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Elon Musk Just Majorly Dissed Apple Workers

'If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I'm not kidding.'

(Newser) - Just over a week ago, Elon Musk introduced the "Bioweapon Defense Mode" in Tesla's Model X, and now he's going nuclear on a new target: Apple. Per the German newspaper Handelsblatt , the Tesla CEO was in Berlin Thursday and had some choice things to say when asked... More »

There's $620B in Taxes the US Can't Get Its Hands On

Just 30 companies have offshore holdings totaling $1.4T

(Newser) - Apple has skipped out on paying close to $60 billion in taxes on $181 billion it holds offshore, according to a new study. But though the company holds the most profits offshore of any US company, it's hardly alone: At least 358 American companies hold $2.1 trillion in... More »

Say Goodbye to Google, Apple Devices on Amazon

Retailer bans Apple TV, Google Chromecast media-streaming products

(Newser) - Amazon is dumping popular media-streaming devices by two huge rivals to bolster its own video-streaming service, it announced in an email yesterday to marketplace sellers. The retailer won't be accepting any new listings for Apple TV or Google's Chromecast, and all current listings will be yanked from the... More »

Why iOS 9 Users Are Getting High Bills

Users may want to shut off Wi-Fi Assist

(Newser) - If you're using iOS 9 and your data rates are reaching new highs, watch out for an otherwise-useful feature called "Wi-Fi Assist." It automatically allows your phone to download data via your cellular plan when Wi-Fi coverage isn't great, ZDNet explains, which is fine—but can... More »

New iPhone Sales Smash Record

Chinese buyers likely helped Apple sell 13M in first weekend

(Newser) - Another iPhone, another record smashed. Yes, Apple hit a new height with more than 13 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus devices sold over the weekend. That "phenomenal" number beats "any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history," Tim Cook says in a statement , adding... More »

Teen Says Apple Watch Saved His Life

Gadget alerted him to simultaneous heart, liver, and kidney failure

(Newser) - For many people, the Apple Watch has been a punchline since it was unveiled last year. But earlier this month, the wearable computer saved the life of a Massachusetts teen, ABC News reports. "If it wasn't for the Apple Watch to alert him to the fact that there... More »

Details Emerge on Apple's Secret Car Project

But will it be driver-less?

(Newser) - Talk about a product leak: Apple is building its own electric car that's set to ship in 2019, unnamed sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Details are slim, but the project, dubbed Project Titan, will expand its team of 600 people by another 1,200 to get it out... More »

Apple Suffers First Major Attack on App Store

Something called XcodeGhost is to blame

(Newser) - Apple has suffered its first major attack on the App Store and yesterday confirmed that it had removed the offending apps. Apple says hackers modified the tool, called Xcode, that developers use to create iOS apps. Developers who mistakenly used the counterfeit XcodeGhost created apps that had the malicious code... More »

A Stylus? Why Apple Is Defying Steve Jobs

Technology has come a long way since his criticism, points out one blogger

(Newser) - One of the Apple announcements getting a lot of attention is the company's $99 stylus—called the Apple Pencil—for the iPad Pro. As Apple watchers were quick to point out, Steve Jobs himself hated the idea. "Who wants a stylus?" he asked in 2007. "You have... More »

Apple Unveils Phones, TV Update, Bigger iPad

Here comes '3D Touch'

(Newser) - Apple is unveiling its new toys in San Francisco today, including the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Plus, a bigger iPad, and an update to Apple TV:
  • Phones: The new models have faster processors, sharper cameras ( 12 megapixels ), stronger frames, and a feature called 3D Touch, which allows
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Techies Expecting Giant Surprise at Tomorrow's Apple Event

Long-rumored larger iPad may become official during iPhone rollout

(Newser) - Is Apple preparing to announce an all-new giant-sized iPad during its iPhone rollout event tomorrow? Probably. At least that's the consensus among tech reporters. The new larger iPad—likely to be called the iPad Pro—will have a 12.9-inch screen, storage between 64 gigabytes and 128 gigabytes, four... More »

New Tech Coming as Apple Announces iPhone Event

Are bigger iPads and a new Apple TV on the way?

(Newser) - The new iPhones are coming, and they could be bringing some friends with them. The Verge reports Apple has scheduled its iPhone launch event for Sept. 9, which isn't a surprise. What is a surprise is the unusually large venue—7,000-seat Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco—... More »

iPhone Plant Sees Another Apparent Suicide

Worker found dead at plant in China this week

(Newser) - A 28-year-old worker at a Chinese plant responsible for making most of the new iPhones was found dead this week, and a nonprofit group is calling it a suicide , reports the Wall Street Journal . It wouldn't be the first time a Foxconn worker has killed himself; there was a... More »

Tim Cook's Security Costs Apple $700K a Year

It's a 'reasonable and necessary expense'

(Newser) - The website Patently Apple spotted an eye-popping stat in an otherwise humdrum form Apple filed with the SEC: The company spends $699,133 annually on CEO Tim Cook's security. "His personal safety and security are of the utmost importance to the Company and its shareholders," Apple explains... More »

Apple Eyes Voicemail-Killer

Siri to translate voicemails to text in iOS 10: report

(Newser) - Leaving a voicemail is a convenient way to convey a lot of information quickly. Listening to voicemails is, well, a pain—but Apple is hoping to change that. For several weeks, Apple employees have been testing an iPhone feature that uses Siri to transcribe voicemail messages, Business Insider reports. It... More »

Only 3% of Apple Watch Owners Aren't Impressed

66% are absolutely 'delighted': survey

(Newser) - On the eve of tomorrow's earnings call , Apple has reason to celebrate the latest news about its Apple Watch: A new survey indicates that 97% of Apple Watch owners are satisfied with their purchase, Mashable reports. The survey by independent research company Wristly polled more than 800 owners and... More »

Apple Makes Strange Confederate Flag Move

Yanks flag from App Store, even when used as part of historical games

(Newser) - At first, it doesn't sound all that odd to hear that Apple has yanked games that use the Confederate flag from its App Store. Until you realize that means the company has yanked many Civil War-themed games because they feature the flag. TouchArcade reported on the move, noting that... More »

Post-Taylor Swift, Here's How Much Apple Will Pay

'New York Times' has details of streaming deal

(Newser) - Thanks in part to Taylor Swift's rebuke, Apple is going to pay artists for music streamed during any Apple Music free trial period. But how much, exactly? Per the New York Times , the company is paying 0.2 cent per song streamed free, which may not sound like much... More »

Not Everyone Is Cheering Taylor Swift's Apple 'Win'

Some say she didn't actually change anything

(Newser) - Many people have been fawning over Taylor Swift since her open letter to Apple convinced the company to do an about-face and pay musicians for music streamed during a user's Apple Music free trial period. But a number of people, chief among them Pandora's former chief technology officer,... More »

Apple Bowed Down to Swift After Just 17 Hours

Apple Music will pay rights holders per stream during 3-month trial

(Newser) - Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple criticizing the company's decision not to pay "writers, producers, or artists" for music streamed during a three-month free trial of its new service has not only drawn support from other artists, but, it turns out, from Apple itself. In what Vanity ... More »

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