Apple’s Black Friday deals offer up to $150 gift cards with purchases


Apple's bringing out the gift cards!
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As a premium brand, Apple’s not exactly known for its discounts or plethora of special offers. This year’s Black Friday is no different if you’ve been holding out for 50 percent reductions on the cost of a new iMac, or a buy-1-get-1-free deal on new Apple Watches.

That doesn’t mean Apple skipping out on a spending holiday altogether, though. In a “one day” shopping deal, Apple is handing out gift cards to anyone who buys certain products.

Check out the details below.

Crazy realistic Steve Jobs action figure lets you stage your own Stevenotes


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Less Silicon Valley, more Uncanny Valley.
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What better gift for the Apple geek in your life (or, heck, yourself) than a ridiculously realistic Steve Jobs action figure?

The 1/6 scale replica of the iconic Apple co-founder and CEO is coming soon from DAM Toys. In addition to boasting some highly detailed head sculpting, it sports Jobs’ iconic mock turtleneck, glasses, jeans, and a slew of other nifty accessories to create your own tiny One Infinite Loop tableaux in the comfort of your own home.

Apple’s offices in South Korea raided on eve of iPhone X launch


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Raid comes one day before the iPhone X goes on sale in the country.
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Authorities in South Korea raided Apple’s offices in Seoul today, one day ahead of the launch of the iPhone X.

The exact reason for the raid isn’t apparent, although it reportedly concerns Apple’s business practices in the country. Nonetheless, it raises questions about whether the South Korean government may be trying to hurt Apple prior to the release of one of its most sought-after products in years.

Foxconn stamps out illegal overtime for iPhone X


Foxconn says it took "immediate action" after hearing about illegal overtime for students building the iPhone X.
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Foxconn has wasted little time in responding to reports that high school student interns worked illegal overtime building the iPhone X.

In a statement made to the U.K.’s BBC broadcasting service, a representative for the Foxconn Technology Group said that it has taken, “immediate action to ensure that no interns are carrying out any overtime work.”

Today in Apple history: Rare Apple-1 sells for crazy money


The Apple-1 sold for what was then the largest amount a personal computer had sold for at auction.
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Nov23November 23, 2010: An early Apple-1 computer, complete with its original packaging and a letter signed by Steve Jobs, sells for $210,000.

At the time the most expensive personal computer ever sold at auction, the working Apple-1 is thought to be one of only around 50 thought to still exist.

Apple will feel effects of U.K. tax avoidance crackdown


U.K. Treasury announced its new policy this week.
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The U.K. Treasury has announced plans to crack down on tech giants which use overseas profit-shifting strategies to cut down on the amount of tax they have to pay.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the country will now charge a 20 percent income tax rate on any British earnings held overseas, starting April 2019.

Bold iPhone thief messages owner for iCloud password


Not the message you expect from an iPhone thief.
Photo: Beth Freestone

An iPhone thief in the U.K. had the audacity to send a message to the phone’s original owner, requesting the iCloud details so they could access their account.

Psychology student Beth Freestone had her handset stolen on a night out in the city of Manchester. Several months later, she then received a message on Facebook from a person claiming to have found the iPhone — but wanting to know how to access its associated accounts.

Jony Ive will host free design talk in Washington, D.C.


Jony Ive will be talking about the future of design.
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As one of Apple’s more elusive executives (when was the last time he spoke live at a keynote event?), it’s not every day that you get to hear chief design officer Jony Ive talk about what he does best.

If you live in Washington, D.C., however, you’ll get the chance later this month. Ive is speaking about the “future of design” at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum.

Best of all? The tickets are free.

Today in Apple history: iTunes enters top 10 U.S. music retailers


What was your first ever iTunes music download?
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November 22 Today in Apple historyNovember 22, 2005: Two-and-a-half years after opening its virtual doors, the iTunes Music Store enters the list of top 10 U.S. music retailers.

While Apple still lags behind established retail giants like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Circuit City, as well as fellow tech company Amazon, it nonetheless represents big news for Apple — and digital music sales as a whole.