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Trump told Apple CEO Tim Cook that the U.S. would not levy tariffs on iPhones

Trump and Tim Cook: BFFs?
Trump and Tim Cook: BFFs?

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There’s a big question mark over how President Trump’s trade war with China will impact iPhone lovers. And things just got even murkier.

President Trump continued to escalate his trade war with China on Monday when he threatened to levy tariffs on an additional $200 million worth of Chinese goods — which in turn prompted retaliatory threats from China. That should have Apple very worried, considering that iPhones depend on importing and exporting in both directions. 

But apparently, President Trump recently reassured Apple CEO Tim Cook and told him not to worry. An anonymous source told the New York Times that Trump told Cook that the tariffs would not apply to iPhones. Phew!

Well that settles that! Right? Ehh, not quite.

In typical Trump administration fashion, one of Trump’s top trade advisers refuted that claim in the press. Peter Navarro told CNBC Tuesday that he knew of no such exemption for iPhones.

Apple both exports iPhone parts made in the US into China, and imports iPhones assembled in China to the US. A trade war means it could have to pay a lot of extra cash to both governments, which could make iPhones even more expensive.

Cook has been putting in a lot of face time with both Chinese and American leaders of late, according to a report from the New York Times. Cook and Trump met in April where they reportedly discussed economic growth and trade. Cook has tried to convince President Trump that a trade war would undermine all the good work Cook said that Trump did with his tax cuts (Cook has been open about keeping some Apple profits outside of the US in order to avoid steep taxes).

So will Apple bear the brunt of Trump’s trade war? According to Trump, no. Which means we still have no idea.

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Tech’s biggest CEOs speak out against separating families at the border

Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and others condemn the Trump administration's immigration policy.
Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and others condemn the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

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Executives at Apple, Microsoft, YouTube, Uber, and more tech companies are joining other Americans with a conscience in speaking out against the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their families at the border. 

“It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Irish Times. “Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society. I think that what’s happening is inhumane, it needs to stop.”

Over a six-week period ending in May, the United States government separated over 2,000 children from their families as they attempted to cross the border and placed the children and parents in separate facilities. Increased media coverage of the practice, featuring new images of immigrants being kept in cages and ProPublica’s gobsmacking audio of children wailing, has led to national outrage in recent days. The public has responded to the revelations with an outpouring of donations to immigrant advocacy organizations and calls for change.

The tech industry isn’t staying silent. In addition to Apple’s Cook, CEOs Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Dara Khosrowshahi‏ (Uber), Susan Wojcicki (YouTube), and others have taken to social media to speak out. Many have also pledged donations, with Zuckerberg leading a fundraising effort that has so far raised over $25,000.

Other tech industry leaders that have called for change include representatives from Airbnb, Box, eBay, Cisco, and others. 

Microsoft also issued a statement saying that it is “dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border.” That comes after reports of employee anger over Microsoft’s cloud computing deal with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE). Microsoft managed to overcome its dismay long enough to reassure the public that “Microsoft is not working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Protection on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border.”

Tesla’s Elon Musk also expressed his support with a puzzling series of tweets.

The tech industry has pushed back on Trump policy before, specifically on immigration issues around Dreamers and the Muslim ban. But despite criticism from some of the most important leaders in the country, including multiple first ladies, Trump and his flunkies continue to falsely state that the president’s hands are tied and blame Democrats for the horrific practice.

Meanwhile, amidst outrage from CEOs and citizens alike, those kids are still in cages. Here’s how to help.

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Best Amazon deals for Tuesday: Save on Apple iMac, GoPro HERO5 cameras, Amazon Fire TV stick, and more

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There are some unbelievable Gold Box Deals on Amazon today. 

First off, Apple’s late 2015 iMac is on sale for 28% off its retail price. It’s not very often there are discounts on Apple’s all-in-one desktop computers, so it’s important to highlight them whenever they come along. Next up, GoPro is offering up to $150 off its HERO5 action camera, which is also its first deep discount since April of this year.

For the kitchen, there are deals on compact countertop blenders from NutriBullet and COSORI, while reusable stainless steel metal straws are on sale for anyone who wants to produce less waste. For kids, there are discounts on toys and games from Lego, and you can also save 25% on select Power Wheels products.

There are also a number of deals on Amazon devices like Fire TV Cube and Cloud Cam security camera bundles for anyone looking to upgrade their home security system, and much, much more.

Here are the best Amazon deals for June 19. Let’s go!

For tech enthusiasts

Save $150 on the GoPro HERO5 camera.

Save $150 on the GoPro HERO5 camera.

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For the kitchen

Drink easy knowing you saved big on the NutriBullet personal blender.

Drink easy knowing you saved big on the NutriBullet personal blender.

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Toys for kids

Deals on toys she'll love.

Deals on toys she’ll love.

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Amazon devices on sale

Make date night even better with the Amazon Fire TV.

Make date night even better with the Amazon Fire TV.

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Apple slapped with $6.6M fine in Australia over bricked devices

Apple has been fined AUS$9M (~$6.6M) by a court in Australia following a legal challenge by a consumer rights group related to the company’s response after iOS updates bricked devices that had been repaired by third parties.

The Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission (ACCC) invested a series of complaints relating to an error (‘error 53’) which disabled some iPhones and iPads after owners downloaded an update to Apple’s iOS operating system.

The ACCC says Apple admitted that, between February 2015 and February 2016 — via the Apple US’ website, Apple Australia’s staff in-store and customer service phone calls — it had informed at least 275 Australian customers affected by error 53 that they were no longer eligible for a remedy if their device had been repaired by a third party.

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The court judged Apple’s action to have breached the Australian consumer law.

“If a product is faulty, customers are legally entitled to a repair or a replacement under the Australian Consumer Law, and sometimes even a refund. Apple’s representations led customers to believe they’d be denied a remedy for their faulty device because they used a third party repairer,” said ACCC commissioner Sarah Court in a statement.

“The Court declared the mere fact that an iPhone or iPad had been repaired by someone other than Apple did not, and could not, result in the consumer guarantees ceasing to apply, or the consumer’s right to a remedy being extinguished.”

The ACCC notes that after it notified Apple about its investigation, the company implemented an outreach program to compensate individual consumers whose devices were made inoperable by error 53. It says this outreach program was extended to approximately 5,000 consumers.

It also says Apple Australia offered a court enforceable undertaking to improve staff training, audit information about warranties and Australian Consumer Law on its website, and improve its systems and procedures to ensure future compliance with the law.

The ACCC further notes that a concern addressed by the undertaking is that Apple was allegedly providing refurbished goods as replacements, after supplying a good which suffered a major failure — saying Apple has committed to provide new replacements in those circumstances if the consumer requests one.

“If people buy an iPhone or iPad from Apple and it suffers a major failure, they are entitled to a refund. If customers would prefer a replacement, they are entitled to a new device as opposed to refurbished, if one is available,” said Court.

The court also held the Apple parent company, Apple US, responsible for the conduct of its Australian subsidiary. “Global companies must ensure their returns policies are compliant with the Australian Consumer Law, or they will face ACCC action,” added Court.

We’ve reached out to Apple for comment on the court decision and will update this post with any response.

A company spokeswoman told Reuters it had had “very productive conversations with the ACCC about this” but declined to comment further on the court finding.

More recently, Apple found itself in hot water with consumer groups around the world over its use of a power management feature that throttled performance on older iPhones to avoid unexpected battery shutdowns.

The company apologized in December for not being more transparent about the feature, and later said it would add a control allowing consumers to turn it off if they did not want their device’s performance to be impacted.

Apple to add life-saving new feature in iOS 12

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People who call 911 from their iPhone will be able to automatically share their exact location with first responders, Apple announced on Monday. 

The feature, which will only be available to users in the U.S. at launch, is slated to become available later this year with the launch of iOS 12. 

To enable this new feature, Apple is using its HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) technology, launched in 2015, which estimates the caller’s location using a variety of sources, including cell towers as well as GPS and Wi-Fi access point data. Apple will also use technology from emergency technology company RapidSOS to share HELO location data with 911 centers. 

“When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. 

This data will only be available to the 911 center responding to the call; it cannot be used for any non-emergency purpose, Apple said. 

RapidSOS already has an iOS app called RapidSOS Beacon with similar functionality. However, in iOS 12 this will be built right into the operating system itself. 

Apple’s iOS 12 (officially announced during the company’s WWDC conference in early June) will likely launch in September, alongside the likely launch of Apple’s new iPhones. 

It brings a number of improvements, including better performance, group notifications, reports on how you’re using the device, the ability to set usage limits for apps, Siri shortcuts, group FaceTime, new Animoji and more. 

The update will be available to iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

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