Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs embroiled in stock ‘backdating’ scandal


It took 20 pounds of personal computing artifacts to form the face of Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs' stock demands changed some people's view of the tech innovator.
Photo: Jason Mercier

August 29August 29, 2001: An Apple board meeting takes place, during which Steve Jobs is awarded new stock options which become part of a big “backdating” scandal several years later.

When the matter makes court, Apple’s former general counsel pays $2.2 to settle the charges that she had backdated stock options for Jobs, herself and others — as well as creating fake paperwork to hide this fact.

Borsch, Space Marshals 2, and other awesome apps of the week


If you're appy and you know it, check our list!
If you're appy and you know it, check our list!
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

If you’re looking to unwind this fine Sunday by sampling the latest delectables the App Store has to offer, have no fear: Cult of Mac is here to help.

From smart AI tools to a great strategic shooter, here are the apps we were busy checking out over the past week.

Apple will create 1,000 new jobs at its Irish HQ


Apple is living up to its promise to expand Irish operations.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple has announced that it will create an extra 1,000 jobs to its Hollyhill site in County Cork, Ireland over the next 18 months — substantially increasing on the 5,000 employees the company currently has in Ireland.

The move is broadly in line with Apple’s overall workforce expansion, which has increased 25 percent over the past year.

Barbra Streisand once called Steve Jobs for tech support


Barbra Streisand
Singer Barbra Streisand and husband James Brolin.
Photo: Wikicommons

In an interview for Good Morning Britain, global diva Barbra Streisand has revealed how she once called up Steve Jobs to ask him for computer advice.

“I couldn’t figure out something on my computer and nobody could figure it out, no IT guy, so I said, ‘Can you get Steve Jobs on the phone?’” she recalled. As it turns out, she could. But even Jobs was unable to offer a solution.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates talk ‘Future of the PC’


This was the first of only two joint interviews the pair ever gave.
Photo: Reviewsapex/Fortune

Aug2626 August, 1991: Fortune magazine publishes the first-ever joint interview between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, under the headline: “The Future of the PC.”

Along with a sit-down interview at the D5 Conference 16 years later, this is one of only two joint interviews the pair ever gave together. It marked 10 years since the first IBM PC shipped, and looked at what the future held for both men — described as the former “boy wonders of computing, now thirtysomething.”