Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

A Tribute to a Fruitful Life – RIP Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Yesterday the world was shocked after hearing the news that innovator and entrepreneur extraordinaire Steve Jobs passed away. Considering that he inspired so many people through out his life, its no wonder that yesterday was just as fruitful as the rest of his long career with Apple. People were as immensely creative in remembering him as he was in creating products that raised the bar in technology.

One example is this gorgeous picture created by Hong Kong student Jonathan Mak:

The Class of ’05 sparked an amazing speech in which Jobs makes us all reevaluate what we’re doing with our own lives:

And my favorite tweet of yesterday is:
CNBC : “Pres. Obama: There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than fact that much of world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”

It would take too long to cover all the tributes being made to Steve Jobs right now, but here is list compiled on Storify with other amazing images.

I would say iMiss you, but I know that its weMiss you, Steve Jobs. Thank you for changing technology.

Well Hello, Verizon iPhone.

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

The iPhone is a powerful device. Is it now a necessity for our high-powered campus?

Or should I say, hello ridiculously huge hint of a Verizon iPhone? It seems that Apple fanboys on the interweb are abuzz since being invited to a special Verizon event in New York City on 1/11/11 at 11 am.  I think for most people, this is fabulous news! I know more than one person who has been waiting all year for Verizon to finally release the iPhone. They wanted a smart phone but because of their parent’s refusal to switch mobile plans (or let them get their own) they’ve been forced to settle for some version of the Droid. Or even worse, they’ve been forced to wait for the unidentified date of Verizon’s iPhone release.

Yet the wait appears to be close to an end. There seems to be a blackout on Apple employee vacations around February 3rd. Maybe for the launch? Either way, the end of the wait is near. And with the end of the wait comes a shift in the cell phone service on our campus.

Stanford quite fondly supports Apple. It’s obvious in the fact that every dorm comes equipped with numerous Apple desktops with all the software a little freshman can dream about. But something that seems to have developed without Stanford’s direct influence is At&t’s prominence. I’m not actually sure which came first, the iPhone or the cell phone towers, but not only are there more At&t users on campus, but it’s also a widely held knowledge that regardless of your phone type At&t also offers the best service. There were once rumors of a Stanford/At&t deal but there’s not enough evidence to support that idea. Apparently all service providers offer their best coverage here. Yet with Verizon getting in on the iPhone market, things may change.

I have no doubt that when the iPhone goes on the market for Verizon, many students will rush to buy it. And if there were more users, possibly running on upcoming 4G networks, it would be just rude if Verizon didn’t come around to fix their lackluster service. More iPhones, and better service for more students all around – it seems like a win-win situation, right?

Yet one of the things that has always surprised me was Stanford’s technological homogeneity. Considering the amount of engineers and general technological know-how on campus, it’s amazing how many people religiously buy Apple products. Our students are smart – some can defend their reasons for buying a Macbook Pro like an industry insider. Yet after trying to have novelty and variety  in so many other areas, it’s funny how little we try different devices.  So while this launch will give Verizon a big boost on campus, I can’t help but feel that all of us walking around with staring into the abyss of our iPhones deters from the uniqueness we love about our campus. It is just a phone and (that label is actually probably too simplistic for new smart phones) but Apple sells a lifestyle through its brand. We’re the perfect age group (teens and twenty somethings) living right next to the Silicon Valley. In a way, we may become some garish, living advertisement for Apple through its simple representation at our school.  The iPhone may be cool and snazzy, but it’s still the same product for a very diverse student body.

EDIT: It’s official. Here’s some info on the Verizon iPhone.

Would you be interested in getting a Verizon iPhone?

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