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Apple HQ flies Pride flag to celebrate marriage equality ruling

The Pride Flag at Apple HQ

The Pride Flag at Apple HQ

This week has been one of the most miraculous weeks we’ve seen in recent history. We’ve seen a 25 year-old country girl bend the will of a bunch of rich ass middle-aged white men in Silicon Valley. 150 after their defeat, in the Civil War, Confederacy loyalist are lowering the stars and bars. And you can finally marry anyone you want in any state you want in America, regardless if a bunch of religious people aren’t cool with it.

Celebrations have been ringing out across the country in light of the Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex marriage is right. Silicon Valley execs tweeted their approval of the decision this morning, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, who had the Pride Flag raised at Apple HQ in celebration.

Here’s a better look:

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Apple is already making iPhone 6s units with Force Touch

You won't believe what the Apple Watch can do now.

You won’t believe what the Apple Watch can do now.

Apple fans with their ear to the rumor mill have known for months that Apple is probably going to add Force Touch to the next iPhone. Now, we’ve got confirmation from one of the most respected sources in journalism that it’s almost definitely happening.

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The anti-Apple Watch is made of marble, and it’s killing it on Kickstarter

The Mason Watch already blew past its Kickstarter goal.

The Mason Watch already blew past its Kickstarter goal.

The Apple Watch is the best watch I’ve ever owned. It’s also the first watch I’ve owned in over a decade but amazing features like the heart rate monitor, responding to texts from my wrist, and being able to see what time it is without pulling out my iPhone have totally won me over.

Not everyone is keen on the future of smartwatches though, and if you need any further proof, just look at the Kickstarter page for The Mason Watch. It’s dumb, ugly, and lacks all the features you could want for in a modern watch, but the project is absolutely killing it on Kickstarter, and passed its funding goal in the first week.

Check out how huge this thing looks on your wrist:

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Disney officially bans selfie sticks from theme parks

Seflie sticks are a big no-no at Disneyland

Seflie sticks are a big no-no at Disneyland

If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Walt Disney’s wonderfully whimsical theme parks this year, make sure to leave your selfie stick at home.

Disney announced this morning that it’s placing a ban on all selfie sticks starting next week, due to safety concerns.

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El Capitan beta reveals two unannounced Apple products

21.5-inch iMacs might be coming soon.

21.5-inch iMacs might be coming soon.

Apple’s new 27-inch Retina 5k iMacs are the most beautiful desktop machine over eyes have ever beheld, and now it appears that Apple is preparing to make a smaller (and probably more affordable) version that could launch this fall.

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iTunes U is bringing teachers and students a major upgrade

iPad is taking over classrooms

iPad is taking over classrooms

iTunes U, Apple’s giant repository of educational material from university around the globe, is getting a big upgrade today that will make it easier than ever for teachers to incorporate apps with their course materials.

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iPhone to power nation’s largest LGBT health study

The nation's largest LGBT study is powered by ResearchKit

The nation’s largest LGBT study uses ResearchKit

Thanks to Apple’s new ResearchKit software, breakthroughs have already been made in the study of Parkinsons disease and Asthma. Now, a team of researcher are planning to use the iPhone and ResearchKit to study a subject we still don’t know as much about as we’d like to: LGBT health.

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Taylor Swift is bringing ‘1989’ to Apple Music

'1989' is coming to Apple Music

‘1989’ is coming to Apple Music

After waging a war against Apple Music in the name of indie artists, Taylor Swift has finally decided that she will let fans stream her newest album, 1989, on Apple Music when the service launches last week.

Swift announced her decision to make the album available on Twitter this morning, saying it’s the first time she’s felt right in her gut that now is the time to embrace streaming.

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Drake, Elton John, and Pharrell will have their own Beats 1 shows

Beats 1 delivers 24/7 internet radio.

Beats 1 delivers 24/7 internet radio.

Apple is planning to launch its new streaming music service in less than a week and the company plans to pack a lot of star power to get iOS users to tune in.

As part of the new Apple Music service, Beats 1 Radio will use a host of celebrities to plan and host their own music shows that will touch on everything from golden oldies brought to you by Elton John, to hip new Millennial songs with teen Jaden Smith spinning the discs.

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Apple pulls games with Confederate flag artwork from App Store

Apple's yanking down the Confederate flag

Apple’s yanking down the Confederate flag

It’s been over 150 years since the South lost to the Union army in the American Civil War, but only recently has the call to finally remove the Confederate Flag from public places picked up steam. Now Apple is getting in on the action too by banning all Civil War games from the App Store that display the Confederate Flag in “offensive and mean-spirited ways.”

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