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The Top Mac Pro Costs ... You Don't Want to Know

Is this tower computer just 'conspicuous consumption'?

(Newser) - The new Mac Pro tower is available and starts at $5,999—off the charts, right? Well it's nothing compared to this: Buy a fully pimped-out version and you'll lay down $52,599, or 56% more than the median annual US income of $33,700, CBS News reports.... More »

Apple to Russia: Don't Like Our Map? We'll Fix It

Apple agrees to label Crimea as part of Russia

(Newser) - Using the Russian edition of Apple's App Store? Your Apple Maps and Weather apps, when used in Russia, show Crimea as being part of Russia. This after Russian authorities persuaded Apple to alter its maps and make the hotly contested territory part of Russia, the BBC reports. Seems Apple... More »

Apple Abruptly Cancels Premiere of New Movie

Sources say company is investigating sexual abuse allegations

(Newser) - Apple's move into the movie business isn't off to a promising start: The company has abruptly canceled the world premiere of The Banker, which was set to debut at the American Film Institute's annual festival in Los Angeles Thursday, the Guardian reports. The film—which had a... More »

After Dozens of Deaths, Apple Nixes 181 Apps

You won't find vaping-related products on the App Store anymore

(Newser) - Don't bother with Apple for your vaping-related apps: Axios reports the company is removing all 181 apps related to e-cigarettes and vaping from its App Store. "We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps," Apple... More »

His Profane Tweets About the Apple Card Went Viral

And are leading to a probe of Goldman Sachs' credit card practices

(Newser) - David Heinemeier Hansson says his wife has the superior credit score. They file their taxes jointly. And while the tech entrepreneur didn't provide any other personal financial information, he did disclose an alleged financial injustice on Thursday. In a series of tweets that have continued through Monday, the Ruby... More »

Apple Puts Its Money Where California's Housing Crisis Is

$2.5B plan includes donation of Apple-owned land

(Newser) - Apple on Monday said it will put up $2.5 billion toward easing California's housing crisis. The sum from Apple eclipses pledges by fellow Silicon Valley giants Google and Facebook for addressing the lack of affordable housing in a region where affluent tech workers have helped drive up the... More »

You May Want to Check Your iPhone Before Sunday

Without a software upgrade, some older iPhones, iPads may stop working

(Newser) - If your old reliable iPhone or iPad has been chugging along just fine, allowing you to avoid ponying up money for a new one, you might want to check just how old it is before Sunday. Apple is now warning that versions of both devices that came out in 2012... More »

In a $2.1B Deal, Google Will Try on Fitbit for Size

Cash deal takes search giant deeper into consumer electronics

(Newser) - Google is stepping up its competition with Apple by spending $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit. The deal is for $7.35 a share in cash, the Wall Street Journal reports, a price 19% above closing Thursday and a solid 70% higher than before negotiations were reported last week. Owning... More »

Apple's Streaming Service Launches Friday. Here Are Its Offerings

Oprah Winfrey is among earliest offerings; Steven Spielberg to come

(Newser) - As the streaming wars near a fever pitch and viewers are targeted from every vantage point—Disney Plus has the Marvel and Star Wars brands! HBO Max counters with Game of Thrones and DC superheroes!—Apple TV Plus could be cast as the highly pedigreed and improbable underdog. While... More »

He Had a Rape Bag. She Had a Watch

And that Apple Watch did one thing very well

(Newser) - Looks like the Apple Watch came in handy for three people in dire straits. One, dubbed Anna by CBC News , awoke in her Calgary apartment in April to find a dark figure moving around. Per court testimony Tuesday, John Joseph Macindoe had broken in with a "rape bag" including... More »

A Cheaper iPhone May Be Headed Our Way

Renowned analyst predicts iPhone SE 2 will cost $399, arrive sometime in first quarter of 2020

(Newser) - As Mashable puts it, Ming-Chi Kuo "tends to be right a lot of the time," meaning people are paying attention to his latest reveal on a possible new iPhone. MacRumors reports the analyst is adding to his previous disclosure that he thinks Apple is planning on releasing a... More »

Apple Pulls Hong Kong App Amid Pressure From China

Company said it 'threatened public safety'

(Newser) - Apple removed a smartphone app that allows Hong Kong activists to report police movements from its online store Thursday after an official Chinese newspaper accused the company of facilitating illegal behavior , the AP reports. Apple Inc. became the latest company to come under pressure to take Beijing's side against... More »

China Reads Apple the Riot Act Over 'Toxic' App

Company accused of aiding Hong Kong protesters after app approval

(Newser) - China is hinting that Apple is an accomplice in ongoing protests in Hong Kong over an app that tracks police movements. Apple initially rejected HKmap.live—which maps the location of police, pro-democracy protesters, and street closures based on user reports—but reversed course last week after critics noted the... More »

Apple Unveils New Version of iPhone

The basic '11' will cost $699

(Newser) - Apple unveiled its new iPhones Tuesday, though the changes are not substantial from previous models, per the AP . The company also announced an unexpected price cut for the cheapest model, underscoring Apple's efforts to counteract a sales slump of its flagship product. The iPhone 11 will be $699 instead... More »

Until Recently, Websites Were Hacking iPhones

Hackers were able to access iPhones' keychain and messaging apps

(Newser) - Visit a website, and boom—your iPhone is hacked. That nightmare vulnerability was plaguing iPhones until a Google team warned Apple about it in February, the Verge reports. Google's Project Zero team found that hacked websites were taking advantage of security flaws to crawl into any iPhone that came... More »

One Number Swirling Around Apple TV Plus Is Just Massive

Company reportedly paying more than $15M an episode for star-studded 'Morning Show'

(Newser) - Apple wants to move well beyond gadgets with a Netflix-like streaming service, and details are dribbling out ahead of the expected fall release of Apple TV Plus. Lots of questions remain about the particulars of what Apple will be offering, and CEO Tim Cook hasn't filled in many details... More »

The Apple Card Is Here

Apple's credit card debuts

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of people signed up to be the first to hear when Apple would release its first credit card. Five months later that card is out, but it's not yet available to all. A limited number of those people were randomly selected by the company to get... More »

Whistleblower Reveals 'Secret' Siri Recordings

Apple tells contractors to stop listening to Siri recordings

(Newser) - Think Siri doesn't listen? It does at times—so Apple has told contractors to stop listening to recordings made on the iOS software, the Guardian reports. This after a whistleblower report in the Guardian found that contractors, hired to maintain quality control, were hearing private recordings made unintentionally by... More »

Starbucks Used to Have a Much Longer Name

Why company dumped Starbucks Coffee, Tea, and Spices, and why other brands changed their names

(Newser) - In a world where our texting shorthand includes "BRB," "LOL," and "K," is it any surprise that we now have brands calling themselves WW, RH, and KFC? USA Today reports on eight companies that have truncated or otherwise modified their original monikers, for various... More »

Here Are Apple and Google's New, More Inclusive Emojis

Updates to skin tone and gender, plus a lot more

(Newser) - Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that include cute critters, of course, but also expand the number of images of human diversity, the AP reports. Apple Inc. is releasing new variants of its holding hands emoji that allow people to pick any combination of skin tone... More »

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