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Apple’s Intriguing Hints

May 29, 2014

Apple Intriguing Hints Ahead of WWDC

Seen Apple’s WWDC 2014 App?

You should.

Apple’s events are teasingly, secretly, playfully intriguing:

 

Apple WWDC Secret Hints

“This is Our Little Secret”

 

“Shhhh, Can’t Tell You Yet”:

 

Apple WWDC Secrets Confidential

“This One is Sealed.” And: “It’s Confidential.”

 

“You’ll Find Out in a Few Days”:

 

Apple WWDC Secrets Hints

“No Comment Yet.” And: “Our Lips Are Sealed on This One.”

 

Plus, Star Wars:

 

Apple WWDC Star Wars

“Star Wars Past, Present and Future.” And: “You’ll Never Guess.”

 

I don’t know what’s coming.

Can’t recall Apple being so open about its secretiveness.

Like it.

Apple will stream WWDC’s Keynote presentation “live” at 1 p.m. EST, June 2.

At that time, much more will be revealed.

Got a hunch.

This could be next-era good.

Update – Here’s what I do know. Apple’s stock is ripping:

 

Apple stock pops ahead of WWDC.

$APPL above 8, 21, 50MAs. Very bullish.

 

Apple is up $21 this week. Some 3.46 percent.

Riding above key technical moving averages.

Ahead of WWDC, investors like what they see.

 

 


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Google’s Fountain of Youth?

April 20, 2014

Geneticist Cynthia Kenyon is heading to Google

Kenyon will join Calico – Google’s mysterious health venture.

Stephanie M. Lee writing in The Chronicle:

“Google has revealed little about Calico since the search giant formed the independent company in September, except that it wants to slow aging and fight age-related diseases. As Google CEO Larry Page once put it, Calico is truly a ‘moon shot.'”

Cynthia Kenyon Geneticist Google Calico

Cynthia Kenyon, Ph.D. Credit: UCSF

Kenyon is a pioneer in the genetics of aging.

Her role at Google’s Calico? Not detailed.

Her background may provide some clues, quoting:

“‘Age is the single largest risk factor for an enormous number of diseases,’ she explained to The Chronicle in 2005. ‘So if you can essentially postpone aging, then you can have beneficial effects on a whole wide range of disease.'”

Calico is collecting scientific heavyweights.

Its CEO is Arthur Levinson – the board chair of Genentech and Apple.

Sounds like a health “Skunk Works.”

Fountain of Youth-like stuff.

One more thought from reporter Lee about Kenyon:

“So deep is her dedication that she avoids bread and sugar – except dark chocolate – because studies show they speed up aging.”

 

 

 


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Gmail’s April 1 Anniversary

April 1, 2014

How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago Today

Harry McCracken writing for TIME:

“If you wanted to pick a single date to mark the beginning of the modern era of the web, you could do a lot worse than choosing Thursday, April 1, 2004, the day Gmail launched.”

It was not an April Fool’s joke.

Here’s Google’s original news release.

Gmail’s “creator”, Paul Buchheit, is not quoted.

His color in the TIME article is classic Silicon Valley.

Balancing innovation, creating a team, addressing privacy, advertising, incorporating search, launching.

A tech “how-to.”

Gmail is now a decade old.

Out of Beta.

But a work in progress.

Still addressing privacy.

Did you get one of the original Gmail invites?

Do you still use it?

 


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Coffee with Tim Cook

May 15, 2013

Apple CEO Raises $610K in Charity Auction

Eight-six bidders.

One really, snarky tech blog post.

  • Blogger Mike Cassidy … doubt you’ll be invited.

Me? It’s a good cause.

And I’m a well-behaved guest.

Plus, a long relationship with the firm; back to the Apple IIe.

It changed my world: used it to write my master’s thesis.

My shoe on Apple lawn last week

Disclosure: Recently enjoyed lunch at Apple.

But coffee would be great, too.

And, as you can see, I wear shoes.

Great manners, indeed.

Very strong case for coffee with Tim Cook.

More CEOs should do this.

Leadership.

It’s cool.

Cisco: Old Tech, New Tech Leader

May 15, 2013

Big Cisco Earnings Beat

Steve Johnson, San Jose Mercury News:

Although it is Silicon Valley’s fourth-biggest corporation in revenue, it has been financially pressured in recent years by the tepid global economy and growing competition in some of its markets.

Cisco CEO John Chambers:

We are starting to see some good signs in the U.S. and other parts of the world, which are encouraging.

Investors bought the old-tech firm’s earnings report and guidance.

Literally.

Cisco stock is trading up more than 8 percent:

$CSCO pops in after-hours’s trading

One of world’s largest, established tech firms … sent a strong message.

Silicon Valley-tech remains healthy.

With Cisco providing leadership.


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