This week on CultCast:
- How Steve Jobs saved Pixar, then stole all their stock
- iPhone SE will steal one of iPhone X’s best features
- Told ya! MoviePass ends its unlimited movie option
- Gal Gadot promotes Huawei on twitter… from her iPhone
- What the heck happened to the AirPower Mat?
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Notes and Links:
- Gal Gadot, best known for the lead role in the Wonder Woman movie, became a ‘brand ambassador’ for Huawei earlier this year. In that role, she yesterday tweeted a glowing video about her new Huawei Mate 10 – with just one small problem
- Marques Brownlee spotted, the tweet was sent from Twitter for iPhone.
- Gadot’s publicist told CNET there was a perfectly innocent explanation.
- “Some people have asked about my recent post with my new Huawei smartphone, and think I am using an iPhone,” Gadot said through her publicist. “That’s simply not the case. I love my Huawei P20 and Mate10Pro. They are lifelines wherever I am in the world.”
- iPhone SE is looking to be a real beauty.
- Reliable leaker Benjamin Geskin claims the new iPhone SE, codenamed Jaguar, will feature wireless charging just like iPhone X. To make that possible, Apple is expected to scrap the handset’s aluminum unibody first introduced with iPhone 5 in favor of a shiny glass back panel.
- Hopefully it’s waterproof and gets Touch ID 2.
- The new iPhone SE, with a faster A10 Fusion processor, will likely make its official debut next month, according to recent reports.
What happened to the AirPower Mat?
- At its September 2017 event, Apple said AirPower would appear some time in 2018, but since then we've barely heard a peep about about it.
- AirPower will charge multiple devices at the same time, and while other mats out there can do that too, Apple says AirPower can help devices communicate with each other to manage power consumption.
- It’s been 7 months now and we haven’t heard a peep.
- Will the WDDC keynote on June 4th be the day?
- April 25, 1990: Steve Jobs shuts down Pixar’s hardware division (yes, it used to have one!), ending production of the pricey Pixar Image Computers immediately.
- Pixar was Jobs’ “rebound” company after his departure from Apple in 1985. In early 1986, he bought a majority interest in Pixar from George Lucas for just $5 million bucks.
- When Lucas owned the company, he led the development of the Pixar Image Computer. George found existing computers too weak to handle the graphics needed to produce Pixar’s work (or to meet the demands of Hollywood studios that hired the company).
- However, the computers sold poorly — and to a relatively small number of buyers.
- When Pixar’s five-person Animation Group won an Oscar for its short film Tin Toy in 1989, Jobs’ interests switched to that team, which he previously planned to kill off due to its inability to turn a profit. The hardware division got canned instead.
- But then the story gets a strange twist.