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Greenpeace just released its newest “Guide to Greener Electronics”. Now, you may be asking yourself what this has to do with Apple? Well, according to the guide, the global environmental group has ranked Steve Jobs’ legacy the fourth greenest company among worldwide device makers....

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Elderly Woman Breaks Nose on Apple Store Glass Door, Files $1 Million Lawsuit for Negligence

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-03-2012

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While I’m not a huge user of Apple products (all I have is the newest version of the iPod Classic), I will say that I do like their stores. Apple stores just look so fun and inviting that I always have to stop in when I pass one. I think one of the biggest draws for me is the typical all-glass front of the store. It’s like looking into another world. However, some people don’t appreciate the style, like 83-year-old Queens, New York native Evelyn Paswall.

According to reports, Paswall is suing the technological juggernaut because she accidentally ran into one of the company’s glass doors at a store. That’s right, she ran into the door and is blaming Apple for it. The total amount Paswall is seeking is reportedly $1 million but what she needs to do is ask herself if it’s all going to be worth it in the long run?

It was reported that Paswall broke her nose on the door of a Long Island Apple Store. Man, those post-modern glass-like doors, walls and floors that are used in almost every Apple store mean business! Paswall claims that she was unaware that she was walking into a “wall of glass” as she approached the Apple Store entrance, noting that she broke her nose after hitting the surface.

In her suit Paswall claims that Apple was negligent in “allowing a clear, see-through glass wall and/or door to exist without proper warning.” It was reported that she is seeking a total of $75,000 for her medical expenses and the remaining $925,000 for negligence on Apple’s part.

I don’t care how old you are or how senile you’ve become, to sue a company because you were too ignorant or because you didn’t think that a store filled with expensive and valuable technology wouldn’t have doors on it is your own fault entirely. Did she not see the metallic handles that completely contrast the door? Or the drastically different tile of the store floor that in no way resembles concrete? Or maybe it was the reflection from all the lights in the store that she didn’t notice.

Even if Paswall does win the $1 million she is seeking, it will barely make a dent in Apple’s mountain of money (I’m pretty sure Tim Cook has a literal mountain of money that acts as his office). Apple is by far one of the most (if not the most) successful companies in the history of the world. $1 million to them is like a nickle to everybody else.

Source: PC World – Million-Dollar Lawsuit for Running Into Apple Store Glass Doors?

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Apple’s Founding Contract Sells at Auction for $1.59 Million, Signed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 01-01-2012

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Apple Founding ContractDo you know what it took to establish the most profitable and powerful computer companies in the world? A simple, three-page contract. Three simple pieces of paper brought Apple to the world and shot Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak into the history books. However, that document is getting a little more attention these days due to the fact that it recently sold for $1.59 million in New York, far above the pre-sale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.

Bidding for the document began at $70,000 in a half-empty room containing only about 20 people and nearly as many Sotheby’s staff members manning the phones for call-in bidders. A total of six online and telephone bidders competed for the entire lot, which finally went to Eduardo Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros Corporation.

The contract, which was signed on April 1, 1976 by both Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, was initially owned by Wayne who met Jobs while working at Atari. Jobs’ longtime friend Wozniak was working at HP at the time and Jobs urged Wayne to persuade Wozniak to join the new company. Wayne’s success in getting Wozniak on board granted him a 10% share in the soon-to-be billion dollar company.

However, only 11 days after the contract was signed, Wayne dropped out as a partner. His move was documented by a County of Santa Clara, California statement and an amendment to the contract, both of which were included in the Sotheby’s lot. Wayne only received $800 for relinquishing his 10% share and subsequently received an additional payment of $1,500, according to Sotheby’s.

If Wayne had stayed with the company, his 10% share would be worth more than $36 billion today. Wayne, in an October 7 interview with Bloomberg, called Wozniak and Jobs “intellectual giants” but “also felt it was going to be something of a roller coaster” adding, “If I’d stayed with them, I was going to wind up the richest man in the cemetery.”

Source: Bloomberg – Founding Apple Contract Jobs Signed Sells for $1.6 Million

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Apple Set to Build Huge Solar Farm Next to North Carolina Data Center

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-10-2011

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solar farmIn recent news, Apple is supposedly planning on constructing a solar farm directly next to its massive data center located in Maiden, North Carolina. The report was first released by the Charlotte Observer and later picked up by both Apple Insider as well as Mac Rumors.

Apple has already won approval to reshape the slope of nearly 121 acres of vacant land owned by the company that is adjacent to the company’s data center in preparation for the solar farm if permits issued in Catawba County are accurate.

However, the permits did not offer any details about the solar farm project itself, which has officially been nicknamed the Project Dolphin Solar Farm. This includes the solar farm’s total size according to the Charlotte Observer.

It has been reported that Apple has spent a supposed $1 billion in order to build a 500,000-square-foot monster data center in Maiden, North Carolina, which was codename Project Dolphin. On the other hand, Apple has yet to officially state how it is planning on using the server farm, though there is speculation that it will be used to power the cloud services provided by Apple as well as ones currently in development.

Apple representatives have yet to respond to requests for comments though the company has shown a lot of interest in renewable energy for its facilities and gadgets. Apple’s facilities report for 2011 states that the company sites located in Austin, Texas, Elk Grove, California and Cork, Ireland are all powered by 100% renewable energy sources.

Unfortunately, Apple has yet to release any solar-powered gadgets. Apple was awarded a patent earlier this year for a system that uses a solar panel for charging different portable devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones and other handheld devices. I don’t think we are going to have to wait long for a solar-powered iPhone though.

Source: CNET – Apple planning solar farm near data center, report says

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Passing of Jobs Prompts Samsung and Google to Delay Launch Event

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-10-2011

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Steve Jobs happyEarlier this morning, both Samsung and Google announced that they would be canceling a previously scheduled event that was set to take place on Tuesday in the wake of Steve Jobs’ passing. The event was supposed to be when both companies were planning on introducing the Nexus Prime, the first handset to operate under Google’s latest “Ice Cream Sandwich” version of Android.

According to a statement, “Samsung and Google decided to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”

While speculation immediately determined that the two companies were cancelling the event and delaying the launch due to Jobs’ death on Wednesday, both Samsung and Google initially did not offer an explanation, neither confirming nor denying Jobs’ death as a factor.

However, it was later confirmed by both Samsung and Google that the passing of Steve Jobs’ was the reason and that both companies thought it inappropriate given that the mourning process is still going on throughout the tech industry as well as the world.

The companies said in a statement, “The decision to postpone things was made late last night at the top levels of both companies, with Jobs’ death being the reason. There are no delays with the product itself, however.”

On the flip side, Apple has continued with its launch plans for the recently announced iPhone 4S, which was introduced on Tuesday. Pre-orders for the device began early this morning as scheduled, with availability set for Friday, October 14 in the initial launch countries including the United States.

Steve Jobs will be deeply missed by everybody in the tech community and we wish Jobs’ family, as well as everybody close to him, our deepest condolences on the passing of not just a man, but an icon, leader, innovator and legend.

Source: MacRumors – Samsung and Google Delay Android Handset Launch in Wake of Steve Jobs’ Death


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Apple Founder – Steve Jobs – Dies

Posted by kthompson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-10-2011

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Apple reveals that the Founder, and Ex-CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, has died. Jobs was 56 years old.

On the home page of Apple’s website is a statement to honor the memory of Jobs and what he has done for the company.  It reads:

“Steve Jobs 1955-2011. Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple”

Neither Jobs’ family nor Apple revealed where he died or from what cause. Although in recent years Jobs had fought a form of pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant.

Its clear that this man will be sorely missed. He has become a legend in the technology industry for his innovation. Surely, he will leave quite a legacy behind. He has defined the mobile computing industry by masterminding the technology that Apple is so well known for: The iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Jobs has been compared to other visionaries like Thomas Edison, proving that he made considerable contributions to the advancements in the computing industry. It could be said that smart phones and tablets alone have become mainstream because of this man and Apple.

Rest In Peace Steve Jobs, Thank You for Everything.

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Steve Jobs Forced to Take Medical Leave from Apple

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 18-01-2011

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Everybody knows about the unfortunate personal health issues that plague Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs was forced to be admitted to the hospital a while back and things looked to be getting better since then. However, Jobs has decided to take yet another medical leave of absence from Apple. It is still unclear as to why this has happened. Some fear he may be suffering from a rejection of his transplanted liver or possibly a reccurence of his pancreatic cancer.

Jobs’ decision to leave Apple temporarily could be from an infection, a rejection episode with his transplanted liver or a recurrence of his pancreatic cancer according to experts on Monday. However, none of these are concrete and the actual reason behind Jobs’ leave of absence is still a mystery. According to Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz, “If we don’t know more, it is all speculation. But we worry the tumor is back.” Dr. Lenz is a gastrointestinal oncologist at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC.

Jobs was diagnosed with cancer back in 2003. The cancer is known as an islet cell, or neuroendocrine, tumor. This is a highly rare form of pancreatic tumor than is not typically seen, but is also a much more survivable form of cancer. If it is caught early enough, it can usually be successfully treated by removing the tumor via surgery. The bad thing is that this form of cancer frequently spreads to the liver which happened to Jobs without initially being detected.

When it was found, there were apparently too many tumors on the liver to allow surgical removal. Physicians were then forced to remove Jobs’ entire liver and transplant a new one which occurred in 2009. Doctors would not have performed the transplant if they were not certain that all of the cancer was gone. According to Dr. Gagandeep Singh, chief of hepatobiliary surgery at City of Hope in Duarte, “If even small pockets of tumor remained behind, the fear would be that the cancer will come back with a vengeance because the immune system has to be repressed in transplant recipients, leaving it less able to fight the cancer.”

Endocrinologist at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center Dr. Anthony Heany said that “the challenge is, even with the very sophisticated and detailed evaluations we can undertake, if there is a micrometastasis sitting in a lymph node somewhere, we may not pick it up.” He added that when immunosuppressive drugs are started, the tumor cells can “begin to develop and blossom”.

According to Singh, there is not a lot of information on long-term survival after such transplants. Medical literature doesn’t have more than 20 such cases. For those 20 cases, the one-year survival rate is between 80% and 85% with the five-year survival rate dropping to only 40%.

Another possibility is that the immunosuppressive drugs Jobs is on could be causing an infection to become more aggressive due to the fact that Jobs’  body is unable to fight it off. According to Hearny, the fact that Steve Jobs is taking a leave of absence “would indicate that he is planning to undertake a program of treatment.”

Source: Los Angeles Times

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