Apple’s Siri personal assistant will make your kids laugh

Kids will get a big kick out of Apple’s Siri voice-driven personal assistant for the iPhone 4S. Not only does it provide useful information when you need it, it’s also entertaining. I tried it out on my kids during a camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains this weekend.

11 memorable “One more thing” announcements from Steve Jobs (infographic)

Steve Jobs’ first “One more thing” announcement took place on July 21, 1999 when he presented Wi-Fi to the world with the aid of a hula hoop. In total he would go on to make 18 of these big finish announcements at Apple events, including one introducing a live performance of the song “Waiting for the World to Change” by John Mayer.

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iPhone 4S pre-sales start Friday at midnight PT

For those of you still planning to buy it, Apple’s new iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order in just a few hours from Apple. The company’s hyped iPhone 4S will be available from Apple.com and will run on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

How Steve Jobs changed the way we think

When I was an eighth-grader in 1980, living here in Honolulu, I used to beg my mother to let me spend Saturdays at a neighborhood computer store, so I could play with (and learn about) the Apple II computers they were selling.

The world says goodbye: Obituaries pay tribute to Steve Jobs

Apple co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs passed away today, and in the wake of the confirmation, obituaries have been appearing on news sites around the world. Here are links to some of the pieces that we think capture the spirit of the man who, in his own words, “put a dent in the universe.”

At Apple’s headquarters, a somber scene with a bagpipe tribute (videos)

Tonight, a crowd of onlookers and press has gathered at Apple’s headquarters to mark the passing earlier today of Steve Jobs. The flags are lowered to half mast. Employees are filtering out slowly. It’s a very sad scene as a small crowd looks at a bouquet of flowers in front of the building. Briefly, there was a rainbow near the campus.

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Reactions to Steve Jobs’ passing pour in

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died today at the age of 56, and reactions, statements and tributes from admirers, friends, co-workers, the media, and even the president have started pouring in. We will update this post as more reactions come in throughout the night.

Face it: Steve Ballmer is doing a great job

In the wake of the CEO ousters at HP, Yahoo and Nokia and the CEO implosions at Cisco, SAP, RIM and Dell, it’s surprising people are still picking on Steve Ballmer. Hedge funders are calling for his head. Employees are complaining.

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iPhone 5, or iPhone 4S? Here’s what we expect to see from Apple

Expectations are extremely high for Apple’s new iPhone event tomorrow, where the company will unveil its latest flagship mobile device. Apple’s new chief executive, Tim Cook, will also be under pressure to repeat the success of the company’s last CEO, Steve Jobs, who left the company in August. Janney Capital Markets analyst Bill Choi said today that he expects Apple to sell around 107 million iPhones this year.

Steve Jobs and the age of great turbulence

The tech industry is busier than normal this August, which is usually a time of summer doldrums. The stock market tanked. Google bought Motorola. Hewlett-Packard decided to move into software via a $10 billion deal even as it decided to get out of PCs and tablets. And now Steve Jobs has resigned as the CEO of Apple. If you blinked, or were on vacation, you would come back to a different tech world.

Tributes to Steve Jobs from business executives start pouring in

Reactions to the resignation of Steve Jobs are coming in and they aren’t surprising, given Jobs’ influence on technology over the course of decades. Jobs has left a huge legacy on the world’s business landscape, and his resignation is stirring a lot of emotions among business executives who look up to him.

Markets will punish Apple for the loss of its master magician

[Update: I probably should have specified a timeline for this market reaction. There’s short term and long term. The market punished apple immediately in after market trading, as pointed out below. And yes, a week later, Apple’s stock is actually higher than it was last week, as Gruber points out, BUT that comes after a week where the overall market had a nice upturn. Apple doesn’t look so great in this perspective, where it appears slightly down compared to the market. But clearly, the most impact is going to come long-term, and that game has yet to play out].

Apple’s Tim Cook has some big shoes to fill

They are the biggest of shoes to fill. Tim Cook is taking over as CEO of Apple. It’s the beginning of a new era in technology, as his predecessor Steve Jobs has been a dominating presence for everything associated with Apple. And Apple has defined some of the biggest changes in the history of technology.