Apple Loses Its Helm Again

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Good-bye and good luck, Steve.  Steve Jobs resigned this week as Apple’s President and is looking to move to Chairman of their Board.

It would be difficult to overstate the significance of Steve Jobs to Apple, and harder still to overstate Apple’s influence on the tech sector. Jobs was the towering figure behind a towering company.

So says Steve Wozniak, the man who founded Apple with Jobs. Wozniak waxed poetic about Jobs in an interview with Bloomberg. He spoke at length about Jobs’ leadership, the culture he created at Apple and the future of the company.

“He’s always going to be remembered, at least for the next hundred years, as the greatest technology business leader of our time,” Woz said of Jobs.

Steve Jobs named Tim Cook as his successor, and he has already has stepped up.  Cook said working with Jobs and Apple has been “the privilege of a lifetime” and he’s looking forward to the years ahead.
There are many books written about Job’s rise, fall and ultimate ascension to build the most innovative computer company in modern times.  Good luck Steve.  Thanks for giving us such as great industry leader.

Amazon’s New Kindle Daily Deals

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Deals from the likes of Groupon, Yuupon and even Amazon itself have become daily-deal specialists.  Amazon has just announced a daily Kindle book at a specially-discounted price each day as a part of the new Kindle Daily Deal.

Bookmark and check back daily to see what’s next. Deals go live at approximately 12:00 A.M. Pacific time and run for 24 hours.  Don’t want to miss a deal?  The Kindle Daily Deal will be posted daily on Twitter, and frequently on Facebook and the Kindle Daily Post.

Linux, 20 Years Later

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20 years ago Thursday, a student named Linus Torvalds announced he was going to be creating a new operating system which he intended to displace Microsoft Windows.  Torvalds described Linux as “just a hobby, won’t be big and professional.”

Today, we’ve seen Linux being used in most every mid to large-sized company around the world (including Microsoft), and runs the majority of smartphones, TVs, ATMs, navigation systems, game platforms and much more.

Linux is licensed under the GPL, which gives everyone the right to use it and allows no one ownership of of the software.  And its a big piece of software.  Linux contains 14 million lines of software and is protected by more than 520,000 patents, according to a Linux Foundation report. Governments and businesses alike enjoy the system’s flexibility and decentralized nature.

Linux is bound to grow, but with people’s love of their desktop computers, it’ll be a long time before Linux threatens Microsoft’s dominance on the desktop.

China’s New Military Build-Up

China has had a busy few months of announcements.  It’s military build-up grew by more than 13% year-over-year and its technology and posturing has been a major threat to its neighbors.

Some of its latest innovations:

  • China unveiled its first stealth jet
  • Reached the early operating phase of a “carrier-killer” missile, the first-ever capable of targeting our carriers under way from a long distance
  • Sea-tested its first-ever aircraft carrier capable of delivering their new missiles

“There’s nothing particularly magical about any one particular item,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia Michael Schiffer told reporters in a Wednesday briefing.

China’s initial military intent seems to be regional. ”China has made less progress on capabilities that extend global reach or power projection,” the report, released Wednesday, reads. “Outside of peacetime counter-piracy missions, for example, China’s Navy has little operational experience beyond regional waters.”

“Although this alone is a serious concern,” the report says, “the accesses and skills required for these intrusions are similar to those necessary to conduct computer network attacks.” It carefully parses Chinese official writings to highlight a growing importance of cyber — far more than the 2010 version did.

“It’s no secret that cyber is a realm where deeper engagement between the United States and China — so that we can work on common rules of the road and a common way forward — is necessary,” Schiffer said.