Pixar co-founder takes leave of absence following misconduct allegations

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Steve Jobs surrounded by Pixar founders Edwin Catmull (left) and Peter Lasseter (right).
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Pixar co-founder John Lasseter has become the latest high profile person to be accused of inappropriate behavior toward women. In a statement released today, Lasseter apologized for his alleged pattern of showering female employees with hugs and that he’s taking a six-month leave of absence.

As Chief Creative Officer of both Disney and Pixar, Lasseter is one of the most prominent persons in the animated film industry. Steve Jobs and Lasseter had a close relationship for years after the Apple CEO purchased Pixar from Lucasfilm.

The Best Black Friday deals of 2017

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Save that money with these Black Friday deals.
Save that money with these Black Friday deals.
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The holiday season is finally upon us and you know what that means? Killer deals on all the tech gadgets you’ve been lusting after all year.

Black Friday deals for 2017 are already setting the internet into a tizzy of anticipation with big discounts on 4K TVs, smart speakers, drones, iPads, smartphones and much more. Cult of Mac will be rounding up the best deals right here so you can spend less time Black Friday shopping and get on with life.

Here are the best deals worth checking out:

Best Apple Watch accessories for smartwatch fans [2017 Gift Guide]

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Great gift ideas for any Apple Watch wearer.
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Gift Guide 2017Treat the Apple Watch lover in your life to some sweet gifts this holiday season.

Cult of Mac can help you pick out the finest accessories money can buy for Apple Watch fanatics. We have everything from swanky straps to chic charging stands in our best Apple Watch accessories roundup.

Keep your AirPods safe and sound with PodPocket

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PodPockets protect your AirPods and complement Apple's unique design.
A PodPocket protects your AirPods and complements Apple’s unique design.
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Why the iPhone X needs its notch

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The "notch" is not a problem.
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Ever since Apple unveiled the iPhone X, naysayers have been complaining about “the notch.” But in today’s video, I’m going to do my best to convince you that the controversial cutout at the top of the iPhone X screen is totally not an issue.

Here’s why I think the iPhone X actually needs the notch.

Your Mac drive deserves an emergency kit [Deals]

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Get one-click recovery of essential files from Mac, iPhone or Android devices.
Get one-click recovery of essential files from Mac, iPhone or Android devices.
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The best laid plans often go awry, and so do our hard drives. Then there are times when we accidentally delete files, including important business documents and precious family photos. That’s why it pays to have the tools on hand to prevent and recover from the loss of key data.

Pick the VPN setup that’s best for you [Deals]

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This roundup of VPN deals offers an option for anybody looking to protect their online life.
This roundup of VPN deals offers an option for anybody looking to protect their online life.
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Getting a VPN is one of the most effective ways of adding a degree privacy and protection to your online life. But with all the options out there, it can be hard to know where to start. So this roundup of various Windscribe VPN licenses is a great place to start.

Buoy is a smart home water system that gives you complete control

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Buoy makes managing water easy.
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Smart appliances have allowed us to take control of our home security, heating, lighting, and more. Now you can do the same with your water supply, thanks to Buoy.

This revolutionary new smart device uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to give you a complete understanding and complete control over your water. It alerts you when there’s a leak, lets you shut off supply remotely, and helps you avoid unexpected bills.

Steve Jobs had a thing for ‘Billie Jean’

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Steve Jobs was a fan of Michael Jackson's music, especially Billie Jean.
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There was a time in the 1980s when Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was a balm that could sooth the prickly nature of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

His former publicist remembers having to play the song over and over again because it was the only way he got through a particular photo shoot.