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Steve Jobs: An Enemy of Nostalgia?

Friday, October 14, 2011

This past week saw an outpouring of grief around the country for Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died of pancreatic cancer last Wednesday. Jobs is remembered as a visionary who changed how we use technology every day. That commercial announcing the launch of Apple's Macintosh played off of George Orwell's "1984" and presented Apple as an iconoclast. But in recent New York Times Op-Ed argues that today there's no company that looks more like the Big Brother of that commercial than Apple itself.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest Bronze Ball of Regret Edition

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are smitten with the new indie romance Weekend. Next, Gabfesters watch the perennial television favorite Dancing With The Stars, now in it’s 13th Season. For the

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The Takeaway

Flash Forward: The Future of Innovation in a Post-Steve Jobs Era

Friday, October 07, 2011

After Steve Jobs died on Wednesday, many reflected on his innovations, and how they changed what the world has come to expect from technology. His intuitive understanding of design and human psychology helped him to create a user-friendly approach to high-tech computing which, in turn, made Apple one of the most popular brands in the world.

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The Takeaway

Steve Jobs: Iconoclast, Innovator, Design Maverick

Thursday, October 06, 2011

"Apple took us into a space where technology didn't have to be this rational thing," John Maeda told The Takeaway. "It could be an emotional thing — a thing you could connect to as a person." Maeda, a world renowned graphic designer and visual artist, is president of the Rhode Island School of Design. Maeda cannot understate the influence of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on his life and career. He fondly remembers his Apple II and his first Macintosh in 1984, which his MIT classmates derided as a "pansy computer." "I knew that computer was different," Maeda said. "It was making a statement."

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The Takeaway

Remembering Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Heads of state, business and technology leaders, and throngs of consumers, who were touched by his products, are mourning the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday at age 56. The news comes little over a month after Jobs stepped down as CEO of the company, on August 24, due to his declining health. Jobs was battling pancreatic cancer. New Yorker writer Ken Auletta wrote an obituary for Jobs last night, saying Jobs' creations "changed our lives." "The Macintosh, the iTunes store that induced people to pay for music and other content, Pixar, which forever changed animation, the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. These were more than technological feats. Apple products were beautifully designed, as well," Auletta wrote.

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The Takeaway

Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple, Dies at 56

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Jobs, Apple's iconic co-founder, died Wednesday at age 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Widely credited with transforming the way people use computers, listen to music, and communicate, Jobs's influence and vision shaped each of Apple's popular devices. Jobs, a college dropout inspired by the spirit of the 60s, founded Apple in a garage with Steve Wozniak in 1976. In a statement on its website, Apple wrote, "Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives."

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WQXR Blog

How Steve Jobs Changed the Course of Classical Recordings

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Though he died at the relatively young age of 56, Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has left a legacy that changed the shape of the music industry.

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WNYC News

Remembering an Icon: Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dies

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and former CEO who helped revolutionize the personal computer industry, the way we listen to music and mobile communications, died Wednesday. He was 56.

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WNYC News

Apples are Ripe for the Picking in NY, NJ Despite Irene's Wrath

Monday, September 19, 2011

Apple-picking season is underway in New York and New Jersey, despite the damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SATURDAY, 1:06 pm: Or not.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Unfortunate signage at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue. But we still love them. 

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The Takeaway

Without Steve Jobs, What's Next for Apple?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Apple announced last night that Steve Jobs, co-founder and chief executive of the company, would immediately resign from his position. Tim Cook, chief operating officer there, will replace him. In a public letter, Jobs said "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come." Jobs will stay on at Apple as chairman of the board. Shortly after the news broke, Apple shares fell seven percent. 

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The Takeaway

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Apple announced last night that Steve Jobs, co-founder and chief executive of the company, would immediately resign from his position. Tim Cook, chief operating officer there, will replace him. In a public letter, Jobs said "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come." Jobs will stay on at Apple as chairman of the board. Shortly after the news broke, Apple shares fell seven percent. 

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Soundcheck

The Real Music Man

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs is not a musician, or a record producer, or a composer. But he has profoundly changed the way we hear music, the way music is produced, the way music is marketed. The products he invented have helped make music an almost ubiquitous part of our lives.

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The Takeaway

Google Moves to Acquire Motorola's 17,000 Patents

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Google is attempting to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings and — as part of the package — Motorola's 17,000 patents. Google’s CEO, Larry Page, explained the motivations in a blog post about the deal: "Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google's patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies."

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Transportation Nation

With Apple Store and Shake Shack, Upscale Retail Gaining a Foothold at Grand Central Terminal

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Shake Shack restaurant will be coming to this spot in the Dining Concourse at Grand Central Terminal.

(New York, NY - WNYC) Apple and Shake Shack have gotten preliminary approval to set up shop in Grand Central Terminal. The relatively upscale retailers continue the terminal's decades-long march from dingy transit crossroads to a combination of train station, ornately restored public space and glitzy retail mall.

The Apple store would occupy 2,300 square feet of a mezzanine in the Main Hall. It would not have glass walls but keep the mezzanine's open design.

The NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Finance Committee approved the new tenants this afternoon. If the board votes in favor of the deal on Wednesday, Apple would sign a ten year lease starting at $800,000 dollars a year and escalating to more than a $1 million a year. The move is part of the authority's drive to wring more income from its real estate holdings.

The MTA paid $5 million dollars to buy out Metrazur, the restaurant that previously held the spot. That caused some unease with New York City Transit Riders Council member Andrew Albert.

"You could probably replace every existing tenant in Grand Central with national chains because they have the ability to pay more," he said to the MTA's Director of Real Estate, Jeff Rosen. "Is that the direction we are going?"

Rosen said the MTA was committed to keep a mix of business at the terminal. He named several stores that operated only at the terminal or oa handful of other locations, including a spice shop and florist.

Shake Shack would be in the center of the lower level Dining Concourse. Its lease would be for ten years and range from $435,000 to $567,000 a year. The restaurant is known for its long lines so the MTA has already designated an area for people to stand and wait: an up-sloping ramp near the Oyster Bar restaurant.

Further unease, of a sort, was felt by board member Pat Foye, who represents Long Island. He noted that as Grand Central Terminal gets fancier, Penn Station stays the same, which he darkly referred to as "the cheeseburger gap." Foye wanted to know why the cuisine for sale at Penn Station, which serves passengers from the Long Island Railroad, was limited to simple foods like pizza and cheeseburgers while visitors to Grand Central can nosh on fresh salmon and endive salad before ascending a marble staircase to peruse iPads and Macbooks.

Mr. Rosen said the authority was looking into whether retail could be improved at Penn Station.

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Features

MTA: Shake Shack and Apple Will Open Shop at Grand Central

Monday, July 25, 2011

The new stores are expected to generate more rental income for the landlord of Grand Central, the MTA, along with more foot traffic.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Weekly Business Roundup

Friday, June 10, 2011

Apple makes devices consumers love to own, but other businesses have long complained that the company doesn't play well with others. Now, Apple is sweetening the deal for publishers. We'll also review this week's business news.

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The Takeaway

Should You Care that Your iPhone is Tracking You?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Two computer programmers presented findings showing that your iPhone and iPad is recording your locations in a hidden file. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center explains how the devices track your location and why this is a breach of privacy. The issue, he says, is partially the fact that you are being tracked, but also that the file is being saved. This points to a larger privacy problem whereby users don't have a choice as to whether they can be tracked.

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The Takeaway

Apple CEO Steve Jobs 'the Edison of our Age'

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

For the second time in the company’s history, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is going on medical leave. A year and a half ago, Jobs underwent a liver transplant, and recovered from pancreatic cancer in 2004. The company's most recent earnings report will also be released today. Both announcements come at a time when Apple is facing some of its toughest competition from smaller tech challengers as well as fellow titans like Google. Thus far Steve Jobs has been synonymous with Apple — an often essential part of the brand. What is the possible future of Apple without Steve Jobs?

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WQXR Blog

Are iPad Orchestras In Play?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What do you think about iPads as instruments? A few months ago the pianist Lang Lang came to our studio and played Flight of the Bumblebee on one. That's possible because of a three-dollar application that simulates a keyboard. Now there is an app that simulates the violin.

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