Apple invests $25 billion in future A-series chips

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TSMC is likely to produce Apple's A-series chips for at least a while longer.
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Apple will reportedly invest a massive $25 billion in 5 nanometer node technology to enable its A-series chip supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to fabricate next-generation chips for iOS devices.

No timeframe was announced for the investment, but the news came from TSMC itself, which suggests that there is validity to the rumors. Since the company is supposedly currently fabricating 7nm chips for the 2018 iPhone, this suggests that TSMC will hold onto its status as Apple’s A-series chipmaker for at least a while longer.

New sneakers? Apple Pay can save you money on Adidas products

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You can save money on products bought through the Adidas app.
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For its latest Apple Pay weekly promotion, Apple is giving customers 15 percent off purchases made in the Adidas iOS app — provided it’s bought using Apple’s mobile payment service, of course!

The promotion runs from today through June 28. The Adidas app can be downloaded, free of charge, from the App Store.

Today in Apple history: iOS 4 brings multitasking and FaceTime

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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.”

Governments start crackdown on smartphone use in schools

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There's growing concern about the effects of mobile devices on young people.
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The government of southeastern Australian state, New South Wales, has said that it plans to carry out a comprehensive review of smartphone use in schools. This will look at the effects of smartphones on kids in school, both in and out classrooms.

Why is that significant? Because, building on the growing concern about smartphone addiction, it represents a developing trend focused on cracking down on the use of phones. And New South Wales isn’t the only place doing this.

Apple Pay gets you cheaper, faster service at summer festivals

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Yet another reason to use Apple Pay.
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If you aren’t already using Apple Pay, you should be. Not only does it make shopping easier, but it can also save you money on all kinds of purchases every week. And now, Apple Pay users are getting faster service on discounted food and drink at concerts and festivals.

Apple Pay “fast lanes” have started popping up at concessions stands, helping users avoid the lengthy lines.

Fire up Apple Watch and iPhone with this minimalist charging pad

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WiDuo is a 2 in 1 wireless-charging solution for your iPhone and Apple Watch. Beautiful, simple and powerful with up to 20 percent faster charging!
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For lovers of versatility, and Apple gear, I bring you a two-in-one charging solution for iPhone and Apple Watch. Who doesn’t enjoy a twofer?

The WiDuo by Wiplabs is a beautifully minimalist charging pad that provides up to 20 percent faster charging that many of its wireless competitors. And, it’s cute and sleek to boot. Pop it in a bag or briefcase for on-the-go charging.

Cupertino postpones vote on ‘head tax’ on Apple employees

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Cupertino decided to not raise additional taxes this year on employees working at Apple Park.
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Cupertino’s city government decided to ask voters next year whether it should charge businesses a tax on every worker. Apple is the city’s largest employer, so most of the cost would have fallen on the iPhone maker.

The original plan, while vague, was to use the additional revenue to create more affordable housing options and improve Cupertino’s transit system.

Facebook finally going to charge you for some content

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Declutter My Home is one of a handful of Facebook groups that get to test charging subscription fees.
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A pilot project allows people who run Facebook groups to charge subscription fees for the content they create. During the testing process, this is an option for a limited number of group admins.

The fees can range from $4.99 to $29.99 a month. Facebook isn’t taking a share of the revenue.

This Steve Jobs business card is a pricey addition to your Rolodex

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A Steve Jobs Apple business card and three sheets of letterhead is for sale on eBay.
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It’s hard to imagine Steve Jobs ever needing to pass out business cards. But even for titans of industry, business cards were standard issue and if you happened to have one from Jobs, its worth a few bucks.

A seller on eBay is hoping to get $9,000 for a couple of Jobs business cards and a few sheets of his Apple letterhead stationary.

Exploding phone blamed for Malaysian VC’s death

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It's very rare, but smartphones can catch fire. They aren't known to explode powerfully enough to kill someone, though.
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A Malaysian man perished in a fire in his bedroom, but his family and his company say he was actually killed when the phone charging near his bed exploded.

“He had two phones, one Blackberry and a Huawei. We don’t know which one exploded,” said the brother-in-law of Nazrin Hassan, the CEO of a venture capital fund.