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About Sarah Lai Stirland

Sarah Lai Stirland

Sarah Lai Stirland is from the gadget and status-crazed island of Hong Kong, where even sampan drivers enjoy showing off their latest gizmos. Sarah's work has appeared in Congress Daily, National Journal, POLITICO, Portfolio.com, Red Herring, The Village Voice, and Wired.com, among other places. She now lives with her husband, cat and her young gadget-obsessed, button-pushing daughter in San Francisco. Follow Sarah on Twitter at @LaiStirland

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How The iPhone Was Created By A ‘Cluster of Assholes’

"I actually don’t think that anybody except for Apple was capable of building the iPhone," says Andy Grignon at DENT 2014 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Photo: Kris Krug

“I actually don’t think that anybody except for Apple was capable of building the iPhone,” says Andy Grignon at DENT 2014 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Photo: Kris Krug

When he set out to create the iPhone, Steve Jobs deliberately picked engineers with no mobile phone industry experience because he didn’t want Apple’s smartphone to be “tainted” by old ideas about what could and could not be achieved, says a former software engineer who worked on the project.

“We had the opportunity to hire people from Palm, from Nokia, to help us build this thing. [But] Steve said, ‘No, no, we don’t need to do that,’” Andy Grignon told me during a recent onstage interview at the DENT conference on innovation in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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How This Award-Winning Pixar Director Told Off Steve Jobs

Pixar's Brad Bird and Mark Andrews working on The Incredibles. Picture courtesy of Pixar.

Pixar’s Brad Bird and Mark Andrews working on The Incredibles. Picture courtesy of Pixar.

San Francisco, CA — Steve Jobs revered Pixar for its blend of artistry and technology, as Walter Isaacson detailed in his Amazon ($5.00), so perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that he actually apologized to one of the artists working on the 2004 film “The Incredibles” after he criticized some of the design in the film after a screening.

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Toddlers On The iPad: What Works And What Doesn’t For One 22-Month-Old

Toddlers On The iPad: What Works And What Doesn’t For One 22-Month-Old

Are Mobile Devices Key To Our Kids' Futures? Photo by: Oxtopus/Flickr

I’m a reluctant iPad parent who gave my toddler my gadget to play with once. Ever since that one experience, it has become impossible to use it when she’s around without her wanting to monopolize it.

She’s a true addict. She even looks at me weirdly if I put it down somewhere within her vicinity without handing it over to her.

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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Blasts Steve Jobs For Manufacturing The iPad In China

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Blasts Steve Jobs For Manufacturing The iPad In China

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Harbors Deep Ambivalence About the iPad

The iPad has inevitably made its debut into the congressional debate over the federal budget.

On Friday, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. D-Ill., made reference to it during a rambling monologue concerning America’s budget and the state of our economy on the House floor.

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Apple Launches New iPad 2 Ad: “We Believe,” A Reminder of Its History of Innovation

Apple Launches New iPad 2 Ad: “We Believe,” A Reminder of Its History of Innovation

Apple launched its new ad campaign for the iPad 2 Saturday based on its founding philosophy of bringing technology to the masses.

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Time Warner Cable iPad App Is Just The Tip of the Iceberg

Time Warner Cable iPad App Is Just The Tip of the Iceberg

There’s been a lot of press lately about Time Warner Cable’s foray into portability by offering its subscribers access to their programming via their iPads.

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Software Developer Group To Senators: Access To Checkpoint Data Deters Drunk Driving, Doesn’t Encourage It

Software Developer Group To Senators: Access To Checkpoint Data Deters Drunk Driving, Doesn’t Encourage It
Trapster is a popular iPhone app that alerts drivers to police speed traps, red light cameras and DUI checkpoints. The company has tried to remove DUI checkpoints, but users kept putting them back in.

A group representing thousands of independent software developers on Monday sent a letter objecting to four Democratic senators’ request last week to smartphone companies to remove applications that alert drivers to DUI checkpoints.

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U.S. Lawmaker Wishes World Governments Would Run Like Apple

U.S. Lawmaker Wishes World Governments Would Run Like Apple

Is it fair to compare the progress of international deal-making among government policymakers to the innovation cycle of a technology company headed by a man known as the company despot?

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How Apple Got Its Logo [Memory Lane]

How Apple Got Its Logo [Memory Lane]

There’s long been a number of urban legends about how Apple came up with its iconic logo.

There’s the idea that the bite symbolizes knowledge, or that the overall image is a tribute to mathematician Alan Turing, who committed suicide by taking a bite of an apple laced with cyanide.

But here’s the real story.

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Analyst: Microsoft-Nokia Alliance Could Bring Armistice In Apple-Nokia Patent War

Analyst: Microsoft-Nokia Alliance Could Bring Armistice In Apple-Nokia Patent War

Microsoft’s recently-announced partnership with Nokia will significantly increase the chances of both Apple and Nokia settling their bitter patent infringement lawsuits against each other, says a long-time intellectual property activist who keeps a close eye on the patent strategies of the tech world’s largest firms.

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