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Florida Man: I Invented iPhone, Apple Owes Me $10B

He says he filed patent in 1992

(Newser) - A Florida man who says Apple ripped off his design for the iPhone is willing to let the matter drop for the modest sum of $10 billion plus 1.5% of worldwide sales of the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Thomas Ross—who filed a patent for his "Electronic Reading... More »

One Guess Why Apple Won't Donate to the 2016 GOP Convention

It's given $140K worth of technology and donations in the past

(Newser) - Donald Trump recently tried to instigate a boycott of Apple. Well, it looks like Apple is boycotting him right back. Sources close to the company tell Politico that Apple won't be providing any funding or technology for next month's Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The given reason: Trump'... More »

You Can Finally Delete Apple's Default Apps

Bye bye, Stocks

(Newser) - No longer will your iPhone be filled with default apps you never use and can't get rid of. With Apple's iOS 10, unveiled Monday at its developers' conference, users can finally delete many apps that come standard on Apple devices, like Stocks, News, and Weather, writes Lily Hay... More »

Thieves Dressed as Employees Terrorize NYC Apple Stores

They've made off with nearly 100 iPhones since February

(Newser) - Thieves have stolen more than $55,000 worth of iPhones from New York City Apple Stores over the past four months by dressing as employees. The New York Post reports it started in February when a woman dressed like an Apple employee grabbed eight iPhones from an Apple Store on... More »

5 Astounding Facts About Walmart's Dominance

Only the DOD and China's military employ more people

(Newser) - Walmart "isn't a unicorn, and it's no longer sexy," Quartz asserts. But there's no denying that the No. 1 company on the Fortune 500 list is a retail powerhouse that seems nearly impossible to overtake. Some astonishing details about how it continues to dominate:
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Buffett's Rare Tech Foray Gives Boost to Apple

Turns out the Oracle of Omaha owns $1B in Apple stock

(Newser) - Apple is having a good day, its stock rising about 3% after a slump blamed on slowing iPhone sales. The reason for the uptick? Look to Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway company shrugged off a general aversion to tech stocks and disclosed a $1.1 billion stake in Apple, reports... More »

Woman Ordered to Unlock iPhone With Fingerprint

Some say move violates 5th Amendment

(Newser) - Apple's fight with the feds over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's phone has dominated the headlines, but a judge demanded a woman's fingerprint be used to unlock her iPhone—a first in a federal court case, reports the Los Angeles Times . Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan's phone was seized... More »

Apple 'Cheerleader' Icahn Dumps All His Stock

Billionaire is worried about China's influence, barriers against company

(Newser) - Just a few years ago, Carl Icahn opened his wallet to invest in Apple, calling such a move a "no-brainer," and became what the Guardian calls a "huge cheerleader" for the tech company. But that all changed this week as the billionaire investor made a decision to... More »

Easy Trick Turns iPhone Folders From Squares to Circles

Because who wants to be square?

(Newser) - Looking to gussy up your iPhone or iPad home screen? Lifehacker reports on a "fun little trick" that changes your lame, old square folders to awesome circle folders. All it takes its setting a very small image—like 3 pixels by 3 pixels small—as your home screen wallpaper... More »

Employee Found Dead at Apple HQ

Body was found in a conference room, possibly with a gun

(Newser) - An employee was found dead in a conference room at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday morning, the San Jose Mercury News reports. According to KGO-TV , authorities found a gun near the employee's body. But the Mercury News reports police aren't confirming the presence of a weapon.... More »

Apple Revenue Down for First Time in 13 Years

...since 2003, when the iPod was hot and there was no iPhone

(Newser) - Apple sold more than 51 million iPhones in the first three months of this year—and that's the problem. That's 10 million fewer iPhones than the tech giant sold during the same quarter a year ago, its first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales. As a result, Apple on... More »

Feds Drop 2nd iPhone Fight With Apple

Case abruptly ends when passcode handed over

(Newser) - The looming fight between the government and Apple over encryption has been delayed again—this time after the passcode to the locked iPhone of a New York drug trafficker was simply handed over. "An individual provided the department with the passcode to the locked phone at issue," a... More »

FBI Director Suggests It Cost $1M+ to Crack iPhone

That's more than James Comey will make in 7 years, 4 months

(Newser) - FBI Director James Comey won't say exactly how much the agency paid hackers to break into a locked iPhone —but it's definitely more than he makes. Speaking at a security conference in London, Comey said it was "a lot," and "more than I will... More »

DHS: Windows Users Better Delete QuickTime

The Apple program appears vulnerable to attacks

(Newser) - Windows users, watch out: The Department of Homeland Security is advising you to delete QuickTime from your system, Network World reports. The problem is that Apple is no longer supporting Windows versions of the program, and antivirus vendor TrendMicro has found vulnerabilities that allow "attackers to execute arbitrary code... More »

Apple's Recycling Program Brings in $43M in Gold

Apple recycled two-thirds of nearly 90M pounds of electronic waste in 2015

(Newser) - Apple has released figures on its Apple Renew recycling program, and it's clearly paying dividends. Out of nearly 90 million pounds of electronic equipment it recovered last year, 61 million pounds were recycled, Apple reports . Specifically, it reclaimed 23 million pounds of steel; 13 million pounds of plastic; 12... More »

How Did FBI Crack That Phone? They Paid Hackers

'Gray hats' discovered iPhone security hole

(Newser) - To get into the locked iPhone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, the FBI apparently did something Apple never does : give money to hackers. Sources tell the Washington Post that the agency avoided a legal battle with Apple by paying a group of so-called "gray hat" hackers who... More »

Taylor Swift's Apple Ad Spawns 5 Amazing Figures

Drake and Future should be happy

(Newser) - On April 1, Taylor Swift shared an ad for Apple Music in which she belts out Drake and Future's "Jumpman" while running on a treadmill, then does a faceplant. (Shake it off, Swift.) AdWeek reports the video—"based on real events," says Swift—has been... More »

FBI Trying to Hack iPhone in Murder Case

Apple devices belong to Arkansas murder suspects

(Newser) - The FBI will again put its mysterious phone-hacking skills to use: A prosecutor in Arkansas says the FBI's Little Rock field office has agreed to help hack an iPhone and iPod owned by two teenagers accused of killing a couple in July. Hunter Drexler, 18—whose iPhone 6 was... More »

Kanye Caves, Puts Pablo Track on Apple, Spotify

He swore last month he'd 'never never never' do that

(Newser) - Whether Kanye West has actually finished The Life of Pablo is unclear. But as of Tuesday, one song from the so-called "anti-album" is finally up on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play, Esquire reports. The song is "Famous," featuring Rihanna and the "I made that bitch... More »

FBI to Apple: No Worries, We Hacked Your iPhone

So ends the legal dispute over Syed Farook's device

(Newser) - The FBI said Monday it successfully used a mysterious technique without Apple Inc.'s help to hack into the iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, effectively ending a pitched court battle between the Obama administration and one of the world's leading technology companies.... More »

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