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Steve Jobs Dies. A Revolution Ends.

The technology industry's unparalleled innovator died Wednesday, approximately a month after resigning as Apple CEO.

Apple's co-founder and heartbeat, the technology industry's king of innovation, died Wednesday, approximately a month after resigning as Apple CEO. He was 56. Over the years, Jobs has battled, and survived cancer. Lately his health appeared to suffer, and in public appearances seemed frail.

Apple's board of directors issued the following statement:

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."

"His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."

On its website, Apple said:

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

We detail 10 of Steve Jobs' greatest innovations here. And here was a piece about the resignation speech we wish Steve Jobs had given.

The Apple home page now simply shows a black-and-white picture of Jobs.

Please post your thoughts on how Steve Jobs touched your life in the comments below.

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ANON1237925156805
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ANON1237925156805,
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10/6/2011 | 6:22:11 PM
re: Steve Jobs Dies. A Revolution Ends.
In his resignation letter, Steve Jobs said that Apple's brightest days were ahead of it and that he looked forward to observing its success in a new role. I'm thinking that perhaps he knew what that new role would be. He just kept it a closely guarded secret until it was time for the announcement. And then, in typical Jobs fashion, he eclipsed all the other technologial news that day.

No one is irreplaceable, but Steve Jobs came as close to it as any one man can. Even those who found his singluar style unappealing and/or became fixated on disliking Apple products for one reason or another surely recognize that just about every computing product they do use today is better today than it might otherwise have been in larege measure because of Apple's constant innovations and calls to excellence to which the market has responded. App stores exist because Apple's App Store was created. .mpe players exist because Apple got them out there.

This was a private, secretive man who nonetheless gave out his email freely and responded at random to correspondents from all over the world. Maybe that's why it feels as though we lost a friend as well as a unique talent who managed to live his entire live on the bleeding edge of change and innovation.

Texas now writes its own "history" books so I'm not laying odds there, but I'm fairly sure that he'll be in history books everywhere else in the developed world along with his friend and rival Bill Gates. A sentence, if not a paragraph. Not too shabby.

Rest well, Steve. You've earned it.
JREYES000
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JREYES000,
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10/6/2011 | 5:52:57 PM
re: Steve Jobs Dies. A Revolution Ends.
His visions of tablets, laptops, phones, and music players are no-brainers. There are two more subtle, yet major impacts he had. First is in design - making something clean and simple and easy to use. The iPod had one wheel and a button yet did so much. That aesthetic is now seen everywhere. Second, is iTunes. It just seems like a store, but it's really changed the culture. It not only saved the music industry, but transformed how people get their entertainment - music, movies, videos,and now books..
jrapoza
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jrapoza,
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10/6/2011 | 4:21:32 PM
re: Steve Jobs Dies. A Revolution Ends.
Excellent point Larry. Steve Jobs was by far the greatest marketer the tech world has seen. He made people "have to get" the products he released. I used to be a huge Mac fan but have soured in recent years as I found their products to become less friendly to those of us who like to tinker with our tech.
But I'm in the minority there and most people want something that just works and looks good doing it and nobody did those kind of products better than Steve Jobs and Apple.
ANON1249935773586
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ANON1249935773586,
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10/6/2011 | 2:21:11 PM
re: Steve Jobs Dies. A Revolution Ends.
My first programming experience was on an Apple IIe and my first 3 personal computers were a used 1984 Macintosh, a Mac LC and a Performa (630?). Though I "live" in the Windows world for the most part these days, our family has multiple iPhones and iPods. As for the 1984 Macintosh - it's still around - just being used as a bookend these days. I've still got a button from a trade show that says "Windows 3.0 = Macintosh 1984" or something like that. That says it all - Apple, because of Steve Jobs, was always an innovator. May he rest in peace and may Apple continue to innovate and challenge the rest of the industry to do the same.
-Will G.
nonego
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nonego,
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10/6/2011 | 1:32:43 PM
re: Steve Jobs Dies. A Revolution Ends.
Take care Mr Jobs and may you rest in peace. We love you and we will always remember you forever. why iphone 4s? it's "for Steve".
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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10/6/2011 | 1:16:14 PM
re: Steve Jobs Dies. A Revolution Ends.
Stay hungry. Stay foolish. RIP
ram_ramesh
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ram_ramesh,
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10/6/2011 | 1:11:02 PM
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RIP Steve Jobs. A great loss to the high tech world
ajones320
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ajones320,
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10/6/2011 | 11:20:31 AM
re: Steve Jobs Dies. A Revolution Ends.
Sorry, but nobody makes such a hype when I die, which is perfectly fine. Sad that he had to go that early, but so did and do many others who were not lacking in determination, skill, and will.
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desa3288,
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10/6/2011 | 8:15:56 AM
re: Steve Jobs Dies. A Revolution Ends.
Salute to a legendary icon in the history of human being. A great loss in the high tech world!
ANON1253666896630
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ANON1253666896630,
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10/6/2011 | 5:03:43 AM
re: Steve Jobs Dies. A Revolution Ends.
Rest In Peace, old soul. The world will not soon forgetyou
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