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Tim Cook reportedly planning trip to China to appease government

Tim Cook is planning to visit China again, to have discussions with members of the country's government over various matters, according to a report. The Apple CEO will apparently try to work with the "high-level government officials" later this month to try and smooth out some issues affecting the company in the region, with topics up for debate said to include censorship issues affecting Apple services, as well as the Chinese government's continued pressure on Western companies to comply with its demands.

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1 2h ago

Apple seeking 800,000 square feet of property for 'Project Titan'

A major property company in the San Francisco Bay Area has used its quarterly earnings call to reveal that major car makers are on the hunt for real estate in the Bay area for their autonomous car projects. Hudson Pacific Properties' CEO Victor Coleman also said that not only are traditional automakers looking to get a foothold near Silicon Valley to develop their respective projects, but Apple is also looking to acquire up to 800,000-square-feet of real estate for its secretive "Project Titan" electric car project as well. Joining Apple in the hunt for real estate for a similar purpose is Google, hoping to pick up around 400,000 square feet.

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Recent Apple hire is a former Googler with expertise in electric cars

A recent Apple hire has been revealed to be a former Google employee with expertise in electric cars. Apple employee Kurt Adelberger has been spotted on a pending Google patent application by Quartz. Adelberger is named alongside three others in the patent application for a "Mediator device for smart electric vehicle charging," suggesting that he may have been hired to join Apple's "Project Titan" electric car team. According to Adelberger's LinkedIn profile, he left Google to join Apple in July 2015 as a "product designer."

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Giveaway: Last chance to enter and win a DJI Phantom 4 drone

Do you want to get a bird's eye view of your local area? If you've seen our previous posts about our giveaways, you may know that MacNN Deals is holding a competition where one lucky winner gets their own DJI Phantom 4 drone worth $1,400. This is your final warning that the giveaway is ending tonight, so if you want a chance of winning it, you should enter before it finishes.

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Students offered 50 percent discount on Apple Music subscription

Apple Music has been made more attractive to students, by being heavily discounted for those in education. Launched today, Apple's streaming service will now have a third tier of subscription that users can pay for, alongside its standard and family plans, with students receiving a discount of 50 percent off the normal individual subscription cost, putting it at $5 per month instead of $10 per month if they have enrolled in an eligible college.

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Game Replay: Epic signals shift away from big-budget game development

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Epic Games changes focus away from major big-budget titles for the foreseeable future, Fixaris announces an XCOM 2 DLC pack shipping next week, Valve updates how Steam handles user reviews, and Uncharted arrives on mobile devices as a free puzzle game.

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Twitter for Mac gets Moments, Polls

Twitter has updated its Mac app with Moments and Polls, features previously rolled out in its web portal and in its mobile apps. The new Moments tab is designed to make it easier to find more interesting and relevant content. Content is curated in categories including News, Sports, Entertainment and Fun, with trending topics highlighted for an easier to use, more engaging experience. The Twitter for Mac app also picks up the ability to create custom multiple choice polls via Tweets that are live for a 24-hour period. Users can also share GIFs in both Tweets and Direct Messages thanks to a new GIF search function. http://apple.co/1rxCvA0

Software  2h

GoPro revenue drops, Karma drone delayed

Action camera maker GoPro announced its first quarter results on Thursday, and the news was largely bad. While unit sell-through of the cameras was close to the year-over-year compare, revenues dropped 49.5 percent from Q1 last year, though was slightly above the company's guidance. Overall, the company lost $107 million in GAAP net income, and margins declined to 32.5 percent from 45.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The company further announced that it would be delaying its planned Karma drone product until this winter, which will likely further impact next quarter's results. The upside of the delay, said GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, is that the Karma will now benefit from debuting just before the holiday buying season. http://bit.ly/1OgpdgD

Investor  10h

Netflix iOS app now offers cell-data controls

In a new update to its iOS app on Thursday, subscription entertainment service Netflix has introduced new user controls for streaming over cellular networks to prevent overages, throttling, or other usage issues caused by the high data rate of streamed HD video. Users can choose from a given amount of streaming video that "costs" 1GB of cellular data, which lowers video quality to allow as much as four hours of video per GB (the "automatic" setting provides three hours, while higher quality settings reduce the time to two hours, or one hour at the best setting). In addition, the updated app now offers more 3D Touch options from the app icon, beyond the "peek and pop" previews for video. http://apple.co/24AD1vR

IPhone apps  15h

Bentley launches app for Apple Watch

Carmaker Bentley now offers an Apple Watch app for its Bentayga SUV -- a vehicle with a starting price of $229,000 -- that offers some advanced automotive functions not previously seen in other car apps for Apple's wearable. The app allows Watch wearers to control various seat adjustments, environmental controls (including seat massage), and the entertainment system. In addition, various vehicle stats are available at a glance, including distance traveled and vehicle speed. The app is available free on the App Store. http://apple.co/24AyXvs

Gadgets  16h

Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K

The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N

Investor  19h

Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29

Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA

Software  20h

US tech giants to candidates: support TPP

Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq

Industry  1d