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The price of greatness: Three takeaways from the biography of Steve Jobs - Thoughts on the scarcity of great leaders.

The price of greatness: Three takeaways from the biography of Steve Jobs - Thoughts on the scarcity of great leaders.
By Mark Sigal
December 20, 2011

From the moment he got sick in 2003 to when he died in October of this year, Steve Jobs was never fully healthy again. Yet, Jobs led his team to a series of triumphs that have no equal in the annals of business. Mark Sigal explores what this says about Jobs as a leader and the price that greatness demands.

Understanding Apple fans - There's a gap between Google's version of Android what the mobile carriers deliver.

Understanding Apple fans - There's a gap between Google's version of Android what the mobile carriers deliver.
By Mike Loukides
November 17, 2011

AT&T and other carriers are not helping Android, or themselves, by turning a great product into a second-rate one. And maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but I now understand what Apple fans hate about Android.

Four short links: 31 October 2011 - Solitude and Leadership, Data Repository, Copyright History, and Open Source Audio

By Nat Torkington
October 31, 2011

Solitude and Leadership -- an amazing essay on the value of managing one's information diet. Far more than yet another Carr/Morozov "the Internet is making us dumb!!" hate on short-form content, this is an eloquent exposition of the need for long-form thoughts. I find for myself that my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is...

Top Stories: October 24-28, 2011 - 10/30/11 is Dennis Ritchie Day, post-PC and the new tech revolution, publishing's fundamental shift.

Top Stories: October 24-28, 2011 - 10/30/11 is Dennis Ritchie Day, post-PC and the new tech revolution, publishing's fundamental shift.
By Mac Slocum
October 28, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Tim O'Reilly called for a Dennis Ritchie Day to honor the computing pioneer, Mark Sigal examined the players and products in the post-PC revolution, and Hugh McGuire discussed the seismic shifts that are reshaping the publishing industry.

"Revolution in the Valley," revisited - Andy Hertzfeld on the Macintosh's early days and its long-term legacy.

By Mac Slocum
October 26, 2011

With "Revolution in the Valley" making its paperback debut and the work of Steve Jobs fresh in people's minds, we checked in with Andy Hertzfeld to discuss the legacy of the first Macintosh.

A focus on the stuff that matters most - Steve Jobs shifted Apple's motivation to great products, not profit.

By Tim O'Reilly
October 24, 2011

Profit in a business is like gas in a car. You don't want to run out of gas, but neither do you want to think that your road trip is a tour of gas stations.

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing - An examination of the post-PC wave and its major players.

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing - An examination of the post-PC wave and its major players.
By Mark Sigal
October 24, 2011

Spurred on by a Googler's rant against his own company and Apple's release of a new phone, a new OS and a new cloud infrastructure, Mark Sigal wonders what the "post-pc" revolution really looks like.

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone - Getting serious about Siri, Open Office on the rocks, and Google embraces SQL.

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone - Getting serious about Siri, Open Office on the rocks, and Google embraces SQL.
By James Turner
October 21, 2011

This week, we ask if Apple's Siri has more than novelty value, and decide it does. Open Office needs you (or at least your money) to stay afloat, and Google bends to developer pressure and finally adds SQL support to its cloud computing platform.

Inside the German ebook market - Max Franke offers an insider's perspective.

Inside the German ebook market - Max Franke offers an insider's perspective.
By Jenn Webb
October 17, 2011

In this podcast, Max Franke of epubli sat down with Joe Wikert to discuss the ebook market in Germany. He says though the German digital publishing market is still small compared to the US, he expects it to grow as more tablets and ereaders enter the market.

Developer Week in Review: Two giants fall - Steve Jobs and the App Store, goodbye to Dennis Ritchie, and an internal Google critique goes public.

Developer Week in Review: Two giants fall - Steve Jobs and the App Store, goodbye to Dennis Ritchie, and an internal Google critique goes public.
By James Turner
October 13, 2011

Better late than never, a few thoughts on Steve Jobs. Also, a Unix pioneer leaves us, and Google's dirty laundry is accidentally hung out to dry.

Addressing the state of econtent - Javier Celaya on the future of ereading and epublishing.

Addressing the state of econtent - Javier Celaya on the future of ereading and epublishing.
By Joe Wikert
October 10, 2011

In this podcast, Dosdoce Digital Culture's Javier Celaya sat down with Joe Wikert to discuss what may impact the future of econtent, including sales, devices, service and DRM.

On the media reaction to the death of Steve Jobs - The events of the past week generated powerful reactions inside of the Radar team.

By Alex Howard
October 9, 2011

In the context of worldwide reactions to the impact of Steve Jobs on the arc of history, recognizing the complexity of his life and offering a balanced assessment of the impact of his legacy on this earth matters. In that context, O'Reilly editors share their reflections on the passing of one of the technology industry's iconic figures.

Fighting the next mobile war - Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.

Fighting the next mobile war - Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.
By Alasdair Allan
September 28, 2011

While you'll likely interact with your smartphone tomorrow in much the same way you interacted with it today, it's quite possible that your smartphone will interact with the world in a very different way. The next mobile war has already begun.

Amazon's "Prime" challenger to the iPad - Why Amazon's Kindle tablet can succeed where others have failed.

Amazon's
By Mark Sigal
September 26, 2011

While conventional wisdom says that to compete with the iPad you must emulate Apple's best practices, Mark Sigal argues that Amazon can do just fine by blazing its own trail.

Four short links: 12 September 2011 - History Repeats, Fuller Feeds, Open Source Dev, and The Long Sunset of Business Models

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2011

HP Emulates Next (BoingBoing) -- In mid-1993, a few months after CEO Steve Jobs had shuttered the NeXT factory, and was in the process of switching to an all-software company—a path that led to its later acquisition by Apple—the lights were turned back on in its Fremont, Calif., factory. NeXTWorld's rumor columnist, Lt. Sullivan, reported that the U.S. military...

Developer Week in Review: iPhone 5 is still on hold - Waiting for iPhone 5, patent madness continues, and the geeks will soon descend on New York.

Developer Week in Review: iPhone 5 is still on hold - Waiting for iPhone 5, patent madness continues, and the geeks will soon descend on New York.
By James Turner
September 9, 2011

We've been waiting for months, but the iPhone 5 is still getting ready. Elsewhere, Google lends HTC some ammo for the patent wars, and the Makers will soon gather in New York.

Four short links: 2 September 2011 - AutoUpdater, Extrapolation Apocalypse, C Compilers, and Authentication

By Nat Torkington
September 2, 2011

Invisible Autoupdater: An App's Best Feature -- Gina Trapani quotes Ben Goodger on Chrome: The idea was to give people a blank window with an autoupdater. If they installed that, over time the blank window would grow into a browser. Crackpot Apocalypse -- analyzing various historical pronouncements of the value of pi, paper author concludes "When πt is 1,...

Developer Week in Review: HP fires up the TouchPad production line one more time - HP's unique take on marketing, James Gosling leaves Google, and Apple continues its tavern distribution program.

Developer Week in Review: HP fires up the TouchPad production line one more time - HP's unique take on marketing, James Gosling leaves Google, and Apple continues its tavern distribution program.
By James Turner
September 1, 2011

The TouchPad's $99 price point proves enticing for consumers and — oddly — HP itself, James Gosling leaves Google, and a possible iPhone 5 leak bears a distinct resemblance to the iPhone 4 leak.

ePayments Week: Financial Times bets on its web app - Financial Times goes all-in on its web app, Flickr puts up fences, and daily deal fatigue sets in.

ePayments Week: Financial Times bets on its web app - Financial Times goes all-in on its web app, Flickr puts up fences, and daily deal fatigue sets in.
By David Sims
September 1, 2011

The Financial Times says subscriber data trumps Apple's reach, Flickr introduces geofencing to keep things private, and the cracks in the daily deal world start to show.

Top Stories: August 22-26, 2011 - The legacy of Steve Jobs, the sweet spot between data and art, and a deep dive into Google+

Top Stories: August 22-26, 2011 - The legacy of Steve Jobs, the sweet spot between data and art, and a deep dive into Google+
By Mac Slocum
August 26, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Mark Sigal examined the legacy of Steve Jobs, we talked with New York Times data artist Jer Thorp about the commingling of data, art and science, and Tim O'Reilly and Google VP of Product Bradley Horowitz discussed Google+, data portability and more.

How Free Software Contributed to the Success of Steve Jobs and Apple

By Andy Oram
August 26, 2011

In the great Second Coming, when Jobs returned to Apple 1996, he drove the adoption of the open source BSD as Apple's new operating system. This enabled some of the Mac's most popular features.

Developer Week in Review: End of an era - Steve Jobs and CmdrTaco resign, iPads and pilots, and a call for Android on the TouchPad

Developer Week in Review: End of an era - Steve Jobs and CmdrTaco resign, iPads and pilots, and a call for Android on the TouchPad
By James Turner
August 26, 2011

This week two major players in geek culture called it quits, more airlines decided to replace dead trees with hot silicon, and the HP TouchPad seeks a new OS for a long-term relationship.

Four short links: 25 August 2011 - Jobs Quotes, Tao of Programming, Distraction, and Canvas Tutorials

By Nat Torkington
August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs's Best Quotes (WSJ Blogs) -- Playboy: We were warned about you: Before this Interview began, someone said we were "about to be snowed by the best."; [Smiling] "We're just enthusiastic about what we do." (via Kevin Rose) The Tao of Programming -- The Tao gave birth to machine language. Machine language gave birth to the assembler. The...

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs - PC, mobile, music, film, post-pc: Steve Jobs played an important part in disrupting them all.

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs - PC, mobile, music, film, post-pc: Steve Jobs played an important part in disrupting them all.
By Mark Sigal
August 25, 2011

Apple, under Steve Jobs, has always had an unrelenting zeal to bring the consumer — and humanity — back to the center of the ring. Here, Mark Sigal argues that it's this pursuit of humanity that may actually be Jobs' greatest innovation.

TOC Debate: Amazon vs Apple - Joe Wikert takes on Kassia Krozser in the first TOC Debate webcast.

TOC Debate: Amazon vs Apple - Joe Wikert takes on Kassia Krozser in the first TOC Debate webcast.
By Kat Meyer
August 23, 2011

Which ebook platform is mightier? Find out when Team Bezos (Joe Wikert) takes on Team Jobs (Kassia Krozser) in a free webcast on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10 am PT.

Publishing News: Amazon launched the HTML5 Kindle Cloud Reader - Amazon continues its "be everywhere" approach, publishing survey results are optimistic, and a lawsuit against Apple and five US publis

Publishing News: Amazon launched the HTML5 Kindle Cloud Reader - Amazon continues its
By Jenn Webb
August 12, 2011

In the latest edition of publishing news, the Kindle Cloud Reader's HTML5 platform offers a new level of content ubiquity, BookStats latest survey shows optimistic results for publishers, and a Seattle law firm alleges Apple and five US publishers colluded.

The evolution of iOS development: Better tools and a lot more to think about - Dan and Tracey Pilone on iOS apps and the iPad's influence.

The evolution of iOS development: Better tools and a lot more to think about - Dan and Tracey Pilone on iOS apps and the iPad's influence.
By Howard Wen
August 11, 2011

Dan and Tracey Pilone, authors of "Head First iPhone and iPad Development," discuss the maturation of the iOS world, how the iPad has changed development patterns, and what they hope to see in iOS down the road.

Developer Week in Review: Lion drops pre-installed MySQL - MySQL is missing from Lion Server, and Apple gets a slap on the wrist from South Korea.

Developer Week in Review: Lion drops pre-installed MySQL - MySQL is missing from Lion Server, and Apple gets a slap on the wrist from South Korea.
By James Turner
August 3, 2011

A pre-installed version of MySQL is noticeably absent from Lion Server, South Korea penalizes Apple for the location brouhaha, and Java 7's compiler injects a bit of randomness into software development.

Publishing News: Apple's new in-app rules cause a minor dustup - Apple enforces its new app rules, World Book Night goes global, and publishing needs to be more entrepreneurial.

Publishing News: Apple's new in-app rules cause a minor dustup - Apple enforces its new app rules, World Book Night goes global, and publishing needs to be more entrepreneurial.
By Jenn Webb
July 29, 2011

B&N, Amazon and Google had to scurry as Apple began enforcing its new in-app rules, the U.S. jumped on board for World Book Night 2012, and Todd Sattersten showed publishers what they can learn from tech startups.

ePayments Week: Freemium is fruitful for mobile games - In-app purchases make free games pay, and iOS 5 reportedly adds facial recognition.

ePayments Week: Freemium is fruitful for mobile games - In-app purchases make free games pay, and iOS 5 reportedly adds facial recognition.
By David Sims
July 28, 2011

A report says that purchases through free mobile games are becoming the largest share of all mobile games revenue. Also, reports of a facial recognition API in iOS 5 surface, and a new technology tries to sell merchants on using consumers' webcams to scan their credit cards.

ePayments Week: Is "0000" your passcode? - Bad passcodes, in-app payments for all, mainstreaming mCommerce.

ePayments Week: Is
By David Sims
July 21, 2011

In the latest ePayments Week: 10 iPhone passcodes make up 15% of all those in use. Also, Google In-App spreads its wings beyond the Chrome store, Isis signs deals with major credit cards, and execs expect mCommerce to be mainstream in 4 years.

Developer Week in Review: Mobile's embedded irony - Who really profits from Android sales? And does the world need another source control system?

Developer Week in Review: Mobile's embedded irony - Who really profits from Android sales? And does the world need another source control system?
By James Turner
July 20, 2011

Microsoft profits from Google's toils, why you shouldn't put older developers out to pasture, and a new source control system enters the fray.

Is the enterprise dead as a tablet strategy? - Conventional wisdom about the "consumerization of IT" is missing the big picture.

Is the enterprise dead as a tablet strategy? - Conventional wisdom about the
By Mark Sigal
July 12, 2011

A confluence of factors, most notably the crash of the dotcom bubble and the rise of Apple, led to the consumerization of IT. But Mark Sigal says tablet makers are missing a golden opportunity by ignoring the enterprise.

Developer Week in Review: Start your lawyers! - If the lawsuit fits, the Kinect SDK for Windows arrives, and IPv6 day fails to excite.

Developer Week in Review: Start your lawyers! - If the lawsuit fits, the Kinect SDK for Windows arrives, and IPv6 day fails to excite.
By James Turner
June 22, 2011

The legal community continued to feed off IP disputes among software giants, Microsoft brings the Kinect SDK to Windows, and the web switches IPv6 on for a day, but did anyone notice?

The iPhone, the Angry Bird and the Pink Elephant - Will Post-PC battles lead to a war of attrition for developers?

The iPhone, the Angry Bird and the Pink Elephant - Will Post-PC battles lead to a war of attrition for developers?
By Mark Sigal
June 20, 2011

Lost amidst the tremendous success of mobile platforms is that they seem designed to create surplus. This makes it incredibly hard for developers to achieve the breakout success seen in past computing waves.

Four short links: 17 June 2011 - Gamification Critique, BitCoin Trojan, App Store Abandonment, and SSD Rant

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2011

Don't Play Games With Me -- slides from an excellent talk about games and gamification. (via Andy Baio) All Your Bitcoins Are Ours (Symantec) -- a trojan in the wild that targets the wallet.dat file and transfers your bitcoins out. If you use Bitcoins, you have the option to encrypt your wallet and we recommend that you choose a...

Disastrous implications of new Apple patent for blocking cellphone video

By Tim O'Reilly
June 16, 2011

Apple has patented new technology to disable cellphone video based on external signals from public venues. Now imagine if that same technology were deployed by repressive regimes.

Apple and a web-free cloud - Apple's approach to the cloud is business as usual, and that's what makes it interesting.

Apple and a web-free cloud - Apple's approach to the cloud is business as usual, and that's what makes it interesting.
By Alasdair Allan
June 16, 2011

From custom chips, to the data centers backing its new iCloud effort, Apple is committed to controlling the end-user experience. The web has no place in their vision.

Publishing News: Apple shifts on subs - Apple softens its subscription position, metadata could improve academic searches, and ebooks offer a new purpose for edits.

Publishing News: Apple shifts on subs - Apple softens its subscription position, metadata could improve academic searches, and ebooks offer a new purpose for edits.
By Jenn Webb
June 10, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Readability's co-founder Richard Ziade offers his take on Apple's policy reversal, Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers delve into web search, and Pete Meyers takes a look at the art of editing in storytelling.

Apple's in-app shift: What does it mean for publishers? - Readability's Richard Ziade on the softening of Apple's in-app subscription rules.

Apple's in-app shift: What does it mean for publishers? - Readability's Richard Ziade on the softening of Apple's in-app subscription rules.
By Jenn Webb
June 9, 2011

As Apple softens its position on in-app subscription rules, publishing companies and developers gain more elbow room. Richard Ziade, founding partner of Readability, says resulting simplicity and flexibility could result in more interesting iOS apps.

Developer Week in Review: WWDC edition - WWDC's real value, iCloud premieres, and Apple drops the ball on their own app.

Developer Week in Review: WWDC edition - WWDC's real value, iCloud premieres, and Apple drops the ball on their own app.
By James Turner
June 8, 2011

in the latest Developer Week in Review: The real value of WWDC, Apple's new iCloud offering and what it means for developers, and an example of how not to create an iOS application.

Four core takeaways from Apple's WWDC keynote - The WWDC keynote clarified Apple's Post-PC vision and hinted at disruption and competition to come.

Four core takeaways from Apple's WWDC keynote - The WWDC keynote clarified Apple's Post-PC vision and hinted at disruption and competition to come.
By Mark Sigal
June 8, 2011

Mark Sigal says Apple's WWDC keynote was designed to deliver an awe-inspiring but chilling message: Whether you're a prospective customer, developer, channel partner, or competitor, "resistance to Apple is futile."

Developer Week in Review: The other shoe drops on iOS developers - iPhone devs may need lawyers, Apache gets a new project, and Java programmers abuse a pattern

Developer Week in Review: The other shoe drops on iOS developers - iPhone devs may need lawyers, Apache gets a new project, and Java programmers abuse a pattern
By James Turner
June 2, 2011

If you were an iOS developer, you may have gotten to meet a process server in person this week, as Lodsys doles out the first batch of lawsuits. Oracle gave Apache the keys to OpenOffice, and told them to take it out for a spin, and your faithful editor vents about a commonly overused Java pattern.

Developer Week in Review: Apple devs cry "gimme shelter" - Apple protects their developers, Oracle earns a few bucks, and Sony has a bad week

Developer Week in Review: Apple devs cry
By James Turner
May 25, 2011

If you were an Apple developer, it was a good week. If you were a Sony executive, it was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. If you were Oracle, it was business as usual.

ePayments Week: Who will deliver swipe-and-pay first? - Isis invites everyone into its NFC effort, rumors swirl around Apple retail, and mobile banking is on a tear.

ePayments Week: Who will deliver swipe-and-pay first? - Isis invites everyone into its NFC effort, rumors swirl around Apple retail, and mobile banking is on a tear.
By David Sims
May 19, 2011

Isis' CEO opens the doors to its NFC effort, while a stealth project at Apple's retail stores makes some wonder if it will leap ahead of other NFC players. Also, mobile banking is on a tear, especially where it's the first option for the unbanked.

Four short links: 19 May 2011 - Internet Access Rights, Statistical Peace, Vintage Jobs, and Errata Etymology

By Nat Torkington
May 19, 2011

Right to Access the Internet -- a survey of different countries' rights to access to access the Internet. Peace Through Statistics -- three ex-Yugoslavian statisticians nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. In war-torn and impoverished countries, statistics provides a welcome arena in which science runs independent of ethnicity and religion. With so few resources, many countries are graduating few, if...

Developer Week in Review: Buying a lawsuit with an in-app purchase - In-app purchasing called into question, Mono moves on, and you've got new perl.

Developer Week in Review: Buying a lawsuit with an in-app purchase - In-app purchasing called into question, Mono moves on, and you've got new perl.
By James Turner
May 18, 2011

This week Apple's iOS developer community got a patent wake up call, the recently discarded Mono project found a new home, and a favorite scripting language got a new version.

Developer Week in Review: Oracle sends Hudson on its way - Can Hudson and Jenkins get together now? Washington checks in on location. And why are you so stressed?

Developer Week in Review: Oracle sends Hudson on its way - Can Hudson and Jenkins get together now? Washington checks in on location. And why are you so stressed?
By James Turner
May 12, 2011

Oracle casts another piece of Sun from their portfolio, Apple and Google defend themselves from big-brother accusations made by, um, Big Brother, and it turns out you probably have a pretty sweet job, after all.

ePayments Week: Report says developers chill on Android - A report says Android dev interest is stalling, Facebook Credits gets noticed, PayPal buys another real-world service

ePayments Week: Report says developers chill on Android - A report says Android dev interest is stalling, Facebook Credits gets noticed, PayPal buys another real-world service
By David Sims
May 5, 2011

A report says developers are holding back on Android, put off by fragmentation in the platform and a disappointing uptake in Android tablets. Also, Facebook Credits gets attention and we take a look at PayPal's latest purchase.

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves - A hidden file in iOS 4 is regularly recording the position of devices.

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves - A hidden file in iOS 4 is regularly recording the position of devices.
By Alasdair Allan
April 20, 2011

Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan have discovered that iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS 4 are regularly recording the location of devices into a hidden file.


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