A Very Rare Video of Steve Jobs Telling the History of Apple

This very rare video was recorded in the 1980s. It shows Steve Jobs talking about the origin of Apple. It’s fascinating to see how he hints at the Next Big Thing, back when the Macintosh was still a secret project in development. More »

Your geekiest Halloween costumes

Sure, we may have had our official Halloween costume contest on October’s Engadget Show, but who are we to deprive you the reader of taking part in the spooky holiday fun? We’ve asked everyone to send in their geeky costumes and got some great responses, from the above playable Game Boy, to Barf from Spaceballs, to the requisite Vulcan, to a handful of Steve Jobses. Check out some of our favorites after the break, and continue to send them along to tips [at] engadget [dot] com.

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The House That First Inspired Steve Jobs

Like everyone else in the planet, I’m reading Steve Jobs’ biography. Finding the origin of his character and taste is truly fascinating. Like the influence of his very first home on his perception of what design for the masses should be. More »

Gadget Lab Podcast: Nokia Windows Phones, iOS 5 Newsstand and Google TV


This week on the Gadget Lab Podcast: The gang talks about Nokia’s latest troop deployments in the smartphone battlefield, the Steve Jobs biography, the success of iOS 5’s Newsstand app, and a big new update to Google TV set top boxes.

Staff writers Mike Isaac and Christina Bonnington open the show discussing Nokia’s just-announced Lumia series, which runs the new Mango version of Windows Phone, and comes in two flavors: the 710 and the 800 (the latter is a ringer for the Nokia N9 that we saw last week). In the past, Nokia has mostly stuck with the “dumb phone” market, so this is the company’s big foray into the smartphone field.

Next, Mike and Christina talk about Steve Jobs’ biography, the heavily leaked tome that debuted on Monday. The duo then chat about a new feature in iOS 5 called Newsstand, which is proving  to be a huge success for digital publishers — this despite flak from some iOS aficionados.

We finish off the show this week with Mike and Gadget Lab editor Jon Phillips talking about Google’s big update to Google TV. The “next version” of software for the set-top box brings some much-needed improvements to the system, including a revamped UI, the availability of Android apps, a redesigned YouTube experience and more. The Google TV update will roll out to Sony devices first, starting next week, followed by Logitech hardware.

Like the show? You can also get the Gadget Lab video podcast via iTunes, or if you don’t want to be distracted by our unholy on-camera talent, check out the Gadget Lab audio podcast. Prefer RSS? You can subscribe to the Gadget Lab video or audio podcast feeds.

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Taiwanese Animators Distill Steve Jobs’ Bio Into 93 Seconds of Funny

Steve Jobs' ghost punches his younger self in NMA's most recent video. Image: Next Media Animation

Those kooky Taiwanese animators from NMA.TV have reached a new high in campy 3D synthesis of real-world events: They’ve boiled down all 630 pages of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio into a 90-second joyride through the book’s most juicy revelations.

For the Apple purist or the devout Steve Jobs fan, Next Media Animation’s video may be interpreted as sacrilege. But, no, it’s just hilarious, and all in good fun.

SPOILER ALERT: The animation opens with coverage of how the biography is flying off shelves. Then the fun begins. An iPhone projects Steve Jobs’ ghostly visage, which punches its younger self for not seeking out cancer treatment sooner. Steve later visits Barack Obama to tell him he’ll only be a one-term president. Other video highlights: Steve dancing at a rave (ostensibly on LSD), Steve riding an Apple-branded thermonuclear missile (think Dr. Strangelove) aimed at an Android army, and Tim Cook as Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker.

But let’s let you decide. Take a gander at the video yourself, embedded below, and tell us what you think.

via Next Media Animation

Steve Jobs in His Own Words: Life and the Afterlife

Part of 60 Minutes’ terrific interview with Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson fixates, naturally, on mortality. As much as Jobs focused on perfecting the material, he always had an eye on the spiritual. Hear him talk about living and dying. More »

Steve Jobs Bio: Its 6 Most Surprising Reveals

Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs doesn’t go on sale until Monday, but advanced copies have been delivered to the New York Times, Associated Press and Huffington Post, all of which have been dribbling out telling insights and factoids about Apple’s former CEO.

We’ll be getting our own copy of the book — simply titled Steve Jobs — on Monday. Until then, enjoy these surprising peeks into the life and psyche of the 21st century’s most famous, if not celebrated, CEO.

Steve Wanted to go ‘Thermonuclear’ on Android
Jobs was livid when HTC introduced an Android phone that shared a number of iPhone features in early 2010. An excerpt from the book:

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” He told Google’s Eric Schmidt, “I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.’’ [AP]

Interesting to note: Jobs’ vendetta is still going on full force — just look at litigation battles between Apple and Samsung over patents owned by Apple. One of the most recent developments could be seriously detrimental to the Android platform. An Australian judge issued a temporary injunction banning the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Australia because it infringes on two patents held by Apple relating to multitouch. Because multitouch is such a broadly defined technology, the injunction could impede any Android product release in Australia.

Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. Image: Barnes and Noble

Steve Expected to Die Young

Jobs confided to former Apple CEO John Sculley that he believed he would die young, and therefore needed to accomplish very much very quickly in order to make his mark on Silicon Valley history.

“We all have a short period of time on this earth,” he told the Sculleys. “We probably only have the opportunity to do a few things really great and do them well. None of us has any idea how long we’re going to be here nor do I, but my feeling is I’ve got to accomplish a lot of these things while I’m young.” [Huffington Post]

Jobs’ now famous 2005 Stanford commencement speech expanded on his views of life, death and our limited time on earth. At that event, he said, “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.”

Steve Became an Expert on Cancer Treatment — If Only Too Late
Despite pleas from friends and family, Jobs initially declined surgery to treat his cancer, waiting nine months before going under the knife. As the book reports: “The big thing was that he really was not ready to open his body,” Jobs’ wife, Laurene Powell, said. “It’s hard to push someone to do that.”

However, when Jobs finally did come around to traditional medical treatments, he did so with all the intellectual penetration of Apple product development. Or so reports the book:

“When he did take the path of surgery and science, Mr. Jobs did so with passion and curiosity, sparing no expense, pushing the frontiers of new treatments. According to Mr. Isaacson, once Mr. Jobs decided on the surgery and medical science, he became an expert — studying, guiding and deciding on each treatment. Mr. Isaacson said Mr. Jobs made the final decision on each new treatment regimen.” [NYT]

Jobs became one of only 20 people in the world to have all the genes of both his cancer tumor and normal DNA sequenced — a project that cost $100,000 at the time. The innovative treatments Jobs received would soon turn cancer into a “manageable chronic disease,” a doctor told him. Jobs told Isaacson that he felt that he was either going to be one of the first “to outrun a cancer like this” or be among the last “to die from it.”

Steve Was Intent on Setting Up Apple For Future Success
Acutely aware of his own mortality, Jobs wanted to ensure Apple remained strong in his absence.

“Hewlett and Packard built a great company, and they thought they had left it in good hands,” Jobs told Isaacson. “But now it’s being dismembered and destroyed. I hope I’ve left a stronger legacy so that will never happen at Apple.” [AP]

Jobs worked diligently to groom top talent, according to The Wall Street Journal, after his initial cancer diagnosis. Indeed, Apple reportedly has a program called “Apple University” that began in 2008 and acts like an MBA program to pass on Apple culture and business ethos to top executives — ensuring that Jobs’ ideals will live on long after he’s gone.

Steve Didn’t Think Apple Was Ready For Apps
The book shares that Jobs at first “quashed the discussion” when Apple board member Art Levinson attempted to persuade him that mobile apps would be the next big thing.

Apple board member Art Levinson told Isaacson that he phoned Jobs “half a dozen times to lobby for the potential of the apps,” but, according to Isaacson, “Jobs at first quashed the discussion, partly because he felt his team did not have the bandwidth to figure out all the complexities that would be involved in policing third-party app developers.” [Huffington Post]

Steve Was, Yeah, Sort of a Hippie
Jobs’ early experiences with LSD in the 1960s, along with a character-forming trip to India, are well documented. And it seems the effects of these experiences reverberated through the rest of his life decisions.

Jobs said that he tried a number of different diets, including solely of fruits and vegetables. When he named Apple, he told Isaacson he was “on one of my fruitarian diets.” Jobs had just returned from an apple farm. He believed the name sounded “fun, spirited and not intimidating.”

Jobs also said LSD “reinforced my sense of what was important — creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.” [AP]

The Beatles were one of his favorite bands, and he always hoped to get the iconic group’s music on iTunes. This was eventually accomplished in late 2010.

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All the Best Leaks from the Steve Jobs Biography

Advance copies of the hotly anticipated Steve Jobs biography are already in some hands—meaning personal details we never knew about the man are exposed for the first time. Fights with Obama over food, diamond rings, and DNA sequencing. More »

Steve Jobs was initially opposed to apps, new biography reveals

Walter Isaacson’s new book on late Apple CEO Steve Jobs has yet to be released, but the Huffington Post recently obtained an advanced copy of the authorized biography, and highlighted some of its most salient revelations. Throughout the course of the 656-page book, Isaacson provides fascinating and often intimate insight into Jobs’ life and times, including details on his childhood, his Bob Dylan-drenched iPod and, perhaps most notably, his curious philosophy on apps. Strange as it may seem, Jobs was initially opposed to the very concept of an app-based environment, for fear that his company may not be up to the task. According to Isaacson, Apple board member Art Levinson called the CEO “half a dozen times to lobby for the potential of the apps,” but Jobs was initially reluctant. “Jobs at first quashed the discussion,” Isaacson writes, “partly because he felt his team did not have the bandwidth to figure out all the complexities that would be involved in policing third-party app developers.” Needless to say, Jobs and his team eventually figured it out. Walter Isaacson’s book, “Steve Jobs,” will be released on October 24th, but you can pre-order it from Amazon, at the link below.

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Steve Jobs Was Ready For "Thermonuclear War" With Google

Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Steve Jobs (titled simply Steve Jobs) comes out next week, but the Associated Press was able to buy a copy early and proceeds to drop some bombs, just like Jobs himself. More »