Posts Tagged ‘Steve Jobs’

Tablets Gone Wild

Posted: June 29, 2012 by jerkmag in SURF -- tech
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I remember the day Steve Jobs stepped up on stage and announced the iPhone. It was unbelievable. It wasn’t so much the technology that was impressive, needless to say it was, but it was the whole presentation and the amount of thought put into the user, not just the phone. Then the iPhone 4 came out. It had a camera at the front – Steve Jobs set on a comfortable couch and demonstrated FaceTime. I looked at my mom’s Nokia phone, which at this point was about three years old. There was a tiny square at the front of the phone. It was a camera, and I pointed it out and asked my mom if she ever used the front facing camera on her phone. “What front facing camera?”, she asked.

Apple wasn’t necessarily making up new technology as they went along. They were selling a service, an experience, something that people would feel like they needed in their day to day lives. If you’re interested in why Apple, and other similar brands, have become so successful, you might want to check out Start With Why by Simon Sinek. It’s a really simple read and quite cheap to order from Amazon.

Exactly a week ago, Apple had its June Keynote and announced a few new things. I’m always amazed by how far ahead Apple seems to be. Even their ‘campus’ where all their innovation happens is so secretive. In fact, they are actually in the planning stages of moving to a new location. Check it out, it’s just as sexy as all their products.

So with all this Apple build up, I decided to write about… the new Surface tablet by Microsoft! Yay! All the new Apple announcements are covered extensively all over the web, you have more than enough information about it at your fingertips. If you’re super lazy and don’t want to type “apple june keynote highlights” into Google, then here.

Remember the Zune? The brand was completely terminated by Microsoft last fall. The Zune is a failed competitor to the iPod. Back in the day Microsoft was playing catch up with Apple’s innovations and produced the Zune in hopes of taking on part of the market and failed. But Microsoft isn’t one of the biggest companies in the world for no reason. Today, it announced the Surface, the competitor to the iPad. The Surface is a personal computer tablet that will run Windows 8. It is the first product that has been designed directly by Microsoft, something Apple has been doing since its beginnings. The Surface is packed with features that you would expect, including a HD touch screen, front and rear cameras, thin and light design, and the rest. It comes with design features such as an unfolding protective cover that doubles as a keyboard, a touch pen that clicks into the device, and a built-in kickstand.

I’m not going to lie, it looks kinda cool. Last quarter, the Windows devision of the company alone recorded $4.6 billion in sales, “$3 billion of which was pure profit”. It holds the 6th place for the highest profit margin in the Fortune 500 List. Microsoft isn’t one of the biggest companies in the world for no reason… I’m really curious to see how successful the Surface becomes. Check it out yourself, and we’ll make sure to you keep up to date with it.

-Can Cakmak

Steve Jobs, the recently deceased founder of Apple and technological wizard, made a tremendous impact in many spheres of people’s lives. However, one arena that Jobs’ impact would seem to not have reached is that of the world of theater. But after his death, Jobs’ influence continues to trickle its way through our society and has now landed itself a place in the world of theater.

Mike Daisey, the well-known monologist (well, as well-known as any monologists can be), has brought Steve Jobs to off-Broadway in his new one-man show, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”.  Daisey’s monologue is described on the show’s website as “illuminating how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods.”

The show focuses on America’s obsession with technology and how Apple and its legendary founder have shaped American life. A large part of the talk fixates on the effect of this passion for technology on the producers of the physical product in China. Daisey draws on his own experiences and visits to the nation to make his arguments about the effect of technology on China.

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I remember the day my dad and I went to buy my sister her first iPod.  It was for her eighth grade graduation (she has now graduated college to put things in perspective). I remember, back then, being so confused as to why she would want an iPod. 10 years later, hand an iPad to a two-year-old, and I guarantee you they will know how to operate it.

I can’t imagine the world today without the invention of iPods and iTunes.  What was the music industry before it went digital?  Of course, there were several MP3 players on the market before the iPod took off, but there was nothing as innovative.  For the first time, music was truly portable.  No more cassette tapes, CDs, or even Walkmans.

It wasn’t simply the introduction of the iPod that revolutionized the music industry, but also the launch of iTunes. It was iTunes that paved the way for hundreds of other digital music outlets.  Since then, we’ve seen the launch of YouTube, Soundcloud, and more recently, Spotify.  But everything always comes back to iTunes, the main threshold that holds every music file in its perfect library and playlists.  It’s almost ironic that as we bid a sad adieu to Steve Jobs, iTunes, too, is slowly beginning to die out.  When free music streaming is now as easily obtainable as snow in a Syracuse winter, why pay $1.29 for a song?

Even if iTunes has seen its better days, it will take a while for something to top the iPod/iPhone portable music player.  And for that, we say thanks, Steve.  Below is a remix by DJ Chuckie dedicated to Steve Jobs.  This song is sick, and a serious gift from me to you.  So be appreciative, and jam out.

-Hayley Isaacson

It’s not a new fad in the fashion world; it’s actually been around for some time now. You even probably wore them at one point in your life, or have seen people casually walking down the street wearing them even to this day. Yes, the turtleneck has reared its ugly head once again.

My absolute favorite blogger, Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller, recently announced its return. I must admit, I lost some respect for her after that post–not too much, but enough to limit my visits to her blog to two times a day rather than the regular five. As much as I am turned off by their presence, I have to agree with some of the valid points she brings up.

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By this point in time, you’ve surely been acquainted with Apple’s new in devours in the female hygiene market with its latest in “game-changing” technology, the iPad. If you haven’t seen one yet, be sure to visit Apple’s website for images and videos. Or, if that’ too much work for you, grab a friend’s iPod Touch and look at it under a magnifying glass. Ta-da it’s the future! Yeah right. Go back into hibernation, Steve Jobs.

For us self-proclaimed Apple enthusiasts, there has been a lot of disappointment about the new iPad and Internet users have been quick to respond. From across the World Wide Web, I am proud to introduce you to the truth about the iPad, or, as many Twitter users like to refer to it, the “iTampon.”

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