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Ran 21km to create this Apple logo in Japan

 

This is very cool, media producer and marathon runner Joseph Tame ran 21km in Japan in order to create this Apple logo track with his iPhone. Of course this is not his first time doing runs like this, but this run is specially for Steve Jobs who recently quit as CEO of Apple.

He said:

It’s for this that I’d like to personally show my appreciation to Steve for his vision and leadership, which has made a direct positive impact upon my life.

This morning’s run, which spanned central Tokyo, took me first down the western side of the Imperial Palace, across to Roppongi, through Omotesando, then up to Shinjuku. The leaf is in Kagurazaka, and the start/finish point just by the entrance to Yasukuni Shrine.

Let’s hope that Steve Jobs’ health will get better, we really wish to see more of him.

 


Apple is selling more per square foot than anyone in US

Apple is now selling more per square foot than any other companies in United States. Yes, they are selling more than Tiffany & Co, Coach and Best Buy. This is something no one can imagine!

Most analyst don’t think Apple Store will survive when it first launched. Most of them thinks that Tech Company who sell hardwares like Mac and Macbook will not be able survive, looking at Gateway and HP past experience. But as usual Steve Jobs proved everybody wrong again. He’s stores are selling more than anyone else in US, and they are still growing!

 

 


Letter from Steve Jobs on his Resignation

August 24, 2011

Letter from Steve Jobs

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

From Apple PR


Tim Cook is now Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs Chairman of Apple’s Board

25 August 2011, Steve Jobs Resigned

25 August 2011 is the day Apple and all Apple fanboys will remember. Today Steve Jobs resign as CEO from Apple, and Tim Cook took over. Although news exploded around the world, saying that Apple will change or die off due to Steve Jobs stepping down, but I seriously don’t think so. Steve Jobs is now Chairman of Board of Apple, he still have lots of say and decision making capability in Apple.

Steve Jobs has not been feeling too well since his liver gave way, although he managed to had a liver transplant, but he’s health never really return fully. Because of that he was on and off in office, I’m sure he is spending more time at home resting, but still make most of the important decision in Apple. But this can’t go for long, Steve Jobs knows that, lots of things still need to have a CEO physically in office, or around the world to make sure things goes as planned.

Decision to step down as CEO

Making this decision might be one of the biggest ever for Steve Jobs, no one love Apple as much as him, no one cares and wants Apple to be as successful as him. To be able to make this decision, he must have made sure his current team with Tim Cook leading will be able to bring Apple to new heights.

Chairman of Apple’s Board

Although Steve Jobs will not be highly involved in the day to day decision making of Apple, but as chairman of Board, he still holds very huge strategic decision’s power. I will assume Tim Cook will still have to report to him, let him review products and decide when is the time for new product release.

My thoughts of Apple’s Future

It can’t get any better in my point of view. Having Steve Jobs as more of a advisory role, and Tim Cook there to run the day to day business. I’m sure things will only get better! Apple’s Executive Team have not changed much except Steve’s stepped down. Thus I have no worries on Apple’s future, and more innovative products will be launch very soon!

 

 


iOS 5 will send out early earthquake notification to iPhone users in Japan

iOS 5 with Earthquake notification

We geeks love Technology, but nothing beats saving people’s life via Technology. In Future, Japanese iPhone users using iOS 5 will be able to receive early earthquakes notification! This will not only allow them to have more time to prepare for the natural diaster, it can also help warn people nearby. This kind of technologies really warms my heart.

Japan has the most advanced earthquake early-warning system in the world. A nationwide online system launched in 2007, it detects tremors, calculates an earthquake’s epicenter and sends out brief warnings from its 1,000-plus seismographs scattered throughout the country, one of the most earthquake-prone nations on the planet.

Apple helping Japan

I’m totally impressed with what Apple is doing to help Japan who was hammered by natural disasters in recent months. They have not only open Apple Store in Japan during diaster period to help charge iPhone/iPad and Macs, they even offer free water damaged iDevices due to Tsunami. Good Job Apple, keep it up!


Evernote bought Skitch and put it free on Mac App Store!

Evernote bought Skitch and put it free on Mac App Store

This is one of the greatest news for Mac for far for the month. I love both Evernote and Skitch, and now Skitch is free on Mac App Store. How cool is that man.

Skitch is a easiest Screen shot taking App on Mac, not only that is also the easiest app to help you edit and share the screen shot! With just 1 click, you can take screen shot, with another few clicks, you can edit and upload the photo up to your server or skitch server. A very neat software which I will highly recommend any Mac users.

Here’s 60 Seconds about Skitch Video:

The ever better news is that although Evernote, my favorite note-taking app, have bought Skitch, but they will be keeping Skitch as a separate Mac App, and is free! So be sure to download the Skitch App from Mac App Store now!


Taiwanese NextMedia created Animation on Google’s purchase of Motorola

Google Purchased Motorola Mobility

NextMedia did it again! Within days of the release of Google purchase Motorola Mobility, they have came out with this interesting animation on YouTube. I have to praise them on their view and take of this news. It have accurately summarized the whole situation in a 1 minute clip.

What’s your thought of Google purchasing Motorola Mobility? Mine is blogged here. Let me know your views.

Check out their video below:


Steve Jobs’ Biography to be release on 21 November 2011!

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is finally going to release his first official Biography ever! According to Barnes and Noble have already put up ‘Steve Jobs’ for pre-release and will be available on November 21 2011. Not sure why did they brought this forward from the original release date at March 6 2012.

This Book is written by Walter Isaacson and have written it based on over 40 interviews with Steve Jobs and his family and friends. I’m sure this book will be a very interesting read, and I can’t wait for it to be release.

Full Description of Steve Jobs:

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues this book chronicles the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

It is also a book about innovation. At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology, so he built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off limits and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly even foes, former girlfriends, and colleagues he had once fired or infuriated. “I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was 23 and the way I handled that,” he said. “But I don’t have any skeletons in my closet that can’t be allowed out.”

Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. Likewise, his friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

He was not a model boss or human being, tidily packaged for emulation. Driven by demons, he could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is thus both instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

 

 


Thunderbolt on Macbook Air is slower than rest of Mac family

The new Macbook Air 2011 have very good overall comments from reviewers and users themselves. Such a thin and light device, but can be as powerful or even more powerful than most 2009 Macbook Pro. Equipped with SSD, lots of every task like launching app, importing photos and browsing the web are super snappy.

Smaller Thunderbolt Chip for Macbook Air 2011

One of the newer addition to the new Macbook Air 2011 is the new thunderbolt port which is not available in the older generation MBA. But don’t let it fool you, this thunderbolt is not the same as the one we see in Macbook Pro 2011, iMac or the new Mac Mini. The Thunderbolt port that is in this new Macbook Air is smaller, featuring only 2 Thunderbolt channels and supports only 1 external display rather than 4 Channels and 2 external display that we see in the rest of the family.

Of course, I doubt this will be a minus point for most user, as 1 external display should be more than enough. Plus the graphics card on Macbook Air will not be able to power up 2 external display, thus there isn’t any reason for Apple to put up a bigger and more power Light Ridge Thunderbolt Chip.

How are you enjoying your Macbook Air? Let us know!


Crazy Stuff that Apple let you do in Apple Store, check this out!

Crazy stuff you can do in an Apple Store!

We have heard that Apple is always very open to what you can do in their Apple Store. But how crazy can they let you be in their store? Would like to eat pizza in an Apple Store? Rr dance in Apple Store?

Comedian Mark Malkoff tries to find out how far he can go in an Apple Store, but the result? He tried very hard, and apple is still very open to all his crazy stuff. Wanna find out what he did? Check out his video below: