Woz: Don’t trust the government with your privacy

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Steve Wozniak believes that Apple's 100 percent in the right.
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Steve Wozniak may not have been directly involved with Apple for years, but there’s no doubting where his allegiances lie concerning the current Apple vs. FBI skirmish concerning whether or not Apple should help unlock the iPhone at the heart of a criminal investigation.

Speaking with CNET, Woz made clear his opinion that, “You can’t trust who is in power,” and argues that, “Terrorism is just a phony word being used” to try and justify the potential unwarranted snooping in our lives.

Steve Jobs team won’t let bad box office kill Oscar campaign

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Michael Fassbender received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Jobs.
Universal is chasing an award for their efforts.
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Steve Jobs may have flopped at the box office, but the team responsible for it are still confident that they can make up for the dismal lack of earnings with an Oscar.

According to a new report, Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels (who plays John Sculley) and director Danny Boyle recently attended an “intimate brunch and Q&A” with a roomful of Academy voters at the St. Regis hotel.

Wozniak: I don’t like being trapped in Apple’s ecosystem

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The Woz tells it like it is.
Woz remains as independent as ever.
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Despite still technically being an Apple employee, Steve Wozniak isn’t known for voicing the Cupertino official line when asked about recent iDevelopments.

Speaking at a recent conference, hosted by enterprise software firm New Relic, Woz chimed in about his thoughts on the Apple ecosystem, Tim Cook’s belief that the iPad Pro could replace your need for a MacBook, and the Apple Watch — which he’s previously expressed his skepticism of.

The inside story on Jobs and Woz’s illegal phone phreaking

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Woz, doing his part to help computers takeover the world. Photo: Apple
Before they were Apple co-founders, Jobs and Woz were dirty, no-good, lawbreakers. Kind of.
Photo: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

Prior to founding a tiny little company called Apple, Steves Jobs and Wozniak were “phone phreakers” — selling illegal blue boxes to help people make free long-distance phone calls.

While both quickly turned their back on their law-breaking ways, Jobs noted that, “If we hadn’t made those little blue boxes, there might never have been an Apple computer.”

The entire saga is now the subject of a short documentary, featuring new interviews with Woz, alongside notable phone phreaks Charlie Pine, Tony Lauck, and John “Cap’n Crunch” Draper. Check it out below.

Woz talked to Steve Jobs about returning to Apple in 2011

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Could Woz have made an Apple return? Not if he had anything to say about it.
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Steve Jobs raised the possibility of Steve Wozniak returning to Apple in conversation that took place during Jobs’ final days in 2011, according to a new interview.

The insight comes from a Bloomberg interview with Woz talking about the new Steve Jobs movie, which opened on limited release last weekend.

Watch Woz warn Jobs he’s going to get killed in new Steve Jobs clip

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Steve Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) and Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) before a NeXT keynote in a scene from Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) and Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) before a NeXT keynote in a scene from Steve Jobs.
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Steve Wozniak lashes out at his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, asking the Apple CEO what he actually does, in a just-released scene from the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.

While the pair remained close friends until Jobs’ death in 2011, the scene shows the two meeting before the unveiling of the NeXT Computer. After confronting Jobs about his roll in creating computers, Woz warns Steve that he’s about to get killed for releasing the NeXT, which was marketed toward schools and students — but came with an ungodly $6,500 price tag.

Watch the heated exchange below:

Just like Ahmed: Woz got arrested for building gadgets in school

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Irving MacArthur High School student Ahmed Mohamed.
Irving MacArthur High School student Ahmed Mohamed.
Photo: Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News

Ahmed Mohamed can count Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak among his many supporters in the tech world. According to Woz’s most recent Facebook post, he sees a lot of himself in the 14-year-old Texas boy who was arrested for bringing a homemade digital clock to school.

While Ahmed’s teacher mistook his clock for a bomb, Woz says he built a similar gadget when he was in high school — only he actually wanted people to think it was a bomb. Woz even spent a night in juvie for the stunt (where he used the opportunity to teach inmates how to shock guards).

Here’s the story in Woz’s own words:

Woz wowed by accuracy of new Steve Jobs movie

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Seth Rogen plays Woz in the new Steve Jobs biopic.
Photo: Seth Rogen/Steve Wozniak

The new Steve Jobs movie is getting rave reviews from film critics, but what about from the people who were actually there in the trenches with the real Steve Jobs?

According to Jobs’ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the film is pretty darned accurate. In fact, Woz says that there were times watching the movie when he just about forgot he was watching actors on-screen rather than the real people involved.

Now that’s high praise.

Apple returns to its roots at historic San Francisco venue

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Apple will host its fall media reveal at the same place it unveiled the Apple II computer.
Apple will host its fall media reveal at the same place it unveiled the Apple II computer.
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When Apple takes the stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for the fall media reveal, company execs will walk knowing they are in a sacred space.

Sure the building is 100 years old this year and is part of the city’s renaissance following the devastating 1906 earthquake. But the ground at the auditorium really shook in 1977, when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak brought the Apple II computer to the West Coast Computer Faire.