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The Defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ Life

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Science, Technology on December 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

AshtonK plays Steve J

Whatever did we do before the iPhone came out? Verizon held the coveted brand, ‘Can you hear me now?’ There were hundreds of mobile phones out, but none were better than the others. Then Steve Jobs hit the scene and iPhone became the coveted mother.

Do you FACETIME? I do!
Thanks to Steve my phone shares the view

[] — The first film on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs since his death, with Ashton Kutcher in the title role, is to make its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.

The movie, which is called jOBS and is directed by Joshua Michael Stern, chronicles “the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life,” according to the Sundance Institute.

The film, which was written by Matt Whiteley, is described as a “candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently”.

The movie aims to tell the story of Jobs’ life from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple and revered creative entrepreneur.

A Facebook page for the film said jOBS is an “incredibly powerful and true story of the visionary who set out to change the world, and did”.

Sony Pictures is also developing a movie about Jobs, based on the bestselling book by Walter Isaacson that was released after the Apple chief’s death last year. It will be scripted by Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin.

Kutcher, 34, was best known for TV shows including That 70s Show and Punk’d before he replaced Charlie Sheen last May on Two And A Half Men.

Steve Jobs died October 5, 2011 at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer.

Kutcher’s movie, which closes the festival, which runs from January 17 to 27 in Park City in Utah, is one of 18 star-studded premieres announced for Robert Redford’s independent cinema showcase.

Lovelace, a movie about porn star Linda Lovelace, is also on the bill.

Amanda Seyfried plays the title role in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s portrait of the Deep Throat actress who tured her back on the industry became an anti-porn crusader.

Adding to the premieres list is Before Midnight, director Richard Linklater’s third film collaborating with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy after Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, in which the audience encounters their characters nine years later in Greece.

Australian actresses Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Jacki Weaver star in psychological thriller Stoker, which marks South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut.

Behind-the-scenes tales of pornography will also be explored in British director Michael Winterbottom’s The Look Of Love, starring Steve Coogan and based on British adult magazine publisher and entrepreneur Paul Raymond.

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I recently saw a live production at Herberger Theater via Intel
That told the story of APPLE &  Steve Jobs — and told the story well.

I was so caught up in the detail divvy of the shiny apple of wealth
that I felt like it was Steve Jobs telling the tale himself.

I never knew as much about Steve’s pioneering – he was no whiner.
We also learned a great deal about APPLE’s manufacturing in China.

Immediately as we were leaving the theater, news broke loose
that Chinese workers were riotingAPPLE’s golden egg goose.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect to validate the details of the show.
Steve Jobs imagination was a mob, but outsourcing wasn’t the best way to go.

Workers in China were working 18-hour days
under intense pressure with very few breaks.

And if a piece of merchandise were to drop and break,
it was the ass of the worker that the forman would take.

One guy was beaten pretty bad, because a device could not be found.
Then “allegedly” committed suicide while in security custody and bound.

The workers had no benefits and iPhone 5 productions were pressing.
The revelation of how workers were living, without a doubt was very depressing.

I sat on my seat, with my iPhone 4S in hand
and seriously considered abandoning the APPLE band.

I’m into film production and my MacBook Pro is one of my best friends.
For it with Final Cut is just what produced NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

Post the awesome theater production, I put the story on my back
and told everyone who loved the iPhone – about the human rights issue that outsourcing lacked.

Though I am happy to report today, due to President Obama vowing to tax
all who outsource US company work — APPLE production is coming back.

The next story will divvy more info on that….


Rock Center APPLEBy Ronnie Polidoro
Rock Center

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year, making the comments during an exclusive interview with Brian Williams broadcast Thursday night on NBC’s “Rock Center.” Mac fans will have to wait to see which Mac line it will be because Apple, widely known for its secrecy, left it vague.

“We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States,” Cook told Williams.

This announcement comes a week after recent rumors in the blogosphere sparked by iMacs inscribed in the back with “Assembled in USA.”

It was Timothy D. Cook’s first television interview since taking over from his visionary former boss, Steve Jobs, who resigned due to health reasons in August 2011. Jobs died on October 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The announcement could be good news for a country that has been struggling with an unemployment rate of around 8 percent for some time and has been bleeding good-paying factory jobs to lower-wage nations such as China.

Cook, who joined Apple in 1998, said he believes it’s important to bring more jobs to the United States. Apple would not reveal where exactly the Macs will be manufactured.

“When you back up and look at Apple’s effect on job creation in the United States, we estimate that we’ve created more than 600,000 jobs now,” said Cook. Those jobs, not all Apple hires, vary from research and development jobs in California to retail store hires to third-party app developers. Apple already has data centers in North Carolina, Nevada and Oregon and plans to build a new one in Texas.

Apple has taken a lot of heat over the past couple of years after a rash of suicides at plants in China run by Foxconn drew attention to working conditions at the world’s largest contract supplier. Apple and other manufacturers who have their gadgets produced by Foxconn were forced to defend production in China. Earlier this year, Apple hired the nonprofit Fair Labor Association to examine working conditions at Foxconn, which makes some of Apple’s most popular products: iPhones, iPods and iPads.

Given that, why doesn’t Apple leave China entirely and manufacture everything in the U.S.? “It’s not so much about price, it’s about the skills,” Cook told Williams.

WATCH VIDEO: Apple CEO announces ‘Made in America’ plans

Echoing a theme stated by many other companies, Cook said he believes the U.S. education system is failing to produce enough people with the skills needed for modern manufacturing processes. He added, however, that he hopes the new Mac project will help spur others to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

“The consumer electronics world was really never here,” Cook said. “It’s a matter of starting it here.”

Cook said he still misses Jobs, his friend and mentor, but that Jobs’ advice to him before he died was to do the things he thinks are right and not try to guess “what Steve would do.”

“I loved Steve dearly, and miss him dearly,” Cook told Williams. “And one of the things he did for me, that removed a gigantic burden that would have normally existed, is he told me, on a couple of occasions before he passed away, to never question what he would have done. Never ask the question, ‘What Steve would do,’ to just do what’s right.”

Apple today is worth about 43 percent more than when Cook took over. Under his leadership, Apple has released three new iMac models, two iPhones, two iPads, and the iPad mini.

That’s not to say there haven’t been some speed bumps. Most notable was the release of “Apple Maps,” which replaced the Google Maps app on the iPhone and was widely panned for misleading directions. Cook admits they screwed up.

“On Maps, a few years ago, we decided that we wanted to provide customers features that we didn’t have in the current edition of Maps,” Cook said, “It [Maps] didn’t meet our customers’ expectation, and our expectations of ourselves are even higher than our customers’. However, I can tell you, so we screwed up.”

The Maps debacle led to the defenestration of some company executives, including reportedly Richard Williamson, who oversaw the mapping team.

“We screwed up and we are putting the weight of the company behind correcting it,” Cook told Williams.

Customers still snapped up the iPhone 5, however. According to Apple, five million of them were sold in their first weekend after the device’s launch in September.

Speed bump No. 2 was the redesigned connector for the iPhone 5, which was widely criticized by many because it didn’t fit many of the accessories Apple fans had already purchased for their earlier iPhone versions. It forced them to purchase an adapter, which some criticized as an inelegant solution. Others argue, however, that the new connector was worth it because it allowed Apple to make a smaller device.

“It was one of those things where we couldn’t make this product with that connector,” Cook said, “But let me tell you, the product is so worth it.”

What’s next for Apple? Did Cook leave us with a clue?

“When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years,” Cook told Williams. “It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that.”

Click here to watch Brian Williams’ exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook from Rock Center.