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Editors and writers from Computerworld, Network World, and ITworld share their thoughts on Steve Jobs, his impact on technology and the legacy he leaves behind.

Tip of the Hat: An expansive look at Apple's big asset
Apple is the company the tech world looks to for innovation and for leadership. The company is on multiple 'most admired' lists. To what does the company credit that success? Clearly, its design capabilities.

An unnecessary path to tech: A bachelor's degree
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Edward Snowden all launched tech careers without four-year college degrees, and that may be true for a large percentage of techies.

Tip of the Hat: Lenovo looks to recreate Jobs magic, while Apple moves on
The wildly successful playbook used by Steve Jobs at Apple would normally be copied and followed by other companies looking for a competitive edge.

Create Magical Vendor Presentations Using Analytics, TED and Steve Jobs
The best TED speakers, channeling Steve Jobs, are dynamic, engaging and moving. Meanwhile, analytics technology can provide near-real-time feedback on whatever you want, including audience (dis)engagement. So why are so many tech industry events just more of the same?

2014: Does Apple still look doomed?
Don't be fooled by the company's rocky 2013. There are strong signs that it has turned the corner.

The top tech stories of 2013: Big Brother, wearables, and the struggles of aging tech giants
Politics collided with technology this year as stories about U.S. government spying stirred angst among U.S. citizens and foreign governments and the flawed site got American health-care reform off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, the post-PC era put aging tech giants under pressure to reinvent themselves.

Apple needs 22% of TV set market to stay on top
While the iPod, iPhone and MacBook catapulted Apple into the ranks of the Fortune 50, sales have leveled off somewhat and for the company to continue being a cash-generating machine, it will need new technologies -- a key one being an industry-changing flat-screen TV.

Scot Finnie: Is Apple OK?
It has stumbled under Tim Cook, and 2013 has been mighty thin in terms of product launches. Can it still do amazing things?

Review: Jobs the movie applies its own reality distortion field
Jobs, the feature-length movie starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, will entertain Apple fans as much as it frustrates them with its dramatic reinterpretation of events.

Activist investor Carl Icahn means trouble with a capital 'T' for Apple
At best, his presence will be a distraction for CEO Tim Cook, not exactly what the doctor ordered for Apple.

Larry Ellison forecasts Apple's doom
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison in an interview on CBS yesterday praised Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, calling him 'our Edison,' and argued that without him, Apple would lose its status as a technology leader.

The whole enchilada: Integrated compute platforms steamroll across IT
Vendors are rebuilding the mainframe with converged infrastructure, collapsed kit or integrated compute platforms -- whatever you want to call it. And customers are loving it.

What CSC Is Doing Right (and Wrong) In Its Turnaround Efforts
In the last 15 months, Computer Science Corp. CEO Mike Lawrie has handpicked his executive team and streamlined the CSC product line. This is a good start, but if CSC wants to emulate the turnaround efforts of IBM and Apple, the company should look for a formidable CFO and step up its marketing efforts.

Moves, mistakes prove Steve Jobs era at Apple over, say analysts
Apple is clearly not Steve Jobs' company any longer, analysts said this week, citing examples from Tuesday's earning calls with Wall Street.

SkyDrive decision reveals Microsoft's Office on iOS strategy
Microsoft's update Wednesday to its SkyDrive iOS app shows that the software giant has no intention of sharing revenue with rival Apple, and is further evidence it will tie Office on the iPad to its subscription plans, an analyst said today.

Which way Apple ticks on the iWatch will show how gutsy the firm remains
If Apple ever makes some kind of "iWatch" wearable device, how the company positions the device will tell a lot about where it's going.

Apple sticks with jailbreaking-is-evil warning
iOS jailbreaks may come and go, but Apple continues to warn that hacking an iPhone to install unapproved software, while not illegal, may void the device's service warranty.

Steve Jobs threatened Palm with patent suit if it objected to no-poaching pact
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs threatened Palm with a patent lawsuit if it did not enter into an agreement in which the companies pledged not to hire employees from each other, unsealed court documents show.

Apple's Safari turns 10
Ten years ago Monday, Apple co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs introduced Apple's first, and so far only, browser for OS X.

Remains of the Day: Born in the USA
New iMacs are coming from inside the country! Elsewhere, Apple lets you buy iPhone 5s until your heart is content, and Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs impression is a little eerie. The remainders for Tuesday, December 4, 2012 are just dancing in the dark.

Apple CEO Cook remembers Steve Jobs
Apple CEO Tim Cook remembered Steve Jobs in a short letter posted on the front page of the company's website Friday, saying the company will continue to create products that people love, much like the maverick technology icon who was considered a creative genius.

10 Apple moments in the year since Jobs' death
It's been a busy, bumpy year for Apple since Steve Jobs died last Oct 5. The company won a massive jury award against Samsung for patent infringement and in April it became arguably the most valuable company in history when its market capitalization passed $600 billion.

Steve Jobs is missed, but Apple's stronger now than a year ago, analysts say
A year after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death, the company has changed, analysts said. But it's not really that different than when he ran things.

Is Apple lost without Steve Jobs?
Apple announced a lineup of great products this week, but there was something conspicuously missing. The big announcement revealed that Apple without Steve Jobs is a different company.

A 1985 gift to Jobs meets 2012 copyright law
Last week we learned that not even reverence for the memory of Steve Jobs can protect a YouTube video from a copyright-wielding entertainment industry behemoth.

FBI reveals 1991 probe of Steve Jobs
The FBI today made public a background probe of Steve Jobs conducted in 1991, when he was being considered by the George H. W. Bush administration for a spot on the President's Export Council.

Cook hires first exec since taking Apple's reins from Jobs
Apple CEO Tim Cook made his first major hire yesterday since taking over the company in August, bringing in the CEO of a struggling British electronics chain to lead Apple's own retail operation.

What's up for Apple in 2012?
2011 was a consequential year for Apple in good ways -- the iPad 2 and Siri -- and bad -- the loss of Steve Jobs. With the year pretty much in the rear-view mirror, columnist Ryan Faas looks at what's coming for 2012.

QuickPoll: What was the top story of 2011?
IT made headlines throughout 2011, from social media's role in Arab Spring to the popularity of Google's Android and Google+ and more. What was the top story of the year?

Steve Jobs, Google+ and iPhone top Google's 2011 search list
Google offers its take on what technology and technologists most interested the online world this year.

Sotheby's sells Apple founding contract for $1.6M
The contract that founded Apple was purchased Tuesday for nearly $1.6 million, far above the estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 put on the 35-year-old document by Sotheby's.

Top tech stories of 2011: From Jobs to Android, Anonymous to Egypt
In 2011, the increasingly mobile and socially networked world of technology became more intertwined than ever with politics and the law. Patent wars shaped competition in tablets and smartphones, hacktivists attacked a widening array of political and corporate targets, repressive regimes unplugged citizens from the Internet, and the U.S. government moved to block the giant merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. With the passing of Steve Jobs, the world lost a technology icon who redefined the computer, entertainment and consumer electronics industries. These are the IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 technology stories of the year:

Sotheby's to auction off Apple's founding contract
The 35-year-old contact that founded Apple will go under the gavel in two weeks, when auctioneer Sotheby's predicts it will fetch as much as $150,000.

After Jobs: The Enterprise?
CEO Tim Cook should seriously try to get Apple into the enterprise market.

Video: The Steve Jobs '95 interview, unabridged
In 1995, Steve Jobs was on the cusp of middle age -- 40 years old -- when he sat down for this exclusive video interview with the Computerworld Honors program. Insider (free registration requested)

Video: Steve Jobs one-on-one, the '95 interview
In 1995, Steve Jobs was on the cusp of middle age -- 40 years old -- when he sat down for this exclusive video interview with the Computerworld Honors program.

Steve Jobs bio debuts at No. 1 spot on bestseller lists
The biography of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs debuted today at the top of both Amazon's and Barnes & Nobles' bestseller lists.

Biographer: Jobs brilliant, prickly, eccentric
Steve Jobs was a brilliant-but-belligerent eccentric who transformed seven different industries, his biographer said in an interview that aired Sunday night on 60 Minutes.

Steve Jobs biography: 5 tidbits you need to read
Did you know that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hated Android, Google's mobile operating system? I mean, really, really hated Android. How about the fact that the Apple II's design was inspired by a kitchen appliance and that Jobs never truly respected Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as an innovator? That's just a taste of some of the nuggets about Jobs that are packed into the book Steve Jobs by noted biographer Walter Isaacson.

Apple launches Jobs memorial page
Apple today launched a tribute page for its co-founder, Steve Jobs, posting some of one million messages it received after the death of the iconic entrepreneur.

Former Apple iPhone exec Papermaster becomes CTO at AMD
Advanced Micro Devices has appointed former Apple iPhone development chief Mark Papermaster as chief technology officer, where he will take charge of developing AMD's future microprocessors and hardware.

U.S. Apple stores to close Wednesday for Steve Jobs tribute
Apple reportedly will shut its U.S. retail stores for a few hours on Wednesday to allow its employees to participate in a staff celebration of the life of co-founder Steve Jobs.

Where's the Steve Jobs of IT security?
Can we apply some of the thinking that resulted in the iPhone and the iPod to the IT security world?

iPhone 4S supplies tighten
Apple on Monday instituted a reservation-only policy for iPhone 4S retail sales, hinting at a repeat of the smartphone's annual supply-and-demand mismatches.

Elgan: Why do people wait in line for iPhones?
Columnist Mike Elgan camps out in front of an Apple store in Silicon Valley to wait in line and be among the first to buy the new iPhone 4S. He also seeks answers to the question: Why do Apple fans all over the world do this?

At Dell World, Ballmer steers clear of tablets, phones and Apple
With many still reflecting on the contributions of Steve Jobs, being at Dell World this week almost feels like living in an alternative universe.

Google's Schmidt (finally) takes to Google+
After being noticeably absent from his company's own social network, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt finally has joined the ranks of Google+ users.

Apple's iCloud launch woes evoke MobileMe's '08 debacle
The launch of Apple's new iCloud service has been reminiscent of the fiasco three years ago when the company debuted MobileMe, according to users' complaints that describe a sweeping range of problems.

Apple launches iCloud ahead of iOS 5 debut
Apple today launched iCloud, the free online synchronization and backup service that replaces MobileMe.

The Apple security survival guide
Attacks against the Mac are on the rise, and users need to know what they're up against to mount an effective defense. Here's a survival guide that will help. Insider (registration required)

Apple preps for iOS 5, iCloud with iTunes update
Apple today prepared iOS, Mac and Windows users for tomorrow's launch of iOS 5 and iCloud by shipping iTunes 10.5.

Google, Samsung right to delay Nexus Prime, analysts say
Steve Jobs' was praised worldwide as a business visionary following his death last week. Analysts say Jobs' death also had immediate business impacts for both Apple products and those Android-based machines sold by rivals.

iPhone 4S first-day orders top 1M
First-day orders for the iPhone 4S hit 1 million on Friday, easily breaking the single-day record of 600,000 first-day sales for the iPhone 4 set last year, Apple announced today.

Steve Jobs Remembered
Upon learning of the death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, longtime technologists of all stripes paused to reflect on his lasting impact on an industry that grew out of a garage. Insider (registration required)

3 small items from the week we lost a giant
Seemingly endless coverage of his passing last week offered the public an opportunity to learn everything it could ever want to know about Steve Jobs, Including what would appear to be his favorite photograph ... of himself.

Steve Jobs' death creates Twitter surge
Traffic hit near-record levels on Twitter Wednesday after news of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death spread.

IT ... as Steve said: "Click. Boom. Amazing!"
What can IT learn from Steve and Apple?

Tech elite share Jobs tributes on Google+, Facebook
When Steve Jobs' friends, colleagues and even competitors wanted to share their memories and condolences about their loss, they turned to social networking sites.

Remembering Steve Jobs: IDG editors reflect
Editors and writers from Computerworld, Network World, and ITworld share their thoughts on Steve Jobs, his impact on technology and the legacy he leaves behind.

QuickPoll: What will Steve Jobs be best remembered for?
Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., has passed away. Which of his accomplishments will be his legacy?

Steve Jobs interview: One-on-one in 1995
In this interview from the Computerworld Honors Awards Program's Oral History project, Steve Jobs talks about his life and his work during his time in exile from Apple. From his early years -- when he says he's sure that except for a few key adults 'I would absolutely have ended up in jail' -- to how he felt about Apple in the mid-'90s -- 'The Macintosh will die in another few years [under John Sculley]' -- to his predictions about the Internet, this is a rare look at Jobs after his first string of innovations but before he returned to Apple.

Publisher advances Jobs bio pub date to Oct. 24
Simon & Schuster has moved up the publication of the first authorized biography of Steve Jobs, the publisher confirmed today.

At an Apple store, one man's tribute to Steve Jobs
Clarence Labor Jr. pays tribute to Steve Jobs and Apple by placing his vintage Macintosh Plus computer in front of an Apple Store in Washington D.C.

Where will the Steve Jobs tech excitement come from now?
Steve Jobs lived his life at the intersection of technology and art, but where will that vision come from now?

Lessons from Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs left behind some prescient lessons that CEOs and managers in all sectors and in companies of all shapes and sizes can learn from. Columnist Ryan Faas explains.

Japanese users mourn Jobs' death at Tokyo trade show
News of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs reached Japan on Thursday, as manufacturers hawked their latest iPad and MacBook clones at a giant trade show outside of Tokyo.

Jobs remembered for 'shaking it up'
The news that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs had died staggered long-time technologists of all stripes, giving them pause and a chance to remember their passion for an industry that grew out of a garage.

Video: Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford commencement address
Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, then-CEO and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

Steve Jobs' indelible mark on the computer industry
Steve Jobs' passing is a profound event for Apple, and for the entire tech industry, says Computerworld editor-in-chief Scot Finnie.

Twitter, Facebook flooded with reaction to Jobs' death
The Internet and social networks like Facebook and Twitter lit up Wednesday night with the news of the death of Apple Chairman Steve Jobs.

Video: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs dead at 56
Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who resigned from the company in the mid-1980s and returned a decade later to make Apple one of the most successful technology companies in the world, has died.

Statement by Apple's board of directors on Jobs' death
A statement from Apple's board of directors on the death of Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs: A timeline
1955 -- Born Feb. 24 in San Francisco to Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali.

Apple Chairman Steve Jobs dies at 56
Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who resigned from the company in the mid 1980s and returned a decade later to make Apple one of the most successful technology companies in the world, has died.

Apple Chairman Steve Jobs dead at 56
Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who resigned from the company in the mid-1980s and returned a decade later to make Apple one of the most successful technology companies in the world, has died.

Apple preps OS X Lion for iCloud debut
Apple appears on track to release a Mac OS X Lion update by Oct. 12, when the company will roll out iCloud, its new online synchronization and backup service.

Apple: It's the iPhone 4S, not the iPhone 5
Apple's new CEO Tim Cook and other company executives today introduced the new iPhone 4S, an upgrade to the existing iPhone 4 that features the same faster dual-core processor now used in the iPad 2.

Apple makes it official, slates iPhone event for Oct. 4
Apple today announced an Oct. 4 event on its Cupertino, Calif. campus to unveil its newest iPhone.

Echoing Apple, Microsoft bans Flash from Metro IE10 in Windows 8
Microsoft will not support browser plug-ins, including Adobe's Flash, in one of the two versions of Internet Explorer to be bundled with Windows 8, a company executive said today.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Life on Jobs-less Earth
Some people have already forgotten about just how important Steve Jobs was, not only to Apple, but to all of technology.

Apple locks in new CEO Tim Cook through 2021
Apple's board of directors last Friday moved to lock in new CEO Tim Cook through mid-2021 by awarding him 1 million shares of the company's stock.

Who will be the next Steve Jobs?
These 10 tech leaders have the vision, and they've shown that they have the drive -- but do they have what it takes to spearhead the next big thing in tech?

Elgan: How Apple will kill cable TV
Columnist Mike Elgan writes that Apple is going to do to your cable TV box what it did to the audio CD: Make it go away.

Image gallery: Steve Jobs through the years
Steve Jobs' signature moments over the past 30-plus years.

How Steve Jobs changed Apple...
With the reign of Steve Jobs as Apple's CEO officially over, Ryan Faas takes a look at his 14-year tenure and how he shaped the company and, by extension, our digital lives.

Potential pitfalls in Apple CEO transition, say experts
Apple's new CEO faces a challenge putting his own imprint on the company as long as Steve Jobs sticks around, a management expert said today.

Steve Jobs' resignation heats up social nets
As soon as the news hit late Wednesday that Steve Jobs was resigning as Apple's CEO, social networks heated up with traffic.

Rob Malda, a.k.a. CmdrTaco, leaves Slashdot
It's the end of an era at Slashdot as Rob 'CmdrTaco' Malda announced Thursday that he is leaving the site that he created.

QuickPoll: Can Apple maintain its mojo without Steve Jobs at the helm?
Steve Jobs quit this week as CEO of Apple, marking the "end of an era." Questions remain about Jobs' product sway as Chairman. Cast your vote: Can Apple maintain its mojo without Jobs at the helm?

Will Jobs' departure shake up the mobile industry?
With Steve Jobs' resignation as CEO, will Apple remain on top of the mobile industry with alluring new product designs and technology marvels, much less the business savvy to work with global wireless carriers and manufacturers?

Life after Jobs: Why Apple isn't doomed
The greatest fallacy in the story of Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple CEO, the one you’ll find in endless media reports, is this: In 1985 after Steve Jobs left Apple, the company went on a downhill slide that led it to the brink of bankruptcy. Therefore, the Apple of 2011 is at risk of doing the same.

Steve Jobs' resignation 'end of an era'
Steve Jobs' resignation as the CEO of Apple will not disrupt the company's product plans in the short-term, but it could dull Apple's ability to dazzle consumers down the road.

Steve Jobs at Apple: A timeline
Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple's CEO on Wednesday and Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook was named as his replacement. Jobs will remain with the company as chairman of the board.

Update: Apple CEO Steve Jobs resigns
Apple's iconic CEO, Steve Jobs, is resigning and has asked the company's board of directors to tap COO Tim Cook as his replacement.

Steve Jobs's fierce reign and legacy
The Apple co-founder who has just resigned as CEO was a polarizing force that in the end reshaped the tech industry several times.

Steve Jobs resigning as Apple CEO
Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from his role in the iconic company he started.

Amazon caves to Apple, drops Kindle's in-app button
Amazon today bowed to Apple's newest App Store rules, and removed a link in its iPhone and iPad Kindle apps that took customers directly to its online store.

Apple delivers OS X Lion to Mac App Store
Apple today officially launched OS X Lion, the first major upgrade to its operating system software in two years.

Apple calls for Mac devs to submit Lion apps
Apple yesterday urged developers to submit their Lion apps for review before the OS X upgrade launches, making some wonder whether the operating system will launch this week as many had expected.

QuickPoll: Is iCloud B2C cloud perfection or merely Apple playing catch-up?
Apple's Steve Jobs this week unveiled iCloud, the company's new cloud-based sync and storage service. Is iCloud B2C cloud perfection or merely Apple playing catch-up with Google and others?

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6 Apple lessons Microsoft never learned

If only Microsoft had been able to learn from Apple across the last few decades, it's possible the company wouldn't be in the state it is in.

OS X: Did you know this useful hidden font feature?

If you've ever spent time swapping between fonts to find the most appropriate one you need for use in any project, you've been wasting time -- this hidden feature had you covered all along.

6 Steve Jobs stories we learned this month

Apple's Steve Jobs is a modern icon, but biographers have painted his character with a wide brush. That's why many who worked with Jobs seem keen to give us a much better insight into the man. Here are six Steve Jobs stories we learned this month.

Apple sticks to spirit of Steve Jobs in latest iTunes U upgrade

Apple's latest iTunes U update will help the world's most committed educators share enthusiasm for their topics with students everywhere -- and that's a pretty good testament to the teaching vision of Steve Jobs.

Last chance to ask Tim Cook: 'Why is Apple buying Beats?'

If you have the cash to bid in the auction and would like to ask Cook about what he's planning, then be warned he probably won't tell you anything. You'll simply have to read his non-verbal cues. Though you might want to take a close look at what he's wearing on his wrist.

Beats? How many CEOs does it take to grow Apple?

You should ignore the months of negativity emanating from some parts of the media. They're either biased or stupid. The signs of Apple's expansion plans have been plain even while they've been earning their shill.

Oh NOES: It's the end of all my stupid Katie Cotton gags

Ob. blurry photo of un-public public-relations exec (family cropped, with whom she's gone to spend more time).

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is losing its PR honcho. Katie Cotton, VP of worldwide corporate communications, has gone to spend more time with her family (not pictured).

Cotton was, without doubt, a polarizing figure in the world's newsrooms and blogger-bedrooms.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers and journos line up to praise and/or bury her...

Mourning Steve Jobs, Samsung-style

Samsung vice-chairman, Lee Jae-yong, attended the private memorial service for Steve Jobs on October 16, 2011. While he mourned, his US team schemed to capitalize on Jobs' death, which they called the "best opportunity to attack iPhone".

Apple doesn't work well with others

You know, I've frequently heard people in the business claim: "Apple doesn't work well with others." I've heard it often enough to think about it historically: after all, surely there is evidence to prove such a claim? However, there's also some evidence that it's Apple's partners, and not Apple, who put the knife in the back.

Apple's enemies: An A-Z guide

Apple's success in creating amazing products means it gains lovers and haters, so please enjoy this A-Z selection of some of Apple's foes, ancient and modern.

Apple's Macintosh: 30 years doomed

Apple's Mac turns 30 today. Apple's Website today celebrates the platform that defined and revolutionized the PC -- despite being "doomed" since it began.


Apple 's education innovation goes global

Apple's effort to innovate in education takes another small step forward today as the company extends its offering to international educators.

The 8 best Apple books you can read today

Looking for something interesting to read this Thanksgiving? Why not browse this selection of the best Apple history books you can read right now -- if you never, ever read any other books about the company, you should read these:

Google's Schmidt hints only Samsung, Google match iPhone?

Google's Eric Schmidt played King Canute this weekend, when he claimed many of his friends are switching from iPhone to Android. This may be true among his chums, but in the rest of the world Android users are defecting to iPhone in droves, recent research shows.

The deification of Apple's Steve Jobs continues

The deificationof Steve Jobs continues. The Apple co-founder was inducted into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame last week during an event that focused on the warm and cuddly side of the tech impresario.