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U.K. Government Targets Tech Giants Like Apple and Amazon Over Tax Payments

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:48:40 PST

The U.K. government announced in Wednesday's annual budget that it plans to clamp down on tax avoidance by increasing the tax it collects from online giants such as Apple and Amazon. In his Treasury speech to the Commons, Chancellor Philip Hammond said income tax would be charged on royalties relating to U.K. sales, even when they are paid to a low-tax jurisdiction and would not normally be taxed in the UK under current rules. The new rules are due to come into effect from April next year, and estimates suggest they will raise approximately 800 million pounds ($1.07 billion) in extra tax over the next five years. However, Hammond admitted they would only go some way to balancing out the taxation treatment of digital firms, and that more would have to be done to tackle tax avoidance. Multinational digital businesses pay billions of pounds in royalties to jurisdictions where they are not taxed and some of those relate to UK sales. This does not solve the problem, but it does send a signal of our determination and we will continue work in the international arena to find a sustainable and fair long-term solution that properly taxes the digital businesses that operate in our cyberspace.Apple recently came in for criticism when the so-called Paradise Papers revealed that the company sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax structure by moving the majority of its offshore cash holdings to the small island of Jersey, a self-governed territory with loose ties to the United Kingdom. The papers showed that Apple's two key Irish subsidiaries were managed from the Jersey offices of offshore tax law firm Appleby from 2015 until early 2016. Apple reportedly chose Jersey after exploring several potential tax havens, such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. Apple apparently turned to Jersey after European officials began to crack down on the so-called "Double Irish" tax structure it had exploited. The loophole allows for multinational corporations to funnel revenue through an Irish subsidiary, which in turn sends that money to another Irish subsidiary that has residency in a tax haven. The practice has enabled Apple to save billions of dollars in taxes globally. Apple responded to the revelations contained in the Paradise Papers by saying that it made regulators in the U.S. and Ireland, and the European Commission, aware about the reorganization of its Irish subsidiaries, and added that the changes haven't reduced its tax bill. Last year, the European Commission ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from Apple, after it concluded that the country's tax agreements with the tech giant represented "illegal state aid". Both Apple and the Irish government are currently appealing the ruling. Apple has repeatedly highlighted its position as the largest taxpayer in the world and reiterated the fact that it holds overseas cash because that's where the majority of its products are sold. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that Apple is willing to repatriate some of its offshore cash holdings into the U.S., but he also recently said that tax reform is "sorely needed" first. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.Tags: corporate tax, United KingdomDiscuss this article in our forums [...]



Expercom Debuts Black Friday Sale on High-End Configurations of MacBook Pro and iMac

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:13:32 PST

Apple premium reseller Expercom this week launched a few discounts on high-end build-to-order configurations of the iMac and MacBook Pro. All of these selections include models that have the best sale prices in comparison to the other Apple resellers, and many configurations aren't on sale anywhere else this week, allowing those planning on making a big purchase to save a bit of money on a new Apple computer this holiday. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Below we've listed the Macs on sale, along with their price at Expercom and any relevant comparison to the same or similar configurations sold at B&H Photo, Adorama, MacMall, and Apple's own refurbished online store. 13-inch MacBook Pro Late 2016, 2.4GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,499.00 at Expercom 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Late 2016, 2.9GHz, 16GB RAM, 2TB SSD - $2,599.00 at Expercom / $3,379.00 at Apple Refurb / $3,799.00 at Adorama / $3,699.00 at MacMall Mid 2017, 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $3,099.00 at Expercom / $3,199.00 at B&H / $3,199.00 at Adorama / $3,399.00 at MacMall 27-inch Retina 5K iMac Late 2015, 3.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - $1,399.00 at Expercom / $1,439.00 at Apple Refurb / $1,799.00 at Adorama / $1,699.00 at MacMall Late 2015, 4.0Ghz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,899.00 at Expercom Mid 2017, 4.2Ghz, 32GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive - $2,799.00 at Expercom / $3,179.00 at B&H / $3,179.00 at Adorama / $3,199.00 at MacMall Expercom's sale includes many more Macs and ends on November 25. For more of the latest savings heading into the holidays, be sure to check out our Black Friday Roundup.Related Roundup: Apple Black FridayDiscuss this article in our forums [...]



Apple's Jony Ive to Speak at Washington, DC's Hirshorn Museum on November 29

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:39:17 PST

(image) Apple chief designer Jony Ive is scheduled to give a talk on the "future of design" at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, DC, next week.

Beginning at 3 p.m. local time on Wednesday, November 29, the one-hour speaking engagement has been arranged in collaboration with Smithsonian Magazine, with free places being offered on a first-come, first served basis.
[Ive] has been described as one of the most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company and is a 2017 honoree of the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Awards (the "Golden Globes of intellect"), which honor revolutionary breakthroughs in the arts and sciences, education and social progress. Ive will be joined in conversation by Rick Tetzeli, Editor At Large of Fast Company and author of the bestselling biography Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader.
All advance tickets for the program have been claimed, but anyone interested in attending can join the waitlist online or walk up on the day for a chance to get a seat. Any open seats may be released to walk-up visitors 10 minutes before the program.


Ive's last public talk was at October's TechFest 2017, an event held in New York City. Earlier this month, Ive also sat down for an interview with design, architecture, and fashion magazine Wallpaper* to discuss the Apple Park campus, which he had a hand in designing, as well as the iPhone X. Most recently, TIME interviewed Ive about the smartphone, after the device appeared in its 25 Best Inventions of the Year list.
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Vivaldi Web Browser 1.13 for Power Users Gains New Multi-Tab Management Features

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:34:56 PST

Vivaldi web browser, the spiritual successor to Opera 12, released version 1.13 on Wednesday, introducing an easier way of managing multiple tabs, as well as new file download features and other improvements.

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In line with the Norwegian team's aim to make Vivaldi the most feature-rich and customizable browser available to power users, the developers have created the new Window Panel. This opens a tree-style view of tabs to the side of the browser window, offering an easy overview of all open tabs as a list.

From there, users can conveniently manage tabs by dragging them to change their order, grouping tabs by topic to save space, tiling Tab Stacks to compare several web pages side by side, and hibernating unused tabs or Tab Stacks for better performance.

Within the new Panel, it's also possible to mute sound in specific tabs and pin tabs to ensure they always stay open. The Vivaldi team says it is planning to bring even more functionality to this feature in the near future.

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The latest release of the Vivaldi browser also brings a number of improvements to file downloading, based on community feedback. Users now get a warning dialog when closing the browser before a download is complete. It's also now possible to pause and resume downloads, while a download speed indicator has been added to the progress bar.

Elsewhere, Vivaldi's window handling code has been rewritten, providing performance benefits that are especially noticeable on older, slower hardware.

Vivaldi browser is a free download for Mac available directly from the Vivaldi website.


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MacMall Begins Black Friday Savings on MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, iPad, and More

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:29:05 PST

Following B&H Photo and Adorama, MacMall today has started its Black Friday savings a few days ahead of the shopping holiday. While there are exceptions, many of MacMall's deals are matching the discounts for the same products over at B&H Photo and Adorama. We've listed some of the best sales below, so be sure to look them over, and you can also check out MacMall for the full array of Apple products and accessories that are being marked down for Black Friday. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with MacMall and Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. MacBook 13-inch MacBook Air (Mid 2017): 1.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - $899.00, down from $999.00 12-inch MacBook (Mid 2017): 1.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,199.00, down from $1,299.00 13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,349.00, down from $1,499.00 12-inch MacBook (Early 2016): 1.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB flash storage - $1,379.00, down from $1,599.00 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,649.00, down from $1,799.00 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,909.00, down from $2,099.00 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,029.00, down from $2,199.00 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,299.00, down from $2,499.00 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $2,379.00, down from $2,599.00 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $2,449.00, down from $2,699.00 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,699.00, down from $2,999.00 iMac 21.5.-inch iMac (Mid 2017): 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive - $999.00, down from $1,099.00 21.5-inch iMac (Mid 2017): 3.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive - $1,199.00, down from $1,299.00 27-inch 5K iMac (Mid 2017): 3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,649.00, down from $1,799.00 27-inch 5K iMac (Mid 2017): 3.5GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,869.00, down from $1,999.00 Mac mini Mac mini (Late 2014): 1.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz), 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive - $399.00, down from $499.00 Mac mini (Late 2014): 2.6GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz), 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive - $599.00, down from $699.00 Mac mini (Late 2014): 2.6GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz), 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash Storage - $799.00, down from $899.00 Mac mini (Late 2014): 2.6GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz), 16GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $999.00, down from $1,099.00 iPad 9.7-inch iPad (2017): 32GB, Wi-Fi - $299.00, down from $329.00 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017): 256GB, Wi-Fi - $729.00, down from $799.00 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017): 256GB, Wi-Fi - $879.00, down from $949.00 If you're a member of My Best Buy, it's also worth heading over to the retailer's Early Access Black Friday sale event, which is marking down select MacBook and iMac models by as much as $250, leading to some of the best Mac-related savings so far this week. The Early Access part of the sale ends later today, after which it will open up for everyone. Keep track of all the best sales hitting Apple products this week by reading our Black Friday Roundup.Related Roundup: Apple Black FridayTag: MacMallDiscuss this article in our forums [...]



Overhauled Scrivener 3 Writing Suite for macOS Now Available

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:18:27 PST

Popular long-form writing suite Scrivener reached a significant milestone late on Monday, with the long-awaited release of its third major iteration since its debut on Mac over a decade ago. Scrivener 3 brings a host of new features and improvements, including an overhauled interface with a more modern look, and a Compile system that is easier to use but also more flexible.

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The Compile window has been redesigned to present users with formatting options for exporting their project, a preview pane, and settings for the project, offering a more streamlined system for regular users but also quick access to more advanced options. In addition, support for ePub 3 and enhanced compatibility with the Kindle format are also now available.

Meanwhile, a new bookmarking feature in Scrivener's Inspector pane works as a powerful cross-referencing tool, by allowing users to link individual documents in a project to other documents, to other locations on a Mac, or even to locations online.

The application's metadata fields have also been improved, so that users can now use multiple-choice lists, customizable checkboxes, and dates to help organize their documents and research. Both the metadata fields and the aforementioned new bookmarking feature integrate into Scrivener's existing outliner view as well as its search function, making both features more powerful than ever before.

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Elsewhere, there's a new, more comprehensive system for styling text in documents, additional writing statistics for keeping track of progress, and a new "Copyholder" feature that enables users to refer to up to four documents in the main window. Draft and session progress bars have been added to the toolbar, while a new "Dialogue Focus" function highlights only dialogue in text. Lastly, the entire app codebase has been re-written for 64-bit, and extensive Touch Bar support has been added.

Scrivener 3 is available now on macOS for $45 from the Literature and Latte website. Customers with an earlier version of Scrivener for macOS that was bought through the web store are eligible for an upgrade discount. Users who purchased Scrivener 2 on or after August 20, 2017, can update to Scrivener 3 for free. Scrivener 1 or 2 users who purchased before that date, can update to Scrivener 3 for the discounted price of $25.


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B&H Photo and Adorama Kick Off Black Friday Savings for Wide Range of Macs, iPads, and Beats Headphones

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:04:12 PST

We're just a few days away from Black Friday in the United States, and today a few authorized Apple resellers -- B&H Photo and Adorama -- have kicked off holiday savings with discounts on a variety of Apple products and related accessories. These include deals on the latest iMacs, MacBook Pros, iPad Pros, Beats headphones, and even a few older models from previous generation devices. B&H Photo For B&H Photo, the retailer has launched its Black Friday Apple sale with discounts that hit brand-new 2017 MacBook Pro and iMac models, and even include the Mac Pro and Mac mini from 2013 and 2014 respectively. A few discounts on Beats By Dre headphones are also matching similar sales at Apple, although Amazon and Best Buy still have the best prices on some of these accessories. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with B&H Photo and Adorama. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Below we've compiled a list of some of the products in the B&H Photo sale. You can also visit our Black Friday Roundup for additional listed sales, as well as B&H Photo's Rebates & Promotions page for the full list. iPad Pro 9.7-inch iPad (2017): 128GB, Wi-Fi - $399.00, down from $429.00 10.5-inch iPad Pro (Mid 2017): 64GB, Wi-Fi - $599.00, down from $649.00 10.5-inch iPad Pro (Mid 2017): 256GB, Wi-Fi - $699.00, down from $799.00 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Mid 2017): 64GB, Wi-Fi - $729.00, down from $799.00 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Mid 2017): 256GB, Wi-Fi - $849.00, down from $949.00 MacBook 13-inch MacBook Air (Mid 2017): 1.8 GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - $869.00, down from $999.00 12-inch MacBook (Mid 2017): 1.2 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,149.00, down from $1,299.00 13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 2.3 GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - $1,149.00, down from $1,299.00 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.1 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,649.00, down from $1,799.00 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 2.8 GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $2,199.00, down from $2,399.00 iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac mini Mac mini (Late 2014): 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive - $599.00, down from $699.00 21.5-inch 4K iMac (Mid 2017): 3.0 GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB HD - $1,429.00, down from $1,499.00 27-inch 5K iMac (Mid 2017): 3.4 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,649.00, down from $1,799.00 Mac Pro (Late 2013): 3.7 GHz, 12GB RAM, 256GB Flash Storage - $1,899.00, down from $2,999.00 27-inch 5K iMac (Mid 2017): 3.8 GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion Drive - $2,099.00, down from $2,299.00 Beats BeatsX - $99.00, down from $149.00 Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones - $159.95, down from $199.95 Solo3 Wireless Headphones - $239.95, down from $299.95 Adorama Over at Adorama, the retailer is rolling out instant rebates of $120, $150, and $200 off certain Apple products, centering on the iMac and MacBook Pro. Below we've listed each rebate category and the products within each. Note that with Adorama's instant rebate discounts, no mail-in rebate form is required to get the discount on each device. All of Adorama's devices are the latest mid 2017 refreshes of each respective model. $120 Instant Rebate 21.5-inch iMac: 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD - $979.00, down from $1,099.00 21.5-inch 4K iMac: 3.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD - $1,179.00, down from $1,299.00 21.5-inch 4K iMac: 3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,379.00, down from $1,499.00 $150 Instant Rebate 27-inch 5K iMac: 3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,649.00, down from $1,799.00 27-inch 5K iMac: 3.5GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,849.00, down from $1,899.00 27-inch 5K iMac: 3.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion Drive - $2,149.00, down from $2,299.00 $200 Instant Rebat[...]



Promise Technology Debuts $249 Thunderbolt 3 Dock With 5 USB-A Ports, 2 TB3 Ports and SD Card Slot

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:38:07 PST

Promise Technology today announced the launch of its new TD-300 Thunderbolt 3 dock, which is designed for Apple's latest MacBook Pro models with USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.

The TD-300 features five USB 3.0 ports (three at the back and two at the front), two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an audio in/out port, and an HDMI 2.0 port.

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There are a range of Thunderbolt 3 docks on the market now, but Promise Technology's TD-300 includes a good number of ports and an SD card slot, something that we've only seen on OWC's TB3 dock. A Thunderbolt 3 cable and power adapter are also included.

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Promise Technology's dock supports two 4K displays or one 5K display and delivers up to 60W of power to charge a MacBook Pro. That's sufficient for the 13-inch MacBook Pro models, but may be inadequate for charging a 15-inch MacBook Pro under a heavy load.
"As part of our mission to offer solutions that are optimized for rich media workflows, we're constantly expanding our portfolio of innovative solutions that harness the latest technology," noted Vijay Char, president, Promise Technology USA. "The addition of a Thunderbolt 3 dock brings a new level of efficiency and flexibility to creative professionals. Laptops can be charged at the fastest speeds possible, images from DSLR cameras are easily transferred, peripherals such as hard drives and monitors can be daisy-chained for increased productivity, 4K video can be sent to multiple displays, and more. The possibilities are truly endless."
The TD-300 Thunderbolt 3 Dock can be purchased from the Promise website or from Amazon for $249.


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Apple VP of Diversity and Inclusion Denise Young Smith Leaving the Company

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:07:21 PST

(image) Denise Young Smith, Apple's current vice president of diversity and inclusion, plans to leave Apple at the end of this year, reports TechCrunch. Smith was promoted to her position in May of 2017, and prior to that, she was in human resources.

Smith, who has been with Apple for more than 20 years, reports directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Prior to Smith's promotion, Apple had a head of diversity and inclusion, but her role was an executive level role with more responsibility.

Christie Smith, who was with Deloitte for 17 years as a Client Advisory Principal, will be taking over the position. Smith's LinkedIn profile says she has 28 years of experience building and leading high performance teams with expertise in "talent management, analytics, inclusion & belonging, leadership, organizational design, performance management, coaching, change management and culture."

In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple said the company is thrilled to welcome Christie Smith to the team.
"We deeply believe that diversity drives innovation. We're thrilled to welcome an accomplished leader like Christie Smith to help us continue the progress we've made toward a more diverse workplace."
Smith will report to Apple's vice president of people Deidre O'Brien, and has reportedly been speaking with Tim Cook since about a year ago. Apple has been looking for a replacement for Denise Young Smith for the last several months.

After departing Apple, Denise Young Smith will become an executive in residence at Cornell starting this January. She will work with students to "build an early career-stage awareness of inclusive leadership and diverse talent."

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Apple Seeds Fourth macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Beta to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:42:37 PST

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update to developers, less than one week after seeding the third beta and just over two weeks after releasing the macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update.

The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

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It's not yet clear what improvements the second major update to macOS High Sierra will bring, but it's likely to include bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't addressed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.1.

No significant new features were discovered in the first three betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, but we'll update this post should notable changes be found in the fourth beta.

The previous update, 10.13.1, introduced fixes for some serious security flaws and brought new emoji to the macOS operating system.

Update: Apple has also made the fourth macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 beta available for public beta testers.

Related Roundup: macOS High Sierra

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Apple's New Chief Lawyer Katherine Adams Welcomed With Multimillion-Dollar Bonus Package of Restricted Stock

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:36:17 PST

Apple's incoming chief lawyer Katherine Adams has received a generous bonus package in the form of restricted stock units, or RSUs, according to a mandatory disclosure filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

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The first part of the award consists of 57,482 RSUs that vest in quarterly instalments on the 13th day of May 2018, November 2018, November 2019, and November 2020, so long as Adams remains employed by Apple on those dates.

The second part of the award consists of up to 57,482 RSUs, a percentage of which will vest on October 1, 2020 based on Apple's relative total shareholder return between November 13, 2017 and September 26, 2020.

Based on Apple's performance compared to companies in the S&P 500 over the next three years, Adams can see the second part of her award increased by as much as 100 percent, or decreased to zero if Apple were to underperform.

Based on Apple's closing price of $169.08 on Wednesday, each portion of 57,482 RSUs is worth slightly over $9.7 million for a potential total value of $19.4 million. The amount could be higher or lower based on Apple's performance.

Apple frequently awards its senior executives with restricted stock units as an incentive for them to stay with the company.

Adams will succeed the retiring Bruce Sewell as Apple's General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and Global Security at the end of the year. She was previously general counsel at Honeywell.

Apple's general counsel oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and securities compliance, global security, and privacy.


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Deezer's New Desktop App for macOS Lets Subscribers Stream Lossless Audio

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:58:50 PST

Music streaming service Deezer released a desktop macOS app on Wednesday that offers high-definition lossless audio playback in the popular FLAC format.

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The app not only eliminates the hassle and additional step of opening up a new browser but desktop users with Premium+ account, who download the new app before January 2018, will be able to hear all their music in high-definition audio by selecting this option under sound settings.
Support for 16-bit FLAC is available to Premium+ subscribers, who currently pay $9.99 for the luxury. However, users who want to stream in the lossless format after January 2018 will have to subscribe to Deezer HiFi, which costs twice that at $19.99. (Deezer's new pricing matches Tidal's HiFi lossless subscription tier.)

The desktop Deezer app is currently still a beta, but it does include access to 43 million tracks as well as a working version of the Flow feature, which is similar to Apple Music's personalized playlists. Flow recommends songs based on previously played tracks, as well as video interviews and performances.

Deezer subscribers can download the desktop app using this link.


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Feral Releases DiRT Rally for macOS

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:44:24 PST

Feral Interactive released DiRT Rally for macOS today, bringing the acclaimed rally simulation game to Mac for the first time. Developed and published by Codemasters for Windows and consoles, DiRT Rally has been praised for its realistic handling and pure focus on rally driving.

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DiRT Rally is the most authentic rally game ever made, with a highly sophisticated handling model that perfectly captures the exhilaration of driving cars at the edge of control while tearing along treacherous, undulating tracks at breakneck speed. Its high-risk, high-reward gameplay challenges players to learn and master three different disciplines: the point-to-point races of Rally, the tight circuits of Rallycross, and the legendary slopes of Hillclimb.
Feral says the game is "driven by detail", with players able to tweak the brake bias and gear ratios of their cars to adapt to every combination of road surface and weather condition. The title is also said to have been "meticulously crafted" for macOS using the full power of Metal 2, Apple's latest graphics API.

The minimum system requirements are: Mac OS X 10.13, Intel Core i3 1.80GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, 48GB of disk space, a 1GB Nvidia 650, 2GB AMD Radeon R9 290M, or 1GB Intel HD4000 graphics card, and a keyboard (a driving wheel or gamepad is recommended).

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DiRT Rally for macOS is available from the Feral Store and Steam for $59.99/£39.99/€54.99, with its debut on the Mac App Store to follow soon.

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Marco Arment Argues the 2012—2015 MacBook Pro is 'Best Laptop That Has Ever Existed'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:45:12 PST

Marco Arment, a developer best known for co-founding Tumblr and creating apps Instapaper and Overcast, believes the 2012 to 2015 era 15-inch MacBook Pro is "the best laptop that has ever existed." 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro "Introduced in 2012, less than a year after Steve Jobs died, I see it as the peak of Jobs' vision for the Mac," said Arment in a blog post this week. The 2012 model was the first MacBook Pro with a Retina display, and had a much slimmer design compared to previous models after Apple removed the built-in Ethernet port and optical disc drive for CDs/DVDs. Apple refreshed the 2012 model in each of the following three years, but kept the external design largely the same. Arment sees value in the 2012 to 2015 model's array of connectivity options, including a pair of Thunderbolt and USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a SD card slot, and a MagSafe power adapter that breaks away safely if it's tripped over. 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro By comparison, the 2016 and later MacBook Pro has two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports that handle power, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA, resulting in Apple removing dedicated USB-A, HDMI, SD card, and MagSafe connectivity from the notebook. He added that the 2012-2015 keyboard has a "crowd-pleasing design" and that the trackpad strikes a "great balance between size and usability." 2016 and later MacBook Pro models have a slimmer keyboard with a second-generation butterfly mechanism that has less key travel than 2012-2015 models, and a larger trackpad that is closer to the keyboard. Apple packed a smaller 76 watt-hour battery pack into the latest MacBook Pro models, and while the notebooks are rated for up to 10 hours of battery life between charges, there were several early complaints in real-world usage. All of these changes generated some controversy within the Apple community, particularly among professionals, so Arment's opinion is sure to resonate with some users, including among customers who refuse to upgrade. Despite some early complaints, however, the MacBook Pro appears to be selling very well for Apple. In fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Mac set a new all-time revenue record of $25.8 billion in the 2017 fiscal year, with sales fueled primarily by "great demand" for the MacBook Pro in particular.We sold 5.4 million Macs during the September quarter, up 10 percent over last year, and gained significant market share as the global market contracted by one percent, according to IDC's latest estimate. This performance was fueled primarily by great demand for MacBook Pro, and Mac revenue grew 25 percent to a new September quarter record.For now, Apple continues to sell the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics for $1,999 in the United States. Full Article: "The best laptop ever made" by Marco ArmentRelated Roundup: MacBook ProTag: Marco ArmentBuyer's Guide: MacBook Pro (Neutral)Discuss this article in our forums [...]



Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 44 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:11:16 PST

(image) Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced more than a year ago in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 44 includes bug fixes and feature improvements for Image Bitmap, Web API, CSS, Rendering, web Inspector, Web Driver, Media, CSS Grid, Security, and Extensions. Today's update also adds Conic Gradients and enables the Payment Request feature by default.

With Safari 11 now available in macOS High Sierra, Apple is providing two versions of Safari Technology Preview, one for macOS Sierra users and one for those using macOS High Sierra.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple's aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.


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U.S. ITC Investigating Claims Apple Infringed on Patents Owned by Aqua Connect

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:43:14 PST

The United States International Trade Commission today announced that it has launched an investigation into allegations that Apple infringed on patents owned by Aqua Connect. Back in October, Aqua Connect and its subsidiary Strategic Technology partners filed complaints against Apple with the United States International Trade Commission and the District Court for the Central District of California accusing Macs, iOS devices, and Apple TVs of infringing on two of its patents. The two patents in question include U.S. Patent RE46,386, "Updating a User Session in a Mach-derived Computer System Environment" and U.S. Patent 8,924,502, "System, Method and Computer Program Product for Updating a User Session in a Mach-derived System Environment." According to Aqua Connect, both of the patents relate to screen sharing, remote desktop, and terminal server technology. Aqua Connect says that it built the first remote desktop solution for the Mac in 2008, which Apple later built into its iOS and macOS products in the form of AirPlay and other functionality without permission."Aqua Connect invented and built the first fully functional remote desktop and terminal server solution for Mac in 2008," said Ronnie Exley, CEO of Aqua Connect. "Initially, our product had Apple's full support. But years later, Apple built our technology into its macOS and iOS operating systems without our permission. These lawsuits seek to stop Apple from continuing to use our technology in their macOS and iOS operating systems."Aqua Connect's complaint with the International Trade Commission asks for an exclusion order and a cease and desist order that would bar Apple from importing its products into the United States. The ITC says it will be investigating "certain Apple Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs."The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Aqua Connect, Inc., and Strategic Technology Partners, LLC, of Orange, CA, on October 10, 2017. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain personal computers, mobile devices, digital media players, and microconsoles that infringe patents asserted by the complainants. The complainants request that the USITC issue a temporary exclusion order and a temporary cease and desist order based on a motion for temporary relief, and that the USITC ultimately issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order.Aqua Connect's patent infringement lawsuit separately accuses Apple of willful infringement and seeks damages.Tags: ITC, Patent lawsuitsDiscuss this article in our forums [...]



Apogee and IK Multimedia Launch New MiC Plus and iRig Mic HD 2 Digital Microphones for Mac, iPad, and iPhone

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:48:40 PST

Apogee and IK Multimedia this week separately announced availability of new and improved versions of their digital USB microphones, the MiC Plus and iRig Mic HD 2 respectively, for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. Apogee's MiC Plus While plug-and-play microphones with analog-to-digital conversion aren't always as good as professional XLR microphones, the sound these deliver is considered similar to a top studio condenser microphone. Both the MiC Plus and iRig Mic HD 2 now feature a built-in headphone output that can be used for monitoring the audio signal during recording on the latest iPhone and iPad models or other compatible devices. Apogee's MiC Plus Apogee says the MiC Plus has input "blend" monitoring that allows users to hear their input signal without any distracting latency, and mix that signal with the previously recorded track(s). MiC Plus has improved dynamic range and can record much louder sound sources compared to the original version. The microphone's audio quality is up to 24-bit/96kHz with 46dB of mic preamp gain. Apogee's microphone has a professional cardioid condenser capsule and is advertised as being small enough to fit in your pocket. IK Multimedia's iRig Mic HD 2 also features audio quality up to 24-bit/96 kHz, a gold-sputtered electret condenser capsule, and an integrated low-noise preamp. It has a handheld design with a tripod included. IK Multimedia's iRig Mic HD 2 Both the MiC Plus and iRig Mic HD 2 are certified by Apple under its Made for iPhone program, which means they work right out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning connector, as well as with Mac and PC. MiC Plus now includes a USB-C cable in the box, in addition to the Lightning and USB-A cables that shipped with the original version. iRig Mic HD 2 is bundled with Lightning and USB-A cables and $170 worth of software. iRig Mic HD 2 is available now from IK Multimedia's online store and from authorized dealers worldwide for $130 USD, while the MiC Plus is available November 15 from Apple and Apogee dealers worldwide for $249 USD.Tags: Apogee, IK MultimediaDiscuss this article in our forums [...]



Mozilla Releases Firefox 57 'Quantum' Web Browser

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:01:13 PST

Mozilla on Tuesday officially announced Firefox 57, the new "Quantum" version of its flagship desktop web browser for Mac, Linux, and Windows. Aside from a redesigned interface and a slew of new UI features, Mozilla says Quantum offers speeds twice as fast as Firefox 52 and a new engine that uses 30 percent less memory than Google Chrome. The performance advantages are said to be down to Firefox's "just right" multi-process architecture, which uses separate processes to run its user interface and tabbed web page content. These additional processes are able to run across multiple CPU cores, making it much less likely for open web pages to negatively impact each other or the performance of the web browser in general. While both Firefox and Chrome now run using multiple processes, Mozilla claims to have done things differently to avoid using up precious working memory. Chrome creates a separate content process for each open tab, and each tab typically consumes hundreds of megabytes of RAM, which has earned the browser a reputation as a resource hog. Where Quantum differs, claims Mozilla, is in its more conservative approach to using multiple processes. By default, Firefox now creates up to four separate processes for web page content, so the first four tabs each use those four processes, and additional tabs run using threads within those processes. This leads to multiple tabs within a process sharing the browser engine that already exists in memory, instead of each one creating their own. width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YIywpvHewc0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> In addition to the under-the-hood improvements, the redesigned "Photon" user interface offers a less cluttered, more minimalist environment for browsing the web and aims to look better on modern high DPI displays. It also adds several new features including a built-in tool to take screenshots, and a new library for putting things like browsing history, bookmarks, Pocket lists, and synced tabs in one convenient place. Firefox 57 also includes support for WebVR, which enables websites to take full advantage of VR headsets like the HTC Vive, while Mozilla's Pocket service is now more integrated in the browser and displays trending articles on the new tab page. Last but not least, a new feature called Tracking Protection blocks extensive requests for online user tracking. It works by default in the Private browsing window and Mozilla reckons it reduces the average page loading time by around 44 percent. With all the changes, Firefox has had to lose support for many existing extensions written in XUL. Firefox Quantum only supports WebExtensions, which have more limitations, similar to Chrome extensions. Existing users can check the status of their extensions by navigating to Menu -> Add-Ons. Compatible ones are shown under "Extensions", while deactivated browser extensions appear under "Legacy Extensions" alongside an option to find the closest equivalent replacement available. If you're already a Firefox user, you should receive an automatic upgrade to Quantum after restarting the browser. For everyone else, Firefox Quantum is available for macOS as a free download directly from the Mozilla website. Tags: Mozilla, FirefoxDiscuss this article in our forums [...]



Apple Seeds Third macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Beta to Developers

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:11:16 PST

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update to developers, one week after seeding the second beta and two weeks after releasing the macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update.

The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

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It's not yet clear what improvements the second major update to macOS High Sierra will bring, but it's likely to include bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't addressed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.1.

No significant new features were discovered in the first two betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, but we'll update this post should notable changes be found in the third beta.

The previous update, 10.13.1, introduced fixes for some serious security flaws and brought new emoji to the macOS operating system.

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First Australian Apple Store Gets Modern Redesign as Thieves Rob Apple Regent Street in UK

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:26:52 PST

Apple recently announced that its retail location within the Chadstone Shopping Center in Melbourne, Australia will be getting a grand reopening on November 24 at 9:00 a.m. local time. The newly relocated Apple Chadstone location will be triple the size of the previous store, and mark the first Australian store to gain Apple's modern retail layout. Apple Chadstone first opened nearly ten years ago in 2008 with 69 employees, and will now grow to more than 240 with the grand reopening (via Herald Sun). Image via Herald Sun Apple Chadstone will now feature a Genius Grove, a "boulevard" of window product displays, a boardroom for business meetings with local entrepreneurs and developers, a meeting place for "Today at Apple," and more. According to Apple senior vice president of retail, Angela Ahrendts, Apple Chadstone will lead the way for the rest of Australia's Apple retail locations. “We’re thrilled to open Apple Chadstone in a stunning new location and introduce Australians to our latest store design,” she said. “We look forward to continuing to build on our 22 stores in Australia.” In other retail news, Apple Regent Street was robbed today by ten individuals who stole "thousands of pounds worth of laptops and iPads" (via Evening Standard). To get into the store, the robbers drove mopeds through the glass storefront in the early morning hours of Monday, and then in less than three minutes managed to take various products from display stands before escaping on more mopeds waiting outside. In total, police said the thieves stole iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and two iPhone Xs, which have since been recovered near Kings Cross. Apple Regent Street is said to be "open as usual" in the wake of the attack, which apparently follows an "epidemic" of moped-related attacks and thefts hitting London recently. Ten thugs on five mopeds launched a mass raid on the Apple store in Regent Street early today snatching thousands of pounds worth of laptops and iPads. One customer Hajra Ali, 37, from Ilford, said: “Moped attacks have got really, really bad and I’m not surprised this happened. I don’t know what the Met is doing about it. For more on the latest Apple retail openings and redesigns, check out or Apple Store Roundup. (Thanks, SlippedAtom54!)Related Roundup: Apple StoresTag: AustraliaDiscuss this article in our forums [...]