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With Steve Jobs’ passing, we have lost one of the greatest technological innovators of our time.
Once known as Silicon Valley’s enfant terrible, Steve Jobs had gained the status of an iconic visionary, after the unparalleled success of the iPod (with iTunes), the iPhone and more recently, the iPad.
Today, after bringing his company to the top and stepping down as CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs has died at age 56.
Here is the message that Tim Cook sent to all Apple employees:
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
When we remarked that home automation technology was a reason we needed iPv6 technology, we weren’t kidding. If Netherlands-based NXP has it their way, we’ll all be using networked LED lightbulbs, each with their own IPv6 address. More »
GeoCities closed in October of 2009. If you miss the barrage of animated gifs, under-construction signs, and animated backgrounds, then you’ll be happy to hear that the Archive Team has collected the entire contents of the GeoCities archive and is giving it out freely as a torrent for anybody to download. Given the size of GeoCities, it surprises me a bit that the entire torrent is only 641GB. It’s not even 1TB?! I guess animated gifs, rainbows, and midi music doesn’t take up a whole lot of space. But for what it’s worth, this is such an awesome torrent worth download (I just wish I had the bandwidth to spare to get this).
Fortune, in an article today describing the long and winding relationship between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Verizon’s Ivan Seidenberg, claims they’ve confirmed a Verizon iPhone is coming in ‘early 2011″.
According to the story, Verizon passed on the iPhone in 2005 because Steve Jobs wanted too much control over where it was sold, too high a cut of service fees, and wanted to take on too much of the customer relationship. When Seidenberg tried to revisit the idea in 2007, just prior to the original iPhone launch, Jobs had concerns about CDMA not being a global standard. 4G LTE plans weren’t enough to jumpstart the discussions back then.
Lowell McAdam, who will succeed Seidenberg at some point next year, contacted Jobs again in late 2007, when AT&T’s network was already suffering under iPhone demand, to make sure they ‘weren’t missing something,’ something which McAdam says Jobs agreed with in principle.
It took until October 2010 for Apple and Verizon to come together at all, and only for iPad 3G + MiFi bundle sales, but it was an important first step. And the iPhone?
people familiar with its development say it is a fait accompli. Verizon, sources say, will sell its own version of the iPhone 4, which will work on Verizon’s CDMA-based 3G network. Unfortunately for globe trotters, the first version of the phone likely won’t be built to work outside the U.S. — it probably won’t carry a special chip that can turn it into a ‘world phone.’ However, it may have some of the features on the iPad distributed in Verizon’s stores, like live TV for customers of the FiOS cable service.
The whole article is worth a read, and also includes a lot about Verizon’s relationship with Google and Eric Schmidt, and their current use of Android as an alternative to iPhone (though in the current quarter it hasn’t brought in anywhere near the amount of net subscribers).
(Via The iPhone Blog.)
Google Wave is the company’s ‘online tool for real-time communication and collaboration.’ It’s basically a media rich messaging client that allows users to embed documents, videos, and pictures directly into conversations. The Google API can be used to build live social gadgets, such as live real-times games (chess, etc.). Continue reading for a video presentation.
(Via Tech Blog.)