Man arrested in Fifth Ave Apple Store for Going Cuckoo Bananas with a Samurai Sword

He was then escorted out of the building, with Apple Store employees building a wall between him and the customers as a layer of protection. When he was outside in front of the store, the man allegedly went back to screaming and waving around his samurai sword.

[You can view a video of the suspect waving the sword around inside the Apple Store by heading to ABC NY’s report.]

He was taken into custody by two New York Police Department officers. According to eyewitnesses, right before the man was taken into custody by the NYPD officers, he looked as if he was preparing to harm himself with the sword. The suspect was then taken to a New York City hospital….(read more)

Source: 9to5Mac

China’s Creepy New Form of Oppression


‘Authoritarianism, Gamified’

China’s Communist government is rolling out a plan to assign everyone in the country “citizenship scores.” According to the ACLU, “China appears to be leveraging all the tools of the information age—electronic purchasing data, social networks, algorithmic sorting—to construct the ultimate tool of social control. It is, as one commentator put it, ‘authoritarianism, gamified.’ ”

“Expressing the wrong opinion—or merely having friends who express the wrong opinion—will hurt your score. The higher your score, the more privileges the government will grant you.”

In the system, everyone is measured by a score ranging from 350 to 950, and that score is linked to a national ID card. In addition to measuring your financial credit, it will also measure political compliance. Expressing the wrong opinion—or merely having friends who express the wrong opinion—will hurt your score. The higher your score, the more privileges the government will grant you.

“When it comes to weaponizing oppression, even the Communist Chinese now see the value of private enterprise. That’s something to keep in mind when American politicians inevitably start agitating to enlist Apple or Google in launching some grand political initiative.”

This horrifying plan is to be administered by Alibaba and Tencent, companies that run much of China’s approved social networks and already have tremendous stores of data about what Chinese citizens are saying. When it comes to weaponizing oppression, even the Communist Chinese now see the value of private enterprise. That’s something to keep in mind when American politicians inevitably start agitating to enlist Apple or Google in launching some grand political initiative. Read the rest of this entry »

Apple Urges Probe of Sen. Al Franken

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[VIDEO] Violet vs Siri: Watch a Frustrated Four-Year-Old Have an Argument with Siri About Nothing for Three Minutes

Taking Apart the $349 Apple Watch Sport Reveals About $83 Worth of Parts

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Terrorists Love Using Apple, Google Phones

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BYTE: Apple Watch Prediction, April 1981

Check out this incredibly cool GIF of Apple’s website in 1997

Originally posted on BGR:

Apple has come a long way since the dark days of the mid-’90s, when it very nearly went bankrupt. And if you want to see just how far Apple has come, then you need look no further than this awesome GIF posted on that has preserved Apple’s website exactly as it looked in 1997. As you’ll see below, the company’s main page has undergone a pretty drastic overhaul in the past 18 years, and it’s all been for the better.

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Who Needs a Real Apple Watch When You Can Wear this Cuter One Made of Felt?


Watches are, oddly enough, a timeless accessory. Kids wear them, adults do too, and grandparents hand them down as family heirlooms. This has been going on for centuries, and even nowadays people go nuts for…(read more)


Facebook Messenger adds iOS 8 extension, WordPress gains WYSIWYG editor & image features

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Inside Apple’s Massive New Store in China

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

Apple Stores are always painstakingly designed, but the Cupertino company’s latest efforts in China take it to a whole new level. Cult Of Mac has published photos of Apple’s latest store, located in Hangzhou. Its defined by its huge glass facade, and minimalist staircases.

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Photoshop Celebrates 25th Anniversary Today of App Originally Created on a Macintosh Plus

Apple Granted Patent for Virtual Reality Headset

Originally posted on TIME:

Apple may be experimenting in the virtual reality space. The company has been granted a patent for a head-mounted virtual reality device that would use the iPhone screen as the display. Apple first applied for the patent back in 2008, meaning VR has been on the company’s mind for a while.

The functionality of the product in the Apple patent seems to have the most in common with the Samsung Gear VR, a headset Samsung developed in conjunction with Oculus that uses the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet as a display. These devices are a bit more complex than Google’s current solution, which slots a smartphone into a headset made out of cardboard.

Apple’s patent also calls for a separate remote control that would be able to manipulate the headset in some way.

Virtual reality isn’t the only new mode of interaction Apple is exploring. The tech giant had a…

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Apple’s not-so-secret weapon in streaming music

Originally posted on Quartz:

Electric cars and smart watches may be getting all the attention right now, but don’t forget there’s another ancillary business Apple is involved in—one that it has already revolutionized once, and stands a good chance of revolutionizing again. It’s called music.

Music is important to Apple. It was the iPod that kicked off the company’s renaissance under Steve Jobs, setting the stage for its incredible, decade-and-a-half rise, which recently pushed its market value above a record $700 billion.

The company’s current CEO, Tim Cook, has also staked some of his credibility on music: After all, the biggest acquisition in the company’s history, its $3 billion purchase of Beats, a headphones and streaming music operator co-founded by the rapper Dr. Dre, happened on his watch.

Now Apple is gearing up for its next big push in music, with a long-awaited foray into streaming subscriptions, and all signs indicate that the company is taking this venture very, very…

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Apple Is Now Worth Over $700 Billion

Originally posted on TIME:

Apple’s closing price Tuesday gave it a market value of $710.7 billion, making it the first-ever U.S. company to close at over $700 billion. That’s nearly double the next largest company on the list, Exxon Mobil.

The milestone is a significant one for the company, which previously breached the $700 billion mark in intraday trading but hasn’t closed above that point until now. Apple shares ended the day trading at $122.02.

Investors have shown nothing but love for Apple following its stellar first quarter earnings report, which revealed the company made $18 billion on $74.6 billion in revenue. Those results mark the most profitable three months ever recorded by any company.

Market value, or market capitalization, is determined by multiplying a company’s share price against the number of shares it has outstanding.

Here’s a quick look at how Apple has performed since 1998, the first full year after late…

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[VIDEO] Here’s What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum Over an iPhone 6

Originally posted on TIME:

In this video, Ukrainian YouTube celebrity TechRax pours molten aluminum over an iPhone 6 — what he says are a few drops of hot liquid made from melting soda cans. Not surprisingly, dark circles form around the blobs, and the screen quickly changes colors before going blank. In fact, it kind of looks like they form a creepy face on the phone, like something out of a horror film.

The Internet star’s previous stunts include boiling one of the devices in Coca-Cola and baking it inside a turkey.

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Swatch Planning Cross-Platform Smartwatch & Mobile Payments to Compete with Apple Watch, says CEO

Swatch CEO Hayek Apple Pay iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Apple Watch

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