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As Steve Jobs’ family mourns the loss of a loved one, the world mourns the loss of one of the most talented, creative and visionary minds of this generation.

Although Steve wasn’t Canadian, millions of us have embraced his many creations – from the very first Apple desktop computers, to the iPod, the iPhone and more recently the iPad. Ironically, many of us found out about his passing via one of his devices.

Since news of his death broke last week, memorials have grown at his home and Apple headquarters with people dropping off flowers and leaving messages of how Steve changed their lives.

Steve was all about change, whether he planned it or not, he has forever changed the way we talk on the phone, listen to music and even search the web.

To honour his life, Apple recently decided it would hold a memorial service on October 19.

“Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place,” said Tim Cook, the new CEO, through an e-mail.

However, this isn’t the only memorial. Canadians have been pouring their hearts out online, through Facebook Groups and blogs. Also, the Discovery Channel is set to air a documentary entitled “iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World” that will premiere Sunday.

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In case you didn’t know, journalists aren’t perfect – but then again, who is?

Far too often, something we hear on the news or read in the paper becomes common, everyday language that we all pick up without really analyzing whether it’s correct or not… until today.

John Sternberg is on a mission to correct the unnecessary words many journalists use today. In his simple (yet affective) blog, Unnecessary Journalism Phrases, John says “the blog was created to showcase linguistic crutches journalists employ.”

While the blog is directed towards journalists, anyone who is a communicator can really benefit from his lessons. Whether you writing about someone’s “tragic death” or what you did in the “morning hours,” John’s blog will definitely make you think the next time you sit in front of your computer to write.

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I don’t know about you, but now that summer is over I’m spending a little more time on the couch. As Canadians do, especially those in Vancouver, as soon as the sunshine says good-bye we tend to hibernate until it returns (usually until the following May – if we’re lucky).

As I hunker down to watch the season premiers of my new favourite shows, I can’t help but notice and be totally annoyed with the high volume levels of TV commercials this week.

In case you missed it, last week the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) told broadcasters they’ll have to begin controlling the loudness of the ads by Sept. 1, 2012. The decision comes after a two-month public consultation period that resulted in more than 7,000 complaints about the “ear-splitting ads.”

Of course, Canada’s major broadcasters have said they’ll work over the next year to comply with the new rules and meet the deadline. However, I can’t help but notice that the ads have gotten even louder in the last week. Could it be that broadcasters want the last laugh? I have a feeling the CRTC will be receiving a few more complaints over the next month.

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Yesterday, Steve Jobs made what must have been the toughest decision of his life – the decision to resign as Chief Executive Officer of Apple. The news came as a huge surprise to many Apple fans across the world, despite signs his health was failing.

Today, the story is about what the future holds for Apple without Jobs at the helm, even though he’s leaving the company in the hands of his well-trusted, right-hand man, Tim Cook.

While we can’t predict the future, we can look back at the past – way before the iPod, the iPhone or the iPad.

We’ve come across a great YouTube video from the Worldwide Developers Conference in 1997 where Jobs was asked to give the closing keynote speech. Instead, he chose to have an honest and candid conversation with the audience. Even though his talk is 14 years old, many of his points are still relevant today, including his insight on how Apple should deal with the negative press.


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YouTube’s latest sensation is Matthew Epstein, a 24-year-old product manager from Atlanta, who’s taken an innovative approach to getting himself noticed by one of the largest companies on earth, Google.

Unemployed and frustrated, Epstein created a video plea to Google early this month about why they should hire him. But it wasn’t what he said that caught the world’s attention; it’s how did it. Dressed in a suit and tie, with a fake moustache and scotch in hand, Epstein revealed his comical yet “suave” alter ego.

The video, which has now received more than 400,000 views, has received mix reviews. Some Human Resources professionals commented that it was too much, while others praised him for his creativity and courage.

Did the video work? According to Epstein’s personal website, he’s since received several job offers and is getting close to landing a dream job. Whether it’s with Google or someone else, is still unknown.

You can follow Epstein’s journey here.

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