Had he lived in the U.K., Jobs would have been eligible for a free bus pass today.
Had he lived, today would have marked the 60th birthday of Steve Jobs, who was born February 24, 1955.
While most of the tributes to Jobs will no doubt highlight later events in his life — the unveiling of the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone or the iPad — I instead wanted to mark the occasion with one of the lesser-known Jobs videos: his first television interview, recorded around the time the Apple II was making waves.
If you never thought you’d see the day when Jobs would geek out over seeing himself on a television screen, check out the video after the jump.
Tired of the new bleeps already? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
You may have noticed recently that the Facebook app makes sounds. Like a post? Chirp. Refresh the news feed? Swoosh. It’s like your iPhone got suddenly chatty and wants you to know that you’re tapping on the screen with every blip and bloop.
Surely you’d like to turn these things off. You could just mute your whole iPhone with the sound toggle button, but if you want to have other audio come through, like video, music, or (gasp) phone calls, you can dip into your Facebook app settings and soon experience the bliss of a blip-free Facebook browsing experience.
When you’re one of the closest things the programming world has to a rock star, you might assume that — when the time comes to pass your godly coding powers onto the next generation — you’d hand your offspring a brand new iPad and a crash course in the likes of Swift: the insanely popular state-of-the-art iOS language unveiled at last year’s WWDC.
Try telling that to John Carmack! The legendary coder behind the smash hit games Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake (today working at Oculus VR) recently shared a picture of his young son’s home computer lessons. Carmack’s choice for suitable hardware and software? BASIC on the 1984-era Apple IIc.
Patent: 'Accessing a vehicle using portable devices'
Filed in late 2011, this patent application would allow you to unlock your car — and even start its engine — using a designated iOS device, such as an iPhone or Apple Watch.
Just as important as what it does is what it doesn't: This technology could let you disable your car's engine between particular hours, potentially cracking down on would-be burglaries while you're asleep.
Patent: 'Automatic identification of vehicle location'
Apple clearly has designs for Siri that go far beyond the intelligent assistant's current implementation. Siri forms a key component of CarPlay right now, but it could certainly go further. Apple also has a number of interesting concepts, such as a patent designed to let you ask "Siri, where's my car?" when you're lost in a parking lot — at which point, your dedicated AI helper will guide you back to your car. Helpful, no?
Siri's all well and good, but this 2009 patent filing goes further still, with calls for in-car camera technology — possibly letting you perform gestures from the driver's seat to control car functions such as window wipers and temperature adjustment.
The patent filing even mentions heads-up displays embedded into an automobile armrest and cameras built into a car to detect the head position of drivers.
Patent: 'Automatic configuration of self-configurable environments'
This car-related Apple patent, filed in early 2012, tries to solve the problem of how multiple people can easily configure one vehicle for all their individual needs. Apple's answer: Use an iPhone to program user preferences related to everything from seat and mirror orientations to ideal cabin temperature and favorite radio stations. Best of all, you could take the same preferences with you to another vehicle, immediately customizing it to suit your requirements.
This Apple automotive patent, filed in mid-2012, describes how the iPhone’s geo-location capabilities could be used to intelligently monitor and control certain car functions, based on “geofences.” Using signals sent via Bluetooth LE, the technology could execute functions like locking your car and arming its alarm when you are a certain distance from the vehicle.
Different geofences could also be established and configured for a variety of boundaries. For instance, moving toward the rear of your car could automatically pop the trunk.
Apple loves the idea that you get a lot of use out of your iPhone, but it doesn't want to be responsible for car crashes! This 2008 patent filing describes a Windows Phone-style "drive mode" that would use a variety of sensors or iPhone data to detect when you're operating a vehicle, and would then block certain functions that might distract you while driving.
This isn't so much a car patent as an iPhone one, but it still demonstrates that vehicular safety is a subject up for discussion in Cupertino. Could talk of self-driving cars naturally follow?
Patent: 'Method and apparatus for providing mobile inter-mesh communication points'
One possible challenge with a vehicle packed full of connected components is what happens when you're out of range of the Internet. That problem could be partially solved by technology described in a 2003 patent (the oldest on this list, although it was only published in 2012). The patent describes a mesh network capable of keeping a car running in such a scenario.
Apple has since explored mesh networks beginning with iOS 7, becoming one of the first mainstream consumer tech companies to do so.
Apple’s “big-ass” data center in North Carolina. Photo: Engadget
Apple plans to open two new data centers in Europe, its biggest European project to date. Located in Ireland and Denmark, the twin data centers will power the company’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for local customers.
It’s the weekend, and Cult of Mac is here to bring you a roundup of all the app goodness you might have missed over the last seven days.
Apps for turning your iPad into a sketch board for your Mac, keeping records of all your stuff, and yes, even Microsoft Office made it into the roundup this time around. It’s a stellar lineup, so be sure to stay till the end.
Without further ado, here are this week’s awesome apps!
Dropbox on iOS got a lot better this week. The official app finally got an action extension for iOS 8 that lets you save files to your account from just about anywhere, like the Camera Roll.
Another heavily requested feature was added: in-app viewing of shared links. When you click on a Dropbox link from your iPhone or iPad, you can open the attached file directly in a related app instead of viewing it in your browser.
If you’re like me, your Pocket queue always overfloweth. There’s never enough time in my day to read everything on the internet I save, and there’s nothing I hate more than starting an article and realizing I don’t have time to finish it.
Short is a new iPhone app that gives you 5-10 minute long articles based on reading time from sources like Pocket and Instapaper. It’s got night and day reading modes, iOS 8 share features, and all the other bells and whistles. Check it out if you really want a nice reading app to complement your main reader service of choice.
Microsoft did something pretty cool for Apple users this week with Office in the App Store. You can now access and store documents using iCloud Drive with Word, Powerpoint and Excel on iOS. That means you don’t have to pay for an Office 365 or OneDrive subscription.
You might of heard of IFTTT as the do-it-yourself internet automator of record, but the service is hoping to make itself a little more relatable to the masses with three new iOS apps.
Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note all act as simplified command lines for their respective categories. With Button you can add recipes to quickly adjust your Nest thermostat, turn on your Philips Hue lights, etc. Camera works with services like Facebook and Dropbox to help you manage your photos. Note is for text-based actions like saving to Evernote, sharing on Twitter, and saving an event to Google Calendar.
Steve Jobs gives his commencement speech at Stanford in 2005. Photo: Stanford University
Right from the start, Apple has had one foot firmly in the education market. Today the conversation tends to be about getting iPads into schools around the world, but as far back as the 1980s Apple was cultivating relationships in the higher-education market — where it picked up some of its most loyal evangelists.
A newly published interview Steve Jobs gave to the Chronicle of Higher Education back in 1998 offers some pretty intriguing tidbits about Jobs’ approach to learning and his plans for Apple going into the new millennium.
If you’re interested in Jobs interviews (and what Apple fan isn’t?), this was recorded at an interesting time — shortly after Jobs returned to Apple, before it had released the iMac, aka the product that helped start turning the company around. It’s definitely worth a listen.
If you’re MacBook looks like this, you may be in luck. Photo: Change.org
Does your MacBook Pro freak out with distorted graphics or randomly restart? Then you’ll want to take advantage of Apple’s new repair program.
After deeming that a “small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts,” Apple will start fixing parts for free on select MacBook Pro models.
IFTTT is now a multi-app company. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac
IFTTT is ready to become more than just a standalone service in 2015. Hoping to transition to a company with multiple products, IFTTT revealed today that it has created three entirely new ‘Do’ apps — Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note — that let you personalize and execute your favorite IFTTT recipes with one tap.
To go along with the new apps that make it simply to automate your most common Internet tasks, IFTTT has rebranded its original app to just IF. The three new apps are kind of a mixture between Yo and Workflow, giving you a new level of control for favorite services and applications.
One of Ryan Cash’s favorite games growing up was GoldenEye on the N64. “One thing I remember so clearly is that the game was hard,” he recalled. “You couldn’t just beat the game on its toughest setting if you weren’t amazing.”
Luckily for Cash, his friend Bruno was a master at GoldenEye, and he would come over to unlock cheats. “He was the guy,” Cash remembered.
Most of us probably had a Bruno growing up. Back when you couldn’t pay $1.99 with Touch ID to unlock more gems or coins. Back when games were just as fun as mobile games are now, but also challenging and dependent on skill.
With Alto’s Adventure, out today in the App Store for $1.99, Cash and the rest of his team drew from the games they love to make something unique. They’ve created a game that’s not only really fun to play, but beautiful to behold. And unlike GoldenEye, there are no cheat codes to help you get ahead.