Authorized Steve Jobs biography will include resignation details

Earlier this month it was reported that the release of the authorized Steve Jobs biography was preponed to November 21st. Also, a new cover was introduced for the biography.

Steve Jobs Biography Cover

Today, Publisher Simon & Schuster told  PC Magazine  that the author of the forthcoming book, entitled “Steve Jobs: A Biography,”  is still hard at work on completing the biography. Spokeswoman Tracey Guest reportedly said that Walter Isaacson “speaks to Jobs regularly and is still working on the final chapter of the book.” In addition, the biography will include details about his resignation from Jobs’ perspective.

Simon & Schuster’s description of the book states that Jobs “asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off limits and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly — even foes, former girlfriends, and colleagues he had once fired or infuriated.”

Many unauthorized books about Steve Jobs have been previously published, but this is the first official one ever.

Previously, the book was supposed to be titled “iSteve: The Book of Jobs”, but was recently changed to “Steve Jobs: A Biography”. In addition, the book was set to arrive in 2012, but this month it was preponed to Nov. 21, 2011. The book is currently available for preorder from Amazon in both hardcover and a digital Kindle edition. I ordered my copy, did you?

Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple’s CEO

In a shocking turn of events, Apple’s long time CEO Steve Jobs has resigned from his day to day duties with the Cupertino technology company. While few details are known about the reasons behind this, it is easy to assume that this is in direct relation to Jobs’ health condition.

For the unaware, Jobs suffers from a form of liver cancer. He has undergone a liver transplant in the past, but he still suffers from repercussions of the disease. Previously, he was  stricken  with pancreatic cancer, which led the removal of parts of his pancreas. He has taken two lengthy medical leaves in the past, but has always maintained a  presence  at Apple.

Jobs, who announced his resignation in a letter to Apple’s Board of Directors, recommend that the Board “execute [their] succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.” The Board did just that, and immediately elected Jobs as the Chairman of the Board. This was at his specific request, as shown in the letter that is quoted below.

August 24, 2011To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

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.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit,  as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our  succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I  look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all  for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

Looking at this letter, I think its important to note that Jobs is not leaving Apple. He is merely stepping down from his day to day position as CEO. He will remain on staff at Apple, and serve as the Chairman of the Board. He will still have a seat of power at Apple, and will more than likely continue to shape the company going forward.

In the wake of this news, Apple stock took a dive of almost 5% in after hours trading. That is almost 19 dollars a share, or  approximately  17 billion dollars total. That is to be expected with this sort of  announcement. only time will tell if the stock manages to recover over the coming days.

We at Techie Buzz wish Steve and his family the very best in this time of transition. We also look for continued innovation and develop from Apple in the future.

Release of Authorized Steve Jobs Biography Preponed to November 21st

Last year, it was revealed that  Time  managing editor Walter Isaacson was working on the first authorized biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The release date was set for early 2012 under the title “iSteve: The Book of Jobs”, but last month the  title to was changed to “Steve Jobs”, with publication date set for March 6, 2012.

Today, All Things D reports that Barnes & Noble has moved up  the publication date for the title to November 21st. In addition, a new cover has been revealed,  an iconic black-and-white photo of Steve Jobs.  The photo of Jobs used for the cover is the image found on  Jobs’ page  in Apple’s company leadership pages.

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues this book chronicles the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

Steve Jobs Biography Cover

Amazon’s Kindle Store also lists the Nov. 21 release date. However, Apple’s iBooks store and the  hardcover version  from Amazon still show the book’s release date as March 6, 2012.

According to the publisher, Jobs asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. Also,  he has reportedly left no topic off-limits for the book and has not even requested the right to read it before publication.

Steve Jobs Mimic Launches Taiwanese Tea [Video]

Do you want to win an Apple iPad 2? Then drink Taiwanese tea. Yup, you heard that right! A Taiwan-based tea company has released a video commercial featuring Steve Jobs impersonator, launching not the iPad, but a Taiwanese tea product. The commercial begins with Steve Jobs walking out onto the stage with a big screen behind him with the title – How to get an iPad 2.

With mock journalists applauding, the fake Steve Jobs starts talking about the Taiwanese tea product. He explains how one can win an Apple iPad 2 by participating in the promotion, which lasts until September. He says, “You don’t need to be jealous of other iPad 2 owners anymore. Because right now if you purchase any Taiwanese tea, you can win an iPad 2 (too?) every week” and with this the crowds goes gaga.

Well, if Apple comes across this ad (or maybe they already have?), will they stop the company from promoting their product with this advertisement? I think it’ll be quite unfair if they do so. Anyways, who cares? Let’s taste the Taiwanese tea and stand a chance to win an Apple iPad 2 :P

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Watch iPad 2 Announcement Video by Steve Jobs

By now all you people might already have heard about the announcement of the new , but if you missed watching the event online you probably want to see it for two reasons.

  1. The iPad 2
  2. Steve Jobs

So go ahead and see how Steve Jobs talked about the 2 while bringing down PC creators and the competition. You will also see what the new iPad 2 has to offer and what the pricing is, new features are and more.

So without ado, click the play button on the video below. You will require the QuickTIme plugin from Apple for browsers to be able to watch the video embedded at Apple. Unfortunately we couldn’t embed it into the post.

Obama Dines With Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and More at Tech Dinner [Photos]

Last night, the President of United States hosted some really prominent figures from the tech world which included the CEOs of some of the world’s biggest tech companies.

The list included Steve Jobs from Apple, Mark Zuckerberg from , Dick Costolo from , Eric Schmidt from Google, Carol Bartz from Yahoo among others. The one big person missing from the dinner list was the CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer. It is not clear whether he was not invited or whether he couldn’t make it to the dinner.

Steve Jobs, who has been linked with some really bad rumors looked mighty fine sitting to the left of the President while Mark Zuckerberg was seated at the right. Take a look at some of the photos from yesterdays dinner which were spotted by The Next Web on the official account of the US Government.

President Barack Obama talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg before a dinner with Technology Business Leaders in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011.
 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama joins a toast with Technology Business Leaders at a dinner in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011.
 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

This goes out to quench all those rumors about Steve Jobs at-least. He looks perfectly fine to me. What do you think?

(Images from Flickr licensed under United States Government Work)

Steve Jobs Takes Medical Leave to Focus on His Health

Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs has announced that he is taking a medical leave of absence, according to a press release by Apple.

Here’s an email that he sent to all Apple employees today:

Team,

At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

Steve

Steve Jobs, who has been named the best performing CEO by the Harvard Business Review and the CEO of the Decade by Fortune magazine, has battled with pancreatic cancer in the past and has also had a liver transplant last year. He made a complete recovery.

The day to day operations of Apple will be handled by the Apple COO, Tim Cook, but Steve Jobs will still be involved in the strategic decisions of the company while he recuperates. Cook is probably the best man in Apple to handle the reins while Jobs is gone. When Jobs was having a liver transplant in 2009, Cook was made CEO for a few months, and he did quite a good job.

Apple is about to launch the iPad 2 as well as the iPhone 5 in Q2 2011. I only hope that we get to see Steve Jobs work his magic on stage at the launch.

Steve Jobs and Murdoch Launching First iPad Based Newspaper

If you thought iPad is only a platform to host third-party apps, thing again. Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch have been working, for quiet a few months now, to launch first ever tablet-based newspaper. The paper will be called Daily and will be exclusively available on iPad. That’s right, there will be no print or web edition, a fact that will help Murdoch sell the newspaper for a small fee of 99 cents per week.

Newscorp has hired a team of 100 journalists that will be working exclusively on the Daily out of the New York office. Murdoch, as reported, originally came up with the idea after reading a research report that people spend more time reading on their iPad then on the web. And adding to that the estimate of 40 million iPads by the end of 2011, Murdoch has very high hopes from this venture.

The newspaper is set to be launched in early 2011 and if everything goes right, it may be the answer to the recent worries of ailing newspaper industry around the world. Steve Jobs is reported to be a big fan of the media legend Murdoch has become and will be glad to include this additional revenue stream to the growing collection of iPad apps.

Rescued Chilean Miners To Get Free iPod Touch from Steve Jobs

It looks like the recently rescued Chilean Miners will have their hands full with some top-notch devices. After getting a PS3 for keeping themselves motivated, the rescued miners will also get a new , which is a personal gift from Steve Jobs.

Chile Miners iPod Touch Gift from Steve Jobs

The iPod Touch gifts from Steve Jobs was reported by Le Figaro, a French daily newspaper. However, it was not clear whether the devices they would get is the iPod Touch 3G or .

Rest aside, after those 69 days inside the mine, these guys deserve all the goodies that can come their way.

(Source: App Advice)

Apple iPhone 4 Press Conference Steve Jobs Video

Earlier today, Apple held a iPhone 4 press conference to discuss issues with the . In that conference Steve Jobs announced free bumper cases for 4 and also an option to return the iPhone 4 and get a full refund.

Steve Jobs at the iPhone 4 Press Conference

In addition to that, Steve Jobs also demoed the Antenna "Death Grip" issues with several smartphones available in the market. If you missed the conference you can read the Apple iPhone 4 Conference Roundup we did earlier. In addition to that, Apple has now uploaded the July 16 iPhone 4 Press conference which was held at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California.

You can watch the entire video of the iPhone 4 Press conference at the official Apple events site here. You may also be able to download the videos and view them offline on your PC or Mac OS X.