WBEZ | Steve Jobs http://www.wbez.org/tags/steve-jobs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Emanuel backed by tech's most powerful players http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-backed-techs-most-powerful-players-111814 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rahm-google-AP-Photo-Charles-Dharapak-01282009_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to make a stop Thursday with one of his coziest constituencies: Chicago&rsquo;s tech community.</p><p>It turns out, the warm, fuzzy feeling between the two is mutual.</p><p>One of Emanuel&rsquo;s major successes as mayor has been his courting of tech companies. During his reelection campaign, Emanuel has touted the jobs he&rsquo;s brought to the city, especially from tech companies.</p><p><a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140815/BLOGS11/140819897/chicagos-tech-job-growth-near-the-top-of-u-s-cities">Chicago added nearly 12,000 tech jobs from 2011 to 2013 according to a report from CBRE Inc</a>.</p><p>With Google in the West Loop and Motorola Mobility in Merchandise Mart alongside local startups like Braintree, Chicago has been boosted by the tech community.</p><p>And so has Mayor Emanuel.</p><p>A scroll through donor lists to Mayor Emanuel&rsquo;s campaign reads like the Fortune 500 list for tech. It includes not just the most well-known names in Chicago&rsquo;s tech community, but also the heads of Apple, Google and Microsoft, all donating since Emanuel began his first run for mayor in 2010.</p><ul><li>Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google; donated $55,300 last year, including $50,000 in December</li><li>Steve Ballmer, retired CEO of Microsoft and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers; donated $15,300 since 2013, including $10,000 in January</li><li>Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; donated $35,700</li><li>The late Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple; donated $50,000 in 2010, while his wife Laurene Powell Jobs has contributed $55,300.</li><li>Elon Musk, head of Tesla and SpaceX; has contributed $55,300 since 2013</li></ul><p>Julie Samuels, executive director of tech lobby group Engine, said that for a long time the tech industry didn&rsquo;t want to engage in politics, but has become more comfortable interacting with candidates.</p><p>&ldquo;I think you&rsquo;re seeing them get involved because the industry is maturing,&rdquo; Samuels said.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Search Chicago poltical donations with our <a href="http://interactive.wbez.org/campaigncash/">Campaign Finance Tracker</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>What&rsquo;s unusual in Emanuel&rsquo;s case is that most heads of global tech companies don&rsquo;t involve themselves with local elections.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.followthemoney.org/entity-details?eid=785381&amp;default=contributor">FollowTheMoney.org, Schmidt has contributed $888,055 to 53 different campaigns</a>, but Emanuel is the only mayoral candidate on that list. The same is true for Ballmer and Musk.</p><p>Facebook&rsquo;s Sandberg has backed two other mayoral candidates; Adrian Fenty in Washington, D.C., and Christine Quinn in New York. Both lost in primaries.</p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s tech community has been <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150331/BLOGS11/150339968/chicago-techies-rally-round-emanuel">very vocal</a> in its support for Emanuel, especially since the Feb. 24 election when challenger Jesus &ldquo;Chuy&rdquo; Garcia pushed the mayor into a runoff.</p><p>The tech sector&rsquo;s share of Emanuel&rsquo;s overall war chest is relatively small. Emanuel has raised more than $40 million for associated campaign committees since he started running for mayor in 2010.</p><p>Emanuel has raised a little more than $1 million from the tech world, according to an analysis of data from the Illinois State Board of Elections.</p><p>The Center for Responsive Politics tracks the tech community&rsquo;s donations at the federal level. According to research director Sarah Bryner, $1 million for a single candidate is exceptional.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a lot of money,&rdquo; said Bryner of the Washington-based campaign finance watchdog group. &ldquo;Just as point of comparison, the top candidate receiving money from this industry in our books was Corey Booker, who took in $405,000 for a Senate race.&rdquo;</p><p>Bryner says Silicon Valley&rsquo;s political involvement in Chicago is a natural evolution from its growing political savvy at the federal level. That&rsquo;s especially true of companies like Google and since President Barack Obama has come on the scene. Much of that involvement has also come from Obama&rsquo;s efforts to cultivate relationships with the tech community.</p><p>Engine&rsquo;s Julie Samuels says Mayor Emanuel has now also tapped into those relationships with Silicon Valley, which go back to his time in the Clinton administration.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think you&rsquo;ll see people getting involved in the race over a random alderman or some other local position,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s something specific to this particular mayor, this particular moment.&rdquo;</p><p>Still, Samuels expects to see more tech companies getting involved in state and local politics because many issues, especially those involving sharing economy companies like Uber and AirBnB, are first hashed out in cities and states. (WBEZ&rsquo;s research shows that neither Uber nor AirBnB executives or the companies themselves donated to Emanuel or Garcia&rsquo;s campaigns.)</p><p>&ldquo;So much regulation that affects these companies happens at the local level,&rdquo; Samuels said. &ldquo;These companies &mdash; even when they&rsquo;re not based in Chicago &mdash; they play a huge role in our lives.&rdquo;</p><p>While national figures have more name recognition, some of the largest dollar figures have come from Chicago tech companies.</p><p>Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky gave more than $400,000 to Emanuel&rsquo;s campaign. A Groupon spokesman said Lefkofsky was traveling and was unable to comment.</p><p>Venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker donated $167,000, while Morningstar CEO Joe Mansueto added $160,000.</p><p>1871 CEO Howard Tullman, who has donated $5,300, dismissed notions that campaign contributions to Emanuel meant more access.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think people who contribute to him think they are buying much of anything,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;He is independent and objective and tells it like it is.&rdquo;</p><p>Tullman has known Emanuel for decades. He says he supports Emanuel because he feels the mayor understands and advocates for the tech industry. He points to job growth within the Merchandise Mart &mdash; especially Motorola Mobility &mdash; as proof.</p><p>&ldquo;Motorola had a chance to go to Sunnyvale [California] or Chicago. That was a lot of lobbying by Rahm and other city leaders to retain them and that&rsquo;s thousands of jobs. Ultimately he&rsquo;s been really good for that,&rdquo; Tullman said.</p><p>With those gains, leaders in Chicago&rsquo;s tech industry want to avoid any possibility of breaking that momentum</p><p>&ldquo;I would really hate to take three steps back and say why don&rsquo;t we give somebody a trial or learn on the job and learn how to do this?&rdquo; Tullman said.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/chrishagan"><em>Chris Hagan</em></a><em> is a WBEZ web producer. </em><a href="https://twitter.com/nialaboodhoo"><em>Niala Boodhoo</em></a><em> is host of WBEZ&rsquo;s Afternoon Shift.</em></p></p> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-backed-techs-most-powerful-players-111814 The really Big Apple: iPod maker's new HQ wins approval in Cupertino http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-10/really-big-apple-ipod-makers-new-hq-wins-approval-cupertino-108949 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/applecampus.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>Take a look at Apple&#39;s plans for a futuristic, ring-shaped headquarters that won approval from Cupertino, Cali. city officials this week.</p><p>The 2.8 million square foot sustainable building designed by British architect Norman Foster was a pet project of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs. The building has been likened to both a space ship and a Froot Loop cereal piece. The promotional video shows the thought that&#39;s gone into the design so far. And it&#39;s interesting to see how a company in the forefront of product design expresses itself architecturally.</p><p>And how much could all that expression cost? Possibly as much as $3 billion to $5 billion, according to <em><a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-04/apples-campus-2-shapes-up-as-an-investor-relations-nightmare">Bloomberg Businessweek</a></em>. The campus is expected to be completed by 2016.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 05:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-10/really-big-apple-ipod-makers-new-hq-wins-approval-cupertino-108949 Biopics to watch in 2013, plus the 10 best (and worst) of all time http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/biopics-watch-2013-plus-10-best-and-worst-all-time-106676 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Portrait-of-a-Princess-Naomi-Watts-as-Princess-Diana.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px; " title="Naomi Watts as the iconic Princess Di in &quot;Diana.&quot; (Ecosse Films) " /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>The biographical film, or biopic, is a long-celebrated bastion of cinema that began with <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018192/?ref_=sr_5" target="_blank"><em>Napol</em></a><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018192/?ref_=sr_5" target="_blank"><em>é</em><em>on</em></a> in 1927 and continues to dominate movie screens to this day.</p><p>Last weekend<em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0453562/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">42</a>&nbsp;</em>(a&nbsp;Jackie Robinson biopic&nbsp;starring Harrison Ford and one-time Chicago actor Chadwick Boseman in the title role) premiered to commerical and critical acclaim, as films about <a href="http://www.popeater.com/2011/02/24/the-fighter-dicky-eklund-temple-grandin-conviction/" target="_blank">real-life heroes</a> often do.&nbsp;</p><p>Other big biopics expected for 2013 include:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1327773/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank"><em>The Butler</em></a> (with Forest Whitaker as White House butler Cecil Gaines, and a slew of other <a href="http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-10-19/entertainment/35499398_1_white-house-butler-laura-ziskin-film" target="_blank">A-list stars</a> playing presidents Eisenhower through Reagan)</li><li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1426329/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank"><em>Lovelace</em></a> (Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace)</li><li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2357129/?ref_=sr_2" target="_blank"><em>Jobs</em></a>&nbsp;(Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs)&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1758595/" target="_blank"><em>Diana</em></a> (Naomi Watts as Princess Diana)</li><li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493076/" target="_blank"><em>Nina </em></a>(Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone)</li><li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402085/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank"><em>All Is By My Side</em></a> (Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix)</li><li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1291580/?ref_=sr_1"><em>Behind the Candelabra&nbsp;</em></a>(Michael Douglas as Liberace)</li></ul><p>Of course, movie buffs are already arguing about Saldana&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/picture-of-zoe-saldana-as-nina-simone-shows-darkened-skin-tone-adjustments" target="_blank">darkened skin</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em>Nina&nbsp;</em>and whether Kutcher will totally&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/do-you-think-the-steve-jobs-movie-with-ashton-kutcher-will-be-good.452960885/" target="_blank">bomb</a>&nbsp;as Steve Jobs after mixed reviews from Sundance.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" behind="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/michaeldouglas.jpg" style="float: right; height: 211px; width: 300px; " the="" title="Michael Douglas as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's HBO film &quot;Behind the Candelabra.&quot; " /></p><p>Studios depend on biopics to create a perfect storm of advance publicity, which may or may not translate to big wins at the box office and massive sweeps during awards season.&nbsp;</p><p>Actors often bank on these films not just to win Oscars, but to stretch their limits with challenging accents, method lifestyle changes and shocking physical transformations (remember when Robert DeNiro gained 60 pounds to play boxer Jake LaMotta in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081398/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank"><em>Raging Bull</em></a>?) Some fail miserably, while others are forever remembered and admired for their uncanny portrayals of real people.&nbsp;</p><p>Many biopics had the potential to be great films but fell short.&nbsp;<em>The Doors</em>&nbsp;could have been incredible, if not for Val Kilmer&#39;s regrettably one-note portrayal of Jim Morrison. The 1982 epic&nbsp;<em>Gandhi</em>​ featured a fantastic performance by Ben Kingsley, but ran about two hours too long. More recent biopics like<em>&nbsp;Ray</em>, <em>Capote, Ali&nbsp;</em>and <em>The Aviator&nbsp;</em>also featured spot-on performances from their charismatic leads; but in retrospect, could have amounted to so much more.</p><p>In my opinion, these are the greats:</p><p><strong>10. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395169/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Hotel Rwanda</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(2004)</p><p><strong>9. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank"><em>The Social Network</em></a></strong> (2010)</p><p><strong>8. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061418/" target="_blank">Bonnie and Clyde</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(1967)</p><p><strong>7. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099685/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Goodfellas</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(1990)</p><p><strong>6. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056172/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Lawrence of Arabia</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(1962)</p><p><strong>5. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1504320/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">The King&#39;s Speech</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(2010)</p><p><strong>4. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0340855/?ref_=sr_4" target="_blank">Monster</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(2003)</p><p><strong>3. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0433383/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Good Night, and Good Luck</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(2005)</p><p><strong>2. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108052/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Schindler&#39;s List</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(1993)</p><p><strong>1. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108052/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">I&#39;m Not There</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(2007)</p><p><b>Also</b>:&nbsp;<strong><em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066206/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1" target="_blank">Patton</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(1970),&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1013753/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank"><em>Milk</em></a>&nbsp;</strong>(2008),<strong>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117318/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">The People vs. Larry Flynt</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(1996)</p><p>And now, the 10 worst (ranked from blandly underwhelming to downright atrocious):</p><p><strong>10. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1007029/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">The Iron Lady</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(2011)</p><p><strong>9. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0125664/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank"><i>Man on the Moon</i></a></strong>&nbsp;(1999)</p><p><strong>8. <i><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0363473/?ref_=sr_1">&nbsp;Beyond the Sea</a>&nbsp;</i></strong>(2004)</p><p><strong>7. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1616195/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">J. Edgar</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(2011)</p><p><strong>6. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1129445/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(2009)</p><p><strong>5. <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049092/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank"><em>The Conqueror&nbsp;</em></a></strong>(1956)</p><p><strong>4. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097457/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Great Balls of Fire!</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(1989)</p><p><strong>3. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129290/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Patch Adams</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(1998)</p><p><strong>2. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346491/?ref_=sr_6" target="_blank">Alexander</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(2004)</p><p><strong>1. <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2375255/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Liz &amp; Dick</a>&nbsp;</em></strong>(2012)</p><p><em>Which biopics do you love, and which ones do you wish had never seen the light of day? Leave a comment below, send me a tweet <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>&nbsp;or join the conversation on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/biopics-watch-2013-plus-10-best-and-worst-all-time-106676 The great biopic roles of Ashton Kutcher http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/great-biopic-roles-ashton-kutcher-97854 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//kutcher capote_bazer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>“Actor Ashton Kutcher will play the role of Steve Jobs in an independently produced film based on the life of the deceased Apple co-founder and CEO.” —&nbsp;USA Today</em></p><p>This has got to be a blow for those who worship the late Steve Jobs and all things Apple.</p><p>To be fair to Kutcher, he does share some key attributes with Jobs. They both have/had brown hair, of a very similar shade. They both have/had a mischievous spark to them, which Jobs used to challenge the conservative titans of his industry and Kutcher used to pull fast ones on Justin Timberlake. They both were married to Demi Moore.*</p><p>Nonetheless, if Jobs is your hero, you can’t be happy. Think of other biopics, and the august actors who starred in them, from Ben Kingsley in <em>Gandhi</em> to Daniel Day-Lewis in the upcoming <em>Lincoln</em>.</p><p>Imagine if biopic casting of these iconic heroes had been different — and more Kutcheresque . . .&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/Gandhi%20real.jpg" style="height: 585px; width: 400px;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/braveheart%20kutcher.jpg" style="height: 579px; width: 400px;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/Malcolm%20X%20Ashton.jpg" style="height: 549px; width: 400px;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/CapoteKutcher.jpg" style="height: 532px; width: 400px;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/Patton%20Kutcher.jpg" style="height: 612px; width: 400px;" title=""></div></div></div></div></div><p>* Steve Jobs was not married to Demi Moore.</p></p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 09:14:27 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/great-biopic-roles-ashton-kutcher-97854 Don't-Miss List March 2-8: 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-01/dont-miss-list-march-2-8-agony-and-ecstasy-steve-jobs-96886 <p><p>Just one item this week, but it's one that haunts me as I set out to finally buy an iPhone.&nbsp; As a benefit for his home ensemble <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org">A Red Orchid Theatre</a>, Lance Baker will perform <a href="http://mikedaisey.blogspot.com/">Mike Daisey's monologue <em>The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em></a> for one night only, this Monday, March 5, at 8 p.m.&nbsp; Daisey himself will be <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-29/entertainment/chi-mike-daisey-bringing-agony-and-ecstasy-of-steve-jobs-to-chicago-20120229_1_mike-daisey-ecstasy-radio-show">coming to do the show in April (when it will be sponsored by WBEZ)</a>, but given the choice between the Chicago Theatre and the friendly confines of Red Orchid, I'd choose the latter.&nbsp; And actually, having seen both actors, <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org/ensemble/lance.html">I'd choose Baker</a> even to do Daisey's work.&nbsp; Kudos to the author, though, for <a href="http://www.eastbayexpress.com/EarBud/archives/2012/02/28/mike-daisey-tweets-his-entire-agony-and-ecstasy-script">making the show royalty free</a>: he's apparently more concerned with making people aware of Apple's exploitation of Chinese workers than with making a bundle himself.&nbsp; Tickets are $20 and are available at the box office (312-943-8722) or on-line; the theater is on Wells Street in Old Town.</p></p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 22:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-01/dont-miss-list-march-2-8-agony-and-ecstasy-steve-jobs-96886 Steve Jobs' accessibility breakthrough http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-10-18/steve-jobs-accessibility-breakthrough-93236 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-18/6230534792_1d3c3bbca7.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Is it too late for one more more post about Steve Jobs?<br> <br> One more, just to say that, besides the genius of the technology he developed, there was a quiet and intense humanity that revolutionized in many ways a community that retailers don’t usually knock themselves out to reach out to?</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-18/6230534792_1d3c3bbca7.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 313px; height: 400px;" title="">There has been so very much about Jobs in the last weeks -- about his life, his family, his battles, his patents, his Stanford speech, his fortune, his ferocity, his single-mindedness -- but I just want a pause here for a sec to salute Jobs for something entirely different: the way he integrated, promoted and secured accessability in so many <a href="http://accessibility%20http://www.apple.com/accessibility/">Apple products</a>.<br> <br> What was most radical in Apple’s approach is that it includes most accessibility technologies in most products as a matter of course. In other words, no customizing, no paying extra, no being different.<br> <br> “Apple building accessibility into all of their devices means that a blind person can purchase a device from a store and use it immediately,” wrote Austin Seraphin in his blog, <em><a href="http://behindthecurtain.us/2011/10/05/the-death-of-steve-jobs/">Behind the Curtain</a></em>. “We have never had this before. For the first time we can use the same devices as our sighted friends, family, and coworkers. Apple’s line of accessibility technology has opened the world up to the blind. No other corporation has done what Apple has done.”<br> <br> Consider, for example, that <a href="http://www.apple.com/accessibility/voiceover/">VoiceOver</a> is standard in OS X -- an easy feature that allows moving through the technology with simple gestures, braille display, autospeaking pages instead of complicated key instructions. Imagine for a minute what that means to a blind person.<br> <br> But it’s been with some of Apple’s most popular products, such as the iPhone, iPod and iPad, that the world has opened up for disabled users. Besides obvious features that make usage easier, such as the Touch Tone screens, these machines have sparked breakthroughs in developments.<br> <br> For people on the autism spectrum, these relatively affordable technologies have <a href="http://www.hamptons.com/news/top-stories/9775/a-twist-on-a-useful-gadget-gives-the-gift-of.html">helped ease speech and communications</a>, inspired <a href="http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/2011/01/california-program-teaches-parents-how.html">schools</a> to create support programs for entire families, and generally made<a href="http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/10/steve-jobs-disability/"> life considerably easier</a>.<br> <br> We frequently think of Apple products as leisure, as tremendously creative work tools. But for some of us, they are way more: they are portals to the world.</p></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-10-18/steve-jobs-accessibility-breakthrough-93236 Company leaders' management styles can help determine success http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-07/company-leaders-management-styles-can-help-determine-success-92925 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-07/Steve Jobs.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It is the rare CEO whose death prompts a public outpouring of grief and memories, but <a href="http://www.apple.com">Apple</a> co-founder <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/steve-jobs-has-died-92877" target="_blank">Steve Jobs</a> wasn’t the average head honcho in the corner office. His impeccable eye for detail and dedication to total user experience was reflected in every Apple product, and his economic chops resuscitated the company from its 1990s lackluster state. That mix of creativity and busienss savvy can be hard to find. <a href="http://lead.northwestern.edu/pages/about/facultyfellows.htm#faculty1" target="_blank">Adam Goodman</a>, Director for <a href="http://lead.northwestern.edu/" target="_blank">Northwestern University’s Center for Leadership</a>, joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to assess the styles of some of Chicago's local leaders - in and out of the business world.</p><p><em>Music Button: Deal's Gone Bad, "These Arms of Mine", (self-released single)</em></p></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-07/company-leaders-management-styles-can-help-determine-success-92925 Remembering Apple innovator Steve Jobs http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-06/remembering-apple-innovator-steve-jobs-92899 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-06/Steve Jobs.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Apple co-founder <a href="http://www.apple.com/" target="_blank">Steve Jobs</a> revolutionized the personal computer, smartphone and music industry. The man who brought the world the <a href="http://www.apple.com/ipod/" target="_blank">iPod</a>, the<a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone/" target="_blank"> iPhone</a> and even Buzz Lightyear<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/steve-jobs-has-died-92877" target="_blank"> died Wednesday</a> after a years-long battle with cancer at the age of 56. Many consumers and competitors hung on his every word since the mid '70s. The <em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune's </a></em>business reporter, <a href="http://bio.tribune.com/wailinwong" target="_blank">Wailin Wong</a> spoke briefly to <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>about the innovator who sparked a cultural transformation.</p><p>On Friday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>will talk more about the impact of Steve Jobs on the industry and how companies like <a href="http://www.apple.com" target="_blank">Apple</a> move forward after the loss of a leader.</p></p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-06/remembering-apple-innovator-steve-jobs-92899 There's no room for nostalgia in the tech business http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-28/theres-no-room-nostalgia-tech-business-91178 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-29/stevejobs.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I still remember the first cell phone at my house. An early Motorola, it came in a bag about the size of a Kleenex box that held the battery. A few years earlier, I had typed my first computer commands on the keyboard of an Apple IIe. I still have a cassette tape that stored some of those early programs.</p><p>In the last few days, Apple lost its iconic CEO; Motorola's cell phone division lost its independence. Cycles of innovation have long been fueled by loss and renewal. Though, rarely does so much ground shift so suddenly.</p><p>Steve Jobs is generally considered a genius of marketing and industrial design. He reinvented the personal computer, digital music player, tablet PC, cell phone and animated movie; and devised a way to get people to actually pay for downloading music. He will no longer run the company he co-created, Apple.</p><p>Jobs' announcement comes days after Google said it plans to buy the cell phone division of Motorola — the company that invented the handheld mobile phone nearly forty years ago. Google had little choice. The deal gives it a beachhead — and a trove of patents — in its smart phone war with Apple.</p><p>While identity crises may haunt Apple and Motorola in the short term, nobody's writing either company's obituary. The two will never be the same, but chances are they will succeed. Their strong cultures and legacies of game-changing innovation will see to that. Especially as they compete for more of the same customers.</p><p><br> <strong>You will miss Steve Jobs at Apple</strong></p><p>Walt Mossberg <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904787404576529240707351276.html">put it best</a> in the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>:</p><blockquote><em>Most people are lucky if they can change the world in one important way, but Mr. Jobs, in multiple stages of his business career, changed global technology and media in multiple ways on multiple occasions. And that changed the way people live.</em></blockquote><p>Mossberg also reminds us that, of course, Steve Jobs is very much alive and will continue to play a significant role in product development and strategy at Apple. Jobs also filled every level of the company with talented engineers and managers who are at least partly responsible for the hit products we've seen in recent years.</p><p>Still, nobody else is Steve Jobs. And his resignation marks the end of an era.</p><p><br> <strong>Motorola and Google: 'The new eating the old'</strong></p><p>While Steve Jobs and Apple redefined what we consider a mobile phone, credit for inventing the handheld cell phone goes to a former Motorola executive named Martin Cooper. His patent for that revolutionary 1973 device still hangs proudly in the company's Chicago-area office.</p><p>"It might sound a bit exaggerated," James Berkow <a href="http://business.financialpost.com/2011/08/15/motorola-has-storied-history">wrote in the <em>Financial Post</em></a>, "but anyone of telephone-purchasing age in 1984 when the first Motorola DynaTAC portable phone hit store shelves might argue 'revolution' is not strong enough. The introduction of the device, first displayed as a prototype by Motorola scientists more than a decade prior, unleashed a tidal wave of rival products from virtually every electronics manufacturer on Earth; much as Apple Inc. did with the iPhone in 2007, only without any foundational mobile device market on which to gain a foothold."</p><p>For the first time since that invention, Motorola's cell phone division will no longer operate as a stand-alone company.</p><p>Technology companies swallow each other all the time. "It's a natural tendency, the new eating the old," former Motorola chairman and CEO Edward Zander <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-15/motorola-ends-28-year-run-spawned-by-gordon-gekko-s-shoe-phone-.html">told Bloomberg's Crayton Harrison</a>. "The story's written every few years in our industry."</p><p>HP devoured Palm. AOL chewed up, and spat out, Time Warner. EBay gobbled up Skype. Cingular consumed AT&amp;T Wireless.</p><p>Still, the Motorola deal feels different.</p><p>"It's like, thanks for everything you did in the 20th century, but you're being bought by a search engine," Roger Entner, a telecommunications industry analyst and founder of Recon Analytics, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/technology/after-google-motorola-to-face-identity-crisis.html">told the <em>New York Times</em></a>.</p><p>The two companies could not be more different. Google's initial claim to fame was a search box on a spartan Web page. It deals in data and virtual services. Motorola's a very real-world company that builds gadgets, ships those products around the globe and sells them in bricks-and-mortar stores. Motorola's <a href="http://motorola-videoleadership.hosted.jivesoftware.com/community/motorola_heritage">storied history dates to the 1920's</a>. By the time Google was founded in January 1996, Motorola was already unveiling its StarTAC line.</p><p>"Everybody remembers in their youth some product that Motorola made," Cooper says. He suspects that Google cares little about manufacturing cell phones. When I spoke with him he told me he feels "a little sadness" about the deal that will put the company he helped make famous under the Googleplex.</p><p>It's all just a sign of the times, Amir Efrati and Spencer Ante <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903392904576509953821437960.html">explained in the <em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>. "The deal underscores a long-term shift in the power balance in technology from old-line manufacturing companies to younger, nimbler standard-setters that came of age during the Internet era."</p><p>In other words, there's no room for nostalgia in the tech industry.</p><p><br> <strong>'The big mobile revolution has yet to come'</strong></p><p>Apple's success over the years often appeared directly proportional to the involvement of Steve Jobs as CEO. With his resignation, a number of analysts question the company's ability to maintain its i-mojo. CNET's Brian Cooley <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/25/139948703/how-steve-jobs-ran-apple">told NPR's <em>Talk of the Nation</em></a>: "Steve Jobs is aligned and basically synonymous with Apple's products, Apple's image, Apple's message about how you live in this digital age.... You can't replace what Steve Jobs does."</p><p>Slate's <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2302388">Farhad Manjoo argues</a> they don't have to.</p><blockquote><em>Apple isn't going to die now that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO. It's not even going to stumble. I don't mean to dismiss Jobs' contributions. He has been as central to Apple's success as one man has ever been to any firm in the history of business. But Jobs' achievement wasn't just to transform Apple from a failing enterprise into a staggeringly successful one. More important was how he turned it around — by remaking it from top to bottom, installing a series of brilliant managers, unbeatable processes, and a few guiding business principles that are now permanently baked into its corporate culture. Apple today operates in the image of Steve Jobs — and it's going to remain that way long after he's gone.</em></blockquote><p>Wall Street seemed to agree with that assessment. Apple's stock closed down less than one percent on Thursday, the first trading day after Jobs' announcement.</p><p>Martin Cooper hopes a similar culture of success going back generations at Motorola will help his former company reclaim its own Moto mojo under Google. "Here you've got a company that clearly has a superior vision with regard to applications and how those applications are delivered: Google. And a company that's really good at hardware in Motorola." If Google can give them the cache' and the cash they need to do what Motorola does best, along with a healthy dose of independence, he says the phone maker "can survive and prosper."</p><p>Amir Efrati and Spencer Ante also see reason for optimism, and believe the Motorola deal will <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903392904576509953821437960.html">make Google operate much more like — and compete better with — Apple</a>.</p><blockquote><em>For consumers, the deal could usher in new advances by letting Google integrate its Android software more tightly with Motorola devices, taking a page from Apple.... In the same way that Apple has created hit devices by integrating software and hardware into a single experience, the deal for Motorola gives Google a way to create a consistent experience across devices, including phones, tablets and TVs.</em></blockquote><p>Out of crises often rise opportunities.</p><p>Martin Cooper believes,"the big mobile revolution has yet to come." Of course they will stumble. Companies often do after major changes. But Motorola under Google and Apple under Tim Cook are well placed to help create the next big wave of innovation.</p><p>"The essence of that revolution will be collaboration," Cooper says. Instead of social media, "call it industrial media... commercial media. You're going to find people collaborating with tools that look very much like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. There's going to be a huge surge in productivity." All of it driven by wireless.</p><p>The first cell phone I used came with a bag to hold the battery. A few years later, exponentially more powerful phones fit in a shirt pocket. Today's iPhone and Droid dwarf the computing power of that first Apple IIe I used.</p><p>In the span of ten days, two companies that revolutionized their industries and changed the way we live each lost a major piece of their identities. What Apple and Motorola and the millions of people who buy their products hope they have not lost are the histories, cultures and legacies that made them pioneers in the first place.</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 06:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-28/theres-no-room-nostalgia-tech-business-91178 How Steve Jobs changed the way we listen http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-25/how-steve-jobs-changed-way-we-listen-91031 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-25/55313327_custom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I find the news of Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple's CEO particularly sad. In some ways, I feel something like I felt when The Beatles broke up. Sure, I'd always have the band's music, but damn, what a special time. What special chemistry. It will never be the same.</p><p>We listen to music in the 21st century in a profoundly different way than we did in the 20th century. And, though Apple didn't invent the portable music player, the vision of Steve Jobs (a music geek himself) and his company of designers and engineers changed our listening landscape dramatically in 2001 with iTunes and the iPod. Some of those ways are wonderful: Portability of huge libraries, shuffling, quick access to millions of songs, and custom playlists are a few of the upsides. For some, shuffling may be a bittersweet downside, like compressed sound files or isolated listening, but I think the good far outweighs the bad.</p><p>Of course, Steve Jobs and Apple didn't invent the MP3 player, but they sure made it work. The creation of iTunes in January 2001, and later that year the release of the iPod, made organizing music, making playlists, and happy random accidents a listening joy. I've put together nearly every <em>All Songs Considered </em>episode using iTunes. I stream my music wirelessly from my computer to my stereo. I drive around and listen to much of my music on an iPod or iPhone. I rate the songs I hear using Apple's software, which changes how often a tune comes up in shuffle, an almost magical feature on the iPod. Musical juxtapositions happen in ways that might have happened with a good radio DJ, only these are my songs and my library, so I continually discover things about my own tastes and how disparate artists and songs in my library connect to one another.</p><p>I am, as you may have noticed, an Apple geek. I've been that way since I worked in a TV station that ran on Apple IIs. I even hacked my Atari 1040 with Apple ROMs to make it work like a Mac, before I could afford a real Mac. I followed the work of Steve Jobs even after he was booted from Apple in 1985. I write my own music on Apple computers, edit Tiny Desk Concerts on Apple computers, and spend much of my leisure time creating and consuming on their laptops and iPads.</p><p>Of course, Steve Jobs has found his legion of haters as well as followers, but no matter what camp you fall into, spend 15 minutes and watch his commencement address at Stanford University where he talks about his time at Reed College, the school he dropped out of (and where he also became a college drop-in). He tells three very candid, uncharacteristically Steve Jobs stories about life, love, and death from a guy who wasn't wanted by his mother, was booted from the company he created, and battled cancer. Anyone stuck in a miserable job — or anyone trying to figure out what to do with their life — should watch this. He's an inspiring fellow human. Whatever his future holds, this is my thank you. You changed lives, Steve Jobs, mine included. Thank you.</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 08:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-25/how-steve-jobs-changed-way-we-listen-91031