Steve Jobs's death sets off global tributes and industry action
Steve Jobs's Apple products reached across the globe, and so is news of his passing, particularly in Asia, where his innovation transformed the technology industry.
Steve Jobs's Apple products changed the world, and if the outpouring of tributes to him worldwide – as well as the ripples in the business and technology world – are any indication, his death will too.Skip to next paragraph
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South African political newspaper The Daily Maverick was still leading its homepage with news of his death by Thursday evening, local time. South African journalist Richard Poplak penned a tribute to Jobs in which he heralded him as the "Shakespeare of our time" and said that he "owned the future."
The late guru of Apple Inc., a visionary by any definition of the term, was also not interested in “real”. He was concerned with the future on his own terms, defined by innovations that he created, through a vessel that exemplified his understanding of the world, or at least how it should be. …
It is culturally vital to acknowledge the following: Steve Jobs was perhaps the greatest postmodernist who ever lived. He employed the art of minimalism to enhance technology; he employed technology to advance the art of the minimal. He constantly revised “now”, as if the moment was a canvas that was stretched only as a palimpsest, to be scrawled over by technological development and a belief in the free market that was second to none.
But, it was his unsatisfactory India visit of early 70s that could have been one of the major reasons for Jobs' focus on the world of technology and eventually the setting up of the company called Apple.
His biography, titled 'The Little Kingdom -- The Private Story of Apple Computer' quotes Jobs as saying that "It was one of the first times that I started to realise that maybe Thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Kairolie Baba put together."
Ironically, the Indian government unveiled its own version of a tablet Wednesday, the day of Jobs's death. Known as Aakash, it is the world's cheapest tablet.
But despite the design of cheaper generics every time Apple unveiled a new product, Apple products still engendered a significant following – achieving "unmatched fashion value and cult status across the world, including in India," The Times of India writes.