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Tributes paid to Apple pioneer Jobs

Apple fans are united in sadness as they celebrate the life of Steve Jobs - who is widely acknowledged as revolutionising the world of technology and media.

The pioneering former chief executive - who gave the world the revolutionary iPhone and iPad devices - died surrounded by his family after battling pancreatic cancer.

Fans gathered outside the 56-year-old's home in California's Silicon Valley to pay their respects and lay floral tributes to a technology wizard who enjoyed a popularity equal to that of many rock stars.

Across the world the great and the good issued statements celebrating his life and applauding his achievements.

Bill Gates, founder of rival company Microsoft but also a friend of Mr Jobs, said he would miss him "immensely".

"The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come," he added.

US President Barack Obama also applauded Mr Jobs, saying: "Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

"He transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world. The world has lost a visionary."

No longer able to handle the job because of his illness, the frail-looking father of four surrendered his chief executive post in August and was replaced by Tim Cook.

In an email circulated to staff, Mr Cook said: "Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much."


From Belfast Telegraph