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Apple's funky new venue - Apple 2.0

FORTUNE -- Some reporters expressed surprise that Apple (AAPL) would choose to hold next week's special event -- the one widely expected to showcase a new, smaller iPad -- at San Jose's California Theater rather than the venues it's been using lately: The Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco or the Town Hall auditorium on the company's Cupertino campus.

90 best iPad apps for designers

Leading designers from around the world reveal the best iPad apps for design, creativity, inspiration and organisation. Unlike the iPhone, Apple's tablet has enough screen space to enable more complex interactions. It's therefore no surprise many within the design industry are using iPads for research, organisational tasks, finding inspiration and even creating work.

The five weirdest Macs of all time

In its 36 years in business, Apple has produced hundreds of computer models in a dizzying array of sizes, styles, and capabilities. All along the way, fans and critics alike have lauded Apple for its unique and distinctive design sense—even in the awkward years before Steve Jobs rejoined the company, believe it or not. However, if a company produces hundreds of computer models, chances are that a few might come out looking a little too distinctive, little too unique, or little too weird. Here are the five weirdest Macs ever released by Apple.

Developers stymied by Mac App Store approval delays

Some developers say that Apple is slowly getting worse at approving apps for the Mac App Store. Apple, of course, reviews all apps submitted to the store, just as it does with the iOS App Store; developers are thus at the company’s mercy when it comes to getting their apps—or updates to those apps—available to customers through the Mac App Store.

After Steve: Apple's ten big post-Jobs moments

It's been a busy, bumpy year for Apple since Steve Jobs passed away last October 5. On the up side, the company won a massive jury award against Samsung for patent infringement, and in April it became arguably the most valuable company in history when its market capitalization passed $600 billion for the first time. At the same time, Apple made some rare U-turns in response to flaps over the EPEAT environmental standard and the mapping software on its newest iPhone.

Cool iOS concept.

Back when I had a jailbroken iPhone, one of my favorite Cydia tweaks was a hack called Switchy, which came to life based upon an initial forum post mocking up a more advanced app switcher for iOS. I’m hopeful, then, that the same will prove true for this new switcher concept posted over the weekend, which might be the best looking, most attractive and most functional app switcher we’ve seen yet. Read more at

Get Started as an iOS developer

Got an idea for a killer app but don’t know where to begin? Daniel Bramhall of Visioa explains everything you need to know to start programming for Apple devices

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iPod Classic Running in a Browser Is a Tribute to Steve Jobs

Check out iPod Classic browser demo

Here’s a fitting tribute to Steve Jobs on the one-year anniversary of his death: a working iPod Classic that runs in your browser. It’s a work in progress by Inventika Solutions developer Pritesh Desai, who lovingly crafted this superb browser toy using HTML5, CSS3, and a few other tricks. It’s lovely and brilliant.

Steve Jobs Tribute MacBook to be Auctioned for Charity

In the auction, the Steve Jobs Tribute MacBook has a minimum bid of €9500 (that’s $12,405 USD), and the bidding will be going on until Monday night at Midnight ET (Monday at 9 p.m. PT). Uncover won’t be making any profit — proceeds from the sale will go to two different charities: GetItDone, a social media crowdfunding charity that concentrates on projects that stimulate positive change, and SellanApp, a crowdsourced platform that supports iOS apps that are valuable to society.

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Untold Stories About Steve Jobs: Friends and Colleagues Share Their Memories

We know a lot about Steve Jobs, thanks to his willingness in the last years of his life to share stories with his biographer about what drove him to co-found Apple Inc. and reinvent the PC, music players, phones and tablets. But there are plenty of “Steve” stories that you haven’t heard around, and a year after Jobs’ death on Oct. 5 at the age of 56, a few friends and colleagues shared their memories of the technology industry’s most notable  luminary.

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The Zen of Steve Jobs

Forbes and JESS3 began collaborating in the spring of 2011 on a graphic novel about the life of Steve Jobs, with a focus on his decade spent in "exile" from Apple, the company he founded. The book, written by Forbes reporter Caleb Melby and illustrated by JESS3, evolved into an historically inspired tale spanning 30 years of the relationship between Jobs and one of his great influences, Kobun Chino Otogawa, a Zen Buddhist priest who emigrated to the U.S. from Japan in the late 1960s. Like Jobs, Kobun was an innovator, lacked appreciation for rules and was passionate about art and design. It wasn't long before their teacher-pupil relationship became more of a friendship, one that in this telling was not built to endure Apple's future success. The Zen of Steve Jobs was published by Wiley in January 2012 and has since been translated into fifteen languages.

Steve Jobs: Life & Legacy Reexamined One Year Later [Video]

Steve Jobs’s life was full of lessons on how to be successful, as well as the pitfalls to avoid when pursuing your dream. Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs has had a huge impact on people across the globe, so THNKR sat down with some of the journalists, authors, and tech entrepreneurs to get their thoughts on Steve Jobs one year after his passing. Read more at

The “Lost” Steve Jobs Speech from 1983; Foreshadowing Wireless Networking, the iPad, and the App Store

So finally, here is my digitized recording of a “Talk by Steven Jobs” from the 1983 IDCA. The previously unavailable Q&A session starts at about 21:30 of the recording. Note that most of the questions asked by the audience are unintelligible, but can generally be divined by the responses Steve Jobs gives. I digitized the recording using Audacity and applied a simple noise filter to remove the tape hiss and saved it as MPEG-4 (M4A). And finally special thanks to for agreeing to host the download. Enjoy!