'Steve Jobs' Dumped Out Of Movie Theatres

Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie had another disastrous showing at the box office over the weekend. With earnings declining more than 69 percent from the previous weekend to just $823,000, the movie was dumped from 2,072 screens — more than any other film.

Shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

Mobile, Ecosystems And The Death Of PCs

With the upcoming release of the iPad Pro (on Wednesday), the discussion surrounding the death of the ‘personal computer’ has been reinvigorated.

Ben Evans has a great article about the topic:

On this basis, instead of thinking of ‘tablets and smartphones’ as one category and ‘PCs as another, we should think of larger screen and smaller screen devices. That is, you will have something you carry with you (a ‘phone’) and may or may not also have something with a larger screen that stays mostly at home or in your office. In the past you might have chosen between a laptop or desktop – today you choose between a laptop, desktop or tablet, depending on what you want to do with it. That is, perhaps we should think of tablets as being as much ‘PCs’ as desktops and laptops are. 

Attorney General Tells Daily Fantasy Sports To Stop Taking Bets

NY Times:

The New York State attorney general on Tuesday ordered the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop accepting bets from New York residents, saying their games constituted illegal gambling under state law.

The cease-and-desist order by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is a major blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that introduced sports betting to legions of young sports fans and has formed partnerships with many of the nation’s professional sports teams. Given the New York attorney general’s historic role as a consumer-protection advocate, legal experts said the action will most likely reverberate in other states where legislators and investigators are increasingly questioning whether the industry should operate unfettered by regulations that govern legalized gambling.

“It is clear that DraftKings and FanDuel are the leaders of a massive, multibillion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country,” Mr. Schneiderman said, adding, “Today we have sent a clear message: not in New York, and not on my watch.”

I’m in no way an expert on gambling laws, but I think most of us saw this coming.

Kickbooster

I’ve never had a good concept/product to post on Kickstarter, but if I did I would use Kickbooster. It’s an affiliate program for crowdfunding campaigns and if you’re currently on Kickstarter, give it a shot.

Apple TV Orders Start Monday

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company’s new Apple TV would begin shipping next week, hitting the promised October deadline. Orders will start on Monday and the first of them will begin to ship later in the week.

No details on when orders start, but it’s getting close.

Mossberg: The Steve Jobs I Knew Isn't In This Movie

Walt Mossberg over at The Verge:

In 2015, the brilliant writer Aaron Sorkin made a movie loosely based on a famous, powerful, contemporary American business figure — the technology innovator Steve Jobs — that showed him in a bad light. He, too, took artistic liberties with the character, and with events. But, his entertaining work of fiction isn’t labeled for what it is. It’s called Steve Jobs and is based in part on Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of the man.

As a result, for the multitudes of people who didn’t know the real Steve Jobs, Mr. Sorkin’s film, which opens nationally Friday, will seem like a factual, holistic portrait of a great man, despite the screenwriter’s continuing protests that it’s no such thing and wasn’t meant to be a “biopic.”

Unlike Mr. Sorkin, I did know the real Steve Jobs, for about 14 years — the most productive and successful 14 years of his career. I spent scores of hours in private conversations with him over those years, and interviewed him numerous times onstageat a tech conference I co-produced. And the Steve Jobs portrayed in Sorkin’s film isn’t the man I knew.

Well said.

iStat Menus for Mac Review

Long before I was a Mac user, I loved to tinker with PCs. I built them myself, continuously bought new parts to upgrade its performance and loved seeing how well it could run the latest software.

Years later I fell in love with the fluidity of the Mac and how it just works. The rest they say, is history.

One thing I had always missed from my tinkering days is monitoring the performance of my machine. Things like, active CPU processes, available memory, operating temperature and much more. It may not seem important to most people, but I loved being able to see it.

Despite being less upgradeable hardware-wise, OS X still offers the ability to see this data, however viewing it in the Activity Monitor is less than ideal.

This is where iStat Menus for Mac comes in. It’s a brilliant utility that runs in the menu bar of your Mac and shows you all the data you could ever desire to know about your machine. The best part is it’s completely customizable. You can configure iStat Menus to show precisely the information you want to know. 

Not only does iStat Menus show you the strain being put on your hardware, it shows you exactly what software is causing it. I love being able to see what programs are using my battery most – or which ones are transferring the most data through my network connection. 

The amount of data available through iStat Menus is astounding – and hard to live without once you’ve had a try. Due to the amount of Mac apps that live in the menu bar, the real estate has become quite valuable, but iStat Menus earns it’s spot.

There’s a trial available for iStat Menus here, or you can just buy it right away for $18.

If you’re anything like me, you won’t be caught without it.