Apple’s self-driving Lexus gets caught on camera

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Apple's Lexus is decked out in sensors.
Apple's Lexus is decked out in sensors.
Photo: Bloomberg

Apple’s self-driving cars have been spotted in the wild for the first time, giving fans an early peek at the tech that could change roads forever.

The California DMV issued a permit to Apple earlier this month allowing it to test its self-driving cars on public roads. Apple is only registered to drive three Lexus cars around Silicon Valley, but the company is wasting no time in its efforts to catch up to the competition.

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Trump’s visa crackdown will likely upset Silicon Valley

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Donald Trump speaks to supporters at an immigration policy speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona.
President Trump may butt heads with Apple again.
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr CC

As if Silicon Valley needed another reason to not approve of President Donald Trump, the White House has started to deliver on its promise of cracking down on work visas given to overseas workers — many of whom toil in the tech industry.

This week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency issued a memo detailing moves it intends to make to fight “fraud and abuse” of the program, while also warning employers that they shouldn’t discriminate against U.S. workers in their hiring.

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Tim Cook spotted dining with Google CEO

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Does this mean the thermonuclear war is over?
Does this mean the thermonuclear war is over?
Photo: Amit Pradhan

Apple CEO Tim Cook appears to be open to a friendlier relationship with Google than Steve Jobs ever was. Cook got spotted dining with Google CEO Sundar Pichai at one of the top Vietnamese restaurants in Silicon Valley this week. What the two powerful tech leaders were discussing is still a mystery, though.

Here’s another angle:

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Watch Tim Cook introduce Al Gore’s new movie to Silicon Valley

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Life at Apple is great for Tim Cook.
Tim Cook has pushed Apple to be one of the world's most environmentally friendly companies.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a special appearance during one of the first screenings of former vice president Al Gore’s new movie this week.

To kick off the Silicon Valley screening of Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” Cook gave a short speech before the silver screen lit up. Tim praised Gore for his work on the movie which is a direct sequel to the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” which highlighted the signs and dangers of climate change.

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New Tom Hanks movie The Circle imagines world where Apple is evil

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The Circle looks a lot like Apple's spaceship.
The Circle looks a lot like Apple's spaceship.
Photo: STX Entertainment

Ever wonder what would happen if Tim Cook decided to go evil and use everyone’s iPhone data for nefarious purposes?

That’s basically the plot of Tom Hanks’ new movie, The Circle, which is set at an infinite-loop-shaped campus in Silicon Valley where everything looks absolutely perfect from the outside (just like Apple).

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This retro photo shows how much Apple changed the face of Silicon Valley

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The site of Apple's spaceship campus back in 1961.
The site of Apple's spaceship campus back in 1961.
Photo: Santa Clara Public Library.

When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple way back in 1976, they had no idea how much their company would literally change the landscape of Silicon Valley, let alone the tech world.

Thanks to some old photographs of Cupertino, we can now see just how big of an imprint the Steves’ company has left behind.

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White House uses Steve Jobs video to recruit techies

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Steve Jobs is the star of the government's new ad campaign.
Steve Jobs is the star of the government's new ad campaign.
Photo: U.S. Digital Service

The U.S. government has always had a hard time getting techies to work for it, but with a little help from Steve Jobs, the White House’s Digital Service team is hoping that will change.

President Barack Obama created the U.S. Digital Service as a “startup” within the White House in 2014 to help improve and expand the government’s online services. The service just launched a new marketing campaign this week that features Jobs giving inspirational advice to people who want to change the world.

See Uncle Steve posthumously recruit government tech workers in the ad below.

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World’s first HomeKit community springs up in San Jose

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HomeKit is now getting packaged into new homes.
HomeKit is now getting packaged into new homes.
Photo: KB Home

Apple’s HomeKit platform is set to power an entire community currently under construction in San Jose.

Real estate development firm KB Home revealed today that its new community, Promenade at Communications Hill, will be the first ever in the US to have HomeKit technology built-in, providing a seamless experience from the foundation up.

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Woz and other tech icons sign anti-Trump open letter

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The Woz has the magic touch with computers.
Woz joins Silicon Valley's anti-Trump crusade.
Photo: Reddit

Silicon Valley is uniting against presumed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in an open letter today that calls out the candidate for his “anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline.”

The letter is signed by some of the biggest names in the tech industry, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mark Pincus at Zinga, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, Vint Cerf and dozens of others.

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Surprise: Silicon Valley campaign donations lean to the left

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Silicon Valley campaign donations have poured way more money into the presidential bids of Democrats than Republicans, surprising nobody, ever.

This shocking revelation comes from a report from CrowdPAC, a non-partisan, political crowdfunding organization that has discovered that the companies most likely to donate to campaigns are Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon. And while the findings don’t include fine-grain data like individual amounts or the actual numbers of employees, they do make one overwhelming conclusion:

Techies don’t like Donald Trump.

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