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Steve Jobs dead at 56

The only thing harder than predicting the future is creating it. Steve Jobs did just that. As co-founder of Apple computers, chief executive of Pixar Animation, and inventor of more technology patents than we could ever list, Jobs paved the way for our technologically-advanced future, first with the Apple II and more recently with the iPhone and iPad. Today, Apple has announced that he has passed away at the age of 56 with a small remembrance on their website.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Jobs worked closely within Apple up until August, when he had to step down as CEO for health reasons. Through sickness and health he created new ways for us to interface with the digital world, spurring on technological revolutions and trends with every step.

And while Jobs rarely made gamers a priority, his creations have led to a new generation of games that can be enjoyed by anyone at almost any time. Because of his portable media devices video games are more accessible than ever, and new, innovative creations are being made available every day for the iPhone and iPad.

Jobs also had a hand in the early era of video games, working with Nolan Bushnell on the Atari and helping to streamline the circuit board for the first versions of Breakout. Apple has created an email address to contact to share “your thoughts, memories, and condolences,” which can be accessed .

Oct 5, 2011

 

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43 comments

  • LeSieg - October 6, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    As someone with close relations with the same cancer as Mr. Jobs, this sucked.
  • IREPMINNEAPOLIS - October 6, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    iSAD. RIP
  • majamaki - October 6, 2011 5:45 a.m.

    Here's to the crazy one, Steve Jobs, you will forever live in our thoughts, hearts, and your vision will always be under our fingertips. Read more @ http://majamaki.com/2011/10/steve-jobs-the-crazy-one/
  • AuthorityFigure - October 6, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    Poor dude - we've got to whip cancer's ass.
  • bahcmf21 - October 5, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    R.I.P. Mr. Jobs. You changed the world.
  • Turboash - October 5, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    Very sad news... I mean, Apple can suck it... but still very sad. RIP Mr. Jobs.
  • TempariusMaximus - October 6, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    agreed
  • GameManiac - October 6, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    Ditto.
  • rabidpotatochip - October 6, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    Your comment pretty much says it all. Regardless of what I think of Apple, there's no denying how much ass Steve was able to kick during his lifetime.
  • celticwhisper - October 5, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    I first started following Apple closely about 10 years ago when I bought my first Mac (G4 tower). While the company as a whole has made some business decisions I'm not fond of in recent years, Steve himself had a truly unique perspective on technology. He believed technology could be honestly and truly easy to use and helpful in the lives of others. He was someone who would ask "Why isn't this simpler for people to work with?" and then refuse to accept "just the way things are" as an answer. Some people have said he was difficult to work with but when someone has a dream like his and the tenacity to pursue it despite whatever pessimism they face, perhaps it just goes with the territory. Or perhaps the people who found him difficult were the naysayers. For someone unique like Steve to die at such a young age is truly a shame. Irrespective of one's personal opinion about his company and their products, it cannot be denied that he forever changed the face of technology and the world wouldn't be the same without him. As a Mac user, netadmin, gamer, and all-around tech-head, I wish his loved ones all the peace they can find and hope that he'll be fondly remembered for a long time to come.
  • FemJesse - October 6, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    I so strongly agree with your points. Though he was so politically outrageous, the risks he took led to some of the greatest media improvements of the past 30 years. And though his simple take on computers was not for me, he certainly put an iPod into my hands. A durable machine more simple to use than a radio, to bring digital music to the masses.
  • FPL4293 - October 5, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    Well this is an unexpected turn of events. Well I wish the best for jobs family and all his closest friends.
  • DonNatzi - October 5, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    And not to forget all that he did for Disney and Pixar.
  • keltar93 - October 5, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    That's what means the most to me.
  • sgloomy - October 5, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    R.I.P. Steve Jobs
  • inkyspot - October 5, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    So this coming, but it still shocked me. RIP
  • tuomotaivainen - October 5, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    Well someone forgot to invest in iLife.
  • Headstandz - October 5, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    R.I.P.
  • punkduck2064 - October 5, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    I've never liked apple products, but I do respect what Steve Jobs did for the computing world. Thank you

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