The history of technology is littered with the bodies of brilliantly innovative devices that failed in the marketplace. Maybe they were ahead of their time; maybe they were crushed by unworthy competitors; maybe we were all just too stupid to buy them. What was the very best machine that deserved to succeed and didn’t?
Remember Roland, the unlikely contestant for a £2,000 shopping spree, photo shoot, and modeling agency intro? Well, he won. By a lot—he was almost 66,000 votes ahead of his second place competition. We did it!
How much of Apple's current success owes itself to Steve Jobs's 12 years of turmoil and failure away from the company as the head of NeXT? A lot, it would seem.
On September 16, 1985, seven years after he had started the company with his friend Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs resigned as chairman of Apple Computer. Twelve years later to the day, the company announced that he was back.
"I haven't spoken to Steve in 20-odd years," says John Sculley, the former Apple CEO who ejected Jobs from the company in 1985, in an illuminating, slightly painful Daily Beast interview. Hindsight is 20/20, yes, but also cruel.
"Why the hell is Steve staring at that beach ball?" That was the question of the afternoon at NeXT's 1987 company retreat. "It's always about beach balls with him," they muttered derisively, "what's so interesting about beach balls?"
Before he was a kingmaker at TechCrunch, Mike Arrington was a lawyer at Silicon Valley firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he worked on the deal that brought NeXT Software—and Steve Jobs—to Apple. It almost didn't happen.
The FBI is planning to spend $1 billion on the world's largest biometric database. The database will be used to
create a big brother state, in which you will ultimately have little autonomy
assist the FBI's efforts in catching the bad guys. Apparently, compilation of digital images, including mug shots, fingerprints…
Brand identity crises seem to be all the rage these days—Sprint's joining the party by all but dropping the Nextel name and adopting the all-too-easy slogan of "Sprint Ahead." The focus of the new marketing campaign, which starts July 1, will be on its data services and network speed.
Technology Review has rounded up a bunch of objects that it feels are design classics from the past 30 or so years and got a bunch of industrial designers to talk about them. And you've gotta admit they're right—on some of the candidates, at least. First up is the Polaroid SX-70, which dates back to 1972.