“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, to be published Monday, also says Jobs came up with the company’s name while he was on a diet of fruits and vegetables, and as a teenager perfected staring at people without blinking.
The Associated Press purchased a copy of the book Thursday.
The book delves into Jobs’ decision to delay surgery for nine months after learning in October 2003 that he had a neuroendocrine tumour — a relatively rare type of pancreatic cancer that normally grows more slowly and is therefore more treatable.
Instead, he tried a vegan diet, acupuncture, herbal remedies and other treatments he found online, and even consulted a psychic. He also was influenced by a doctor who ran a clinic that advised juice fasts, bowel cleansings and other unproven approaches, the book says, before finally having surgery in July 2004.
Isaacson, quoting Jobs, writes in the book: “‘I really didn’t want them to open up my body, so I tried to see if a few other things would work,’ he told me years later with a hint of regret.”
Jobs died Oct. 5, at age 56, after a battle with cancer.
The book also provides insight into the unraveling of Jobs’ relationship with Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and an Apple board member from 2006 to 2009. Schmidt had quit Apple’s board as Google and Apple went head-to-head in smartphones, Apple with its iPhone and Google with its Android software.
Isaacson wrote that Jobs was livid in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android phone that boasted many of the popular features of the iPhone. Apple sued, and Jobs told Isaacson in an expletive-laced rant that Google’s actions amounted to “grand theft.”
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Jobs used an expletive to describe Android and Google Docs, Google’s Internet-based word processing program. In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto, California, cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn’t interested in settling the lawsuit, the book says.
“I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.” The meeting, Isaacson wrote, resolved nothing.
The book is clearly designed to evoke the Apple style. Its cover features the title and author’s name starkly printed in black and grey type against a white background, along with a black-and-white photo of Jobs, thumb and forefinger to his chin.
The biography, for which Jobs granted more than three dozen interviews, is also a look into the thoughts of a man who was famously secret, guarding details of his life as he did Apple’s products, and generating plenty of psychoanalysis from a distance.
Jobs resigned as Apple’s CEO on Aug. 24, six weeks before he died.
Doctors said Thursday that it was not clear whether the delayed treatment made a difference in Jobs’ chances for survival.
“People live with these cancers for far longer than nine months before they’re even diagnosed,” so it’s not known how quickly one can prove fatal, said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Michael Pishvaian, a pancreatic cancer expert at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said people often are in denial after a cancer diagnosis, and some take a long time to accept recommended treatments.
“We’ve had many patients who have had bad outcomes when they have delayed treatment. Nine months is certainly a significant period of time to delay,” he said.
Fortune magazine reported in 2008 that Jobs tried alternative treatments because he was suspicious of mainstream medicine.
The book says Jobs gave up Christianity at age 13 when he saw starving children on the cover of Life magazine. He asked whether his Sunday school pastor knew what would happen to them.
Jobs never went back to church, though he did study Zen Buddhism later.
Jobs calls the crop of executives brought in to run Apple after his ouster in 1985 “corrupt people” with “corrupt values” who cared only about making money. Jobs himself is described as caring far more about product than profit.
He told Isaacson they cared only about making money “for themselves mainly, and also for Apple — rather than making great products.”
Jobs returned to the company in 1997. After that, he introduced the candy-colored iMac computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, and turned Apple into the most valuable company in America by market value for a time.
The book says that, while some Apple board members were happy that Hewlett-Packard gave up trying to compete with Apple’s iPad, Jobs did not think it was cause for celebration.
“Hewlett and Packard built a great company, and they thought they had left it in good hands,” Jobs told Isaacson. “But now it’s being dismembered and destroyed.”
“I hope I’ve left a stronger legacy so that will never happen at Apple,” he added.
Advance sales of the book have topped bestseller lists. Much of the biography adds to what was already known, or speculated, about Jobs. While Isaacson is not the first to tell Jobs’ story, he had unprecedented access. Their last interview was weeks before Jobs died.
Jobs reveals in the book that he didn’t want to go to college, and the only school he applied to was Reed, a costly private college in Portland, Oregon. Once accepted, his parents tried to talk him out of attending Reed, but he told them he wouldn’t go to college if they didn’t let him go there. Jobs wound up attending but dropped out after less than a year and never went back.
Jobs told Isaacson that he tried various diets, including one of fruits and vegetables. On the naming of Apple, he said he was “on one of my fruitarian diets.” He said he had just come back from an apple farm, and thought the name sounded “fun, spirited and not intimidating.”
Jobs’ eye for simple, clean design was evident early. The case of the Apple II computer had originally included a Plexiglas cover, metal straps and a roll-top door. Jobs, though, wanted something elegant that would make Apple stand out.
He told Isaacson he was struck by Cuisinart food processors while browsing at a department store and decided he wanted a case made of moulded plastic.
He called Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, his “spiritual partner” at Apple. He told Isaacson that Ive had “more operation power” at Apple than anyone besides Jobs himself — that there’s no one at the company who can tell Ive what to do. That, says Jobs, is “the way I set it up.”
Jobs was never a typical CEO. Apple’s first president, Mike Scott, was hired mainly to manage Jobs, then 22. One of his first projects, according to the book, was getting Jobs to bathe more often. It didn’t work.
Jobs’ dabbling in LSD and other aspects of 1960s counterculture has been well documented. In the book, Jobs says LSD “reinforced my sense of what was important — creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”
He also revealed that the Beatles were one of his favourite bands, and one of his wishes was to get the band on iTunes, Apple’s revolutionary online music store, before he died. The Beatles’ music went on sale on iTunes in late 2010.
The book was originally called “iSteve” and scheduled to come out in March. The release date was moved up to November, then, after Jobs’ death, to Monday. It is published by Simon & Schuster and will sell for $35.
Isaacson will appear Sunday on “60 Minutes.” CBS News, which airs the program, released excerpts of the book Thursday.
Tuesday Sharp revealed plans to launch an 80-inch AQUOS LED LCD TV here in the States next month. Listed as the LC-80LE632U, Sharp claims that it will be the “world’s largest” commercially available LED-lit LCD TV on the market to date, and will be backed by an equally large pricetag: a credit-haunting $5,500 USD.
“Our 80-inch AQUOS TV delivers more than double the screen area of a 55-inch TV, for an amazing viewing experience,” said John Herrington, president, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America. “It’s truly like nothing else on the market. Consumers want bigger flat panel TVs for deeper, more immersive viewing experiences and that’s exactly what Sharp’s delivering here.”
Sharp said the upcoming 80-inch AQUOS TV will actually be a Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) Smart TV, and will come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and access to apps like Netflix, CinemaNow and VUDU. It will also include Sharp’s exclusive AQUOS Advantage LIVE online support which allows tech support to remotely connect to the TV through the Internet to assist with TV setup, troubleshoot and optimize the picture quality. Creepy.
Tuesday’s announcement also revealed that the 80-inch monster will sport an X-Gen LCD panel with 10-bit processing which was designed with advanced pixel control to minimize light leakage, and a wider aperture to let more light through. Other features will include a dynamic contrast ratio of 6,000,000:1, 120Hz Fine Motion Enhanced support for improved fast motion picture quality, two USB ports, and a game mode (Vyper Drive) that supposedly eliminates perceptible lag between video game consoles and the TV display.
ZoomAs reported earlier, the AQUOS line features Sharp’s “innovative” Quattron quad-pixel technology which essentially adds a fourth color to the typical red-blue-green lineup: yellow. “When combined with Sharp’s 1080p X-Gen LCD panel, the displays offer dramatic reduction in energy consumption compared with conventional CCFL LCD TVs,” Sharp said. “These technologies work in tandem to optimize picture quality and contrast ratios while reducing energy use.”
It’s magnormous. It’s viewmongous. It’s spectacularge. It’s Sharp’s 80-inch AQUOS LED LCD TV for a spooky $5,500 USD, coming to a store near you in early October, just in time to watch HD splatter movies on Halloween.
Rogers Communications Inc. has expanded its next-generation high-speed wireless network to Canada’s three largest cities.
Customers in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal can now get access to speeds “similar to broadband connections” by tapping into the network based on long-term evolution technology (LTE), Rogers said in a news release Wednesday.
That will make it “easier for people to use their devices to download apps, stream HD videos and music or play online games, with virtually no delays or buffering,” said John Boynton, the company’s executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, in a statement.
Rogers also announced the first tablet in Canada that will support LTE, the HTC Jetstream, which will go on sale Oct. 18. Two LTE smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S II and an HTC model that was not named, will also hit stores in coming weeks, Rogers said, and can already be reserved online.
Up until now, the only LTE devices available from Canadian wireless carriers have been USB turbo sticks.
Rogers first launched its LTE network in Ottawa in July. Bell launched its Ontario LTE network in areas of Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph on Wednesday.
Both companies expect to expand LTE to other parts of Canada over the next year.
Both Rogers and Bell say typical download speeds on their LTE networks are between 12 and 25 megabits per second. That is significantly faster than their existing HSPA+ networks, which are advertised as offering typical speeds of up to 14 megabits per second.
Rogers has been encouraging people to get updates on when LTE is coming to their area by signing up online. However, the company has come under fire for using the same website to encourage customers to lobby their politicians to support Rogers’ bid to participate in an upcoming auction of wireless airwaves.
Retailers in Canada and the United States have begun slashing the price of Research In Motion Ltd.’s first touchscreen tablet and at least one of RIM’s major telecom partners, Rogers Communications Inc., has begun offering its employees hefty discounts on the PlayBook.
When RIM launched the PlayBook in April, a 16-gigabyte version of the device sold for $499. However, several retailers have started offering 16GB PlayBooks for as low as $249, while at the same time offering customers gift cards and rebates as added incentives for purchasing the seveninch touchscreen tablet.
In Canada, Best Buy and Future Shop have reduced the price of all three versions by $100, selling the 16GB for $399, the 32GB for $499 and the 64GB for $599.
Best Buy is giving a $100 gift card to in-store purchasers; at Future Shop, in-store and online buyers both get a $100 gift card, which they are then allowed to apply to their PlayBook purchase - essentially a $200 discount.
Wal-Mart Canada is offering the 16GB version of the PlayBook for just $249, a 50% decrease in price.
Rogers Communications is offering its employees a discount of $150 on each PlayBook model, which means Rogers employees can pick up a 16GB PlayBook for $249.
In a statement, RIM said that the official retail price of the BlackBerry PlayBook has not changed.
“However, as mentioned on the Q2 earnings call on Sept. 15th, we have a number of promotional plans in place for the fall with our retail partners that are intended to drive sellthrough and increased adoption of the BlackBerry PlayBook,” RIM said in a statement emailed to the Financial Post.
RIM’S decision to reduce retail prices raises fresh questions about the BlackBerry maker’s first foray into the tablet market and the longterm viability of its answer to Apple Inc.’s iPad.
The PlayBook sold a respectable 500,000 units within six weeks of its April 19 launch, but that compares with Apple’s sales of 300,000 iPads the first day, and more than a million tablets sold in less than a month.
Waterloo, Ont.-based RIM sold only 200,000 PlayBooks in the most recent quarter, falling well short of Wall Street analyst expectations - who were anticipating sales of about 560,000 units - which helped push shares of RIM into a nosedive that saw the BlackBerry-maker’s stock plummet more than 20%.
While the price drop is likely to give a much-needed shot in the arm to PlayBook sales, as electronics retailers gear up for Black Friday and the ensuing holiday shopping season, margins in the consumer electronics business are razor thin, and falling prices put a squeeze on potential profit.
In the most recent quarter, RIM’s gross margin fell to 38.7% with net income of US$329-million, down substantially from a gross margin of 43.9% and net income of $695-million in the prior quarter. What sort of impact the price cut will have on RIM’s balance sheet will be seen in December, when the company next reorts quarterly earnings.
Estimates vary, but several analyst firms believe it costs RIM anywhere between US$190 and US$270 in components to build a 16 GB PlayBook (RIM has not publicly disclosed its costs). That doesn’t include the R&D dollars associated with the device, or marketing, transport, distribution and other associated costs.
In the long term, it may be more beneficial for RIM to get as many PlayBooks as possible into the market regardless of the cost, as it would help give the device scale and could help RIM draw more developers to the QNX platform. To that end, the day could come when RIM offers the PlayBook as a free device when users purchase a new BlackBerry smartphone.
In the eyes of RIM’s executives, it may be the case that simply building the PlayBook brand - and by extension, bolstering the BlackBerry ecosystem - and growing the scale and reach of RIM devices is better for the long-term health of the company, despite the shortterm financial hardships such a strategy may produce.
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The technology company’s board was set to meet again Thursday morning, according to people familiar with the matter. An official announcement was likely Thursday afternoon, said one of these people.
After about a week of informal discussions regarding Mr. Apotheker, H-P’s board convened its regularly-scheduled meeting Wednesday. Thursday’s session was also previously scheduled.
Ms. Whitman, who joined H-P’s board earlier this year, served as eBay’s CEO until 2008. She ran unsuccessfully last year as a Republican candidate for governor of California.
Mr. Apotheker’s ouster would come after a turbulent 11-month tenure in which the market value of the technology giant was cut nearly in half. The ouster would be the latest setback for a company that has been buffeted by a decade of board acrimony, abrupt CEO departures and strategic drift.
Just last month, Mr. Apotheker, with the blessing of the board, announced a dramatic plan to revamp H-P by splitting off or selling its personal-computer business and spending $10.3 billion to acquire U.K. software company Autonomy Corp.
Board members publicly supported Mr. Apotheker and his strategy even as many investors criticized the moves and H-P’s stock price took a major hit. Indeed, shares soared Wednesday on news that Mr. Apotheker might be out.
In Thursday afternoon trading, shares of H-P fell 5% to $22.84. The website All Things D, which is owned by News Corp., earlier reported the news on Ms. Whitman.
The ouster would raise further questions about the governance of H-P. Its board came under some criticism for the way in which Mr. Apotheker’s predecessor, Mark Hurd, was dismissed following an internal investigation into his relationship with a contractor. Mr. Apotheker overhauled the board after joining H-P, naming six new members this year.
H-P’s board also drew criticism for its dismissal of former CEO Carly Fiorina in 2005 and an unrelated spying scandal in which private investigators it hired improperly accessed phone records and other information about some board members and reporters.
Among the gaffes Mr. Apotheker committed since becoming H-P CEO was a leaked memo in which he urged top executives to pinch pennies. He also oversaw three reductions of the company’s financial outlook.
But the situation came to a boil last month when he sparked investor outrage by agreeing to pay a lofty premium for Autonomy. At the same time, Mr. Apotheker disclosed plans to potentially spin out the company’s $40-billion-a-year PC business. He also canceled H-P’s line of tablets and smartphones after about six weeks on the market.
Ms. Whitman joined eBay in 1998 after stints at Hasbro Inc., Florists Transworld Delivery and Stride Rite Corp. By the time she left the Internet company in March 2008, eBay’s annual revenue was $7.7 billion, up from $86 million when she joined.
But concerns later mounted as eBay’s once-torrid growth slowed amid competition from other e-commerce sites such as Amazon.com Inc. Ms. Whitman was also roundly criticized for eBay’s 2005 purchase of Internet-calling firm Skype for $2.5 billion, for which it later took a $1.4 billion write-down. EBay has been viewed as a turnaround situation for the last few years under CEO John Donahoe.
Have the time of your life’ with the Dirty Dancing online game. Film studio Lionsgate and Facebook are teaming up to create an online game based on the 1987 romantic film Dirty Dancing, reported The Wrap on September 13.
The film studio is working with Toronto-based Social Game Universe to create an experience set in a virtual getaway spot in the Catskill Mountains, where Baby learned to dance when on vacation with her parents.
Players will join the film’s characters, sample music from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and host dance shows for guests. Dances can generate ‘romance waves’ to spruce up the resort with tennis courts, hedges and jukeboxes. The game’s watermelon currency will allow the purchase of these and more virtual items.
The partnership capitalizes on the phenomenal success of the Dirty Dancing Facebook page which has grown in two years from 700,000 to more than 10.9 million fans currently. It ranks as the ninth most popular film fan page.
A surge in popularity happened after the death of the film’s star Patrick Swayze in 2009 and then again when co-star Jennifer Grey’s competed in the reality television show Dancing With the Stars.
The film studio will consider making online games for its other titles with strong Facebook pages, including Rambo and Terminator 2.
OTTAWA — Canada’s telecommunications regulator on Friday told Rogers Communications Inc. to come up with plan before the end of the month to stop slowing down the speed of online games.
In a letter to the telecom giant, the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission said the company’s own traffic management policy states online games, such as World of Warcraft, should not be throttled or slowed down, and would only be impacted if Rogers misclassifies the games or if other peer-to-peer applications were running at the same time.
The issue of traffic shaping has heated up in recent years as more consumers flock to the web to play games and watch shows and movies, which require more bandwidth. Internet Service Providers say they need to manage online traffic to deal with network congestion, so the CRTC has instituted a policy stipulating that the noticeable degradation of time-sensitive Internet traffic would require prior commission approval of the under Canada’s Telecommunications Act.
Citing this policy in its correspondence to Rogers, the commission requested that the company file a plan for resolving the possibility of misclassification of other interactive game traffic by 27 September 2011.
“Commission staff considers that Rogers should address and resolves this misclassification problem,” the correspondence, dated Sept. 16, states.
The plan, due in 11 days, should include specific steps and timelines for each step, the CRTC says.
“Commission staff also requests that Rogers provide a detailed report to the commission once the problem is resolved, demonstrating that the problem has been fixed.”
The Canadian Gamers Organization filed a complaint against Rogers last month, alleging the speed of Internet connections was being unfairly affected by the company’s traffic-throttling measures.
On Friday, the head of the group said he’s pleased with the commission’s response to the complaint.
However, Jason Koblovsky suspects the problem goes beyond Rogers, so he will ask the CRTC to broaden its probe.
“The Canadian Gamers Organization is pleased that the CRTC is now taking steps to actively address this issue with Rogers, however we suspect that other ISPs who use ITMP have the same issues. We are currently getting reports from our members that Shaw customers are also affected by misclassification. The CRTC has also been aware for quite some time that Bell Sympatico members have also experienced similar problems,” Koblovsky said Friday.
“We will be asking for the CRTC to broaden its investigation to ensure that solutions presented by Rogers in this case are implemented on those ISPs as well.”
The commissioner’s traffic-management framework requires companies to be transparent with their customers about their practices.
The CRTC’s framework also says traffic shaping should only be used as a last resort to deal with network congestion and encourages companies to use “economic measures,” such as data caps, to manage demand.
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There has been no shortage of buzz and chatter about the Windows 8 Developer Preview that Microsoft let fly during their BUILD Developer’s conference this week. What’s even more interesting is that they made their new beta baby available for public download as well. So we wasted no time in installing the pre-release software on one of our Intel Core i5-based notebooks here in the HH Lab. We came away impressed at the current state of the new operating system, however, there is little question that Win 8 is a radical departure from previous versions of Windows. In fact, it could be easily said that Windows 8 isn’t really “Windows” at all.
You be the judge on that but to be sure, Microsoft is developing their new OS from the ground up to offer a whole lot more than some short-sighted opinions have judge it to be. Windows Phone 7 for the ? No, not in our opinion. There’s little question that Microsoft is placing a monumental bet on touch interfaces in the future but even with a keyboard and mouse at the helm, it’s easy to see there’s a whole lot more going on under the hood of Win 8.
And performance? Well, just watch at least the first 30 seconds of our video walk-through of Windows 8 and see for yourself. If boot times are any indication of Microsoft’s performance targets, we think speed freaks and performance enthusiasts might be in for a nice surprise as well. Fire up the video reel and kick back. Then peruse the screen shot gallery below. Of course, be sure to check out our BUILD conference preview of Windows 8 as well. Enjoy.
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