Sometimes, when news is slow, Betabeat likes to imagine what the tech elite would be like should they appear on Bravo’s hugely successful reality TV franchise The Real Housewives. Would Sean Parker throw a glass at Zuck? Would Brit Morin flip her arts and crafts table in a fit of rosé rage? Will Elon Musk disappear for Read More
Steve Wozniak is a dedicated vegetarian who has never ridden a Segway. He has never worked for Apple, never met Steve Jobs and he does not have a penchant for checking in at Chili’s for free chips and dip–in fact, he’s not sure he’s ever even been to Chili’s. Steve Wozniak was adopted from Korea into a Polish family and lives the modest life of a modern programmer in Brooklyn. He was not recently portrayed in Ashton Kutcher vanity project film Jobs.
Apple in Your Eye
Last night, Business Insider reports, Steve Wozniak appeared on “Piers Morgan Live.” Normally, there’d be nothing remarkable about that, but this time he had some rather unusual value to add.
That’s because Woz, the cofounder of Apple, is one of the few people who’s actually met North West, the firstborn child of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Just this weekend we were sitting around wondering when exactly someone would create another Steve Jobs biopic. We already have the indie one starring Ashton Kutcher and the fast-talking, sure-to-be-sexist incarnation dreamt up by Aaron Sorkin. What we really need is a third one that can make fun of the other two.
Luckily Funny or Die has come to our rescue, announcing that they’ll be putting a full-length comedic biopic about Mr. Jobs online on April 15th.
Marissa Mayer introduced Yahoo users to a “new, more modern experience” for finding “the best of the web” in a blog post early this morning. [Yahoo]
Ever dream of founding the next Apple, Facebook or Twitter? That might be a long shot. But if you act fast, you can probably get your computer hacked by visiting the same website that compromised the recently-hacked tech giants. [AllThingsD]
“We used to have these ads, I’m a Mac and I’m a PC, and the Mac was always the cool guy,” Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak told Bloomberg. “And ouch, it’s painful, because we kind of are losing that.”[Bloomberg]
Apple’s lead designer Jonathan Ive dropped some knowledge on a British children’s television show. [Quartz]
“You cannot be cross-shopped on Amazon is like e-com 2.0,” said Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer. [PandoDaily]
He Got Jokes
However broke the state of California may be, it’s also sitting on a treasure trove of unclaimed property that’s valued at over $6 billion. Holders like “corporations, business associations, financial institutions, and insurance companies” are required to report any unclaimed property annually to the state comptroller’s office. That means if you’ve forgotten about bank account contents or uncashed money orders, they’re sitting around with the comptroller.
In order to commemorate the 15th anniversary of tech news haven Slashdot, the “news for nerds” site invited Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak* to answer a few questions from its community members. The majority of questions revolved around Mr. Wozniak’s opinions on the current tech ecosystem, including what excites him about technology and where he goes to “satiate his inner tinkerer.”
One offbeat question, however, engendered an equally offbeat answer. When asked what his favorite joke is, Mr. Wozniak replied:
This morning we poked fun at the fact that Steve Wozniak, Apple cofounder, can say anything and make a headline. What’s he saying now?! “Wozniak calls for open Apple,” reports Aussie business press IT News earlier today. Woz challenged Apple to be more open when it comes to third-party developers but admitted that yeah, the company is making a lot of money. That makes four Woz-quote headlines in one day. There’s still time to squeeze in a few more.
There is a certain level of unenviable überfame at which every utterance and twitch merits a headline. Steve Jobs sent an email! Mark Zuckerberg wore a hoodie! On this plane of celebrity, every step is a statement.
Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is one such überfamous personality. (We even covered the time he made $781 working from home.) Essentially retired, Mr. Wozniak, or Woz, as he’s lovingly called, is good-natured enough not to mind being used as a proxy for the tight lips at Apple. He also has a low filter between his brain and his mouth. Repeatedly shunned by his former cofounder, Mr. Wozniak continued to speak out—about the white iPhone, about Bing, about whatever—and made multiple appearances on reality TV. We noticed that today, the Woz is featured in no fewer than three stories on Google News, partly due to a speaking tour in Australia. Roundup time!
Apple co-founder, engineering whiz and certified ‘bear’ Steve Wozniak normally only tweets from Foursquare: “John Vink’s Monday dinner club. Atkins friendly here. They let you scrape off and eat just the topping! http://4sq.com/nILZSB;” “Filet and lobster. (@ Ruth’s Chris Steak House w/ @myhf) http://4sq.com/q0tLMZ” and so on.
But today Mr. Wozniak reminded us that it doesn’t matter if you’re a millionaire–nothing beats working from home!