CEO Tim Cook in attendance for speech
President Obama mentioned Apple's plan to bring some Macintosh manufacturing back to the US in his State of the Union message on Tuesday evening. Speaking before a joint gathering of Congress, the Supreme Court justices and other dignitaries, the President highlighted Apple, Intel, Ford and Caterpillar as some of the companies that are "bringing jobs back" from various countries. Apple CEO Tim Cook was in the audience as a guest of First Lady Michele Obama.
Rare look back from forward-thinking, revolutionary company
Seven years ago, at the MacWorld conference in January of 2006, Steve Jobs stunned his audience by taking a few seconds at the end of the keynote to comment on the fact that Apple would be turning 30 years old on April 1 that year. It was a very rare look back from a man who prided himself on his vision going forward, who eschewed museums and awards and other such remembrances. Tim Cook yesterday noted that today is the 29th anniversary of the introduction of the Macintosh in a similarly brief way.
Seven patents asserted cover entire Apple product line
Fresh details have emerged in Motorola Mobility's latest US International Trade Commission complaint, the latest escalation in the company's patent war with Apple. The new complaint was filed by attorneys at Quinn Emanuel, the firm that previously represented the Google-owned company and is currently representing Samsung in separate battles with Apple. The seven patents listed span Apple's entire product line, including both Mac and iOS devices, and cover text messaging, Siri, and location services.
Nook e-reader hack follows MacOS classic on iOS and Android
A hack has allowed Macintosh OS to be installed on the Nook Simple Touch. Blogger Mike Cane last year wrote about an "impossible dream" to make a Nook Touch run an early Mac OS build. The vision eventually became a reality, following a report in February that someone had successfully installed Macintosh emulator Mini vMac on the device.
Pre-production original offers 'Twiggy' drive
While Ebay has been host to a number of Apple prototypes and rare machines before, a truly remarkable offering has been uncovered -- with an equally remarkable price. A seller going by the name "wozniac" in tribute to the Apple co-founder has put a complete and operational Macintosh 128k prototype created in advance of the actual debut of the Mac in January, 1984. This model even includes a "Twiggy" floppy disk drive, a very unusual addition.
Framed original receipt also included
Nearly 15 years ago, Apple released the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh, known ever since as the TAM. It was the first major project at Apple of a promising young designer named Jonathan Ive, but despite offering many of the design ideas and technologies that would define Macs for years to come, it didn't do well as only sold around 11,600 units. A rare "new in box" TAM has now appeared on Ebay, the machine and accessories having never been used.
Tech underlies modern art programs
Apple has donated two related pieces of software -- MacPaint and QuickDraw -- to the Computer History Museum, located in Mountain View, California. MacPaint was launched with the original Macintosh in 1984, and is often considered the archetype for modern illustration programs, having introduced concepts like paint buckets and lasso selection. Another novelty was creating images that could be used in other apps.