Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

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Steve Jobs' health wouldn't allow him to continue as CEO.
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August 24: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO August 24, 2011: With his health worsening, a cancer-stricken Steve Jobs steps down from his role leading Apple. Tim Cook assumes the role of Apple’s seventh CEO.

“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs writes in his retirement letter to the Apple board. “Unfortunately that day has come.”

What to expect from next month’s iPhone 11 refresh

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Here are all the things we think Apple has up its sleeve.
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The 2019 iPhone lineup is just weeks away from getting its grand unveiling. And according to recent rumors, it could be a lot more exciting than we first anticipated.

Faster chips and an extra camera sensor may not be the only reasons to upgrade this year. Two-way wireless charging, improved Face ID, and Apple Pencil support could also be on Apple’s list.

Here’s everything we expect from next month’s iPhone refresh.

Pick up a professional-level power bank [Deals]

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We've got three top tier power banks from Omni, so you can pick the right one.
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If you travel for work, you can’t afford to be screwing around with dead batteries or unreliable tech. So we’ve rounded up three of the best power banks from Omni, one of the best companies out there. These run the gamut, flexible power for all your devices to essentially bringing a wall outlet in your bag. Read on for more details:

Bento Stack keeps your essentials neatly organized on the go

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Bento Stack is a must-have for any traveler.
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Carrying essential accessories with you wherever you go can be a nightmare. Your wires can get tangled, your AirPods can get lost, and your Apple Pencil can end up in more than one piece. That’s why you need the Bento Stack.

This compact, multi-compartment storage solution keeps more than 10 must-have accessories neatly organized when you’re on the road. It’s a must-have if you’re a frequent traveler.

Apple will rake in cash from Disney+ too

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Watching The Mandalorian on Disney+ will probably make Apple money.
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Apple and Disney are launching streaming video services this fall. Despite these being rivals, Apple will make money off both. There will be Disney+ apps for iOS and Apple TV, and consumers will be able to subscribe with in-app purchases, which means Apple gets a hefty cut of the revenue.

Plus, Star Wars fans can be assured they’ll be able to watch The Mandalorian when it debuts Nov. 12 with their iPad or other Apple computer.

All your private data is being sold. Here’s how to opt out

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If you don't worry about your data being sold, here's a nice spot of sand where you can bury your head.
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Did you know that Home Depot shares your “name, address and transactional information … with third party companies”? Or that Marriott Hotels discloses “Personal Data and Other Data with select Strategic Business Partners”?

What about this snippet from the New York Times privacy policy: “If you are a U.S. print subscriber, we may exchange or rent your name and postal mailing address…”.

The bad news is, pretty much any time you share your data with a U.S. company, it will sell that data onto somebody else. The good news is that you can opt out. And the even better news is that there’s one place to get all the information you need to do it.

Save on MacBook Pro, HomePod and more [Deals & Steals]

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Save a fortune before these discounts disappear.
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Save a whopping $300 on the newest 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for a limited time at B&H Photo, or treat yourself to HomePod and save $30.

You will also find Apple’s official Clear Case for iPhone XR at half its usual price in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. Plus, there’s up to $100 off the Eero home Wi-Fi system, and 41% off a terrific charging stand for all your Apple gadgets.

The Morning Show logo may seem Boring to Elon Musk

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Use the image of an apple in a logo and the tech company Apple calls its patent attorneys.

Now Apple finds itself on the other side of a design patent question with the logo for the upcoming series The Morning Show, which looks strikingly similar to the logo for Elon Musk’s The Boring Company.

Apple terminates contracts of people hired to listen to Siri recordings

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Contractors listened to around 1,000 Siri recordings each shift.
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Apple has laid off the contractors whose job it was to listen to Siri recordings to improve the quality of Apple’s voice assistant.

Contractors in Ireland had their fixed term contracts “abruptly terminated” this week. This followed Apple suspending the practice last month. During each shift, employees supposedly listened to 1,000 Siri recordings.