Nancy Pelosi slams Tim Cook for GOP fundraiser

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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is mad at Tim Cook.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is mad at Tim Cook.
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U.S House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took shots at Apple CEO Tim Cook for participating in a GOP fundraiser in Silicon Valley this week.

Pelosi, who represents the nearby 12th district of California, called Cook “naive” for helping House Speaker Paul Ryan raise money for her rivals in the GOP, especially after the company just broke off its support for the GOP convention.

Pricey Lightning headphones will make you care less about headphone jacks [Reviews]

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Audeze EL-8 headphones
With a Lightning connector and an $800 price tag, the EL-8 headphones from Audeze are very Apple.
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They don’t call them “headphones” for nothing.

Slipping on a pair of quality closed-back headphones puts you in a rarefied headspace where sound envelopes you completely and nothing matters but the music. Just close your eyes, cue up the perfect tracks to suit your mood, and drift away.

The Audeze EL-8 Titanium headphones, which use a Lightning connector to plug into your Apple device, will take you to that special place. But you’ll pay a steep price for your trip to aural bliss.

iPhone brings out the best in pro photographer

Photographer Richard Koci Hernandez uses his iPhone for views of a city otherwise unseen.
Photographer Richard Koci Hernandez uses his iPhone for views of a city otherwise unseen.
Photo: Richard Koci Hernandez

Cult of Mac 2.0 bugAccomplished photographers tend to bristle when asked to talk about equipment. It’s not the camera that makes the picture, it’s the photographer.

Acclaimed photographer Richard Koci Hernandez would tend to agree, but he’s likely to gush about his camera anyway. That’s because some of the most interesting and satisfying work of his career has come from shooting with his iPhone.

The kind of gear that once helped Hernandez garner Pulitzer Prize nominations now rests idly in a camera bag.

Transform your camera from a toy into a tool [Deals]

Learn the skills and concepts necessary to take professional level photos.
Learn the skills and concepts necessary to take professional level photos.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Depending on who’s using it, a camera can either be a plaything or a means of expression, professional or otherwise. If you sprang for a proper digital or film camera but worry you won’t use it to its full potential, this course is for you. It’s 22 modules of professionally-taught, accredited instruction that’ll demystify the techniques and concepts of high-level photography for $19.99. This usually goes for more than $2,500.