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Funny or Die Beat Everyone to the Steve Jobs Biopic Punch

Sometimes it's better to be first than to be the best, and while that's far from the philosophy displayed by Apple during Steve Jobs' life, it seems to be the one comedy site Funny or Die took when churning out their Jobs biopic iSteve. It's available online right now, ahead of its competitors jOBS and Steve Jobs.

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Was Apple’s Finder Icon Inspired by a Picasso Painting?

From the start, Apple has been a company focused on design to a greater extent than most tech companies: While Steve Wozniak's groundbreaking architecture for the Apple II gave it an advantage over the other personal computers of the day, industrial designer Jerry Mannock's iconic beige case designs helped it and subsequent early Apple computers bridge the gap from hacker favorite to mass-market hit. And so it wouldn't be surprising, as Cattani Simone proposes, if Apple's Finder icon was influenced by Picasso's 1934 painting "Two Characters":

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Steve Wozniak’s White iPhone 4

At a recent press event, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak showed off a gadget that many Apple fans have long salivated for: A white iPhone 4. But he didn't get it from Apple, and in fact the company isn't too happy about its provenance, though Woz didn't find (?) it in a bar. Apple isn't going to make white iPhone 4s until spring of 2011, if at all. But as we've previously reported, this hasn't stopped an enterprising teenager named Fei Lam from selling white iPhone 4 mod kits, the parts for which he says are sourced from Foxconn, Apple's Taiwanese supplier. (A private investigator who may or may not have been backed by Apple reportedly sent Lam a letter accusing him of selling stolen goods, which Lam disputes, saying that he obtained the parts legally and that if Apple has a problem, it's with Foxconn, not him.) The proud owner of a white iPhone 4 made using Lam's $279 mod kit: Well, you should already know from the title of this post, but yup, it's Steve Wozniak.

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Steve Wozniak: Android Will Dominate in the Smartphone Wars (Update: No.)

Apple's founding hacker genius Steve Wozniak is an iPhone user and fan (although he has no issue with jailbreaking iPhones), but he's nonetheless detached enough in his analysis of the burgeoning smartphone market that he says Google's Android platform will win out, at least in reach. In an interview with a Dutch-language newspaper, Wozniak said that while he thought that the iPhone and iOS comprise a high-quality platform, they're 'not for everyone,' that the Android's current consistency issues are reminiscent of the early days at Microsoft, and that the Android platform will ultimately dominate as Windows dominated PCs. Update: Wozniak tells Engadget that he was misquoted.

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Original Apple I Computer Up for Auction, Starting at $160,000

Fancy auction house Christie's is presently auctioning off an original Apple I computer from 1976, lovingly designed and handcrafted by Apple's founding genius Steve Wozniak while Steve Jobs sort of sat around and did nothing. With an asking price of between £100,000 and £150,000 (~$161,600 to $242,400), the original Apple I has the sort of specs that we associate with deficient calculators today -- 8 KB of RAM, a MOS 6502 microprocessor with clock speeds between 1 and 2 MHz -- but was nevertheless a feat of engineering for its day. The unit for sale is the 82nd Apple I built, according to Christie's.

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Steve Jobs’ Anti-Flash Missive: A Look at Apple’s and Adobe’s Diverging Paths

For all of the tension in Steve Jobs' dissertation on his antipathy to Flash, the nut, I believe, is this:
Since that golden era, the companies have grown apart. Apple went through its near death experience, and Adobe was drawn to the corporate market with their Acrobat products.
Each of the two companies has known multiple iterations. Apple has had three: the Jobs (and Wozniak) era ('76 - '85), the non-Jobs era ('85 - '97) and the re-Jobs era ('97 - now). Adobe, two: the John Warnock/Chuck Geschke era ('82 - '00), and the post-Warnock/Geschke era ('00 - now). The "golden era" Jobs refers to above encapsulates a large part of that 1982 - 1985 overlap (and somewhat beyond), with the development of PostScript, the Macintosh, and the Apple LaserWriter. The companies built desktop publishing in concert: Apple, the hardware side, Adobe, the software. The critique Jobs makes in the quote above is acidic.

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