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How Apple- and the Rest of Silicon Valley- Avoids the Tax Man

Today, the European Union ordered Apple to pay $14.5 billion dollars in back taxes, which its antitrust regulator says the company owes because a sweetheart tax deal offered by Ireland violated EU policy. The penalty, which is the largest the EU has ever lobbied against a single corporation, signals that the Union is getting increasingly serious about holding foreign companies accountable for their tax bills. But Apple is far from alone. * Read the full article here

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This weird trick can free up gigabytes of space on your iPhone

It seems like iPhone storage is always at a premium, especially if you have an entry-level model with just 16GB (an economic necessity for many an iPhone owner). It’s the rare user who doesn’t know the pain of trying to download a new app or snap a few more photos and seeing the dreaded “not enough storage” message. You’ve probably heard all the usual “free up space” tips, but I’m willing to bet you haven’t heard this one. It’s an honest-to-goodness magic trick, one that may fill you with joy…

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How Apple will convince us to love the dongle

As it stands now, Apple’s use of the dongle has been… clever? My MacBook always has its little USB port dongle attached, a port that costs $79 and does little other than allow me to charge my iPhone. But still it hangs there, like a forlorn growth in form but absolutely essential in function. It’s this move, the decision to completely shed all external ports on a fully sized laptop, that let Apple make a beautiful, usable and ultralight computer. It also gave haters plenty of opportunity to jeer at…

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A dual-lens iPhone 7: 3 reasons you don’t want it — and 2 why you do

The rumor mill seems pretty certain that forthcoming highest-end iPhone 7 — either called “iPhone 7 Pro” or simply the “iPhone 7 Plus” — will incorporate the same so-called dual-lens camera technology as we’ve seen emerge in Android phones like the Huawei P9 and LG G5. (Technically they’re dual camera modules, not lenses, or multi-aperture technology.) Apple’s execution likely is built on technology from its acquisition of Israel-based LinX last year (read the original technology presentation from LinX). * Read the full article here

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