Steve Jobs

Watch: Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet Yelling About Apple Products Is the Most Exhilarating Thing You’ll See All Day

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The teaser trailer for the Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin written Steve Jobs was a minute of pure tension (and almost no other content) leading up to the reveal of Michael Fassbender’s face as Apple cofounder, chairman and CEO Steve Jobs. Now that the face has indeed been revealed, the face is able to bask — in the just-released first full trailer — in all its different Jobsian hairdos, each demarcating the passage of Jobsian time (the movie spans 16 years across three 30-minute scenes). 
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‘Book of Numbers': 2015’s Great Novel of Ideas Explained With Animated GIFS

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Joshua Cohen has just been dubbed “a major American writer” by the New York Times and a “great American novelist” by Tablet. At 34, he is the author of eight books, including the 800-page Witz and now the 600-page Book of Numbers.

In Book of Numbers, a failed novelist is, like the author, named Joshua Cohen, but he is about ten years older than the actual Joshua Cohen — he’s paunchy, losing his hair, and in the middle of a protracted divorce. He’s been hired by another Joshua Cohen, referred to in the book as “Principal,” the CEO of Tetration, a fictional company that reads like a merger of Google and Apple. Principal is a Steve Jobs-like figure: in ill health and devoted to the California version of an Eastern religion. The novel retraces the birth and rise of the Internet, as well as the much longer — and, in some important ways, ending — history of print culture. It’s about surveillance and data and the impact of these on all of us now and, as the novel’s long view of history would suggest, in the years ahead.
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The Greatest Multi-Taskers in Pop Culture

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We live in the age of the multi-hyphenate, when kids dream of becoming musician-magicians, moonlighting as librarians. Steve Jobs himself advised us to keep our goals fluid, even if it meant doing something completely different. And he wasn’t the only one. These nine musicians, actors, and artists don’t just roll with the punches, they punch back with even fresher ideas. While we’d like to ask in person about the secrets to their extreme productivity, none of them have slowed down enough to reply — yet. For now, we’ll satisfy our multi-tasking urge with a Naked Juice. If you can’t eat ’em, drink ’em! Read on for the greatest multi-taskers in pop culture.
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The Best and Worst of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival

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The SXSW Film Festival will continue through the weekend (albeit mostly with repeat screenings and music-related films, pegged to the concurrent music fest), but your correspondent has returned from Austin, with a belly full of BBQ and a head full of leftover images and snatches of dialogue from the 21 narrative and documentary films I took in over my week in Texas. Here are a few thoughts on each, along with the best and worst films I saw there.
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SXSW 2015: Alex Gibney Takes on the Cult of Mac in ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’

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I am writing this on an iPad. My writing music plays into my head courtesy of an iPod Classic, one of the last of the big, 160GB jobbers. A few minutes ago, the iPhone in my pocket buzzed. It’s my wife sending me a video of our baby daughter back home, shot on her matching iPhone. We’re Mac people, is the point; have been since 1999, when I unwrapped my first iMac. But when Steve Jobs died in 2011, I didn’t feel like it was some kind of personal loss. He was a guy who ran a company — a cool company, sure, that made a lot of stuff I liked, but still not someone I felt the need to grieve for on the Internet or in front of an Apple store. I watched that public mourning, didn’t quite understand it, and forgot about it. Alex Gibney felt the same way, and made a …Read More

10 Inspiring Documentaries for a Creative New Year

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The new year is a time for making goals and finding the inner strength to achieve them. Why not have a little help along the way with these inspiring, uplifting documentaries? From the underdog who won’t quit, to the filmmakers who dreamed big and the athletes who achieved the unthinkable, these films chart the dreams and successes of creative thinkers and art makers.
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Kanye West’s Secret Weapon Is His Versatility

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Late last year, in what seemed like a lost bet with his label Def Jam, Kanye West did a nationwide commercial radio tour. I’m not talking about the next-level Zane Lowe BBC interview everyone raved over, I’m talking about Kanye going to pop and “urban”-format radio stations with cheesy DJs in nearly every major market where his Yeezus Tour stopped. Some of these interviews made headlines, but mostly the DJs were intimidated by Kanye and let him ramble on about whatever he damn well pleased, be it Adidas or Kardashians.
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The Fascinating FBI Files of 10 Cultural Icons

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The Internet is a surveillance state. We’re steadily finding out that there are more people tracking our whereabouts than we ever thought possible. For celebrities and cultural icons, this invasion of privacy isn’t anything new. The FBI has investigated the lives of popular personalities and great thinkers for decades, often without reason. These famous files are filled with intimate and absurd details that often read like the headlines of a gossip column. Click through to see what dirt the Bureau has dished up over the …Read More