The written instructions from the company hosting the international phone hook-up were brutally specific. Dial in on a landline, they said, because using a mobile would result in "the clarity of the call" being "severely impacted". There was a considerable irony to this, given that the bloke on the other end of the line was Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, the company that transformed telephony and much else when it launched the first smartphone in 2007.
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The day is almost here: When America gets to witness Seth Rogen as Woz. In preparation for the Steve Jobs theatrical release on October 23, Woz himself has been doing a lot of publicity for the film, including making this featurette that juxtaposes his real-life commentary with snippets from the movie.
Last month Madame Tussauds asked you, the American public, which tech icon should be the next to be depicted in wax. Competition was stiff among the ten nominees, with everyone from Elon Musk to George Lucas in the running. But the American public has decided, nay, demanded: WE MUST HAVE A WAX WOZ!
It's almost hard to believe it's actually happening, considering Sony's Steve Jobs movie seemed like such a total clusterf**k. But there they are: Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen as Apple co-founders Jobs and Wozniak. Someone snapped shots of real Hollywood actors on the set of a real Steve Jobs film that you might actually see in theatres.
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and pioneering personal computer inventor, is now a professor at UTS. Woz has joined the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the university as an adjunct professor — the first post of this nature he's taken anywhere, at any university — and will be working with students in the Innovation and Enterprise Research Lab.
In our article about Tetris's 30th anniversary, the one and only Steve Wozniak dropped by to regale us with tales of his long reign as America's #1 Tetris champion. He was so good, Nintendo Power magazine stopped accepting his score submissions. So Woz had to get crafty.
Steve Wozniak, the benevolent genius who co-founded Apple, answered a few questions over at Slashdot today and though many of the answers were consistent with his awesome easy-going, open-sourced, tinkering self, he actually had some interesting advice for Apple. Here's free advice for Apple from Woz.
Woz loves Australia. He's said so every time he's been down here. One assumes that he says that to every crowd in every town he goes to, much like a rock band playing a particular city would. "We love you !!" kind of thing. But Steve Wozniak genuinely loves Australia, so much so that he has applied to become an Australian citizen.
Steve Wozniak is arguably the more universally loved of the Apple founders, having been instrumental in Apple's early successes while still retaining an engineer's perspective on how he runs his life. Here's what he's got to say about design, fun and why Microsoft may have been responsible for the pre-OS X version of Mac OS running so badly. Giz AU reports live from Sydney...
It seems all of Apple's secret 1980s propaganda videos are leaking out of Cupertino. Just a week after we saw Steve Jobs bizarrely masquerading as FDR, here's another super-corny cameo-ridden treat for you. Apple's 1984 Ghostbusters spoof, called Bluebusters, takes the fight to IBM.
He's done everything from Dancing with the Stars to dating Kathy Griffin to being the unofficial spokesperson for the extreme sport of Segway Polo. But Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak still has the time for the little guy, as Brisbane web company Creative Intersection learned during Woz's latest trip to Australia.
The Australian Chambers Business Conference will be hosting its inaugural event in Queensland at the start of June. While that information would generally make most Giz readers yawn, the announcement has been made interesting by the inclusion of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as one of the key speakers.