Slope makes iPad a sleek second screen for Mac [10% discount]

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Turning a tablet into an external display for your laptop isn't totally unheard of, but Slope makes it look oh so good.
Turning a tablet into an external display for your laptop isn't totally unheard of, but Slope makes it look oh so good.
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Slope, a beautifully designed minimalist tablet stand, transforms your iPad into a second Mac screen or even a mini iMac.

Whether you’re pairing iPad with Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, or using it as an external display for MacBook or iMac, Slope positions and displays your tablet with utmost style and security.

It’s the perfect way to integrate your new iPad Pro into your desktop setup and Apple ecosystem. This is especially significant with the rumored macOS 10.15 update, code-named “Sidecar,” enabling an iPad to act as a second screen for running macOS software.

Founder of Apple’s most famous supplier is stepping down

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Terry Gou
Foxconn founder Terry Gou, right, says he will resign soon.
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The founder of Foxconn, whose biggest customer, Apple, helped it rise to be the world’s top contract electronics manufacturer, says he plans to step aside to allow a younger executive to take over.

CEO Terry Gou did not give a timeline when he confirmed to a Reuters reporter his plans to resign from the Taiwan-based company he started with a loan from his mom around the same time Steve Jobs launched Apple.

Rare Apple WALT prototype combines phone and fax machine

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Apple WALT prototype
This is one Apple device you’ve probably never heard of.
Photo: Sonny Dickson

Apple had plans to deliver a phone long before Steve Jobs took to the stage of Macworld 2007 to show off the iPhone.

Around 14 years earlier, the company previewed a prototype device called the Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone, or the WALT, which combined a telephone and fax machine into one.

Here’s a rare look at the prototype that shows just what WALT can do.

A staggering 83% of U.S. teens own an iPhone

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American teens aren’t interested in Android.
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An incredible 83% of American teens now own an iPhone.

That’s according to a recent survey of 8,000 high school students across the United States, 86% of which say that their next smartphone will be made by Apple.

Stream all the bags you want with this Apple AF gag

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Exciting new *products from WaterField Designs.
Screenshot: WaterField Designs

The serious side of WaterField Designs takes meticulous care constructing bespoke cases and bags, mostly out of the finest leather, popular with users of Apple devices.

The small-batch San Francisco shop also has a wicked sense of humor in its spirit, especially for April Fools Day.

WaterField Designs produced a product page that sends up some of the most recent news to come from Apple, including an announcement that WaterField is starting a monthly original bags streaming service.

Microsoft puts a stop to April Fools’ Day pranks

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A previous Microsoft prank resurrected MS-DOS on mobile.
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Microsoft has banned employees from participating in April Fools’ Day pranks.

The stunts “have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles,” an internal memo explains. This comes just days after Microsoft resurrected Clippy, the famous Office assistant, only to remove it a day later.

Apple may be softening its stance on repair laws

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Right to Repair
This shouldn't hurt.
Photo: iFixit

Apple has been publicly opposed to a rapidly growing movement known as “Right to Repair”

But internally, the tech giant is slowly loosening its grip on parts for repair as 20 states consider legislation that would make it easier for consumers to repair their electronic devices, such as iPhones and MacBook computers.

YouTube cancels original series just as Apple enters the game

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One of the shows to get the boot.
Photo: YouTube

YouTube is reportedly canceling its original series just as Apple prepares to unveil a video streaming service of its own.

At least two of YouTube’s biggest shows have been axed, according to a new report. The service has also stopped accepting pitches for new originals as it drops plans to compete with the likes of Amazon and Netflix.