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Apple’s Watch gets updated and their television gets scrapped on The CultCast

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This week: ok sure, Apple may have forever shelved plans for a proper television, but reports of a souped-up Apple TV debuting at WWDC will make you forget all that. Plus: the good stuff in Apple’s first Watch update; new Macbook Pros and iMacs get faster specs and bigger price tags; and Steve Jobs teaches bad actors a lesson they shan’t forget.

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Apple’s Watch gets updated and their television gets scrapped on The CultCast

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Apple urges Obama to block government snooping

Apple has taken steps to avoid snooping.

Apple has taken steps to avoid snooping.

Apple has put its name to a letter which will be sent today, appealing to the White House to protect individual privacy rights in the face of suggestions that law enforcement should be able to access encrypted smartphone data via a backdoor.

“Strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security,” argues the letter, which is signed by more than 140 tech companies, technologists, and civil society groups.

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‘Businessman’ who made $43,000 scamming Apple jailed

Defraud Apple, go to Egypt.

Defraud Apple, go to Egypt.

Edward Hornsey has had an impressively long relationship with Apple’s customer service department. The 24 year-old has returned 51 iPhones in the past year, and Apple has replaced them with brand-new units.

The only problem is that none of those phones were his, and he’s now in jail for fraud.

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These old Apple devices are about to become obsolete

This may soon be your best option for fixing your older, broken Apple products.

This may soon be your best option for fixing your older, broken Apple products.

If your iPhone 3G breaks a month from now, prepare to be mostly out of luck.

Apple has released a list of devices that will stop receiving repair and parts service in Apple Stores on June 9.

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Apple objects to RadioShack data selloff

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Everything must (or must not) go.

RadioShack’s bankruptcy proceedings have hit another interesting bump; Apple has joined the states of Texas and Tennessee in trying to prevent the liquidating company from selling off its customers’ data.

The latest complaint is just one more obstacle to RadioShack’s already checkered attempts to go out of business.

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Using this camera with Apple Photos could destroy your photo library

If you have this camera, don't use Apple Photos. Photo: Leica

If you have this camera, don’t use Apple Photos. Photo: Leica

If you’re an owner of a new Leica M Monochrom camera — a beautiful digital camera specializing in beautiful black-and-white photographs, which Leica released on May 7th — you may want to avoid hooking it up to your Mac right now.

According to a new advisory, a nasty bug affects the Leica M Monochrom which can cause it to destroy your entire Apple Photos library. Whoa!

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All developers can now access the App Analytics beta

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Now’s your chance, every iOS developer.

Patient iOS developers haven’t had long to wait for their time with Apple’s new App Analytics tool; the beta is now open to everyone with an iTunes Connect Admin, Finance, or Sales account.

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Greenpeace awards Apple straight A’s for energy policy

Apple's upcoming Campus 2 is basically a big monument to its energy policy. Photo: Apple

Apple’s upcoming Campus 2 is basically a big monument to its energy policy. Photo: Apple

A new report from environmental organization Greenpeace has given Apple top marks for its policies and movement toward renewable energy.

The 72-page document by senior policy analyst Gary Cook and media officer David Pomerantz serves as an evaluation of current corporate activities, a summary of the state of renewable tech and progress, and a roadmap for how to institute less wasteful programs moving forward.

Apple, which is currently building an environmentally friendly second campus in Cupertino was one of three “Green Internet Innovators” shown on the graphic below, which groups companies from least to most environmentally friendly.

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Face-Cook, Ive-Space, or Schi-tter? Apple patent hints at new social network

You know what's cool? A new kind of social network. Photo: Columbia Pictures

You know what’s cool? A new kind of social network. Photo: Columbia Pictures

Apple could introduce its own iOS-exclusive social network, according to a patent application published today.

Described broadly as “Lifestyle-Based Social Groups,” the application may be used to set up real-world childcare groups, lift-sharing, dining clubs etc., by automatically determining your interests and then pointing you toward similar people.

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Steve Jobs’ business cards from Apple, Pixar and NeXT go up for auction

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You can own a bit of Steve Jobs memorabilia for a good cause. Photo: Apple

Steve Jobs memorabilia collectors can now grab the holy trifecta of business cards while also doing a bit of good along the way.

Three of Jobs’ business cards from his days at Apple, Pixar and NeXT are up for auction, with proceeds going to The Marin School in California. Bidding started at $600 but it’s already up to $2,405.

Here’s a look at the cards you’ll win if you place the high bid:

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