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Apple responds to Ireland tax allegations (plus a few Brexit facts)

Apple responds to Ireland tax allegations (plus a few Brexit facts)

Apple responds to allegations from the European Commission which suggested that the company was receiving illegal tax breaks from Ireland. In this letter, penned by Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company suggests that the EU is retroactively applying rules which should not apply to their taxation situation. Apple has their European base of operations in Ireland, having set that base up back in October of 1980, and has expanded throughout Ireland (and greater Europe) since. The European Commission suggests that Apple's way of paying taxes in Ireland is "illegal under EU state aid rules."

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Sonos Amazon Alexa team-up official: Beta this year

Sonos Amazon Alexa team-up official: Beta this year

This morning the folks at Sonos and Amazon have announced a team-up which will bring "a joyful life" to consumers everywhere. This announcement was made in part several months ago by Sonos - without naming names. Now at an event in New York City, Sonos has made clear how this connection is going to work.

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PS4 Slim smiles for the camera in new unboxing video

PS4 Slim smiles for the camera in new unboxing video

Whether or not Sony wants to admit it, there sure seems to be a growing pile of evidence that the PS4 Slim does indeed exist. The latest is probably the most convincing, coming in the form of a review and an unboxing video from Let's Play Video Games' Laura Kate Dale. It's here that we see what appears to be a final version of the PS4 Slim, retail packaging and all.

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Apple faces class action lawsuit over failing iPhone 6 touch screens

Apple faces class action lawsuit over failing iPhone 6 touch screens

It looks like the touch screen problems plaguing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may get some attention from Apple whether the company likes it or not. A group of disgruntled customers have filed a class action complaint against the iPhone maker in a California US District Court and are demanding a jury trial, alleging that Apple has committed fraud by selling the iPhones and refusing to fix out-of-warranty devices when the touch screen issues rear their ugly head.

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Mophie’s new Powerstations embrace lower prices, USB-C, and wireless charging

Mophie’s new Powerstations embrace lower prices, USB-C, and wireless charging

Mophie isn't quite ready to reveal its inevitable battery case for the iPhone 7 - like the rest of us, it's waiting for Apple's imminent reveal - but it does have a brand new line-up of universal Powerstation battery packs. In fact, there are now four product lines, spanning new, considerably lower price points from under $30, through to portable power with USB-C or wireless charging support.

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Meet Intel 7th Gen Core, the 4K, VR-ready “Kaby Lake” processors

Meet Intel 7th Gen Core, the 4K, VR-ready “Kaby Lake” processors

If we're post-PC, nobody told Intel: the chip company has higher hopes than ever for the computer - albeit in a range of form-factors - running its new 7th Gen "Kaby Lake" Core processors, officially announced today. With headline 7th Gen vs 6th Gen improvements including swifter, less power-intensive media playback and processing, the ability to do serious gaming on the move, and broader support for next-generation interconnects like Thunderbolt and USB-C plus security features like Windows Hello, Intel sees Kaby Lake as more than just a speed bump.

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SETI is investigating a signal potentially from a much more advanced civilization

SETI is investigating a signal potentially from a much more advanced civilization

Researchers and scientists working for SETI and similar organizations around the world are currently deep into an investigation of a signal that could be from a much more advanced civilization than our own. The signal was detected on May 15, 2015 by the RATAN-600 radio telescope array in Russia and kept secret from the international community. The signal discovered came from a star about 6.3-billion years old in the constellation Hercules about 95 light years away from the Earth.

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Lift charges your Apple Watch as it levitates

Lift charges your Apple Watch as it levitates

If you own an Apple Watch and want to charge it with something more interesting than what Apple designed, the Lift levitation charger might be just the ticket. This charger uses an induction system that works with a charging base that levitates your watch in the air and charges it at the same time. The charging station can also act as a smart lamp when you aren't charging your watch.

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HacBook Elite is an OS X laptop with upgradable hardware

HacBook Elite is an OS X laptop with upgradable hardware

If you have ever wanted to own a MacBook but can't bring yourself to drop the kind of money Apple wants for its notebooks, here is your chance to own a Mac OS X machine on the very cheap. This will likely be a very short chance too, Apple will beat the HP out of this company with a hammer in short order. We have seen it before so get your wallet out and order expedited shipping. The machine is called the HacBook Elite and it started life as an HP notebook before having OS X installed to make a fully upgradable Mac computer.

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Ireland gave Apple $14.5 billion in illegal tax breaks says European Commission

Ireland gave Apple $14.5 billion in illegal tax breaks says European Commission

Ireland is in big trouble with the European Commission (EC) over tax breaks that it gave Apple to lure the tech giant to set up shop in the country. According to the EC, the tax breaks that Ireland gave to Apple are worth up to €13 billion or $14,518,205,000 in USD to be exact. The EC says that tax breaks of this sort are illegal under EU state rules.

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BLU Pure XR crams 4GB RAM, 3D Touch, f/1.8 camera in mid-ranger

BLU Pure XR crams 4GB RAM, 3D Touch, f/1.8 camera in mid-ranger

As demonstrated by Archos yesterday, China isn’t the only one with crazy cheap but decent quality smartphones. Now US-based BLU Products is chiming in with its latest Pure XR. Looking at some specs and the price tag, it definitely looks the part of a mid-range smartphone. But you might not be able to easily tell because of its design and its features, which includes 4 GB of RAM, a pressure sensitivity displays, and a camera that, on paper, should give high-end flagships a run for their money.

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Galaxy TabPro S2 Windows 10 tablet said to be in the works

Galaxy TabPro S2 Windows 10 tablet said to be in the works

When it comes to tablets, Samsung is more known for putting out Android slates more than anything. But early this year, it challenged that perception by unveiling the, perhaps poorly-named, Galaxy TabPro S. Despite the “Galaxy” in the name, it was unabashedly a Windows 10 tablet, one that aimed to rival not just the Apple iPad Pro but even Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 4. Receiving a moderate amount of success, word on the rumor mill is that Samsung is already working on a successor named, what else, the Galaxy TabPro S2. Yes, still a “Galaxy”.

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