Australian government tosses flagship Apple Store objections out of court

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Apple's proposed new Australia flagship store.
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An attempt to block construction of Apple’s “global flagship” Apple Store in Melbourne, Australia has failed in Australian parliament.

Brought by the Australian Green Party, the attempt to block the building of the new Apple Store in Federation Square claimed that the government was putting corporate interests ahead of those of the public.

Apple wants to buy crucial iPhone battery metal direct from miners

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Apple has a plan to help it sidestep a potential shortage of cobalt.
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Apple is reportedly in talks to buy the cobalt used in its iPhone batteries directly from miners for the first time.

This would mark a major change since Apple, one of the world’s largest end users of cobalt supplies, has previously left the purchasing of the metal down to the companies which build its batteries. It’s a smart move that could help prioritize Apple in the event of a major cobalt shortage.

Looks like multi-room AirPlay just got further away

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Multi-room audio won't be coming anytime soon.
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One of the best features for Apple’s new HomePod appears to be facing some big delays.

AirPlay 2.0 promises to give HomePod users the ability to stream the same song to different devices in different rooms from a single iPhone. But with the release of iOS 11.3 beta 3 this morning, Apple has decided to pull the feature from testing.

Apple’s new videos show how to master slo-mo and more

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Get the most out of your iPhone's camera with these tips.
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Apple published a new set of tutorial videos for iPhone owners today showing how to use some of the device’s advanced camera features.

The new videos offer how-to instructions on how to use the grid to shoot perfect overhead videos or the power of slo-mo and how to perfectly adjust it for each action clip you shoot.

Watch all of three right here:

Stylish Apple Glasses concept imagines the AR future

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Would you wear these Apple shades?
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Apple’s probably not coming out with AR glasses anytime this decade, but that’s not stopping concept designers from flooding the web with dreams of what Apple’s spectacles will look like.

This latest concept comes from Martin Hajek and they’re definitely the most stylish Apple Glasses vaporware we’ve seen yet. The Apple Glasses in Hajek’s mockups actually look like real glasses, only they’re also big enough to provide some useful information to the wearer.

Take a closer look:

Apple seeds third betas of iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4

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iOS 11.3 adds Messages on iCloud, new animojis and more.
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Apple developers received a fresh batch of new beta builds this morning, including the third beta of iOS 11.3, which is set to bring a host of new features and emoji to the public later this year.

Other new beta builds seeded today includes macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta 3 and tvOS 11.3 beta 3, both contain a number of bug fixes, under-the-hood improvements and other changes for the Mac and Apple TV.

Apple named world’s most innovative company for 2018

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2017 was a terrific year for Apple fans.
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Who said innovation was dead at Apple? Certainly not Fast Company, which just named the iPhone-maker the world’s most innovative company for 2018.

Apple secured the top spot “for delivering the future today.” AirPods, Apple Watch Series 3, ARKit, and iPhone X were recognized as its best products from the past year.

Rivals like Google and Samsung didn’t make the list.

Samsung unleashes world’s largest SSD with 30TB of storage

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That's enough storage for 500 days of HD video.
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Samsung is again responsible for the world’s largest solid-state drive.

Almost years after the South Korean company released its record-breaking 15.36TB drive, it has unleashed a 30.72TB model. It is the most storage ever squeezed into a 2.5-inch form factor, enough to hold 5,700 high-definition movies.

Signed Steve Jobs check will go to auction for $20,000 and counting

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A rare opportunity to own a rare Steve Jobs autograph.
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If you want to own an original check signed by Steve Jobs (unfortunately cashed!), you’ll have an opportunity this week when a 1988 check for $2,000 goes up for auction.

The Bank of America check was given to Jobs’ girlfriend Tina Redse on March 11, 1988. It is signed “steven jobs” on the signature line. Bidding starts at a mere $20,000.