Aaron Sorkin apologizes to Tim Cook for harsh comments, says both of them 'went a little too far'

This weekend, Steve Jobs screenwriter Aaron Sorkin apologized to Tim Cook for the harsh words he directed at the CEO earlier in the week. Sorkin told E! News, “You know what, I think that Tim Cook and I probably both went a little too far.” He added, “And I apologize to Tim Cook. I hope when he sees the movie, he enjoys it as much as I enjoy his products.”

The minor spat started early last week, when Tim Cook called movies about Steve Jobs “opportunistic” during an appearance on The Late Show. “I think that a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic, and I hate this; it’s not a great part of our world,” said the Apple CEO, before praising his former boss.

Sorkin snapped back later in the week, telling The Hollywood Reporter that…

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Author: Dante D’Orazio

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Rephone lets you hack a cellular radio into anything

Yesterday at the Maker Faire in New York, we had a chance to check out the Rephone, a clever little project that comprises a bunch of modules that let you cobble together your own tiny little cell phone. Actually, making a cute little cardboard-encased phone is the least interesting thing aboutt the Rephone kit. The group behind it, Seeed Studio, has made dozens of modules and an SDK that enables you to build out nearly any sort of cellular-based gadget you can imagine. They’ve strapped it on a dog collar so you can locate your dog (or just call him to come home). They’ve strapped it to a kite to provide you with real-time telemetry. They’ve strapped it to a door, a lamp, and (uh), a table.

The project launched on Kickstarter last week…

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Author: Dieter Bohn

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Get lost in Steve Hauschildt's Where All Is Fled

If you’re interested in video games, you might be familiar with the upcoming PS4 game No Man’s Sky. It’s an exploration game that populates an entire universe with planets using procedural generation, so many planets you’d need thousands of lifetimes to explore them all. Each one is packed with its own weird colors and wildlife and minerals, just waiting to be uncovered by an intrepid player. A lot of No Man Sky’s appeal has to do with that vastness, the way it can make you feel like an infinitesimal speck in a space that’s out of your control; it can give you a new appreciation for the grandeur and scale of our own universe. And while I’m excited to try the game for myself, it’s exciting to know that feeling can be had right now — just…

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Author: Jamieson Cox

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Portrait is the new square on Instagram

It’s been one month since portrait and landscape photos were allowed on Instagram, and — much to my surprise — all hell has not broken loose. In fact, it’s been a pretty great month for browsing Instagram.

Embrace the portrait selfie

Instagram has been about square photos since it launched nearly five years ago. The app singlehandedly made square photos cool and iconic once again, and it was puzzling trying to imagine a world in which “an Instagram” did not mean a square filtered photo. My personal fear was that all of our feeds would become clogged with poorly lit portrait selfies. And some days they are — it just turns out there’s reason to like them.

Photography traditionalists across the globe have been lamenting the rise of…

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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Nexus 6P will have a huge battery and metal unibody design, leaked slides confirm

There are few surprises left about Google’s upcoming Nexus 5X and 6P, which are expected to be announced on Tuesday at an event in San Francisco. But a cache of leaked slides on the Huawei-made Nexus 6P do tell us a few more interesting details about this phablet.

Most notably, it looks like Google is focusing on battery life this time around. The Nexus 6P should last a pretty long time in your pocket thanks to a giant 3,450mAh battery. That cell is larger than the batteries found in other newer phablets like the Galaxy Note 5 (3,000mAh) and iPhone 6S Plus (2,750mAh), and it represents a 14 percent improvement over the Motorola-made Nexus 6 (3,220mAh) it is replacing.

It’s not just a massive battery that will keep the Nexus…

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Author: Dante D’Orazio

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The Verge Review of Animals: the African penguin

This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.

Penguins are a surprisingly versatile bunch. They play hockey in Pittsburgh, command the Norwegian army, and can go shopping for their own fish. They can be seen alongside Oscar-winning actors as well as star in several successful franchises (and should they ever get nominated, they’re born dressed for any awards show). They’re great with family but also know how to get freaky. And they’re the only known sentient beings capable of causing Benedict Cumberbatch to fumble.

But I don’t want to talk about all penguins…

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Author: Ross Miller

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Uncharted PS4 Collection File Size Revealed

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will take up more than 44 GB of space on your PlayStation 4 hard drive. That’s according to a report from PlayStation Universe, which confirms the file size to be exactly 44.46 GB. That’s larger than Grand Theft Auto V (41.8 GB), the site points out.

The Nathan Drake Collection launches on October 8 exclusively for PS4, though you can play a free demo starting September 29. It comes with 1080p/60fps versions of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

Players can also look forward to, among other things, new difficulty options and a Photo Mode. Everyone who buys the collection also gets access to the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer beta, which runs December 4-13 on PS4.

Our Nathan Drake Collection review is coming soon, but for now, you can watch us play through part of the game in the video above. You can also read up on the game’s day one patch.

Are you planning to pick up The Nathan Drake Collection? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One/Xbox 360 Achievements Revealed

Microsoft has published the full list of achievements for upcoming Xbox timed-exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider. As with lists of this nature, there are some spoilers here, especially in the “hidden” achievement category. So if you’re looking to totally avoid spoilers, you may not want to look.

My favorite achievement would probably have to be “Rotisserie,” which you’ll earn after shooting a chicken out of the air with a fire arrow. This achievement list also seems to confirm that Rise of the Tomb Raider will not have a traditional multiplayer mode, as no achievements mention multiplayer.

Click through the images below to see all of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s achievements and what they’re worth.

Rise of the Tomb Raider launches November 10 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The Crystal Dynamics-developed action-adventure game is coming to PC and PlayStation 4 in 2016. For more, check out GameSpot’s recent preview, “Like Father, Like Daughter.”

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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