Tim Cook joins Trump’s workforce advisory panel

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined a Trump Administration panel focusing on worker education.
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Apple’s CEO is one of 25 members of the new American Workforce Policy Advisory Board which will advise President Trump on issues affecting workers.

Tim Cook and the president have a surprisingly congenial relationship considering they differ on some fundamental issues.

Apple soaks Google to sit in Safari’s sweet spot

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A group called Google You Owe Us wants $1000 each after Google invaded their privacy
Google pays a hefty sum to stay the default Safari search engine, making a real contribution to Apple’s bottom line.
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With sales of iPhones plateauing, money from its Services sector is playing an increasing role in Apple’s bottom line. There’s a significant source of this type of revenue many might not expect: arch-rival Google.

As part of its advertising business, Google pays Apple a huge sum every year to stay the default search engine in the Safari web browser. And it’s expected to grow.

This cheap Lightning-to-USB-C cable is better than Apple’s [Review]

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There’s no reason to get Apple’s Lightning-to-USB-C cable when Anker’s is at least as good for less money.
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Anker is taking pre-orders for a Lightning-to-USB-C cable that costs much less than Apple’s version. We tested this new accessory to see how quickly it can charge an iPhone to be sure it’s a reasonable copy and not just a cheap knockoff.

Read on to see how well the Anker Powerline II USB-C cable stood up to our tests.

Porn, gambling apps abuse Apple’s developer program to sneak onto iPhones

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Apple’s Developer Enterprise Program can be misused to distribute iPhone software that violates the company’s community guidelines.
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It turns out Facebook and Google aren‘t the only companies misusing the system Apple created to allow companies to share internal iOS apps with their workers. Software with hardcore pornography and  gambling have been distributed to the public via the Developer Enterprise Program.

Apple names senior exec to promote its augmented reality initiatives

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There are plenty of AR apps but few people have heard of them. An Apple veteran has been tasked with changing that.
Frank Casanova is Apple's new AR boss.
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Apple’s augmented reality efforts have a new spokesperson. Frank Casanova has been named head of marketing for Apple’s AR offerings.

Apple has been hard at work in this area for years, but its developer tools and the resulting AR apps haven’t attracted significant attention. Perhaps that’s why there’s a new senior director in charge of promoting them.

ThunderMag revives MagSafe for Thunderbolt 3 connections

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ThunderMag replaces MagSafe for USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 connections.
ThunderMag replaces MagSafe for USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 connections.
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MagSafe break-away cables were a great way to keep MacBooks from getting damaged but Apple stopped using them as part of the transition to USB-C.  ThunderMag is a new accessory that replicates this feature.

Its inventor claims there’s no data or charging slowdowns, as have plagued earlier attempts to replace MacSafe.

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iPhone users spent much more in the App Store last year, on a wide variety of apps.
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Upgrade rate slows by 33 percent as we hold onto our iPhones ever longer

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With people keeping their phones so long, a typical device getting replaced these days is the iPhone 6s.
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The days when people bought a new iPhone every two years are over, according to an industry analyst. In fact, many people are holding on to their handsets for twice that long.

That’s bad news for Apple’s bottom line, as faster upgrades mean more profits.

Glass screen protectors sometimes cause problems for 2018 iPad Pro

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The touchscreen in the new iPad Pro sometimes becomes less responsive under a glass screen protector.
The touchscreen in the new iPad Pro sometimes becomes less responsive under a glass screen protector.
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Some users of the newest iPad Pro models report that glass screen protectors limit the sensitivity of the touchscreen. These add-ones can also cause problems with Face ID.

The maker of a popular line of glass screen protectors say it has received only a very limited number of complaints, but it’s nevertheless working to address this issue.