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Steve Jobs Really Didn't Want Apple to Make the iPhone

And more from the 'secret history' of the iPhone

(Newser) - Steve Jobs really didn't want Apple to make a phone. Not only was the Apple CEO wary of dealing with mobile carriers, he was worried smartphones would only ever be popular with the "pocket protector crowd." After increasing pressure from employees, Jobs finally agreed Apple could make... More »

Just One of 10 Most Valuable Brands Isn't American

Nice job, Tencent

(Newser) - Bragging rights for the world's most valuable brands are usually controlled by US companies, but in this year's ranking by BrandZ , one of China's own cracked the top 10, CNN reports. Tencent, which makes online games, apps, and other digital add-ons, rode on the coattails of its... More »

Apple Releasing 1st New Product Since Apple Watch

Meet the HomePod internet-connected speaker

(Newser) - Apple is transplanting its digital assistant Siri into an internet-connected speaker that will become the company's first new product in more than two years, the AP reports. The HomePod speaker unveiled at Apple's annual conference for app developers Monday is similar to devices that rivals Amazon and Google... More »

Most Loved and Hated Telecom Companies in US

Sorry, Mediacom

(Newser) - Believe it or not, Comcast is not the most hated telecommunications company in the country. The American Customer Satisfaction Index, out Tuesday, ranks America's most loved and hated companies offering pay-TV, phone, and internet service, and though Comcast finds itself among the least loved companies, it's not the... More »

Apple Reinvents the Pizza Box, and It's a Wheel

But you're probably out of luck if you don't frequent the Apple cafeteria

(Newser) - Remember that time when Apple tried to patent a paper bag ? Well, it's also tackled the humble pizza box. As Quartz puts it, "Like all things Apple, there are no sharp corners on this box," meaning the box is no square. The other main innovation in... More »

New Apple HQ's Attention to Detail Is, Frankly, Insane

Is it an 'anal-retentive nightmare of indulgence gone wild'?

(Newser) - A glass door four stories tall; nearly 9,000 trees; a cafe with patented box technology to keep pizzas from getting soggy; a two-story yoga room covered in stones specifically distressed to look like those at Steve Jobs' favorite hotel. These are but a few of the features of the... More »

Apple Plans to 'Give Back' in Form of $1B Fund

It will be used to create domestic manufacturing jobs

(Newser) - Apple, long criticized for making its products overseas, is planning to give American manufacturing a major boost, CEO Tim Cook says. Cook told Jim Cramer, host of CNBC 's Mad Money, Wednesday that the company is starting a $1 billion fund to help create advanced manufacturing jobs in the... More »

Here, Interns Can Earn $96K a Year

Facebook's interns are a lucky bunch

(Newser) - Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to keep a rewarding internship and a roof over your head . If you're prepared for a fight, you can find a great internship that also pays well—$8,000 per month in the case of Facebook. Here are the companies offering the... More »

10 Worst Product Flops of All Time

Even the world's leading companies screw up

(Newser) - Remember Google Glass ? Google would likely rather forget it. The wearable technology tops the worst product flops of all time, according to 24/7 Wall St , which outlines the top 50 (though it doesn't share its methodology in compiling the list). While Google Glass faced privacy concerns and public... More »

Hackers Threaten to Wipe 559M Apple Accounts

A video reportedly shows them accessing one

(Newser) - Hackers identifying themselves as "Turkish Crime Family" are threatening to wipe hundreds of millions of Apple users' devices, including files backed up on the iCloud, if Apple doesn't pay a ransom of at least $75,000, reports Motherboard . The hackers say they have access to as many as... More »

Apple Announces (Red) iPhone, Cheapest-Ever iPad

iPhone will benefit (Red) campaign against AIDS

(Newser) - Apple's first product launch of the year introduced a new iPad and a special edition iPhone, BuzzFeed and CNN report:
  • The appropriately colored red iPhone will benefit (Red) , the AIDS-fighting organization founded by Bono. The aluminum-bodied phones will be similar to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus,
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5 Best, 5 Worst Company Reputations

Congrats, Amazon

(Newser) - Congrats, Amazon. The company has the best reputation among American consumers, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which lists the companies with the best and worst reputations based on the 2017 Harris Poll and American Customer Satisfaction Index. The top five in each category, with a reputation score out of 100:... More »

New Apple HQ Takes Attention to Detail to Insane Heights

18 months to figure out door handles, 30 pages of guidelines on wood use

(Newser) - It turns out applying the same design principles used to make a smartphone to a 2.8 million-square-foot building can make for a truly bizarre construction experience. Reuters reports Apple's new headquarters, the creatively named Apple Campus 2, is Steve Jobs' final project for the company he co-founded. Fittingly,... More »

Apple Snaps Out of Its iPhone Slump

But that doesn't mean its troubles are over

(Newser) - Apple has snapped out of the first sales slump in the iPhone's decade-long history, but the upturn doesn't mean that the company has broken out of its innovation funk, the AP reports. If anything, the numbers Apple released Tuesday served as the latest reminder of the company's... More »

Tech World Blasts 'Un-American' Travel Ban

Google donates $2M to fight it

(Newser) - Google has joined a host of other tech companies condemning President Trump's Muslim travel ban, which affects employees across the tech world who come to the US through high-skilled immigration programs. CEO Sundar Pichai says the company will donate $2 million to four groups, including the ACLU and UNHCR,... More »

10 Years Ago: 'We Predict the iPhone Will Bomb'

Apple's star celebrates an anniversary

(Newser) - Apple unveiled a new gadget exactly 10 years ago, and things have gone pretty well for it since then. Some anniversary coverage about the iPhone:
  • Re-watch the very first ad here .
  • "These are not three separate devices, this is one device, and we are calling it iPhone." See
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Parents Sue, Blame FaceTime for Death of Daughter

They've filed a wrongful death suit against Apple after crash

(Newser) - A Texas couple is suing Apple, claiming its FaceTime app is responsible for the death of their 5-year-old daughter. James and Bethany Modisette say Apple was granted a patent in 2014 for a FaceTime design that would've used GPS tracking to determine speed of travel to prevent people from... More »

Apple Pays 1 Minute's Income to Settle Hazardous Waste Case

Regulators were never told about device-shredding plant

(Newser) - Apple is paying $450,000 to settle allegations that the company operated and closed two hazardous-waste processing plants without submitting the proper paperwork to California environmental regulators. The agreement announced Tuesday involves a now-closed plant near Apple's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters and another one in nearby Sunnyvale. California's Department... More »

In Apple v. Samsung, SCOTUS Makes $399M Decision

And it goes with Samsung in design patent case

(Newser) - Apple tried to hold onto the full $548 million in damages it recouped from Samsung in a lawsuit over smartphone design patents, but it looks like it may now have to settle for much less, based on a Tuesday Supreme Court decision, the Hill reports. The ruling noted that even... More »

iPhone Idea for the Future Might Be a Throwback

Company gets patent for a flip phone

(Newser) - No, you haven't gone back in time: Apple has been granted a patent for a flip phone. The patent, filed for in 2014 and published this week, envisions a phone with a foldable OLED touchscreen, reports Apple Insider . OLED screens, now used by the company only on the Apple... More »

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