Apple's innovations made personal computers fun and easier to use. But it's unlikely the company's products have had the socially far-reaching effects of automobiles, light bulbs, and aircraft.
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, who died Wednesday, seemed to know what people wanted even before they did. From those first boxy little Apple computers 35 years ago to the iPhone and the iPad today, he changed the way we work and play.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs saw the company through its infancy, its early tremors of doubt, and its wild bouts of success. Among his more significant lessons was this: Being best is more important than being first. How does Jobs, who passed away Oct. 5, 2011, stack up against America's great business leaders when tested by his own rule? Here's a look at how he compares with five of the greats:
The heat wave has increased energy demand, but several factors, including energy efficiency, have helped ease the load on the system.
House Republicans are attempting to repeal energy-efficiency standards that would phase out the least efficient – and least expensive – incandescent light bulbs. They see the regulations as another example of government meddling.
From John Sayles, a "sprawling, wide-screen, Technicolor" novel of the Spanish-American War.
Up to three percent of the population needs fewer than six hours of sleep each night to function well. Being highly productive and having plenty of time are advantages for an entrepreneur.
There is a long history of innovation in America's relatively short existence; from lone inventors experimenting in garages to collaborating and competing with international scientists. Many of the following 13 inventions have become fixtures in daily life.
The Sojourner rover is shown on the surface of Mars just after leaving the Mars Pathfinder Saturday, July 5, 1997 in this image from NASA