• August 2012

    Apple broke a record Monday — becoming the most valuable public company in history. Shares of Apple stock surged more than 2 percent, pushing the company's value to more than $623 billion. This surpasses the previous record set by Microsoft in 1999.

  • August 2012

    When Steve Wozniak talks, people listen. Never one to mince words (on cloud computing: “horrible problems” ahead), and an energetic life-force when it comes to tech prognostication — perhaps quenching our thirst for grandiose vision in a post-Jobs world — the Apple co-founder continues to grab the spotlight wherever he travels. Often that takes him to places such as Folsom State Prison where he was recently anointed mayor. He quickly promised his Twitter followers that “as mayor I will privatize the empty cells and clean this place up.”

  • August 2012

    Not all the hippies, pranksters and counter-revolutionaries wanted to live on communes and disdain profits — reclaiming the power of computing from faceless corporations and the military-industrial complex and using it for protests or communications is an idea that dates back to the student activists of the 60s. Dormehl does a good job of showing how the more practical and purist ideologies — which he dubs "hippy progressive capitalists" and "New Lefties" — mingled and spurred each other on.

  • August 2012

    Steve Jobs was a shining example of being able to sustain failure. Today, we remember him for his turnaround at Apple and the introduction of life changing devices such as the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad and the new iMac line of computers. However, few would remember him being forced out of a boardroom coup at Apple in 1985 after a run of bad products (the most notable being "Lisa," a computer that costs tens of millions to develop but was considered an epic fail), or his attempt at starting a competing company, NeXT which ended up as a flop — depending on which side you are standing on (Apple bought NeXT for $429 million in 1996 as part of the deal to hire Jobs back). As Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak mentioned in the Innovation and Creativity seminar in Jakarta last month, it was Jobs' failure in his previous stints that drove him to do better when he returned to the company he founded.

  • August 2012

    A 60-second television spot created in the months leading up to the early 1984 launch of Apple's original Macintosh was shelved and never aired publicly due to concerns that it would be seen as "too self-congratulatory." Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Macintosh team that helped pioneer the personal computer revolution alongside Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, published the video to his Google page on Thursday. "Here's a rare commercial for the original Macintosh that Chiat-Day made in the fall of 1983 , featuring snippets from interviews of the design team," he said. "It never aired because Apple deemed it too self-congratulatory, although it was used in some promotional materials sent to dealers."

  • August 2012

    Daniel Kottke was one of Apple's first employees, assembling the company's earliest kit computers with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in a California kitchen. In 1974, Jobs and Kottke backpacked across India in search of themselves; now, they are industry legends. Along the way, he debugged circuit boards, helped design the Apple III and the Mac, and became host of Palo Alto cable TV show The Next Step.

  • August 2012

    These are photos taken at the photo booth at Woz' 62nd birthday party.

  • August 2012

    Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, was treated to a surprise birthday party Aug. 1 in San Francisco. About 400 people gathered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts to honor the man known to most people as "Woz," who turns 62 Aug. 11. The party was hosted by Fusion-io, a flash storage memory company Wozniak joined in 2009 as chief scientist. He was brought to the venue under the ruse that the event was a Fusion-io product launch. Woz was showered with confetti and praise for his innovative leadership at Apple, which he founded along with the late Steve Jobs in 1976. Woz contributed his computer engineering skills to the technology inside Apple PCs and other products, while Jobs contributed his vision of product design and marketing. Woz was lauded for his philanthropic work and teased about his love of the video game Tetris–guests received their own Tetris games in their swag bags—and his appearance on the ABC network reality TV show "Dancing with the Stars" in 2009. When appearing onstage at the event, the portly Woz quipped, "I hope you don't want me to do any ballet stuff."

  • August 2012

    Apple co-founder and legend Steve Wozniak won't officially turn 62 until August 11, but that wasn't enough to keep flash memory tech company Fusion-io from holding a surprise birthday party for him last night. Ina Fried from AllThingsD was in attendance and provided a photo record of the event. Woz is the chief scientist for Fusion-io as well as an investor, and AllThingsD reports that the party was held at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, an

  • August 2012

    Fusion-io‘s parties have gotten pretty good since Steve Wozniak, c0-founder of Apple, became the company’s chief scientist. Tonight, the company threw a surprise birthday bash for Woz at the fancy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Hundreds of party-goers yelled “Surprise!” and sang “Happy Birthday” to Woz, who thought he was going to a product launch.