Gotta Watch: Remembering Steve Jobs
Apple's website remembers founder Steve Jobs with a dedication on their homepage mourning the loss of a "creative genius."
October 6th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Remembering Steve Jobs

Apple's visionary founder Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Today we pay tribute to Jobs' legacy as we look back at some of the most memorable moments from his life.


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October 6th, 2011
07:39 AM ET

Thursday's live events

Watch Live for continuing coverage of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Afghan war briefing - On the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, two House lawmakers call on the deficit "super committee" to consider the costs of defunding the war as it tries to reduce debt.


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Overheard on Cheers and gripes for Apple’s latest iPhone
Apple introduced the iPhone 4S, a faster, more enhanced version of its best-selling smartphone.
October 4th, 2011
03:30 PM ET

Overheard on Cheers and gripes for Apple’s latest iPhone

Comments of the day:

“At the risk of dating myself: ‘Where’s the beef?!?’” - DBAwhosaysNI

"’S’ for Savings.” - Newsunworthy

Apple unveils the iPhone 4S

Apple on Tuesday unveiled the iPhone 4S, a faster version of its best-selling smartphone that includes a virtual "personal assistant" you can talk to. And, for the first time, the iPhone will be available on the Sprint wireless network, as well as AT&T and Verizon.

Like with many Apple-related stories, news of the release drew comments from  Apple lovers and haters either singing the phone’s praises or pointing out what the phone lacks.

Mjj09 said, “You know, if they just put a Steve Jobs’ cutout holding an iPhone4S on stage... I bet Apple would sell 12 million phones tonight.”

Professorjaz said, “I am in. To all you nay-sayers, you don't have to buy one.”

Prle said, “What a joke. Well, at least I m not disappointed that just two weeks ago I bought the iPhone 4, but a friend of mine didn't want to buy; He was waiting for iPhone 5, oh well.”

madchadley responded, “At least he'll be able to buy the iPhone 4 cheaper than you though. Oh, well.” FULL POST

Steve Jobs, at a glance
August 24th, 2011
08:45 PM ET

Steve Jobs, at a glance

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., has resigned as the company's CEO but will stay on as chairman, Apple said Wednesday.

Here are some quick facts about the man behind the company that made the Macintosh computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad:


- Birth date: February 24, 1955

- Birth place: San Francisco

- Birth name: Steven Paul Jobs

- Adoptive parents: Paul, machinist, and Clara (Hagopian) Jobs

- Birth parents: Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali (both teachers)

- Marriage: Laurene (Powell) Jobs (March 18, 1991 – present)


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Jobs resigns as Apple CEO, to stay as chairman
August 24th, 2011
06:42 PM ET

Jobs resigns as Apple CEO, to stay as chairman

[Updated at 6:57 p.m. ET] Apple CEO Steve Jobs has resigned and will be replaced by former Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, the company said late Wednesday. Jobs will stay on as Apple's chairman.

Apple made no mention of Jobs' health in its statement about the change, but Jobs alluded to it in the letter of resignation Jobs sent to Apple's board on Wednesday and later released publicly.

"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," wrote Jobs, who has been on medical leave since January. Cook has been filling in as the company's leader.

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June 6th, 2011
07:36 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Watch Live for continuing coverage on the race to the 2012 presidential election.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Testimony resumes in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.


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Thursday's live video events
May 19th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

President Obama will address the nation on U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, and Live will carry his remarks when they happen.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Jury selection in Anthony's trial ended abruptly Wednesday, and speculation is growing as to why.  Court is scheduled to resume this morning.


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May 10th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

Watch Live for continuing coverage on reaction and fallout to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Jury selection continues in the trial of the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.


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Monday's intriguing people
Matt Lauer and Katie Couric talk to Beach Boys singer Mike Love in 2005.
April 11th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Matt Lauer

While his former "Today" co-host Katie Couric is apparently planning her departure from CBS News, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal report that Lauer might make a big move, too. He could leave the immensely popular "Today" show to join Couric and former NBC Chairman Jeff Zucker as they produce a syndicated talk show, the Times reports.

But NBC probably will make Lauer a huge contract offer to remain at the network. In its story on the possible move, The Wall Street Journal, citing Kantar Media, reported that "Today" brings in more than $500 million in advertising revenue yearly. Lauer has been a co-anchor on the show since January 1997. He has also been one of the NBC reporters at the most recent eight Olympics. His contract at NBC expires December 31, 2012.


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The day's most popular stories
Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court in October last year.
March 3rd, 2011
10:19 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

Fallen Marine's father says funeral pickets will draw gunfire: A day after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Westboro Baptist Church's right to protest at military funerals, the fallen Marine's father who unsuccessfully sued the controversial Kansas congregation warned that the church's protests will eventually spark violence. "They (the Westboro protesters) are going to go to the wrong funeral and the guns are going to go off," Albert Snyder told CNN Thursday.

Sexuality and scripture: A scholar who has written books and articles on the Bible and homosexuality offers a rebuttal to a recent CNN Belief Blog post on the Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality, saying that the Good Book is remarkably consistent on the issue.

Wisconsin governor threatens layoffs: Republican Scott Walker on Thursday warned 14 absent lawmakers trying to stall his controversial budget bill to return to the State Capitol immediately to vote on the measure, or layoff notices will be sent to 1,500 public employees before the weekend.

Ex-FBI agent may be alive in Asia: Evidence is growing that a retired FBI agent who disappeared in Iran four years ago is alive and being held in Asia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday. Robert Levinson disappeared during a business trip in March 2007.

A white iPhone: When? Where? How is it that a company that's been making electronics in white for at least a decade can't produce an iPhone 4 in that color? Another way to put it is: Is there an app for that?

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Dollars & Sense: Government shutdown avoided; Libya's spending; iPad 2's debut
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPad 2 Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California.
March 2nd, 2011
04:40 PM ET

Dollars & Sense: Government shutdown avoided; Libya's spending; iPad 2's debut

A roundup of today's CNNMoney news:

$4 billion down, $57 billion to go Congress passed a spending bill Wednesday that will keep the government open for another two weeks. Get ready for a knock-down fight between now and March 18 over the next round.

Libya: Spending oil money across the globe From Italian football team Juventis to Financial Times owner Pearson publishing, just what is Libya invested in?

Gas station owners: Don't call us gougers! In the past month, Mike Bellman has raised gas prices by a penny a day at his Sunoco station in Columbus, Ohio. And he's not apologizing for it.

iPad 2: Thinner, faster, cooler Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance to present the second generation of the iPad tablet. As expected, it will feature front- and rear-facing cameras and will be capable of FaceTime video chatting - a feature that debuted last year on the iPhone 4.

How to avoid drowning in debt Sam's credit card debt is out of control and he's asked Chuck to help him get a handle on his spending.

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March 2nd, 2011
12:55 PM ET

Live from Apple's iPad event

Apple caught the technology world off guard when it introduced the iPad more than a year ago. Competitors have spent much of that time trying to catch up, and worthy tablet computers have started to surface.

Apple is hoping to maintain its lead on Wednesday. Rumors are swirling about what new features will get packaged into the iPad 2 and about the complementary services that could launch here. CNN is in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts live blogging the announcements.

[9:55 a.m. PT] Songs from The Beatles (an iTunes exclusive) are blaring on the stereos, and Apple executives are schmoozing at the front. No sign of Steve Jobs, the founder and CEO who is currently on medical leave.

[10:03 a.m. PT] "Sun, sun, sun, here we come." Music down; lights down; Apple execs coming up. CEO Steve Jobs takes the stage to a standing ovation.

[10:04 a.m. PT] Jobs: "We've been working on this product for a long time, and I just didn't want to miss the day."

[10:05 a.m. PT] Random House partners with Apple for iBooks, adding the sixth and final big book publisher to the e-book store.

[10:07 a.m. PT] Jobs on the iPad: "People laughed at us for using the word magical. But you know what? It's turned out to be magical."

Jobs on the "unbelievable price" bit of the marketing slogan: "Ask our competitors."

[10:10 a.m. PT] Demonstrating some of the popular iPad apps. (There are 65,000 in total, Apple says.) Hey, there's CNN's!

[10:13 a.m. PT] Showing a new iPad marketing video. Apple keeps using this "post-PC" term. Hey, Apple, aren't computers still your biggest source of revenue?

[10:15 a.m. PT] For anyone concerned about Jobs' health based on those tabloid reports, he looks fine and happy.

[10:18 a.m. PT] "Is 2011 going to be the year of the copycats? Well, I think if we did nothing, maybe a little bit. ... Most of the tablets aren't catching up with the first iPad."

New iPad is indeed called iPad 2, with an "all new design."

[10:20 a.m. PT] Apple says iPad 2 is faster: perhaps most important, very fast in terms of graphics.

[10:22 a.m. PT] iPad 2 has a camera on the front and another on the back. It also has a gyroscope, which is good for gaming. (There's also a gyroscope in the iPhone 4.)

iPad 2 is one-third thinner, and has a tapered look, which looks more like the MacBook Air. It's thinner than the iPhone 4. Yikes. It weighs 1.3 pounds.

[10:24 a.m. PT] iPad 2 will have versions for Verizon Wireless and AT&T. It comes in black and white. We're still waiting on a white iPhone 4. A nod to that, Jobs says: "We'll be shipping white from Day One."

[10:25 a.m. PT] iPad 2 will have the same pricing structure as the original. In other words, it starts at $499. It will be available in stores on March 11 in the U.S. Two weeks later, Apple will add at least 26 more countries. "This thing is going to be everywhere in the month of March," Jobs says.

[10:27 a.m. PT] Jobs now talking about some iPad accessories. First, a $39 HDMI cable that lets you project whatever is on the iPad's screen onto a TV. "Teachers want to hook iPads up to their flatscreens in the classrooms," Jobs says. "And you can even charge the iPad while you're using it."

[10:30 a.m. PT] Jobs is dissing on Apple's own case. Can't argue with that; it looks like a cheap Batman accessory. Apple is introducing Smart Covers, a bendable case that comes in several colors.

This is cool: iPad automatically wakes from sleep when you peel back the cover. The Smart Covers use magnets that automatically align the case so it covers the screen. A microfiber cover on the screen-facing side "cleans it" when it's on. I never thought I'd be impressed by a case. Must be the Jobs distortion field.

[10:31 a.m. PT] The commercial for this case is really clever. Jobs says: "It kind of reminds me of a Pixar short or something."

Smart Cases cost $39 for polyurethane, $69 for leather.

[10:33 a.m. PT] Mobile exec Scott Forstall takes the stage to talk about the new iOS 4.3 software. The browser is much faster.

[10:35 a.m. PT] This iOS 4.3 is not a very exciting update - must be why Apple is calling it 4.3 instead of 5.0. In addition to Safari changes, there will be improvements to iTunes media sharing and AirPlay features, which are both nice for Apple TV owners.

[10:38 a.m. PT] Uber geeks will be happy to know that they can change whether the switch on the side will mute or change orientation. The update also adds the Mobile Hotspot feature, for sharing your wireless internet to a few other gadgets.

Non-geeks will have fun playing with the Photo Booth app. It's similar to the one for the Mac.

[10:41 a.m. PT] Of course, Apple is adding FaceTime to take advantage of the iPad 2's cameras. The app lets you video chat with Mac users or owners of the new iPhone or iPod Touch.

[10:44 a.m. PT] Apple is introducing two new mobile apps.

First, iMovie for iPad. "This is not a toy," Jobs says. "You can really edit movies on this thing." Was the iPhone version from last year a toy?

[10:48 a.m. PT] Spotted during the demo: the iMovie app has CNN iReport built in!

[10:53 a.m. PT] iMovie will cost $5, and it'll come to the App Store on March 11 - same day as iOS 4.3.

Second app: GarageBand, which includes musical instrument simulators. "They turn the iPad itself into a musical instrument that you can play wherever you go," says Xander Soren, Apple's director of music marketing. iPad's accelerometer sensor simulates how hard you hit a piano key.

There are tons of music apps already out there, but this one looks pretty well thought out.

[10:56 a.m. PT] Apple has posted the iPad 2 specifications on its website. In case it wasn't clear before, the new iPad has the same sort of screen as the previous version. In other words, no high-resolution Retina Display.

[10:59 a.m. PT] Back to GarageBand, Apple is reinventing instruments - guitars, keyboards, bass, drums - for touchscreens. Calling them "Smart" instruments. Is nothing sacred?

"They're kind of like musical training wheels - makes it so you can't play a bad note," Soren says.

[11:04 a.m. PT] GarageBand mobile app is the same deal: $5 on March 11.

[11:12 a.m. PT] "It's in Apple's DNA that technology isn't enough," Jobs says. "Nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices. And a lot of folks in this tablet market are rushing in, and they're looking at this as the next PC."

"These are post-PC devices, that need to be even easier to use than the PC," he adds. "They need to be even more intuitive than a PC."

[11:14 a.m. PT] "As always, I'd also like to thank everyone's families because they support us and let us do what we love to do," Jobs says, getting a bit emotional. He leaves the stage smiling, and grabs a bottle of water.

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Gotta Watch: Mouse debut; brawl in Hong Kong; trapped in flooded car
CNN tests out one of the first computer mice in 1984 .
March 2nd, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Mouse debut; brawl in Hong Kong; trapped in flooded car

What's this newfangled "mouse" you speak of? – As we hear collective whines about the new iPad, we'd like to take you back to a time where there were no iPads–or "i" anythings. The year was 1984, and the computer mouse made its debut on the world stage. It was large, clunky and had one giant clicker. Also making an appearance in this video, our old friend the floppy disk.

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Thursday's intriguing people
Sunday will mark Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 400th race of the Sprint Cup series.
February 17th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ten years ago, his legendary father died after a crash at the Daytona 500. His death in the final turn of "NASCAR’S Super Bowl" shook the sports world. Since then, according to USA Today, NASCAR and the surviving Earnhardt have struggled. Dale Earnhardt Jr. initially catapulted to fame, yet he feuded with his stepmother and left Earnhardt Racing. Though he was slated to start in pole position at the Daytona 500 this weekend, he wrecked his car in a practice Wednesday and landed at the back of the pack. Still, Sunday will be Earnhardt's 400th race of the Sprint Cup series. The last driver who won on his 400th career start was Earnhardt Sr.


What does future hold for Apple without Steve Jobs?
Apple's Steve Jobs talks about the iPad after it was released.
January 18th, 2011
12:44 PM ET

What does future hold for Apple without Steve Jobs?

He's not telling us exactly why or for how long, but Steve Jobs announced Monday he will be taking a leave of absence from his duties as Apple's Chief Executive to focus on his health.

What Jobs has told us, though, is who will replace him during his leave. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will be the man to fill in for the tech legend.

Many are worried about Apple's future without Jobs at the helm but Cook has been in this position before; Cook filled in for Jobs during two prior leaves of absence. Those past absences came with Jobs' battle with pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant and many presume Jobs' current absence is related to his prior health problems.

T.J. Holmes talks to Leander Kahney, Editor and Publisher of and Author of "Inside Steve's Brain", about what the future holds for Apple in light of Monday's announcement.

Apple's Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence
Steve Jobs said he would still be involved in Apple's "major strategic decisions."
January 17th, 2011
09:21 AM ET

Apple's Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking leave of absence from the company because of a medical condition, according to a letter Jobs sent to Apple employees.

"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," Jobs says in the letter.

Tim Cook, Apple's chief operating officer, will take over the company's day-to-day operations in Jobs' stead, as he did during Jobs' last leave of absence.

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On the Radar: Weather, oil spill report, Verizon iPhone, Arizona Mass
People enjoy the rare treat of sliding on snow Monday at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
January 11th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

On the Radar: Weather, oil spill report, Verizon iPhone, Arizona Mass

Winter weather - A winter storm that covered much of the Southeast with snow and ice will move up the East Coast on Tuesday, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service predicted 5 to 8 inches of snow in the Philadelphia area, 4 inches or more in northern New Jersey, and 2 to 6 inches in southern Delaware from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.

Light to moderate sleet and ice accumulations are expected across parts of the Carolinas, according to the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Maryland.

Although most of the wintry precipitation had left much of the South by Monday night, parts of the region are likely to see snow and ice on the ground until the weekend, as an Arctic low slides in, bringing low temperatures in the teens.


Gotta Watch: iBand Christmas; one-man town; flood takes home; race car crash
December 23rd, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Gotta Watch: iBand Christmas; one-man town; flood takes home; race car crash

iBand Chorus – Using only iPads and iPhones, a group of musicians rocked North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, to the sounds of the season. While banging away on keys, drums and guitars simulated by apps like NLogSynth PRO, the band, called iBand, tore the roof off the place while ringing in some holiday cheer.


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November 19th, 2010
01:12 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Cristin Norine

Every time you tweet, Facebook chat or Skype, you're essentially taking part in a social media experiment - but Cristin Norine is taking the idea to a new level.

She is putting herself behind glass walls for 30 days as part of the Public Isolation Project that shows how technology cuts people off from each other - even if it seems like it is connecting them.

"I'm seeing how it's affecting my relationships," she said.

It's also left her completely open to public view and scrutiny, but for the most part, Norine said she's been encouraged by others.

Norine said many people have stopped by and left her messages. She told CNN she was getting tired of seeing people texting while she was with them all the time - or having conversations with her friends only via technology.

Not that Norine is the first person to try and make a point by living in a glass house and throwing metaphorical stones.

A similar glass house project in Santiago, Chile, sought to showcase the basics of day-to-day life, by having a woman living behind glass walls. That project, however, caught a bit more attention, when the woman began to take a shower in public view.

Norine, however, doesn't have that issue - the small bathroom is the only area where she's off public display.

You can follow the rest of what she's doing online by following her on Twitter or on Facebook.


November 16th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

Beatles music at last comes to iTunes

It's been a long and winding road, this relationship between Apple and the Beatles.

But Tuesday, at long last, the Fab Four made it to iTunes.

"We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes," said Beatle Paul McCartney said in an Apple news release. "It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around."

The iTunes store's main page featured a host of Beatles albums for sale, beneath an early photo of the supergroup.

The update came in advance of what Apple had promised would be a 10 a.m. ET announcement that would make Tuesday, "A day to remember."


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