I am a huge fan of Steve Jobs, Apple Computer's CEO. I wasn't much of a fan when he was Apple's self-styled visionary in the early 1980s, but since then he has proved himself many times over. Next Computer, Mr Jobs' venture after he left, and then returned as Apple's CEO, was almost a failure. But he managed to turn it around and meld it back into Apple and in the process, improve both organizations. Then when Mr Jobs returned as CEO, he continued to reinvent Apple many times over and the PC industry - with his innovative computer designs and integrated software/hardware suites. Then, Mr Jobs had the genius of marrying an MP3 player (IPod) Mr. Jobs should stop this legal action now before it is too late. with an online music store (ITunes) with a computer (Mac). This is a profitable trinity that is easily one of the most innovative moves in the short history of the PC industry, and one that will be studied in text books for many years. Mr Jobs is … [Read more...] about Apple Computer’s assault on the practice of journalism…
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drop the word Computer from its corporate name. (That's the new AppleTV at right.) Should we care? Here is why, perhaps, we should. The name change is emblematic of a larger trend that has defined this decade, the replacement of network centrality with gadget centrality. As progress in network speeds slowed client devices had to get smarter. Given the lead open source was gaining in network devices, and the fact ad budgets will always be higher in the proprietary world, the media has embraced the gadget era with abandon. Comdex is dead, long live CES. And now, despite the open source heritage of Mac OS X, and despite its continuing (albeit small) gains in PC market share, Apple has taken the word Computer from its name. You got a problem with that? … [Read more...] about Should open source miss Apple Computer Inc.?
Apple Computer Inc. on Monday issued a security update for Mac OS X addressing a number of issues found in the operating system. Security Update 2004-06-07 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users, according to Apple. The update includes the following components: DiskImages; LaunchServices; Safari; and Terminal.According to notes provided with the update, Mac OS X will now present an approval alert when an application is to be run for the first time either by opening a document or clicking on a URL related to the application.The update is available via the Software Update control panel.This story, "Apple security update addresses latest issues" was originally published byMacworld. … [Read more...] about Apple security update addresses latest issues
A critical patch for Mac OS X issued on Friday leaves Mac users as vulnerable to attacks as they were before the fix, according to a security company.Last week researchers warned of two serious vulnerabilities in Apple Computer Inc.'s Unix-based operating system, both allowing a malicious Web page to send code to a Mac and execute it. One problem was in the way Mac browsers handle addresses using the "help" protocol, ordinarily used for locating content for the Mac's Help Viewer application. The other problem was with handling of the "disk" protocol, used for downloading the disk images, such as DMG files, that the Mac uses for transferring compressed executable files and installers. Both flaws use default settings in browsers such as Safari and Internet Explorer to make Macs automatically download and execute any code the attacker chooses.Apple issued a patch for the "help" flaw on Friday, but the fix leaves the "disk" problem unpatched, experts said. "Mac users are as vulnerable now, … [Read more...] about Apple fig-leaf security patch causes dismay
It merited only an aside in Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The real information about the next version of Mac OS X, if any, was flashed later in the day only to developers, and only under a nondisclosure agreement that promises vengeance unto the third generation if broken. So what we know about that operating system, dubbed Snow Leopard, is: It exists. And the widespread pre-WWDC rumors were on target when they said that Snow Leopard, unlike, oh, every other major OS X revision, will feature ... no new features. [ For more news out of Apple's developers show, check out Tom Yager's exclusive scoops from WWDC ]Perhaps Jobs hadn't planned even on mentioning Snow Leopard, but the rumors forced his hand. But no new features? Isn't it new features that sell a new product? Jobs is a master marketer, but how does he sell new and improved without newness and improvements he can demo on stage?To be exact, "no new features" isn't … [Read more...] about Apple’s Snow Leopard: an OS without new features?
Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who resigned from the company in the mid-1980s and returned a decade later to make Apple one of the most successful technology companies in the world, has died. Twitter, Facebook flooded with reaction to Jobs' death From friends and fans, Steve Jobs tributes pour in Steve Jobs: A timeline Apple's greatest hits under Steve JobsJobs had been struggling with his health for the last several years. In 2004 he underwent surgery to treat a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He returned to work soon after, but in early 2009 took six months off to treat what he called a "hormone imbalance" that made him appear gaunt and pale. During that leave he underwent a liver transplant. Early this year he took another, indefinite leave of absence to "focus on my health," as he put it, and on Aug. 24 he announced his resignation as CEO, with Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook taking over and Jobs elected board chairman, a position he held until his death."We are deeply … [Read more...] about Apple Chairman Steve Jobs dead at 56
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Computer Inc. is giving attendees of this week's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2004 in San Francisco, a first look at the next major revision to Mac OS X v10.4, known by its code-name "Tiger." Version 10.4 is the forthcoming release of the company's operating system that is expected to be released some time in the first half of 2005, and it touts more than 150 new features, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who took the wraps off the software at a keynote address on Monday morning.Major new features expected to draw the interest of consumers include a new search technology called Spotlight, that enables users to search for any file, document or information their Mac contains. The software has been modeled to work like the search capabilities of Apple's popular iTunes music software application, and can find e-mails, presentations, images, appointments, Microsoft Corp. Office documents and more, arranging its search results by kind, time or people. … [Read more...] about Apple previews Mac OS X ‘Tiger,’ Tiger Server
Cupertino (CA) - The latest iTunes 7.7 beta released last week indicates that Apple plans to offer a free iPhone/iPod touch application called Remote. The software is believed to turn the iPhone or iPod touch into a Wi-Fi control device for iTunes media that are stored on a Mac or PC desktop.First evidence that Apple is taking advantage of such a long-expected feature surfaced in the Read Me file of the iTunes 7.7 beta installer. "Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later. Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home- a free download from the App Store."A sign that Apple planned such a feature can be found in a patent application that was filed back in 2005. The filing described a "portable multimedia player (such as the iPod, manufactured by Apple Computer, … [Read more...] about Apple To Introduce Remote Control Application For IPhone/iPod Touch
When Apple launched the Apple II in 1977, it was still far from certain that consumers would want or need a home computer. While hobbyists were tinkering with computers they built and programmed themselves, Apple saw a need for something easier, and introduced the Apple II.This article, republished from the May 1, 1978, edition of Computerworld, sets the scene at the time and describes how a young Apple Computer was looking to the future. (DP was an industry term of the day for “data processing.”)By a Computerworld Staff WriterCUPERTINO, Calif.—As soon as low-cost computers were available in configurations designed for use by consumers, with programming features and language that non-technicians could use, the personal computing market began to grow rapidly, according to Apple Computer, Inc., one of the firms vying for a share of that blossoming market.With more than 100,000 units sold, the personal computer market is finally being recognized as much larger then the … [Read more...] about Apple at 40: Seeing promise in the ‘blossoming’ home computer market
Some people think the Macalope won’t stand for any criticism of Apple, but that’s not true. He just hates poorly executed criticism. For example, “Be more like Apple was in the ’90s” probably isn’t a good way to go.Writing for Zacks and published on Yahoo Finance, Ryan McQueeney claims “This Old Apple Slogan Perfectly Explains What's Wrong With The Company Today.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip Speicher and @JonyIveParody.)Narrator: It does not.For years, Apple AAPL, led by the late Steve Jobs, was a worldwide innovator and a pioneer in the technology industry.TONIGHT ON “WHERE ARE THEY NOW?”, WE FIND ONCE-GREAT APPLE LIVING IN A DUMPSTER OUTSIDE HOBOKEN.“All I have now is my cats,” says Apple, petting three particularly shaggy rats.Check out this early TV spot to see how Apple thought of itself when the Mac was running the show:McQueeney embeds an ad for what appears to be a Performa 520, a Mac Apple shipped … [Read more...] about Bad example: The 1990s wasn’t Apple’s best decade