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We’re live outside the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York City where Apple has just unveiled the redesign of its iconic glass cube. This is easily one of the most recognizable Apple retail outlets in the world, and the new design makes it infinitely more elegant. There are now fewer glass panels than before and the redesign looks terrific in the morning light. A few store employees are standing outside making sure that nobody will “get fingerprints on the glass” before the grand opening. We’ll be taking more photos once the store opens but in the meantime, check out our images of Apple’s new 5th Avenue store in the gallery below.

UPDATE: The doors are now open and we’ve added almost 30 new images to the gallery, including several of the redesigned interior of the store.


Friday, Oct 07, 2011

Steve Jobs – creative ‘genius’, Apple Co-founder and innovative businessman. These are just some terms the grieving public have tagged to Job’s name. gives you a closer look into Jobs life with these 8 things that you probably did not know about Steve Jobs:

1. Early life and childhood

Steven Paul Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955. He was given away at birth by his mother who wanted him to be adopted by college graduates.

He was supposed to be adopted by a lawyer and his wife who decided at the last minuted that the wanted a girl instead. So Jobs was given to a couple named named Clara and Paul Jobs who lived in California.

His adoptive father – a term that Jobs openly objected to – was a machinist for a laser company and his mother worked as an accountant.

Later in life, Jobs discovered the identities of his biological parents. His estranged father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, is a Syrian Muslim immigrant to the US. He left the country when he was 18 and is presently a vice president of a casino in Reno, Nevada.

His birth mother, Joanne Schieble (later Simpson) was an American graduate student of Swiss and German ancestry and later went on to become a speech language pathologist and eventually married.

While Jobs reconnected with his mother in later years, he and his father remained estranged.

2. College dropout

The brain behind the most successful company in the world never graduated from college. Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon but dropped out after a single semester.

He told a graduating class of Stanford University that he did not see the value of spending all of his working-class parents’ savings on college tution when he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life.

He continued, however to “drop in” on classes that interested him, including a calligraphy class he cited as the reason Macintosh computers were designed with multiple typefaces.

In the famouse 2005 commencement speech to Stanford University, Jobs said of his time at Reed: “It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5 cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.”

3. Lied to his Apple co-founder about a job at entertainment software company Atari

Did you know Jobs played an essential role in making the popular and influential video game ‘Breakout’ created by Atari.

When Jobs was an employee of Atari he was tasked with creating a circuit board for the game. He was offered $100 for each chip that was eliminated from the game’s final design.

Since Jobs had little knowledge of or interest in circuit board design he struck a deal with Apple co-founder and friend, Steve Wozniak. They were to split the bonus evenly between the two of the, if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips.

Wozniak reduced it by 50 chips which resulted in a $5,000 bonus. But according to Wozniak’s own autobiography, Jobs told Wozniak that Atari had given them only $700 and that Wozniak’s share was therefore $350.


4. His sister is a famous author

Steve Jobs first met his biological sister in 1986. Mona Simpson (born Mona Jandali) is the well known author of ‘Anywhere But Here’ – a story about a mother and daughter that was later made into a movie starring Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon.

After reuniting, Jobs and Simpson developed a close relationship. When speaking about his sister, Job told a New York Times interviewer: “We’re family. She’s one of my best friends in the world. I call her and talk to her every couple of days.’

‘Anywhere But Here is dedicated to “my brother Steve.”

5. Celebrity romances

It is written in two unauthorized biographies of Steve Jobs, that he had a relationship with American fold singer Joan Baez. Baez confirmed the the two were close “briefly,” though her romantic connection with Bob Dylan is much better known (Dylan was the Apple icon’s favorite musician).

The biography also notes that Jobs went out with actress Diane Keaton briefly.

6. His first daughter

Jobs had his first child when he was 23 with his high school girlfriend Chris Ann Brennan. Lisa Brennan Jobs was born in 1978, just as Apple was on the rise in the tech world.

He and Brennan never married, and Jobs reportedly denied paternity claiming he was sterile in court documents. He went on to father three more children with wife Laurene Powell. After later mending his relationship with Lisa, Jobs paid for her education at Harvard.

7. Alternative lifestyle

According to Jobs hinted at his early experience with the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Jobs said in an interview about Microsoft founder Bill Gates that he thinks if Gates would be a “broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger”.

In a book interview, Jobs called his experience with the drug “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.”

Jobs travelled to India to visit the well-known Kainchi Ashram from which he went back to the US as a Zen Buddhist.

Jobs was also a pescetarian who didn’t consume most animal products, and didn’t eat meat other than fish.

8. His fortune

Jobs only earned $1 a year when he was the CEO of Apple. He kept his salary as $1 since 1997, the year he became the company’s lead executive. Of his salary, Jobs joked in 2007: “I get 50 cents a year for showing up, and the other 50 cents is based on my performance.”

In early 2011, Jobs owned 5.5 million shares of Apple. After his death, Apple shares were valued at US$377.64 (S$491.838) – a roughly 43-fold growth in valuation over the last 10 years that shows no signs of slowing down.

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011
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Former CEO Steve Jobs handles the iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010. Photo: Jon Snyder/

A little more light has been shed on the odd story of Apple losing another iPhone prototype in a Bay Area bar.

The man who’s home was searched by what he believed to be San Francisco Police Department officers was Bernal Heights resident Sergio Calderón, SF Weekly discovered. And the police officers? They may have been investigators working for Apple who were actually impersonating police officers.

Impersonating a police officer is a misdemeanor in California, and is punishable by up to a year of jail time. Another option is that Apple was working with police officers, and a proper report was never filed. When the SFPD has been called and asked about the Apple incident, representatives said they had no knowledge of the search.

“This is something that’s going to need to be investigated now,” SFPD spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield told SF Weekly. “If this guy is saying that the people said they were SFPD, that’s a big deal.”

On Wednesday CNET reported that in late July an Apple representative lost a “priceless” next generation iPhone prototype in San Francisco bar Cava 22. Apple reportedly used GPS to track the phone to a Bernal Heights area home, where police officers were given permission to search the home for the device. The resident was offered money by Apple for the iPhone’s safe return, but it was not turned in. The phone was sold on Craigslist for $200, according to CNET, but no independent evidence of the post has surfaced.

The incident is reminiscent of what happened last year when an iPhone 4 prototype was left at a Redwood City bar, and purchased for $5,000 by Gizmodo.

Here’s what went down, according to the new report by SF Weekly:

Calderón said that at about 6 p.m. six people — four men and two women — wearing badges of some kind showed up at his door. “They said, ‘Hey, Sergio, we’re from the San Francisco Police Department.’” He said they asked him whether he had been at Cava 22 over the weekend (he had) and told him that they had traced a lost iPhone to his home using GPS.

They did not say they were there on Apple’s behalf, but they said that the “owner of the phone” would offer Calderón $300 for the phone.

Calderón told SF Weekly that he was threatened by the law-enforcement officers when they visited his house, and said that he has no knowledge of the prototype.

One of the officers who visited the Calderón household was a man named “Tony”. He left his phone number with Calderón in case he discovered any information about the lost phone. It turns out the phone number belongs to an ex-cop named Anthony Colon, who apparently now works for Apple. A search on LinkedIn found that Colon works as a special investigator for Apple and is a former San Jose police officer. That page is now removed from the site, but caches can still be viewed.

This tale keeps getting weirder and weirder. Apple hasn’t returned phone calls on the matter from

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Apple on Monday showed off a revamped version of its mobile operating system, iOS 5, which will ship to customers this fall and support the same devices as the last update.

Developers will get to check out iOS 5 today. It adds more than 500 new features, 10 of which Apple discussed during a Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, including a notification center and the option to go PC-free.

First up, Apple has added a notification center to iOS 5, which combines all notifications, divided by apps, in one place – just swipe down from the top to reveal them. That includes missed calls, mail notifications, sports scores, Facebook updates, and more. The idea is to not have notifications interuppt your iOS activity. A text message you receive while playing a game appears at the top, but doesn’t interrupt the game, and then disappears.

Tired of hooking up your iPhone to a computer? With iOS 5, you’ll see a welcome screen rather than an icon urging you to hook up the device to a computer. You can set it up without a PC and updates will be delivered over the air.

To that end, you won’t have to go back to a computer to create calendars; just create or delete from the iPhone. “If you want to cut the cord, you can,” said Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone Software.

Apple also unveiled iMessage, a messaging solution that will sync across iOS devices. Users can access delivery receipts, optional read receipts, and typing notifications so you know when someone is responding, a la BlackBerry Messenger. It’s available over 3G and Wi-Fi and everything is encrypted, Apple said.

With iMessage, the message will come in at the top of the screen. Tap it and a keyboard pops up. A three-dots icon indicates that someone is replying; receipt is added to the messages log.

Apple’s iOS will also include AirPlay mirroring, which will mirror the iPad 2 right to the TV, wirelessly, as well as Wi-Fi synching to iTunes.

Apple’s iOS 5 also added a single place for all magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Users can auto-download to the home screen via background downloads. When you wake up, your newspaper will be ready for you to read, offline, with the cover showing the new magazine or newspaper. Apple currently has subscription options for publications like National Geographic, Spin, Vanity Fair, and Popular Mechanics.

Cupertino is also jumping on the Twitter bandwagon with a single sign-on for the micro-blogging site. Enter your name or password and it’s configured for other apps, too. Apple’s iOS 5 will also integrate Twitter with Camera and Photos. If you take a photo and want to tweet that photo, there’s a sheet with thumbnail, character countdown, and location. Users can also tweet articles from Safari and locations from Maps, as well as integrate with Contacts.

On the Safari front, the Reader option will put a particular online story “front and center, with no distractions,” Apple said. Reader will rip the story from the page and put a multiple-page story on a single page. The Reading List feature can save a story for later by adding it to Reader, which will be accessible across all iOS devices. Finally, there will be tabbed browsing, which will include “lightning fast” switching between windows, Forstall said.

Want your phone to be your personal assistant? Reminders will take our to-do lists and put them on your phone. They can even be tailored to your location. “Remind me to call my wife when I leave the office,” for example. Reminders will also sync with your calendar and Exchange.

The iOS 5 update also touched on the camera. Do you need to take a photo immediately? Double click the home button and it’ll bring up the camera, even if you have a passcode set. The volume up button can also be used to take a photo. The will be optional grid lines for rule of thirds, pinch to zoom, autofocus and autoexposure lock when you hold your finger over part of the scene, and you can edit photos directly on the iPhone – crop, rotate, and red-eye reduction.

On Mail, iOS 5 will add some customization options like bold, italics, control of indentations, and support for flagging. All messages will be on the phone and the server and you can swipe to the inbox. There will also be more enterprise support, like S-MIME. A lock icon will indicate that the content is encrypted.

A new variant for the keyboard, meanwhile, allows users to “grab handles” and split the keyboard, moving it closer to your thumbs.

GameCenter, meanwhile, will include the ability to add photos of your friends, compare yourself against them, and see friends of friends. Apple also added game recommendations, which you can purchase and download right from GameCenter. There is also support for turn-based games, like Scrabble, right in the OS.

Apple also revealed that it has sold 25 million iPads. The company’s Lion Mac OS X, meanwhile, will be available via the Mac App Store starting in July for $29.

Last week, comScore found that the continued popularity of the iPhone and Android-based devices helped Apple and Google maintain their lead over RIM in the first three months of the year, with iPhones snapping up 26 percent of the U.S. market.

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