Tim Cook talks Brexit with U.K. prime minister

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The staff at the Apple Buchanan Street store give Tim Cook a warm welcome.
The staff at the Apple Buchanan Street store give Tim Cook a warm welcome.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tour of western Europe continued today with a pit stop at Downing Street to meet with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

Cook was in the country to accept an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow, but took a break from the fun to discuss some serious topics with May, such as the impending Brexit and Apple’s investment in the country.

Apple’s ‘Hour of Code’ classes will run for a whole week this year

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In previous years, Apple ran the events for just one day.
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Apple has officially opened registration for its free “Hour of Code” workshops, which this year will run every day for a week at around 500 Apple stores around the world.

In previous years, Apple has offered just one day of workshops for its introduction to programming events, produced in partnership with Code.org.

Today in Apple history: Apple begins retail venture inside CompUSA

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Apple wanted more control over how it sold its computers.
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Nov4November 4, 1997: Apple announces a new deal to give it a mini “store within a store” in CompUSA outlets around the United States.

In a step toward the official Apple stores that would launch four years later, Cupertino staffs these mini-stores with Apple-trained employees. The move gives Apple a bit more control over the way its products get displayed and demoed to consumers.

iPhone sales expected to explode in 2017

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The 2017 iPhone will be a game changer.
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The iPhone 7 probably won’t be enough to reverse Apple’s declining sales slump when it reports earnings tomorrow. But analysts say Apple is sitting on a “powder keg of dramatically aging” iPhones that could lead to a super-cycle of upgrades in 2017.

Apple opening an app development center in India

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Apple is continuing its Indian drive.
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Apple plans to open a new high-end app development center in Bengaluru, India, according to a new report, citing people familiar with the company’s plans.

The report claims that Apple has already come to terms concerning a 40,000 square foot office space, spread across two floors. It is likely that this space will house around 300 people, and will open in early 2017.

10 biggest tech shopping myths, busted

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It's time to debunk these 10 common myths about buying tech gear.
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One of the best things about living in the digital age is the ease with which you can compare prices. It’s never been easier to find great deals, especially on technology. But even though finding discounted gadgets is pretty easy, some people still end up overpaying for tech because they’ve put their faith in misguided shopping myths.

If you’re looking to save money and get the most value for your dollar, make sure you don’t fall victim to one of these common misconceptions about buying electronics. Read on to learn more about the biggest tech shopping myths out there, why we believe them, and why those myths are just dead wrong. Our guide busts some Apple-specific myths, as well as some more general misconceptions about how to save money when shopping for gadgets.

Apple Stores’ biggest fan shined a light on the little people

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Gary Allen with his son, Devin, at a Beijing Apple Store in 2008.
Gary Allen with his son, Devin, at a Beijing Apple Store in 2008.
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Cult of Mac 2.0 bugTim Cook, Jony Ive and Apple’s legendary Steves earned their loyal followings.

Writer Gary Allen made sure the foot soldiers — Apple retail workers and even the carpenters who made display tables for Apple Stores — got props for their contributions to Cupertino by way of Allen’s now-defunct website ifo Apple Store.

In doing so, Allen left his own thankful and devoted followers saddened when he passed away last fall from brain cancer.

Hungry publicity hound saves his spot in Apple history

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Greg Packer is described as a professional line-sitter with a knack for getting publicity. He often can be found at or near the front of the line at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City whenever a new iPhone is about to go on sale.
Greg Packer goes where the new iPhones are.
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Cult of Mac 2.0 bugGreg Packer is a shirtless footnote in the history of the iPhone. The retired highway maintenance worker from Long Island made a name for himself as the first person to line up for the sale of the first iPhone in 2007.

During his nearly weeklong stint sitting outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City, scores of reporters came by to interview him as he sat in a lawn chair, at times not bothering to put on a shirt during his many closeups.

India will fast-track approval for Apple Stores

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Apple wants to dramatically improve its 2 percent share on the smartphone market in India.
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India has indicated it will bypass the usual regulations for foreign companies and grant easy approval for Apple to establish retail outlets there.

This comes as CEO Tim Cook tries to tap new global markets, especially India, a country of 1.3 billion people where it has seen small gains in iPhone sales.