September 1, 2013 |
Decades after Apple's founding, we've grown used to referring to lovers of the company's products as a "cult. " The devotion of customers to Apple products has long been the envy of competitors for its fanatical fervor. It turns out that the religious intensity with which people follow the company is not entirely by accident. In a new book, "Appletopia," author Brett Robinson examines the way that Steve Jobs drew on religious metaphors and iconography to elevate his products specifically, and technology more generally, into a kind of religion. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far "The creative rhetoric around Apple's technology has favored religious metaphors," Robinson said in an interview.
October 8, 2012 |
Think of all the stupid things you did in high school. Now be glad you didn't become famous enough to merit a book by your ex-girlfriend or boyfriend. Steve Jobs, on the other hand, isn't so lucky. Chrisann Brennan, Jobs' high school sweetheart - and the mother of his first child - is looking to cash in on her brush with someone else's fame by penning a memoir of her time with the Apple co-founder. According to publisher St. Martin's Press, Brennan's book will cover a wide range of subjects, including "Jobs' enormous appeal, energy and drive, as well as his developing ambition and ruthlessness in business and personal dealings.
May 21, 2012 |
A biopic based on the life of Steve Jobs will shoot portions of the film at the home where Jobs grew up and the garage where he co-founded Apple, the people behind the movie announced. The film is set to cover Jobs' "30 most defining years," according to a press release . The movie covers his years as a youth all the way through his second stint with Apple. The movie, "jOBS," which is due out in late fall, is set to begin principle photography next month. Ashton Kutcher has been cast to play the lead role.
May 21, 2013 |
Is David Karp, who just sold his startup for $1.1 billion to Yahoo, another Steve Jobs? That's what Tumblr's first employee believes. Marco Arment says the 26-year-old Karp is very much like the late Apple co-founder. Arment is no longer with Tumblr but was there through its early years, and on Monday he blogged about his experience . He said working for Karp felt the same as how many people have described what working for Jobs was like - both demanding an incredible amount of focus and dedication that inevitably creates high stress but also high-quality results.
August 15, 2012 |
Items stole from Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home last month included expensive jewelry, various Apple products - and, possibly, an unreleased Apple device The home of the late Apple co-founder and his surviving family was broken into last month while unoccupied due to construction. The thief was apparently unaware whose home he'd entered, according to authorities who said he stole $60,000 worth of items. Among those items were iMac and Mac mini computers, three iPads, two iPhones, three iPods and an Apple TV. The San Jose Mercury News also says a "small 'demo-sized' MacBook" was stolen too, which sounds like an unreleased Apple device.
June 21, 2013 |
At last, the trailer you've all been waiting for (or haven't been waiting for, as the case may be) is here. The movie is officially called "Jobs," and stars Ashton Kutcher as da' man. It costars Josh Gad as Apple cofounder Steve "The Woz" Wozniak. The flick was scheduled to be released in April, but was delayed until Aug. 16. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 From a first look at the 2-minute trailer, it looks like the movie will hew closer to myth than fact when it comes to telling the Jobs story.
January 26, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- If the thought of Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs has you a little frightened, you're not alone. The actor himself was worried about what he was getting into when he signed up for the title role in “jOBS,” Joshua Michael Stern's biopic about the late Apple founder. "This was honestly one of the most terrifying things I've ever tried to do in my life. I admired this man so much,” Kutcher told the audience at the movie's Sundance Film Festival premiere Friday night, the event's closing-night ceremony. “I've thrown myself into this massive gauntlet of criticism," he added, because Jobs is a figure so many people knew. “I've never seen Abraham Lincoln walk into a room, but I've seen Steve Jobs walk into a room,” he said.
March 1, 2013 |
Most likely you've never heard of Walter L. Shaw. But it's just as likely that his inventions have been a regular part of your life. Here are a few things Shaw invented: Call forwarding. Conference calling. Touch-tone dialing. The answering machine. A burglar alarm that calls the police. The White House "red phone" that provided an emergency link between Washington and Moscow. OK, so you haven't used the last one. But still, it's an impressive list of stuff conceived by a man awarded 39 patents who eventually died penniless and relatively unknown. Opening Friday is "Genius on Hold," a documentary that tells the story of Shaw that might be remarkable even if you didn't know it was made by his son, Walter Shaw Jr., one of the world's most notorious jewel thieves. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Hyberbole?
August 26, 2011 |
In the years after Walt Disney's death in 1966, his successors did their best to run his namesake company as they thought the founder would have wanted. Even small decisions were subjected to extensive debate about Disney's preferences. The effort was heartfelt and well-intentioned — and it hobbled the company. "They were always double-checking themselves with 'what would Walt have done?'" said Harold Vogel, a veteran Disney analyst. "It didn't allow them to react to changes in marketplace nearly as fast as they should have.
February 9, 2012 |
We detailed the major tidbits from Steve Jobs' just-disclosed FBI files in an earlier post . But we've scoured the 191-page document for some minor Jobs trivia as well. Jobs' high school GPA: How about 2.65? Jobs wasn't much for school, choosing to go to Reed College in Oregon for a few semesters before he dropped out. Note to young people: Don't try this without adult supervision. Jobs also told agents he could think of nothing that could be used to blackmail him, was not a member of the Communist Party and did not belong to any organization that "espoused the overthrow of the government.