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ON Friday night, my business partner and I left the office in excitement to go to Polo Park and catch the release of the movie Jobs. Since I was a kid, I've looked up to Steve Jobs as one of the greatest innovators of all time. We got to the movie incredibly early to make sure we could get tickets and find seats. We got there 30 minutes early and to our surprise no one was there. I started to think people were watching this film at other theatres or they all went to the early shows. I thought this was supposed to be a big movie release given the movie hype. Thirty minutes into the movie, I had no idea what was going on. The movie was all over the place. Following the storyline was difficult; even for an Apple fan like myself. The acting was brutal, and the entire movie was Steve being really mad, crying, or telling people to go %$#* themselves. I left 55 minutes into the movie because it was that bad. I was really disappointed this movie turned out so gawd awful. I was hoping for it to be quite good just because how awesome the Social Network was. The Steve Jobs story is much cooler in my opinion than Zuckerberg's story; but the Social Network kicks the crap out of Jobs. Ashton Kutcher did a really poor job with the movie -- along with the writing and directing, they basically made the entire movie a bunch of inspirational quotes, advertising tag lines and a check-list of biopic clich©s. Steve Wozniak, one of the original founders of Apple, even said he doesn't recommend going to see Jobs. He said the movie was way too much fiction. Can you believe that when planning the Jobs movie they didn't even ask for Woz's input on the storyline or ask one of the founders of Apple to help formulate and mould the script? Jobs disappointed me, and I wouldn't recommend it.

YouTube/G+

I'VE been making YouTube videos for years. I started doing them when I was 12 years old and became a YouTube Partner so I could make a little extra money. Now I make them so I can educate others. I tried logging into YouTube for the first time in a while the other day and couldn't figure out what the heck was going on. It told me I needed a new account, I need to integrate with Google+, I need to strip this, fix that -- it was chaos. After an hour of fiddling around and having a few panic attacks, I fixed the issue and started uploading my video. Google+ is a good social network that is very confusing to use. Since YouTube is one of the most visited sites in the world, Google wants to take advantage of this user base and start implementing lots of Google+ access features into YouTube so in turn G+ will start becoming a big thing. The only issue to this entire plan is I'm a nerd, and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to properly mesh a G+ and a YouTube account together so they work seamlessly. I think Google is being way too tricky, and they need to take a few steps back and make things much more simple so they can bring on more users.

5 things to expect in new iPhone

THE iPhone 5S should be announced shortly, and I just wanted to give the lowdown on what's expected to be released. Parallel to the iPhone 5S, we are expecting Apple to release what's known as the iPhone 5C, which is the new cheap Apple smartphone that will make Apple appeal to less affluent consumers. The next thing to expect is an improved Siri. The voice-to-text and voice-command dream has always been there and with the last iPhone I can say Apple has done a pretty darn good job -- but for voice commands, a lot of progress still has to be made and I think we can expect Apple to have made this progress when it releases the new iPhone. The camera will also be improved as it will now have dual-flash for better photos at night and in dark situations. Since iOS7 will be loaded onto each new device, everything will be flat. The whole point to iOS7 is a simple, flat, clean interface. The last thing you can expect is that Apple acquired a company called AuthenTec last year that makes chips for fingerprint sensors. This will improve Apple's security system, as well as add some more features I'm excited to see. Are you excited for the new iPhone?

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 18, 2013 ??65521

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