Category Archives: Steve Jobs

The Ousting Of Apple’s iOS Mastermind Scott Forstall: Yay Or Nay?

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You can look at yesterday’s firing of Apple’s SVP of iOS, Scott Forstall in two ways.

Number One: He was a tyrannical bully, sharing many similar traits of his mentor and former CEO, the late Steve Jobs. Read the rest of this entry

Apple Inc. One Year After Steve Jobs’ Passing: He Would Be Proud

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What is there left to say about Apple without it’s Co-Founder and Visionary, the late and great Steven Paul Jobs, that hasn’t already been said?

Probably not a lot. But, one thing did occur to me.

Amid the naysaying and frustration of Apple consumers and investors, pointing out that Apple is struggling to find their footing minus Steve Jobs’ influence and guidance to steer them on course, did anyone really stop to think how difficult this time must be for those closest to Steve?

It has been reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook was having a difficult time dealing with Steve’s death and I can only imagine how hard this must be for brilliant designer, Jony Ive.

He was, after all, accountable only to Steve Jobs and, therefore, the kinship between the two must have been indeed extraordinary and profound.

Both men were incredibly close to Steve and, most likely, shared stories, memories, even intimacies that one would experience in any solid and cohesive friendship.

All of the Apple specialists must feel the lack of charisma and energy that only Steve could embody and, now, without him, they must strive to replicate and sustain these integral components in their daily lives at Apple.

These people lost more than a technological genius – they lost a friend. And a good one!

However, from what I have witnessed over the past year, Apple is alive and well and living in Cupertino – and in our daily lives.

The technological advances they have made over the last decade are phenomenal. We should never lose sight of this.

Yet, to move forward in technology, it requires patience and diligence – elements which the media is known NOT to have.

We can sit and gripe and tear apart what Apple should have done, but, honestly, isn’t it more rewarding and less frustrating to step back and marvel at all they have accomplished?

With 24 hours left to go before the Apple Event begins – where the new iPad Mini is rumored to take the spotlight – I think it would be wise to look around you, at everything Apple in your life and then understand the absolutely phenomenal technology this company has introduced into our lives over the past few years.

And It will only get better.

One must remember – iTunes wasn’t built in a day. The negotiating process that Steve Jobs used to convince all the music publishers, recording companies and artists to come on board still boggles my mind to this day.
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Plus, don’t forget those beautiful and successful Apple Stores, spread throughout the world and enjoying unprecedented commercial success, much to the chagrin and embarrassment of the naysayers and the envy of millions of businesses worldwide.

Tomorrow, we will see what Apple unveils. I have no doubt that it will be spectacular and, if not for the unending assortment of leaks over the past few months, it would have been a jaw-dropper.

But then – who says that there may not be a surprise or two at the end of this keynote rainbow? The “one more thing” phrase, so famously associated with Steve Jobs, may evolve into a new phrase – “Oh, I almost forgot”. Works for me. Does it for you?

Steve Jobs: Your Time Is Limited So Don’t Waste It Living Someone Else’s Life


It seems only fitting that, on the first anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, I draw attention to this portion of his Stanford University Speech.

By now, this speech is legendary and most probably will be one of the most significant speeches ever given throughout history.

However, the above video focuses on Steve Jobs’ thoughts about death. It is inspiring, it is courageous and it is indelibly memorable.

It will resonate with you for the rest of your life and, if taken wisely and seriously, may impact the direction of your personal and professional decisions from hereon in.

Steve Jobs was a genius; however, more than that, he possessed incredible insight and intuition that allowed him to touch the hearts and minds of all who came to know him.

Today is a day when we should focus on all the exciting advancements we have come to enjoy because of Steve Jobs’ passion for arts and technology.

As a musician, his life’s work has touched my life in a significant manner.

Special thanks to 1digitalfingerprint for once again drawing my attention to this video.

Our hearts and our prayers go out to Steve Jobs’ wife, Laurene, his children and family members.

R.I.P. Steve. You are missed but feel consoled that you have left Apple in capable and wise hands.

October 5th, 2012 Marks The First Anniversary Of Steve Jobs’ Passing

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Today marks the First Anniversary of the death of Steven Paul Jobs, internationally known as technology wizard and visionary, Steve Jobs.

The Radio, TV and Internet news media have inundated the tech community with stories galore about Steve Jobs and many new articles and anecdotes have surfaced as a result of this.

One of my favorite articles is from Forbes.Com. This news release captures interesting, new insight into the quirky, genius mind of Steve Jobs.. It is a great read and I strongly urge you to indulge yourself by reading it.

It is difficult for me to put into words just how much Steve Jobs and Apple have impacted my life.

Before Apple, I was, of course, a Microsoft customer and, as much as I enjoyed the whole browsing/email experience, I basically deduced that all computers were purely functional, incredibly uninteresting and beyond intimidating. And, therefore, that was that! What’s a girl to do?

Well, like any gal, I like to shop, so one day – June 2009 – I decided to visit my local Future Shop ( we do not have an Apple Store where I live) and check out the new 24″ iMac. There was a lot of buzz about this new computer and I was curious to see why.

Long story short – ninety minutes later I was the new owner of the last iMac on the shelf. In fact, it was the store demo and I honestly didn’t care. It had been on the shelf for a day so, truly, it was barely used. All I knew was that I wanted this computer in my house pronto.

What instantly fascinated me was the artistic sensibility of this beautiful machine. My Windows PC and laptop looked boring and tired compared to this meticulously designed computer and, since it had my name on it, I had to have it.

I am a musician, who always loved to incorporate visual aspects into my performances and, now, with my new iMac, I was introduced to a whole new stage.

This was important since, at this stage in my life, I was looking to semi-retire and move on to…what?

Well, the “what” quickly became a distant memory, as I filled my days blogging, learning and consuming everything that technology had to offer. This blog is a result of my Apple discovery.

I like to think that, somewhere, as I type this article on my iPad, that Steve Jobs is smiling down at all the Apple geeks in the world. He created a Disney World – like experience for all of us with his passion for innovative, colourful and seamless technology.

Rest In Peace, Steve. And thanks for the memories past and yet to come.

The Eve Of Apple’s iPhone 5 Event: The Longest Twenty-Four Hours Ever.

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Tick tock, tick tock! Anyone else looking at the clock today? Is it moving a tad slower than usual?

That’s because the mother of all tech events, the Apple iPhone 5 announcement, is just twenty-four hours away.

And the stories and the mania continue as, once again, everyone tries to predict just what Apple has in store, so to speak, for their avid consumers.

If I look at another mock-up video or read another article predicting what the new iPhone will resemble, not to mention the highly publicized refresh of the iPods and iPad, I think I may be straight-jacketed here. I just can’t take it anymore. Nun, uh!

However, one thing is certain. This iPhone and very possible multi-product event will break records in sales and create a fervor like never before.

The iPhone 5 was the last project with which the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, was intimately involved from start to finish. This fact alone will spur consumers to shell out money for this device.

It is an historically significant product and, even as time advances further exciting technological discoveries, this iPhone will never leave my house. It is steeped in history and memories that are irreplaceable.

Below, you will find links to important resource sites that will keep you informed of the September 12th event:

  • Apple.Com
  • iPhoneInCanada.Ca
  • iMore.Com
  • Mashable.Com
  • iDownLoadBlog.com
  • Macworld.Com
  • CNN.Com
  • I hope to live blog as well as I usually just head on over to Mashable.Com and add information on GrannieTheGeek.Com via their excellent sources.

    So, if for some reason you cannot access their busy site, then rest assured that Grannie The Geek has your little ‘ole back covered and will provide information as it is released.

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