CNN’s ‘NewsCo’ will take on Apple News+

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CNN’s NewsCo will go head to head-with Apple’s news service, as well as ones from Facebook and others.
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CNN is creating a news aggregator that will collect content from a variety of sources, with some portion of the service requiring a subscription. If this sounds familiar, it’s because that’s exactly what Apple News is.

There’s no coincidence — CNN thinks Apple and other big tech companies have too much control over the news.

Apple made an iPhone game just for Warren Buffett

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Get ready to sling papers till your fingers hurt.
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Apple has finally come out with its first new video game for iPhone since the App Store debuted in 2008 and its dedicated to the iPhone-maker’s largest shareholder, Warren Buffett.

Tim Cook made a cameo appearance at Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder this morning to reveal the new game. The game, called Warren Buffett’s Paper Wizard, sounded like a joke at first. Players cruise around tossing newspapers at houses as an homage to Buffett who had a paper route as a kid to make money. Now he’s one of the richest men in the world with his own paperboi video game to boot.

Tim Cook talks politics, privacy and machines taking over

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Tim Cook at yesterday's WWDC event.
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Following yesterday’s WWDC keynote, Tim Cook participated in an interview on CNN with Senior Technology Correspondent, Laurie Segall.

In a wide-ranging interview, Cook discussed everything from the threat of machines taking over to the “fundamental human right” of privacy to why he’s not interested in running for office. Here are the big takeaways:

Apple exec Eddy Cue joins SXSW 2018 speaker lineup

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Apple VP Eddy Cue runs Apple's media business.
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The 2018 SXSW Conference is adding a fresh crop of faces to its speaker lineup this year, including one of Apple’s most popular executives.

Apple media boss Eddy Cue is set to make an appearance at the annual conference that’s a celebration of music, tech, movies and TV. All of which are areas Apple is planning to dominate in 2018.

Poor people should give up iPhones for healthcare, congressman says

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Why buy healthcare when you can eat an iPhone?
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Are you unable to afford your new health insurance premiums now that Obamacare might be going away? Well, according to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, you should trade in your iPhone.

The GOP’s replacement plan for Obamacare has been met with plenty of hate from both sides of the aisle, but in an interview this morning, Chaffetz pointed out that people just aren’t focusing on how the new law will give us all more choices.

Apple approached Time Warner about possible acquisition

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Buying Time Warner would be great for Apple TV.
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AT&T isn’t the only company interested in acquiring HBO’s parent company Time Warner Inc.

Apple executives approached the company about a potential merger a few months ago, according to a new report that claims the iPhone-maker is keeping a close eye on Time Warner’s advanced acquisition talks with AT&T.

Eddy Cue: iPad Pro changed the way I think about tablets

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The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is more affordable than ever.
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Apple’s senior VP of services, Eddy Cue, sat down with CNN this morning to talk about why you need to buy the new iPad Pro that will go on sale later this week.

Along with being the best iPad ever for professionals that want to create content, Cue told Brian Stelter that the gigantic tablet is a really great device to consume media on. “It’s great for doing things like email, but I consume more than I create,” said Cue, who claims features like Four Speaker audio will change the way you think about a tablet.

Watch the entire interview below:

CNN lands on Apple TV, but you still need cable

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Apple's forthcoming service would unify top TV networks into one package. Photo: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac
Photo: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac

CNN came to the Apple TV today in the form of “CNNgo,” an app that lets you view live broadcasts, shows, and popular news clips.

Unfortunately, the bulk of CNNgo is still shackled to cable, meaning you won’t be able to view anything except some short video highlights without first entering TV subscription information.