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PBS to Air No-Holds Barred Steve Jobs Documentary: 'One Last Thing'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 27th 2011 6:15AM
PBS has announced that it will air a new, "unflinching" documentary about the late Appple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died three weeks ago. 'Steve Jobs -- One Last Thing' will air Wednesday, Nov. 2 as part of a night devoted to science and technology exploration.

In what's sure to stoke controversy in some quarters, PBS says 'One Last Thing' takes "an unflinching look at Jobs's difficult, controlling disposition, and offers unique insights into what made him tick. While there has been near-universal agreement that Steve Jobs was a great innovator in business and technology, ONE LAST THING looks into why he was so great. What were the influences that shaped his character? What drove him from such humble beginnings to the heights of success?"

The documentary features interviews with Apple insiders Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne and Dean Hovey, as well as Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Wozniak in Sunnyvale, where the three hung out in his father's garage and tinkered with electronics.

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Colbert Can't Figure Out How to Use the New 'Steve Jobs' Biography (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 26th 2011 4:00AM
'Steve Jobs' biography - 'The Colbert Report'Fans of 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central) know that Stephen Colbert is always first in line -- or begging desperately to get early editions -- for any new Apple product. So of course he was going to snag the new 'Steve Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson.

The only problem was that the book itself proved a disappointment for him. He treated it like any other handheld Apple device, but it simply wouldn't play along. "You turn it upside down, it doesn't even reorient," he lamented, holding the book upside down.

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Walter Isaacson Sums Up the Difference Between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 26th 2011 3:45AM
Walter Isaacson, 'Steve Jobs' - 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Walter Isaacson spent a lot of time with Steve Jobs in preparation for the biography he was writing of the Apple co-founder. As such, he came to intimately understand the man and the perception that people had of him. By that same token, he gained an understanding of Bill Gates as well, as he related on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central).

Just as Apple and Microsoft have become these two opposite giants in the field of technology, so were Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, according to Isaacson. "Steve is very mystical, artistic, sort of comes from the counter-culture," he said. "Bill Gates is awesomely smart ... and makes a great business model for Microsoft, but he never makes the artistic products."

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Steve Jobs May Have Waited Too Long For Surgery, His Biographer Tells '60 Minutes' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 24th 2011 2:15AM
Walter Isaacson, '60 Minutes'According to biographer Walter Isaacson on '60 Minutes' (Sun., 7PM ET on CBS), Steve Jobs reluctance to be cut open earlier in his struggle with cancer may have cost him that battle. "He regretted it, some of the decisions he made," Isaacson said. "And certainly I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner."

Instead, Jobs went with spiritual treatments and changes to his diet. It took nine months of prodding from those closest to him to convince Jobs to go in for the surgery, but by then it was too late for the procedure to save him.

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Could We All Own Apple Television Sets Soon? Steve Jobs Planned On It

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 22nd 2011 2:50PM
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, dead at age 56Not surprisingly, it looks like Steve Jobs' death was not the end of his innovations.

According to a report in the Washington Post -- who reviewed the Apple co-founder's new biography, penned by Walter Isaacson -- Jobs wanted to take Apple TV to the next level, actually creating fully integrated Apple TV sets with "the simplest user interface you can imagine."

Jobs, who passed away on Oct. 5 at the age of 56, apparently saw the company's existing Apple TV system as the first step to breaking into the home theater market.

There has been speculation about Apple's plans to launch a line of TVs for years -- it seems like a natural progression for the company, after all -- and now, with the popularity, ease and innovative technology of their latest products like the iPad, the new iPhone and Apple TV, the idea of an Apple-branded TV set is more exciting than ever.

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'MythBusters' to Host Steve Jobs Documentary

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 11th 2011 10:35AM
Mythbusters iGeniusDiscovery is turning its attention to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his legacy in a new documentary, 'iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World.'

hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will host the one-hour documentary that will feature interviews with noted tech, media and entertainment figures.

"Someone once said that to follow the path that others have laid before you is a very reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men," Savage said. "Steve Jobs was an unreasonable man. He didn't simply give the public what they wanted, he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space: productivity, creativity, music, communication, media and art. He has touched, directly and indirectly, all of our lives."

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Stephen Responds to Email He Received from Steve Jobs on 'The Colbert Report' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 7th 2011 4:15AM
'The Colbert Report'The audience wasn't really with Stephen Colbert all the way through his discussion about the passing of Steve Jobs on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central). He reminisced about his experiences and obsessions with various Apple productions, including when he read a list of nominees from his iPad at the Grammys.

He said that he considered Jobs a close friend, because he got a reply from him after that bit simply saying, "Sweet! Thanks!"

When Colbert said then that he was going to reply to this email, you could hear a hesitant groan building in the audience, concerned that it may be too soon for whatever joke was coming.

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'Glee' Star Harry Shum Jr. Reflects on iPod Dancer Past

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 6th 2011 7:50PM
It seems that everyone has their own Steve Jobs story, including 'Glee' star Harry Shum Jr.

Shum, who plays fan favorite Mike Chang on Fox's musical comedy, took to his blog to not only mourn the loss of the Apple co-founder, but to share his own personal connection to the innovator. Before the iPod was a necessary accessory, Shum appeared in one of its fiercest commercials as a silhouetted dancer.

"I was asked to do a test commercial shoot for an Apple product which didn't mean much to me at the time," the 'Glee' star wrote. "Some music player that holds all your songs. Sounded cool to me and I never gave up an opportunity to work especially with the possibility of it turning into a national commercial ... That job is where I essentially got comfortable freestyling in front of people let alone an intimidating 70 pound camera. I would do hundreds of takes with scrapes and bruises on my knees forming by the minute. Even then I always had the energy to go 'one more time' because I just felt that I was part of something innovative."

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TNT Will Rebroadcast Steve Jobs Film

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 6th 2011 5:15PM
Pirates of Silicon ValleyAs the world mourns the loss of Apple visionary Steve Jobs, TNT will rebroadcast its Jobs-centric film, 'Pirates of Silicon Valley,' on Thurs., Oct. 6, 8PM ET.

A rerun of the movie will air at 10PM ET.

'ER' star Noah Wyle played Jobs opposite Anthony Michael Hall as Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Joey Slotnick as Apple's co-found Steve Wozniak.

The 1999 film was nominated for five Emmys, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie.

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TV Stars Pay Tribute to Steve Jobs

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 6th 2011 6:15AM
Steve JobsThe news that Steve Jobs had lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer has saddened people around the world.

Overnight many TV stars were among the vast numbers of people who took to Twitter to pay tribute to the one-of-a-kind visionary, and to send their condolences to his family, friends and co-workers.

After the jump, read what some of your favorite stars have to say about the one-of-a-kind visionary, Steve Jobs.

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Apple Co-Founder and Former CEO Steve Jobs Has Died at Age 56

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 5th 2011 8:15PM
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, dead at age 56There's no doubt about it: Apple is a company that has changed our lives, the way we communicate and how we interface with technology forever. Steve Jobs, the co-founder and longtime CEO, is largely to thank for that.

Just over one month after he resigned from his high-profile role as Apple's CEO back on August 24, saying he could "no longer meet duties and expectations" of the job, Jobs succumbed to his long battle with cancer today, leaving people saddened, most of them reading the news on their Mac computers or iPhones.

With iPods, iPads and iPhones as common as television sets now, Jobs' advances in technology at Apple have greatly influenced the way people watch TV, among other things, with iTunes and Apple TV continuing to grow as a source for legally downloading and watching your favorite programs, wherever you are.

In 2010, Forbes estimated Jobs' net wealth at $8.3 billion, making him the 42nd wealthiest American. Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, and four children.

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Steve Jobs Announces Cheaper Apple TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2010 4:00PM
Steve JobsHold onto your earbuds, Steve Jobs has done it again! The Apple co-founder announced changes to the technology giant's popular gadgets, including Apple TV.

Starting in four weeks, Apple TV will be $99, $200 cheaper than its predecessor. Apple TV, of course, is a handy device you hook up to your television to wirelessly stream movies, TV, music and more.

In addition to a cheaper and smaller unit, TV show rentals will be 99 cents. Right now only Fox and ABC are participating, according to the New York Times, but Jobs said, "We think the rest of the studios will see the light and get on board with us."

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Hot Topics Make Good Comedy ... even the iPad on 'Modern Family'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 1st 2010 10:35PM
phil_ipad_modern_family_abcWhile watching the two family sitcoms on ABC last night, 'The Middle' and 'Modern Family,' it seemed to me that they were funnier than usual because the writers took the effort to incorporate topical, timely elements into the scripts. On 'The Middle,' it was all about basketball and the NCAA Final Four. On 'Modern Family,' it was the highly anticipated release of the Apple iPad.

Now, while Joel thought the latter was an overdone commercial that may have been penned by Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself, my reaction was completely the opposite. And some critics agreed with me, too.

The idea that Phil would be obsessing about the latest technology was in keeping with the character. Phil's been established as a techie guy, a geekster of the first order. Why wouldn't he be an early adopter of the iPad considering that it is being touted as the next big thing?

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'Modern Family' Was One Long iPad Commercial Last Night

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 1st 2010 7:08PM
Julie Bowen holds a friggin' iPad on 'Modern Family'We live in a TiVo world, and its impact has been spilling out all over our favorite shows in the form of product placement. The judges on 'American Idol' drink out of huge Coke or Vitamin Water cups. The chefs on 'Top Chef' use Calphalon equipment, as all the logo close-ups tell us. The folks at the Buy More on 'Chuck' really love their Subway sandwiches.

We get it. It's the way of the TV world these days, as someone's got to the pay the freight in a world where you can zap a commercial by pushing a button.

But, when entire stories on shows play out like an ad for a product, then things have gone too far. Unfortunately, my favorite new show, 'Modern Family,' took things that step too far last night with their iPad-themed plot. It felt like one long Apple commercial. Never mind that the episode aired just in time for the device's release on Saturday; the iPad drove the plot rather than the plot necessitating the use of an iPad. And that's where the producers crossed the line.

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'Seinfeld' Writer and Producer Making a New Show About Steve Jobs

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2010 2:28PM
JobsI'm not sure if Apple Computer head Steve Jobs is going to be thrilled about this, but it could be fun. 'Seinfeld,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and 'Borat' writer/director Larry Charles is doing a new TV show for Epix based on the blog that writer Dan Lyons did called The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs (which was later a novel, 'Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs'). The new show will be called 'iCon,' which was also the name of a Jobs biography by Jeffrey Young and William Simon.

As a Mac guy, I will definitely watch this. Charles himself says that he is "attempting to do nothing less than a modern 'Citizen Kane.'" (Spoiler: his laptop's name is Rosebud!)

I'm sure this will be a hit with Mac fans and they're probably excited to see a weekly TV show based on their hero (though the character in the show will be "fictional"). I bet a lot of viewers are just surprised that there's a cable channel called "Epix."

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