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John Brownlee John Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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Apple proposes a new settlement to anti-poaching lawsuit

(Credit: Benjamin Feenstra)

(Credit: Benjamin Feenstra)

After almost four years of fighting a court case, Apple and three other large tech companies have finally reached a deal to end the class action lawsuit against them for the anti-poaching agreements that established with one another.

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Could Apple have already lined up the sapphire supplier for the iPhone 6s?

Could this be our first look at the iPhone 6s's sapphire display? Photo: Desay

Could this be our first look at the iPhone 6s’s sapphire display? Photo: Desay

Due to its failed relationship with GT Advanced, Apple missed out on releasing the iPhone 6 with the rock hard, all sapphire display that was initially rumored.

But what about the iPhone 6s? It’s still unknown, but an Apple supplier, Desay, has just announced their own smartphone with an “unbreakable” sapphire display.

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Apple approves ‘Je Suis Charlie’ app just an hour after devs email Tim Cook

Photo: Global News

Photo: Global News

Apple has been feeling the #jesuischarlie solidarity lately. After publicly supporting the movement protesting the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices last week, Apple has approved a Je Suis Charlie app for sale on the App Store, just anhour after the developers emailed CEO Tim Cook.

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If U.K. prime minister has his way, Apple will stop encrypting iMessage and FaceTime

Photo: Cult of Mac

Photo: Cult of Mac

One of the great things about iMessage and FaceTime is that it encrypts your messages automatically, making it very, very difficult for hackers to spy on the messages you send.

But guess what? If U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron gets his way, iMessage and FaceTime encryption might soon be a thing of the past.

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Google Chrome can now remotely control your Mac from your iPhone

Chrome can now control your Mac from your iPhone. Photo: Cult of Mac

Chrome can now control your Mac from your iPhone. Photo: Cult of Mac

If you’ve always wanted a way to control your desktop from your iPhone or iPad, but didn’t want to lay out, good news: Google’s now got you covered for free.

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Play with an Apple Watch online with this cool website

Play with an Apple Watch ahead of release with this emulator! Photo: Cult of Mac

Play with an Apple Watch ahead of release with this emulator! Photo: Cult of Mac

Can’t wait to get your hands on the Apple Watch? Well, tough, you’ll have to. But if you’d just like to play around with the interface, we can help you out, thanks to this new online Apple Watch simulator.

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Hey Apple fans! Watch Bill Gates drink a glass of poop water!

Hey Apple fans! Watch Bill Gates drink a glass of poop water!

If you’re a long time Mac fan like I am, you probably remember a time in the 90’s when you would have paid anything to watch then Microsoft CEO eat shit and die.

Of course, since leaving Microsoft, Bill Gates has become quite the humanitarian… one who is especially concerned with the problem of getting clean drinking water to the rest of the world. So these days, I have no interest in seeing him eat shit and die.

But drink shit and live? Sign me up!

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting Apple over its new app

The EFF is fighting Apple. Photo: EFF

The EFF is fighting Apple. Photo: EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, or the EFF, fights the good fight. An international non-profit digital rights group, the nonprofit is famous for standing up against big companies who think they can use baseless legal threats or intimidation to deny users their rights. But now they are setting their sights on Apple. Who is right?

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App Store prices are going up in Europe, Canada, and Russia

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

Do you live in the European Union? Canada? Norway? Russia? Bad news, friends. Your App Store prices are about to shoot up. But hey, if you live in Iceland, great news: your app prices are going down!

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Your Apple Watch might be free from ads after all

This might not be coming to your Apple Watch after all. Photo: Tapsense.

This might not be coming to your Apple Watch after all. Photo: Tapsense.

Remember when just a couple days ago, mobile marketing firm TapSense said at CES they would release a service for the Apple Watch that allowed developers to push ads to your wrist?

Well, it turns out it’s not as bad as all that. Yes, you’ll probably have ads on the Apple Watch in one way or another. But they’ll be super limited.

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