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Steve Jobs’ Biological Father: Abdulfattah Jandali

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Featured, News, Rants & Raves, Steve Jobs

Abdulfattah 'John' Jandali, left, reached out to biological son Steve Jobs but the two never met.

Mr. Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, 80 years old and general manager of the Boomtown casino in the barren hills outside Reno, Nevada, presides over a staff of around 450 casino workers and is praised by his colleagues for his quiet leadership style and a marketing savvy. Walking the floor on Friday, he was stopped by an employee who thanked him for reinstalling $5 dollar slot machines. Mr. Jandali shook his hand, then sat down at the casino’s Chinese noodle joint to eat the salmon special, as he does many days.

“I can’t take credit for my children’s success,” said Mr. Jandali, who is also the father of the celebrated novelist Mona Simpson. Mr. Jobs was put up for adoption as a baby. Mr. Jandali said he had almost no contact with him and also has a strained relationship with Ms. Simpson.

Mr. Jandali’s close friends say the estrangement with his children has been a source of great sadness over the years. He kept the fact of his famous offspring private from even those closest to him for fear of being perceived as someone seeking to ride their coattails.

“To me it felt like his whole life this (estrangement) is something he regretted and he wished he made different decisions or wished there was a different result,” said Keith Henson, a general manager of L’Auberge Lake Charles, a casino in Louisiana. Mr. Henson said he found out only three years ago that Mr. Jandali had fathered Mr. Jobs even though Mr. Henson was mentored by Mr. Jandali at Boomtown and was the best man at his third wedding.

The recent decline in Mr. Jobs’s health attracted notice to Mr. Jandali, which he said he finds uncomfortable. Mr. Jandali agreed to be interviewed at the casino’s noodle restaurant, only after saying he didn’t think his story was interesting enough to warrant the attention.

With crinkled eyes and white hair surrounding a balding head, Mr. Jandali has a physical resemblance to Mr. Jobs. A side table in his office prominently features a framed publicity shot of Ms. Simpson that Mr. Jandali said he downloaded from the Internet.

He said he learned of Mr. Jobs’s death on Wednesday at the office, when a stranger called to offer condolences. He quickly hung up the phone.

“It was not a shock,” Mr. Jandali said. “Basically all you feel is sadness.”

Mr. Jandali only learned around 2005 that Mr. Jobs was his biological son. He doesn’t remember how he heard, but he said the news was “a major shock.”

After that, Mr. Jandali began watching online videos of Mr. Jobs’s famous keynote speeches launching Apple products. He emailed a few times in the past year after becoming aware of Mr. Jobs’s failing health.

“I don’t know why I emailed,” Mr. Jandali said. “I guess because I felt bad when I heard about the health situation. He had his life and I had my life, and we were not in contact. If I talked to him, I don’t know what I would have said to him.”

After hearing of Mr. Jobs’s death Mr. Jandali called Ms. Simpson, who he said didn’t respond. He stared at pictures that were saturating news web sites online of Mr. Jobs in his 20s and 30s.

“That was exactly how I looked,” he said.

Mr. Jandali said he also read the speech last week that Mr. Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005 in which the Apple chief reflected on life and death and told the story of his adoption.

“My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student … She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates,” Mr. Jobs said in the speech.

Mr. Jobs, who was born in San Francisco in 1955, said in the speech that in fact his birth mother finally agreed that he be adopted by Paul Jobs, a high-school dropout who became a machinist, and Clara Jobs, who never graduated from college. He grew up near San Francisco. While Mr. Jobs has acknowledged he had a relationship with his birth mother and sister, he didn’t publicly discuss Mr. Jandali.

People who know Mr. Jandali say he shares the intellectual capacity and instinct for understanding of consumer desires as his son, albeit in a different context. Yet unlike Mr. Jobs, a showman famous for wowing crowds with new products, Mr. Jandali prefers to remain in the background, he and others say.

“He’s a great influencer on those around him,” said Anthony Sanfilippo, chief executive of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., which owns Boomtown. Mr. Sanfilippo promoted Mr. Jandali to general manager of the casino from head of hospitality around a year ago. “He is really the opposite of a showman because he would always put the light on others to take the stage. He understands what guests like and what they are willing to pay for.”

Mr. Jandali said he was never very technologically savvy. But he does consider himself an early adopter. His first and only computers have been Apple products—he has both a laptop and a desktop at home—and he purchased every iPhone model as soon as it came out, along with an iPad. He maintains Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“You have to use all the tools available to you,” he said. “It’s stupid not to.”

Mr. Jandali said he was born and raised in Syria’s third largest city, Homs, to a prominent family that owned villages and vast amounts of land outside the city, where workers tended wheat and cotton to enrich his family.

His father, he said, stressed education to his three sons, of which Mr. Jandali is the youngest. Mr. Jandali planned to become a diplomat in Syria. In 1952 came to the U.S., enrolling a year later to get his PhD in political science at the University of Wisconsin. His emphasis was on how Middle Eastern countries could emerge from colonialism. University records show he was awarded his doctorate in 1956 with a dissertation entitled “United Nations Efforts to Set Standards for National Independence.”

While a student in Madison, he became romantically involved with Joanne Schieble, a graduate student in speech therapy from Green Bay. Ms. Schieble, now known as Joanne Simpson, became pregnant in 1954 but her father didn’t approve of the relationship, Mr. Jandali said.

Ms. Simpson went to San Francisco for a few months to get away while she was pregnant. She eventually put her son, Mr. Jobs, up for adoption.

Ms. Simpson returned to Madison and soon after, her father died, enabling Ms. Simpson and Mr. Jandali to marry. After he graduated they moved to Syria but by then the government was in transition, disrupting his plans to become a diplomat. Instead, he said, he managed an oil refinery. Ms. Simpson was unhappy in Syria and moved back to Green Bay, he said, where she gave birth to their second child, Mona.

Mr. Jandali said he returned and began to teach at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. There and later at other universities, he didn’t publish beyond a few articles in Arab-language newspapers. (The University of Wisconsin doesn’t have a record of Mr. Jandali being employed as professor but he might have taught classes, said John Coleman, the current chair of the political-science department.)

A few years later Mr. Jandali and Ms. Simpson divorced, and she later remarried. Mr. Jandali wasn’t involved in the younger Ms. Simpson’s life when she was growing up, according to both Mr. Jandali and a person close to the family. “He abandoned the family” and was “for the most part unreachable,” that person said.

As an adult, Mr. Jobs found and contacted Joanne Simpson and forged a relationship with her, as well as with Mona. Joanne Simpson couldn’t be reached for comment.

Mona Simpson in 1993 penned a novel, “The Lost Father,” about a protagonist searching for a father she never knew. Mr. Jandali read the book and recognized himself in the father character.

“The way I look at it, it’s her way of venting, and it’s OK,” Mr. Jandali said. “She’s entitled to that. It’s the price to pay for not being there for your child when you’re a father. Even though I don’t see her, I love her dearly.”

According to the University of Wisconsin, where he got his PhD, Mr. Jandali was affiliated with a number of universities around the country. Around 1968, he said, he taught in the political science department at the University of Nevada, Reno. However, his time there was brief and he left in 1970, according to university records. By that point he already owned a restaurant in Reno, where he would sometimes treat faculty members, recalled Joe Crowley, a former Reno colleague who went on to become president of the university.

He married a woman who worked in real estate and had grown children, Mr. Jandali said. He bought a bankrupt French restaurant in Reno and later sold it for a profit, he said, before joining a major casino in Las Vegas to run a restaurant. He became head of food and beverage in 1999 for Boomtown.

In 2006, widowed, Mr. Jandali remarried and now lives on a cul-de-sac in a gated Reno suburban community. He constantly reads books, usually on his iPad, he and others say, and he has outlined several fiction and nonfiction books that he hopes to finish writing if he retires.

But on Friday he was more focused on the casino’s affairs, including the next day’s “Super Spin Saturday” promotion, when casino-goers have the chance to win up to $400,000 by spinning a giant wheel.

Finishing lunch, he walked out of the Chinese restaurant, past tables printed with silhouettes of gun-slinging cowboys and by gamblers playing video poker machines. As he left, Mr. Jandali waved the iPhone in his hand. “They produce the best,” he said quietly. “Steve Jobs was a genius.”

[source: WSJ] [Image credit: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal ; WireImage]
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Google and Samsung Delay Nexus Prime Launch Due to Steve Jobs Mourning

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Android, Apple, blog, Gadgets, google, iPhone, Mobile, News, Samsung, Steve Jobs

Google and Samsung announce that the Galaxy Nexus, a.k.a the Nexus Prime, will not launch at the Mobile Unpacked conference October 12 next Wednesday, as expected and teased.

Google and Samsung “just felt it was the wrong time to hold a launch event, as the world continues mourning Jobs”:

The decision to postpone things was made late last night at the top levels of both companies, sources said, with Jobs’ death being the reason. There are no delays with the product itself, sources insisted.

Samsung and Google later updated their original press statement, which now reads:

We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing.

They are likely to make an announcement on the launch late next week.  The new Google phone is built by Samsung and is rumored to have a 4.65-inch, 720P display with dual core 1.5GHz Samsung processor, NFC, 1GB of RAM and runs over Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It will likely be one of the stronger competitors for iPhone 4S.

Steve Jobs Legacy Will Live On In The Apple University

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, News, Steve Jobs

While the Apple camp in Cupertino is now without its most famous founder, Steve Jobs has ensured that the company will do just fine while he’s not around. For years, Steve himself had been planning one of Apple’s most secretive projects. But it wasn’t a new iPhone or a new iPad, it was Apple University — an executive training program that teaches Apple bosses to be more like Steve.

Steve considered Apple University to be vital to the company’s future, according to the LA Times, and so he brought together a team of experts that will train Apple executives to keep things ticking over smoothly. One of those experts is said to be the dean of Yale’s Business School, Joel Podolny, who Steve personally recruited to run the program back in 2008.

A former Apple executive told the LA Times:

“Steve was looking to his legacy. The idea was to take what is unique about Apple and create a forum that can impart that DNA to future generations of Apple employees. No other company has a university charged with probing so deeply into the roots of what makes the company so successful.”

Steve reportedly began work on the university by putting together a group of academics around 5 years ago, but in 2008, the project took on a greater urgency when Steve took his second leave of medical absence.

It’s fascinating the think that in the years preceding Steve’s resignation from the role of CEO, he was putting together a school that would teach Apple’s executives to think more like him when he’s not around.

The Apple chairman and co-founder, Steve Jobs, passed away Wednesday October, 5th, at the age of 56, the company and his family said in short statements. Neither specified the cause of death, although Jobs had been battling pancreatic cancer and had received a liver transplant several years ago.

  • Apple’s Steve Jobs Narrates the First “Think Different” Commercial “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” in 1997. It never aired.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

via: CultofMac

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Over 300 Apple’s Patents Credited to Steve Jobs

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Featured, Patents, Steve Jobs, Tech.

Besides managing day-to-day operations while acting as Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs‘ impact and role on all development stages of the innovative products were active. New York Times’ Miguel Helft posted a run down of patents that were credited to the great late Steve.

The 317 Apple patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors offer a glimpse at his legendary say over the minute details of the company’s products — from the company’s iconic computer cases to the glass staircases that are featured in many Apple stores.

Not to mention, Microsoft’s Bill Gates is only listed on 9 patents while Google’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have “more than a dozen Google patents.”

head over to the New York Times here to find out

The Apple chairman and co-founder, Steve Jobs, passed away Wednesday October, 5th, at the age of 56, the company and his family said in short statements. Neither specified the cause of death, although Jobs had been battling pancreatic cancer and had received a liver transplant several years ago.

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