What to expect from the Steve Jobs Theater at the new iPhone reveal

 For the very first time, Apple is opening up the brand new Steve Jobs theater to unveil new iPhones (and more, we think) on September 12. This Apple Campus has been in the works for quite some time. In fact, one of our first stories on the new HQ was written by MG Siegler. In any case, folks will be allowed to visit the Steve Jobs Theater for the first time next week. But what will they find? Read More

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Apple sets iPhone event for September 12 at new Steve Jobs theater

 Apple just sent out invites for its annual iPhone event, which is taking place on September 12 at its new Cupertino HQ, at the Steve Jobs Theater it built there specifically to host special events. It’s expected that Apple will reveal a brand new iPhone with a nearly bezel-free design on the day. TechCrunch previously reported that the event would fall on this day, confirming… Read More

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Steve Jobs’ custom Apple I and other historic machines are on display at Seattle museum

 Long ago, Apple was a handful of people working in an industry that was only just beginning to take the idea of personal computing seriously. In the earliest days of those early days, Steves Wozniak and Jobs made their first device together: the Apple I. Few of these were sold, and fewer still survive — but a museum in Seattle managed to get three. And one of them was Jobs’… Read More

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Steve Ballmer: Android Ecosystem Is Wild And Uncontrolled, Apple Is High Priced And Highly Controlled

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Tonight, during Steve Ballmer’s interview by Reid Hoffman, the two talked about everything Microsoft. Now that Ballmer is talking about his competitors he let out a few bonzo words when it came to Google and Apple and the state of their phone ecosystems, especially when it comes to apps.

– On the Android ecosystem, Ballmer called it: “Wild”, “Uncontrolled”, and susceptible to malware.

– On the Apple ecosystem, Ballmer called it “High priced” and “Highly controlled.”

He truly believes that Microsoft can wedge itself in between the two to be successful with diversity and organization. As Ballmer describes Windows 8, Surface and Phone, he says that the products have been done right and the company is working very closely with developers, unlike his counterparts at Apple and Google. Sure, Ballmer has said these types of things before, but he’s losing his mind tonight in only the way he can.

The Windows Phone is actually really nice, and there’s definitely a market for them.

At one point he described Windows as “Wow, it just works!”, and words don’t really describe his excitement. In the next breath, he got a jab in at the “Maps debacle,” clearly pointing at Apple.

Regarding the cloud, Ballmer said, and I quote: “Woooooooow”. I honestly don’t even know how to spell what he said. He’s happy and I’m glad that Reid Hoffman is interviewing him. This sounds like sour grapes, but I honestly want to understand Microsoft’s strategy and what it stands for as a company. I just don’t get it.

I have to be completely honest though, when Steve Ballmer discusses enterprise and the consumerization of it, he is completely calm and sounds like he knows exactly what he’s talking about. This is what Steve Ballmer knows, and when it comes to consumer products, it just sounds like he’s trying too hard.

I wish he’d just be calm, cool and collected, talk about success and failure, and leave the crazy yelling out of it. And that’s coming from someone who loves crazy yelling. Basically, it went a little something like this:

Also, it was a cash bar tonight. I can’t wait to watch this show again next week.

In the words of Steve Ballmer this evening: “Yeah Baby!”

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