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Steve Jobs is No More!

Posted: October 6, 2011 by Shishir Gupta in Apple, Computer Articles
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Yesterday (5-Oct-2011), the world lost one of its great computer entrepreneurs and inventors, Steve Jobs. He was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the Apple Inc. Jobs was always know for his very different kind of thinking, which actually helped him innovate and produce products that common people could not even think of. He was a great visionary and was one of the people who actually changed the face of technology. Under him, and mainly because of him Apple had established itself as a brand that had no comparison, when i came to quality of products. The loss of this genius, is not only going to hurt Apple but also to almost all their consumers.

I realy appreciated his thought process and his vision and one of his statements really amaze me of what kind of a persona he had. He often would say, “To innovate and make new products do not ask the customers, they know nothing”. Seeing the kind of thinking process he had and the products that he launched, this statement of his so much holds true. People hardly know about what they want new in technology. It is only when you give it to them then they get to know of something new.

Steve Jobs was suffering from pancreatic cancer for sometime now. He in January this year had also gone under a liver transplant. Though I am not really sure of the real cause of his death, but most probably he lost his prolonged fight against cancer.

Here is an article from the Reuters that covers a small article on the genius.

(Reuters) – Steve Jobs, the transcendent Silicon Valley entrepreneur who reinvented the world’s computing, music and mobile phone industries and changed the daily habits of millions around the globe, died on Wednesday at the age of 56.

His death after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer sparked an immediate outpouring of tributes as world leaders, business rivals and fans alike lamented the tragedy of his premature passing and celebrated his monumental achievements.

“The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement.

Fans paid homage to Jobs outside Apple stores around the world, from Los Angeles to Sydney. Outside one store in New York City, mourners laid candles, bouquets of flowers, an apple and an iPod Touch in a makeshift memorial. In San Francisco, they held up black-and-white portraits of Jobs on their iPads.

Many websites, including Apple’s own, were transformed into online memorials, a testament to the digital creativity that Jobs inspired.

“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor,” said Microsoft’s Bill Gates, who once triumphed over Jobs but has seen his legendary status overtaken by the Apple co-founder in recent years.

Jobs was surrounded by his wife and immediate family when he died in Palo Alto, California, Apple said late on Wednesday. Other details were not immediately available.

Jobs stepped down as CEO in August and handed the reins to long-time operations chief Tim Cook. With a passion for minimalist design and a genius for marketing, Jobs laid the groundwork for the company to continue to flourish after his death, most analysts and investors say.

But Apple still faces challenges in the absence of the man who was its chief product designer, marketing guru and salesman nonpareil. Phones running Google’s Android software are gaining share in the smartphone market, and there are questions over what the next big thing is in Apple’s product line.

LEGENDARY ENTREPRENEUR

A college drop-out and the son of adoptive parents, Jobs changed the technology world in the late 1970s, when the Apple II became the first personal computer to gain a wide following. He did it again in 1984 with the Macintosh, which built on the breakthrough technologies developed at Xerox Parc and elsewhere to create the personal computing experience as we know it today.

The rebel streak that’s central to his persona got him tossed out of the company in 1985, but he returned in 1997 and after a few years began the rollout of a troika of products — the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad — that again upended the established order in major industries.

A diagnosis of a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004 initially cast only a mild shadow over Jobs and Apple, with the CEO asserting that the disease was treatable. But his health deteriorated rapidly over the past several years, and after two temporary leaves of absence he stepped down as chief executive and became Apple’s chairman in August.

Jobs’ death came just one day after Cook presented a new iPhone at the kind of gala event that became Jobs’ trademark. Perhaps coincidentally, the new device got lukewarm reviews, with many saying that it wasn’t a big enough improvement over the existing version of one of the most successful consumer products in history.

Apple on Wednesday paid homage to its visionary leader by changing its website to a big black-and-white photograph of him with the caption “Steve Jobs: 1955-2011.”

The flags outside the company’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop flew at half mast. Employees left flowers on a bench and a mourner played music on bagpipes in an impromptu tribute.

Cook said in a statement that Apple planned to hold a celebration of Jobs’ life for employees “soon”.

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve,” Apple said in a statement.

“His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

The announcement of Jobs’ death came after almost all trading in U.S. stocks had finished for the day. Apple’s stock was last quoted at $377.22, a tad lower than its Nasdaq close of $378.25.

Outside Jobs’ house in Palo Alto, neighbors and friends left flowers and drew messages with markers on the sidewalk. “Thanks for changing the world,” read one.

A low fence surrounded a lawn filled with apple trees.

“He was special for the area, like part of the family,” said Robert Blum, who brought flowers with his eight-year-old son, Daniel.

NET WORTH $7 BLN

Jobs, in his trademark uniform of black mock-turtleneck and blue jeans, was deemed the heart and soul of a company that rivals Exxon Mobil as the most valuable in America.

Forbes estimates Jobs’ net worth at $7 billion. It was not immediately known how his estate would be handled.

His health had been a controversial topic for years and a deep concern to Apple fans and investors. Even board members have in past years confided to friends their concern that Jobs, in his quest for privacy, was not being forthcoming enough with directors about the true condition of his health.

Born in San Francisco, the Buddhist and son of adoptive parents started Apple Computer with friend Steve Wozniak in his parent’s garage 1976.

Six years ago, Jobs had talked about how a sense of his mortality was a major driver behind that vision.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” Jobs said during a Stanford commencement ceremony in 2005.

“Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

(Additional reporting by Beck Diefenbach)

(Reporting by Poornima Gupta, Edwin Chan, Andrew Longstreth, Sarah McBride, Bill Rigby, Lisa Richwine, Liana Baker, Soyoung Kim, Nadia Damouni and Peter Lauria; Editing by Gary Hill, Tiffany Wu, Ted Kerr and Bernard Orr)”

One of my teachers had updated a message on his FaceBook profile as a tribute to this genius, I really found it appealing and so thought of putting it here:

“People like Steve Jobs are those enigmas that are born but once, in a life time. What an absolutely amazing man!! Created a company – got thrown out of the very company he created – returned to give it an altogether different shape – quit when people asked why – and then became a part of history. What we can take home from the unbelievable feats of this great man – if I may use the word ‘unbelievable’, is the fact that he never thought there was anything called ‘impossible’. May GOD rest his noble soul in eternal peace. He made life so much easier for us – lesser mortals.”

Here is one of his speeches from the Stanford University’s commencement speech in 2005

‎”Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” he said. “Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
– Steve Jobs (Stanford University’s commencement speech, 2005)

I sincerely hope that his loss will not effect the legacy of Apple that he had created, and in the end all I can wish for his that may god let him Rest In Peace.

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After three years Apple is back to what it is known to be best at — launch new product. The computing giant launched iPad, a sleek table that aims to revolutionize the publishing business the same way as Apple iPod transformed the music industry and iPhone transformed the telecom industry. But there are many misses in this, with all the great features it has got. The critics are lamenting the absence of some features which they feel are basic for any product of iPad’s category. So what is it that is missing from Apple’s big launch? Read on to find out. I just found out 9 misses at Indiatimes Infotech. I am just listing them out here.

Lack of camera
One big miss in Apple iPad is camera. Lack of camera seems disappointing especially since the device is said to be somewhere between a smart phone and laptop. And in today’s smart phones presence of camera seems almost default.
Lack of camera means there is no option to video chat or even do video-conferencing.

No SD card support
With iPad coming in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions, storage seems big. But still extra storage is always welcome. And with no SD card support that option is not available.

No Adobe Flash support
Another big miss is absence of Flash support. With a screen as big as 9.7 inches, Flash support is surely to be missed.
As surfing the Web without Flash is not same. The `big, empty video boxes in the middle of a page’ that will appear are sure to disappoint. People won’t be able to access miniclip, play farmville, watch ESPN or Hulu.
In iPhone 3GS too when users browse through Web pages with Adobe Flash, it displays empty spaces with missing icons.

Lack of multitasking with applications
Multitasking seems to be becoming a computing norm, with even mobile OSes offering it. However, there is no multitasking option in iPad’s OS. This means for example users can’t listen to FM while they surf the Web, or switch back and forth between Facebook at Twitter, or write an email while talking on a VOIP call.

Widescreen/Aspect Ratio
Analysts feel that a 4:3 aspect ratio may be just perfect for using iPhone apps in full screen mode. However, a similar aspect ratio may not be as good for media. Especially since the digital world is rapidly moving to widescreen formats.

Digital ink and paper
Being touted as a ‘Kindle killer’ by many, Apple iPad is not exactly that. For, Apple iPad lacks the advantages of a digital ink and paper which are considered to be integral parts of an e-reader.

No HDMI Out
There is no facility for HDMI output in iPad. This means users will not be able to view HD videos on a large TV screen even if they have downloaded the same from iTunes.

Need of Adapters
The design may seem just seamless. But, you may find it too seamless when you will figure out the number of adapters you would require with it. Apple iPad has no USB ports reportedly. So, whatever you want to use with it camera, printer or even a USB, you would need an adapter for it.

Can’t ‘download’ Apps
If you are among those who loves trying new applications, iPad is surely not for you. As in ipad you can download applications only from Apple’s AppStore. iPad doesn’t allow users to download any apps other than from the App Store!