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What’s Apple’s tax bill in New Zealand? Why it’s zero, niet, nada.

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Why is Silicon Valley so cruel to New Zealand? First we discover PayPal founder and Trump acolyte Peter Thiel is a secret citizen, now it's emerged Apple pays the country absolutely nothing in taxes. 

Apparently the tech giant paid no income tax on local profits to Inland Revenue over the past 10 years, because its local operations are owned and run out of Australia.

According to financial documents examined by the New Zealand Herald, this was despite Apple Sales New Zealand making sales of NZ$4.2 billion ($2.96 billion) since 2007.

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ruby red iPhone 7 will soon be available around the world. Each Special Edition (Product) RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus shows with its color that the purchase of the phone helps generate funds for the fight against HIV/AIDs.

But in China, the picture is fuzzier.

There, where a red iPhone could a big seller for Apple (see China's flag, culture), the company's online retail web site has no mention of (Product) RED or that proceeds from the sale of the red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in China will help fund the fight against HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa via the Global Fund. (Apple has not disclosed what percentage of each phone's cost is donated to charity.) Read more...

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Why Apple won’t mention (Product) RED or HIV/AIDS in China

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Apple's ruby red iPhone 7 will soon be available around the world. Each Special Edition (Product) RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus shows with its color that the purchase of the phone helps generate funds for the fight against HIV/AIDs.

But in China, the picture is fuzzier.

There, where a red iPhone could a big seller for Apple (see China's flag, culture), the company's online retail web site has no mention of (Product) RED or that proceeds from the sale of the red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in China will help fund the fight against HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa via the Global Fund. (Apple has not disclosed what percentage of each phone's cost is donated to charity.) Read more...

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new travel restrictions on electronics suck, and they're going to make flying more of a pain in the ass for passengers.

If you're flying to the U.S. from the affected Middle East and North African airports, you won't be able to bring any electronic devices larger than a smartphone on flights. This means tablets, laptops, etc. will need to be placed in checked luggage, which increases the chance of them getting damaged during transport.

For many Apple users, the big question is: Will AppleCare cover damage for iPads or MacBooks damaged in checked baggage?

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Does AppleCare care about the electronics travel ban? Maybe!

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There's no nice way to say it: The new travel restrictions on electronics suck, and they're going to make flying more of a pain in the ass for passengers.

If you're flying to the U.S. from the affected Middle East and North African airports, you won't be able to bring any electronic devices larger than a smartphone on flights. This means tablets, laptops, etc. will need to be placed in checked luggage, which increases the chance of them getting damaged during transport.

For many Apple users, the big question is: Will AppleCare cover damage for iPads or MacBooks damaged in checked baggage?

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Apple hopes cheap, not powerful, will turn around iPad sales

Apple has been trying to reverse declining iPad sales for several years now, without much success. For the past year and a half, that strategy could be summed up in one word: more. More power, more screen real estate, more accessories. Of course, the...

If you've got several hundred dollars to spare, you're in luck. Part of the proceeds from the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices will go to the organization, so buying one is for a good cause. (Sort of, anyway: Apple's contributed $130 million from sales of (RED) products over 10 years and made $45.7 billion in profit just last year, so, uh, the margins are pretty slim.) 

For those of us who don't have big bucks to shell out on a new iPhone, decal company dbrand has a solution. In a tweet Tuesday, dbrand ribbed Apple's shiny new device with the offer of a $10 red skin you can wrap around any iPhone:  Read more...

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This phone decal company is going in hard on Apple’s new red iPhone, and we’re here for it

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Apple announced a new red iPhone Tuesday — the latest in the company's decade-long partnership with (RED) to combat HIV and AIDS. 

If you've got several hundred dollars to spare, you're in luck. Part of the proceeds from the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices will go to the organization, so buying one is for a good cause. (Sort of, anyway: Apple's contributed $130 million from sales of (RED) products over 10 years and made $45.7 billion in profit just last year, so, uh, the margins are pretty slim.) 

For those of us who don't have big bucks to shell out on a new iPhone, decal company dbrand has a solution. In a tweet Tuesday, dbrand ribbed Apple's shiny new device with the offer of a $10 red skin you can wrap around any iPhone:  Read more...

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Apple’s drops AIDS charity branding for its red iPhone in China

 iPhone enthusiasts the world over were given a new slab of glass to lust over yesterday after Apple unveiled a red colored version of the iPhone 7 in its latest move to support HIV/AIDS charity [Red]. The (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition iPhone 7 is the first time that Apple has supported the charity through its flagship phone,  — previous (PRODUCT)RED editions have included Beats… Read More
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Crunch Report | Apple’s New Video Editing App

Apple creates a new video editing app called Clips, large electronics are now banned from flights to the U.S. coming from 13 countries and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies starts building full-size passenger pods. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
17 different iPads thanks to a new group of 9.7-inch devices announced on Tuesday—and boy, that's really too many iPads.

So we're clear, there are four distinct iPad models, but there are several versions of each, which means consumers are faced with a mountain of options when they're shopping for one. You can get an iPad Mini 4, a regular ol' iPad, or one of two sizes of iPad Pro. 

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That's already quite a bit to sift through, and then you get to the storage and connectivity options: Read more...

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There are too many damn iPads to choose from now

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Apple's lost control of its product line. The company now offers 17 different iPads thanks to a new group of 9.7-inch devices announced on Tuesday—and boy, that's really too many iPads.

So we're clear, there are four distinct iPad models, but there are several versions of each, which means consumers are faced with a mountain of options when they're shopping for one. You can get an iPad Mini 4, a regular ol' iPad, or one of two sizes of iPad Pro. 

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That's already quite a bit to sift through, and then you get to the storage and connectivity options: Read more...

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The group, which is calling itself the Turkish Crime Family, demanded a $75,000 ransom in either Bitcoin or Ethereum, another form of online currency, to delete the data, reports Motherboard. The site broke the story Tuesday morning after corresponding with multiple people online claiming to represent the group, which will also settle for $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards as payment. Read more...

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Hackers threaten to wipe out 200 million iCloud accounts

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A group of hackers claims it has access to over 300 million Apple email accounts — and they say they're ready and willing to wipe the user data from hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts if Apple won't pay up by April 7.

The group, which is calling itself the Turkish Crime Family, demanded a $75,000 ransom in either Bitcoin or Ethereum, another form of online currency, to delete the data, reports Motherboard. The site broke the story Tuesday morning after corresponding with multiple people online claiming to represent the group, which will also settle for $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards as payment. Read more...

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iTunes movie rentals finally work across multiple devices

Somehow, Apple went until 2017 before adding one of the most basic features to iTunes. You see, for the past nine years, when you'd rent a movie via the app, you'd have to watch it on the device the rental originated from. So, if you rented Mancheste...