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Santa and Siri

Celebrating Steve

Watch the special event, filmed live at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California.

iPhone 4S Teardown

iFixit: "Siri, may we disassemble you for all to see?"

iPhone 4S (Siri): "42"

iFixit: "I didn't ask for the meaning of life, Siri..."

iPhone 4S (Siri): "42 is the number of seconds you have left until I initiate the self-destruct sequence..."

iFixit: "Message received."

Apparently Siri is not too happy with our request, but when has a machine stood in the way of iFixit's exceptional team of tinkerers? Join us as we delve deep into the recesses of the new iPhone 4S.

Steve Jobs narrates "The Crazy Ones"

Apple responds on Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X is a breakthrough in nonlinear video editing. The application has impressed many pro editors, and it has also generated a lot of discussion in the pro video community. We know people have questions about the new features in Final Cut Pro X and how it compares with previous versions of Final Cut Pro.

Here are the answers to the most common questions we’ve heard.

CNBC Biography of Steve Jobs

Irrepressible, irascible, and iconic, Steve Jobs has reigned as the undisputed king of Silicon Valley for the better part of three decades. From his parents’ California garage he launched the personal computer revolution and built Apple into the most envied, and valuable, technology company in the world. From the Macintosh and the iPod, to iTunes and the iPhone, Jobs has personally presided over the creation of dozens of transformational devices, battling hostile corporate boards, cutthroat competitors, and serious illness while securing his legacy as one of the few who dared to “Think Different.”

The Top Steve Jobs Keynote Moments

Keynote speeches by Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of Apple, Inc., have become something of a cultural event. Relentlessly analyzed, interpreted, live-blogged and picked apart for details, these "Steve-notes," as they have come to be called, give insight not only into the new products and features Apple will be touting in the coming fiscal quarter, but Jobs' own outlook on gadgets and technology. With Jobs ongoing struggles with illness, his physical appearance and demeanor as well have become fodder for armchair pundits and tech obsessives.

This list will count down some of our favorite moments from Steve Jobs' many speeches and presentations over the years.

Iconic Apple Stores around the World

Apple's Fifth Avenue store

Apple's retail stores turn 10 years old today. To mark the occasion, CNET is taking a look at some of the company's most iconic or otherwise noteworthy stores around the world.

Apple now has more than 320 stores, with most of those in the U.S. The company plans to build 40 more this year, with 30 of those being international.

iPhotography App Showcase: 10 Color Splash Creations

iPhotography isn’t just about the iPhone; it’s as much about the apps, too.

Color Splash is one such popular app. Since its release in February 2009, Color Splash has continually been among the top 10 best-selling iPhone photography apps in the U.S. It has consistently been in the top 100 best selling apps for most of that time as well. Further, it was selected by Apple as one of just 50 apps to grace its App Store Hall of Fame.

We got in touch with developer Hendrik Kueck, the founder of the company behind the app, Pocket Pixels, to talk all things Color Splash and discuss the work that’s been created with it.

Kueck has handpicked 10 photos created with Color Splash and explains why he feels they showcase the best the app has to offer. Take a look through the gallery for some inspirational iPhotography and, in the comments, let us know what other iPhone photography apps you’d be interested in reading more about.

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428 Teardown

We got up this morning to news that the new iMacs were out, so we knew what we had to do: start sharpening our suction cups!

Thankfully, this iMac model opens in the same way as previous generations. All you have to do is pull off the magnetically-held display glass with two medium-size suction cups, and then remove the screws holding the LCD in place.

But what lies inside? Only one way to find out...

iPhone Tracker

This open-source application maps the information that your iPhone is recording about your movements. It doesn't record anything itself, it only displays files that are already hidden on your computer.

Donate to the Red Cross via iTunes

In the wake of the natural disasters in Japan, Apple is offering the ability to donate to the American Red Cross via the iTunes Store.

Free Music from South by Southwest

The South by Southwest Music and Conference showcases more than a thousand musical acts from around the world on hundreds of stages in downtown Austin, TX. iTunes is featuring a selection of this year's performers for a limited time.

Apple - iPad: Year One

What You Need to Know about the iPad 2

As with any new Apple product, questions abound over the details of the new iPad 2. Sure, we know it’s thinner, faster, and lighter and, like the original iPad, set to dominate the tablet landscape. But even if you’ve watched what Steve Jobs had to say, read our hands on account, and perused our pretty pictures, you may still have lingering queries about the new revision.

Not to worry—the Macworld staff is here to answer those burning questions and put your curiosity to rest. Read on for all the gory details that we’ve been able to accumulate about the latest revision to Apple’s tablet.

What You Need to Know about Thunderbolt

The arrival of Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models brings with it a brand-new connection technology called Thunderbolt. And by brand-new, we mean “just announced Thursday morning,” which raises lots of questions about what, exactly, Thunderbolt is and why Apple has chosen to make it a flagship feature of the company’s newest notebooks. Here’s what you need to know about the industry’s latest connection standard.

The Presidents Photographer

This program follows the President's photographer inside the Obama White House.

Watch the full episode. See more The Presidents Photographer.

Steve Jobs vs Dragons' Den

Photography for Beginners: How to Buy a Digital Camera

We’ve talked about the pros and cons of the iPhone, Point and Shoots (P&S) and DSLRs. Christmas is coming — is a new camera going to be under your tree?

Well, if there will be, let me give you some buying tips — not about specific cameras per se, but more about what to look for, and maybe even more importantly, what not to look for.
First up, decide what kind of camera you want. Look at the photographs you do take and what kind of shots you want to take but can’t because of your present camera.

Year over year, the segment of the camera market that changes most dramatically and most often is consumer level point and shoots. If you’re P&S is more than 2 years old and you’re unsatisfied with the shots it takes, almost any P&S you pick up this Christmas will be noticeably better, all things remaining the same.

The first thing I tell potential camera buyers is what not to do.

Apple: Their Tablet Computer History

Apple’s history with tablet computers dates back to at least 1979. A good stock of the following pictures and associated captions/background information are themselves derived from the book, AppleDesign, The Work of the Apple Industrial Design Group, by Paul Kunkel/Photos by Rick English (1997).

Roll the curtains…

Remembrance Day Poppy

Remembrance Day commemorates the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918.

You can add a poppy to your Facebook and Twitter avatars.

The Raven read by John De Lancie

For your Halloween fun, here is my favorite poem, "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe, read by a wonderful actor and friend of Your Mac Life, John de Lancie:

How a Team at Apple made the iPod Dream a Reality

In this excerpt from The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization, authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton look at the team that created the iPod, and how the vision of a revolutionary music player motivated them to innovate.

The release of the iPod has famously revolutionized the music business, and that was exactly what Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the iPod team set out to do; they are an ideal example of a team with a big dream. But it's interesting to note that their dream wasn't entirely original, which in some ways made it even more ambitious. MP3 players had already been on the market from other manufacturers. But Apple dreamed of making a player that would be transformative, that would be world class.

Screenshots from Mac OS X Public Beta

This is the 10th Anniversary of Mac OS X. Oh, how times (and interfaces) have changed. I don't know about you, but I don't remember the first version being quite *this* ugly. :)

15 Apple Prototypes You may have never Seen

Sure, Apple wears many hats. Its a consumer electronics company, a music store, a mobile phone manufacturer, a retail store operator, etc. But, first and foremost it is a design company. Find below 15 Apple prototypes that you may have never seen.

A FaceTime Wedding

Our daughter, Courtney and Andy were engaged last summer. The wedding was set for late July 2010. We have a large family and Courtney wanted to include her brother and sisters, nieces and nephews in the wedding party.

Our daughter, Monique, is the mother of three young sons. She was to be a bridesmaid and her sons were to be the ring bearers. During the year, Monique announced that we would have a new grandchild this fall. The pregnancy has been a difficult one and she was hospitalized in June until our new grandson is born. Not only would Monique not be able to participate in the wedding, she would also miss seeing her sister and her sons in it.

Being the techie that I am, I bought the new iPhone 4 on the day it was introduced. My sister, Sandy, also bought an iPhone 4. We could use FaceTime to stream the wedding to Monique!