[ATTACH=RIGHT]20573[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/apple/apple-hardware-and-devices/interviews/323685"]Super engineer and friend of DaniWeb, Steve Wozniak[/URL], told Reuters on Friday that he would consider returning to Apple, or more accurately returning to an active role at Apple if asked. With Steve Jobs on an indefinite medical leave (his third since 2004), the possibility of the other founding "Steve" coming back is something that excites many Apple fans. Those who know Woz, however, know that he is not at all like Jobs. If Woz was to return to active duty at Apple I would imagine him heading up the engineers. What would be even more amazing is if Jobs …

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Apple has kindly donated the source code for the original MacPaint software to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. This is in large part thanks to the [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/20/computer-history-museum-makes-original-macpaint-source-code-avai/"]exhausting efforts[/URL] of Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the developmental team for the original Macintosh in 1984. When Bob Knuth started writing his book, The Art of Programming, he knew that MacPaint had to be included, as he considered it to be the,”...best program ever written.” That is without a doubt, a very broad statement, but considering what a revolution it was for UI design and graphic editors, …

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Microsoft and Apple haven't had a great time of it recently with mobile consumers. For Microsoft, the market roundly rejected the Kin, which just about anyone who follows the cell phone market knew would happen. Meanwhile, Apple is taking it on the chin about how they are handling the iPhone 4 antenna debacle and there is clearly growing discontent among consumers. The big difference here, however is the sales picture. Apple, for whatever reason, continues to live off its reputation and sell iPhones hand over fist, while Microsoft's mobile strategy continues to flounder. [B]Microsoft's Mobile Woes Continue[/B] Microsoft has pretty …

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Apple had a great week last week when it launched the iPhone 4 to much fanfare. [URL="http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/29/business/la-fi-iphone-sales-20100629"]1.7 million units[/URL] reportedly flew out the door in the first three days alone setting sales records. People [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/199761/hundreds_wait_in_line_as_iphone_4_goes_on_sale.html"]waited in long lines[/URL]; reportedly longer lines than for the iPad debut or the iPhone 3G last year, but the glow was only momentary. The initial good sales news was quickly followed by [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225701876"]reports of supply issues[/URL], then came the [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/200206/apple_cant_wish_away_iphone_4_antenna_woes.html"]antenna news[/URL]--that you could get lousy reception if you didn't hold it correctly. Just the other day came rumors of a possible[URL="http://mashable.com/2010/06/29/verizon-iphone-january/"] Verizon iPhone[/URL] at the …

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Last week was a tough week for Apple followers as we were bombarded with a slew of stories that sounded dire, but upon further examination maybe weren’t so bad (or maybe they were). Confused yet? You’re not alone. Let’s look at three stories from last week that illustrate this issue. [B]The iPhone 4 Antenna Issue[/B] I wrote about this issue on Friday in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story294002.html"]Apple iPhone 4 Explanation Letter Borders on Surreal[/URL]. We had people saying [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/200206/apple_cant_wish_away_iphone_4_antenna_woes.html"]there was a real issue[/URL]. We had [URL="http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/07/02appleletter.html"]Apple’s convoluted letter of explanation[/URL] that it was an issue, but not really. We had[URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/200453/antenna_expert_apple_is_right_iphone_4_signal_woes_overblown.html"] antenna experts telling …

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The long-awaited iPad, the tablet computer from Apple had its coming out party this afternoon and for a while, I wondered if the event was even worth watching. For the first half hour, Jobs droned on about web pages, video and email like they were some fantastic new phenomena we should all be wowed about. Finally, he got to the good stuff, the specs, the content, the apps, the price, the price! But ultimately this an oversized iphone. It has some sweet little touches that Apple always manages to put into its devices, and it supports a keyboard, which is …

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Two years ago Apple introduced MobileMe. At the time I wrote a post called [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story219246.html"]Apple Has No Business Charging for Mobile Me[/URL]. My point was that people didn't want to pay $100 for a cloud service, that by all rights they should be getting for free. Folks pay a premium for Apple, and throwing in a service like MobileMe would have been a nice touch. As I wrote at the time complaining about the price of MobileMe: "Apple should know its biggest asset is its customers' loyalty. It should be rewarding that loyalty, not trying to gouge a few more …

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Apple released details of the [URL="http://live.gdgt.com/2010/06/07/live-wwdc-2010-keynote-coverage/"]extraordinary new iPhone 4[/URL] today at its [URL="http://developer.apple.com/wwdc/"]World Wide Developer Conference[/URL]. It's truly an amazing device and I'm sure everyone is going to be talking about the new features ad infinitum, so I wanted to reverse track and cover 5 things Steve Jobs didn't talk about today at WWDC10: [B]1. No New Carriers[/B] AT&T remains the sole iPhone provider much to the chagrin of those who want to tell AT&T and [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story287711.html"]their new data plans[/URL] to stick it. It's all well and good that you can stream Netflix videos starting next summer, but data restrictions …

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[ATTACH=right]15150[/ATTACH]Google went after Apple in a big way at [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story285274.html"]Google I/O[/URL] last week and I've been seeing a lot comments suggesting that Google has now surpassed Apple technologically. First of all, I don't think you can dismiss Apple's market power that easily. Secondly, Google made some announcements, which doesn't equal products yet. Finally, Google provides tools for others to make things. Apple actually makes products (and people really want them). It's a big difference. [B]Do You Really Want to Piss Off Steve Jobs?[/B] I sometimes wonder what Eric Schmidt is thinking. He has a good thing going there at Google, …

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Last night during the Oscars, Apple debuted [URL="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/03/07/apple_posts_surprise_ad_for_ipad_during_the_oscars.html"]its first iPad commercial[/URL]. Steve Jobs was even at the awards ceremony and [URL="http://www.tipb.com/2010/03/07/steve-jobs-oscars-red-carpet/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+TheIphoneBlog+(The+iPhone+Blog)&utm_content=Google+Reader"]reportedly walked the Red Carpet[/URL]. The iPad is due out the first of next month and many folks have already announced plans to run out and buy one the second it's available, but is that really a smart move? The fact is this is Apple's first whack at a larger platform touch device and there are probably a lot of kinks left to be worked out. I'm not saying you shouldn't ever buy one, I'm just suggesting it might be …

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When Google developed the Nexus One, they might not have figured on one huge unintended consequence. They [URL="http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/01/googles-dont-be-evil-mantra-is-bullshit-adobe-is-lazy-apples-steve-jobs/#ixzz0eaEaTQsI"]pissed off Steve Jobs[/URL] big time. "We didn't get into the search business," he reportedly barked, at a Town Hall style meeting, following the iPad announcement last weekend. "They got in the phone business! Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them." Alrighty then--Steve is, a bit, ahem, passionate about this subject, touchy even. Sounds like Google made itself a very powerful enemy when it decided to get into the phone business, one that has run into the …

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For years now, Apple has been on a heck of a ride creating pleasing products with a loyal customer base, but suddenly this month the tide seems to have turned, at least in the press. As my [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4636.html"]DaniWeb colleague, Davey Winder[/URL] pointed out last week, the press jumped on numbers earlier this month that showed Apple's famed customer service was down a tick. It was literally a point from the previous surveys, yet some writers treated it as a turning point. Maybe what's turned is that the press tired of Apple's infamous arrogance has suddenly turned on the Cupertino company. …

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Apple kicked off its annual [URL="http://developer.apple.com/WWDC/"]World Wide Developer's Conference[/URL] on Monday, and it proved something very important; it could generate plenty of excitement without [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs"]Steve Jobs[/URL] on stage. I know that I along with many others watch with anticipation as live bloggers on the scene gave us the blow by blow of each announcement; and with each one--the new lower priced Mac Book Pros, the iPhone 3Gs, the $99 iPhone and the $29 Snow Leopard upgrade--you could watch the buzz rise across Twitter, across the blogosphere. It simply didn't matter that Jobs wasn't up on stage delivering the news. It …

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I opened up Google Reader this morning and found major rumors from our favorite corporate rivals Apple and Microsoft. For Apple it is the oft cited iTablet. For Microsoft, it's a supposed iPod Touch clone. I try not to give too much credence to rumors (as I wrote in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3626.html"]It's Time we Learned to Dismiss Apple Rumors[/URL]), especially when one of them involves the Zune, which is hardly a rival to the iPod at all (as I wrote in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3880.html"]Zune and iPod : A Tale of Two MP3 Players[/URL]), but the juxtaposition was just too hard to ignore, so let's …

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Beacon Research is out with its monthly, and highly useful take on technology stocks, focusing on Google and Yahoo, among others. In its “Traders Alert” report, Beacon says that a new alliance between Google and IBM make the latter a good buy. "Google Inc. (GOOG) shares slipped .38% to $341.70 Thursday's morning. In a move to improve its on-line health-record service, the company is recent announced it is teaming up with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) to allow patients to add data generated from home-health monitoring products, such as blood-pressure cuffs and glucose meters. Both companies said software developed by …

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It’s earnings week in Silicon Valley, even as the world is focused on the historic events in Washington today. Some heavyweights are on the financial reporting docket, including Google Inc., eBay Inc., Apple Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Here is a quick run-down of what we can expect this week . . . Apple (AAPL): Apple, with a new sheriff in town, should report earnings of $1.38 a share on $9.76 billion in revenue. eBay (EBAY): eBay, which did relatively well in the holiday season, should report earnings of 39 cents a share on $2.12 billion in revenue. Advanced …

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There has been a lot of chatter this week about the health of Steve Jobs. On one level, it's a perfectly understandable discussion. Jobs is a public figure and as such what happens to him--good or bad--interests us. But a friend of mine suggested that any discussion of Jobs' health was crossing the line into gossip. He was not alone as comments in the many blog posts in the aftermath of this week's announcement attest. I maintain that there is room for serious and meaningful discussion about this, and that because Jobs is who he is, we should be talking …

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Apple shares have fallen, although not as steeply as many traders had imagined, after CEO Steve Jobs announced that he was taking a six-month medical leave of absence. My first reaction was surprise. Six months? That sounded serious. Then disgust, as Internet trolls had Jobs on his death bed. As The New York Times reports, Jobs’ condition isn’t related to his bout with pancreatic cancer. According to The Times, it’s for a different medical disorder where his digestive system is having difficult processing food. Again, pretty serious stuff, but not the terminal disease that so many rumor-mongers and speculators were …

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He has gone from dead to having cancer to suffering from hormone problems in the space of a few short weeks, now the Apple CEO is taking six months off work to recover. So just how sick is Steve Jobs? Last year the mention of the word cancer in the same breath as 'Steve Jobs' was enough to send Apple shares into freefall. Stories circulated that he was [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3354.html"]planning to quit Apple[/URL] and there were even [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2008/07/24/steve-jobs-is-not-dead/"]reports that he had died[/URL]. No wonder, as Apple grabs [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3739.html"]record market share[/URL] for the Mac OS the rapidly thinning Apple CEO has been, …

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A wild news day for tech stocks, with Sony posting its first quarterly loss in 14 years and rumors running rampant that Microsoft will start laying off employees after all. A week or so ago, Microsoft issued a statement saying that the company would avoid layoffs, and would instead focus on cutting back on contractors and not replacing employees who left the company. So much for that, apparently. But we’ll know for sure by January 22, the date of Microsoft’s next earnings call. Strangely, some Wall Street types say that layoffs would be lousy for impacted employees, but good business …

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I was carrying around the headline of this post all day yesterday since I saw a [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jan/05/steve-jobs-apple-health-letters-full"]Guardian article[/URL] yesterday morning with the text of a letter Steve Jobs wrote to the Apple community. Jobs explained that he felt compelled to let everyone know that he was sick, but he was not dying and he would continue to be CEO at Apple for the foreseeable future. Seems he has a hormone imbalance that lead to his severe weight loss, the condition is being treated, and we don't have to worry about it anymore. And he let it be known that was …

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Martin Sosnoff, writing in Forbes.com today, offers one of the most comprehensive, clear-minded takes on the U.S. economy in 2009. He’s not bullish on tech stocks – yet – but he is cheerleading the biotechnology sector, which could offer investors some significant upside in a year where profits will come at a premium. Here’s his capsule review of key economic indicators for this year: “At year end, the consensus for the economy and financial markets riffled into conformity. It is a mixed bag, both bullish and bearish, which means its value is probably zero. Bearish on the first half and …

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No Santa Claus rally for Wall Street today, with trading activity light and most investors taking it easy before the grind begins anew next Monday. The markets were down, slightly with the Dow off by 31 points and the NASDAQ down 19 points. Some odds and ends worth noting, however. Over at Tech Ticker, the self-proclaimed “schoolmarm of the Internet”, Kara Swisher, is out with her grades of the tech industry’s most powerful execs. On the “”most underrated” list is Mark Hurd of Hewlett-Packard (more on Hurd below), Bobby Kotick of Activision Blizzard and ‘every genius at Apple who isn’t …

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This is the time of year for wish lists, so why not make a list of products I would like to see Apple make in 2009. I'm not under any illusions that Apple will actually listen to me, but this is a fun exercise and some of these would be really easy to do. [B]1. iPhone External Keyboard[/B] I like tap typing and I've gotten quite proficient at it, but if I want to use my iPhone as a portable computer and do some writing, I could use a real external keyboard with a cradle for my iPhone. I would …

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So, Apple isn't going to do the whole razmatazz thing again, the European Macworld is off and Steve Jobs isn't doing the annual presentation in January. Let's get the last item out of the way first: Mr. Jobs' absence has led to a load of speculation about his health. I have no idea what's true and what isn't in this respect, but if he or his family happen to read this then I wish him all the best. Any more than that and it really isn't my business. I do see some positives in Apple's scaling down of the annual …

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[I]In time the Rockies may crumble Gibraltar may tumble They're only made of clay But our love is here to stay ~Ira Gershwin. [/I] These are heady days for Apple and its CEO Steve Jobs. In spite of a world economy that appears to be sliding out of control, and with rumors swirling that Jobs is either retiring, near death, or at least gravely ill; the company he helped found continues to thrive. The iPhone, a mere 15 months after it hit the market, actually outsold [URL="http://www.rim.com/"]RIM[/URL], the makers of Blackberry last quarter, selling an unbelievable 7 million units--a fact …

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A recent 'heart attack' [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/21008/1151/"]story[/URL] which was false, and quickly denied by Apple but not quickly enough to prevent the stock price falling, proves that anything related to Steve Jobs leaving the helm of Apple is a hot potato right now. And while the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19404/53/"]Fake Steve Jobs[/URL] is dead, the real chap has neither departed from this life [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2008/07/24/steve-jobs-is-not-dead/"]nor is he terminally ill[/URL] as some reports have suggested. However, now reports are starting to appear in respected online news journals that suggest Steve Jobs is preparing to quit while he and Apple are ahead of the game. While [URL="http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/10/16/steve-jobs-quit-apple"]The Inquirer[/URL] …

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So, MacWorld finally came and went. For months, I've anticipated this event. After Apple released [URL="http://www.apple.com/macosx/"]Leopard[/URL] in November, I had my eyes set on moving over to the Mac world. But without any guarantees that Apple would preinstall Leopard on existing laptops in their inventory and after hearing about numerous applications that weren't Leopard compatible, I told myself that I'd wait a little longer. And after today, I'm waiting even longer. The [URL="http://www.apple.com/macbookair/"]Macbook Air[/URL], an excellent addition to the Apple Macbook family, looks hot. Integrating iPhone/iPod Touch technology into the touchpad is just awesome. But did Apple forget about its …

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The End.