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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.
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.
Apple Watch rumors are ready to be decoded...
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
The rumor mill has been quiet this winter, but before you dive into the Christmas festivities, Santa dropped off a new bag a rumors about the Apple Watch, iPhone 6s, and even the long-rumored Apple Television set.
Step up to crystal ball and see which rumors are built to last, and which will melt like snow.
iPhone 6s processor made in USA?
The Rumor: The A9 chip for the iPhone 6s will be made in the USA next year.
The Verdict: Highly unlikely. A report from Digitizes suggests that GlobalFoundries (the largest foundry in the US) is trying to become a mobile chip maker for Apple, but with Samsung and TSMC already having a long history of building iPhone processors, Apple’s extremely unlikely to switch to GlobalFoundries now, unless the price is irresistible.
Apple Watch is already in production?
The Rumor: Apple Watch is going into production one month ahead of schedule.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. Taiwanese news sources say Apple Watch maker Quanta is on a hiring spree to fulfill the 24 million units Apple wants in 2015. Production is supposed to begin in January but we doubt we’ll see the Apple Watch land on stores until Spring.
Bose takes on Beats Music
The Rumor: Bose plans to take on Beats Music with its own music streaming service.
The Verdict: This is going to end badly for Bose. Our crystal ball doesn't see how a music service helps Bose sell more headphones and speakers, and I doubt they have the software engineering capability to create a service that can rival Beats Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Rdio. Even if they go after the high-fidelity audio market they'll have to offer an experience that's truly revolutionary to get customers to jump onboard.
Apple Stores need more fashionistas
The Rumor: Apple Stores are hiring fashionistas for the Apple Watch launch.
The Verdict: Definitely. Internal documents floating around Apple Retail show Angela Ahrendts is looking for new employees who have a 'fashion or luxury background.' That's not very surprising as Apple Stores are already known to recruit talent from stores like Gap, J Crew, and Banana Republic. Now with the Apple Watch coming out, staff will need to be able to help you match your watch band to your outfit, and explain the difference between an Intel Core i5 and i7 processor.
Not giving up on Apple Television
The Rumor: The Apple Television will finally see the light of day in 2016, according to perpetual Apple Television rumormonger, Gene Munster.
The Verdict: Stop it Gene, it's not going to happen. We gave up on the idea of an Apple Television set like two years ago, after the first three years of Gene's predictions kept being wrong. Munster just won't let go of the idea that Apple is going to release a connected TV someday. The merits of the idea have been debated ad nauseam for at least five years now, so I won't get into why it doesn't make sense, but I'll just say, there's no way Apple is ever going to sell a television set.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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: