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APPLE Ashton Kutcher to Play Steve Jobs in Upcoming Movie, Claims Variety

By Jamie Condliffe, Apr 2, 2012 4:31 AM

Since Steve Jobs’ death, there’s been some speculation as to who might play him in the inevitable string of biopics. Here’s the first: according to Variety, Ashton Kutcher is set to play the role of Jobs in a new indie movie.

Over the weekend, Jeff Sneider wrote for Variety that Kutcher will appear in an indie flick directed by Joshua Michael Stern from a script by Matt Whiteley. Apparently, the movie already has funding and filming will commence in May.

Cynics—including me—might point out that it’s likely an April Fools joke, but Snieder is on record as saying that Variety considered “holding it until Monday for fear of readers dismissing it as a joke, but felt it was too big a scoop to risk losing”. So it looks like it could well be true.

Of course, this won’t be the only Steve Jobs biopic—we already know that Sony Pictures is developing its own based on the best-selling book by Walter Isaacson. [Variety]


3D iPhone

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Tech
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Apple Patent Hints at iPhone’s Hideous 3D Future

By Brian Barrett, Mar 30, 2012 8:40 AM

We’re getting to the point where 3D is about as likely as Dippin’ Dots to be the future. And for all of its clumsy, forced iterations, there’s maybe nowhere that third dimension has been less successful than in phones. This recently discovered Apple patent indicates that Cupertino’s either going to cure all our 3D headaches with a better system, or taint one of our favorite gadgets with its crushing pointlessness.

The patent, unearthed by Patently Apple, applies to both still and video shots, and would hypothetically vastly improve on the 3D imaging used by smartphones today. Apple’s solution involves using microlenses to better handle polarized light, and multiple sensors for better depth perception:

In one embodiment, the first imaging device may be a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) sensor. The LIDAR sensor may emit laser pulses that are reflected off of the surfaces of objects in the image and detect the reflected signal. The LIDAR sensor may then calculate the distance of an object from the sensor by measuring the time delay between transmission of a laser pulse and the detection of the reflected signal. Other embodiments may utilize other types of depth-detection techniques, such as infrared reflection, RADAR, laser detection and ranging, and the like.

It’s a comprehensive patent that runs through several means to the 3D end, and more than a few applications (such as facial recognition).

But more importantly, it doesn’t mean that the iPhone 3D is anywhere in our immediate—or distant—future. Patents are often filed defensively, in case a company at some point might want to explore a technology. And more and more frequently, they’re used offensively, to beat down competitors with similar specs. This is one case in which I hope it’s the latter: A sword to beat down an army of terrible 3D handsets, rather than a shield to protect them. [Patently Apple]