Steve Jobs Dead at 56

BREAKING NEWS POST

Apple’s co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, died today after a long and very public battle with pancreatic cancer.

 

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Jobs’ death was announced by Apple in a statement just moments ago.

As reported by Reuters: “The Silicon Valley icon who gave the world the iPod and the iPhone resigned as CEO of the world’s largest technology corporation in August, handing the reins to current chief executive Tim Cook.

Jobs, who fought a rare form of pancreatic cancer, was deemed the heart and soul of a company that rivals Exxon Mobil as the most valuable in America.

Condolences may be sent to rememberingsteve@apple.com

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Apple’s Dirty iPhone Secrets

phone-story-appAn Italian guerrilla semiotics and culture jamming website, Molleindustria, which produces flash video games based on provocative socio-political points of view, recently created an iPhone game app called “Phone Story.”

As reported by The Guardian, the app “took the form of four mini-games about the “troubling supply chain” behind smartphones– all smartphones, not specifically iPhones – including coltan extraction in Congo, outsourced labour in China, environmental waste in Pakistan, as well as the mania for gadgets in the West.

“One of the mini-games sees workers leaping from their factory building: a clear reference to suicides and attempted suicides by workers at Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn.”

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Chinese Apple

China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou and Apple CEO Steve Jobs are in discussions to create a customized iPhone for the carrier’s specialized TD-SCDMA network.

According to a report by TNW’s Matthew Panzarino, “China Mobile has 616 million subscribers, more than any other wireless company in the world, and would be a huge new market for Apple’s iPhone.”

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As well, China Telecom – the smallest of China’s three telecommunications carriers – is also in iPhone negotiations with Apple.

According to a Reuters Canada report, “China Telecom competes with China Mobile Ltd and China Unicom, and would only increase handset subsidies if it started selling iPhones to draw more users to use its network.