Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple’s CEO Effective Immediately, Replaced By Tim Cook

 It is the end of an era. One of the world’s most iconic CEOs is now the new Chairman of the Board, and will be replaced by Tim Cook (who will become CEO of Apple). While it was always discussed, the line of succesion for Apple’s CEO position was never really a sure thing. But as of today, we will all have to look at what to Tim Cook is doing as CEO — not Steve Jobs. You had a great run, Jobs. 

Here is the former Apple CEO’s letter to all employees and newswires as of this evening, and a press release is seen after the break.

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


PR after the break.

Samsung Pulls The Wraps Off Four New Galaxy Smartphones, New Naming Scheme

Four new Galaxy smartphones will be displayed at IFA in Berlin next month: the GALAXY W, GALAXY M Pro, GALAXY Y and GALAXY Y Pro. Now it’s time to put them in order. The Galaxy W has a decent 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch display, the Galaxy M Pro has a full QWERTY keyboard with a 1GHz processor and is pre-loaded with enterprise applications (like Sybase Afaria, CISCO Mobile and CISCO WebEx), and the GALAXY Y has a 2.6-inch display and which will be marketed towards young consumers, has an 832MHz processor, 3-megapixel camera and will be available in a variety of colors. Finally, the GALAXY Y Pro is a second QWERTY smartphone with a 2.6-inch screen and an 832MHz processor — all of the new GALAXY phones do not have release dates yet, but Samsung thought it would be confusing to have a naming scheme with so many letters, so here is how things are explained, as according to Samsung: GALAXY S means “Smart,” GALAXY R means “Royal,” GALAXY W means “Wonder,” GALAXY M means “Magical” and GALAXY Y means “Young.” It is also worth explaining that all of the models use the newest Touchwiz UI interface and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. 

Um, okay Samsung. Press release after the break.

Nikon Unveils A Bunch Of New Coolpix Cameras — But Two Are Really Cool

So, Nikon went ahead an refreshed their Coolpix line, like they do every year. In this case, the Coolpix AW100 is a rugged point-and-shoot camera, which can shoot geo-tagged 16-megapixel shots and full 1080p video at depths of 33 feet underwater, temperatures as low as 14-degrees Fahrenheit, or after a drop from up to five feet (nice!). The AW100 will cost $379.95 and be available in the colors of black, blue, and orange. So that’s nice going there Nikon.

The second P&S camera worth mentioning here is the Nikon Coolpix P7100, with the same 10.1-megapixel sensor found in its predecessor, the old P7000, but instead adds an articulating LCD screen, which is incredibly useful or just plain annoying, depending on your uses of LCDs on cameras in the field. It will cost $499.95. Lastly, to round things off are the S8200, S6200, S1200pj, and S100 — the S1200pj is the most interesting of the latter because of its ability to project an image to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, complete with 20 lumens of light — for $429.95. Check out the Nikon source link if you are so inclined. The new pack of Coolpix cameras come out in September.

Via: Nikon USA

RIM Announces The New BB7 Curve Line: The 9350, 9360, And 9370

RIM sent out a new line of BlackBerry Bolds this summer and now they’ll take care of the entry-level Curve line for consumers still interested in the BlackBerry. All of the new Curves use the new and improved BlackBerry 7 OS along with that great new web browser — though hopefully not priced like the new Bold line, which is fairly absurd if you think about it.

All of the new BB7 Curves have .43-inch depth, a 5-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM, an 800MHz processor, NFC, and a smallish 2.44-inch 480 x 360 display. The differences include the highest-end Curve 9370, with CDMA/EVDO, Quad-Band Edge support and 1GB of storage. Second is the Curve 9360, as the GSM variant, offering Tri-Band UMTS and Quad-Band Edge, with storage of merely 512MB. Lastly, the 9350 is simply a CDMA variant destined for Verizon and/or Sprint (with the same 512MB storage), much like the 9360 is destined for AT&T and T-Mobile. Hopefully things can go well for RIM, since a decent competitor just called it quits.


HP Begins The Dreaded Liquidation Of The Touchpad — 16GB For $99 And 32GB FOr $149

Last week at this time I would have told you I would’t buy a Toucpad. I’d say it’s a pretty good tablet ith the times I’ve had hands-on with it, but actually wouldn’t buy one myself. Well, fast-forward and find that HP is stopping its software dedication to webOS, and thus will discontinue all webOS devices. The HP Touchpad got some pretty good reviews (especially post-update, where tons of bug fixes and speed increases showed up) before that, and now HP has send notices to all of its affiliates asking them to cut down the price to $99 for the 16GB model and $149 for the 32GB model. It is also important to note that the webOS App Catalog is still live, and even though a few devs are pulling their apps, there are always ways to sideload them much like you’d do with Android. Also since the HP Touchpad has incredibly capable specs (9.7-inch 1024×768 IPS screen, 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, etc.) that it is perfect for web browsing (the browser rules) and simple note-taking, along with all of the other things you can come to expect of tablets. Also you can be sure modders will port Android to it, in an almost non-buggy state. 

Turns out they are incredibly hard to find, but thanks to my vast number of “internet frandz”, I have found one (much like I did with the iPad 2). 

So now are you buying a Touchpad? Via: PreCentral

HP Is Quitting On webOS Phones And Tablets

It’s over. HP will be dropping its line of webOS tablets and phones. Keep in mind webOS wasn’t bad at all, but it never caught a true place in the market. HP also let it be known that they will “continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward”, which still isn’t good news no matter how you look at it. Goodbye, webOS.

However on the flipside, HP might spin-off their PC business as well, which is another thing to keep a close eye on. And while I truly never liked webOS, I did find it to be visually appealing, and it’s a shame it won’t go anywhere, unless it is sold off to another company willing to handle it. Oh well.

Via: HP

Another Minecraft Beta 1.8 Teaser From Notch: Rivers

So above is what part of the new biome code in Minecraft looks like. As according to Notch, “Ok, rivers are working.” Also that, “I’m knee deep in this code now, and I’m getting scared. I think I need coffee.” Otherwise, he’s in a long and hard process in getting Minecraft Beta 1.8 ready for the public. As I’ve covered many, many times before here on LaptopMemo, he is planning for NPC villages, new mobs, the Adventure update, and much, much more.