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Steve Wozniak inches closer to becoming an official Aussie

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. Photo: Wired/Flickr

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. Photo: Wired/Flickr


Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak made his first big step toward becoming an official citizen of Australia this week when he was granted ‘permanent resident’ status for being a distinguished person

Woz is currently teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Technology in Sydney and says he plans to become full fledged citizen and buy a house in Sydney.

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Steve Wozniak gets a reality show and Steve Jobs denies our handshakes on The CultCast

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This week: warm up the telly—Woz is getting a tech-tastic reality TV show; we divulge our favorite new iPhone and Mac apps; we answer some ridiculous listener questions in an all-new Get To know Your Cultist; and finally, Steve Jobs denies Leander Kahney’s attempted handshake not once, but TWICE. Leander recounts the tale. We die laughing.

Quietly chuckle your way through each week’s best Apple stories! Stream or download new and past episodes of The CultCast now on your Mac or iDevice by subscribing on iTunes, or hit play below and let the chuckles begin.

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Steve Wozniak gets a reality show and Steve Jobs denies our handshakes on The CultCast

Watch Steve Wozniak use iPhone 6 to magically unlock a hotel room

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Woz shows how the iPhone makes hotel keys obsolete. Photo: SPG

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is about to become a reality TV star. If you’re curious to see what watching The Woz might be like when it airs, Starwood Hotels just shot a quick video of Woz demonstrating their SPG app to magically unlock his hotel room at the W in Hollywood.

The SPG app seeks makes hotel keys obsolete by giving visitors a Bluetooth key upon checkin within the app, allowing  you to skip the front desk altogether and unlock your room with the iPhone 6’s new NFC chip. The new SPG keyless entry system has only been around for a month, but Woz says its so easy to use, you don’t even need someone to teach you what to do.

Watch Woz demo the keyless entry app in the video below:

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Steve Wozniak is about to become a reality TV show

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scobble

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scobble

Steve Wozniak has played a lot of roles over the last three decades – engineer, Apple co-founder, Segway polo champion, and university professor – but Steve is about to jump into an all new realm: Realty TV show host.

The Apple co-founder is reportedly tag-teaming with Mythbusters’ co-host Kari Byron for a new reality TV show about all-things tech called The Woz.

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Steve Wozniak calls Apple Watch a ‘luxury fitness band,’ says bigger iPhones are 3 years late

Photo: HigherEd Web / Flickr

Photo: HigherEd Web/Flickr CC

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has long been an unabashed believer that Cupertino should release a bigger iPhone. Around the time of the iPhone 5, he said Apple should have released two different models, one “regular” and one jumbo-size, to better compete with Android superphones

Now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are here, Woz is glad. But he’s still being hard on Apple, saying they’re three years too late with the big phones. And he’s not too crazy about the Apple Watch either.

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38 years later, Woz still thinks about ways to improve the Apple II

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scoble

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak stands beside an Apple II. Photo: Robert Scoble

With today’s tech devices becoming obsolete so quickly, it’s easy to think older models are forgotten by their creators the moment a follow-up rolls off the factory floor.

While this may be true in some instances, it’s apparently not the case for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. In a recent email exchange with a vintage computer expert, Woz revealed that almost 40 years after the Apple II shipped he still agonizes about ways it could have been improved.

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Woz is moving to Australia to become a professor

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scoble

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scoble

Steve Wozniak changed the world when he co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs to create the first personal computer. Now, after revolutionizing the tech world, he’s ready to impart his wisdom upon the top tech minds in Australia.

University of Technology, Sydney announced that it’s hired Woz on as an adjunct professor for the school, where he’ll start teaching in December.

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Remembering Macworld, a young Steve Jobs and the birth of the Macintosh

For 30 years, Macworld has chronicled all things Apple-related. Photo: Macworld cover, December 2011

For 30 years, Macworld has chronicled all things Apple-related. Photo: Macworld cover, December 2011

The closing of Macworld is the end of an era. Thirty years ago, the publication was the midwife to the launch of the Macintosh.

Cult of Mac has a series of exclusive recollections by the magazine’s founder Dave Bunnell, which chronicle the journalist’s close encounters with a young and volatile Steve Jobs, the Mac’s difficult gestation and the birth of modern desktop computing. It’s a great trip down memory lane — with plenty of outbursts, last-minute changes and even a cameo by Ella Fitzgerald.

Read on for the full series.

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7 weird and wonderful Apple awards — and one that got away

Woz thinks wearables like the iWatch could be ‘a hard sell’

Gadget-loving Steve Wozniak sounds like he won't be queuing for the iWatch on its day of release.

Gadget-loving Steve Wozniak sounds like he won’t be queuing for the iWatch on its day of release.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has called the wearables product category — of which Apple’s eagerly-anticipated iWatch will be one — “a hard sell.”

In an email exchange with CNet on Wednesday, the routinely outspoken Woz (who recently turned 64) noted that smart watches are “go-betweens for your smartphone, but are an extra piece and need special advantages that the smartphone doesn’t have, in my opinion. If they are just a Bluetooth go-between then it could wind up in the category of Bluetooth headsets: Fun to wear and show off for a day.”

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