New Apple demos help you make the most of Photos’ Memories


Memories on iPhone
Apple wants to sell you on its Memories feature.
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Apple has debuted two new “How to” videos online related to the Memories feature on iOS, which lets your Photos app scan through your image library for meaningful people, places and other snaps, and then presenting them in curated collections.

Check the two new spots out below.

Beleaguered Apple GPU maker puts itself up for sale


Imagination has developed chips for almost all of Apple's devices.
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Imagination Technologies, the British company that has been designing Apple’s mobile GPUs for years, has put itself up for sale.

Earlier this year, Imagination confirmed that Apple would be dropping its graphics chips within two years as part of its “insourcing” program to develop its own chips. Since then, Imagination has lost a massive 70 percent of its value.

Today in Apple history: iOS 4 brings multitasking and FaceTime


iOS 4 brought important new features to iPhones and the recently released iPad.
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Jun21 June 21, 2010: Apple releases iOS 4, which introduces a range of productivity features as well as the FaceTime videotelephony service.

iOS 4 represents a big step forward for Apple’s flourishing mobile devices. Due to the arrival of the first-gen iPad earlier in the year, iOS 4 also brings a transition from the mobile operating system’s original name, “iPhone OS.”

Rivals suffer as Apple sucks up smartphone component supplies


iPhone 8 facial recognition
The iPhone 8 isn't a phone you want to be competing against.
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The iPhone 8 is set to be a monster seller for Apple, and that’s not so good if you’re a rival handset vendor in China, where smartphone component inventory levels are at an all-time low.

Currently in demand parts include smartphone memory, camera sensors and batteries. And high-volume production of new iPhones in the third quarter is likely to affect availability of fingerprint sensors, metal cases and assorted display components.

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow for iOS gets a star-studded teaser trailer


Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, George Takei and Bill Nye will all feature in the game.
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A new Futurama iOS game is set to land in the App Store this month and, based on the trailer, it looks to be a star-studded affair.

The Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow ad features the brainy voice talents of no less than Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, George Takei and Bill Nye. Check it out below.

Today in Apple history: Apple’s eWorld online service goes live


It doesn't get more 1990s than this!
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June 20: Today in Apple historyJune 20, 1994: Apple launches eWorld, a subscription service for Mac owners that’s designed to compete with America Online and other nascent online properties.

Part messaging service and part news aggregator, eWorld is supposed to push Apple into competition with the likes of AOL, Delphi, CompuServe and Prodigy. Unfortunately, Apple’s online service is doomed from the start.

Tim Cook pushes Trump for compulsory coding classes for kids


Tim Cook discusses Apple's enterprise ambitions at BoxWorks in San Francisco, September 2015.
Tim Cook thinks coding is one of today's most important subjects.
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During Monday’s White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Tim Cook pushed for the U.S. government to make coding a required class for kids.

This is something Cook has publicly discussed before. When Apple debuted its kid-focused Swift Playgrounds app, he said, “We believe coding should be a required language in all schools.”

Apple and Ikea’s AR collab lets you test furniture before buying


Apple and Ikea are collaborating on artificial intelligence.
Tim Cook has previously said that AR tech makes him "scream" with excitement.
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Ikea has revealed a few new details about its augmented reality collaboration with Apple that lets customers test out virtual pieces of furniture in their homes before they buy them.

Tim Cook recently discussed the app briefly in an interview in which he said that, We’ve talked to Ikea, and they have 3D images of their furniture line. You’re talking about changing the whole experience of how you shop for, in this case, furniture and other objects that you can place around the home.”

E.U. may ban FBI-style iPhone hacking demands


iPhone hack
Law would undermine attempts to break security.
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Attempts to force tech companies in the U.K. to hand over encrypted messages could be scuttled by EU proposals.

European members of parliament for the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee have tabled laws banning countries from seeking to break encrypted messages. It would also force tech companies which don’t use strong encryption for communications to do so.

Today in Apple history: New Power Mac is faster and more expandable


Power Macintosh 9500
This was the iMac Pro of its day.
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June 19: Today in Apple history June 19, 1995: Apple releases the Power Macintosh 9500, a high-end Macintosh that boasts a second-generation PowerPC chip that’s much faster than its predecessor.

The Power Mac 9500 is also significant for coming with six Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) slots, allowing it to attach to other hardware using the Intel-developed industry standard connection. Along with seven bays for internal drives and a swappable daughterboard, this makes it the most expandable Power Mac ever produced.