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As the Apple Watch goes on sale Friday, it's unclear if the gadget and others like it can attain the utility and prominence smartphones have in the past eight years.
April 24, 2015 As Apple's smart watch goes on sale, there are some big questions about the whole idea of the wrist watch as a computer, including whether consumers come to see them as a luxury or a necessity.
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Jeff Koons poses in front of one of his sculptures during a media preview of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art on June 24, 2014.
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July 27, 2014 Commentator Alva Noë takes in the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney and says it's an impressive display of this hyper-successful, visionary artist's work. But that's not all he says.
Walter Isaacson speaks during the April 2013 Creativity Conference at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
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January 6, 2014 Also: Martin Amis on his stepmother, the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard; journalist and author Simon Hoggart has died; the best books coming out this week.
July 5, 2012 That could mean the nation's jobless rate ticked down in June. The unemployment figure is due for release on Friday.
Neil Young last month in Park City, Utah.
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February 1, 2012 That's not a slam at digital music, the rock 'n' roll legend says. It's a recognition that current formats don't match vinyl's sound. He and Jobs were talking about a new player to give music lovers back the sound they used to get.
Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was published in late October.
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December 6, 2011 That's a surprising achievement considering the authorized biography was released 45 days ago.
"We got the number of the Vatican and called the pope," Steve Jobs says of the first project he worked on with Steve Wozniak. Later, the two founded Apple Computer.
November 16, 2011 When he died on Oct. 5, Steve Jobs was eulogized as the tech visionary who put elegantly designed gadgets into the lives of people who often hadn't realized the devices were essential — until Jobs, and Apple, created them. A recently recovered 1995 interview offers another chance to hear from the late CEO.
A photographer uses his iPhone to take a picture of a tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in front of an Apple store in London.
October 31, 2011 Jobs's sister, the novelist Mona Simpson, reveals the late tech giant's final words "were monosyllables, repeated three times."
For his upcoming biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson conducted more than 40 interviews with the enigmatic tech leader.
October 21, 2011 With a book about Steve Jobs' life set to hit real and virtual shelves soon, his official biographer, Walter Isaacson, is appearing on 60 Minutes. The book reveals that Jobs waited months before having surgery on a tumor — and unknowingly met his biological father.
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October 14, 2011 Some folks have declared this to be "Steve Jobs Day," and are encouraging others to "Sport your black turtleneck, jeans, tennis shoes, and glasses and snap a pic!"
October 6, 2011 Even now, there is more we don't know about Steve Jobs' health struggle than we know. From a rare type of cancer to a liver transplant performed under great secrecy, details about the Apple CEO's illnesses and treatments remained hidden.
October 6, 2011 His address inspired many. It was a rare moment when the Apple co-founder spoke about himself. "You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever," he said.
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October 6, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, finding a better way to manage America's rivers, and remembering Steve Jobs, through his own words. In the second hour, Wall Street protests, and the new chief of police in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Steve Jobs introduces new MacBook Air models at Apple headquarters on October 20, 2010.
October 6, 2011 Commentator Dave Pell looks back on his long, devoted relationship with the Apple Mac. It's the device that got him to do away with pen and paper. It's the device that allows him to create new things, the most significant tribute he can make to Steve Jobs.
October 6, 2011 Jobs was an iconic American figure, an authentic innovator and visionary who earned celebrity through the power of ideas transmuted into technology that changed society. He was the man who gave consumers products they didn't know they wanted then couldn't live without. Palin gave many Americans exactly what they wanted, a vigorous populist voice expressing their grievances.
April 24, 1984, from left to right: Steve Jobs, John Sculley and Steve Wozniak unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San Francisco.
October 6, 2011 Wozniak, Apple's other co-founder, was "the key technologist, the scientist, the engineer." Jobs, says Wozniak, was "seeing ways to sell" the computers and "always trying to move to the next level."
Apple's website this morning.
October 6, 2011 Look at front pages, listen to news broadcasts or search the Web today and it's the one word that comes up over and over again in reports about the death of Apple's co-founder.
A screengrab shows the Boing Boing website, restyled to resemble one of an early Mac operating system in honor of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
October 5, 2011 Tributes are pouring forth in honor of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday at age 56. He is being remembered as a visionary who co-founded Apple, left the company, and then returned to build it into a global powerhouse.
August 30, 2011 The secret to Apple's success, in part, lies in our own DNA.
August 28, 2011 Apple and Motorola revolutionized the way we communicate. Now, as each company loses significant pieces of their identities, both face doubts about whether or not they can survive.
August 25, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the dedication of the Martin Luther King memorial, and Steve Jobs' resignation. In the second hour, life as a truck driver, and TOTN's Freshman Reads series continues.
August 25, 2011 There may be lessons for politicians (and political reporters) in Jobs' comment. What Jobs is talking about is a form of farsighted leadership in which leaders are willing take smart risks to meet needs or desires people may not even realize they have.
August 25, 2011 Upbeat earnings news from Europe has helped lift the mood in stock markets.
August 25, 2011 Cook, who has been Apple's chief operating officer, is credited with restructuring the company's manufacturing operations. He's been with Apple since 1998 and before that held top posts at Compaq and IBM.
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The line at a job fair last month in Linthicum, Md.
June 1, 2011 There was only a 38,000 increase in employment in May from April, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report — a widely watched indicator of labor market strength and a prelude to Friday's May jobs report from the Labor Department.
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