Steve Jobs tends to get a bad rap on account of his near-insufferable nature and his demands for perfection, but a new book by Pixar president and co-founder Ed Catmull demonstrates how the famed animation studio partly changed the Apple co-founder for the better.
Apple might have passed one of its biggest milestones to date, but it looks as though the Cupertino company feels no reason to share it. That, or they're waiting to reveal it during one of the this year's product launches. Based on analyst estimates of around 38 million devices sold during this quarter (via Forbes), Apple likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone sometime between now and the last quarterly earnings call.
A big week for stories about Apple competitors. There's a real rogues' gallery of names here from Google to Samsung from Microsoft to Amazon. And if you're a fan of the actor Christian Bale, then you're in for a treat. Meanwhile, it's not too early to start thinking about your summer vacation. All that and more beneath the fold.
Last month we reported that David Fincher, the director behind such memorable films as Fight Club and The Social Network, is in talks to direct a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's acclaimed biography. Apparently those talks are still ongoing, although now Fincher claims he'll only direct the film if acclaimed actor Christian Bales performs in the lead role.
On Steve Jobs' birthday last week, Tim Cook tweeted a remembrance of his friend and mentor that summed up Steve's genius in just a few words: "Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right."
Meanwhile, a few thousand miles away Samsung was getting ready to announce its newest "next big things," the Galaxy S5, along with a couple of Galaxy Gears, a fitness tracker and some refinements to its TouchWiz interface.
The overlapping dates were a happy coincidence. The choice of quote was not. Cook was sending a message to anyone criticizing Apple for bringing up the rear in the smartwatch race: Slow and steady is how we win.
Security issues and games dominate this week's exciting round up of news stories. It's the end of the week and the end of the month, so we've got your app games in roundups galore so you can find the best of the best of what's out there. Meanwhile, if you lost your shirt in a Bitcoin hack, Angry Birds could be to blame. Wait, what? Find out what the heck that's all about and so much more, by digging in to the news of the week.
Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic may have flopped, but that hasn't deterred others from attempting to make a definitive film based on the life of the former Apple CEO and co-founder. Judging from the names involved, it's possible this new effort could be Oscar material. We've already heard about acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's involvement in the project, and now word has come in from The Hollywood Reporter that David Fincher of The Social Network fame is in talks to direct it.
Ever wondered what a Steve Jobs statue would look like? If you have, it's quite possible it doesn't look anything like the bust of the Apple co-founder that was unveiled in Belgrade, Serbia today. The statue, picked from more than 10,000 entries in a competition, was sculpted by Serbian native Dragan Radenovic. Once completed, it will greet vistors to Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Good old, Steve Jobs is back in the news this week with two stories. You want to know why Apple TV hasn't been kicking butt lately? No Steve is the answer there. But if you need your Steve fix, just take a jaunt down to the post office. Meanwhile, who's up for some games? And where's your place in the universe?