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Tim Cook asks people to ‘stand together’ against racism in open letter


Tim Cook called for Ohio State University grads to embrace hope in a fearful time during his virtual commencement address.
Tim Cook's letter addresses "deeply rooted discrimination" in America.
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With the United States reeling after the videotaped death of George Floyd while in police custody, Apple CEO Tim Cook penned an open letter imploring people to “stand together” and acknowledge the reality of racism and “deeply rooted discrimination” in the country.

The letter, titled “Speaking up on racism,” comes after more than a week of protests and rioting. It appears at the top of Apple’s homepage today. You can read the whole thing below.

Tim Cook’s letter re: Charlottesville will break your heart


Apple held a moment of silence for Orlando.
Tim Cook witnessed the devastating impacts of the KKK while growing up in Alabama during the '60s.
Photo: Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed to employees in an email this week that Apple will make $2 million worth of donations to organizations “who work to rid our country of hate.”

The donations come as a response to the tragic events of Charlottesville which Cook told employees have been deeply troubling for him personally. Cook, who has first hand experience with the devastating impacts of the KKK, took aim at President Donald Trump in his letter for supporting the white supremacists and says that Apple plans to play an important role in bringing about positive change.

Apple Store accused of racism for kicking out black teens


These students say Apple kicked them out for being black.
These students say Apple kicked them out for being black.
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An Apple Store in Australia has come under fire this week thanks to video footage of a store manager kicking six black school boys out of a store because security was worried they might steal something.

Footage of the incident at the Melbourne store hit the Internet on Tuesday, causing a an outcry on social media that the store was being racist to the boys, who are all black and in Year 10 at Maribyrnong College in Melbourne.

“These guys are just a bit worried about your presence in our store,” an Apple staff member can be seen telling the teenagers in the video. “They’re just a bit worried you might steal something.”

You can catch a clip of the exchange below:

Siri Competitor Iris Turns Out To Be My Fourth Grade Sunday School Teacher



We often wonder about what the “woman behind the curtain” would look like when we use voice action apps such as Siri but for the Android alternative Iris, we now have a pretty good idea. Iris was an app created for Android by developers Dexetra and started as a tongue-in-cheek reply to iPhone’s Siri. It became immensely popular and currently has over 1 million installs. Things seemed to be going good for this Android Siri competitor until Gizmodo recently revealed the “woman behind the curtain.” It turns out ChaCha, the search engine behind the app, is a bigoted, religious zealot that may have some disturbing answers to some of your questions.