Why a new era of Leadership is Dawning in Silicon Valley for Internet Users

It seems that Silicon Valley has had a few major changes. Yahoo, Google and Apple all saw their former CEOs step down, resign or rest in peace. These CEOs include Yahoo’s Carol Bartz, Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt. It seems a new era of leadership is dawning in Silicon Valley for internet users and here are the reasons why.

Carol Bartz

Carol Bartz was a CEO at Yahoo and Autodesk. She was also on the board of directors at both Intel and Cisco. However, it seems that most analysts were correct when they stated that Bartz had no real vision. Analysts stated that Yahoo needs a CEO who has imagination and has a clear vision for the company’s future not just the expertise to run a company.

In fact, a very interesting fact is that after Carol Bartz had left Yahoo, their shares increased by 6%. Since she joined at the start of 2009, Yahoo’s share prices have practically stayed the same. She tried to fix many problems by cutting down expenses but it seems that was not enough. Internet providers by zip code were infuriated at some of the cuts.

Many analysts state that she tried her best to run a company. However, Yahoo did not need to be run; it needed to be led by a creative, imaginative and passionate CEO. Unfortunately, Bartz was not what they were looking for. Even the partnership that Yahoo had with Bing was not enough to save her. Most experts believe that it was a good idea but Bartz took it in the wrong direction and lost her way.

Yahoo was then under the management of the ex CFO, Tim Morse. Scott Thompson is currently the CEO of Yahoo. Unfortunately, analysts believe that Yahoo is still not under proper management.

Steve Jobs

Apple is one of the biggest names in technology to date. Its founder, ex CEO and visionary, Steve Jobs, passed away. However, According to the new CEO Tim Cook, Steve’s spirit still lives on in Apple today. During Steve’s reign, Apple transformed from a company to a technological titan. During his reign, he oversaw the launch of some of Apples biggest products. The iPhone 5 was in production before his death.

However, most of us will have to wait for 2013 to see how Apple really does without Jobs. Most of his projects were well under way during his reign so they are literally his, not Tim Cooks. According to the new CEO, nothing in Apple has and will change after Steve Jobs’ passing. He states that he cherishes Apple just as much as Steve and his employees. He also stated that Apple was still going to make the best products in the world; products Apple could be proud of and customers will enjoy.

Eric Schmidt

Google is still playing with the big boys. Unfortunately, Eric Shmidt has stepped down as the CEO. Google is a company that was founded in September 4, 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Google is best known as a technology company that has always seemed to struggle in the media department.

In recent news, CEO Larry Page has had to deal with a large number of issues ranging from the successful launch of Google+ to the unfortunate US$500-million illegal drug-selling lawsuit. However, Larry has stated that it will now divert Google’s resources in a smarter direction. According to Page, the company will invest in fewer projects but make more success out of them.

Although it has helped millions of business and customers, it seems that its resources are constricted at the moment. This means that Google will have to work harder than ever to keep up with other technology giants.

The Change

All three companies form a huge part of Silicon Valley. In fact, all three companies are giants on the internet; giants that we need to search, browse and interact with the world. With the change in 3 CEOs, both Silicon Valley and our lives may change forever. Even internet providers by zip code may face major changes.

Three of the biggest players in Silicon Valley have either stepped down, been removed or have passed away. Google, Apple and Yahoo! are three big names in the technological industry whose futures now remain unseen. Only time will be able to tell whether the new CEOs take their respective companies to new heights or see it fall.

When Steve Jobs made a prank call to the Pope…

In a new never-seen-before interview of the late iconic Apple CEO, Steve Jobs comes clean on how he and his partner in crime Steve Wozniak made a prank call to the Vatican, fooling the Pope into believing it was US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, when it was Jobs who actually called. This story was revealed when Jobs was interviewed by journalist Bob Cringely in 1995 for a Channel 4 series titled “Triumph Of The Nerds”, the Daily Mail reported.

Jobs and Woz made use of a “blue box” for the purpose as the device enabled them to imitate tones used for long-distance calls.

Last year after Jobs’ death, Paul Sen, director of “Triumph of the Nerds”, went to his garage to look for his VHS version of the interview, the Independent reported.

“I remember being sat in the room at the time and thinking, ‘This guy’s an amazing interviewee’. He had this amazing charisma. As soon as he walked in the room, we all noticed,” Sen said about Jobs.

Cringely said the interview was the most comprehensive and revealing Jobs ever gave.

Jobs speaks about encountering his first computer at 10 or 11 years of age. He called the machine a “mysterious and powerful big box that did something in the background”.

“I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think. Computer science should be a liberal art,” Jobs said.

This rare Steve Jobs interview is scheduled to premiere next month worldwide.

‘Jobs: Get Inspired’ — The Steve Jobs Movie we are waiting for

The Steve Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher, which first came into the spotlight on April Fool’s day, is real and has finally got a name — “Jobs: Get Inspired“. Producer Mark Hulme, talking to Neowin about his movie, revealed quite a bit about the movie, drying down our excitement somewhat in the process. For starters, the movie will cover Apple from 1971 to 2000, which is good, and that filming for it will begin as soon as next month, which is great; but Mark says the movie is expected to be completed and available for our perusal as early as the fourth quarter of 2012 — meaning we won’t get an in-depth look into Jobs’ life. Too bad for such a big potential movie but we can’t complain till we’ve seen the end product, right?

On another note, Sony, too, is working on a Steve Jobs movie of its own, to heat up the competition, though Sony’s effort needs at least 2 years before it bears fruit. Nonetheless, we hope we get the best from both!

New Apple TV UI was actually rejected by Steve Jobs 5 yrs ago

Here’s a popper: the new Apple TV UI — which has attracted a mixed response so far — was actually rejected by the iconic Steve Jobs some 5 years ago, said former Apple TV UI designer and “Professional Hobbyist, AppleTV” Michael Margolis on Twitter in a surprising revelation. He adds cheekily: “Now there is nobody to say ‘no’ to bad design.” Felizaaa!

Foxconn Insider reveals iPhone 5 getting laid, WWDC launch likely

An allegedly “reliable source at Foxconn in China” is said to have revealed the million dollar secret Apple fans all over have been speculating about — the next iPhone is getting ready to hit production and will mostly likely be ready for Apple’s WWDC event this summer.

The news comes from 9to5mac, who believe in the credibility of this information, and add that the source told them that “various sample devices are also floating around (they vary slightly from one another), so it is impossible to tell which one will be the final” iPhone model. Among those being tried are:

  • iPhone with same dimensions as we’re used to (3.5 inch screen)
  • iPhone with a slightly bigger 3.7 inch screen
  • iPhone with a large 4 inch display
  • iPhone with a mammoth 4.3 – 5 inch display

There are, however, some similarities between the dummy models floating around, giving a slight hint where Apple’s vision lies:

  • 4+ inch display (made by LG on at least one of them).
  • No teardrop-shaped devices, as rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S. Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness (also longer/wider).
  • Neither of the sample devices have the iPhone 4/4S form factor.
  • Neither of the devices are the final versions.

While the folks at 9to5mac claim the information comes from a reliable source and is trustworthy, we should not read much into it as we’ve already told you before why Apple won’t make an iPhone larger than its current offering. The WWDC launch, however, seems much easier to believe.

P.S. Has Steve Jobs already left his mark in the yet-to-be-announced iPhone?

Via 9to5mac

“We had nothing to lose, and we had everything to gain” — Steve Jobs on starting Apple (video)

Yep, we do get nostalgic every now and then when we see a Steve Jobs video. But heck, we’ll keep sharing those moments with everyone. After all, his words are truly inspirational and out of the average Joe’s understanding.

The video below features ex-Apple chief Steve Jobs, creator of the microprocessor Ted Hoff, and Adobe’s John Warnock, among others, talking about the birth of Silicon Valley and the advent of the microprocessor. The highlight of the video is Jobs’ statement on starting Apple: “We had nothing to lose, and we had everything to gain. And we figured even if we crash and burn, and lose everything, the experience will have been worth ten time the cost.”

While not all of us have the luxury of starting a business without the fear of losing our way of life or not being able to provide for our families, the mentality is important to recognize. Sometimes creating something great means living without fear of failure. If you truly believe in what you’re doing, sometimes the possibility of ‘crashing and burning’ is worth the risk.

Apple planning ‘low-key’ event this January-end, will turn Jobs’ dream into reality?

Several sources have confirmed that Apple is planning a ‘low-key’ event later this month, though the general consensus is that the event wouldn’t accommodate any kind of hardware or news related to any kind of hardware.

According to a source close to TechCrunch, the event, contrary to people’s expectations, will not shed light on Apple’s preparation of the iPad 3 or a redesigned Apple TV, but instead will focus on media and publishing, generally focusing on Apple’s eBook publishing platform, iBooks.

According to the source the event will not involve any hardware and instead will focus on publishing and eBooks (sold through Apple’s iBooks platform) rather than iAds. Attendance [will] also be more publishing industry-oriented than consumer.

The event will unveil improvements to the iBooks platform according to the same source, and is not “major.”

Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs always had a dream (as noted in an interview with biographer Walter Isaacson) of reinventing the textbook. His vision and dreams were made known to the public after his tragic death and it is only fitting that Apple is taking the initiative to achieve what Jobs couldn’t. More fitting is that the event will be handled by Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, whose responsibilities range from the App Store, iTunes Store, iAd, iCloud, and iBooks.

Via  TechCrunch

Steve Jobs testing (and having lot of fun) with Photo Booth (Exclusive Pics)

We miss him. We really do. Here are few magical moments captured by Steve’s own magical creation (look how much fun he’s having):

These lovely moments come courtesy of a Facebook album by Mike Matas

A series of photos Steve took in my office testing Photo Booth filters in 2005

Apple prepping up 7.85-inch iPads?

So Apple is gearing up for a 7.85-inch iPad launch next year, eh? This is not the first time we’re hearing such ‘rumors’ and it definitely won’t be the last. Back in September of last year, rumors began circulating that Apple is working on a smaller 7-inch iPad to compete with RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook launch back then. The rumors also went on to state that the 7-inch iPads will have a USB port, orchestrating mixed reactions among people. But those rumors were quickly quashed when the late Steve Jobs said the following at Apple’s quarterly conference call last year:

Let’s talk about the avalanche of tablets; first, there are only a few credible competitors, and they all have seven-inch screens. This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps…we’ve done extensive testing, and 10 inches is the minimum tablet size.

Today, those rumors are back again with a publication from Digitimes a few hours ago that states that Apple is definitely considering a smaller iPad and that the production for it will start in the second quarter of 2012, ready for sale by the end of the same year. This smaller iPad, though, won’t be the iPad 3.

Apple is likely to launch a 7.85-inch iPad prior to the fourth quarter of 2012 in addition to a new iPad scheduled to be released at the end of the first quarter, according to sources in the supply chain.

The new iPad that is rumored to launch early next year will presumably be the iPad 3, while the smaller 7-85 inch iPad, rumored for a late 2012 release, is still searching for a suitable name (iPad 3S?).

Digitimes’ “sources” believe Apple will go for smaller iPads to compete with the fast-selling Kindle Fire which is threatening to eat up Apple’s tablet market share, as well as similar new entrants which pose a threat to Apple, including large-sized smartphones such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note.

However, in order to cope with increasing market competition including the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon and the launch of large-size smartphones from handset vendors, Apple has been persuaded into the development of 7.85-inch iPads, the sources indicated.

LG Display and AU Optronics are reportedly leading the race to be the manufacturers for the 7.85-inch panels that will hit the supply streams in Q2 2012.

While it definitely makes sense for Apple to go for a 7.85-inch iPad, i personally don’t think we’ll see an iPad smaller than what we already have. Apple is always known to lead the way rather than follow the competition and change its policies according to them so it’s hard to believe Apple will mend this time. And besides, as the great man once said: “This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps…we’ve done extensive testing, and 10 inches is the minimum tablet size.” He may be no more but his ideology and vision is echoed by those working at Apple. Even after his unfortunate death.

Via Digitimes

Apple outs Beatles ‘Covers’ TV ad, free enhanced iBook Yellow Submarine

The late Steve Jobs absolutely loved The Beatles. He let the world know he was a big fan of theirs. Today, his company has released a new iTunes TV ad for The Beatles titled ‘Covers’ and an enhanced iBook version of The Beatles Yellow Submarine. Fittingly, in the credits at the top it said ‘For Steve’.

Computer History Museum announces Steve Jobs exhibit + rare Jobs video from 1980

The Computer History Museum (CHM) today announced an online exhibit dedicated entirely to the legendary Steve Jobs and his work, detailing his life from the Homebrew Computer Club all the way up to the iPad, or as CHM put it, “From the Garage to the World’s Most Valuable Company”. The exhibit includes a rare Steve Jobs presentation from 1980 which is embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

Dag Spicer, CHM’s senior curator, talked about the rare video footage in the press release and includes a quote from Jobs:

“In Jobs’s own words, we hear how luck as well as skill played big roles in Apple’s founding. We also see how focused, articulate and convincing Jobs could be, even at this early stage.” Jobs, who seems to genuinely appreciate the magnitude of what Apple could be, remarks: “For some crazy reason in the universe, two people from Los Altos and Cupertino, California managed to want something that just so happened to be what about a million other people wanted.”