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Kate Winslet eyed for female lead in Steve Jobs film

Kate Winslet to play Steve Jobs daughter? Photo: The Gaurdian

Kate Winslet to play Steve Jobs daughter? Photo: The Guardian

Universal Pictures is eyeing Kate Winslet to play the lead female role in Aaron Sorkin’s movie on Steve Jobs, reports Variety.

It’s still unknown what character the Titanic star might play, but after a couple of other Oscar-nominated actresses have dropped out of the project, Winslet’s addition could be the extra jolt needed for the movie that’s expected to feature Jobs’ daughter Lisa as the heroine.

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Tim Cook ‘deeply offended’ by accusations of labor abuse

Tim Cook. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook has told Apple employees he’s “deeply offended” by the BBC’s critical documentary Apple’s Broken Promises that investigated working conditions inside Apple’s supply Asian supply chain.

In an email obtained by The Telegraph from Apple VP Jeff Williams to the company’s workers in the UK, Williams said he and Cook are offended by the BBC’s suggestion that Apple broke promises with workers in the supply chain, and that no other company is doing “as much as Apple does to ensure fair and safe working conditions.”

Williams also countered the BBC’s claims that Apple uses tin sourced through child labor in Indonesia, saying Apple is spearheading the movement to hold the tens of thousands of artisanal miners more accountable, rather than getting out of the country altogether.

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Crystal Baller: Apple Television in 2016 and four more crazy rumors

Watch ABC opens full episode access to all Apple TV users

Apple TV is in desperate need of an update. Photo: Apple

All Apple TV owners now get Watch ABC’s full episodes. Photo: Apple

ABC is making life a little bit better for cord-cutters today with the announcement that all Apple TV users will now be able to access full episodes of aired shows.

The Watch ABC app previously required a cable subscription to view all episodes of a season, but starting today every Apple TV owner will be able to watch entire shows of series like Scandal, Modern Family, and How to Get Away With Murder, one week after they air.

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3-D-printed wearables hit whole new level of weird

Photo: Neri Oxman

Is that brain tissue on your dress? Photo: Neri Oxman

We’re still waiting to slap our wrist with Apple’s first wearable, but MIT Media Lab professor Neri Oxman has taken the wearables movement to a freaky new level by designing a new line of wearable structures that “grow” organically.

The project was a collaboration with the Mediated Matter Group and created four grown and 3-D-printed dresses that look like freakishly large organs growing outside the wearer’s body. To create the shape of the wearables, the team used a computational growth process inspired by natural growth behaviors. Each item starts as just a seed and then expands and refines its shape.

Take a look at these hypnotic growth variations MIT created:

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iOS 8.2 beta 3 is out with WatchKit fixes

iOS 8.2 beta 3 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iOS 8.2 beta 3 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple released the third beta of iOS 8.2 to developers this morning. iOS 8.2 is the first version of iOS to provide support for WatchKit and the Apple Watch, slated for release in early 2015.

iOS 8.2 beta 3 Build 12D5452a can be download directly to devices as an over-the-air update. Developers can also pick it up from the Mac Dev Center, along with a new Xcode 6.2 beta 3. The release notes for iOS 8.2 beta 3 don’t mention any new features, but contains plenty of bug fixes for WatchKit and Messages.

Here are the direct download links:

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Apple’s holiday RED campaign pushes total AIDS donations past $100 million

Apple Store logos went RED for World Aids Day. Photo: Apple

Apple Store logos went RED for World Aids Day. Photo: Apple

Apple’s World AIDS week campaign has earned a big donation for Bono’s Product RED charity this month. The holiday project RED promotions that ran during two of the busiest shopping days of the year – Black Friday until Cyber Monday – raised more than $20 million, according to an internal email obtained by Recode.

Tim Cook sent employees an email revealing that along with raising another $20 million, the iPhone maker has donated over $100 million for Product RED to fight AIDS in Africa.

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Orlando Magic will be first NBA team to offer Apple Pay

Apple Pay is coming to the NBA: Apple

Apple Pay is coming to the NBA: Apple

Apple Pay made its debut in Major League Baseball just in time for the world series. Now the NBA is about to get its first look at how Apple’s mobile wallet can speed up concession stand lines, as the Orlando Magic plan to be the first team to offer Apple Pay support.

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Microsoft’s incredible photo sharing app gains Apple TV support

Photo: Microsoft

Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft’s Xin is already one of the best ways to share photos between devices, even if you’re on Android or iPhone, but it’s getting even better today for iPhone users with a new update that adds Apple TV support, plus a ton of other set top boxes.

Chomecast, Fire TV, Xbox One and web browsers are all getting support for the simple photo sharing app meaning you can now toss pictures to pretty much any smartphone or TV screen in the world.

See how Xim works with Apple TV in the video below:

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Relive the most memorable musical moments of 2014

Which bands made your 2014 playlist? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Which bands made your 2014 playlist? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

2014 has been a huge year for music and like many of you we’ve spent the past twelve months sifting through the hottest album releases, starting with Beyonce’s mega-album and culminating with the other wordly music bomb D’Angelo just dropped on the world after 15-years in hibernation.

iTunes saw declining revenues for the second year in the row, but the music industry and its superstars were as strong as ever, blasting out new albums that challenged convention. There were also a host of newcomers that shocked us with their maturity and sound as they tried to knock established artists from the top spots. Want to know our favorite songs and albums of 2014? Take a look below to find out:

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