Goodbye, Steve JobsSteve Jobs, co-founder and technology industry visionary, has passed away at the age of 56.
-It's Thursday, October 6, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. Apple cofounder and technology industry visionary Steve Jobs has passed away. Apple confirmed the news with the statement from board of directors saying, "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of 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." Jobs founded Apple computer with friend and business partner Steve Wozniak. After the success of the Apple 2 computer, the launched the original Macintosh computer, which introduced the mouse and the graphical user interface to mainstream computing. Later, he was ousted from the very company he founded in a power struggle but went on to found NeXT computing. In 1995, Pixar Animation Studios, a company he rescued and bought, released toy story, the first major feature length computer animated film. In 1996, Apple desperate for next generation operating system bought NeXT computer returning Steve Jobs back to the company he founded. As interim CEO, he slashed Apple's product line in months to then revolutionary iMac. Since then, Apple has released a slew of industry changing products. In 2001, the company launched the iPod. In 2003, the company launched iTunes; in 2007, the iPhone; and most recently, in 2010, the iPad. It is without a doubt that Steve Jobs vision has had a profound impact on not only the technology industry, but culture at large. President Barack Obama released a statement saying in part, "The world has lost a visionary and there maybe no greater tribute to Steve success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented." It is with the utmost sincerity and appreciation that we here at Loaded and CNET thank Mr. Jobs for all he has done for the technology industry. Our lives in the world have without a doubt been profoundly affected by the vision of this man. We wish his family, his friends, his fellow coworkers at Apple and colleagues across the industries our condolences. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you just been loaded.