• April 2012

    Whereas one might imagine the high-stakes battle for supremacy in the technology industry being won and lost in the research laboratory, it is increasingly looking like a crack team of lawyers beats a battery of boffins every time. Patents have become a crucial strategic weapon in skirmishes between technology giants including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung Electronics as they battle for control of lucrative smartphone and tablet computer markets.

  • April 2012

    Thirty-five years ago, on April 16 and 17, 1977, more than twelve thousand proto-geeks flooded into San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium. They were there to attend a new event called the West Coast Computer Faire, and the room brimmed with excitement over a new, futuristic gizmo known as the “personal computer.” The throngs packed the aisles, marveling at microcomputers and related gizmos from tiny startups such as Cromemco, IMSAI, Northstar, Ohio Scientific and Parasitic Engineering.

  • April 2012

    Steve Jobs Avenue has officially been confirmed in Brazil by Jundiai's city council. The avenue was announced on 6 October 2011, the day after Jobs died, but Brazillian blog MacMagazine reports that the council recently made the name official.

  • April 2012

    Steve Wozniak is glad that Ashton Kutcher is on board to play the late Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic about the tech icon. The Woz, who founded Apple with Steve Jobs (and Ron Wayne), offered a full statement on the project to gossip rag TMZ, saying that he trusts the the professionals who cast the star, and praising Mr. Kutcher’s passion for the project.

  • April 2012

    Maybe Woz was a fan of "That 70's Show"? Or is it just the fact that he's one of the nicest guys in Silicon Valley who's never disparaged another carbon-based life form? It will be interesting to see whether Kutcher can truly pull off the turtleneck and jeans. And more importantly, who will play Woz?

  • April 2012

    This fall, Apple will tear down HP's iconic 1960s-era Executive Briefing Center to build its mega new headquarters there, reports eWeek. Could there possibly be a better symbol for the two PC makers in 2012? Apple bought the roughly 100-acre campus a year ago for a reported $300 million. There were practical reasons for this. It is adjacent to the a large swath of land that Apple bought in 2006. [Here's a video of Steve Jobs making the case to the Cupertino City Council to let Apple buy that parcel in 2006. It is entertaining to see how star struck the City Council was with Jobs.]

  • April 2012

    Fusion-io chief scientist and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and visual effects supervisor Rob Legato will participate in the 2012 NAB Show Post|Production World keynote presentation, “How Creativity and Technology Merge to Influence Storytelling and Film.”

  • April 2012

    The audience let out gasps and cheers as the Mountain View robot first struggled, but ultimately managed to balance with an opposing machine on the teeter-totter at the end of two matches on March 30. Some of those gasps and cheers were likely coming from Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, who was one of the competition's judges. Wozniak called the FIRST program is fantastic, saying it gives students the chance to learn in a way they couldn't in school.

  • April 2012

    Goran Marberg holds his new iPad, autographed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak who, with his wife Janet, waited in line overnight with customers at the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Reuters/David McNew

  • April 2012

    No one likes a thief who gets away with stolen items and especially not 8 year old Landon Crabtree. After a burglar broke into his family’s house to get away with the family’s iPad and a few other items, the family got insurance money for the lost goods. But Landon wasn’t going to stand for someone else having his iPad and used Apple’s free Find my iPhone to recover the iPad. However, that’s not the only thing police found.