Aaron Sorkin denies claims that Steve Jobs supporters hate biopic

Screenwriter appears on US television to note that the tech guru’s widow Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple CEO Tim Cook have not yet seen Oscar-tipped drama

The Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has hit back at claims family and former colleagues of Steve Jobs are fiercely opposing his controversial forthcoming eponymous biopic of the late Apple co-founder.

The Wall Street Journal wrote on 4 October that the tech guru’s widow Laurene Powell Jobs had repeatedly tried to “kill” Danny Boyle’s film, which stars Michael Fassbender in the title role. Current Apple CEO Tim Cook also described recent attempts to immortalise the late Jobs on the big screen as “opportunistic” during an appearance on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert last month.

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Surface Book is a sign that Microsoft is back in the game

Microsoft are betting big on a premium laptop that rivals Apple’s MacBook Pro and turns into a tablet – but it’s the kind of innovation they have needed

Microsoft did something shocking last night. It launched something people might actually lust over, something sleek, something powerful, something innovative. The Surface Book.

At an event in New York rammed with press and industry types and live-streamed to the world, Microsoft confidently and defiantly unveiled its grand vision of Windows 10 devices.

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Apple approves adblocker that even blocks Apple News

Will Been Choice, which hit the App Store this week, be allowed to stay up?

For the first time, Apple has approved an app which allows users to block adverts inside mobile apps – even the company’s own ad-supported Apple News.

The app, named Been Choice, is only available on the US app store, where it arrived on Tuesday. It uses the new ad-blocking features included in the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system to let users block adverts in the Safari web browser, similar to other adblockers such as Crystal or Purity.

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The sweet smell of Amsterdam … and it’s not just cannabis, say odour mappers

Urban smellscape researcher Kate McLean travels the world mapping scents: Edinburgh smells of the brewery and penguin poo, New York’s summer is ripe with garlic and spilled beer, while Amsterdam smells of … damp?

“It smells like Amsterdam” is a well-turned phrase. Each year, about 1.5 million tourists visit the city to legally consume cannabis in specially licensed coffee shops, and every time their doors open to welcome a new customer, a potent waft escapes with the force of a jet missile into the street.

Whatever your views on the subject, the scent of marijuana and hashish is strong. The distinctive and easily identifiable smell curls along the narrow streets of De Wallen, lingers among the pubs, clubs, bars and coffee shops of the red light district and wafts across the open expanse of Stationsplein as newcomers in transit cram in a full, enhanced, poly-sensory experience of the city.

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Saudi prince’s investment firm increases Twitter stake

Kingdom Holding and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal together own more than 5% of US company after $50m investment

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and his investment firm now own more than 5% of Twitter, his office has said.

Kingdom Holding has paid $50m (£33m) to double its stake in the microblogging site to 0.72%, the Riyadh-based company said in a separate bourse statement on Wednesday.

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How we talk about the cloud shapes the way we perceive internet privacy

The semantics of the internet encourage us not to worry about who or what actually has control of our data

For most of us, how we perceive the internet is significantly shaped by the language used to describe it: say “web” and dew-dropped silk comes to mind, “net” and woven knots of string, “information superhighway” and bright cars racing in the dark.

These names describe a system of disparate machines, giving shape to the network. Which name we choose has a large effect on how we perceive the structures that carry all our photos and emails and bank balances and work and subscriptions and love letters and affairs and charity donations.

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