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Fetishes come in many forms, and often in small packages. Fetishes come in many forms, and often in small packages. MildlyDiverting

Eau de MacBook Pro takes ‘unboxing porn’ to a new level

If you’re reading this, Apple thanks you. So does the Air Aroma scent marketing company and the Australian artist collective Greatest Hits. They’re thanking you for the free advertising supplied by this…
Apple will pay a dividend to shareholders for the first time since 1995, as it considers how to spend its amassed warchest. Apple will pay a dividend to shareholders for the first time since 1995, as it considers how to spend its amassed warchest. AAP

How to spend $100 billion: Apple announces dividend, buyback plans

Apple today announced it would pay its first shareholder dividends in almost 20 years, marking a distinct break from the late Steve Jobs’ “no dividends” policy. The world’s biggest corporation by market…
Left to right: Steve Jobs, John McCarthy and Dennis Ritchie. Left to right: Steve Jobs, John McCarthy and Dennis Ritchie. AAP/Yonhap News Agency, pepihasenfuss, hyoga (composite image)

Steve Jobs, John McCarthy, Dennis Ritchie: three of a kind, and don’t forget it

Last month saw the passing of three pioneers of the information age – an age we more or less take for granted now. These luminaries were John McCarthy, Dennis Ritchie and, of course, Steve Jobs. Of the…
Steve Jobs' desire for an enduring memory of his work led him to engage a biographer. The book has become his obituary. Steve Jobs' desire for an enduring memory of his work led him to engage a biographer. The book has become his obituary. EPA/Britta Pedersen

The power of biography: Why Steve Jobs' legend will live on

Steve Jobs' “official” biography was always going to be a bestseller, with its promise of a candid examination of the inner workings of the world’s most successful salesman and the company he twice built…
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died on Thursday, played a major role in romanticising middle-class occupations. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died on Thursday, played a major role in romanticising middle-class occupations. AAP

How Steve taught us to love our Jobs too much

In a commencement address delivered at Stanford University in 2005, a speech that many are reading again this week, Steve Jobs told assembled graduates he was lucky to have found what he loved to do early…
Jobs’s influence on the “iGeneration” has been profound. Jobs’s influence on the “iGeneration” has been profound. Kimiro Hoshino/AFP

Steve Jobs transformed our lives: now he’s dead this changes everything

More than one commentator has noted the poignant irony of learning today of the death of Steve Jobs on a product the founder and former CEO of Apple created. Millions of people around the world, writing…
Apple’s “visionary and creative genius” has died at the age of 56. Apple’s “visionary and creative genius” has died at the age of 56. Apple

RiP Steve Jobs – the CEO we felt we knew

Apple founder Steve Jobs, one of the technology industry’s most influential figures, has died after a battle with cancer, at 56. In a brief statement, the company announced his death without giving a specific…
Stepping into the shoes of Steve Jobs was never going to be easy. Stepping into the shoes of Steve Jobs was never going to be easy. EPA

The iPhone 4S: has Tim Cook started his tenure as Apple CEO with a dud?

If Steve Jobs’ illness wasn’t so apparent, one could be forgiven for thinking he had deliberately left Apple when he did to avoid making the “Let’s Talk iPhone” announcements. Instead, it was left to Apple’s…
Apple chief steve Jobs exits, but his grip on the company is likely to remain. Apple chief steve Jobs exits, but his grip on the company is likely to remain.

Will Steve Jobs' resignation shake Apple to its core?

“God dammit, Gil,” shouted Bill Gates. “Why are you spending $400 million on this junk? Steve knows nothing about technology. He’s just a kind of super salesman. Virtually everything he thinks and says…
Newly annointed Apple chief Tim Cook with Steve Jobs: just how well will the succession pan out? Newly annointed Apple chief Tim Cook with Steve Jobs: just how well will the succession pan out? AAP

The day that had to come for Apple

For the second time in its history, Steve Jobs will move away from running the company. If history is any judge, this won’t go well for Apple. But there are lots of reasons to think why history will be…
Apple might not use location information for its own benefit, so why collect it? Apple might not use location information for its own benefit, so why collect it? AAP

Is Steve Jobs right about iPhone tracking?

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, hit back at reports yesterday that the company’s iPhones track the movements of its 100 million users. The charge was that Apple was storing a database of this information, to which…

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