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Your time is limited

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Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life – this was the statement by Steve Jobs, the late co-founder and chairman of Apple who died on 5th of October after a years-long battle with cancer. The world has lost an innovator who was in fact a great visionary and legend, although his lessons and ideas would always be eternal and everlasting. His innovations and revolution in the electronic world will always make us feel his spirit and enduring bliss.

Steve Jobs will be remembered as one of the most important pioneers of the modern computing age. His vision – for seeing the future so clearly, and turning it into technology that improves our lives, making computers personal and putting the Internet in our pockets, making the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun – will always be appreciated to the highest. He was a phenomenon who emerged from the sub-culture of the hippie and turned himself into a yuppie who therefore helped shape the modern electronic age.

While not an iron horse of business or government computing, the Mac and Apple's products are at the forefront of citizen-centric computing. Some of the citizen-centric applications that served local men to be a part of governance through internet or mobile are:

Citizens Connect – Application to help residents of the City of Boston to alert on the neighbourhood issues such as potholes and graffiti.

CrimeReports iPhone application – Through which public can access the free crime data through the Livermore Police website.

Spot Reporter – A smartphone application by Apple Inc. so that residents of Baltimore can report non-emergency issues directly from their devices.

Steve Jobs has had a profound impact on India's developer community. Indian developers are able to do mobile apps at about one-sixth the cost that a US developer would charge. The ground-breaking leader emerged at the dawn of the present age of computers, internet and electronic music revolution. With the urge to grow at a much faster pace, so that community all across the world could benefit at large, the more inspiration, I feel, he would have derived from his own words, where he said, Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma

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