Tim Cook marks Steve Jobs’ birthday with inspirational quote

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Cook quotes one of Jobs' most inspirational speeches.
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Today would’ve been Steve Jobs’ 62nd birthday, and Tim Cook took to Twitter to pay tribute to Apple’s co-founder and Cook’s predecessor as CEO.

“Remembering Steve, whose words and ideals will always inspire us,” Cook wrote. He then quoted a line from Jobs: “There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

10.5- and 12.9-inch iPads may keep us waiting until June

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You'll be waiting for a few months longer for the new high-end iPads.
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Apple is set to launch three new iPads this year, including an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, 10.5-inch iPad, and upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro. However, according to a new report you could be waiting a bit longer than expected for the two larger sizes.

Previously it was suggested that all three would be released in the first quarter of 2017, but it’s now sounding like Apple will hold off until May or June before the 10.5- and 12.9-inch models hit shelves.

Today in Apple history: Happy birthday, Steve Jobs!

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It took 20 pounds of personal computing artifacts to form the face of Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs was born on this day in 1955.
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Feb24February 24, 1955: Steve Jobs is born in San Francisco, California. He will go on to co-found Apple and become one of the most important figures in the history of consumer technology (and he’s probably a big part of why you’re reading this website right now).

Happy birthday, Steve!

Apple has five different teams working on wireless charging

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iPhone wireless charging is likely to arrive this year.
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Apple may be likely to adopt the popular Qi standard when it brings wireless charging to this year’s iPhone, but it seems that Apple isn’t abandoning reports that it could use a proprietary alternative solution.

According to a new report, the company currently has not one or two, but five different groups inside Apple currently working to develop wireless charging technology for future iPhones.

Pokémon GO players can hunt ‘festive hat’ Pikachu this month

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Pokémon turns the legal drinking age this month.
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In news that makes us feel pretty darn ancient, this month marks 21 years since the first Pokémon game launched in Japan — and Pokémon GO is getting in on the action!

As part of the #PokemonDay celebrations, starting February 26 at 1PM PST and running through the next day, Pokémon GO players will be able to hunt and capture a wild Pikachu adored with “festive party hat.”

In other words, you’d better carve out some free time if you really want to catch ’em all!

Apple slams Trump’s reversal of transgender bathroom ruling

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Apple is clashing with President Trump again.
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Apple has criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse a policy that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms according to the gender they identify as.

The controversial stance on bathroom usage was put in place by former President Barack Obama’s administration last May. At the time, it was hailed as a significant victory for transgender rights.

Today in Apple history: iTunes hits 10 billion downloads milestone

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Announcement made Apple the world's biggest music vendor.
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Feb23February 23, 2010: The iTunes Store officially passes the 10 billion music downloads mark, with the 10 billionth purchase being “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash.

The buyer of the song in question is Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia. As part of a “Countdown to 10 Billion Songs” promotion by Apple, Sulcer wins a massive $10,000 iTunes Store gift card — and receives a personal phone call from Steve Jobs for good measure!

Donkey goes free to celebrate BASIC inventor’s birthday

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Before there was Windows, there was Donkey. Yes, that Windows!
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Today marks the 88th birthday of professor Thomas Kurtz, who invented the BASIC programming language with his colleague John Kemeny.

To mark the occasion, the iOS and Apple Watch port of DONKEY.APP, a game originally programmed in BASIC by none other than Bill Gates, has been made temporarily available for free by its developers.

What better way to celebrate Kurtz’s birthday than by playing the modern port of a clunky old 1981 driving game?