Private Collector Opens Apple Museum in Prague

Apple’s style and appeal are now iconic worldwide, with their products enjoying a strong market share across the globe. Not all nations have access to official Apple stores, one such country being the Czech Republic. This hasn’t stopped an Apple fanatic and private collector opening an Apple Museum in their capital city, Prague.

Holding almost every Apple product ever made, dating back to 1976, as well as paraphernalia relating to visionary Steve Jobs, the Apple Museum comprises of a whopping 472 exhibits spread across three buildings in Prague’s old town. As well as the museum itself, there are plans to open “Steven’s Food”, a raw vegan restaurant, likely serving meals that would appeal to Steve Jobs himself.

The museum may not be a permanent affair either, with its website stating that Prague is “the first city where you can see this unique exhibition.” Whether this means that the museum is planned to go on tour or not is ambiguous, but there could be even more chance to show these pieces of Apple history to its fans if it were available in other locations too.

While this is far from the only Apple museum in the world, with other such as the Italian “AllAboutApple” also boasting an extensive collection, Apple has no official museum of their own history, with Jobs closing the last one back in 1997.

If you’re in Prague or planning a holiday, the price to see these pieces of computing history is £8/€11, with all the proceeds going to charity purposes.

See more photographs from their trip to the Apple Museum here.

Steve Wozniak Claims Steve Jobs Knew Nothing About Technology

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak – affectionately known as Woz – has been unusually frank regarding Steve Jobs involvement in the early years of Apple’s computer development, revealing that Jobs knew nothing about technology and played no role in the design of the Apple I and Apple II home computers.

Wozniak told 14-year-old Sarina Khemchandani, founder of child academia site Reach a Child:

“Steve Jobs played no role at all in any of my designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that I made to enhance the computers. He did not know technology. He’d never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he didn’t know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that’s what he wanted to do.

The Apple II computer, by the way, was the only successful product Apple had for its first 10 years, and it was all done, for my own reasons for myself, before Steve Jobs even knew it existed.”

Woz adds, however, that without Jobs’ business acumen, Apple would never have succeeded. The best advice he could give a creative trying to sell an idea is, “it’s very important, even if you are not a business man, find someone who is.”

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The First Trailer For “Steve Jobs” Has Been Released

Set to be released on October 9, 2015, Steve Jobs or steve jobs|is a biographical drama film that portrays the life of the famous Apple co-founder. The movie is based on a biography signed by Walter Isaacson, it features a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and is directed by Danny Boyle. Perhaps the hardest and the most important thing to get right for every biographical film is the main actor, and it’s definitely not easy to find someone who can highlight the incredible personality of Steve Jobs. Ultimately, Michael Fassbender was chosen for the part, while Steve Wozniak is being portrayed by Seth Rogen. Kate Winslet landed the part for playing former marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.

It sounds like the movie has a solid cast and a committed team behind its production, which is usually enough to guarantee success. Back in 2013, a film named Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher and Dermot Mulroney attempted to tell the story of the renowned entrepreneur, but it ended up receiving mixed to negative reviews from critics. Hopefully, the upcoming film will do a better job.

The first trailer for the motion picture has been released by Universal Pictures, and you can watch it yourself by clicking below.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Donating Fortune to Charity

In a recent interview with FortuneApple CEO Tim Cook revealed that he will be donating his wealth. He currently is worth roughly $112 million, and the restricted stock he holds carries a value of roughly $665 million, and has already been making some donations quietly, but wants to start making bigger splashes. One possible way would be following suit with what Bill Gates did with his wife in starting an entire foundation that will manage his philanthropic endeavors. By being so open about it, Cook is acting differently than Steve Jobs before him. Jobs had gotten criticized for not being known to donate, but after he passed, his wife, Laurene Powell, revealed they had made many donations totaling in the tens of millions in an anonymous fashion.

Source: Engadget

Apple Wins iPod Trial, Jobs Video Not to Be Released

As many of you will know by now, Apple won that largely pointless iPod/iTunes DRM trial last week. That trial featured a video deposition of Steve Jobs, one that a number of major news outlets attempted to have released to the public. That effort has now been thwarted.

The judge presiding over the case decided that it was not necessary for it to be released as it was “not a judicial record”.

“Here, the Court agrees with the Eighth Circuit and concludes that the Jobs Deposition is not a judicial record. It was not admitted into evidence as an exhibit. Instead, the Jobs Deposition was merely presented in lieu of live testimony due to the witness’s unavailability, and was and should be treated in the same manner as any other live testimony offered at trial. As is typical of all live testimony, it is properly made available to the public through its initial courtroom presentation and, subsequently, via the official court transcript, the latter of which is the judicial record of such testimony.”

Apparently the judge made the decision based on a previous case involving a video deposition of President Bill Clinton and due to the fact that Apple fiercely attempted to prevent its release.

Source: AppleInsider Via: MacRumors

Steve Jobs Predicted We Would Buy Computers for the Internet… in 1985

Steve Jobs was a visionary in the technology industry unlike anyone before or after him. He often predicted things that became essential facets of our everyday lives.

Take for instance the “Macintosh in a book”, which he predicted in early 80s and essentially became the iPad of 2010. There’s also the cloud and remote storage, something he understood in 1997, and you can hear him predict in this video. He realised the importance of “interpersonal computing” while at NeXT,  before Sir Tim Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web on a NeXTcube that would become the world’s first web server.

In fact, I think Jobs’ ideas about “interpersonal computing” are quite often missed in the story arc of his life when we hear about it in the press. Quite often we hear of how he only changed the PC business with the Macintosh, then the music industry with iTunes and the iPod, followed of course by smartphones with the iPhone and then tablets with the iPad. To me, he was an essential figure in the creation of the internet and the web as we know it today.

Not only because the web was born on a NeXT computer, but because Steve Jobs understood and really pushed for the networking standards and concepts that make the internet of today a reality. The NeXTcube featured high-speed ethernet, graphical e-mail and object-orineted programming in 1988. The concepts that the NeXTSTEP OS introduced led to the familiar WebObjects platform used widely on the internet today.

So it’s no surprise that a largely unseen Playboy article has been uncovered today that says Jobs predicted that we’d all buy computers just for access to a “nationwide communications network”… in 1985. Here’s a snippet from it, but you can read the full thing at the source link bellow.

“Playboy: What will change?

Jobs: The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people-as remarkable as the telephone.

Playboy: Specifically, what kind of breakthrough are you talking about?

Jobs: I can only begin to speculate. We see that a lot in our industry: You don’t know exactly what’s going to result, but you know it’s something very big and very good.

Playboy: Then for now, aren’t you asking home-computer buyers to invest $3000 in what is essentially an act of faith?

Jobs: In the future, it won’t be an act of faith. The hard part of what we’re up against now is that people ask you about specifics and you can’t tell them. A hundred years ago, if somebody had asked Alexander Graham Bell, “What are you going to be able to do with a telephone?” he wouldn’t have been able to tell him the ways the telephone would affect the world. He didn’t know that people would use the telephone to call up and find out what movies were playing that night or to order some groceries or call a relative on the other side of the globe. But remember that first the public telegraph was inaugurated, in 1844. It was an amazing breakthrough in communications. You could actually send messages from New York to San Francisco in an afternoon. People talked about putting a telegraph on every desk in America to improve productivity. But it wouldn’t have worked. It required that people learn this whole sequence of strange incantations, Morse code, dots and dashes, to use the telegraph. It took about 40 hours to learn. The majority of people would never learn how to use it. So, fortunately, in the 1870s, Bell filed the patents for the telephone. It performed basically the same function as the telegraph, but people already knew how to use it. Also, the neatest thing about it was that besides allowing you to communicate with just words, it allowed you to sing.”

Source: Longform Via: The Verge

Steve Jobs to Appear In Court Over iPod Lawsuit (Yes, Really)

No, you are not seeing things, that headline is true. In an example of Steve Jobs’ superhuman nature, tomorrow he will appear in court to argue over an iPod antitrust case. He isn’t exactly rising from the dead, but rather he will appear in a video deposition recorded before his death.

The New York Times says that the video will join emails from the Apple co-founder, in a case against Apple’s early practice of barring music from other download services being playable on the iPod. Yes, in the early days of the iPod you were only allowed to play music either from Apple’s iTunes Store or music ripped from CDs.

It’s been argued that this was an unlawful practice, harming competition, while Apple is reportedly planning to argue that the success of the iPod and iTunes has meant that the price of iPods has fallen over the 13 years they’ve has been available, benefiting consumers. The company will be bringing SVPs Phil Schiller and Eddy Cue to support their side of the case.

Source: 9to5Mac

Sony Drops Steve Jobs Movie, Universal “Interested”

In the never ending story of the pre-production of a big budget movie based on Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs biography, a new twist was just announced, as Sony Pictures decided to pull the plug on funding the movie.

The film, written by Alan Sorkin, the same writer behind The Social Network, and to be directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, has experienced a whole manner of delays and setbacks over the years since it was first announced.

We heard rumour after rumour supposedly revealing which actor would play the starring role, with names including Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale (who was confirmed until recently) and finally Michael Fassbender. Alan Sorkin even participated in an interview a few weeks ago, practically announcing the film to the public.

Well now everything has fallen apart as Sony decided it no longer wanted to fund the movie’s production. It’s been suggested that clashes with Michael Fassbender’s schedule could have been the reason, as Sony wanted the film to begin production at around the same time he was committed to X-Men: Apocalypse.

Deadline now reports that Universal Studios has shown interest in taking up the movie, meaning this twist could just be a small snag in the process of making this film a reality.

Source: MacRumors

Tablets Through The Years

When Moses came down from the mountain with the stone tablets, the people said: “That’s all very well, but what are we supposed to do with them?” Moses was so angry that he smashed them to pieces and had to go and get some more from God, and that’s more or less what happened with Steve Jobs and the first iPad. Except Steve Jobs didn’t smash the first iPad, thankfully.

What’s The Point?

You may just be able to remember thinking; “What’s the point of these tablet things?” You’ll certainly remember the first time you used one, at which point you probably thought “I must have one right now.” The sleek, shiny appearance; the powerful, crisp graphics; the silky-smooth touchscreen, and the endless options enabled by its powerful connectivity, all go together to make the tablet the must-have electronic device of the decade.

Games

The ability to play online games practically anywhere is a huge part of the attraction of a tablet. Wi-fi, 3G and 4G technologies provide the connectivity, while the superb screens and touch/tilt functions of modern tablets allow intuitive control of games. Whether it’s puzzle based games like Candy Crush Saga, mobile gambling apps, classics like GTA Vice City or brainteasers like Words With Friends, mobile gaming has come of age with the tablet.

Early Days

It wasn’t always this way. Before the iPad, the precursors of the modern device often struggled to find a place in the computer market. The GRiDpad may have been popular with the US Army, but who else remembers it now? PDA’s like the Palm Pilot and the Apple Newton had a decent number of fans in the 90’s, but they were far more work-oriented than today’s multifunctional machines.

Early Windows-based tablet computers appeared a decade or so ago. Pen-enabled machines like the Lenovo X61 gradually gave way to touchscreen devices, but the real explosion in the format’s popularity began in April 2010, with the launch of the first iPad.

Android

The spread of the iPad’s competitors, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Google Nexus, has been assisted by the success of the Android operating system. The huge quantity of mobile gaming apps available for both iOS and Android is partly responsible for the expansion of the market. Games like Angry Birds are often the first thing a new user experiences on a tablet. Quality apps, experienced for the first time on a well-designed device, can help to answer the question; “What’s a tablet for?”

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Tim Cook Commemorates Anniversary Of Steve Jobs’ Death

Wow, has it really been two years already! I have to admit that I am far from being an Apple fan, but I have nothing but respect for what they have created, the iPad, iPhone and iPod have dominated markets for ages now, millions upon millions of Apple fans appear to agree.

Tim Cook took the top spot at Apple and the Apple CEO took to twitter today to share his thoughts on the anniversary of Jobs’ passing.

Tim Cook also shared an internal letter to Apple employees last Friday, just one day before the anniversary.

Team-

Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Steve’s death. I hope everyone will reflect on what he meant to all of us and to the world. Steve was an amazing human being and left the world a better place. I think of him often and find enormous strength in memories of his friendship, vision and leadership.

He left behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We will continue to honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to the work he loved so much. There is no higher tribute to his memory. I know that he would be proud of all of you.

Best,
Tim

I’m still not a fan of Apple, but only time will tell if Tim will ever be able to fill the boots left by Steve. What are your thoughts on the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death? Do you think Tim cook is doing a good job as the new CEO?

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