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Universal Pictures released the first trailer for Steve Jobs Wednesday, and it looks amazing. Michael Fastbender doesn't look or sound like Steve Jobs, but he sure conveys "Steve Jobs" with his acting. Steve Jobs is a biopic written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name. It's taken a circuitous route to get this far and seemed perilously close to getting canned along the way, but this first look teases a movie that looks very interesting. What do you think?
Apple released iBooks Author 2.3 Tuesday, an update that allows the software to make ebooks that can be read on an iPhone. The company did so by adding two new ePub templates that work with iPhone.
Apple released GarageBand 10.1 for OS X Yosemite on Tuesday, as well as GarageBand 2.0.7 for iOS 8. Both updates add support for Apple Music Connect, allowing artists to upload content directly to Connect. The Mac version also adds ten new drummers, new patches, 1,000 new Apple Loops, support for Force Touch trackpad (which is currently only available on Apple's new MacBook), and more.
Check out the iOS Designer Bundle, a collection of five training courses that will train you to design for iOS. Better yet, you can pay what you want. It works like this: pay the minimum—even a penny—and you get the first training course. Beat the average price, which is currently $12.31, and you get all five. 10 percent of your purchase price goes to Creative Commons, and if you make the top of the leaderboard at any time, you'll get five entries into a giveaway for an iMac with 5K Retina display. Hit any spot on the leaderboard at any time and you'll get one entry. There are details on the deal page.
Apple's iTunes download page for Mac and Windows continues to offer iTunes 12.1.2, but the company added an "iTunes 12.2 coming soon" note. Apple Music, which launched earlier on Tuesday with iOS 8.4, requires iTunes 12.2 on Mac and Windows, and its absence has been greeted with annoyance and snark on the Interwebs.
Apple patched some 45 security OS X Yosemite v10.10.4, which was released earlier on Tuesday. The company also released Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks and Security Update 2015-005 Mountain Lion. The security holes and bugs fixed services and technologies throughout the operating systems, and many of them allow the bad guys to take over your Mac.
Apple released Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001 on Monday, a security update for Mountain Lion and Mavericks that patches two flaws dealing with EFI Flash memory. Both flaws would have allowed the bad guys to take over your Mac.
Apple on Monday scheduled its fiscal 3rd quarter earnings announcement for July 21st. The company will release its earnings report after the closing bell, and then hold its conference call with analysts at 5:00 PM EDT/2:00 PM PDT. Apple will stream that call to the public.
Dr. Dre's The Chronic will stream exclusively on Apple Music, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Dr. Dre works for Apple these days, and is a part of the company's Apple Music team. The album was Dr. Dre's first solo effort after leaving N.W.A., and it was released in 1992. The rapper turned media mogul won the digital rights for the album from his former record label, Death Row Records, in 2011. Since then, it has not been available on streaming services since that time. The Chronic joins Taylor Swift's 1989 as exclusive streaming titles for Apple Music.