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‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ bio promises to set the record straight with Apple’s blessing

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A new book about Steve Jobs is coming later this month, and it’s the first look at the late Apple co-founder that the company has aided in making since Walter Isaacson’s biography.

Becoming Steve Jobs is written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, two veteran journalists who scored interviews with people like Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue, Pixar’s John Lasseter, Disney CEO Bob Iger, and Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.

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Get over here! Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS

The draw of the game was partially due to using real actors as opposed to drawings -- that's why there's a huge cult of them.

No, it’s not the movie version of MK that’s coming to iOS, but let’s remember for a second how much fun this film was. Photo: New Line Cinema

There were other games I enjoyed growing up, but the Mortal Kombat franchise was the first series of games I ever loved: from the cool character designs of Scorpion, Kano, Goro and the rest, to the ultra-violent Fatalities, which made the games seem so much more grown-up than the rival Street Fighter II titles.

Is there any better news, then, than the fact that more than twenty years after its inception, Mortal Kombat is finally coming to mobile, courtesy of a port of the forthcoming Mortal Kombat X? Provided this is done well, it could be early pick of most exciting iOS game of the year.

Color me (cautiously) optimistic. And check out the trailer after the jump.

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Terrifying video shows why skydiving is worst time for a seizure

Christopher Jones was unconscious during a skydiving lesson but his jump master reached him in time to pull his chute. Photo: Sheldon McFarlane/YouTube

Christopher Jones was unconscious during a skydiving lesson but his jump master reached him in time to pull his chute. Photo: Sheldon McFarlane/YouTube

Australia has a flying superhero and his name is Sheldon.

A camera mounted on the helmet of his helmet captures Sheldon McFarlane’s successful pursuit of an unconscious skydiving student during a terrifying freefall last November in Australia.

In a YouTube video posted on Sunday, the student, Christopher Jones, is seen rolling on his back as he suffers a seizure during a dive. McFarlane races to Jones, his hand reaching into the frame to pull the parachute’s ripcord. It took McFarlane two attempts to reach Jones.

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Apple seeds first public beta of Photos app with OS X 10.10.3

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

If you’re anxious to try, Photos, the successor to both iPhoto and Aperture, is now available as a public beta for the first time ever.

Apple released a beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 that includes the first early access to the new Photos app on OS X. The public beta is available now to all registered public beta testers.

Other new additions included in OS X 10.10.3 include a new single-pane emoji scroller, racially diverse emoji, and two-factor authentication for Google. You can download it through the Mac App Store.

Apple and IBM add three more apps to MobileFirst portfolio

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

Apple and IBM’s partnership to bring iOS apps into the workplace produced 10 apps last year. Today at Mobile World Congress, IBM announced that it is launching three more MobileFirst apps aimed at the banking, airline, and retail industries.

The three new iOS apps are available for deployment and customization starting today. The apps are part of Tim Cook’s initiative to change the way people work by giving companies access to high-quality iOS apps. IBM says its clients for the MobileFirst apps include American Eagle Outfitters, Sprint, Air Canada, Banorte, and more than 50 others.

Here’s a quick look at the three new apps:

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Tim Cook reiterates Apple’s strong privacy stance

Tim Cook is all about privacy. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook is all about privacy. Photo: Apple

Ever since Tim Cook took over at Apple he’s been as outspoken about social issues as he has about the company’s latest insanely great product. During his recent whistle-stop world tour, that included Israel, the United Kingdom and Germany, Cook took the time to speak with German newspaper BILD (paywall).

Despite Apple’s March 9 Apple Watch event being just one week away, Cook used the coverage to speak about a topic as dear to his heart as Apple’s next-gen wearable: privacy.

“We don’t read your emails, we don’t read your messages, we find it unacceptable to do that,” Cook said, adding that, “I don’t want people reading mine!”

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Apple’s target market could grow to $3.4 trillion by 2020

Apple is heading toward a $1 trillion market cap. Photo: Pierre Marcel/Flickr CC

Apple is heading toward a $1 trillion market cap. Photo: Pierre Marcel/Flickr CC

A billion dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool, Justin Timberlake? A trillion dollars!

Three point four trillion to be exact.

That’s how big Apple’s target market (the money it could potentially make if it had no competitors) could be by 2020, according to the latest estimates from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty. Apple’s current target market is only $800 billion. Huberty’s projections show that the Apple car could be the biggest money maker Apple’s ever known, adding up to $1.6 trillion of value to the company.

Take a look at the mind boggling numbers Apple could add to its bottomline in these markets:

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Apple car project is ‘good news’ for Nissan, says CEO

Concept art: Josh Baré/DeviantArt CC

Concept art: Josh Baré/DeviantArt CC

Apple’s secret electric car project has been met with heavy skepticism from some of the biggest players in the auto industry, but according to Nissan’s CEO, he sees Apple entering the market as a good thing.

During a presentation at the Mobile World Congress on Monday, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan-Renault Alliance said he welcomes the idea of outside companies getting into the electric car business.

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iPad drummer’s fingers wearing out en route to 100 songs

The fingers of Apple Man keeps up to Marilyn Manson's The Beautiful People. Photo: Apple Man/YouTube

The fingers of Apple Man keeps up to Marilyn Manson’s The Beautiful People. Photo: Apple Man/YouTube

Apple Man, the “sickest” drummer on virtual skins, added black nail polish to his fast-flying fingers in his latest YouTube video to display his iPad-pounding prowess.

We never see his face, so there’s no telling whether he went full Marilyn Manson with the makeup when he produced a drum cover video on Feb. 26, drumming on the iPad to the song, The Beautiful People.

Apple Man of Japan prefers to remain anonymous, but as you can probably tell by the name, he is a fan of Apple products. He is always willing to share his drumming passion with Cult of Mac readers.

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New Apple Watch spread targets Chinese fashionistas

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Apple needs its watch to be big in China. Photo: EastTouch

Ahead of Apple’s March 9 event, the Apple Watch has popped up in another non-tech magazine, boasting some fashion shots of it being worn by a male model. The magazine is East Touch, a Hong Kong-based Cantonese magazine aimed at (predominantly female) readers between the ages of 20-30, and covering mainly celebrity, fashion and entertainment news stories.

This is just the latest fashion publication to feature a look at the Apple Watch, following shortly after the devices was profiled with a multipage spread in the March issue of Vogue.

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