Apple stock hits $500

Apple stock hits $500.
On 2/13, Apple stock hits $500.
What if I have not sold the apple stock…
Today stock fell to 497.67 -11.79.
I wonder  the future of Apple without Jobs.

 

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Change.org: Petitioning Apple to Protect Factory Workers

 

Today, protesters visited a half-dozen Apple stores around the world to deliver petitions calling for reforms in the working conditions at factories run by Apple’s suppliers in China and overseas locations. A demonstration at Apple’s Grand Central Terminal store was one of them. At the protest was Shelby Knox, organizing director with Change.org. When interviewed for the reason he was there, he responded: “I’m a big fan of Apple products, but I can no longer ethically support products that harm the people that make them. When people join together, we can hold companies accountable.”

These protests held worldwide actually stem from the online social activist site, Change.org. The petition, created by Mark Shields–a self-described lifelong Apple customer–has drawn almost 200,000 signatures already, aiming for 300,000 petitions before submitting it to Apple. SumOfUs.org, another corporate accountability lobbying group, has also already gathered 50,000 signatures against Apple’s supply chain conditions.

The petition writes of one of many examples of why the working conditions in the factory needs to be changed: “the men and women in these factories work very long days spent repeating the same motions over and over, which creates amped-up carpal tunnel syndrome in their wrists and hands. This often results in them losing the use of their hands for the rest of their lives. This condition could be easily prevented if the workers were rotated through different positions in the factory, but they are not. Why? Because there are no labor laws in China to protect these people.”

So, getting to the bottom line: what are the changes that are proposed?
1) For Apple to release a worker protection strategy for new product releases [because injuries and suicides typically spike during this period due to incredible pressure to meet quotas timed to releases]
2) For Apple to publish the results of Fair Labor Association (FLA) monitoring, including the names of the suppliers found to have violations and what those violations are so that there is transparency around the monitoring effort.

Go heretoday to sign the petition and make a change!

“Elevation Dock” on Kickstarter

The Kickstarter record made by Lunatik a year ago has now been replaced by ElevationLab and its kickstarter product “Elevation Dock.” It’s praised to be the best dock for iPhone ever. You can first take a look at how it works through this video:

On kickstarter.com, with a pledged goal of $75,000, it has already reached $934,834 and still has 68 hours to go. It’s backed by a stunning 8,625 people. It’s the design that’s so “Appleesque” (as the NYTimes says). It’s funny that this dock didn’t already exist!

The key distinctions of this dock from others out there in the market are this:
1. It allows for smooth and seamless undocking.
2. It allows for docking with or without a case.
3. It’s not the ordinary mass production dock; it’s tailored from solid aluminum and has gorgeous surface finish.

The website says: “Elevation Docks are individually CNC machined from solid billets of aircraft grade aluminum, no expense spared. The result is a level of precision that can’t be achieved through molding or casting. They feel heavy, strong, durable and look gorgeous.”

Read more about it here.

Vasare Nar iPhone and iPad Cases: Geometry Wars

Nice design

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As many of us will probably admit, I have multiple cases for my iPad and iPhone, because I like so many of the designs out there. While I don’t go for stuff that’s too off the wall, like those bunny ear cases that I’ve seen, these geometric cases for iPhones and covers for iPads by Vasare Nar are just distinctive enough for me.

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Fashion + Technology: Luxury iPad Case Roundup

Prepare for the iPad 3!

The Shoulder Strap

There’s nothing sexier than combining fashion and technology. If you just got a tablet/iPad or are planning to purchase one, then look no further than these designer cases to help make your style decision. From Prada to YSL, Lanvin to Tory, there are plenty to choose from. Which ones are your favorite?

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Apps Create Jobs, But Also Create Frauds

I read here that Apps for mobile devices have created 466,000 American Jobs since 2008. Of those 466,000, an estimated 155,000 people work in app development and tech support, while 311,000 people work in marketing and design. That’s a hefty support for our staggering economy.

But, the other side of the bloating App market is the rise of fraudulent App marketers. In the Touch Arcades forum, a post was made about an “ad network that guaranteed to get an app into the Top 25 in the app store for $5000.” The person who posted this, “walterkaman,” is an app developer and he went to go see this company, where he was walked down with all the apps in the Top 25 that were their clients. The list goes as follows: #4 – Tiny Pets, #5 – Social Girl, #6 – Fluff Friends, #10 – Pet Town, #12 – Crime City, #13 – VIP Poker, #16 – Sweet Shop, #19 – Top Girl.

These fraud apps are put in the Top 25 through automatic downloads generated by a bot farm.

Steve Jobs once said:

We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.

App developers need to be proud of what they create. There’s nothing personal or aesthetic about those apps. So many people choose to take on a job that means nothing but rigging someone else, but a true job should be purely out of ones joy and excitement.

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Cool stuff

Jordan Westhoff

Hey peeps!

Well, it’s complete. Franken-MacBook Pro is complete! The super drive optical drive is out and the HDD is back in. So far, the setup is amazing! I have Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot installed side by side and all work super super good. Boot times are between 5 seconds (OS X OS’s) and 9 seconds (Windows 7). I bought a SATA III SSD but the capabilities of my MacBook Pro are only SATA II so a little zip is being missed. The setup is working very good for editing, Pro Software on the Solid State Drive, all of the assets and caching on the mechanical hard drive. Here is the comparison of Read/Write times between the mechanical drive and the SSD.  Here you can see that the SSD wrote data almost twice as fast as the…

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