iQuit. Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

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Steve Jobs is a genius. He started Apple Computers in a garage and turned it into the largest public company in America. He proved that nothing can stop a man with a vision and a dream. I remember when John Scully pushed out Steve and proceeded to run Apple into the ground. Only when Steve came back did the company rebound. Which leads me to believe that Apple is a one-man show. A giant company, but a one-man show nonetheless. That’s why I believe that Apple’s future without Steve is bleak. Steve’s shoes are too big to fill.

I started using a Mac in 1986. It was called a Fat Mac and I used to take it home on weekends for work. Reflecting on that, what work could I have been doing? There was no Internet back then, email was scarce. All I would do was write documents and work on spreadsheets. Still, the fact that I could take a computer home made me feel very powerful, like I had the world in my hands. I get the same feeling today when I whip out my iPhone which has a million times more computing strength than my Fat Mac ever did. I have no doubt that Steve would have kept cranking out bigger and better products but the man upstairs decided to throw a wrench in his plans.

I bought a whole bunch of Apple computers over the years and loved every one of them! My only regret was not having purchased AAPL shares instead of all of those computers. I saw a website that shows how much those Apple shares would be worth today.

I wish Steve a speedy recovery and I hope that he returns to Apple soon so he can do what he does best. Thanks for everything Steve!

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Finding the #L10N in the Apple OS X Lion

Today Apple is releasing its new operating system called OS X Lion. Does the name have anything to do with new localization features (L10N)? The answer is no. Apple started assigning its operating systems names of large cats a long time ago (Cougars, Tigers, Leopards and Lions are all feline creatures). But this does not mean that the new OS from Apple does not have any new language features. Here is a summary (go to the Apple site for more information):

New system languages. For the first time, the Apple operating system is available in Arabic, Czech, Turkish, and Hungarian.

The Mac talks 23 languages. You can set up your Mac to speak in any of 23 languages using the VoiceOver text-to-speech tool. VoiceOver in OS X Lion includes built-in voices that speak 23 languages: Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Danish, Dutch, English (U.S.), English (UK), English (Australia), Finnish, French (France), French (Canada), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), and Swedish.

Lion supports displaying and typing vertical text used by the Japanese and Chinese languages.

Expanded language support. Twenty new font families for document and web display of text provide support for the most common languages in the Indian subcontinent, including Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, and Telugu. Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Urdu, and Tamil have been expanded. And three new font families support Lao, Khmer, and Myanmar.

Chinese input method. Lion supports filtering by tones, ordering and filtering by radical or stroke count, and improved pinyin-han conversion accuracy.

Vietnamese input method. Lion supports both new and old orthography in Vietnamese. Improved

Simplified Chinese recognition. Lion includes improved accuracy for Simplified Chinese handwriting recognition, as well as an extended Simplified Chinese recognizer with Roman symbols, punctuation, and a small set of additional characters. The handwriting input window is now movable.

 

Google to challenge Apple in online music retail

Google has released its own phone, Nexus One. It runs Google’s own mobile operation system, Android. And the Google Chrome has already surpassed Apple’s Safari in browser usage. So how long will it take for Google to open an online music store and take away market share from iTunes?

The iTunes store has generated Billions of dollars in sales since it launched in 2003. The iTunes store is currently generating over US$100 Million in sales per month and that number is growing exponentially (see graph). This is a hugely profitable area which Google can compete in.

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Google has already made several moves in this direction, and seems poised to become an online music retailer.

  • Google has launched a music search service which streams music and offers links to other online music sites.  
  • BusinessWeek magazine recently stated that Google has already entered the Online Retailing business (read article here).
  • Various sources have reported that Google is in talks with online music retailer Spotify to launch a partnership in online music retail.