The new Steve Jobs trailer has dropped. Directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen and Kate Winslet, it looks at three iconic Apple product launches and the man behind them. Check it out after the jump.
Suppose you had to choose one movie to represent all of the 1990s? What would you pick? How about the 1970s? This week on GeekScholars Movie News, presented by Eclipse Magazine, we tackle that very question having each of the hosts choose one movie per decade, from the 1960s to the 2000s, to place into a hypothetical cinema time capsule. Listen to what they picked, and why, and make sure you write us with your choices as well (firstname.lastname@example.org).
After that, we have a whole slew of quickies, including some interesting news regarding Fast Six, the Blade Runner sequel, Iron Man 3, Thor 2, a rival Steve Jobs biopic, and more!
We then close out with GeekScholar Fox’s rant, we mean review, of Battleship, along with next weekend’s box office preview.
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So it’s here, the iPhone 4. I’m not sure what I think about it, yesterday I was all set to get rid of my iPhone 3G and going with TMobile but I have to say I love the design of the new iPhone and the camera features are really tempting – especially now that I’m doing a lot of video for EM. I like the idea of having iBooks on my phone and it was funny watching Steve Jobs talk about the new features of iBooks like it was revolutionary when my Kindle App is already available everywhere, keeps track of where I am in my books and has a bigger selection. I do like the idea of being able to read PDFs directly in iBooks. The phone comes will be available in a 8Gig 3GS version at $99, 16-Gig at $199 and $299 for the high-end 32-Gig model. The price is surprisingly reasonable, I’m surprised ATT is letting people out of their contracts up to 6 months early to upgrade to the new phone. Of course my current contract expires next March so it does me no good. I was disappointed that there is no 64 or 80 Gig option, the screen size is exactly the same and the lack of a screen lock button – the constant rotation drives me nuts. So let’s rundown some of the key new features.
Is it just me? I can’t seem to get excited about the new iPhone. ATT’s recent moves have killed the ability to actually get full use out of the rumored new features – like video chat, tethering, and multitasking to those who buy into ATT’s company line about how you’ll never reach 2GB – imagine driving to and from New York (8 hrs total), with a GPS App running and Pandora playing in the background that will eat up most of your 2GB cap. About the only thing we don’t know about the new iPhone is the price. I’m sure the version I would want would be $499 ON CONTRACT, which is why I didn’t get the 32 GB 3GS because AT&T charged current customers MORE to upgrade to the new phone than non customers. My iPhone 3G won’t even qualify for the 4.0 software update and lately I’ve been forced to use my iPhone as a phone and it’s horrible, I’m ready to cancel my ATT account and be happy with my iPod Touch. ATT is just such a scummy company. T-Mobile is the only Cell Phone company that I like, but they don’t have any good phones – the HD2 looks awesome, but you can’t upgrade to Win Phone 7 in the fall. Anyway, Steve Jobs is giving his WWDC Keynote today at 1pm EST. I recommend Engadget.com for your live, breathless, “oh my god this is awesome!” coverage. I’ll post a recap of the announcements this afternoon.
I hate Apple, if Microsoft did half the things that Apple does, they would be sued for Anti-Trust. I despise the fawning fanboy press and Jobs’ arrogance. With that said, I’m real close to purchasing a new Macbook or iMac in the next few days. Not because I want to run Leopard, but because I want to run Windows on it. Even with my hatred, I’m big enough to admit that they are innovative and create some pretty amazing hardware – even if the software sucks. I bought into the hype last year and purchased a Macbook Pro and my experience from dealing with little weasely “know it all” store clerk to dealing with Apple’s many proprietary bs was horrible. I was nickel and dimed on everything from being forced to purchase Quicktime again – because my Windows account didn’t transfer. To purchasing a Mpeg compression codec because Apple only supports .Avi and quicktime. My experience was so awful that I sold my Macbook Pro 30 days later (the store refused to take it back – even though it was well within the return policy) at a $1,000 loss. But even still, I’m real tempted to get the MacBook and run Windows Vista. I just love the hardware, but despise the software.
I watched the Macworld Press Conference today and was completely under whelmed. Wow, you can now rent movies on iTunes. Big deal, I could do that on my X-Box 360 for the last year. Renting movies over the Internet is a fantastic idea, but until the studios get rid of their draconian DRM, it’ll never work. While they hype the fact that you have 30 days to watch your purchase, they neglect to mention the small print that once you start you only have a 24 LOUSY hr viewing window. I’ve been burned by the 360 download several times, so there’s no way I’m getting suckered into “renting” a digital download again. I’m the type of person who rarely watch home movies in a single sitting. I get distracted and come back to it a few days later.
The Macbook Air is an overpriced piece of junk. It looks beautiful, but really about the only thing you can do with it is write on it. I mean really, it only has a 1.6 or 1.8 Core Duo chipset, no firewire or ethernet ports (what do you do if you can’t go wireless?), no optical drive so you can’t watch DVDs on it. Again, I love the idea of it, especially considering my 17 Inch m9700 Alienware is like putting a 10 lb brick in your bag, but it’s too stripped down. Apple TV is pretty slick and something I may consider actually purchasing, but then I realized that I could get a Apple Doc for about $60 that connects my iPod to the TV and gets the same results at a 3rd of the price. But at $224, it is tempting, not for the rental program, but to be able to watch a ton of Internet video with minimal fuss.