It's about 4pm on Friday, October 31st in the amazing space year 2014 here at Cult of Mac and there have been 23 posts so far today. All times are in PDT (GMT-8).

Why Steve Jobs told Google’s Larry Page he was doing too much

Photo: Niall Kennedy/Flickr CC

Photo: Niall Kennedy/Flickr CC

Google’s co-founder Larry Page partook in a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times, published Friday. Among other topics, he talks about Google’s oppository approach to business compared to Apple — epitomized by a story about Steve Jobs.

“He would always tell me, You’re doing too much stuff,” Page says. “I’d be like, You’re not doing enough stuff.”

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iPhone may have to find a new name in India

iPhone 6 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iPhone 6 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

India is a huge growing market for the iPhone, but a trademark dispute brought by a local Indian company called iVoice Enterprises could throw a wrench in those plans — by attempting to bar Apple from using the handset name it made famous.

You see, as it turns out, back in early 2007 iVoice Enterprises tried to tap into what was then the start of India’s mobile revolution.

Their name for an affordable cellphone? iFon, phonetically pronounced “iPhone.”

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Photographic proof Bale & Rogen will crush Jobs & Woz roles

Seth Rogen and Christian Bale as Jobs and Woz. Photo: GadgetLove

Seth Rogen and Christian Bale as Jobs and Woz. Photo: GadgetLove

Seth Rogen has been tapped to play Steve Jobs’ loveable sidekick Woz in the upcoming biopic starring Christian Bale as Apple’s iconic CEO. We don’t know if Rogen’s guttural chuckling will mesh well with Bale’s ferocity, but when it comes to looking like Jobs and Woz, the duo already has us sold.

Following up on their Bale/Jobs mashup, GadgetLove created the mockup above of Seth Wozniak and Christian Jobs reveling in the beauty of an Apple I motherboard.

Check out  the original photo of Jobs and Woz for comparison:

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Avoid the snooze button with Withings’ Aura smart sleep system

Avoid the snooze button with Withings’ Aura smart sleep system

This post is brought to you by Withings, creator of the Withings Aura smart sleep system.

Every morning when you wake up, do you hit the snooze button? You’re not the only one. According to a Withings sleep survey, over half Americans do. And even more Brits. A lot of people even think about smashing their alarm.

A lack of overall sleep and an abrupt awakening when your alarm clock or smartphone goes off in the morning are causing a lot of people to feel tired and unrested throughout the day, affecting their well-being and productivity.

Most people would prefer not to wake up to the sound of a loud noise, and rather let their internal body clock pull them out of sleep naturally in the morning. Now French connected health company Withings has developed the Aura, a cleverly designed sleep system that is set to provide a smooth wake-up experience and put an end to the snooze button.

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This is why you should stop sharing nudes right now

Here's the best reason to stop sharing nudes you don't own. Photo: College Humor

Here’s the best reason to stop sharing nudes you don’t own. Photo: College Humor

Look, we all love sharing and getting nude photos of people we consensually want to see naked, right?

The problem, as this College Humor video notes, is that “some of you assholes keep sharing our nudes.”

While the big news is in the leaks of celebrity nude photos, even non-celebs want to be able to share sexy shots with their intimates. But if you keep sharing these ill-gotten gains, the amount of nudes out there? Is going to stop.

Check out the video below for more details.

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Tim Cook’s announcement, White House hacked and the rest of this week’s hottest news

Tim Cook’s announcement, White House hacked and the rest of this week’s hottest news

Since Steve Jobs’ passing plenty of changes have occurred within Apple. In spite of all its differences, Tim Cook has managed to keep the essence of the company the same. With new iPhones, iPads, iMacs, Apple Watches and more more already announced, Tim Cook opened up his personal life to the public in a way we’ve never seen from an Apple CEO.

In today’s episode of Cult of Mac’s news roundup find out what exactly Cook revealed that got the world talking and every detail in-between. Hear about this story and more in this episode of the roundup.

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Trent Reznor is working on top secret music project for Apple

Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple employee, Trent Reznor. Photo: Acid Polly/Flickr

Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple employee, Trent Reznor. Photo: Acid Polly/Flickr

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor became an Apple employee this year when Beats was scooped up for $3 billion, but in an interview with Billboard, the former Beats chief creative officer reveals that his position at Apple isn’t just for show, he’s actually working on a secret new music project.

Reznor says that Apple is tapping into his creative energy to help create a new music delivery service, and even though he just wrapped up a huge tour and cemented another Oscar nod with his Gone Girl score, Reznor thinks the new service will have a huge enough impact on the music world that’s it’s well worth the effort.

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BBM gets Snapchat-inspired self-destructing messages

You can now retract messages sent via BBM. Photo: BlackBerry

You can now retract messages sent via BBM. Photo: BlackBerry

BlackBerry is rolling out a number of new features for BBM that give you greater control over the content and messages you share with friends. In addition to Snapchat-inspired self-destructing messages, the release also brings the ability to retract messages you wish you hadn’t sent.

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Starbucks praises Apple Pay, but you still can’t use it for your grande macchiato

Starbucks Photo: Nicky Colman/Flickr

Starbucks Photo: Nicky Colman/Flickr

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says we are witnessing a huge shift in the way people buy things in America, and even though his brick and mortar Starbucks stores aren’t supporting Apple Pay right now, he still thinks it’s great for business.

Schultz appeared on CNBC this morning to talk about Starbucks’ mobile payments where he was taken to quipped by Jim Cramer for bragging in March that Starbucks had a big lead in mobile payments with its Starbucks app, only to get leap frogged by Apple Pay this month.

The Java King was adamant Stars’ currency would be relevant ‘at some point in the future’ but admitted there’s no other company that can get shoppers to change their behavior like Apple.

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Current delivers the best way to use Facebook on the Mac

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Facebook apps for the Mac have come and gone over the years, but none have managed to capture much attention. A new contender has the goods to stick around.

After working at Apple as an engineer on WebKit and iAd, Scott Kyle decided to get into indie app development. His first stab at it is Current, a new Facebook app for OS X that lives primarily in the menubar. With quality design, notifications, a classic chat interface, and some other tricks up its sleeve, Current makes Facebook feel at home on the Mac.

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Your mobile device can last all day long with The BookMark Battery [Deals]

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Smartphones and other assorted mobile devices are great tools for keeping us productive and entertained. The batteries inside those devices, by contrast, sometimes leave us frustrated and wanting more.

Do you find that your device’s limited battery life plays a role in how you use your phone? Constantly afraid you’ll run out of power before the day is out? Then say goodbye to your worries forever with The BookMark Battery, just $34.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

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Jony Ive says Apple Watch was much harder to design than the iPhone

The many faces of Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

The many faces of Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

Jony Ive has designed someone of the worlds most iconic tech devices, but when it came time to revolutionizing the wrist watch, Ive says it was even more challenging to make than the iPhone.

Speaking to an audience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Thursday night, Ive said that societal expectations for a wristwatch posed some serious challenges when creating the Apple Watch, but he believes with “every bone in his body” that Apple will usher in an entirely new computing device category.

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Classic RPG Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has come to the Mac

Take a crawl through the dungeons of Icewind Dale. Photo: Beamdog Entertainment

Take a crawl through the dungeons of Icewind Dale. Photo: Beamdog Entertainment

Beamdog Entertainment is a team of ex-Bioware and Black Isle developers who specialize on taking classic Infinity Engine RPGs and updating them for modern devices, like the Mac or iPad. First, they did it for Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II. Now they’re doing it for Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, which has just been released on the PC and Mac.

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Why Apple Pay is great, and CurrentC sucks, this week on The CultCast

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This week: the war on Apple Pay has begun. We’ll tell you why some of the biggest retailers are moving to block it, and all about the ridiculously dumb app they want you to use instead. Plus, our 72-hour review of the iPad Air 2; the FTC sues AT&T for throttling your data; Christian Bale is your next Steve Jobs; and we pitch our favorite tech and apps then vote on which is best—it’s an all-new Faves ’N Raves.

Snicker your way through each week’s best Apple stories! Stream or download new and past episodes of The CultCast now on your Mac or iDevice by subscribing on iTunes, or hit play below and let the chuckles begin.

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Why Apple Pay is great, and CurrentC sucks, this week on The CultCast

5 international horror films that speak the universal language of fear

These movies don't need to speak your language to freak you out. Photo: Lux Film

These movies don’t need to speak your language to freak you out. Photo: Lux Film

The world is a big, scary place, and you can learn a lot about a culture from what its people use to scare the crap out of each other for entertainment.

Cult of Mac’s weeklong festival of horror movie recommendations wraps up today with a selection of horrifying international films. (We hope you’ve found a new favorite among our classic, monster, anthology and trope-twisting suggestions.)

Now it’s time to see what gives people in other countries the heebie-jeebies. Halloween is just beginning, after all.

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This Notification Center widget is like iStats Menu for your iPhone

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Photo: Omnistat

On my aging 2009 iMac, one of my favorite apps is iStats Menu, which lets me see at a glance which of the various programs I have running has slowed my desktop down to a crawl. And I have to admit, it’s gotten me a little performance obsessed: I spend a bunch of time every day checking out iStats Menu, just to see if there’s something I can close to maybe drop CPU usage another half-a-percent.

Because of this, I’ve always sort of wished that there was a similar program for iPhones and iPads. And now there is.

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This app uses iOS 8 HealthKit to tell you when you’re going to die

This app tells you when you're going to die. Photo: Cult of Mac

This app tells you when you’re going to die. Photo: Cult of Mac

HealthKit’s supposed to make it easier to stay healthy. This app doesn’t care about your health. It wants you to die, and it’s going to tell you exactly when that will happen.

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Cops can force you to use Touch ID, but not your passcode

Photo: Killian Bell

Photo: Killian Bell

One of the big pluses of iOS 8 has been the security measures Apple has taken, meaning that the company can no longer bypass security passwords to access your data if it’s requested by law enforcement. While viewed as a definite negative by the FBI, the emphasis on keeping user data safe has been a hit with customers.

A related feature has now been the subject of a court case in Virginia, however, with the judge ruling that cops can legally force suspects to manually unlock their iPhones using Touch ID.

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ICYMI: Tim Cook’s proudest moment

Tim Cook's historic letter, iPad reviews, and more! Cover Design: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Tim Cook’s historic letter, iPad reviews, and more! Cover Design: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

It’s been a full week here at Cult of Mac, so we’ve once again put together a special Newsstand issue — all of the best news stories and features compiled in one place to read through easily on your iPad or iPhone. This week we’ve got some fantastic coverage of Tim Cook’s historic coming out letter, reviews of the iPad Air 2 (and our reasoning for skipping that iPad mini 3 review), some more great tips for your new install of OS X Yosemite, and some scary horror flicks that you’ll want to watch all weekend long. That and more, as always, in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine.

Dig into Cult of Mac Magazine October 31 Edition, Free on iTunes

Apple loses title of best tablet maker to Amazon in latest J.D. Power rankings

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

Back in May, Apple’s iPad regained its illustrious titles as the top tablet according to the J.D. Power’s U.S. Tablet Satisfaction survey.

Fast forward five months, and Apple’s lost the title… to Amazon, of all companies. Is this even real life?

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The 7 most terrifying games you should play on Halloween

These games will keep you awake for weeks. Photo: Outlast by Red Barrels

These games will keep you awake for weeks. Photo: Outlast by Red Barrels

If dressing up as a ghost and going to a party doesn’t quite give you the fright you were hoping for on Halloween, how about staying in and scaring yourself silly with some of the most terrifying games you’ll ever play? We’ve picked out eight classic horrors that are guaranteed to give your the creeps, whether you’re playing on console, PC or smartphone.

So, turn off the lights, wrap yourself in your favorite blanky, and tell your neighbors to ignore your screams.

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Homophobic politician wants to ban Tim Cook from Russia for life

Photo: Apple.

Photo: Apple.

It was only a matter of time. Just a few hours after Tim Cook bravely and historically made his sexuality open, the gay-bashing has already begun.

Where? In Russia, where Vitaly Milonov, the politican behind Russia’s anti-gay laws and the politican who threatened to arrest gay athletes at the Sochi olympics, argued that Tim Cook should be banned from Russia because he could be a carrier of AIDs or Ebola.

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Android founder quits Google to build robots

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Former Android head Andy Rubin answers questions in 2008. Photo: Karitsu/Flickr CC

Andy Rubin, co-founder and former head of Android, has left Google to start up a hardware incubator dedicated to building robots.

Rubin helped establish Android as the world’s most widely-used mobile operating system after it was bought by Google in 2005, before switching to run Google’s robotics business last year.

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