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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similar logos for Boring Co. and Morning Show
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Graphic: The Boring Company/Apple

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.

Fortnite mech everybody hates sees massive nerfs

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It's about time!
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The Fortnite B.R.U.T.E. almost every player hates finally saw massive nerfs this week.

The mech now fires fewer rockets, deals less damage, and takes longer to cool down after boosting. Epic Games has also made it so that materials are no longer granted to B.R.U.T.E. riders.

Tim Cook ‘heartbroken’ over the death of European privacy regulator

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Tim Cook with his friend Giovanni Buttarelli.
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Tim Cook has tweeted his condolences following the death of EU data protection regulator Giovanni Buttarelli. Buttarelli passed away on August 20 at the age of 62.

In a recent tweet, Cook described himself as “heartbroken by the loss of my friend.” He credited Buttarelli with advancing “the cause of privacy in Europe and around the world.”

Today in Apple history: iPad takes to the skies with United Airlines

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If only they had known about the iPad Air...
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23 Today in Apple history: United Airlines will issue iPads to pilots August 23, 2011: United Airlines says it will hand out 11,000 iPads for its pilots. It’s the largest rollout yet of Apple tablets as a replacement for the weighty flight bags previously carried by pilots.

Going paperless saves around 16 million sheets of paper each year, the equivalent of 1,900 trees not cut down. The weight difference between the 1.5-pound iPad and the 40-pound flight bag also saves 326,000 gallons of jet fuel per year!