Eight years ago today, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone, quite possibly his best "jobsnote" and almost surely the one for which he will be best remembered. (If you're interested, I've kept a little gallery of Jobsnotes of note). At that time he was already a legend, having founded Apple and developed the Macintosh, left in disgrace to found Next, returned triumphantly to launch the iMac, and then having restructured the music industry with iTunes and the iPod. We knew he was going to announce a phone and we knew it would be cool. But we didn't know he was going to restructure the telecom and computer industries and propel Apple to becoming the most valuable company in the world. Re-watch and enjoy!
Apropos: Selling Apple Watch. "I’ve learned to change the way I explain Apple Watch to friends and family. Instead of starting out with a list of reasons why they may enjoy an Apple Watch, I now begin with a pretty simply explanation: Apple is making a watch with customizable faces and bands." Hehe. And Apple made a phone with customizable icons...
MG Siegler: Whittling down the MacBook to an iPad. At least in terms of hardware, there is a convergence. I might be old school but to me there's a huge difference between the platforms for content creation. I would not want to code, or create web pages, or edit movies or photos, or even to blog regularly on an iPad*. For content consumption the victory of tablets is already complete.
Dumbest story of the day: France has strict gun laws, why didn't that save Charlie Hebdo? This isn't a parody, but perhaps it should be... What would have happened if even one of the victims had been armed?
Excellent: Every mission to Mars, visualized. I didn't realize the USSR had so many failures, and the total number of missions took me by surprise. How many more before we have a manned mission to Mars?