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Dutch To Open Steve Jobs Schools, Educate Nation

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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Dutch educators and politicians are proposing to fulfill Steve Jobs’ vision and create a school where students are taught with iPads. The proposal will be presented on Monday in Amsterdam. The plan, called Education for a New Era, is designed to help students learn “21st century skills” and push the limits of what can be done in a classroom.

If the proposal goes through, the “Steve Jobs schools” would open their doors in August 2013. In his biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson shared a story of Jobs’ meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. Along with sharing his displeasure at the difficulty in building a factory in the United States, he also disassembled America’s education system.

It was absurd, he added that American classrooms were still based on teachers standing at a board and using textbooks. All books, learning materials, and assessments should be digital and interactive, tailored to each student and providing feedback in real time.

Jobs wanted to hire great textbook writers to create digital versions, and make them a feature of the iPad. He wanted to make textbooks free and bundled with the iPad, and believed such a system would give states the opportunity to save money.

Earlier this year, Apple rolled out a digital textbook initiative. The company partnered with McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt — the three companies together control 90% of the textbook market in the U.S. — and is focusing on high school textbooks initially. Apple presumably wants to expand the project to include all grade levels, and eventually fulfill Jobs’ vision of a digital classroom.

Source: Macrumors

Apple Cash Discussion About Share Buyback. A Steve Jobs Move.

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Apple took the world by storm Sunday night, California time, when it issued a press release announcing a conference call to be held before market open on Monday. Apple said that it would discuss only its “cash” position on the conference call. There is much speculation that the announcement will be about a dividend; a one time special dividend or a recurring annual dividend. Others say that it may be a share buyback. Then there are other, that say that it could be an acquisition. I think that Apple will announce that, it has already done the buyback. This will quite the people that are pre-occupied with its cash position because its cash position will no longer be and issue, allowing Apple’s management to get back to focusing on the company and its great products. This solution benefits shareholders and still keeps the growth investors, interested in the stock. It also explains the run up in Apple shares every single day since Q1 earnings. I believe only Apple could have been buying its shares. They knew it was just too undervalued. Further, it explains the short notice leading to the conference call, and its short duration as Apple will have little to say. I believe, this move was not accidental. I believe it was a move engineered by the Great Steve Jobs. The heavy volume this past week can be explained now, as Apple was rushing to complete the buyback. So it was the invisible hand of Steve Jobs moving Apple shares.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Has A Meltdown At iPad Launch

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Salesforce (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff was at the new iPad launch. As he sat in the crowd he invite people to tweet him with questions.

I guess when Apple CEO Tim Cook, took the stage and failed to thank the Great Steve Jobs, Benioff had a melt down:

Tim Cook didn’t thank or remember Steve Jobs at iPad3 launch.There would be no iPad3 without Steve Jobs. Steve you were the best we had!

— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 7, 2012

Then he started taking shots at the Great company and its products:

Lame name of ipad3″The New iPad”.Where is the zen?Ipad3?Ipads?Ipad retina? Ipadx?

— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 7, 2012

Then it started going downhill:

The only racial and gender diversity in Apple’s keynotes is in the movies they show at the launches.#ipad3

— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 7, 2012

I guess he was missing the Great Steve Jobs. We all do. He was the greatest.

This #ipad3 launch is horribly boring.Steve, I miss you terribly. yfrog.com/oct1swvj

— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 7, 2012

Then Benioff continued with his tweets:

Apple: we have lots of white men building white #ipad3s. No women on stage at launch. Only racial diversity is in videos and photos shown.

— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 7, 2012

Forrest Gump On Apple

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Apple makes Forrest Gump, the poor boy, a millionaire

Life is like a box of Apples!

You know its all good inside.

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Apple Rises To All Time High To Salute Its Maker

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Apple opened at an all time high on Friday, February 24th, the day its founder Steve Jobs was born. Steve Jobs would have been 57. To top it up, Apple closed the day at an all time high of $522.41. I guess Apple’s shares were echoing the sentiment of the stock market by saluting its maker, the Great Steve Jobs. Apple has been firing on all cylinders since the return of the Great Guru in 1997. I am long Apple.

Happy Birthday Steve Jobs

Friday, February 24th, 2012

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Today, is Steve Jobs’ birthday. He would have been 57. His life would turn out to be stranger than fiction. His mother put him up for adoption at birth, he had a rough start, little did anyone know that Steve Jobs would become the messiah of the technology industry. He created the personal computer revolution that has touched billions and changed the world. His contributions to humanity transcends time, and are in the order of magnitude to that of Gallieo, Da Vinci, Marco Polo and Einstein.

Happy birthday Steve Jobs! We miss you.

FBI Releases 190 Page Report On Steve Jobs

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The FBI has release a 190 page on the Apple founder, The Great Steve Jobs. Here is the report from CBS:

The FBI, noted for its dossiers on Martin Luther King, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, released its file on late Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Jobs Thursday. The document is pretty benign, revealing only that he experimented with drugs during the early 1970s, and that the famously difficult Jobs wasn’t always nice to everyone.

In 1991, Jobs was being considered for a post on President George H.W. Bush’s Export Council, an appointment that would not have required Senate confirmation. The FBI was asked to do a background check, the file said. A large number of people who worked with Jobs at the time or knew him in some other capacity were asked to comment on his character and suitability for a political position.

“Several individuals commented concerning past drug use on the part of Mr. Jobs,” the file said. Jobs was said to have” experimented with marijuana, hashish and LSD” during 1970-1974 period, but was not believed to have used any illegal drugs in the five years prior to 1991.

“Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs’ honesty,” the file said, “stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.”

One of the people interviewed in March 1991 who described himself as “bitter and somewhat alienated” after working for the Apple co-founder, said Jobs is “basically honest and trustworthy”, but his “moral character is suspect.” He added that Jobs also alienated many other Apple employees, but that he could succeed in “any political position.”

Jobs died last October after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Fans Still Flock To Steve Jobs Home

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I have accomplished something many Apple & Steve Jobs’ fans weren’t able to. I was able to pull up my Mercedes right behind Steve Jobs’ Mercedes at his home in Palo Alto, California.

I call it is an accomplishment because Steve Jobs, was not just any CEO. He was a rock star. The rock star co-founder of Apple (AAPL), the greatest company in the world. When he was alive it was practically impossible to pull up your car next to his. His discreet security detail would have prevented that from happening.

That was because everybody wanted a piece of him. Heads of nations, ceos, celebrities, media, entrepreneurs, community organizations all wanted a piece of him. Hence it was not possible to get close to him let alone to pull your car up behind behind his in front of his house.

In fact, you still really can’t, just pull up behind his car, which is parked in the same spot where he last parked it. His security team, always kind as ever, gave me special permission to do so for this picture. When I asked how things were, the security agent shared with me that, 600 people from all over the world still visit Steve Jobs home everyday, to take pictures and to pay homage to the Great One.

Hundreds Of Fans Still Flock To Steve Jobs Home

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I have accomplished something many Apple & Steve Jobs’ fans weren’t able to. I was able to pull up my Mercedes right behind Steve Jobs’ Mercedes at his home in Palo Alto, California.

I call it is an accomplishment because Steve Jobs, was not just any CEO. He was a rock star. The rock star co-founder of Apple (AAPL), the greatest company in the world. When he was alive it was practically impossible to pull up your car next to his. His discreet security detail would have prevented that from happening.

That was because everybody wanted a piece of him. Heads of nations, ceos, celebrities, media, entrepreneurs, community organizations all wanted a piece of him. Hence it was not possible to get close to him, let alone to pull up behind him, and in front of his house at that.

In fact, you still really can’t, just pull up behind his car, which is parked in the same spot where he last parked it. His security team, always kind as ever, gave me special permission to do so for this picture. When I asked how things were, the security agent shared with me that, 600 people from all over the world still visit Steve Jobs home everyday, to take pictures and to pay homage to the Great One.

WSJ: 8 of 10 Most Read News Stories Were Apple Related

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The WSJ reports 8 of 10 most read business stories in 2011 were Apple related. Apple dominated news media making headlines with product launches that stoked frenzy to the somber news of Steve Jobs’s death.

1. Death of the Steve Jobs
Steven P. Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal-computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died in October at the age of 56.
(Oct. 5, 2011)

2. Verizon Finally Lands the iPhone
The move for the first time let U.S. consumers choose the network that carries their iPhone.
(Jan. 7, 2011)

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3. Jobs Quits as Apple CEO
Steve Jobs, the ailing tech visionary who co-founded Apple Inc., said in August that he was unable to continue as chief executive of the technology giant and handed the reins to Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook.
(Aug. 24, 2011)

4. Apple’s New iPad in Production
Apple Inc. by February had started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor.
(Feb. 8, 2011)

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5. Sprint to Get iPhone
Sprint Nextel Corp. would begin selling the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, filling a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier’s lineup and giving Apple Inc. another sales channel for its popular gadget.
(Aug. 23, 2011)

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6. New iPhone Bows but Fails to Wow
Despite upgrades to its internal components and some new software capabilities, the iPhone 4S looks like its predecessor physically and doesn’t make a big leap in its overall capabilities.
(Oct. 4, 2011)

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7. Apple’s Showman Takes the Stage
Steve Jobs asserted Apple Inc.’s command over the hottest market in computing and demonstrated his flair as high-tech’s most celebrated pitchman.
(March 2, 2011)

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8. Apple, Google Collect User Data
Apple Inc.’s iPhones and Google Inc.’s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back to Apple and Google, respectively, according to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal—intensifying concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data.
(April 21, 2011)

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9. Borders Forced to Liquidate, Close All Stores
Borders Group Inc. said it would liquidate after the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain failed to receive any offers to save it.
(July 18, 2011)

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10. Microsoft Co-Founder Hits Out at Gates
Bill Gates schemed to take shares in Microsoft Corp. from his co-founder during the early days of the software company following his partner’s treatment for cancer, according to a memoir by the billionaire co-founder, Paul Allen.
(March 30, 2011)