Tim Cook pens scathing letter addressing Apple European tax controversy

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Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2016, 05:30
Category: Apple, Finance, Legal, News

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There apparently came a moment where, in the wake of the controversy regarding Apple’s tax rate in Ireland, Tim Cook got angry and began smashing things.

Responding to the Commission’s decision that Ireland should recover 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes from Apple, Tim Cook said that “in Ireland and in every country where we operate, follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe.”

He proceeded to pen the following letter:

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Tekserve closes fabled New York store, will auction off its Macintosh collection in September

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Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 05:38
Category: Apple, Fun, Hardware, Hardware, History, iBook, iMac, iPad, Mac Desktop, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, News, PowerBook, PowerBook 12-Inch, PowerBook 15-Inch, PowerBook 17-Inch, PowerBook G3, PowerBook G4, PowerBook G4 Aluminum, PowerBook G4 Titanium, PowerBook G5, PowerMac G5

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An amazing collection of Apple and Mac history is going on the auction block next month.

Tekserve, once the go-to third-party repair shop for Apple products in New York City, announced last month that it would be closing shop on August 15 after being in business since 1987. Now that Tekserve has officially closed shop, Apple fans will have the opportunity to purchase some museum-worthy vintage Apple and NeXT gear through auction.

An assortment of the auction items are valued at relatively low prices and there’s even a Tekserve store sign up for grabs.

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Apple patent hints at wearable device sporting electrocardiographic features

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Date: Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 14:20
Category: Apple, Hardware, News, Patents

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Apple may in fact be working on an EEG device or functionality.

A recently published Apple patent application filing for an electrocardiogram device suitable for consumer use reinforces the company’s continued moves into the healthcare monitoring business.

The patent application addresses a wearable, not specifically the Apple Watch, that can be used on any limb of the body, and compensates automatically for differences in electrocardiographic measurements on side of the body, or distance from the heart. The measurement is started by the user pressing a surface electrode on the device, with the measurements and data correction necessary taking place after a period of measurement.

There’s no direct sign of the Apple Watch within the filing and the device is replaced by a generic graphic of a wearable technology in the diagrams.

A rumor on Tuesday suggested that Apple was looking at developing an entirely new piece of health-tracking hardware for a launch in 2017. The report pointed to a product that would “accurately collect users’ personal daily life including heart rate, pulse, blood sugar changes and other information.”

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Rumor: Apple shifting TV efforts towards creating overarching guide, looks to make others’ content easily accessible

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2016, 14:31
Category: Apple, Apple TV, Developer, Rumor, Software

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Apple seems to have shifted gears from wanting to make an ultimate TV for you to telling you what’s on TV and helping you watch it.

The company has apparently started talking to TV programmers and other video companies about creating a digital TV guide that would work on both Apple TV boxes and other Apple devices, like iPhones.

The new goal seems to be to let users know what’s available in video apps by providers like HBO, Netflix and ESPN, then play the shows and movies without having to transition between apps.

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Spotify cites difficulties getting updated app approved by Apple, alleges competition-based motives (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 14:40
Category: App Store, Apple, Apple Music, Developer, iOS, Legal, News

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Apple may be playing its gatekeeper card a little too closely where Spotify is concerned.

The audio streaming provider said Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter stated that Apple had turned down the new version of the Spotify app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

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Apple to significantly overhaul App Store for the fall, add developer-focused changes, subscription models

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 07:05
Category: App Store, Developer, iOS, News

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As good as Apple’s App Store has been over the years, it still has its rough spots. It can be difficult to find apps, even when searching for them by name and it’s tough for developers to stand out from each other.

This coming straight from the horse’s mouth, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, stated that a variety of changes are coming to the App Store. First, a new App Store subscription model will reward developers who can keep paying customers around for longer than a year. Apple will slice its cut of their subscriptions to 15 percent from the standard 30 percent after the first year. The company is planning to encourage all developers to explore the subscription model—and now they actually can. Prior to now, only certain categories like news, cloud, dating, and streaming apps could sell subscriptions through the App Store. That’s going to change in the fall. The 85/15 percent split will kick in sooner than that, on June 13.

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Apple Pay rival CurrentC delayed, may never see release following employee layoffs

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 06:04
Category: Apple, Finance, Google, News, retail, Samsung

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The CurrentC horse may never even make it out of the gate.

CurrentC, the payment platform backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange that caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched, may never see release.

The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot.” MCX tested CurrentC at Target, Walmart, and other retail locations in Columbus, Ohio.

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Reception buildings, snack areas begin to surface at Campus 2 construction site

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016, 10:46
Category: Apple, News

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Apple has begun building its reception buildings at its new Campus 2 headquarters.

While a fair number of images have surfaced from drone footage of the “ring” building, Apple is currently finishing up two reception buildings; one with glass walls topped by a simple roof and the other, seen above.

The two reception buildings will play a gatekeeper role for visitors; a couple of “outdoor food stations” inside the circular courtyard; and a decidedly modern maintenance shed. A city staff report includes some renderings of the proposed designs, which hadn’t been previously disclosed.

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Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi discuss Apple Music, iCloud subscription numbers

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016, 04:21
Category: App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV, iCloud, iTunes, News

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Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi sat down and discussed subscriptions numbers to some of its services.

The execs claimed that there are currently more than 11 million paying Apple Music subscribers, and 782 million iCloud users. That’s on over one billion Apple devices, too.

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Sonos to officially support Apple Music starting today

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Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 07:15
Category: Apple Music, Hardware, News, Retail Store

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Following its public beta last December, Sonos has announced that it will officially add support for Apple Music to its connected speaker lineup tomorrow, February 10th.

“We’re big fans of Sonos,” Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue said to BuzzFeed. “We’ve been looking forward to this.” When asked why Sonos didn’t support Apple Music from the start, especially considering it supported Beats Music, Cue explained that it took some time to get it right. “It’s important to get the integration right the first time out,” Cue said. “Apple has a high bar for this stuff; So does Sonos. Apple Music isn’t even 6 months old yet, so this really did not take much time at all.”

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