iSpy: How a photojournalist became Steve Jobs’ hand-picked photographer



Steve Jobs Explaining Ten Year Technology Development Cycles.

Sonoma, California, 1986.

Mac Icon Designer Susan Kare At NeXT Computer.

Sonoma, California, 1987.

Steve Jobs Returning from a Visit to the Automated NeXT Factory.

Steve Jobs during the NeXT years.

Photo: Doug Menuez

The Founders of Adobe Systems Preparing to Release Photoshop.

Mountain View, California, 1988.

Apple CEO John Sculley Masters His Shyness to Meet the Press.

Fremont, California, 1990.

President Clinton Attends A Silicon Valley Fundraiser.

Mountain View, California, 1995.

The Newton War Room at Apple Computer.

Cupertino, California, 1993.


The Newton Team Celebrate Finishing The Project.

Northern California, 1993.

Family and a few close friends aside, very few people got the inside track on Steve Jobs.

One of the few exceptions was Doug Menuez, an award-winning documentary photographer. For almost a decade between 1985 and 1994, Menuez shot an unprecedented number of photos of Jobs during his wilderness years outside Apple. And, as can be seen in the gallery above, he also took some astonishing inside shots of Apple during this same time frame.

In the process, Menuez became one of the foremost documentarians of an incredible period in Silicon Valley history. To celebrate the launch of his new book, Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000, Menuez spoke with Cult of Mac about his background with one of the greatest tech entrepreneurs to ever live.

T-Mobile: AT&T’s Early Upgrade Program Is ‘Calculating, Sneaky, Underhanded’


AT&T’s new early upgrade program is “calculating, sneaky, underhanded,” according to a new print ad from T-Mobile that will be published in USA Today.

AT&T Next is designed to let customers upgrade their smartphone more often — once every 12 months — and it is a direct competitor to T-Mobile’s new Jump plan. But T-Mobile has been quick to make its feelings about Next clear, accusing AT&T of trying to take more money from its customers.

T-Mobile CEO Says AT&T Next Is All “Smoke And Mirrors”



As a response to T-Mobile’s new Jump plan that allows customers to upgrade their smartphone once a year for free, AT&T announced Next two days ago, which offers similar perks as Jump but at a much higher cost.

T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere has already launched an AT&T Next bashing campaign to go along with the anti-AT&T rant filled keynote he delivered on July 10th. According to an email exchange with CNET, Legere views AT&T Next as just “a poor copycat” of Jump that’s designed to ripoff consumers more than ever: