple.”

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The prior art of tablet computer devices from a space odyssey

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

While Apple is embroiled in a number of lawsuits with manufacturers of tablet computer devices, one such company, Samsung, has countered with a scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey, claiming that the 1968 sci-fi classic offers an example of “prior art”, and is a way of making the point that tablet devices are by no means a unique idea.

One element of Samsung’s defense strategy is interesting enough that I wanted to report on it beforehand. Ever since Apple started to assert the design of the iPad against other manufacturers, many people have been wondering whether there’s actually prior art for the general design of the iPad in some futuristic devices shown in sci-fi movies and TV series. And indeed, Samsung’s lawyers make this claim now in their defense against Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

Update: Steve Kubrick… for another 2001-esque take on such matters (thanks Steve).

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One more thing, Apple’s interim CEO becomes the iCEO

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

After two and a half years as interim CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs announces he is assuming the leading role full time, at Macworld, San Francisco, in 2000.

You have to hand it to Jobs, he could certainly work a room full of people.

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Japanese Apple store opens up communication after earthquake

Thursday, 17 March, 2011

Quite a few people have linked to this one, but it’s worth another shout out… an email from a worker in an Apple store in Japan, which among other things, starkly illustrates the way social media has changed the nature of communication during times of crisis or disaster.

7 hours and 118 aftershocks later, the store was still open. Why? Because with the phone and train lines down, taxis stopped, and millions of people stuck in the Tokyo shopping district scared, with no access to television, hundreds of people were swarming into Apple stores to watch the news on USTREAM and contact their families via Twitter, Facebook, and email. The young did it on their mobile devices, while the old clustered around the macs. There were even some Android users there. (There are almost no free wifi spots in Japan besides Apple stores, so even Android users often come to the stores.)

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2011 forecasts have the potential to damage your personal wealth

Monday, 3 January, 2011

And now for the bad news, at least as far as the Australian economy is concerned, Copenhagen based Saxo Bank, has among its “ten outrageous predictions for 2011”, forecast that the Australian dollar will plunge in value, and that the local property bubble will also “finally” burst.

As the Asian feel-good factor vanishes, developing countries will use their spare dollars to acquire US government bonds, pushing the 30-year treasury yield down to 3%. Australia will be caught in the Chinese backdraft and the Aussie dollar will fall 25% against sterling; and the property bubble in Australia will finally burst.

The question is though, are they on the money or not? For instance, Saxo also predicts that Mark Zuckerberg will sell Facebook to Apple. I’m not sure about that one… after all, the water under the Golden Gate is freezing cold.

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There are 22 definitions of pad, so why the fixation with just one?

Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

I know we’re sick to death of the hype and non-stop chatter surrounding new Apple iPad, so I’ll try and be brief, but the furore over the name quite frankly has me puzzled.

It seems Apple has shown very poor judgement in including the word “pad” in the name of their new product, but I can’t figure out why.

Since when has the use of the word pad become unacceptable? For example I don’t know of any instances of stationery sellers being ostracised for selling writing and note pads, nor have I have heard of any retribution against the users of such products either.

Such controversy concerns me personally though, given the tag-line for this very website is “notepad two point zero”. Yet, aside from a couple of tongue-in-cheek emails regarding the “two point zero” part, nary a word has otherwise been said.

So what’s with the brouhaha being directed at Apple?

A look at Dictionary.com only adds to the mystery, where no fewer than 22 definitions of pad turn up. Let me throw a few at you:

  • a soft, stuffed cushion used as a saddle; a padded leather saddle without a tree.
  • any fleshy mass of tissue that cushions a weight-bearing part of the body, as on the underside of a paw.
  • one’s living quarters, as an apartment or room.
  • money paid as a bribe to and shared among police officers, as for ignoring law violations.
  • a small deposit of weld metal, as for building up a worn surface.

But did you notice anything missing? For my part, I didn’t see a single mention of sanitary items, which is especially surprising considering Dictionary.com draws its references from a wide range of sources.

So what’s going on, and what are we supposed to do next? Purge the language of every ambiguously defined word least someone take offence? Is that what it takes?

In short the world is going to pieces over the use of the word pad. Is this for real? If this is a nightmare, someone please wake me right now.

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Apple’s tablet, serving print and web content on the one canvas?

Thursday, 28 January, 2010

Today is the big day, Apple is supposed to finally reveal whatever it is they are keeping up their sleeve. Whether it be an iSlate, an iTablet, or an iCanvas, Derek Powazek hopes the device will serve to meld print and online content.

Every content website I’ve ever worked on has proclaimed the death of print, but the truth is, they’ve all been secretly jealous of old media. Why? Consumers pay for print. Advertisers pay more for print. Print, for all its ink stains and dead trees still makes money. Meanwhile, every print organization I’ve ever worked with has been head-to-toe freaked about the web. The web is the hot, new thing that all the kids are excited about.

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Snow leopards, solitary, elusive, and don’t really take to apples

Wednesday, 9 September, 2009

The responses I’ve heard so far to Apple’s new operating system “Snow Leopard” have been pretty tepid, with those who experienced no problems with the upgrade still trying to figure out exactly what’s new. Anyway the actual in-the-wild snow leopard is – if you’ll excuse the pun – a completely different animal all together:

Declared endangered in 1972, between 3,500 and 7,000 cats remain in the wild. Their numbers are thought to be dwindling, though exact figures are hard to come by. Snow leopards are solitary, elusive and perfectly suited to their harsh homelands; researchers who study them can go for years without seeing one.

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The Coolest and Gaps: Apple by far the coolest brand

Wednesday, 4 February, 2009

That the Apple logo is currently considered the coolest logo at the moment is probably not a surprise to many people. That it outpolled nearest “rival”, Coca-Cola, by twice as many votes may be though.

This is the result of The Coolest and Gaps – a worldwide branding survey – conducted by Spanish marketing agency Allegro 234, a summary of which Chris Wilson has posted at the Marketing Fresh Peel.

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