Take a first look at Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

The first teaser trailer for the movie “Steve Jobs” is out that shows us a glimpse of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. Upon first look, the X-Men star is not very Steve Jobs alike. This is probably due to the strong Magneto impression. 

The film will hit theatres on October 9. It is based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Steve Jobs with a script written by Aaron Sorkin who also penned The Social Network. The film also stars Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John Sculley and Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, a former marketing head for Macintosh.

Make a “Never Played” iTunes playlist

Make a Never Played iTunes playlist

Too many songs, and too little time. Chances are there are large number of songs in your iTunes library that you have never heard. To discover those unplayed songs, create a smart playlist in iTunes with the rule that matches “Plays is 0”. Named the playlist whatever you like, play the songs and recall with relish why you bought them in the first place.

A web app that might help you to de-stress

Pixel Thought Destress Web App

If you’re too bogged down by the demands in life or having a stressful day in the office, this simple small web app PixelThoughts might help you to ease and relax. Simply enter what’s bothering your mind and watch the screen. Make sure your speaker volume is turned on.

1997 article on “101 ways to save Apple”

Here’s an interesting read down the memory lane of a Wired magazine article “101 Ways to Save Apple”. Some of the points highlighted are pretty spot on, while others are way off. 

Dear Apple,
In the movie Independence Day, a PowerBook saves the earth from destruction. Now it’s time to return the favor. Unfortunately, even devoted Mac addicts must admit that you look a little beleaguered these days: a confusing product line, little inspiration from the top, software developers fleeing.

But who wants to live in a world without you? Not us. So we surveyed a cross section of hardcore Mac fans and came up with 101 ways to get you back on the path to salvation. We chose not to resort to time travel or regurgitate the same old shoulda/coulda/wouldas (you shoulda licensed your OS in 1987, for instance, or coulda upped your price/performance in 1993).

We don’t believe Apple is rotten to the core. Chrysler nearly went under in the late 1970s and came back to lead its industry. Here’s a fresh assessment of what can be done to fix your once-great company using the material at hand. Don’t wait for a miracle. You have the power to save the world – and yourself.

It is published on June 1997, a time when Apple was in a dire state financially. Steve Jobs was back in Apple as a result of Apple’s NeXT purchase in December 1996, but he was not at the helm, not until July 1997. 

How old do you look?

How old do I look?

How-Old.net is a web app that will guess your age from photo, and it is by none other than Microsoft. It is more of a fun way for Microsoft to experiment with its facial recognition technology. The app can detect your pet dog from a human, but it can’t differentiate a CGI alien from us (is there really a human being with blue skin tone?). Judging by the few photos we tested, the result is often far from accurate. Safe to say that SkyNet or the rise of the machines is not happening soon if state of the art technology is in used. 

How to create an Apple ID without a credit card, a Mac or an iOS device

Apple ID is one account that glues you to Apple’s Mac, iOS and iCloud platform. A valid credit card used to be a requirement when you sign up to create an Apple ID. Thanks to iCloud.com, you can now create an Apple ID without a credit card number, and without the need to own a Mac or an iOS device.

How to create an Apple ID without a credit card, a Mac or an iOS device

iCloud.com allows you to use Apple’s apps and services with just a browser. In addition to basic apps such as Notes, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, you can also use the web version of Pages, Numbers and Keynote for free.

iCloud.com use Pages, Numbers, Keynote for free

The best part is you do not need to own an Apple device in order to sign up, and there is no credit card number required. The free account also comes with a 1GB of free cloud storage. 

Apple Watch vs Apple Watch Sport

If you’re undecided to get the Apple Watch or the cheaper Apple Watch Sport, here’s an unboxing video of both versions side-by-side by Dom Esposito that might help you to make up your mind.

Apple Watch Sport is packaged in a rectangular box with a compact case that is similar to what you get from a Swatch watch. Apple Watch is housed in a plastic box casing that has that premium feel of a jewelry box. Besides the packaging, Apple Watch display is coated with sapphire crystal, while the Apple Watch Sport display is made up of weaker glass. In addition, the charger for Apple Watch has a bruised steel casing while the one for the Sport is made of plastic.

All versions of Apple Watch apparently are made up of the same internals and software. The difference lies with the material used in the casing, the band, the packaging presentation and the charging cable. This is a first generation electronic product, which means a newer and improved Apple Watch could come as early as next Spring. Is it worthwhile to pay for the premium now?

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now on iPhone

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now on iPhone 

If you’re a fan of World of Warcraft, the wait is now over as Blizzard its publisher has made Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft available on iPhone. Hearthstone is a digital collectible card game that is set within the Warcraft universe, with familiar characters, spells and locations drawing from the War of WarCraft games. The game is first released in March 2014 for Windows and OS X, and support for iPad came one month later in April 2014.  Hearthstone is now released on smaller screen for both iPhone and Android.

Star Wars emojis on Twitter

Star Wars Emojis on Twitter

As part of the promotion for the year-end Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney/Lucasfilm has partnered with Twitter to create custom Star Wars emojis. To display the emojis in a tweet, simply add the respective hashtag representing the emojis. The first three emojis are #C3PO, #StormTrooper and #BB8. New emojis representing Star Wars characters will be added as we approach the film’s release date.

Inside Abbey Road: interactive virtual tour of famous Abbey Road Studios

Google Presents Inside Abbey Road

Abbey Road Studios is one of the most famous recording studios in music history. Albums that came out from the studios include the Beatles catalog, Dark Side of the Moon, among many others. Unless you’re recording technicians and artists, not many have actually seen the inside of the London studios. Abbey Road Studios has now teamed with Google to present Inside Abbey Road, an interactive virtual tour of the studios.