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Alex Heath Alex Heath is a staff writer at Cult of Mac and co-host of the CultCast. He has been quoted by the likes of the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Twitter always works too.

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Who’ll play Steve Jobs? Sony adds Damon, 2 Bat-actors to short list

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All of these men are currently or have been in talks to play Jobs.

Who will play Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming biopic? That’s been the million dollar question ever since Aaron Sorkin finished the script.

Christian Bale was originally rumored alongside director David Fincher, but talks with both men fell apart. The latest name in the hat was Leonardo DiCaprio, but now he has reportedly backed out to take a break from acting in the near future.

Sony and Slumdog Millionare director Danny Boyle are still eying Bale as a potential candidate alongside some new names like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

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Swiss watch designers are planning to bling out the Apple Watch

This bad boy could set you back a cool $65,000.

This bad boy could set you back a cool $65,000.

If Apple’s 18-karat gold ‘Apple Watch Edition’ doesn’t look fancy enough for you, have no fear. Swiss watch designers and jewelers are already planning to bling out Apple’s unreleased timepiece with precious metals and fancy gems. And of course, the modifications will be ridiculously expensive.

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Twitter for Mac finally gets better at sharing photos

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Today Twitter updated its painfully neglected Mac app with more features for sharing photos. The app’s first update in months brings the ability to share photos over DM and add/view up to four photos in a single tweet. Bug and performance fixes have also been included.

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Apple vet takes reins of Cupertino’s PR machine, for now

Meet Steve Dowling, Apple's new interim head of PR.

Meet Steve Dowling, Apple’s new interim head of PR.

Apple has looked within its own ranks to find who will lead its “friendlier” PR approach, at least for now. Despite looking at outside candidates like former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, the company has settled on one of its own veterans as interim PR boss.

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Apple Watch launch reportedly planned for February with limited supply

Photo: Roberto Baldwin/ The Next Web

Will sapphire production constrain Apple Watch supply at launch? Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web

The Apple Watch is on track for a February release, according to supply chain sources in China. A February launch echoes an earlier report from The Information, which said Apple will be “lucky” to ship by Valentine’s Day.

While mass manufacturing of the Apple Watch hasn’t begun yet, there are already concerns that sapphire production won’t be able to meet initial demand. The constraints will likely result in making more expensive Apple Watch models harder to come by.

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Ex-Apple managers reveal Cupertino’s killer workload

"These guys are nuts."

“I mean, these people are nuts.”

Working at Apple isn’t a cake walk. Any former or current employee will tell you that point blank.

On a recent episode of the Debug podcast, ex-Apple managers Don Melton and Nitin Ganatra discuss the ridiculous hours senior-level employees are required to keep. Emails from executives in the middle of the night are commonplace, even on the weekends.

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China using jailbroken iPhones to spy on Hong Kong protesters

Protesters in Hong Kong hold their phones high. Photo: AFP

Protesters in Hong Kong hold their phones high. Photo: AFP

As thousands of protesters flood the streets of Hong Kong demanding a democratic election, the Chinese government is reportedly using sophisticated malware to spy on not only Android devices, but iOS devices as well.

But don’t worry about China peeking at your Snapchats. There has yet to be a widespread instance of iOS malware in the wild, and this particularly “advanced” trojan still requires a tremendous amount of complicit behavior on the victim’s part.

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Tweetbot goes big for iPhone 6, adds interactive iOS 8 notifications

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iOS 8 means you can fav a tweet from Tweetbot on your lockscreen. Screenshots: MacStories

Tweetbot, one of the most popular third-party Twitter clients out there, has been updated with full support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Today’s version 3.5 update also includes iOS 8-specific features like interactive notifications. Share Sheet integration now means you can send links to the app from anywhere in iOS 8.

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Jony Ive reflects on design, Apple Watch in Vogue

Jony Ive

Vogue’s new profile of Apple’s head of design is a great read, especially because of the details it includes about Jony Ive’s work and personal life. For instance, Ive is in love with the “k-chit” noise the Apple Watch band makes it when it clasps.

The interview took place in a white room on Apple’s campus, which is fitting considering that Ive is always shrouded in white during his product design videos. Touching on the company’s secretive design studio, Vogue notes, “Ive’s wife, Heather Pegg, has never been—he doesn’t even tell her what he’s working on—and his twin sons, like all but a few Apple employees, are not allowed in either.”

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This year’s iPad Air will reportedly come in gold

The Rumor: Apple will reveal a gold iPad Air 2 alongside the iPhone 6. The Verdict: No way. Gold iPads are probably in the cards, but Apple always waits until October to reveal its new tablets, and next week's event is going to be jam packed as is with iOS 8, iPhone 6, mobile payments, and the iWatch. Save some more goodies for later Apple.

A gold iPad concept design

2014 will be the year the iPad turns golden, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

After introducing gold as a color option in the iPhone lineup with the 5s last year, the second-gen iPad Air will reportedly also be offered in gold.

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