Jobs: Bold enough and brave enough to change the world

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“Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”

Barack Obama in a statement on Steve Jobs’ passing. I think this is a fitting tribute to Jobs’ extraordinary talent and influence. Find a collection of obituaries here as well as reactions from the media world.

As I’m typing this post on a Macbook, I’m reminded that Steve Jobs has changed our world beyond belief. It’s appropriate to again quote Apple designer Robert Padbury, who tweeted this when Jobs resigned in late August:

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in square holes. The ones who see things differently.

Jobs himself told graduates in a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University,

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

End of an era: Steve Jobs resigns

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in square holes. The ones who see things differently.

Robert Padbury, Designer at Apple, via Time, which has collected some reactions of Apple employees to the news that Jobs is resigning as the company’s CEO. He will stay with Apple as chairman of the board.

The Wall Street Journal has collected some memorable quotes by Jobs himself.

How will media companies react to changing U.S. smartphone market?

Almost 30 percent of U.S. mobile phone users now own a smartphone, reports market researcher the Nielsen Company. The Blackberry and Apple’s iPhone each have a market share of 27 percent, with Google’s Android operating system coming in third at 22 percent.

The battle over the smartphone market appears far from settled. Of those thinking about getting a smartphone, a fourth are not sure which operating system they will chose. Especially older users haven’t made up their minds yet.

Many media companies have built mobile apps to reach smartphone users. The question for them, of course, is whether to build multiple versions of their mobile applications optimized for each of the smartphone operating systems. Apple, for example, doesn’t support Flash on its mobile devices.

Building multiple version of the same application obviously isn’t very resource-effective. In last week’s #wjchat, a weekly twitter chat among web journalists, I reposted what Staci Baird aka @girljournalist said: “We need platform agnostic content strategies so we’re prepared for the next big thing.” Other participants disagreed:


I realized I hadn’t expressed myself very clearly: I didn’t mean content that ignores the features and strengths of different platforms such as mobile or tablets. I firmly believe that journalists and newsrooms should take advantage of the different consumption experiences across different platforms.

Instead of “platform agnostic,” I should’ve said “compatible within one medium across different devices.” The web analogy would be having your website display across different browsers. Newsrooms don’t have resources to produce half a dozen different mobile apps.

Amy Webb, head of Webb Media consulting company, suggested at a recent presentation that media companies should use feed-based software that displays their content well regardless of a user’s platform. That might a way to address this issue. What do you think?

Can the iPad save journalism?

Highly anticipated, Apple released their new tablet device on Jan. 27. While its name caused much snickering online (the term iTampon was one of Twitter’s most used terms that day, even before the actual product name), news organizations hope the iPad and similar devices will finally fill the void left in their business model by the surge of the Internet.

With the iPad, they hope to finally fit the content that has been accessible online for free into a pay model. But that is not going to be so easy.

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