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There has been a lot of information about Steve Jobs that’s been coming to the surface since he passed away recently. Among articles calling him a visionary, there were also articles calling him a tyrant; and yet still others calling him a drug using malcontent. Regardless of your views of him, and although he was just a mere mortal, he still had a profound impact on the technological progress of the last few decades that can not be denied. In fact, some have likened him to our modern day Edison or Einstein, who were also loved and hated.
I will not deify him. But, I will give him respect because of his contributions to the world. There is no doubt that we are better connected (to music, to business, and to each other) in this globe largely because of his vision of the direction of the future.
So, what did Steve Jobs choose to believe was his direction in life? I chose to hang on to a couple quotes from Steve Jobs that leave a profound impression on me and answer that question. The quotes are below:
- The benefit of death, he said, is you know not to waste life living someone else’s choices.
- “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
For over 30 years Steve Jobs has been on the leading edge of technology. He co-founded Apple in 1976. Since then, he is credited with being the father of many
Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
technology laden and groundbreaking consumer products such as, the Apple II, IPod, IPod Nano, IPod Shuffle, Itunes, and the IPhone.
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I followed the live reveal of the Apple IPhone 4S online at a couple of blogs that had correspondents at the meeting. Many anticipated the meeting to be for the reveal of the IPhone 5. But, Apple surprised everybody, as it often does, with the new 4S.
Here are the details:
- Pre-orders for the 4S start this Friday, October 7th. It will be available on October 14th.
- Black and white versions 16GB: $199, 32GB for $299, 64GB for $399 ** Prices are with a 2 Year Contract
- In the US it’ll be Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint (CDMA and GSM networks).
- It has an 8 megapixel camera
- Voice recognition is possible. This software has come a long way. It is now almost casual speech capable.
I think what surprised me the most was the price point for all this technology in one small device. In fact, I think I just dropped my hopes of getting an Android powered
phone. I might just buy my first Apple for myself (I bought an IPod for my wife in the past).
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Not to be lost though, is the fact that the industry was expecting the launch of… more. Still absent for the new 4S is the larger screen and the 4G capability that is being rolled out by many carriers. These features were expected to be launched today in the IPhone 5, not the 4S. Yet, the IPhone 5 was conspicuously absent today.
So, all in all, a nice upgraded phone was launched. It’s features and capabilities are an improvement over the last version, as one might expect. But, the launch still left many wanting the still absent next generation. Leave it to apple to create greater anticipation for the next great thing.
Amazon launched the Kindle Fire a new reader, at a strong price point last week. It will begin filling shelves November 15, 2011, but pre-orders are already being taken for the $199 gadget. Accessories are also available for the Kindle Fire at this time on the Amazon site.
The Kindle Fire could become Apple’s IPads strongest competition. Although it is still not considered a tablet computer, the Kindle Fire has a multitouch 7 inch color display, a dual core processor, a hybrid Android operating system, runs flash, and will have access to books, movies, TV shows, music, apps, and games. With so much capability, the Kindle Fire may have just blurred the line between reader and tablet computers such as the portlier IPad.
Many that had been holding off on getting Apple’s IPad due to financial concerns are suddenly thrust back into the possibility of getting a new gadget for Christmas. The $199 price point for the Kindle Fire is a lot more reachable by the non-Applegeek types who feel a small tablet like device is the way of the future but just can’t afford the current IPad (that is a few hundred dollars more).
The stock market also seemed to like the news of the Kindle Fire launch. It had a shortlived morning rally that day in a market atmosphere mixed with fears of global recession.
The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 240.60 points today, to 10,913.38 on unsettled fears about a possible default by Greece and recession angst globally.
The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq each lost more than 12 percent this quarter.
THIS WEEK’S SURPRISES TO THE HERNANDIESEL:
Bank of America is said to start charging $5 monthly for debit cards to account holders.
Kodak is rumored to have considered bankruptcy, although later denied.
Amazon launched the Kindle Fire, a new reader, at a strong price point. The Fire could become Apple’s IPads strongest competition although it is still not considered a tablet computer. The stock market seemed to like the news of the launch as there was a shortlived morning rally on the news of the spec of the Kindle Fire.