Apple Among 97 Companies in Filing Against Trump's Immigration Ban

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Denver was one of many cities where communities gathered to protest Donald Trump's immigration executive order

The White House immigration executive order has faced harsh criticism and now it faces even more opposition now that 97 companies, including Apple, have filed an amicus brief with the Federal Courts. The document, which leaked last week, is harshly critical of Mr. Trump’s order and says immigrants are an important part of our society and economy.

Lawsuit Claims Apple Broke FaceTime to Force iOS 7 Upgrades

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What happens when you don’t want to upgrade to a new version of iOS on your iPhone, but you’re sure Apple is forcing you to anyhow? Lawsuit! Apple is facing a class action lawsuit for just that where the plaintiffs allege the company intentionally broke FaceTime in iOS 6 to force upgrades to iOS 7 all to save some money.

Get Pro Mac Apps From Apple With An Education Discount

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Apple is offering a brand new educational bundle for students and teachers. The apps, worth $430 separately, are offered at a great discount and include Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4 and Main Stage 3. Verification requires an account on UNiDAYS, a savings program for college kids. If you’re a creative student or educator, you may want to check out this deal.

Apple Working on Custom Mac Chips to Cut Reliance on Intel

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Apple custom-designed processors coming to the Mac

Apple is reportedly working to scale back its reliance on Intel for MacBook and MacBook Pro chips by designing its own ARM-based processor. The Apple-designed chip will handle low power functions such as Power Nap, and could be a step towards abandoning Intel at some point in the future.

Hackers Post Cellebrite's Smartphone Cracking Tools Online

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UFED hacking tools

A hacker dumped 900GB of hacking tools and data used by Cellebrite. The cache of data is on Pastebin, for now, at least. Cellebrite is an Israeli security company that came to public prominence when the FBI used its services to hack into the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone.

Federal Court Blocks Part of Trump's Immigration Executive Order

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Protesters in Denver speaking out against Donald Trump's anti-woman and anti-immigration policies

The controversial executive order blocking immigrants and refugees from seven middle eastern countries from entering the United States has been partially shut down. A Federal Court Judge granted a temporary restraining order stopping the government from refusing entry for people with valid immigrant visas, but didn’t address the fate of refugees or tourists.

Prince Coming to Apple Music, Spotify

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Prince albums on Apple Music in February - AP photo of Prince at the 46th Grammy Awards

It looks like Prince may be streaming on Apple Music and other services soon. An industry insider says deals are in place for the iconic artist’s work to stream on more than just Tidal starting on February 12.

Apple's Services Business Hits Fortune 100 Level

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Apple services businesses reach Fortune 100 level in 2017

Apple is a hardware company, a media company, and now it’s a serious services company, too. Company CEO Tim Cook said the company’s services business is on track to reach the size of a Fortune 100 company in 2017, and the goal is to double the division’s growth over the next four years.

The iOS Chrome Browser Is Now Open Source

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After several years of switching the code, Google made the iOS Chrome browser open source. For the past several years the Chrome team has been updating the code in order to bring it under the Chromium Project. Since iOS browsers must use Apple’s WebKit rendering engine, the app had to support that as well as Google’s Blink engine.

Black AirPods Exist Thanks To BlackPods

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Matte Black AirPods

A company called BlackPods is offering custom painted AirPods, but as the name suggests they only offer them in black. Matte black, to be specific. You can buy a pair directly from the company, or send in your own pair and pay to have them coated using a custom process.

Sorry, Apple Didn't Patent a Vape Pen

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Apple patent is about vaporizing metals, not weed

We have the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod, and based on a recently published patent, some are saying the iVape is coming next. Apple’s patent describes something that sounds a lot like the vaping pens you use when you’re sitting on the couch getting baked while watching Scooby-Doo, except that using this design would probably kill you.