#BoycottApple Trends on Twitter After Company's Recent Moves

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The hashtag #BoycottApple is trending on Twitter after Apple removed the HKMap and Quartz apps from the App Store at the behest of China.

Just after Apple removed the apps, #BoycottApple has been trending on all the social media platforms with users voicing their discontent with Apple’s move. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Apple has been under fire for pulling something like this. Back in 2017, the company pulled The New York Times app from the App Store stating that the Chinese government had requested the app’s removal because it was “in violation of local regulations.”

Phil Schiller: “Courage.”

Hong Kong Protesters Use AirDrop to Bypass Great Firewall

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Hong Kong protesters have been using AirDrop has a way to get around China’s Great Firewall. They can send messages to Chinese people this way, like information on the protests, pro-democracy messages, and even information about the Tiananmen massacre of 1989.

“Did you know? Over the past month, Hong Kong has seen three massive rallies, with as many as 2 million people taking to the streets,” read one such AirDropped poster. “Don’t wait until [freedom] is gone to regret its loss. Freedom isn’t god-given; it is fought for by the people.”

Chinese Think-Tank Blasts Apple's Taiwan and Hong Kong References

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A Chinese think-tank criticized Apple, Amazon and a number of other firms for the way they reference Taiwan and Hong Kong, Reuters reported. Tawain is considered a wayward-province by China. Hong Kong was returned to China by the British in 1997 and is a semi-autonomous region. Apple is amongst a number of firms that refers to both Hong Kong and Tawain as separate from mainland China, something the Chinese government has been trying to crack down on recently.

China last year ramped up pressure on foreign companies including Marriott International and Qantas for referring to Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate from China in drop down menus or other material. The report was co-written by [Chinese Academy of Social Sciences] CASS and the Internet Development Research Institution of Peking University. An official at the Internet Development Research Institution told Reuters that it had not yet been published to the public and declined to provide a copy.

Apple Hosting iPad Urban Sketch Walks with Top Artists

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If you live in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, or Berlin you can sign up urban sketch walks hosted by some of the top iPad urban sketchers in the world. The iPad sketch walks are part of Apple’s promotion for the 10th anniversary of the Urban Sketchers community. The walks include renowned artists Uma Kelkar, Rob Sketcherman, Don Low, and Omar Jamarillo. The walks are free and will be an awesome opportunity to learn new iPad sketching skills from incredibly talented artists. You can sign up at the Apple Today website.

Apple Hosting iPad Urban Sketch Walks with Top Artists