Tag Archive: Steve Jobs

“Apple has apparently been looking for for a ‘Siri UI Engineer,’ which could have huge implications for its Mac computers,” Chris Ciaccia writes for The Street. “The listing (since removed), notes that the candidate must have ‘familiarity with Unix, especially Mac OS X,’ and display a ‘passion for the Macintosh platform and writing simple, elegant software that is easy and fun to use.’”

“Currently, Siri’s only available on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch,” Ciaccia writes. “There have been rumors in the past that Apple would eventually bring Siri to Mac, and this job listing suggests that those rumors could turn out to be true. When Apple bought Siri, former CEO Steve Jobs saw the technology’s productivity and ease of use potential for any device.”

Ciaccia writes, “Siri may be Apple’s answer to Google (GOOG_) when it comes to search. Instead of typing a query into Google, Siri will answer it for you… Bringing Siri to Mac OS X may not stem the decline in PC sales, but it will show that innovation is alive and well in Cupertino. No matter what Wall Street wants you to think.”

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“In a recent interview with Bloomberg, ‘respected industry observer’ Paul Kedrosky opined that Apple is falling apart at the seams because Jony Ive and his design team have been given too much power, resulting in sleekly designed products that are proving hard to manufacture en masse,” Yoni Heisler writes for Network World. “As a recent example, Kedrosky points to Apple’s troubles in meeting demand for its revamped iMac. Indeed, Apple’s struggles to get iMac production in full swing resulted in substantially lower Mac sales than almost every analyst expected.”

“It’s an interesting theory, but ultimately demonstrates a fundamental disregard for what we know about Apple and the design process,” Heisler writes. “First off, the idea that Apple’s design team now has too much latitude under Tim Cook is preposterous given that Ive and his design team were untouchable with Jobs at the helm. And we know this from Jobs himself.”

Heisler writes, “Not only did Jobs often refer to Ive as his best friend, his biography revealed that Ive was given more operational power than anyone else at Apple, save of course Jobs himself. Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson that there was no one at Apple who could tell Ive what to do and that he purposefully set things up that way.”

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“Dell Inc. on Tuesday said it reached a deal to take itself private, in a buyout that marks an unofficial end to the era when a handful of young entrepreneurs made PCs the dominant computing device,” Anupreeta Das and Ben Worthen report for The Wall Street Journal.

“Under the terms of the agreement, Dell stockholders will receive $13.65 in cash for each share of Dell common stock they hold, in a transaction valued at approximately $24.4 billion,” Das and Worthen report. “The price represents a premium of 25% over Dell’s closing share price of $10.88 on Jan. 11, 2013, the last trading day before rumors of a possible going-private transaction were first published.”

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Das and Worthen report, “The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash and equity contributed by Mr. Dell, cash funded by investment funds affiliated with Silver Lake, cash invested by MSD Capital, L.P., a $2 billion loan from Microsoft, rollover of existing debt, as well as debt financing that has been committed by BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Suisse and RBC Capital Markets, and cash on hand.”

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Dell “sits in third place in a PC market in decline, having failed to capture the recent booms in smartphones or tablets,” Tim Bradshaw reports for The Financial Times. “After Mr Dell stepped back as chief executive in 2004 and handed the reins to Kevin Rollins, the PC maker was hit by setback after setback: laptops with faulty batteries, missed Wall Street forecasts, falling margins and an SEC investigation into accounting fraud related to its partnership with Intel, which eventually led to a $100m settlement.”

“By the time Mr Dell returned to lead the company in February 2007, Apple had just unveiled its iPhone,” Bradshaw reports. “Although Mr Dell proudly pronounced that ‘”it feels like 1984 and I am starting over again,’ the post-PC age had already dawned.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Once Dell shareholders approve the deal, Michael Dell will have officially followed the advice he once gave to Apple: “Shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”

The irony doesn’t get much thicker.

This will also mark the end our long-running, “Apple now worth X times Dell’s market value” articles.

Boom, you got him, Steve!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jack F.” for the heads up.]

Pixar Names Its HQ After Steve Jobs

Pixar has renamed part of its headquarters—in fact, the studio’s main building—after Steve Jobs. It’s easy to forget that Jobs had a non-Apple side, but in fact he invested heavily in Pixar before it became profitable, and this serves as a permanent reminder. [Pixar News via 9to5mac]

To mark the first anniversary of his death, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong has revealed a new wax figure of legendary businessman, visionary inventor and technology pioneer, Steve Jobs.

The co-founder of Apple Inc. and brain behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad will be portrayed in his trademark relaxed style, wearing a black cotton turtle neck, Levi 501 jeans and New Balance trainers. The pose shows Jobs with arms casually folded in front of him, head tilted slightly with a warm smile. The professional team of Madame Tussauds had also replicated a pair of Lunor spectacles which is previously custom made for Jobs. The pose, inspired by photographs taken at the shoot for his famous Fortune Magazine front cover in 2006, shows Jobs with arms casually folded in front of him, head tilted slightly with a warm smile.

The techniques used to create the figure are extremely technology free, using the same tools and methods first employed by Madame Tussaud herself over two hundred years ago. The sculptors have anatomical knowledge to ensure every bone, muscle and tendon is replicated correctly according to the pose. When the clay sculpture is formed, each strand of hair is inserted one by one into the wax head by hand using a forked needle. Once complete, the hair is washed, cut and styled. Moreover, each iris is hand painted using gouache, and veining is added to the whites of the eyes with fine silk threads.

Madame Tussauds' Steve Jobs wax figure

Madame Tussauds’ Steve Jobs wax figure

Talented young inventor and CEO of technology company Chan Yik Hei, widely known as “Son of the Star”, visited Madame Tussauds Hong Kong to meet his idol – Steve Jobs. “I aspire to invent products that would propel technology development and improve people’s life. It is definitely not easy to make extraordinary contributions like Steve Jobs did, but I will work hard to reach this goal. Meanwhile, it is my great honor to be the first people in Hong Kong to pay tribute to the wax figure of Steve Jobs.” said Chan.

General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Kelly Mak was delighted to welcome the new figure to the attraction today. “Steve Jobs’ inventions have changed the face of modern technology. He has inspired and influenced millions of people and undoubtedly deserves a place here. We are happy to give the public the opportunity to pay tribute to somebody who has helped shape their world”.

The figure is costing HK$1,500,000 to create and a dedicated team of sculptors and hair and colour artists will work for three months to achieve an amazingly accurate likeness. The figure will remain at the Historical and National Heroes attraction of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong during 27 September to 26 November 2012, before travelling on to Madame Tussauds Bangkok and then Madame Tussauds Shanghai.

Source: Madame Tussauds

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