Check Out Steve Jobs Unveiling the First iMac 20 Years Ago

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The iMac is 20 years old, and it’s the computer that started Apple down the path to become the first company with a trillion dollar market cap. Then interim CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iMac on stage in May 1998, and the all-in-one computer shipped on August 15th. That computer shipped with a 233 MHz G3 processor, Mac OS 8.1, a 4 GB hard drive, and was the first Mac with USB. Check out Steve unveiling the original Bondi Blue iMac.

The Daughter of Steve Jobs is Publishing a Book

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of Steve Jobs, is publishing a book on September 4, 2018. She tells the story of “the pride and pain of a childhood spent navigating the vastness between her struggling single mom and Apple’s mercurial founder.” She wrote a book adaptation for Vanity Fair where she discusses some of her experiences.

In the spring of 1978, when my parents were 23, my mother gave birth to me on their friend Robert’s farm in Oregon, with the help of two midwives. The labor and delivery took three hours, start to finish. My father arrived a few days later. “It’s not my kid,” he kept telling everyone at the farm, but he’d flown there to meet me anyway. I had black hair and a big nose, and Robert said, “She sure looks like you.”

My parents took me out into a field, laid me on a blanket, and looked through the pages of a baby-name book. He wanted to name me Claire. They went through several names but couldn’t agree. They didn’t want something derivative, a shorter version of a longer name.

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Check Out this Awesome Collection of Steve Jobs Interviews

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Steve Jobs was an interesting and fascinating man, and his interviews reflect that. If you’re interested in checking out his insights going back to 1980—well before the internet and smartphones—check out the All About Steve Jobs website. Their collection of interviews includes magazine articles along with videos from Rolling Stone, Playboy, Fortune, Smithsonian, and more.

Check Out this Awesome Collection of Steve Jobs Interviews

A Japanese Artist Created a Steve Jobs Portrait With Ash

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Cult of Mac brings us news of a Steve Jobs portrait created from cigarette ash. Regardless of whether you think Mr. Jobs would approve this “toxic portrait” or not (I mean, yes cigarette chemicals are toxic), I think it’s a cool and creative way to make art. I don’t think I’ve ever seen ash art before, and this image of Mr. Jobs is very well done. The artist—who goes by the name Shin—recreated the famous Albert Watson photo, with Mr. Jobs posing and resting his hand on his chin. Shin also uses food and paper cups as media. You can find more of Shin’s work on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

A Japanese Artist Created a Steve Jobs Portrait With Ash

Senate Net Neutrality, Nader's Whiff, Jony Watchman - ACM 462

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The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would restore Net Neutrality in the country, but Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet explain why they don’t think it will go any further. They also break down Ralph Nader’s kind-of-weird whiff in complaining about Apple’s share buyback program. They cap the show with a look at how Sir Jony Ive is a watch-man, though Steve Jobs wasn’t involved with Apple Watch.

Watch Susan Kare Talk about Working on Original Mac Icons and Typography

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Check out this wonderful presentation from Susan Kare, a member of the original Mac team who designed the icons and typography for those early Macs. This movie has been around for years, but I just saw it in a piece at Tested about the Command Key icon. That story is part of the presentation and involves Steve Jobs. In fact, it includes all kinds of anecdotes and lore, and if you’re interested in Apple or Apple products, you will enjoy watching this presentation. And the reality is if you use a modern computing device, you owe Susan Kare a debt of gratitude. She’s done a lot of work for many other companies, too, and she touches on that in this preso. It’s great!

Watch Tim Cook's Duke University Commencement Speech

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Watch Apple CEO Tim Cook’s commencement speech for the graduating class of 2018 of Duke University. Topics include lessons he learned from Steve Jobs, including the important of “never [being] content.” He encouraged the class to “think different[ly],” and to seek change on important issues such as global warming, privacy, fighting racism, and other areas. Other topics include channeling his heroes Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Cook is an alumnus from Duke, making this address a return to his alma mater. He also praised the Parkland shooting survivors for getting involved in change, and also those who spoke up in the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. “If you hope to change the world, you must find your fearlessness,” he said. It was one of the more impassioned speeches I’ve watched Mr. Cook deliver. Those who disagree with social justice elements of his speech will likely pan it, while those who agree will give high marks. (Time has the transcript, in case you can’t watch the video).

Hodinkee Does the Watch-Lover's Interview with Sir Jony Ive

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Sir Jony Ive of Apple

Check out this great interview with Sir Jony Ive by Hodinkee‘s Benjamin Clymer. It’s essentially the watch-lover’s interview with Jony Ive. Here’s a snippet:

A publicist makes his way toward the rope – yes, it’s velvet – and straightens the post to which it is attached. He looks at it once more, and adjusts it again. It all feels very natural. The elevator bank opens and Jony strides off. He swiftly passes the twice-considered rope and is greeted by the team. I go in for a hearty handshake. But as with each time I converse with this man who has designed much of the world around us, I stumble at his kindness. “So nice to see you, Ben.”

Beautifully written, this interview includes annotations by Mr. Clymer to explain why he asked what he asked. And all of it is a piece by a fine timepiece enthusiast for fine time piece enthusiasts. One of the tidbits I found particularly interesting is that Jony Ive said he never talked about watches with Steve Jobs, and that the Apple Watch was first discussed a few months after his passing. This is a great interview.

Everything Warren Buffett Said about Apple Since 2011

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Warren Buffett on Apple - CNBC Compilation Video

Check out this compilation video CNBC made covering everything Warren Buffett said about Apple since 2011. It ranges from not owning Apple, but thinking highly of the company to buying Apple because of the value of its ecosystem. There’s also a mention of a conversation he had with Steve Jobs, who asked the Oracle of Omaha what he should do with all of Apple’s cash. Mr. Buffett’s advice then was to buy back shares, a strategy Apple has followed with zeal in the years since Mr. Jobs’s passing. Mr. Buffett is a very big deal in investing circles, and it’s an interesting to see his thoughts on Apple evolving over time. There was another interview with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates about Apple on Monday, and Mr. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway now owns $43 billion in AAPL stock.

Steve Jobs's 1973 Job Application Sells for $174,757

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The 1973 job application from a young feller named “Steve Jobs” sold at auction for a whopping $174,757 Thursday. That’s more than a lot of Apple I computers sell for, and generally speaking what mathematicians call “a lot of money.” According to RR Auction, “The winning bidder was an internet entrepreneur from London who wishes to remain anonymous.” Congrats to the unnamed winner! I think this application/questionnaire is an interesting piece of memorabilia. The original auction listing is gone, but there’s a new Past Auction description of the lot available. You can also see a larger image from the application in our original coverage.

Steve Jobs’s 1973 Job Application Sells for $174,757

Deep Dive on Apple's Tax Announcement, Jeff and Bryan Hypocrisy, and Apple Security - ACM 445

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Apple made some major announcements about taxes, investments, and the company’s five year plan for contributions to the U.S. economy, and Bryan and Jeff take  a deep dive into what it all means. They also examine their own potential for hypocrisy in criticizing Apple’s smarthome strategy. The cap the show with a listener comment about the Mac App Store security bug.