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Get Well Soon Steve

January 17, 2011

It appears Mr. Jobs will be taking a leave of absence due to medical causes according to this email he sent all of his employes:

Team,

At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

Steve

Unfortunately this letter is left an open ended as to when he might return, as opposed to the letter he sent when he took six months leave in early 2009, where his optimistic tone and definite date tell his employes he will be back:

Team,

I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Steve

Steve, who recovered from pancreatic cancer, after a transplant in 2004, has not appeared at any events since October. Be it Apple events or the Verizon iPhone 4 event, where he was rumored to make an appearance.

This is probably the beginning of Steve Jobs moving on from Apple. He’s cheated death once already and becomes increasingly ill, but, I think Apple will do just fine with out him. Sure he is a visionary among the best, but there are plenty of capable people at Apple.

Tim Cook, Jonathan Ive, and Phil Schiller are more than suited to keep up the beautifully designed, user friendly, powerful, intuitive, over priced Apple products that we know and love. Tim has already shown to be a great ‘stand in CEO’ once before.

Apple will be good without Steve, but it won’t be the same. It won’t shine quite as brightly, but it will survive.

Of course, we hope this isn’t the case, and it could mean nothing. We could be be reading more into this than it deserves.

Get well soon Steve!

The Nexus S

November 11, 2010

 

Nexus S (image via Google)

Engadget uncovered a new leaked image of Google’s newest Nexus phone, the “Nexus S.” More soon.

Update: The picture comes from an “In Store” web-based flier at Best Buy Mobile. It is an unseen Galaxy S, running stock Android Gingerbread (2.3, based on the green icons and black notifications bar) with a front facing camera. This is the Nexus S. It is apparently launching on T-Mobile. More pictures after the break:

via Engadget (1), (2), (3)

source Engadget (1)(2)(3)

Palm Pre 2 and HP webOS 2.0 get a New, Less Creepy Commercial

October 26, 2010

This new Palm ad is nothing like the old ones, and that, my friends, is a very, very good thing. But it is definitely showing the HP side of palm. But, still… a good thing. The ad, entitled “Sizzle” shows a bunch of new features of webOS 2.0 and the Pre 2. Take a look at everything from Angry Birds to Facebook. And it’s official because it’s embedded on palms website.

via PreCentral

source YouTube

The Playstation Phone

October 26, 2010

 

Playstation Menu on the Playstation Phone (courtesy Engadget)

Engadget has just received pictures of the Playstation Phone from a trusted source. As they had previously reported back in August, the proposed device is set to launch soon, possibly in the 1st quarter of 2011, with a custom UI (either SE Timescape or a custom Playstation Skin) running on top of Google Android 3.0, “Gingerbread” which we have reported will be released soon, due to a giant cookie which has arrived to the Googleplex. It will, supposedly, also come with a custom Sony Marketplace with which you can buy and download games designed for the new platform, alongside the standard Android Marketplace. The device has a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip set, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is between 3.7″ and 4.1″. The device has a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and replaces the joystick on the current model. There is also MicroSD support and the device has the standard shoulder buttons (L and R) along with a camera button. Below the action buttons appears to be the start and select buttons and below the directional pad seems to be a menu button, a standard for android phones. The device has the standard android buttons across the bottom of the screen (in portrait view), back, menu, home, and search. As Engadget notes, this model is still largely in the prototype stage and is said to be pretty buggy.

Update: The device also appears to have a front facing camera.

via Engadget

source Engadget

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

October 25, 2010

 

OSX Lion on the Mac Book Air
“Mission Control” (courtesy Apple)

Apple has unveiled the next version of the ever-popular line of Mac-only Operating Systems, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. This starts a move to merge iOS and Mac OS X into one. In this version OS X includes the springboard, called “Launchpad” for OS X and a new version of the multitasking, called “Mission Control.” Of course, if you don’t want these features, the standard interface is also there. iPhoto also has the stacks from the iPad’s photo app, and all iLife apps, except iWeb and iDVD, have a fullscreen mode. Last, but not least, the App Store for Mac is included, and will also be out for Snow Leopard by October.

Lion is expected to be released Summer 2011.

via Apple

source Apple

Windows Phone 7 Connector Beta now Available for Mac

October 25, 2010

After the “big” Windows Phone 7 announcement, Microsoft announced as a side note that they would be bringing syncing and connectivity for Windows Phone 7 to the Mac.  That’s exactly what they have done. Today, available in from the Windows Download Center is Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac. The app requires Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard or higher. The description is as follows:

“Sync music, photos, videos and podcasts from your existing iTunes and iPhoto libraries to your Windows Phone 7”

via Mac Rumors

source Windows Download Center

Giant Gingerbread Man is Coming to Google

October 23, 2010

Android Version 2.3; 3.0

Google always decorates their front lawn with the pastries that they have named their iterations of the Android Operating System after. Cupcake, donut, eclair, and froyo. Now we know for sure that the next version of Android will be named “Gingerbread.” The rumors have been that Gingerbread will be Android version 3.0, but an anonymous Google engineer on the Google code’s Android forums said that the next major release of Android would be Android 2.3. The only thing we really know about the operating system is a few blurry screenshots and a vague description. So whether the giant Christmas treat is for 2.3 or 3.0 the next version, named Gingerbread, will be coming. Expect big Android news soon.

via Engadget (1), (2)

source Google Code, YouTube