With just days to go before Christmas and the end of the year, things were mostly quiet on the technology front. Still, there was some news.
The following are just a few of the stories that we covered during the week that was.
The cast continues to grow for new Steve Jobs film
The cast continues to grow for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from Aaron Sorkin.
Variety has reported that Oscar winner Kate Winslet (“Titanic”) is in negotiations for a key part in the film. “Given the pedigree of the pic, it’s no surprise Winslet was drawn to the role,” the entertainment-trade magazine notes. “She’s already garnered six Oscar nominations and one win for best actress for her performance in ‘The Reader.’”
According to Deadline, Michael Stuhlbarg of “A Serious Man” and “Boardwalk Empire” fame has joined the film’s cast in the role of Andy Hertzfeld, the computer scientist and inventor who was part of the original Apple development team that came up with Macintosh Operating System.
Previously, it was reported that Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen are attached to play Jobs and Steve Wozniak, respectively. Jeff Daniels has also been rumored to join the cast as former Apple CEO John Sculley.
The film is written by “The Social Network” scribe Aaron Sorkin and based on the authorized “Steve Jobs” biography by Walter Isaacson. Universal, which took over the project after it was dropped by Sony last month, is set to start shooting the film next year, with “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle at the helm.
Apple is enjoying the music
Cupertino has been found not guilty of wrongdoing in the just concluded iPod antitrust trial.
As Aldrin Calimlim noted:
A jury ruled in favor of Apple in a $350 million class action lawsuit that accused the company of carrying out anticompetitive measures to lock iniPod users to its iTunes ecosystem. The lawsuit involved a class of customers who purchased early models of Apple’s iPod music player between September 2006 and March 2009, and the trial included testimonies from the late Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs and a former iTunes engineer named Rod Schultz.
Soon after, Apple won court approval in its legal battle against media organizations who wanted to publicize Steve Jobs’ deposition video that was used in the trial.
U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled in favor of Apple and the plaintiffs in the case in keeping the video out of the public eye, saying it “should be treated in the same manner as any other live testimony offered at trial.”
In the Consumer Electronics category, “iPhone 6,” “Apple Watch,” and “iPad Air” made the list.
The search term for Apple’s latest flagship smartphone is at No. 1 on the chart, with the terms for Apple’s upcoming smart watch and tablet at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.
Special report: Gift ideas
Are you still looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? You still have time, but you better hurry:
- Bose set to take on Apple’s Beats and iTunes Radio with new music streaming service
- Ruble fluctuations prompt Apple to increase prices on Russian App Store
- There’s no doubt about it, Apple iPhone sales have been going through the roof
- The new djay Pro for Mac is the first professional DJ software with Spotify integration
- Fleksy 5.0 introduces customizable Extensions, a redesign and more keyboard themes
- T-Mobile will soon let customers roll over unused data each month
Next Sunday, Dec. 28, we’ll be publishing our “Year in Review,” which is just one of our upcoming roundup articles for 2014.
We’ll be publishing our annual lists of the best iOS apps and games of the past year beginning Friday, Dec. 26 and continuing through Wednesday, Dec. 31. Our next “Week in Review” will be published on Sunday, Jan. 4.