Steve Jobs introduces WiFi to the masses with a hula hoop! (by thinkingbricks)
” Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.
But it’s worth it in the end. “
- Steve Jobs
(Photo: Eric Risberg / AP, Chart: RIAA)
When Tower Records, a hallowed music store chain with a 46-year history, shuttered its doors at the end of 2006, The Nation called it ”the day the music died.”
If their consensus estimate is accurate, Apple’s expansion would eclipse the $3.9 billion being spent on the new World Trade Center complex in New York, and the new office space would run more than $1,500 per square foot—three times the cost of many top-of-the-line downtown corporate towers.
[Apple] holds itself above the fray. It seems to believe that such discussions of meanings and consequences do not matter, because it is in the design business, and so its primary relationship is with the user, not with the society. This may be what some parochial designers thought about themselves until the 1970s—but today the advent of design that is critical, value-sensitive, and participatory has exposed the great moral void of the rigid functionalist paradigm. But Apple, alas, remains stuck in the most conservative, outdated, and bizarre interpretation of the Bauhaus, which was, ironically, a movement that flaunted its commitment to social reform and utopian socialism.
Evgeny Morozov for the New Republic:
Late last October, iOS VP Scott Forstall left Apple and Jony Ive assumed the role of human interface manager across the entire company — including iOS, which some feel is in major need of a design refresh.
If you had to guess, which cloud service do you think is more popular Dropbox or Apple iCloud?
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