‘No foul play’ involved in employee death at Apple HQ

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Investigators have deemed yesterday’s shock death of an employee at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop headquarters to be not suspicious, suggesting that it was the result of a suicide.

“After further investigation it appeared there was no foul play and no other individuals were involved,” Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Andrea Urena told the Los Angeles Times. “This appeared to be an isolated incident and no employees or members of the public are at risk.”

Apple won’t have to abide by local sourcing laws in India

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Apple Stores are coming to India very soon.
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Despite disappointing earnings in other parts of the world, India is doing great for Apple right now — with iPhone sales up 56 percent over the past quarter, without Apple even having a brick-and-mortar retail store in the region.

Things may be about to get even better, however, as Apple’s plans to open Apple Stores in India have taken a leap forward as the country’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has recommended Apple be exempt from laws stating that foreign single-brand retailers must source at least 30 percent of their products locally.

How to secure your Notes in OS X

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Keep your notes secure in OS X.
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Lots of us were excited to keep our Notes private when iOS 9.3 added the feature to Apple’s mobile devices. We all store private details in our notes such as bank details, pin numbers and more within the notes app for convince. Knowing this information is now more secure than ever is one less thing to worry about.

But did you know that you can do the same on your Mac?

In this week’s Quick Tips video, I’m going to help you with your peace of mind and show you how to secure your notes in OS X.

Check out the video below.

Apple introduced iTunes Store 13 years ago today

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The iTunes Store was a revolution.
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The iTunes Store turns 13 year old today, having originally opened its virtual doors on April 28, 2003 — back when 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” was riding high in the music charts, Anger Management and Bulletproof Monk were in theaters, and Saddam Hussein had just been ousted from power.

Who could’ve guessed that, years later, it would become the largest music vendor in the world, with well over 25 billion songs sold worldwide? Steve Jobs, that’s who!

Check out Jobs’ original unveiling of what was originally called the iTunes Music Store below.

Homemade iPad robot is a piano-playing prodigy

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It turns out the iPad can be a pretty great piano player.
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It’s pretty darn cool watching talented human musicians bust out music using an iPad, but one thing we’re all limited by is the ability to react perfectly to 120 frames of motion each second.

Which is why it’s awesome to see the work of YouTube user DenverFinn, who recently built a D.I.Y. robot with the express aim of breaking the record for iPad piano game Piano Tiles. With the aid of an iPhone and a homemade machine able to hammer a specific tile on the screen when asked to, DenverFinn’s robot shows prodigy levels of piano-playing excellence.

Check out the video below.