Apple to help Pentagon develop military wearables

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Apple is helping develop stretchable electronics for the U.S. military.
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures/Cult of Mac

Apple is one of several companies and organizations teaming up with the Pentagon to develop high-tech wearables for the U.S. military.

The goal of the $171 million project? To develop stretchable electronics that can worn by soldiers, and eventually used for real-time monitoring of the structural integrity of ships and warplanes.

Apple buys massive development site in San Jose

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Apple bought enough land to build a second spaceship.
Apple bought enough land to build a second spaceship.
Photo: Apple

Apple signed a lease for 300,000 square feet of office space in San Jose last month, but the company might be eyeing a bigger expansion in the city, according to a new report that Apple just purchased a massive development site in North San Jose.

In a deal worth more than $138 million, Apple has purchased 43 acres of land at 2347 North First St., according to documents obtained by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Apple has yet to announce its plans for the property, but it will be the company’s first significant presence into San Jose in decades.

Here’s a map of the land Apple just bought:

Apple considers massive office expansion in San Jose

Apple's spaceship campus isn't big enough for all its Silicon Valley employees.
Apple's spaceship campus isn't big enough for all its Silicon Valley employees.
Photo: Apple

The biggest city in Silicon Valley is about to land the world’s biggest tech company.

Apple is considering expanding into north San Jose to lease more office space, even though the company’s gigantic space ship campus is scheduled to be completed next year and house more than 13,00 employees.

Silicon Valley takes hilarious shot at one of Apple’s worst products

One piece of product placement Apple can't be too happy about.
One piece of product placement Apple can't be too happy about.
Photo: HBO

Mike Judge’s great HBO comedy Silicon Valley has featured some fantastic references to Apple in the past — including a tongue-in-cheek dismissal of Steve Jobs as someone who “didn’t even code” and two not-so-obvious Apple logos that pop up during the show’s opening.

The most recent episode, entitled “Homicide,” contained one more namecheck of everyone’s favorite Cupertino company, but it’s unlikely to be a reference that got Tim Cook guffawing in front of his TV at home — since it skewered one of the most notorious Apple products of all time.

HBO’s fictional startup Pied Piper is hiring

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Would you want to work for this group of high-acheivers? Photo: HBO
Would you want to work for this group of high-acheivers? Photo: HBO

As I was scrolling down the page over on Facebook, reading the latest posts from friends and family, i noticed a new ad to the right: Pied Piper, the fictional company from HBO’s hit show, Silicon Valley, is hiring!

The ad is pretty convincing; here’s hoping no one actually clicked through hoping for a tech job.