Trump can’t block protesters from his Twitter, court says

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Pres. Trump’s Twitter account can’t be just praise. He has to accept criticism too.
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A federal appeals court ruled today that President Donald Trump can’t block dissenters from posting replies to his Twitter account.

This upholds an earlier ruling that Trump’s account is a public forum, and therefore preventing anyone from speaking is a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution

Apple moves Mac Pro production to China

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No longer made in the USA.
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The only Apple device that is produced in the U.S. is about to have its manufacturing operations moved overseas.

Apple reportedly plans to make its expensive new Mac Pro in China according to a new report that claims an assembly partner has already been lined up. The previous “trash can” Mac Pro was made at an Apple facility in Austin, Texas where the company also has a software engineering hub.

Trump and Tim Cook go face-to-face to talk US trade policy

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Tim Cook and Donald Trump at one of their earlier meetings.
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Apple’s CEO quietly made a visit to the White House today, where Tim Cook met with Pres. Trump to discuss trade and other matters.

The tax Trump is threatening to put on all Apple’s imports from China as part of his ongoing trade war has to have been prominent.

Trump’s tariffs may increase iPhone prices by 14%

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump in a White House meeting earlier this year.
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Apple may soon be forced to raise iPhone prices if Donald Trump’s latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese imports goes into effect.

Trump wants to slap tariffs on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. The Office of U.S. Trade Representative began the approval process this week. Those tariffs could go into effect by June 24 and if that happens, some analysts predict Apple will raise iPhone prices by 14% or more to offset the costs.

‘Tim Apple’ becomes the internet’s joke du jour thanks to Trump

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump in a White House meeting earlier this year.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook’s appearance alongside President Donald Trump was supposed to be a big moment to tout the work done by the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Instead, everyone’s been talking about it because of an enormous blunder made by Trump.

While praising Cook, Trump thanked “Tim Apple” for the company’s big investments in America. Of course, Twitter had a field day at Trump’s expense, busting out an endless stream of memes making fun of the gaffe.

Cook himself had a brilliant reply and changed his Twitter bio name to “Tim ” after the meeting.

Check out some of these other hilarious responses to Trump’s faux pas.

Why an Apple Camera would be unstoppable, this week on The CultCast

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An Apple camera with Smart HDR would revolutionize photography.
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This week on The CultCast: We tell you how iPhone’s Smart HDR takes pics better than cameras costing thousands, and how a proper Apple Camera would be positively unstoppable. Plus: The Supreme Court may force Apple to allow competing app stores; proposed tariffs on the iPhone could send prices sky-high; and Apple says the XR is one of the best-selling iPhones ever.

Our thanks to LinkedIn for supporting this episode. A business is only as strong as its people, and every hire matters. Head to LinkedIn.com/cultcast and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Trump ready to levy 10 percent import tariff on iPhone, MacBook

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Trump is ready, willing, and able to enact iPhone tarrifs.
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Apple products have so far escaped the growing trade war between China and the Trump administration, but the grace period may be coming to an end soon. The president is getting ready to put tariffs on additional products being imported from China, and that specifically includes the iPhone.

Foxconn denies US plant will be staffed with Chinese engineers

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Foxconn is moving to the U.S.
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Apple’s top manufacturing partner Foxconn is denying a recent report from the Wall Street Journal that the company is looking to staff its new Wisconsin plant with employees from China.

Foxconn allegedly plans to bring engineers to fill a gap in prospective talent due to a tight labor market, the Journal claims. The plant has already been scaled back in size. Adding Chinese laborers instead of creating American jobs would certainly cause even more controversy.

Apple joins opposition to Trump transgender policy

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Trump wants transgenders to be redefined out of existence.
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Some of the biggest company’s in the country have come out in open opposition to transgender policy changes proposed by US president Donald Trump.

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google are among 50 companies that signed a letter condemning Trump’s alleged plans to limit the definition of gender to birth anatomy. The companies — representing over $2.4 trillion in annual revenue — say that what harms transgender people harms their companies.

Possible China tariffs could drive up the price of all Apple products

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The future of Apple prices could rest on a meeting with Donald Trump next month.
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It’s just the news you probably didn’t want to hear before a new Apple keynote event: Your Apple products could be about to get even pricier.

The reason? The Trump administration is reportedly considering tariffs on, “all remaining Chinese imports” by early December. While Apple has so far gotten away unscathed in the burgeoning U.S.-China trade war, this would be all but guaranteed to affect Apple’s business — since the majority of its products are manufactured in China.