Tim Cook to host fundraiser for Hillary Clinton

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Tim Cook has repeatedly spoken out in favor of privacy.
Apple's CEO is helping Democrats and Republicans raise money.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is planning to help Hillary Clinton in her bid to become the first female president in U.S. history by hosting a fundraiser in Silicon Valley next month for the Democratic nominee.

Cook helped House Speaker Paul Ryan score some sweet Silicon Valley funding at a breakfast fundraiser last month. Now the the Apple CEO is teaming up with the Hillary Victory Fund.

How to swap words for emoji in iOS 10

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iOS 10's improved QuickType keyboard is big on emoji.
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We hope you like emoji, because you’re going to be seeing a whole lot more of them when iOS 10 makes its public debut this fall.

Apple is introducing a new feature for its built-in QuickType keyboard that makes it easy to swap words for relevant emoji characters as you type. Here’s how to use it.

You can now control your Nest smart devices using your Apple Watch

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Nest just helped our smart homes get smarter.
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One of the most important components of smart homes is going to be our ability to easily control them, preferably with the minimum effort required to do so.

With that in mind, Nest’s app for iOS has just gotten a significant upgrade in the form of new Apple Watch accessibility — which means that users can now control their Learning Thermostat, Nest Protect, Nest Cam and Dropcam from their wrist using Apple’s debut wearable device.

iMessage and WhatsApp security flaw means deleted chat logs aren’t really erased

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Your deleted chat logs could come back to haunt you.
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WhatsApp and iMessage may be examples of end-to-end encryption in action, but there are still potential security flaws which can leave your data exposed.

As discovered by iOS researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, both messaging services have been found to not completely delete messages when erasing them — meaning that a person with physical access to your phone, or backups of data in the cloud, may be able to retrieve “deleted” conversations.

Nobel economist calls Apple’s tax arrangement ‘fraud’

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There's still a lot of money left in iOS devices.
Apple holds $216 billion out of its $232 billion fortune overseas.
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Apple’s decision to hold $216 billion out of its total $232 billion fortune overseas amounts to a “fraud,” claims Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Stiglitz, who is advising Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, said that there is something “obviously deficient” about U.S. tax laws which make this a possibility — and singled Apple out as one such beneficiary.

You don’t need to break the bank for a great VR headset [Deals]

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This headset offers the chance for a high-quality VR experience without paying high-quality prices.
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All the news about virtual reality, the pictures and videos of people having a great time wearing high performance (and high price) headsets, makes for a brand new form of FOMO. Thankfully, it doesn’t take hundreds of dollars to get in on the virtual fun, thanks to headsets like the DAWAY 360. It’s a full-featured, comfortable, high quality headset that transforms your mobile device into a VR gateway, and right now you can get one for just $38.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.