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Latest update : 2011-10-07

Steve Jobs: 'John Lennon of technology'

He's being described as a genius to rank with Johannes Gutenberg and John Lennon. Tributes for the late Steve Jobs, Apple's techie pioneer, fill page after page. Among the other main stories is the tenth anniversary of the Afghan war. That's the focus for the world press review, Friday 7th October 2011.

The International Herald Tribune headlines “the genius who transformed modern life”. And to drive home just how much of a genius Steve Jobs was, it points to the 317 Apple patents that list him as an inventor. A cartoon in the IHT shows him in heaven wearing his trademark jeans and turtleneck and with a handful of angels nearby enjoying an i-Pad.

The China Daily has a photo of the Apple co-founder with two Apple fans laying apples with bites taken out of them. That’s at the Apple Store in Beijing. The Bangkok Post has a cartoon showing a tree with an apple with a bite taken out of it that has fallen to the ground and the letters RIP, Rest in Peace.

PC Mag publishes what it says are the Best Steve Jobs stories from the Macintosh Years. It took them from the website folkore.org. One anecdote reports he wanted the original Mac designed like a Porsche and that even the motherboard for the memory chips had to be elegant, even though no one sees it.

Another anecdote says that Jobs showed the first Mac - while in development - to folk singer Joan Baez. Colleagues were dumbfounded that he could disclose such a secret project to someone so famous. Jobs reportedly dated Baez at one point, although it is hard to know as he kept his personal life private.

A couple of tweets online include this one: “All I know is 10 years ago we still had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope, and Johnny Cash and now we have no Jobs, no Hope, and no Cash”. And this one from news magazine Nicaragua Today saying that Steve Jobs is "El John Lennon de la tecnología", which translates as “He is the John Lennon of Technology”. Elsewhere in the press, there are comparisons to him with Johannes Gutenberg and Elvis Presley.

The other main international story grabbing headlines is the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. The Dubai-based Gulf News has an editorial headlined: “Ten wasted years in Afghanistan”. It says US President Barack Obama was wrong in the summer when he said the tide of war was receding. It argues “the light of secure peace is not to be seen” and insists that NATO and the United States should “think beyond their fight against extremist groups”.

The UK paper The Independent leads: “Don’t abandon the women of Afghanistan, aid agencies warn Hague”, saying the effort to extricate troops “threaten to ‘sell out’ the women whose treatment was cited as one of the main evils of the Taliban”.

And the Daily Beast looks at their plight with a piece by an Afghan specialist, the British writer Magsie Hamilton-Little, who returns to the country. She says the conditions today are “worse than ever” and asks where have “all the billions in aid money gone?” She can’t see it on the ground.

The British press, meanwhile, is leading on the current financial turmoil and a statement from Bank of England Governor Mervyn King who says the “world is facing the worst financial crisis since at least the 1930s”.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

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