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Steve Jobs Loses Battle Against Illness

Steve Jobs Dies at 56 It is a sad day in the world of Apple. Co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of Apple Steve Jobs has lost his life. Steve Jobs battled pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed in 2004. After his diagnosis, he underwent surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. However, it was apparent...

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Apple’s App Store Hits 500,000 Apps

Posted by Zack | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 24-05-2011

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Apple App Store logoApple’s App Store has recently hit an important milestone, passing 500,000 apps. Apple arrived at this number by combining apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPhone that is. These numbers come from three different sources: 148apps, Chomp and Chillingo. These three have put together an infographic detailing different milestones and trends that led Apple to that figure.

This infographic points out some very interesting data points about how the App Store progressed, specifically in the areas of price and the makeup of the App Store’s volume. Paid apps account for 63% of the overall library of apps in the store and average around $3.64 per app. If you wanted to buy the entire paid apps catalog, you would need to drop $891,982.24.

Individual applications are broken out as well for both news significance as well as chart-topping prowess. Included in this is Angry Birds from Rovio which held the number one spot in the paid apps section for 275 days. Angry Birds was followed not so closely by The Moron Test, which held the number one spot for a total of 38 days. Other titles, like Apple’s one and only iOS game Texas Hold ’em, are noted on the infographic as not having been updated for almost two and a half years.

The App Store was first launched by Apple in 2008 with the release of the iPhone 3G. There was no software development kit when the first generation iPhone was released as Apple was more focused on pushing developers towards the internet instead. Since the App Store’s release, the service has brought developers more than $2 billion in revenue with Apple taking a 30% cut of every app sold.

Apple recently announced in January that the App Store was up to 350,000 apps, showing that the additional 150,000 apps only took a tad bit more than four months to accumulate. This is very notable due to the fact that it took the App Store over a year to jump from 10,000 apps to 100,000. In competition with Apple, Microsoft just announced that the Windows Phone Marketplace has just reached 17,000 apps. Microsoft’s app store opened up near the end of 2010.

However, Apple’s reign on top of the app market could be coming to an end. Reports released near the end of April showed that Google’s Android Market is set to surpass Apple’s sometime in July. This estimate was made after looking at several months of tracking Google’s growth on multiple platforms. Android also has a split approach, allowing multiple app stores on a single device as well as app side-loading. Apple must first approve each app.

No official statement has been released by Apple noting the company surpassing 500,000 apps. Some app services are stating that Apple is only at about 495,000 apps. Apple is expected to make a more precise statement at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in a couple of weeks.

Source: CNET – Estimates peg App Store at 500,000 apps

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Don’t Make Steve Jobs Angry, You Won’t Like Him When He’s Angry

Posted by Zack | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 09-05-2011

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Steve Jobs madYou’re making Steve Jobs angry; you won’t like him when he’s angry. And that is just what Apple’s MobileMe team found out recently as the group of budding Apple employees was dragged into Jobs’ office for a not so nice chat about MobileMe and the team’s work on it.

Now everybody knows that not everything a company makes is going to work. You cannot expect a company to be perfect 100% of the time, even one like Apple. People also know that it takes a lot to be the CEO of a company. Being CEO of any company is not easy but I can’t even imagine the kind of toll it takes on you if you are CEO of Apple, probably the biggest technological manufacturer in the world.

Now Steve Jobs seems like a pretty nice guy. He always seems so pleasant in his classic black shirt and jeans while he is making the world drool over Apple’s latest gadget. However, Jobs is also human, so it stands to reason that he would, eventually, get mad about something that may not be going right in the company and that is exactly what happened in his little “talk” with Apple’s MobileMe team.

When MobileMe launched in 2008, it didn’t really take off like most of Apple’s products do. Well, when something doesn’t go right for Apple, Steve Jobs doesn’t just sit back and let it slide. In the meeting, Jobs asked the MobileMe team, “Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?” Now this is one of those questions where you know that nothing good can come of anything you say.

Well, one brave soul offered up an explanation of just exactly what MobileMe was supposed to do and apparently it was a pretty good answer. When Jobs heard the response he responded with, “So why the f*** doesn’t it do that?”  However, Jobs wasn’t finished there adding, “You’ve tarnished Apple’s reputation. You should hate each other for having let each other down.”

None of this bodes well for the new executive that Jobs supposedly named in charge of the MobileMe team during that same discussion. This news, which comes from the latest issue of Fortune Magazine, details some other very interesting things about how things work at Apple.

The magazine reports how meeting rooms are checked for bugs (the kind use to spy, not the kind used for squishing) before presentations, how Apple holds “Top 100” meetings and how Steve Jobs had a hand in designing the shuttle buses that take employees from San Francisco to Cupertino.

I don’t think that any company is as closely related to its CEO as Apple is, so it makes sense that when something reflects badly on the company, it also reflects badly on Jobs. That is why it isn’t surprising that Jobs gets mad and when he does, he lets the people know about it.

Source: CNET – When Steve Jobs isn’t happy, he really isn’t happy

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