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Awards for Steve Jobs movie, rise of Apple Music, EU rules against Belgium re Apple, new cameras


Kate Winslet with her award (Image: The Guardian)
Kate Winslet with her award (Image: The Guardian)

Winslet and Sorkin pick up Golden Globes for Steve Jobs — While the Danny Boyle film Steve Jobs hasn’t exactly been a box-office smash, the movie has received critical acclaim since its first showing at the Telluride Film Festival in 2015. Last night, the movie was honoured with two Golden Globe awards.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin decided to show the life of Steve Jobs in three acts: three different product introductions. Sorkin won the Best Screenplay award. Kate Winslet, who played Joanna Hoffman in a highly-fictionalised role (she’s shown as being behind the scenes at all of the product introductions when she was not), won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Apple Music has over 10 million subscribers — In Midia Research’s Predictions for 2016 report — as noted by Music Business Worldwide last month— music business analyst Mark Mulligan predicted that Apple Music will have nearly 8 million subscribers by year’s end with that number hitting 20 million in 2016.
He noted that Apple’s music service “went from zero to the No.2 streaming service in just months in mid-2015.” Twenty million subscribers still won’t catch Spotify, but will solidify Apple’s runner-up position.

EU ruling against Belgian corporate tax breaks may set precedent for decision on Apple — The European Commission on Monday ruled that Belgium broke state aid rules by offering tax breaks to a number of multinational corporations, 35 of which will have to repay $765 million. Belgium’s practices hurt competition by “putting smaller competitors who are not multinational on an unequal footing,” according to the Commission’s competition policy head, Margrethe Vestager.

The coolest camera gear at CES — This is a Macworld slideshow.

Apple environment, shares dividend, country Music ad, San José, iResizer, Lyto, Kate Winslet


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Apple among the best companies when it comes to climate protection — Apple, Microsoft and Google are among the corporations awarded an A for efforts to reduce heat-trapping emissions, according to a global ranking that grades corporations according to their environmental credentials.

Apple shares approach ex-dividend as it gears up to distribute $3 billion to shareholders — On November 12, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.52 per share, but investors must have settled ownership of the company’s stock by Thursday November 5 in order to qualify.

Apple goes country with Kenny Chesney in Apple Music ad — Ads for Apple devices and Apple Music often aim at urban audiences, but a new TV ad for Apple Music features country artist Kenny Chesney preparing for a concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts as part of his “No Shoes Nation” tour.

Apple looks to build 390,000 square metre  campus in north San José — How big is Apple going to get? The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports Apple and the city of San José, California, are working toward a development agreement that would allow the Cupertino-based juggernaut to build a north San José campus of up to 390,000 square metre (4.15 million square feet, according to city records). That would be bigger than Apple’s ‘spaceship’ campus, which is currently under construction in Cupertino.

iResizer for Mac OS X makes it a breeze to resize images — If you want to resize your JPEG images for the best web performance or create thumbnails for an image gallery check out iResizer for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher). It scales an image without changing important visual content such as people, buildings and animals – and avoids distortion of the important parts of the image. (It’s currently on special for US$9.99 instead of US$19.99).

Lytro takes a giant leap into video — The Immerge VR video cam
Lytro’s new video camera uses light field tech to capture and blend realistic, immersive live action video and computer graphics.

Hoffman liked Winslet — Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s new Steve Jobs film is far from perfect (or even completely accurate), but at least one member of the original Mac team is happy with how she was portrayed. “I can’t complain [Kate Winslet] was the one playing me,” said Joanna Hoffman when asked about her portrayal in the film. “We really hit it off.”