Open Road Films Launches New ‘JOBS’ Featurette, Live YouTube Event Coming Friday

July 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

An official website promoting the upcoming Steve Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher launched earlier this week, featuring a number of short video clips and reviews. Open Road Films has also released a new featurette today, which offers commentary on the filming of “JOBS” along with new clips from the movie.


As part of a social media blitz, Ashton Kutcher has explained why he took the role, shared his thoughts on Jobs, and outlined the work that he put into becoming Steve Jobs multiple times, sharing information in an answer on Quora, a lengthy interview with The Verge, and at a special screening of the movie in San Francisco.

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Both Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, who plays Steve Wozniak in the movie, will participate in a live YouTube event on Friday, beginning at 11am PST, to share more information on the upcoming film.

JOBS is set to hit theaters next month, on August 16.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/31/open-road-films-launches-new-jobs-featurette-live-youtube-event-coming-friday/

Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.5 Build 12F30 to Developers [Mac Blog]

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mountainlionApple today seeded build 12F30 of OS X 10.8.5 to developers, marking the seventh beta iteration of 10.8.5. The release comes exactly one week after the previous OS X 10.8.5 beta, build 12F26.

As with previous betas, the update contains no known issues and can be downloaded via Apple’s Developer page or through the software update tool of the Mac App Store. It is also available to AppleSeed members with a new version of Safari.

Apple’s OS X 10.8.5 beta is being tested along side the next version of the operating system, OS X Mavericks. Apple has thus far seeded four developer previews of Mavericks and plans to offer the new operating system to the public in the fall.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/31/apple-seeds-os-x-10-8-5-build-12f30-to-developers/

iOS 7 Beta Suggests Non-Retina A6-Powered iPad Mini in Development

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According to the iOS 7 beta, Apple is testing a new iPad mini model that includes an A6 chip — the same as the current iPhone 5 — and a non-retina display, reports 9to5Mac.

The information was sent to the site by an unnamed developer, who found the details inside a file that lists all the iOS devices that support iOS 7. The A6 processor would be a logical upgrade for the iPad mini, advancing its main processing chip to the next generation.

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According to the provided information, Apple is considering three new iPad mini models: iPad “2,8,” iPad “2,9,” and iPad “2,10.” The respective code names for the devices are J75, J76, and J77. This points to one WiFi-only model and two cellular-compatible models (just like the current iPad minis).

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As for what these new iPad minis will feature, the references state that the devices include the “s5l8950x” processor. This is the same A6 system-on-a-chip inside of Apple’s iPhone 5, and this would offer significant speed improvements for the iPad mini compared to the current A5-based model.

Current iPad mini models are nicknamed ‘2,5’; ‘2,6’; and ‘2,7’. 9to5Mac also notes that the models don’t include references to ‘@2x’ code that relates to Retina-display supported artwork — that code is included in the iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPad, leading the site to conclude that the new mini will not include a Retina display.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has vacillated in recent months over Apple’s plans for the iPad mini, most recently saying that a Retina-equipped device would launch sometime in March or April of 2014, with Apple not planning to upgrade the device at all until that time.

It’s possible that this non-retina iPad mini is merely a device in testing, but while Kuo has a strong track record, it’s always possible that Apple could change product release plans at the last minute.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/31/ios-7-beta-suggests-non-retina-a6-powered-ipad-mini-in-development/

Google Play Downloads Passed App Store Downloads For the First Time in Q2

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In a new report, App Annie today revealed that downloads from Google Play finally surpassed iOS App Store downloads by 10% during the second quarter of 2013. The uptick in Google Play downloads can be attributed to higher activity in emerging markets, such as Russia, India, and Brazil.

Of course, despite the fact that Google Play garnered more downloads during the quarter, the App Store still earns far more revenue, reinforcing the idea that iOS users are more willing to pay for content than their Android counterparts. The App Store scored 2.3 times the revenue of Google Play.

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Games continue to be the number one source of income for both Android and Apple, with gaming apps accounting for more than 80% of revenue in Google Play and 74% of revenue in the iOS App Store. Music and Social Networking apps also experienced an uptick on iOS, driving more revenue to the platform.

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The App Store metrics that App Annie uses for its reports come from App Annie Intelligence data, which is designed to offer global app market data to publishers. Revenue estimates include paid downloads and in-app purchases, but not in-app advertising.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/31/google-play-downloads-passed-app-store-downloads-for-the-first-time-in-q2/

Apple Drops the Price on Refurbished Apple TV to $75

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Following the launch of Google’s low-priced Chromecast AirPlay competitor, Apple has lowered the price of its refurbished Apple TVs to $75, offering a $24 discount off of the original $99 price and a $10 drop from the previous price for refurbished units.

Google’s Chromecast, which functions similarly to AirPlay and allows users to mirror content from a tablet, smartphone, or laptop to a television, retails for just $35. The dongle plugs in to any HDTV and offers apps like YouTube and Netflix, with additional offerings in the works.

Though the Apple TV can’t compete with the Chromecast on price, Apple has been working on building new features into the device. Released alongside betas for iOS 7 and Mavericks, the Apple TV beta software has introduced iTunes Radio, a “Conference Room Mode” for business and academic settings, and recently, a function that allows users to purchase music on their TVs.

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Apple also has plans to further integrate iOS 7 with the Apple TV, allowing for simple Bluetooth setup of the device, and the company has improved the set-top box’s content offerings in recent months. In June, Apple added multiple new channels, including WatchESPN, HBO GO, Sky News, and more, and is said to be in talks with additional companies such as Time Warner Cable and the CW to bring even more content to the Apple TV.

As with all refurbished products that Apple sells, the Apple TV comes with a one year warranty and can be purchased online or picked up in stores.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/31/apple-drops-the-price-on-refurbished-apple-tv-to-75/

Apple Reminds Customers in Some U.S. States of Upcoming Sales Tax Holidays [Mac Blog]

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With a number of U.S. states preparing to host “sales tax holidays” in which certain items can be purchased without being subject to sales taxes, Apple has begun sending out emails to customers in those states reminding them of the potential to save significant amounts of money on purchases such as computers and accessories.

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Sales tax holidays are typically held in early August as back to school shopping is in full swing, and item eligibility varies by state, with clothing and school supplies being the most common exempt items while some states also include computers. Apple has a feature page highlighting the ten states where certain Apple products will qualify for tax-free status, including links to full details on eligible products and price limits for each of those states. States where some Apple products qualify for the programs include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

For education customers, the sales tax holidays come on top of Apple’s discounted Mac pricing and its Back to School promotion, which offers customers gift cards of up to $100 with the purchase of a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone. The gift cards are valid in any of Apple’s digital stores, which include the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/31/apple-reminds-customers-in-some-u-s-states-of-upcoming-sales-tax-holidays/

Mobile Word Processor ‘Quip’ Launches for iOS [iOS Blog]

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quip_logo copyQuip, a mobile word processor designed by ex-Google Maps and Facebook executive Bret Taylor, launched today on iOS. The app includes features such as a mobile-friendly interface and integrated to-do lists for tasks, as well as collaborative features that enable multiple users to edit and work on documents in real time.

Quip is a modern word processor that enables you to create beautiful documents on any device, including the iPad, iPhone, and the desktop. It combines documents and messages into a single chat-like “thread” of updates — making collaboration easy.

TechCrunch has more on Quip:

So what makes Quip different?

First it adapts documents to whatever size or shape screen you’re working on. If you’re on an iPhone, an embedded photo could appear full-width, but on an iPad it would appear on the right surrounded by text.

The collaboration tools might be the most exciting part. You can share any document with another user, and when they first open it you’ll get a notification. Taylor says this lets you jump in and walk them through the doc using Quip’s internal messaging system. “It feels like sitting at a desk with someone around a piece of paper” Taylor tells me.

With a free membership, Quip allows up to five users to download and collaborate through the app, with capabilities such as offline access to documents, shared folders and cross-platform syncing through its official website. Quip also offers a premium business membership for $12 a month per user and enables 250 users to collaborate at once, and includes additional features like remote device management and single sign on capabilities.

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Quip is available as a free download on iOS devices and can be downloaded through the App Store. [Direct Link]

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/31/mobile-word-processor-quip-launches-for-ios/

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