Now you can shower like Tim Cook without getting soaked

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Nebia is bringing Apple-like innovation to the shower.
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Nebia, the eco-friendly shower head company adored by Apple CEO Tim Cook, unveiled a new version of its shower system today. Unlike the previous two generations, this one is priced to sell.

The new Nebia shower head is smaller and cheaper than previous models. Nebia launched a Kickstarter for it today, revealing the price has dropped from $499 to just $160. Now almost every home can get a Silicon Valley-style shower.

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Apple allegedly eyes 1,500-employee office space in Munich

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The Karl has been designed by Chipperfield Architects.
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Apple might be preparing to make a big expansion into Germany, based on the latest real estate rumors leaking out of the country.

According to a recent report, construction on the “Karl” office building in Munich is set to be completed in 2021. Currently, no tech company has publicly stated it will move into the building, which could house as many as 1,500 employees. However, strong hints point toward Apple as the upcoming occupant.

Meryl Streep will narrate Apple’s 2020 Earth Day short film

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Apple is taking a different tone on Earth Day this year.
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Meryl Streep, the greatest actress of her generation, is finally teaming up with Apple.

Apple revealed today that Streep will lend her vocal talents to the company’s animated Earth Day short film, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth. The roster also includes vocal performances by Chris O’Dowd, Jacob Tremblay, and Ruth Negga.

NBA teams up with Apple Music to showcase emerging hip-hop artists

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BASE:LINE keeps you plugged into up-and-coming hip-hop artists.
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Apple is deepening its partnership with the NBA by teaming up to launch a global playlist on Apple Music to highlight independent hip-hop artists.

The new playlist, dubbed “BASE:LINE” (get it? Cause there’s a baseline in rap songs and on the basketball court), will be curated by Apple Music’s director of hip-hop and R&B Ebro Darden. New artists and songs will be added to the playlist every Thursday with the first edition being made available today.

This guitar made out of 106 iPhones actually works

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This custom iPhone guitar from Copper Guitars is the most rockin' iPhone mod ever.
This might be the most rockin' iPhone mod ever.
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Crazy Russian modders have one-upped themselves yet again by creating an absolutely absurd guitar made out of 106 iPhones (and one iPod touch).

The one-of-a-kind working guitar, with a neck based on a 1999 Fender Telecaster, is being sold by Moscow-based guitar shop Copper Guitars. We’ve seen some pretty wild ways to repurpose old Apple devices, but this is the most metal one yet. And it could be yours for just over $6,000.

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Google now lets you use iPhone as a physical security key

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Your iPhone is now a physical 2FA key.
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Google is finally letting iPhone owners use their device as a physical two-factor authorization security key for Google services thanks to a new update to the Google Smart Lock app for iOS.

The new feature uses the iPhone’s Secure Enclave to store private keys. Now, instead of having a 2FA code texted to you, Google can send it over Bluetooth, making your accounts less vulnerable to phishing attempts and other hacks.

Apple inks multi-year content deal with Little America co-creator

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Apple's handing out content deals left and right.
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Lee Eisenberg, the co-creator behind Apple’s upcoming TV series, Little America, has inked a multi-year to create content for Apple TV+.

Apple already ordered a second season of Little America ahead of its premiere later this month. Now Eisenberg is one of the few creators to score an overall deal with Apple that will see him developing original TV and digital media projects exclusively for the iPhone-maker.

Instagram DMs are coming to the web

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Facebook is focused on owning messaging.
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Chatting with your friends on Instagram is coming soon to a desktop computer near you.

Instagram revealed today that it is testing a new feature that allows users to access their Instagram DMs through the company’s website. For now, the feature is only being tested with a small percentage of users, but it might be available to everyone later this year.

US Attorney General demands Apple unlock Pensacola shooter’s iPhones

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Apple is embroiled in another unlocking controversy.
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Apple could be headed for another collision course with U.S. federal law enforcement, similar to the spat it had with the FBI over creating backdoors into iOS.

Attorney General William Barr has asked Apple to provide access to two phones used by the gunman at the Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting last month. Barr said this morning that Apple has provided no “substantive assistance” so far and indicated that he’s ready for a fight regarding the issue.