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Steve Jobs,” the authorized biography of Apple’s co-founder and former chief executive written by Walter Isaacson, was the bestselling book on Amazon.com this year, according to the online retailer’s website.

That’s an impressive accomplishment considering the book was published in late October, and had less than two months to rise to the top. Jobs died Oct. 5.

Intriguingly though, while the Steve Jobs biography was one of the bestselling e-books for the Kindle, it was not THE bestselling book. That honor went to “The Hunger Games,” a young adult book originally published in 2009 that is set to become a major Hollywood movie release in March 2012.

The Steve Jobs biography was the No. 3 bestselling book for the Kindle. It was also beat out by John Grisham’s “The Litigators,” which was also published in October.

One more interesting note from the bestseller list: The parody not-for-kids book “Go the F– to Sleep” was the No. 10 bestselling print book on Amazon for the year. This is interesting because proofs of the book went viral on the Web before it was published. It turned out that rather than spoiling the surprise, the proofs fueled sales in a very big way.

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He is the “other Steve”, but to geeks around the world, he is the real deal; the man who practically invented the personal computer and changed the world. Steve Wozniak, supreme geek of the 1970s and the maker of the Apple II computer which brought about a worldwide computer revolution, was in Bangalore on Saturday to speak to a bunch of young entrepreneurs and achievers of the Young Presidents Organisation who wanted to hear the story of the most-loved technology brand in the world — Apple.

Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer (now Apple, Inc) in April 1976 along with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Both Apple I – the company’s first product – and the hugely successful Apple II (arguably the world’s first fully-loaded personal computer) were designed by Wozniak making him – and not Jobs – the darling of geeks around the world.

obs may have created the Apple brand, but it was Wozniak’s initial work on the company’s first two products that made Apple a multi-million dollar company within a year of its founding. Now 61 years old, Wozniak is still an Apple employee with a minimum pay and goes around the world representing the company – giving speeches and mentoring young engineers.

Wozniak took time out during his Bangalore visit to speak to Sunday MIDDAY. Excerpts from the interview:

What brings you to India?
Oh, I was invited by the Young Presidents Organisation to address their group (in Bangalore) and they had gotten in touch via all my speech-people. This is the first time I have come to India; in fact, this is the first time I have been invited which is strange because about two years ago, I did three keynotes all around the world for Infosys (Infosys Technologies, the Bangalore-headquartered software firm). And I kept telling all the top executives that I would love to come to India some day and I never got an invitation until this one.

When you see these young guys in India, do you believe they will break the mould of India being the backoffice hub for the world when it comes to developing world-changing software products?
Yes, I do. And I have a reason. I see a lot of technical enthusiasts, a lot of engineers in Silicon Valley. I see a lot of Indian people. I see a lot of people from Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore. But look at the Indians. They are bright, they are enthusiastic, they are hard-working. They have all the attributes to become successful in Silicon Valley. Some of the great engineers and technologists in Apple and all the other big companies like Google and Microsoft are Indians. So clearly they have got some inner skills and abilities. I think then it just means having a sense of clarity and the level of confidence, and they could make it big.

But is being at Silicon Valley so important for technology innovation?
Not at all. Microsoft did not start in Silicon Valley; it started way up north in Seattle. Nor did Apple. And they could have been anywhere in the world. Infosys is “elsewhere in the world” company. So there are ways that technology companies can start off today with the Internet. A lot of our (Apple’s) developers are anywhere in the world. And we hire engineering groups in India; in Russia, everywhere.

What is it about America then that all these young geeks set up businesses and they become super-successful… Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter…
You know, there are already a lot of people around you that have done it. And that gives you the confidence to feel you can do it too and not feel scared.

read more at NDTV


Young Steve Jobs

An April 1976 contract establishing Apple and signed by the technology giant’s three founding partners — Steve Jobs, Stephen Wozniak and Ronald Wayen — will go under the hammer at auction house Sotheby’s here next month and is expected to fetch about $150,000.

The “two typed documents” of the three-page “Apple Computer Company Partnership Agreement” dated 1 April 1976 will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on 13 December. It is estimated to fetch anywhere between $100,000-150,000.

Along with the original Apple partnership agreement, an amendment dated 12 April dissolving Wayne’s share in Apple will also be put up for auction.

“This is a foundation document in terms of financial history, social history and technological history,” said Richard Austin, the head of books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s. It is the “founding document of the company that has revolutionised technology, business, personal computing and the world.”

Wayne’s withdrawal as partner was documented by a County of Santa Clara statement, which is also part of the Sotheby’s lot. Wayne received $ 800 for relinquishing his 10 per cent ownership of Apple, according to the document

He subsequently received another payment of $1,500.

The original partnership agreement is in three pages (8½ x 11 in; 216 x 279 mm) with “small staple holes and crease in upper left corners.”

The trio met on April 1, 1976 in Wayne’s apartment to draft and sign the partnership agreement for the Apple Computer Company, with Wozniak’s friend Randy Wigginton standing by.

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What motivated the legendary Apple mastermind and tech guru to reinvent our world? The people who knew Steve Jobs best reveal the man inside the icon.


Visits by UK-based surfers to the Apple website increased five-fold between August and October with Apple accounting for one in every 250 visits online in October 2011.

That’s according to data from web metrics firm Experian Hitwise and IMRG (Interactive Media in Retail Group), which released the Hot Shops List for the last quarter, putting Apple in second place.

So popular was Apple’s site that it displaced Argos from the top two for the first time since the Hot Shops list was started in 2006. Amazon UK and Argos have dominated the list since its inception but Apple’s climb from eighth to second upset the status quo.

“The sad passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs not only had an effect on visits to the Apple website but also helped raised awareness of pancreatic cancer, with a seven-fold increase in searches after his death,” said James Murray, Marketing and Research Analyst for Experian Hitwise UK


 

Couple more must-watch videos from the NeXT era. The first two are Jobs explaining the goals of NeXT in an internal video, and the third is a demonstration video of the NeXTStep software by Jobs himself.


  • Apple unveiled its new iOS5 operating system for its smartphones and tablet PCs on Wednesday at its headquarters in the U.S.
  • New features, such as iCloud, a cloud-computing service that allows subscribers to store photos and music on a server for ubiquitous access, and iMessage, which enables users of Apple devices to send text messages to each other for free, are among the main selling points of the software.
  • iCloud is the brainchild of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, who announced it before he passed away on Oct. 5. When introducing it during his final presentation to the public four months ago, Jobs said, “It is a simple way of gathering data from smartphones, tablet PCs, computers and other devices.”
  • iOS 5 is compatible with Apple’s smartphones, including the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, as well as the iPad and iPad 2. New models of the iPod Touch released after September, 2009 will also be able to run the operating system. Installing it merely requires connecting your device to a PC.

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