Steve Jobs – Gone Too Soon

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When you visit the Apple.com home page you see this image of Steve Jobs. Under his name is written, “1955-2011” marking the beginning and the end of an amazing man’s life. It’s simple, classy, and powerful.

As the world morns the passing of a great innovator let us remember what a force Steve Jobs was while on planet earth. He changed how we viewed the world around us, how we connected to each other, and how we integrated technology into our ever day lives. As I type this post on my Mac Book Pro, with my iPad and iPhone charging, I wonder what my life would have been like were it not for the creativity of Steve Jobs. I decided I didn’t want to know such a world. Thank you Steve Jobs for all you have done for us and may you RIP.

“The people who think they are crazy enough to change the world are the ones who do” ~ Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’s Android Obsession Analyzed

Could Google’s Android be keeping Steve Job’s up at night and if so, what is he going to do about it? Leave to Fastcompany.com to put a great spin on the topic.

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Yesterday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance on Apple’s earnings call, largely to offer a rant about why the iPhone is superior to the “fragmented” Android platform. Since rants are always ripe treatment for word clouds, we made one (above).

What sort of glimpse into Jobs’s psyche does the cloud offer (besides the fact that he’s apparently much more articulate than Mark Zuckerberg)?

No sense ignoring the elephant in the cloud: “Android” clearly made more appearances than any other word, by far. One might be tempted to read fear or obsession into the repetition of his rival’s name — self-possessed politicians usually settle for “my opponent,” after all — until we scrutinize some of the other words that made prominent appearances.

“Integrated” and “fragmented” were buzzwords, as we noted yesterday, since these were the adjectives Jobs favors over “closed” and “open,” words used by Google’s CEO to describe the iPhone versus the Android. Jobs’s central point is that Apple devices, by working more or less the same way across the board, ensure simplicty for app developers and users — a point reinforced by three other prominent words: “developers,” “software,” and “apps.”

So yes, the Android weighs heavily upon Jobs’s mind; and his dreams are more than likely populated with ravenous green robots consuming everything in their path.

Meanwhile, Google’s Android guru Andy Rubin has fired off a tweet, apparently in code, making the point that Android is the very definition of open. “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make,” Rubin wrote.

What do Rubin’s word cloud dreams look like, I wonder?

Earlier: Jobs Takes a Swing at Android, BlackBerry

Read more at www.fastcompany.com

Apple iTunes 10 and Ping: Problems… and then some…

OK Steve Jobs, you can’t have this world-wide press event, open it to the public, get us all jazzed about the new Apple offerings then have the new apps crash on us, have your new music social networking site… well… not be very social… and then have new features cause more harm than good.

I’m ready, let the Apple bashing begin (I still have your back Jobs.. but let’s work out some of these issues in the testing phase before it’s rolled out to the world… I’m just saying…)

Amplify’d from reviews.cnet.com

With any program being updated, there will be a few quirks at first while the new features get used in various people’s setups and configurations. The same goes for iTunes 10, where people are finding a few oddities that seem to be feature changes or bugs that need to be ironed out.

iPhone 4 apps causing crashes
Some people have been experiencing crashes in iTunes 10 when connecting theiriPhone 4 devices and selecting applications to transfer. If this happens, try resetting the iPhone and also try removing iTunes’ preferences (called com.apple.iTunes.plist and stored in the /username/Library/Preferences/ folder). You can also try launching iTunes in Safe Mode by holding the Option-Command keys when launching iTunes.

Album lists no longer resize
Album artwork resizing in list views is no longer possible. The only way to have resizable artwork is to use the sidebar’s album viewer window and then optionally click the artwork to open it in a dedicated window.

Removing “Ping”
Though social networking is a popular Internet development that companies are eager to take advantage of, it is not for all of us and many people prefer to avoid it. You have the option to ignore Ping in the sidebar, and you can also remove it by disabling the iTunes Store (provided you do not purchase items through the Store).

To do this, go to the iTunes preferences and in the “Parental” section select “Disable iTunes Store.”

AirPlay not working
A few people have reported the iTunes AirPlay feature is not working as it did in older versions of iTunes. For some their AirPort Express devices are selectable but no sound seems to be coming out of the unit.

If this happens, try setting the master volume in iTunes to its highest level, and do the same for your various wireless AirPort devices in iTunes. This can be done in the “Multiple Speakers” window (available from the “Window” menu). If your AirPort Express devices do not show up in iTunes, try unplugging them and shutting down your computer for a few minutes, then plug them in and start everything back up. Sometimes a quick reset like this is the easiest way to force-detect items and have them show up again.

“Nathan Volker” being followed in Ping
A few people have found the name “Nathan Volker” to be in their Ping profiles, and have wondered what is going on. Apparently this person created an account with the name “Steve Jobs” and then changed the name, resulting in some odd behavior. The account has been removed by Apple and should not affect anything. You should be able to stop following this account in Ping if you see it appear.

Read more at reviews.cnet.com

Steve Jobs: “There is no Antennagate”… uh… yeah there is!

I LOVE Apple products… really I do… but I can’t get over how arrogant Jobs is on the failure of the iPhone 4 to deliver on it’s promises… oh… wait… they never promised you’d get good reception on the phone now did they. Gotta go, calling AT&T and see if their arrogant butts will be willing to give me a better deal on an upgrade now!

Amplify’d from www.zdnet.com

So, after days of rumor and speculation, there was no recall, no offer to paint on lacquer onto the antenna, and no hand out of gift certificates to iPhone 4 owners.

According to Steve Jobs: “There is no Antennagate.”

That’s right. Bottom line, according to Apple, the whole issue with the iPhone 4 antenna has been “blown so far out of proportion.”

Watch the press conference here.

So, what’s the upshot?

  • Apple suggests all users install the new iOS 4.0.1 update, that is supposed to fix the signal strength bars.
  • Free bumpers and cases. Apple can’t make enough bumpers, so will give iPhone 4 owners the chance to pick a third-party case.
  • Refunds to all who bought bumpers.
  • A reminder that users have 30 days to return the iPhone if they are unhappy with it.

Read more at www.zdnet.com

Steve Jobs: “There is no Antennagate”… uh… yeah there is!

I LOVE Apple products… really I do… but I can’t get over how arrogant Jobs is on the failure of the iPhone 4 to deliver on it’s promises… oh… wait… they never promised you’d get good reception on the phone now did they. Gotta go, calling AT&T and see if their arrogant butts will be willing to give me a better deal on an upgrade now!

Amplify’d from www.zdnet.com

So, after days of rumor and speculation, there was no recall, no offer to paint on lacquer onto the antenna, and no hand out of gift certificates to iPhone 4 owners.

According to Steve Jobs: “There is no Antennagate.”

That’s right. Bottom line, according to Apple, the whole issue with the iPhone 4 antenna has been “blown so far out of proportion.”

Watch the press conference here.

So, what’s the upshot?

  • Apple suggests all users install the new iOS 4.0.1 update, that is supposed to fix the signal strength bars.
  • Free bumpers and cases. Apple can’t make enough bumpers, so will give iPhone 4 owners the chance to pick a third-party case.
  • Refunds to all who bought bumpers.
  • A reminder that users have 30 days to return the iPhone if they are unhappy with it.

Read more at www.zdnet.com