Marco Arment says the 26-year-old Karp is very much like the late Apple co-founder.
Arment is no longer with Tumblr but was there through its early years, and on Monday he blogged about his experience. He said working for Karp felt the same as how many people have described what working for Jobs was like — both demanding an incredible amount of focus and dedication that inevitably creates high stress but also high-quality results.
“David has a lot of Steve Jobs-like qualities, and like many people who worked for Steve, I look back on Tumblr’s crunch times with mixed feelings: I don’t want to return to that stress level, but David pushed me to do amazing work that I didn’t think was possible,” Arment wrote.
Arment said Karp demanded so much out of others because that’s how hard he worked and how dedicated he is to Tumblr.
“David always obsessed over his newest ideas, features, and designs until they were completely polished and ready to go,” Arment said in his blog. “He’s a workaholic — he truly lives and breathes Tumblr. I’ve never even seen him show any desire to work on a side project. David is all Tumblr, all the time.”
The one thing Karp didn’t like dealing with at Tumblr was the business side of the company. Arment said Karp can handle being a businessman, but his strengths were in pushing the product forward and always making it better.
“I’ve only seen one other ‘product person’ as good as David, and that was Steve Jobs,” Arment said. “David has an impeccable sense of what’s best for Tumblr, and he doesn’t need anyone else telling him what’s best for the product.”
That’s why Arment believes Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr will be a good thing for the social network, which is popular among teens and young adults. By keeping Karp in charge of the product itself and moving the business side of things to others, Tumblr now has the ideal setup it needed, Arment said.
“What Tumblr has always needed, is to get support and maintenance roles off of David’s plate so he can focus on the product,” Arment said. “We — Internet users, creative people, publishers, socializers — will be much better served if David can focus on his product’s features, design, and messaging instead of worrying about server architecture and raising more money.”
As for Arment, who is also the founder of the popular Instapaper app that lets users save articles to read later offline, he said the Yahoo acquisition will benefit him enough that he’ll be able to work on whatever he wants and not have to worry about money.
“I won’t make yacht-and-helicopter money from the acquisition,” he said. “But as long as I manage investments properly and don’t spend recklessly, Tumblr has given my family a strong safety net.”
Quick housekeeping note: There was a technical glitch yesterday that prevented the Cheapskate newsletter from being sent. Apologies for that, but remember, you can always check the site directly.
As for today, I’m running way behind due to my travel schedule; everything should be back to normal come Thursday.
Anyway. I know a number of you have endured extremely slow shipping from 1SaleADay, so today’s deal comes with this big fat caveat: Expect a 2-to-3-week wait for it to arrive. Don’t expect a tracking number, nor any response from the company to shipping-related inquiries.
True to its name, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad is an iPad cover with a built-in keyboard — and it’s ultrathin. It connects via Bluetooth, runs for months on a battery charge, and holds your tablet in either portrait or landscape orientation.
In reviewing the product, CNET noted that it “might be the best keyboard accessory ever made for the iPad, if you’re looking for a highly portable and functional keyboard that travels light.” Just keep in mind it’s not a case (nor does it claim to be), so it won’t protect your iPad’s back side.
You should also check the user reviews at Amazon, which number well over a thousand: They average out to 4.4 stars out of 5, which is pretty impressive for a product like this.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for an iPad keyboard, don’t want to spend $75-$100, and don’t mind a refurb with a 90-day warranty, look no further. (Oh, and just to remind you again, you should be prepared to wait 2-3 weeks for delivery. I’ve never had a 1SaleADay purchase fail to arrive, and arrive in good condition — slow though it may have been.)
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Researchers have developed an experimental iPhone application, or app, designed to help emergency medical technicians diagnose a particularly deadly form of heart attack and send that information quickly to waiting hospital surgical teams. The inexpensive app can greatly improve a patient’s odds of survival.
The iPhone app is specially designed to identify patients suffering from a dangerous type of heart attack known as STEMI, or ST-elevation myocardial infarction.
In STEMI, blood flow to the heart is blocked by a clot in a coronary artery. Unlike many types of heart attacks, STEMIs show up very clearly on an electrocardiogram, or ECG, a diagnostic test that measures the heart’s electrical activity. Small adhesive wire leads are placed on the chest around the heart. They feed signals to the ECG, which prints a paper tracing of a dozen waves showing cardiac activity.
With the experimental iPhone app, emergency medical technicians responding to a call can do an ECG, snap an image of the tracing with the mobile phone camera and transmit it clearly at high speed over the cell network.
David Burt and his students at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville jointly developed the iPhone app. Burt says the app has the potential to save lives by alerting emergency room doctors to get ready for the STEMI patient, who will need catheterization and surgery to unblock the artery.
“A decision made as early as possible in the STEMI treatment process allows the system to ramp up or mobilize so that when the patient shows up, they are pushed into the “cath” [catheterization] lab, everything happens and their [coronary] artery gets opened [unblocked],” said Burt.
The iPhone app centers and reduces the size of the ECG image, sending a sharp, clear, easy-to-read image to waiting physicians in as little as four seconds. The developers tested the app 1,500 times over three U.S. cellular networks in an urban area. Normally, when emergency medical teams send an ECG image to the hospital by regular e-mail, it can take between 38 and 114 seconds – a long time when a patient’s life is at stake.
“If your iPhone at the time that you hit ‘send’ shows two or more bars, the app is successful in sending an image 94-plus percent of the time in less than 10 seconds,” he said.
Burt and his student developers are now testing the still-nameless app in rural areas, where cell phone reception is typically less reliable than in cities. They are hoping to make the software available at a very low cost.
The emergency iPhone app that quickly transmits diagnostic heart images was presented at an American Heart Association symposium in Baltimore, Maryland.
Few business luminaries of our time have built the kind of resume that Steve Jobs did in his 56 years on Earth. He co-founded Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) , sparked revolutions in personal and mobile computing, nurtured Pixar into a household name before selling it to Disney (NYSE: DIS) , and transformed the music industry, among many other accomplishments.
No one would argue that Jobs needed to do more, but there’s a way that he could have done more that would have been remarkably easy: have coffee with a stranger for an hour.
We’ll never know That’s exactly what his successor, Tim Cook, did. Last month, he donated a coffee date to CharityBuzz, which would auction off the meet-and-greet and send the proceeds to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The “estimated value” of the date was pegged at $50,000. Two days later, bidding had reached more than half a million dollars.
After the initial jump, bidding slowed down until the auction closed last week. The final price tag was $610,000 after 86 bids were placed, more than double the highest bids on 118 other auctions at the time pledging proceeds to the RFK Center. The move shows that Cook is serious about addressing human-rights criticisms surrounding his company’s globalized supply chain.
That’s a substantial sum that will do a lot of good in the name of human rights, and all it costs Cook is an hour of his time spent at Apple HQ. At most, Cook may have to cover the cup o’ joe, since the unnamed winner is forking over $610,000 in addition to related travel expenses.
One can’t help wondering how much a similar rendezvous would fetch if Steve Jobs was the guest of honor. We’ll never know, but it could have easily raised millions of dollarsfor worthy causes.
Pick a cause, any cause By offering a tiny nugget of his time, Jobs could have theoretically donated to a wide range of philanthropic goals, including both professional and personal ones. For instance, near the end of Jobs’ life, he became a staunch advocate for organ donation reform in California. He helped get a bill passed that would encourage donors.
At the time, he considered the system to be an “obscure process” since people weren’t actively asked if they’d like to donate. The net result was that there weren’t enough donated livers in the state, and 400 Californians died the prior year just waiting for livers.
Jobs put his name on a list at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., where he had a higher chance of getting a liver. He was fortunate enough to have the resources where he could fly across the country within the four-hour window needed to successfully transplant a healthy organ, which he did in 2009.
However, Jobs was never publicly philanthropic. On the other hand, his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, is known to be quite philanthropic, although also not publicly. The New York Timesreports that Powell Jobs has been making more public pushes recently.
Still, by donating something as simple as a coffee date, Jobs could have theoretically raised game-changing proceeds for charitable purposes.
Two men have been arrested in the killing of a teenage boy over an iPad in Las Vegas, police said Sunday.
Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michael Solid, 21, were booked Saturday into the Clark County jail on charges of open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
According to investigators, Marcos Arenas, 15, was walking down a street with the iPad on Thursday when a passenger got out of a vehicle and tried to steal the device from him.
Dismont is accused of trying to wrest the tablet away and dragging Arenas toward the SUV when the youth wouldn’t let go of the device. After Dismont re-entered the vehicle and Solid sped away, the teen was dragged until he fell. The vehicle ran over Arenas and he died at a hospital.
“I think both the public and police department share the same sentiment that this was a senseless act of violence,” police spokesman Bill Cassell told The Associated Press.
The suspects succeeded in making off with the device, officers said.
Ivan Arenas said he bought the iPad for his son less than two months ago. The family has never had a lot, the father said, and his son valued everything he had.
“For him to lose his life over an iPad, it’s just not fair,” Ivan Arenas told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Never in my life would I imagine that me buying my kid an iPad for his birthday would end up with him getting run over.”
Similar thefts of iPads, IPhones and other Apple devices have become so widespread nationwide that the crime has earned the nickname, “Apple picking,” Cassell said.
“This is a nationwide phenomenon where thieves are targeting individuals who are carrying them,” he said.
Police urge victims of such crimes to always let go of the devices.
If you’ve long complained about your typing speed and productivity, this iPhone 6 concept video may be the solution you’re searching for.
The above YouTube video shows an iPhone 6 mockup that, when set on a flat surface, can project a Mac keyboard from one side and a Mac desktop from the other.
The video, created by YouTube user Sonitdac, shows a rendered “iPhone 6″ that looks sim,ilar to an iPhone 5. The top and bottom ends of the iPhone are shown snapping off to create a stand for a small degree of elevation.
The iPhone rendering then projected a keyboard and trackpad onto the desk in front of the phone, and a functional Mac cinema display onto the wall.
While the rendering is clearly a pipe dream created by a clever animator, it’s an interesting — though completely unlikely — concept video.
As for the real next iPhone, Apple isn’t expected to make an announcement on that for some time, though it could come at next month’s World Wide Developer’s Conference, which will have its keynote June 10.
BONUS: More wild iPhone design concepts
1. iPhone 6 Commercial
Would you ever be interested in a transparent phone?
2. iPhone 5 Concept Features
This design had us at “holographic display.”
3. iOS 7 Apple iPhone 5S Concept Video
Joe Hall’s iVision “infuses animation, emotion and personality into the new OS.”
4. iPhone 5 3D Concept
Would a 3D camera tempt you to upgrade?
5. iPhone 5 New Concept Features
We love the idea of a fingerprint reader for security.
6. New iPhone Concept Features — Speakers
7. iOS 7 Concept
Finally, there’s some really imaginative iOS ideas here. Apple, please take note.
Marlene Castro knew the tall blonde woman only as Laurene, her mentor. They met every few weeks in a rough Silicon Valley neighborhood the year that Ms. Castro was applying to college, and they e-mailed often, bonding over conversations about Ms. Castro’s difficult childhood. Without Laurene’s help, Ms. Castro said, she might not have become the first person in her family to graduate from college.
It was only later, when she was a freshman at University of California, Berkeley, that Ms. Castro read a news article and realized that Laurene was Silicon Valley royalty, the wife of Apple’s co-founder, Steven P. Jobs.
“I just became 10 times more appreciative of her humility and how humble she was in working with us in East Palo Alto,” Ms. Castro said.
The story, friends and colleagues say, is classic Laurene Powell Jobs. Famous because of her last name and fortune, she has always been private and publicity-averse. Her philanthropic work, especially on education causes like College Track, the college prep organization she helped found and through which she was Ms. Castro’s mentor, has been her priority and focus.
Now, less than two years after Mr. Jobs’s death, Ms. Powell Jobs is becoming somewhat less private. She has tiptoed into the public sphere, pushing her agenda in education as well as global conservation, nutrition and immigration policy. Just last month, for example, she sat down for a rare television interview, discussing the immigration bill before Congress. She has also taken on new issues, like gun control.
“She’s been mourning for a year and was grieving for five years before that,” said Larry Brilliant, president of the Skoll Global Threats Fund who is an old friend of Mr. Jobs. “Her life was about her family and Steve, but she is now emerging as a potent force on the world stage, and this is only the beginning.”
But she is doing it her way.
“It’s not about getting any public recognition for her giving, it’s to help touch and transform individual lives,” said Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, a philanthropist and lecturer on philanthropy at Stanford who has been close friends with Ms. Powell Jobs for two decades. She is also the daughter of a wealthy real estate developer in Silicon Valley and the wife of Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist.
“If you total up in your mind all of the philanthropic investments that Laurene has made that the public knows about,” she said, “that is probably a fraction of 1 percent of what she actually does, and that’s the most I can say.”
While some people said Ms. Powell Jobs should have started a foundation in Mr. Jobs’s name after his death, she did not, nor has she increased her public giving.
Instead, she has redoubled her commitment to Emerson Collective, the organization she formed about a decade ago to make grants and investments in education initiatives and, more recently, other areas.
“In the broadest sense, we want to use our knowledge and our network and our relationships to try to affect the greatest amount of good,” Ms. Powell Jobs said in one of a series of interviews with The New York Times.
Still, the fortune she inherited, making her the world’s ninth wealthiest woman, according to the Bloomberg billionaires index, has catapulted her into the upper echelon of global philanthropists. And that has led to certain expectations.
Ms. Powell Jobs has a net worth estimated at $11.5 billion, according to Bloomberg, most of it in shares of the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Jobs helped found the animation studio Pixar, which Disney acquired in 2006 and paid for in stock. With 131 million shares, worth about $8.7 billion, the Laurene Powell Jobs Trust is Disney’s largest shareholder with a 7.3 percent stake in the company, and she has benefited from the stock having more than doubled since her husband died in October 2011.
Mr. Jobs also owned 5.5 million shares of Apple at the time of his death, and it is unclear whether she has sold her position.
“She knows that she is in an unusual position and has the standing to have a major impact on the world stage,” said Peter Seligmann, chief executive of Conservation International, on whose board Ms. Powell Jobs sits. “It will be fascinating to watch the choices that she makes.”
Like many technology titans, her husband was criticized for not giving away as much money as he could. Mr. Jobs did not give publicly during his life — though there have been rumors of at least one major anonymous gift, to a hospital.
Hypothetically, Imagination’s PowerVR graphics used in this iPad 4 could be squeezed into an iPad Mini Retina.
Imagination Technologies, a graphics-chip designer that supplies the graphics tech in the iPad and iPhone, offers some tantalizing insights into what could power the next iPad.
CNET spoke Wednesday with Tony King-Smith, vice president of marketing at Imagination Technologies, about what’s coming down the pike. While he would not confirm what’s inside future iPads, it’s a safe bet that Apple — which has a 9.5 percent stake in the U.K. company — will continue to tap its technology.
Q: Imagination chips are inside the newest iPad and iPhone, correct?
King-Smith: The [graphics] core currently in the iPad and iPhone is [Imagination's] PowerVR SGX544.
What’s next for Imagination?
King-Smith: The PowerVR Series6 “Rogue.” The big thing is that it enables you to do much more on the [graphics processing unit]. For example, it uses the latest API from Khronos, OpenGL ES 3.0.
And Series6 is fully optimized for GPU Compute and designed for OpenCL. Our mainstream cores are now intersecting with [achieving] Xbox and PlayStation 3-class graphics.
(Editor’s note: GPU Compute refers to utilizing the GPU to handle more of the processing. That is, “offloading” more tasks from the central processing unit, or CPU.)
What would a Series6 do for a future iPad — or any tablet for that matter? King-Smith: You have tablets with very-high-resolution displays so you need more GPU horsepower to drive every pixel on that display. And more shader horsepower allows more sophisticated effects.
GPU compute is particularly well suited for image processing, so taking camera input and post-processing it, for example.
Or using the GPU to make products much more aware of their environment. Using cameras and various other sensors and feeding that into the GPU.
Hypothetically speaking, could you squeeze high-end Imagination graphics into, let’s say, a 7.9-inch tablet like the iPad Mini with a Retina-class display? King-Smith: Of course. Look at the Samsung Galaxy S4. That has got a PowerVR Series5XT GPU in it. That’s driving a full 1080p display on a 5-inch phone — an extremely constrained form factor.
(Editor’s note: The Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch 1,920×1,080 pixel display, which comes to a whopping 441 pixels per inch).
Apple seems to be putting greater emphasis on the GPU. How would you describe the difference between a GPU and CPU? King-Smith: What’s incredibly distorting is the number of [processor] cores. If you look at a quad-core CPU, that’s all about scheduling various sequential tasks in the operating system and sharing them around the CPUs. Very different from a quad-core GPU. For example, in a quad-core 544, each of those graphics cores has four pipelines. So a 544 has 16 execution pipes. That’s what matters.
The more GPU cores you have, you can pretty much linearly scale the performance…better than 95 percent. That’s the fundamental difference from a CPU. When you add CPU cores, it doesn’t double or quadruple the performance. That’s because they’re all sharing memory and the way tasks are allocated and so on.
When can we expect Series6 Rogue silicon?
King-Smith: We’ve already got 10 licensees. Silicon is coming out in the second half. And you’ll see some strong platforms coming out very shortly with Series5 with OpenGL and GPU compute too.
In the crucial early stages of a possible heart attack, EMTs on the scene now rely on slow and unreliable proprietary technology to transmit vital ECG data to physicians at a hospital for evaluation. But a new iPhone app using standard cell phone networks may help speed the process and, ultimately, cut delays in treatment for heart attack patients.
The researchers tested the App more than 1,500 times over different cell phone networks. The App was consistently faster than the traditional method, transmitting images in 4-6 seconds, compared to 38-114 seconds for actual-size and 17-48 seconds for a large email image. “The app was significantly faster, exhibited substantially less standard deviation and had less than a 0.5% failure rate at 120 seconds, compared to failure rates of 3%, 71.2% and 15.5% for full-sized photos on the three networks,” the authors reported. They are now testing the app in rural areas with limited cell-phone access.
“Simple cellular technology can save lives,” said David R. Burt, lead author of the study, in a press release from the AHA. “This system may make pre-hospital ECG transmission a more inexpensive and reliable option. That can translate to faster treatment and saved lives.”
Always looking to create heroes they can later destroy and then redeem, the popular press characterized Steve Jobs as a: young technology rock star (early 1980’s), petulant, spoiled brat (late 1980’s), washed-up, 0ne-hit wonder (early 1990’s), and ultimately an aging technology rock star (2000, until his death). During his celebrated career, Steve shared numerous nuggets of sage advice. Below are six business tips which are particularly relevant to entrepreneurs.
1. Mediocre Isn’t On The Menu
“What happens in most companies is that you don’t keep great people under working environments where individual accomplishment is discouraged rather than encouraged. The great people leave and you end up with mediocrity. I know, because that’s how Apple Apple was built. Apple is an Ellis Island company. Apple is built on refugees from other companies. These are the extremely bright individual contributors who were troublemakers at other companies.”
Shortly after Steve Jobs’ death, I had a compelling conversation with a highly successful photojournalist at a coffee shop. He overheard me talking about Steve in relation to my UC Santa Barbara entrepreneurship class. The photographer (whom I will call Mac to maintain his requested anonymity) indicated that he knew Steve. He proceeded to tell me several entertaining anecdotes, dating back to the early-1980’s.
One of Mac’s stories was particularly compelling. In the summer of 1985, he was in Jobs’ office when a photographer for Fortune magazine arrived to shoot Steve for an upcoming cover.
Steve told the gentleman from Fortune to take his time scouting a suitable location for the photo. He implored the photographer to (paraphrasing Mac), “not be afraid to strive for an image that was, out of the box.” After a couple of hours, the photographer returned to Steve’s office and announced that he had identified a suitable location for the photo shoot.
The photographer placed Steve in front of the Apple logo in the company’s lobby. Once Steve realized what the photographer had in mind, he calmly said, “You must be kidding me. Apple’s CEO standing in front of the Apple logo?! I won’t be part of such a mediocre effort,” again, paraphrasing Mac’s recollection. He then walked away, leaving the uninspiring photographer standing alone in the lobby.
Once Steve departed, the photographer was visibly shaken. As a fellow photojournalist, Mac had empathy for the man from Fortune. After speaking with Jobs, Steve agreed to give the photographer another chance. The resulting photo, while not particularly imaginative, is at least a departure from the formulaic, CEO standing in the foreground of their company’s logo.
2. Quality Is More Than Skin Deep
“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.
When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”
Another of Mac’s stories highlights the degree to which Steve treated his product designs as works of art. Jobs gave Mac a Macintosh 128k as a gift. After using it for a number of years, Mac passed the computer on to a friend who could not afford a new one.
Years later, Jobs asked Mac if he still had the Macintosh 128k. Mac proudly told him that he had given it to a friend thinking Steve would approve of his act of charity. “That’s too bad,” Steve told him, “because I signed the inside, along with the other members of my development team. The unit I gave you was one of the first Macintoshes ever produced.” paraphrased
3. Success = Grinding It Out
“’I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.’ ”
As Guy Kawasaki noted in this video interview, hard work is his secret weapon. I regularly bring successful entrepreneurs into my classroom and the common attributes of these individuals are their stamina and willingness to do whatever was necessary to succeed.
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