Happy Monday! We have just a few stories for you today, but you'll find them all quite interesting...
- Design a new home or a home improvement with BeLight Software's Live Home 3D, this week's AWT sponsor.
- iPod co-creator Tony Fadell is suing Android co-creator Andy Rubin, saying that he stole trade secrets
- Another manufacturer joins the HomeKit parade, with Sylvania adding a soft white LED smartbulb and an LED flex strip
- Ireland gains Apple Maps transit instructions
It was thought that a hearing regarding opposition to Apple's proposed Athenry, Ireland data center would conclude on June 23rd, but the decision is apparently on hold thanks to a "lack of judges" to hear the case. The news broke on the Galway Bay FM radio station when a six-person advocacy group from "Apple for Athenry" arrived to attend the hearing and found it was closed.Read More
We end this week's string of podcasts with a shorter episode than yesterday's marathon, but throw a bit of opinion into the mix:
- We take Bloomberg to task for putting all of the blame for price increases in the UK on the Brexit, when it appears that most of the increase is an adjustment for the 20% VAT in the country
- Apple is officially out of the monitor business
- Opinion: 16GB of non-expandable RAM in a "creative pro" MacBook Pro is insane
For a rather slow Thursday, we have some fascinating news from the world of Apple for you today.
- We tell you about the exploits patched by iOS 9.3.5, and why it's a good idea to install the patch as soon as possible
- That "Celebration Apple-1" sold at auction for $815,000
- An eBay auction of some old Apple CDs ended up with the discs going to none other than Apple
- Investment firm JP Morgan reports that Apple's back tax bill in its conflict with the European Commission could be as high as $19 billion
In our Apple news headlines for this afternoon:
- Be sure to join Team AWT and enter into our giveaway for a Drobo 5Dt by clicking this link.
- Apple wants some new "professional" emoji to be added to Unicode
- Code hidden inside the latest macOS Sierra beta shows that future Macs may support second-generation USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3
- Tim Cook unlocked a big, big bonus for himself today
- The US Treasury Department chastised the European Commission's Competition Directorate in a white paper issued today, based on the directorate's pursuit of back taxes from Apple
An Bord Pleanala, an independent appeals review board, has granted approval for Apple’s 850 million euro Apple data center and a related electrical substation in Athenry, Ireland, reports 9to5Mac. Apple planned to start building the data center on a 500-acre site before the end of 2015. However, it was delayed when unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal complaints with the Irish government.Read More
Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz said U.S. tax law that allows Apple to hold a large amount of cash abroad is “obviously deficient” and called the company’s attribution of significant earnings to a comparatively small overseas unit a “fraud.”Read More
Taxes, talking to your home, and revenue streams are all in today's Apple news:
- US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is meeting with the EU's antitrust head to forestall a penalty of Apple on back taxes
- iDevices adds Alexa compatibility to its line of home automation products
- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks the iPhone 7 could be big for Apple
- Apple supplier TSMC reports excellent 2nd quarter revenues and is expected to do even better in the next quarter
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will meet with European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager as she prepares to deliver a final verdict on a probe into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland, reports Bloomberg, quoting two unnamed people “people familiar with the case, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.”Read More