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Coi Leray becomes first ‘contestant’ on Apple’s Play, Pause, Delete


Coi Leray becomes first contestant on Apple’s ‘Play, Pause, Delete’
Apple premiered Play, Pause, Delete with rapper Coi Leray.
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Rapper Coi Leray went on Apple’s Play, Pause, Delete to choose her favorite venues, her go-to sidekick, and the superpower she can’t wait to delete forever. That makes her the star of the first episode of what Apple calls a game show but is more of a talk show. It’s available to all on YouTube.

Athletes’ and musicians’ Apple accounts hacked in phishing scheme


Fraudster steals $16k from victim posing as Apple tech support
Dear sir or madam, I am from Apple tech support. What is your password? Love, totally legit guy
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Everyone needs to watch out for hackers phishing for their account details, and that includes celebrities. A Georgia man tricked pro athletes and rappers into giving up login details for their Apple accounts, which he used to access to their credit cards, according to the FBI.

Jeremy Martin vying to be iPad artist of the stars


Steve Jobs, creator of the iPad and created on the iPad.
Steve Jobs, creator of the iPad and created on the iPad.
Portrait: Jeremy Martin

Pope Francis and Miley Cyrus have little in common. One is a spiritual leader who displays awe-inspiring compassion and the other is a hyper-sexualized pop singer who loves to display her tongue.

Each carry the weight of celebrity and thus share space in a growing gallery of portraits by New York artist Jeremy Martin, whose medium of choice happens to be an iPad.

Facebook’s Periscope clone is only for beautiful people


Facebook is harnessing the power of its massive user base to compete with Periscope's live video streaming.
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Did you think the biggest social network on the planet was just going to sit idly by while the likes of Meerkat and Periscope find success in live, social video? Facebook won’t stand for it. So it’s launching its own contribution to the live streaming mix, but the catch is only cool people can use it.

9 of the most famous Apple fanboys of all time



When you make the most desirable phones, tablets and computers on the planet, it’s no surprise that you’d rack up a few celebrity fans. Everyone from Hollywood actors to politicians carries an iPhone, while Apple’s never been afraid to pull in big names to star in its ads. But who are the real enthusiasts among the pack? Scroll through the gallery above to see the nine biggest celebrity Apple fanboys in existence.

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Apple board member Al Gore’s not the only Washington politico to be enamored with Apple products. Right from the start, former President Bill Clinton was an iPhone user, subsequently telling a tech audience gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the dot-com Internet domain name that it was his "favorite device."

Clinton was good friends with Steve Jobs, too — even making a personal trip to see the Apple CEO in 2011, when Jobs was on medical leave. My favorite Clinton/Jobs story? That Jobs once cornered Clinton at a charity fundraiser and asked him to personally request that Tom Hanks record the narration for an Apple advert. Clinton politely declined.

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There are few Apple fans more enthusiastic than actor, author and TV presenter Stephen Fry, who even dedicates whole chapters of his autobiography to describing the impact the Macintosh had on his life. Fry was in Cupertino for the unveiling of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch last month. Thoughts from the ever-eloquent thesp? “Want, want, want; drool, drool drool.”

That about sums it up.

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Apple has always attracted — and been marketed to — creatives, so it’s no surprise that there would be plenty of musicians among the company’s fan base. For years, Apple’s go-to performer (and one of Steve Jobs’ favorite musicians) was John Mayer, who appeared at numerous Macworld events and was one of the few contemporary artists on Jobs’ iPod.

“I first met Steve in 2003, over the phone, when I cold-called him to tell him I was a devout fan of all things Apple and would love to be involved in whatever way I could with the company,” Mayer wrote on his personal blog, which was later taken down. “I remember the call extremely well; me on my hotel room bed, fidgeting and doodling and circuitously explaining that all I could really explain was that I wanted to have a relationship. I got nervous at one point and started second guessing myself and my intentions for calling, to which Steve replied ‘Don’t worry, I have a very good bullsh*t detector.’”

Unfortunately Mayer fell out with Jobs after agreeing to take on BlackBerry as a sponsor, which explains the strangely harsh mention the musician is given in Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Apple CEO.

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Their album giveaway may not have gone down in history as one of Apple’s best marketing moves, but there’s no doubting that U2’s relationship with Cupertino goes a lot deeper than just the latest iTunes Radio promotion. There’s a reason U2 singer Bono called Tim Cook the “zen master of hardware and software.”

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy scribe Douglas Adams was an Apple fan from the 1980s until his tragic death in 2001 at the age of 49. While it’s all well and good to be a celebrity Apple fan here in 2014, Adams passed away before seeing the company rise to become the global giant it is today.

“What I (and I think everyone who bought [the Macintosh] in the early days) fell in love with was not the machine itself, which was ridiculously slow and underpowered, but a romantic idea of the machine,” Adams wrote of the original 1984 Macintosh. "And that romantic idea has to sustain me through the realities of actually working on the 128K Mac.” Years later the technology had gotten better — and Adams’ love of Apple had only deepened. His last message board post? Geeking out over the thrill of installing Mac OS X.

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Michael Crichton's best-selling thriller novels — ranging from Jurassic Park to Pray — focused on what would happen if tomorrow’s technology was available in today’s world. Is it any real surprise that the man was an Apple fan?

Among the most touching tributes to Crichton upon his death in 2008 was this piece from Macworld, in which the author reports how the novelist personally chipped in to keep a website dedicated to Mac OS X tips going. Crichton even sent an autographed copy of his book Timeline with the check. A true fan!

Photo: Michael Crichton

Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel might poke fun at Apple products on the regular, but it’s hard to think of anyone who dedicates more television air time to celebrating his unabashed enthusiasm for everything Cupertino. His mocked-up giant iPad also made me irrationally jealous.

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Was there a better subconscious Apple ad than the fact that Jerry’s apartment in Seinfeld featured a Macintosh in the background throughout the show's 180-episode run?

At the start, it’s a 1987 Macintosh SE, followed by a 1992 PowerBook Duo in a Duo Dock with external monitor. After that, Jerry bumped up to a 1994 Power Macintosh 6100 before moving on to a Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh near the end of the series.

When the Seinfeld set was put back together for the “reunion” episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, one of the only significant changes made was yet another Apple upgrade — with Jerry now apparently owning an iMac.

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Having not one but two U.S. presidents in your fan base is pretty good going. Sadly, President Barack Obama is not allowed an iPhone as part of his official wardrobe and is stuck on BlackBerry. That hasn’t stopped him from openly lusting after the iPhone 6 in recent pics, though. He’s also admitted to spending hours each day on his iPad.


Microsoft’s newest app lets you stalk your favorite celebrities with your iPhone


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Can’t get enough of celebrity gossip? You’re not alone. Up in Redmond, Microsoft is so obsessed with keeping up with the Kardashians that they have just released a custom-built an attractive new celebrity news app called Snipp3t. And while the use to which Snipp3t is meant to be put may look a little tawdry, the app design itself is actually really nice.

Mr T Pities The Fool Who Doesn’t Buy His App [Review]


I ain't releasin' no app! Oh, wait.
I ain't releasin' no app! Oh, wait.

Mr T is now 60. Let me repeat that for you, fellow children of the 1970s and 1980s: Mr T is 60 years old.

He could have left all that “I pity the fool” and “I ain’t getting on no plane” stuff behind him many, many years ago. But why let a good catchphrase go to waste? Especially when there’s a whole App Store’s worth of money to made from it.