Today in Apple history: The App Store hits 200 million downloads

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The App Store racked up 200 million downloads in less than five months.
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Feel the future with wireless charging and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Wireless charging, distraction-free writing, and more are part of this week's best deals.
Wireless charging, distraction-free writing, and more are part of this week's best deals.
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This week’s best new deals in the Cult of Mac Store include some futuristic goodies. From a wireless charging pad to ultra durable wireless earbuds. There’s also a powerful planning platform for iOS and a distraction-free writing app, all of it discounted by half off or more. Read on for more details:

Sorry Microsoft, Delta is switching to iOS

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Nokia phones, Surface tablets will be swapped for iPhone and iPad
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Delta Air Lines plans to ditch all its Windows devices in favor of iOS next year.

iPhone 7 Plus will replace its fleet of Nokia handsets, while iPad Pro will take the place of Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

Apple tax forces Facebook to launch new tool only on Android

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Facebook's subscriptions are coming to Android but not iOS.
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Apple’s 30% tax on in-app purchases could cause iPhone and iPad users to miss out on the next big news feature from Facebook.

In an effort to help make publishers more money, Facebook plans to launch a tool that helps websites sell subscriptions. All of the sales transactions will be done on the publishers’ websites, but Apple won’t approve the app unless it gets a cut.

Street Fighter IV Champion Edition gets new fighters and massive price drop

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Rose is one of the three new fighters you can select.
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Not played the excellent Street Fighter IV Champion Edition port for iOS? Capcom has just given you several new reasons to buy it — including a sizable price drop, three new female characters, and a nifty tweak focused on counteracting multiplayer “rage quitters” who will try and stop you earning valuable wins.

Check out the details below.

Apple reveals AI magic behind ‘Hey Siri’

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Apple puts a lot of AI tech into Siri.
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Apple’s machine learning team published an all-new research paper today that dives deep into how Apple uses AI to power one of the most basic Siri commands.

In order to keep the ‘Hey Siri’ command from running on the main processor all day, Apple’s new publication reveals that the company uses a tiny, low-power auxiliary processor that’s embedded in the Motion Coprocessor just to listen to the phrase.

Apple forms new app partnership with General Electric

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Two of America's titans of industry are teaming up.
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Apple and General Electric (GE) are teaming up to allow iOS apps to take advantage of the predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things platform.

“GE is an ideal partner with a rich history of innovation across the industrial world in areas like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and energy,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Together, Apple and GE are fundamentally changing how the industrial world works by combining GE’s Predix platform with the power and simplicity of iPhone and iPad.”