Remains of the Day: Next time, on Biography
The authorized biography of Steve Jobs will make its way to shelves next year—will carbon-fiber-encased Macs be close behind? Elsewhere, RIM wonders why nobody pays attention to it after it’s yelled “Look at me! Look at me!” at the top of its lungs, and Microsoft’s new app store takes a page from somewhere or other. The remainders for Monday, April 11, 2011 are hot off the presses.
Steve Jobs authorized biography coming in 2012 (SFGate.com)
After years of unauthorized biographies, Steve Jobs has given an all-access pass to writer Walter Isaacson to chronicle the Apple co-founder and CEO’s life and times in a volume titled iSteve: The Book of Jobs—and no, we haven’t reached the punchline yet; please hold your laughs until the end. Isaacson, a former managing editor of Time, has also penned biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, and was only picked after Jobs was told that Apple didn’t have sufficient resources to resurrect James Boswell.
Are Apple’s aluminum enclosures finally heading for the recycling bin? Reports suggest that Apple is investigating carbon fiber composites for its designs, and may have hired Kestrel Bicycles CEO Kevin Kenney, the very man who holds the patent on the carbon-fiber bicycle frame. I’m down with it—as long as I can get my new MacBook with a front-mounted basket and a bell.
Research In Motion Eyes a Rebound (The New York Times)
Frankly, RIM would be thrilled if you’d call it a comeback. In an interview with The New York Times, Co-CEO Mike Lazridis was full of questions: “Why is it that people don’t appreciate our profits? Why is it that people don’t appreciate our growth? Why is it that people don’t appreciate the fact that we spent the last four years going global? Why is it that people don’t appreciate that we have 500 carriers in 170 countries with products in almost 30 languages?” Added Lazaridis, “I don’t fully understand why there’s this negative sentiment.” Really? Because I’ve got an idea and it involves self-pitying questions.
Windows 8: Windows App Store screenshots leak? (winrumors)
Hold on to your hats, folks: Windows 8 spy shots! Purported screenshots of the next version of Microsoft’s operating system shows off the company’s rumored app store (pending litigation). Man, is it just me or was that photocopier the best investment Redmond ever made?
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