AllThingsD » Adam Tow Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:45:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 All Things Digital 144 22 HTC CEO Peter Chou at D8: The Full, Uncut Video Fri, 23 Jul 2010 06:26:12 +0000

As promised, All Things Digital is posting the full videos from our eighth D: All Things Digital conference, held in early June.

Here’s Walt Mossberg’s interview with HTC CEO Peter Chou, who heads the Taiwan-based smartphone maker.

As Digital Daily’s John Paczkowski wrote in June:

“Over the past few years, Chou has transformed HTC from a contract handset manufacturer into a smartphone powerhouse, a company that ranks behind only Nokia (NOK), Research in Motion (RIMM) and Apple (AAPL) in global smartphone shipments. That’s quite an achievement and one attributable to the very early, savvy bet Chou made on Google’s (GOOG) Android mobile operating system.

But that same bet has gotten HTC into trouble as well, most notably a high-profile lawsuit from Apple alleging that a number of HTC’s Android devices infringe patents related to the iPhone’s graphical user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.”

Oh, that…which is all discussed in the full video of the D8 interview session with Chou.

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Note: We’ll be posting full D8 videos on Mondays and Thursdays. Next up: Ford (F) CEO Alan Mulally.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at D8: The Full, Uncut Interview Thu, 10 Jun 2010 13:16:18 +0000 Here’s the entirety of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s D8 interview with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg.

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More Mark Zuckerberg at D8 Coverage »

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D8 Video: NPR's Vivian Schiller Intro Video Sun, 06 Jun 2010 17:22:19 +0000 Prior to her D8 conference interview with Kara Swisher, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller provided a humorous glimpse of our favorite NPR personalities trying out new digital technologies.

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D8 Photos: Steve Burke Session Wed, 02 Jun 2010 17:48:26 +0000 Here are photos from Kara’s interview of Comcast COO Steve Burke. Photographs were taken by our conference photographers, Asa Mathat and Lori Makabe.

  • Kara Swisher interviews Steve Burke, COO of Comcast.

  • Steve Burke, COO of Comcast.

  • Comcast COO Steve Burke starts off day 2 at the D8 conference.

  • Steve Burke talks about the most important device to Comcast today.

  • Kara Swisher with Comcast COO Steve Burke.

  • Kara Swisher interviews Steve Burke on day 2 of the D8 conference.

  • Comcast COO Steve Burke.

  • Comcast COO Steve Burke with All Things Digital's Kara Swisher.

  • Comcast COO Steve Burke.

  • Comcast COO Steve Burke.

  • Comcast COO Steve Burke.

  • Videotaping the Steve Burke interview.

  • Comcast COO Steve Burke.

  • Steve Burke onstage at D8.

  • Steven Levy poses a question to Steve Burke.

  • Steve Burke answers questions at the end of his session with Kara Swisher.

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D8 Photos: Dinner and Nightcap Gathering Wed, 02 Jun 2010 07:48:32 +0000 After a great session with Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs, attendees were treated to an outdoor dinner at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. Following dinner, AOL sponsored the D8 nightcap gathering featuring singer Natasha Bedingfield, who entertained the crowd with an intimate musical set.

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D8 Photos: Welcome Reception and Opening Session Wed, 02 Jun 2010 07:39:24 +0000 The D8 conference has started! Here are photos from the welcome reception and the opening session with Rupert Murdoch.

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D8 Photos: Steve Jobs Session Wed, 02 Jun 2010 03:00:22 +0000 Steve Jobs kicked off the D8 conference on Tuesday evening. Here are the session photos from our conference photographer Asa Mathat.

  • Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher with Steve Jobs at the D8 conference on June 1.

  • Walt Mossberg asks a question to Apple CEO Steve Jobs at D8.

  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

  • Apple's Steve Jobs.

  • Steve Jobs talks about Apple's decision to not allow Flash on the iPhone and iPad.

  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

  • Steve Jobs sits down with All Things Digital's Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

  • Steve Jobs.

  • Steve Jobs is back at D for the first time since D5 in 2007.

  • Steve Jobs.

  • Walt and Kara with Steve Jobs at D8.

  • Watching Steve Jobs on the big screen at the D8 conference.

  • Steve talks about the case of the stolen next-generation iPhone with Walt and Kara.

  • Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher conduct the joint interview of Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the start of the D8 conference.

  • Walt, Kara and Steve share a big laugh about each other's personal lives.

  • Steve Jobs on-stage at D8.

  • Jobs stated that Apple started the tablet project before the iPhone.

  • Steve Jobs talks about the genesis of the iPad.

  • Rupert Murdoch listens during the Steve Jobs interview at D8.

  • Steve Jobs kicks off the eight annual D: All Things Digital conference.

  • The crowd listens intently to Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the start of D8.

  • The view from one end of the stage during Steve Jobs' interview at D8.

  • Videotaping the Steve Jobs session during D8.

  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

  • Steve Jobs, interviewed by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg.

  • Walt Mossberg.

  • Steve Jobs.

  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

  • Kara asks a question to Steve Jobs on the first night of D8.

  • Steve Jobs.

  • Steve answers Walt and Kara.

  • Steve Jobs at D8.

  • Steve listens to a question from the audience.

  • Steve makes a point during his D8 session.

  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs at D8.

  • Fisheye view of the D8 ballroom.

  • Don MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug, asks a question about wireless tethering and sharing.

  • Kara Swisher listens to Steve Jobs during the questions and answers section.

  • Steve Jobs during the Q&A.

  • He once wrote an email to Steve Jobs when he was a child... and received no response until tonight.

  • Steve Jobs smiles during the Q&A at D8.

  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

  • A question from the crowd for Steve Jobs.

More Coverage on the Steve Jobs D8 Speaker Page »

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D8 Photos: Behind the Scenes Tuesday Tue, 01 Jun 2010 22:03:37 +0000 Here’s a look behind the scenes of the D conference, as we count down to our welcome reception at 5 pm PT. The halls are buzzing and the final preparations are nearly complete. After many months, the moment is now. Join us.

  • Welcome to D8 at the lovely Terranea Resort.

  • All Things Relaxing -- balcony view from the Terranea Resort, D8 Conference.

  • Entryway to the D conference and the Science Fair exhibit hall.

  • Can't miss the Press Room.

  • View from The Wall Street Journal's video "HQ."

  • Entryway to the "Cave" -- video production, conference logistics and our AllThingsD journalists, live-blogging away.

  • Setting up the nightcap gathering. Going to be quite swanky!

  • The lobby lounge -- empty but not for long.

  • Staff meeting on Monday, the day before D8.

  • A light moment before the frenzy begins.

  • Louie, Alex, and AllThingsD intern Drake.

  • The conference team, behind the scenes.

  • It's movie night for the All Things Digital team.

  • Jill in silhouette, relaxing with the All Things Digital team.

  • Prepping the first posts for D8.

  • Please, mom? In line for movie candy & goodies.

  • Fun at the movies.

  • The war room -- conference registration prep.

  • The amazing Annie handles last-minute requests.

  • The night before D8.

  • Kara and Walt do the final walk-through.

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Blast From the D Past: Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates at D5 in 2007 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 18:14:10 +0000 Apple CEO Steve Jobs is making another appearance onstage, at the eighth D: All Things Digital conference tonight.

Since we announced his appearance, BoomTown has been posting videos of previous interviews Jobs has done at past D events.

Here’s the last video, below, of the joint interview from D5 in 2007 that the iconic leader of Apple (AAPL) did with Bill Gates of Microsoft (MSFT) (both are pictured here).

I have previously posted his appearances, including his solo interview at D5 in 2007; at D3 in 2005; at D2 in 2004 and at D1 in 2003.

One caveat: The source material of the earlier interviews is of varying quality, so audio synch is a little iffy.

While Walt Mossberg and I look forward to talking with Jobs tonight, here is the D5 video (and check out the gallery of the whole event here):

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D8 Photos: Getting Ready at Terranea Mon, 31 May 2010 17:18:24 +0000 We’re a day away from the start of the D8 conference here at the Terranea Resort in beautiful Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Here are a few photos to whet your appetites before tomorrow!

  • A room with a view -- welcome to D8.

  • A casita at the Terranea Resort.

  • The beautiful Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

  • Megan and Louie atop their balcony at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

  • The D8 ballroom slowly takes shape at the Terranea.

  • D8 signage columns -- larger than life.

  • D8 sponsor columns and event signage.

  • Louie and Rae are hard at work assembling the D8 swag bag.

  • Alex pitches in to help assemble D8 swag bags.

  • "Are we done yet?"

  • Stacks of notepads await their inclusion into the D8 swag bags.

  • D8 awaits.

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Apple Music Event Photos Wed, 09 Sep 2009 16:45:24 +0000 apple_musicAt 10 am PDT, Apple’s music-centric September event kicks off in San Francisco. All bets are off as to what the focus will be, but the faces and personalities–as well as the show from the stage–will be chronicled LIVE, right here. Stay tuned!

Live from Apple’s “Let’s Rock” Event

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D7 Video: Jon and Roger Market the Palm Pre Thu, 28 May 2009 19:13:49 +0000 Here is the video of Roger McNamee and Jon Rubinstein shown before their introduction to the D7 stage. McNamee and Rubinstein are shown trying to figure out the right marketing message for the new Palm (PALM) Pre.

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D7 Video: Introduction to Huffington and Weymouth Thu, 28 May 2009 17:32:17 +0000 Here is the humorous intro video shown prior to the arrival of Katharine Weymouth and Arianna Huffington on the stage at D7 for their session with Kara Swisher.

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Joe Walsh Introduces Irving Azoff At D7 Wed, 27 May 2009 16:30:59 +0000 Former Eagles band member, Joe Walsh, introduces Ticketmaster Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff to the stage at the D7 Conference.

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Nightcap Gathering Photos Wed, 27 May 2009 13:05:37 +0000 To conclude the first evening at D7, FLO TV sponsored the Nightcap Gathering in the Four Seasons Aviara Lobby Lounge and Library.

  • After dinner, it's on to the Nightcap Gathering at D7.

  • The Nightcap Gathering was held in the lobby of the Four Seasons.

  • Day one's Nightcap Gathering.

  • Getting deals done.

  • Edie Mossberg at the Nightcap Gathering.

  • Kara and Chris talk D7 and TED.

  • The Nightcap Gathering was sponsored by Flo TV.

  • Chris DeWolfe of MySpace.

  • Walt holds court at the D7 Nightcap Gathering.

  • D7 attendee with James Joaquin and Tony Conrad.

  • Slide your way to the Nightcap Gathering!

  • Raise your glasses with John and Dottie!

  • The kickoff nightcap reception for D7.

  • Choose your spirits.

  • Tasty wines at tasteful prices.

  • Sponsored by Flo TV.

  • Exchanging cards.

  • iPhones are everywhere.

  • Charging up the iPhone.

  • Rick Smolan gets the shot.

  • Conversations during the Nightcap Gathering.

  • Eric Savitz is always on the job.

  • Jeff Swisher with Jill Sobule.

  • Flo TV ice sculpture.

  • Conversations in the hallways of D7.

  • Peter Kafka is always ready to get the scoop.

  • Nightcap Gathering treats.

  • We could go on all night long!

  • Biz Stone with John Hartigan.

  • Evan Williams talks with D7 attendees during the Nightcap Gathering on the first day of D7.

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Opening Dinner Photos Wed, 27 May 2009 13:00:31 +0000 Following the session with Twitter’s Evan Williams and Biz Stone, D7 attendees enjoyed dinner in the Palm Courtyard of the hotel, taking the opportunity to greet friends and network with colleagues.

  • Biz Stone and Evan Williams get interviewed following their session to open the D7 Conference.

  • Arianna Huffington.

  • They must be watching the basketball game.

  • Megan Smith.

  • The floral arrangement outside of the Grand Ballroom.

  • Dinner at the Four Seasons Aviara.

  • The dinner crowd during opening night of the D7 Conference.

  • It was a beautiful night in Carlsbad, California.

  • Nature meets the digerati during dinner at the D7 conference.

  • Opening night dinner at D7.

  • Conversations over dinner at D7.

  • Great food and even better conversation. No tweeting allowed at the dinner table!

  • Rupert Murdoch during dinner at D7.

  • Fourth Wall toasts to the start of another successful D!

  • D7 attendees during the opening dinner.

  • Smiles during the opening dinner.

  • Musical accompaniment at D7.

  • D7 dinner guests.

  • D7 dinner guests #2.

  • D7 dinner guests #3.

  • D7 dinner guests #4.

  • It's all good at D7!

  • Kara smiles with D7 attendees.

  • Kara and Twitter's Biz Stone talk.

  • Irving Azoff will be speaking tomorrow at D7.

  • SmugMug's Don MacAskill talks with Evan Williams during the D7 opening dinner.

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iPhoneDevCamp 2 Apps Recap: Hail a Taxi, Count Push-Ups, Report Disasters and More! Mon, 04 Aug 2008 19:55:11 +0000 iPhoneDevCamp 2 took place in San Francisco this past weekend; one of the great things about the conference this year and last was the number of applications written by people who met there for the first time or who had no prior iPhone development experience.

Sometimes, the cleverest ideas and applications arise from these chance encounters, despite having only two days to come up with these applications.

iPhoneDevCamp 2 Group Photo

Here are brief descriptions and a few screenshots of some of the nearly 40 applications developed or demo’d during iPhoneDevCamp 2. For a complete list, visit the iPhoneDevCamp 2 Web site.


  • Converter: Karelia Software’s Dan Wood wrote this simple currency conversion application in 90 minutes.
  • Fashion Season Collection: View photos and videos of haute couture fashion from the catwalk.
  • Gifter: Demonstrates autofill in Web views in this gift-giving application.
  • Heatmap Mobi: See what’s hot and what’s cold in your city.
  • iRa: Easily the most impressive demo at iPhoneDevCamp, iRa takes mobile control and viewing of surveillance systems outside of the windowless, multi-monitor command center and puts them in the palm of your hand.

  • Mapfoot: Find malls, stores and–most importantly–where you parked your car.
  • My Emergency Info:Store and display emergency information.
  • Quicktate: Stop listening and start reading your voicemail.
  • Record-a-Call: Record and transcribe phone conversations.
  • red:green: Have you iPhone voice your approval (green) or dismay (red) with this simple app.
  • sStitch: A personal favorite, sStich provides citizens with the power to report disaster information. The developer showed how it was used to track a brush fire in San Diego.


  • Substrate: Make pretty procedural wallpapers for your iPhone.

  • Taxi!: With Safari, it can take over a dozen taps to find a nearby taxi company. With Taxi!, you’re only one tap away from hailing your next cab.

  • Taxi Guide: With the Olympics just around the corner, you’ll need this app to help you browse Beijing hot spots and tell your taxi cab driver where to go … in Chinese, of course!

  • WAn/WordPress Demo: Make your WordPress site look great on the iPhone.


  • Free Kaleidoscope: An open source kaleidoscope application using OpenGL.
  • Paddle Ball: Bounce the virtual ping-pong ball on your virtual paddle and don’t let it fall to the virtual ground!
  • PushUp: Get in shape by having your iPhone count how many pushups you can do. Be sure to touch your nose to the screen to make it count!
  • Tally Counter: A simple tally counter.


  • Gap: Open source development tool and framework for accessing features of the iPhone SDK from within HTML and JavaScript.
  • TouchClipboard: Copy and paste clipboard frameworks for iPhone applications.
  • GreasePocket: GreaseMonkey functionality on the iPhone.
  • MagicTable: Build data-driven iPhone user interfaces with XML documents.
  • REDACTEDDebugger: Debugging framework.
  • TouchJSON / TouchSQL / TouchXML: Open source libraries and frameworks for handling RESTFUL JSON-based Web services, communicating to SQLite database and efficiently processing XML documents on the iPhone.


  • Harp: Multi-touch harp synthesizer with some unique user interface features.
  • A submission from a team in Colorado, allows songs to be identified by humming. It is similar in function to Midomi.
  • iMusicMash: Retrieve lyrics and more information about songs in your iTunes Music Library by mashing them up with and YouTube.

  • MusicID: Identify music and retrieve additional information about songs.

Social and Gaming

  • Bar Trivia: It’s trivia night, but this time with your friends over a Bonjour network.
  • DudeZap: Send contacts from one iPhone to another.
  • Fwerps: Feed and stroke your pet fwerp or it will become angry with you.
  • Hot iPotato: Pass the iPotato to play an elimination game like musical chairs.
  • iBoard: A Web-based micro-forum on the iPhone.
  • irrSokoban: Move boxes around a maze into designated locations.
  • LightBikes: Will you get to the MCP before your opponent gets to you?

  • rspRoyale: A rock, paper, scissors game you can play with multiple iPhones.
  • RPS: Another rock, paper, scissors game you can play with multiple iPhones.
  • Tattle Talz: Find out if your friends are telling two truths or a lie on your iPhone.

  • Wildcard: Free-form gaming surface (checkers, cards, chess, etc.) from the developer of Quicksilver.

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iPhoneDevCamp 2 Sun, 03 Aug 2008 02:20:07 +0000 This weekend in San Francisco, the second annual iPhoneDevCamp 2 is underway. Whereas the first confab focused primarily on Web applications, this one has a definite native application flavor, thanks in large part to the fact that the iPhone software development kit (SDK) is out of beta and now available for developers.

When the iPhone was released in June, many developers were disappointed by the absence of an SDK for writing third-party applications on day one.

At D5, Steve Jobs explained to Walt Mossberg that Apple (AAPL) first needed to iron out some security issues before they would open up the device to outside developers:

We would like to solve this problem and if you could just be a little more patient with us, we’ll do it.”

–Steve Jobs at D5 on the availability of an iPhone SDK

Fast-forward to the first quarter of 2008, when Apple made good on its promise by releasing an early version of the iPhone SDK. The fruits of the patient developers’ labor was evident at the launch of the iTunes App Store, where 500 free or commercial applications were available to download onto the new iPhone 3G or the original iPhones running iPhone OS 2.0.

No longer were iPhone users confined to using Web applications running in Mobile Safari or resorting to jailbreaking their devices to use third-party programs.

The App Store made it dead simple for every iPhone user to duel their friends with PhoneSaber or satisfy their Dance Dance Revolution/Guitar Hero/Rock Band craving with Tap Tap Revenge, a game which recently celebrated its one millionth download.

At iPhoneDevCamp this year, there’s a greater and more palpable sense of excitement in the air than last year, and it’s reminding me of the time when I was writing applications for another Apple handheld product: the Newton.

While the green device from Apple was not a commercial success–it was surpassed in sales and popularity by the less-capable, yet smaller and more convenient Palm Pilot–the Newton nevertheless pioneered many features we now see perfected in the iPhone.

Fourteen years ago, the Newton could fax, send email and receive pages; the iPhone is a communications powerhouse with 3G/EDGE/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.

Newton’s handwriting recognition was dramatically improved with Newton OS 2.0 in 1995; the iPhone has fantastic Chinese and Japanese character recognition.

Finally, the Newton promised a day when users everywhere had their own personal digital assistants in their pockets; today, millions of people have chosen their phone to be an iPhone.

Adam leading the Newton protest at Apple headquarters in 1998.

Despite leading the Newton protest at Apple Computer in 1998, I admit that Jobs was right to cancel the Newton. He made the correct decision to focus the company’s efforts on Mac OS, and it’s paid off.

The iPhone, after all, is running a version of the same operating system powering today’s Macs. The release of the initial iPhone raised the bar significantly for mobile users tired of using the same-old devices from Palm, Microsoft, and Symbian.

At iPhoneDevCamp 2, the bar is rising even higher for native third-party applications. If you were excited about the first 1,000 apps, wait till you see what comes out this weekend!

Below are photos from Friday’s welcome reception at iPhoneDevCamp 2. For more information, visit the iPhoneDevCamp 2 web site.

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Jill Sobule performs at D5, Part 2 Wed, 30 May 2007 15:20:34 +0000 Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule performs onstage at D5 in Carlsbad, Calif.

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Exclusive Party Photos Wed, 30 May 2007 06:43:23 +0000 Entrepreneurs gone wild! See all of the wheeling and dealing happening during the opening evening at D5!

  • Let the conference begin!

  • Ride 'em cowboys! Barry Sonnenfeld and Stewart Alsop

  • Kara gets a kiss from James Breyer

  • Charles Simonyi, Martha Stewart, Stewart Alsop, Brooke Hammerling and Barry Sonnenfeld

  • Musical accompaniment

  • The cupcake tower

  • Walt employs a Jedi Mind Trick on George Lucas

  • George Lucas tries out the Karacam camera

  • Chad Hurley, George Lucas, and Steve Chen

  • Even dogs get to party at D5!

  • Happy times at D5

  • Mad Hats: Satjiv Chahil and Barry Sonnenfeld

  • Rick Smolan shows off something new on his phone

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