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A second Apple Store union election will take place next month

Employees at an Apple Store in Towson, Maryland have set a date for their union election. Workers at the Towson Town Center location will vote in person over four days, starting on June 15th.

The organizers call themselves Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (AppleCore). They're aiming to unionize with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. 

In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the group said "a solid majority" of staff supports the union drive. They said they are organizing "because of a deep love of our role as workers within the company and out of care for the company itself." They want "access to rights that we do not currently have" and for Apple to apply the same neutrality agreements it has with suppliers to workers, "so that as employees we can obtain our rights to information and collective bargaining that the law affords us through unionization."

They will be the second group of Apple Store workers to stage a union election. Those at the Cumberland Mall location in Atlanta will vote in early June on whether to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

Employees at Apple Stores other than the Towson and Atlanta locations are conducting union drives as well. Workers at the Grand Central Terminal store in New York City have been collecting signatures for a union vote.

While Apple has agreed to the elections in Maryland and Georgia, the company is reportedly fighting unionization efforts. It's said to have hired the same anti-union law firm as Starbucks. The company has also reportedly used anti-union talking points in pre-shift meetings at some locations. This week, workers at two stores accused Apple of union busting in Unfair Labor Practice filings.

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Apple orders season two of historical drama ‘Pachinko’

Apple is moving forward with a second season of its critically-acclaimed adaption of Min Jin Lee’s best-selling novel Pachinko. The company announced the renewal shortly before the show’s season one finale premiered this past Friday on Apple TV+.

Published in 2017, Lee’s multi-generational tale won accolades for its portrayal of a Korean family that immigrates to Japan before the outbreak of the Second World War. What’s striking about both the novel and Apple’s drama series is how they effortlessly weave history and the deeply personal stories of their characters together. From Japanese colonialism in Korea to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and later Japan’s economic boom in the 1980s, history has a profound effect on Pachinko’s characters and yet the story always feels intimate.

Friday’s season one finale pulled from a scene that occurs about a third through Lee’s approximately 500-page novel, so there’s plenty of story left for Apple’s TV+ series to adapt. The company didn’t say when season two will begin filming or when it plans to stream the new episodes. All of that just means you have time to catch up on Pachinko if you’ve been sleeping on it.

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How to add coupons, gift cards, and reward cards to Apple Wallet

Apple Wallet is a versatile digital location to store many items — including rewards cards and coupons from popular brands. Here’s how you can connect them.
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Apple finally launches its self-service repair program

Apple has made its self-repair program available to customers after an announcement in 2021.
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Apple seems to have embarked on new purge of neglected apps

Apple seems to have embarked on a new round of purging apps from its App Store, specifically those that have been left untouched by developers for a long time.
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Apple Watch’s exciting feature road map is stacked

Apple’s next smartwatch might enable temperature sensing and is also slated to get new software tricks, but the ability to measure blood pressure is delayed.
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Apple will reportedly no longer fix iPhones flagged as stolen or missing

Apple technicians will decline to fix iPhones that had been reported as stolen or lost, according to MacRumors. The tech giant has reportedly sent out a memo to Apple Stores and authorized providers not to accept a device for repair if they get a notice on their internal MobileGenius or GSX systems that the phone had been marked as missing. Presumably, that means technicians will check a device's IMEI against the GSMA Device Registry when a customer brings it in for repair. 

The GSMA registry is a global database where owners can register their devices' IMEI and designate a status for them, such as whether they'd been lost, stolen or were fraudulently obtained. This move expands Apple's existing policy to decline repairs for devices whose owners cannot disable the Find My iPhone feature. It could discourage more people from buying second-hand devices outside of official and authorized sources in case they unknowingly end up with a stolen unit. That said, users could just as easily go to a third-party repair shop that doesn't care where they got their devices from. 

Apple's iPhones have become increasingly cost-prohibitive over the years, giving rise to a market for second-hand units. According to a recent Bloomberg report, though, the tech giant is working on a subscription service for the iPhone and other hardware to make regular upgrades more accessible with monthly fees and no huge upfront costs. 

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Apple TV+ Friday Night Baseball doubleheaders start April 8th

Apple’s first Friday Night Baseball doubleheader will stream on April 8th. Announced at its recent “Peek Performance” event, the program will see Apple stream two exclusive MLB games every Friday through the end of the regular season. The first doubleheader will feature the New York Mets taking on the Washington Nationals in DC at 7PM ET, with a match between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels to follow at 9:30PM ET. You can see the full schedule on Apple’s website. The company will share the second half of the slate at a later date.

The games will be available to watch for free for the time being. All you need is an internet connection and access to the Apple TV app. An Apple device isn’t necessary. You can download the software on smart TVs from manufacturers like Samsung, LG and Vizio, as well as consoles from Sony and Microsoft. You also don’t have to worry about local blackouts. All 24 games Apple announced today will be available to TV+ users in the eight countries and territories where the company has secured the rights for Friday Night Baseball. Here’s the complete list: the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the UK.


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Next iPad Pro with Apple M2 chip coming in fall 2022

Apart from a new processor, the next iPad Pro could come equipped with MagSafe for magnetic wireless charging.
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Apple and Google close loophole that allowed Russians to use Mir cards for mobile payments

Apple has closed a loophole that had allowed some Russians to continue using its mobile payments service despite the ongoing economic sanctions against Russia. According to Reuters, the company told the country's largest lender on Thursday it would no longer support Russia's homegrown Mir payments system through Apple Pay.

"Apple has informed NSPK it is suspending support for Mir cards in the Apple Pay payment service," the National Card Payment System said Friday. "Starting from March 24th, users cannot add new Mir cards to the service. Apple will stop all operations of previously added cards over the next few days."

Google took similar action last week as well. According to a separate report from The Wall Street Journal, the company paused a pilot that had allowed Russians to connect their Mir cards to Google Pay. "Google Pay is pausing payments-related services in Russia as a result of payment services disruption out of our control," a Google spokesperson told the outlet.

As The Verge notes, the Central Bank of Russia established Mir after the US and other countries imposed sanctions on Russia in response to its annexation of Crimea in 2014. According to statistics shared by the Central Bank, Mir cards are involved in more than 25 percent of all card transactions within the country. Previously, cards from major Russian financial institutions like VTB Group and Sovcombank stopped working with Apple Pay and Google Pay shortly after the Kremlin launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24th.

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Apple iPhone SE (2022) vs. Google Pixel 5a 5G

Apple’s iPhone SE (2022) is finally here. But is it good enough to take on the Google Pixel 5a 5G? Here’s how the two sub-$ 500 phones stack up.
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Apple iPhone SE (2022) vs. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

The iPhone SE (2022) is a souped-up budget phone with a great camera and 5G connectivity, but how does it compare to the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G? We find out.
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Google Pixel Buds A-Series vs. Apple AirPods 3

Thinking of buying a new set of earbuds? Google’s Pixel Buds A-Series and Apple’s AirPods 3 are two great choices, but which is the best? Here’s what we think.
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The best Apple Watch Series 6 tips and tricks

The Apple Watch Series 6 includes numerous handy features for testing blood oxygen, measuring elevation, hand washing, and more. Here are our favorite tricks.
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Apple Watch SE discounted today

Amazon has up to $ 40 in discounts on two great smartwatches, the Apple Watch SE, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, so grab the deals while they last!
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Apple employees to return to offices later than expected

Apple’s offices will be opening up full-time in the coming months as the company begins rolling out its hybrid work schedule.
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Apple ‘Peek performance’ spring event: M2, iPhone SE, and more

Apple’s ‘Peek performance’ spring event is expected to see the launch of a new iPhone SE 3, iPads, Mac Mini, MacBook, and more. Here’s what to expect.
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Apple iPhone SE (2022): Everything we know so far

A new iPhone SE is expected to come soon. Here’s everything we know so far about Apple’s cheapest iPhone.
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Some Russian bank cards no longer work with Apple Pay and Google Pay

Following Western sanctions on Russia’s financial institutions in response to the invasion of Ukraine, customers of several of the country’s largest banks can no longer use their debit and credit cards in conjunction with Apple Pay and Google Pay. Among the affected organizations include VTB Group, Sovcombank, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, and Otkritie FC Bank, according to a press release from the Central Bank of Russia spotted by Business Insider.

Customers with those banks can still use their cards to make contactless payments, provided they support the feature. However, they won’t work overseas, and they can’t be used to make online purchases from retailers registered in countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia.

As The Verge notes, Apple Pay and Google Pay aren’t as popular in Russia as homegrown options like YooMoney. According to data from 2020, only 29 percent of Russians reported using Google Pay at the time, while 20 percent said they had used Apple Pay. As such, those restrictions aren’t likely to impact Russian consumers too much given they have access to alternatives. However, the possibility of excluding Russian banks from the SWIFT interbanking system could lead to things like currency volatility that would further hurt the country’s economy.

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Apple Watch 7, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 get discounts at Amazon

It might be time to invest in a new smartwatch with Amazon’s discounts for the 40mm, Bluetooth Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the 41mm, GPS Apple Watch Series 7.
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Apple Watch 7 is cheaper today than it was on Black Friday

The Apple Watch Series 7 is down to its lowest price ever for the year on Amazon, which is offering a $ 50 discount for the wearable device’s 41mm, GPS model.
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Apple update adds more antistalking tools to AirTags

Apple continues addressing its AirTags stalking problem with updates to iOS.
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Apple Watch Series 7 down to lowest price of 2022

The Apple Watch Series 7 is down to its lowest price ever for the year on Amazon, which is offering a $ 50 discount for the wearable device’s 41mm, GPS model.
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What you can (and can’t) do on your Apple Watch without your iPhone

Learn what your Apple Watch can do without your iPhone present.
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How to build a fun and varied Apple Watch band collection

Building a collection of different bands for your Apple Watch is one of the best things you can do with it, as it becomes more personal and longer-lasting.
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The free trial of Apple Music was quietly reduced to a single month

Since its debut in 2015, Apple Music has offered one of the more generous free trial periods in the streaming industry. As a first-time subscriber, you could use the platform to listen to music for free for up to three months before the company asked you to start paying. That’s no longer the case.

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In a change spotted by Japanese blog Mac Otakara and subsequently reported by MacRumors, Apple now offers a shorter one-month free trial in many countries where the service is available, including the US, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan. You can already see the change reflected on the Apple Music website. “One month free, then $ 9.99 per month,” the US portal says when you visit.

At the moment, Apple Music pricing remains the same, with the $ 5 per month Voice Plan as the most affordable way to access the platform’s library of tracks. The change broadly aligns Apple with competitors like Spotify, which, outside of promos, typically offer one-month free trials to new subscribers.

While we’ll likely never know Apple’s official reason for shortening the trial, there’s a good chance the decision came down to simple economics. When the company first came out with Apple Music, it didn’t pay royalties for tracks users streamed during their free trial period. Apple later famously changed that policy after Taylor Swift published a letter criticizing the company. By shortening the trial period, the company can more quickly recoup the costs of attracting new subscribers to the platform. 

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Samsung and Apple dominated the smartphone market in 2021

Despite supply chain issues around the world, the smartphone market grew in 2021, with Apple and Samsung still managing to come out on top.
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Apple pulls verification requirement for US education shoppers

Earlier this week, Apple began requiring that students and teachers in the US verify their identity through authentication service UNiDAYS before they could take advantage of the company’s discounted education pricing. The move closed a long-standing loophole that had allowed almost anyone to save money on an Apple device as long as they weren’t caught in a random check.

However, mere days after implementing that requirement, Apple has just as quickly removed it. Per MacRumors, you can once again buy discounted Macs, iPads and other Apple products from the company’s US education website without the need to verify that you’re currently a student or a teacher. The outlet suggests the company may have made the change after some educators and school staff members complained they couldn’t verify their status through UNiDAYS properly, and therefore couldn’t obtain a discount on a product they wanted to buy.

It’s unclear if Apple plans to reimplement the requirement once it sorts out any potential issues with the system. For years, Apple has used UNiDAYS in many other countries, including the UK, to ensure only those who qualify for its education discounts can get them. We’ve reached out to the company for comment and more information.

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‘Exploring fitness’ won’t get Google TV anywhere near Apple Fitness+

Google has to do more than just “explore fitness” if it wants to get Google TV anywhere close to the exercise experience of Apple Fitness+.
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Apple reveals how much it paid to App Store developers in 2021

Apple’s App Store continues to pay out tens of billions of dollars annually to developers, though the store’s success hasn’t come without controversy.
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The most common Apple Watch problems and how to fix them

Struggling with some Apple Watch issues? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common problems and how to deal with them.
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How the Huawei Watch GT 3 shows what an Apple Watch for Android would be like

You can’t use an Apple Watch with an Android phone, but what if Apple suddenly made it possible? The Huawei Watch GT 3 shows what it may be like.
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Don’t miss this fantastic Apple Watch SE deal at Amazon today

The Apple Watch SE is one of the best apple smartwatches out there, and Amazon has it for only $ 230, a whole $ 50 off the $ 280 list price.
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Apple Watch SE 2: What we want to see from the next budget Apple watch

Apple is expected to release a rugged Apple Watch and Watch SE 2 alongside the Series 8 in 2022
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The most common Apple Watch problems and how to fix them

Struggling with some Apple Watch issues? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common problems and how to deal with them.
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Apple Watch Series 7 is still at its lowest-ever Black Friday price

The GPS, 41mm version of the Apple Watch Series 7 is still at its lowest-ever price of $ 380 on Amazon, but you need to hurry to take advantage of the deal.
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6 weeks in, I see the value in committing to the Apple Watch Series 7

I’ve worn the Apple Watch Series 7 every day for the last six weeks, and am beginning to see the health-related value in committing to a smartwatch this way.
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How to set up fall detection on Apple Watch

Fall detection is tightly integrated with your iPhone, but you have to set it up properly for it to help you.
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How to back up your Apple Watch

If you’re wondering how to back up your Apple Watch, then we have the answers you need in this guide. Learn how to back up or restore an Apple Watch.
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Tech gifts in stock with holiday delivery: Apple Watch, Fire HD tablet

A few of the largest retailers today are offering great deals on tech that makes for great gifting this holiday season, including the Apple Watch Series 7.
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Where to buy an Apple Watch with delivery in time for Christmas

If you purchase the Apple Watch Series 7 from Amazon right now, you’ll get the wearable device in time for Christmas, in addition to enjoying a $ 20 discount.
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Apple Watch Series 7 Cyber Monday deal drops price to $380

With this Apple Watch Series 7 Cyber Monday deal from Amazon, you’ll be able to purchase the latest version of Apple’s smartwatch for its cheapest-ever price.
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Best Cyber Monday Apple Watch deals 2021: Early deals today

Black Friday is over, but the best Cyber Monday Apple Watch deals are now arriving. These are the best picks you can shop right now.
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Apple Watch Series 7 down to lowest-ever price for Black Friday 2021

Amazon is offering a $ 10 discount on the Apple Watch Series 7, marking it down to $ 390 for a Black Friday deal.
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Apple reportedly tells workers they’re allowed to discuss conditions and pay

Apple might be eager to minimize future complaints about working conditions. NBC News said it obtained a newly released internal memo telling employees they're allowed to discuss conditions and pay outside the company. Staffers should be free to talk about issues in the way they "feel most comfortable," including with managers and the People (human resources) team.

We've asked Apple if it can confirm the memo and comment on the release. The statement would reinforce the rights private workers already have under the National Labor Relations Act, which lets workers both organize and discuss conditions, as well Apple's own conduct policy.

Provided the news is accurate, it could represent a bittersweet moment for critics of Apple's working culture. The memo supports their beliefs the company unfairly limited talk about labor issues by shutting down surveys and Slack channels. Employees like Ashley Gjøvik also accused Apple of punishing workers for speaking out for by putting them on leave or even firing them.

However, the statement is also coming too late to prevent significant damage. Apple now faces eight labor charges alleging issues like harassment and wrongful dismissal. Outspoken #AppleToo advocate Cher Scarlett (who settled with Apple) just left the company, too. While a memo like this might allow more discussion going forward, it can't change the past.

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Apple Watch Series 7 just got a price cut at Amazon for Black Friday

Today Amazon is offering a $ 10 discount on the green Apple Watch Series 7, marking it down to $ 390 for an early Black Friday deal.
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How does an $8 braided Apple Watch band on Amazon compare to the $100 Solo Loop?

Does spending $ 100 on Apple’s Braided Solo Loop band give you pause? Are you also wondering what a very cheap alternative from Amazon is like? I found out.
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Here’s which Apple Pencil works with which iPad

The Apple Pencil is fantastic if your iPad is a drawing or note-taking tool. But do you know which Apple Pencil you need for your iPad? Here’s our guide.
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iPhone 13 and Z Flip 3 keep Apple and Samsung sales strong in U.S. and Europe

The chip shortage continues to stifle smartphone sales growth, but Apple and Samsung manage to hold on in the U.S. and European markets.
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HomePod mini software update adds support for Apple Music lossless

It's not only iOS and macOS that Apple has updated today. The company has rolled out a firmware update for HomePod as well. The discontinued speaker now supports Apple Music lossless playback, as well as Dolby Atmos spatial audio. Apple Music lossless will also be available on HomePod mini after you update it via the HomePod section of the Home app.

It's a much-needed update, since Apple Music lossless hit iOS, iPadOS, macOS and Apple TV 4K devices in June. Apple only started publicly testing lossless and Dolby Atmos support on HomePod in August. In any case, it's good to see that Apple eventually brought a pair of notable audio features to products it designed primarily to, you know, play audio.


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