Broadly considered a brand that inspires fervour and defines cool consumerism, Apple has become one of the biggest corporations in the world, fuelled by game-changing products that tap into modern desires. Its leader, Steve Jobs, was a long-haired college dropout with infinite ambition, and an inspirational perfectionist with a bully’s temper. A man of contradictions, he fused a Californian counterculture attitude and a mastery of the art of hype with explosive advances in computer technology.(59 min)
What is the role of robots and drones in wars and how will they shape the future of the US military? This is an excellent Fault Lines episode. (24 min)
Kevin Slavin navigates in the algoworld, the expanding space in our lives that’s determined and run by algorithms. Kevin Slavin argues that we’re living in a world designed for – and increasingly controlled by – algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can’t understand, with implications we can’t control. (12 min)
Through interviews with friends, former colleagues and business associates, Bloomberg’s GAME CHANGERS reveals the many layers of the intensely private Steve Jobs – his style of leadership, management and creative process. Interviews include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Apple CEO John Scully, journalist turned Venture Capitalist Michael Moritz, Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, former Apple “Mac Evangelist” and Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Guy Kawasaki and Robert X.Cringely, technology journalist and former Apple employee. (48 min)
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Shares in US technology giant Apple Inc have surged to a record high, doubling its figures from this time last year. The company is reporting a third-quarter net income of more than $7bn, or $7.79 per share, and the news has driven up Apple’s share price to $405, an all-time high.
The result is mostly due to the brisk sale of iPhones, of which more than 20 million were sold worldwide in the last quarter. Apple said strong Asian business, particularly in China, was also key to the record performance. Al Jazeera’s Melissa Chan reports from Beijing. (1:06 min)
David Pogue discovers how the world’s smallest materials are changing our lives. Segment 1 (1:41 min)
Google recently accused hackers in China of breaking into the personal accounts of U.S. officials. They say the attack originated from a cooking school in the city of Jinan. Beijing has denied any state involvement, despite admitting the existence of an elite cyber wing of the People’s Liberation Army. (2 min)
What happens when we find life outside o No longer just the domain of science fiction, what could alien life really look like? Alien Planet dramatizes an exciting — and possible — answer.
The drama takes place on Darwin IV, a fictional planet 6.5 light-years from Earth, with two suns and 60 percent gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world that could support life, Earth sends a pilot mission consisting of the mothership Von Braun and three probes: Balboa, Da Vinci and Newton. This unmanned fleet is responsible for finding and assessing any life-forms on Darwin IV. Initially, the expectation is to find microscopic life, but the probes soon find themselves in the middle of a developed ecosystem teeming with life of all sizes.
In two episodes, GAMER REVOLUTION explores how computer games are not only a new medium for the 21st century, they are a massive form of change in our world.” says Rachel Low, President, Red Apple Entertainment. “The idea of living inside a computer-generated universe is happening right now. The line between the real world and the virtual world is disappearing. Millions of people feel that they have a life inside these games.”
In Part One, the documentary takes viewers around the world from Asia to the heart of the Middle East with mind-bending stories from the leading edge of the game revolution. It also features interviews with gamers and game developers such as Will Wright, creator of the wildly popular life simulation game The Sims. Segment 1 (10:15 min)