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Check Out Apple CEO Tim Cook in High School

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Whitbaker, a reddit user, has posted photos from Apple CEO Tim Cook’s high school yearbook.
Tim Cook attended the same high school as my mother, and she spoke highly of him. These are pictures from the 1975 and 1976 yearbooks from Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, AL. She passed away in February 2011, but was following his success in Apple, and was quite proud (she was two years older). She served as editor of the yearbook her senior year, and he was part of the yearbook staff. Also, while in high school, he worked for my grandfather’s independent pharmacy in town. He passed it down to my mother, and I am currently working there now. I hope you guys enjoy these old pictures, I thought it was cool to see someone so successful back in the day! Auburn fans, notice the “War Eagle” on the last page!

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Your iPhone’s Long Journey Home

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Infographic World takes a look at the long journey your iPhone has to take before it reaches your home.
The box your iPhone came in says the device was designed in Cupertino, California, and while it may have been imagined there, it certainly wasn’t built there – or really anywhere near California. Let’s follow the path of the iPhone, from a collection of computer chips and glass to an indispensable means of communication and business.

 
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USPTO Rejects Apple’s ‘iPad mini’ Trademark Filing

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple’s ‘iPad mini’ trademark filing. This is very strange considering Apple owns the ‘iPad’ trademark after having acquired it from Fujitsu in March 2010.
Documentation posted by Patent Apple reveals that the registration is refused because the applied for mark merely describes a feature or characteristic of the applicant’s goods.
According to the USPTO examiner, the ‘i’ in iPad stands for ‘Internet’ and the term ‘pad’ refers to a ‘pad computer’ or ‘internet pad device’, terms used synonymously to refer to tablet computers. “Marketplace evidence shows that the term ‘pad’ would be perceived by consumers as descriptive of ‘pad computers’ with internet and interactive capability.” Additionally, the term ‘mini’ is also found to be descriptive.
The examiner also refused Apple’s web page specimen says that a “web page specimen is not acceptable to show trademark use as a display associated with the goods because it fails to include a picture or a sufficient textual description of the goods in sufficiently close proximity to the necessary ordering information/a weblink for ordering the goods, and thus, appears to be mere advertising material.”
All of this appears to be a bit ridiculous; however, Apple will have six months to respond to the descriptiveness and specimen refusal.

 
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Remembering 2 Letters from Steve

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David Gelphman, an Apple employee for 12+ years, shares a story of his first direct contact with Steve Jobs.
In March of 2010, Gelphmen decided to contact Steve. He had a friend who was dying of liver disease and was about to travel to San Francisco to visit her in the hospital. She had worked at Adobe and Gelphmen though that it would be a treat to show her an iPad; however, the product was not officially released and couldn’t be shown to anyone without permission from management.
Knowing that anyone in his direct management would turn down the request, Gelphman emailed Steve Jobs:
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Hi,
Today (Tuesday) I’m visiting a terminally ill friend in the hospital in San Francisco. I’ve been told that she will likely not survive until this Friday. She had a liver transplant in late February and we all had high hopes but unfortunately she has not recovered.
Apple has given me carry permission for the [REDACTED] software for the iPad and I take Apple’s security very seriously. I was hoping to get permission from you to show her photos on the iPad even though it is not due to be released until April 3rd. Under normal circumstances I would not make such a request, nor would I expect that such a request might possibly be granted.
Thank you for considering this request.
David Gelphman
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Just three minutes later, Steve Jobs replied:
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OK
Sent from my iPhone
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Gelphman was ecstatic. “Just two letters meant so much. At many keynotes Steve said: “This is why we do what we do”. And that day he was willing to let my friend be touched by what we do, even though it didn’t follow the rules. At that time in my career at Apple I was wondering about the heart of the company. This little interaction lifted my spirits greatly.”
Sadly, his friend was not conscious when he arrived and so was unable to see the iPad. However, Gelphman was greatly moved by her passing and Steve’s 2 letters.

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More Details Leak About Customizable Motorola X Phone?

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Additional details about Motorola’s upcoming allegedly customizable smartphone have reportedly been leaked by Android and Me.

The smartphone dubbed the ‘Motorola X’ is now said to arrive in July due to manufacturing issues.

The X Phone will be user customizable, but the options will not be as broad as was originally reported. Customers will mostly be able to customize the design of the phone, along with internal storage and some personalized software settings. Users will be able to order their device in an endless choice of color combinations, and they can select the material of the outer casing. Choices for materials will include plastic, metal, and carbon fiber.

While the specs of the device are said to be comparable to the HTC One the first X Phone ‘will not be a Galaxy S 4 or iPhone 6 killer’, according to the site’s sources. The phone is said to feature a touch sensitive Motorola logo button on the back of the device that will let you to launch commands.

Additionally, the site says that Motorola will release a Nexus phone at the end of the year that is not part of the ‘X Phone’ brand.

Finally, it’s expected that the Google Watch will be announced and sold at around the same time as the Motorola X Phone and will be able to connect to the new smart phone. by iclarified

 
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Stanford researchers create genetic transistors, make biologic computing possible

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When constructing computer circuits, most folks start with silicon and metal, but not the researchers at Stanford. The boffins in Palo Alto want to build computers out of living tissue, and to that end they’ve created a biological transistor, called the transcriptor. Transcriptors substitute DNA for semiconductors and RNA for the electrons in traditional transistors — essentially, the transcriptor controls the flow of a specific RNA protein along a DNA strand using tailored combinations of enzymes. Using these transcriptors, researchers built logic gates to derive true/false answers to biochemical questions posed within living cells. Using these bio-transistors, researchers gain access to data not previously available (like whether an individual cell has been exposed to certain external stimuli), in addition to allowing them to control basic functions like cellular reproduction.

This new breakthrough — when combined with the DNA-based data storage and a method to transmit DNA between cells the school’s already working on — means that Stanford has created all the necessary components of a biologic computer. Such computers would allow man to actually reprogram how living systems operate. Of course, they haven’t built a living genetic PC just yet, but to speed up its development, the team has contributed all the transcriptor-based logic gates to the public domain. Looking to build your own biologic computer? A full explanation of the transcriptor awaits below. by engadget

 
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Verizon’s Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi now monitoring your car for $250

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Who’d have thought we’d be happy to see an unassuming black box? Delphi and Verizon managed to whet our interest with their Vehicle Diagnostics kit and service at CES, and our curiosity is renewed now that the monitoring combo is available for drivers. The finished product costs a fairly steep $250 for the Delphi adapter, although it does deliver two years of free service and costs a contract-free $5 per month afterwards. Shelling out brings the promised remote troubleshooting and notifications, including alerts for any performance problems and warnings for any geofencing violations. If you’re willing to pair an Android or iOS phone with the kit over Bluetooth, you can also use the smart device in place of your keys — temporarily, we hope. Vehicle Diagnostics should work with most cars made from 1996 onward, but do some homework before any outlay: at least a few cars miss out on the full diagnostic suite, which might dampen dreams of a connected car utopia. by engadget

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