Jobs would have been 61, Facebook ’emoti-likes’, Malaysian investment discussions, Mac Siri?


Jobs would have been 61 — Had he not passed away on October 5, 2011 of pancreatic cancer and respiratory arrest, Apple co-founder, NeXT founder, and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs would have been 61 years old yesterday (NZ time)  – today in the US). Apple Insider has a page celebrating the pioneers who came before him.

Facebook adds emotions to the Like button — Facebook’s Like button sometimes makes users look unfeeling or uncaring, particularly if someone is relaying sad news (Steve Jobs would have been 61 today … like!?). You want to show your support, but feel that pressing the Like button might be saying that you’re happy that someone lost their job or their best friend. Now, clicking or tapping the button now produces a range of emotions — like, love, laughing, shock or surprise, sadness or anger. The anger icon is sure to get a workout during elections …

Malaysian prime minister met with Apple execs to discuss investment in the region — Apple’s pushing hard to expand into a number of markets, and governments often ask for something in return – investment in their countries. Recently, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made a trip to Silicon Valley to talk with tech company executives and he visited with Apple COO Jeff Williams and VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson at the Cupertino campus on February 18. [More cheap, well-educated labour, Apple?]

Rumour says the next major upgrade of OS X will finally add Siri support — 9to5Mac reports that the next major release of the Mac operating system, probably to be dubbed OS X 10.12, will add support for Siri, Apple’s ‘personal digital assistant’ that was introduced for iDevices at  iOS 5. This next full OS will probably be introduced at WWDC in June.


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