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Apple announces changes to European App Store taxes to take effect January 1st

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Apple has sent an email to iOS developers informing them of upcoming changes to the way taxes are handled on European App Store purchases. Rather than use the same VAT rate across the entire European Union, Apple will now calculate the charges based on the customer’s home country.

This could lead to a rise in app prices in some countries where value-added taxes are higher than users are currently being charged. Apple also notes in the email that developer’s cuts of app profits will be calculated after the VAT has been deducted from the purchase price.

The changes will go into effect on January 1st. Apple’s tax practices recently came under fire from government authorities.


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Tim Cook praises Apple’s accomplishments, reveals $20 million (PRODUCT)RED donation in holiday email

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Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a company-wide email today recapping the year’s accomplishments and looking forward to 2015. Cook praises the “most innovative lineup ever” and expresses his pride in the hard work his employees have put into each product.

The executive highlights this year’s 30th anniversary of the Mac and the release of the latest iPhones, iPads, Mac hardware, and mobile and desktop operating systems, as well as the first public announcement of the Apple Watch. He refers again to Apple’s commitment to helping promote education, and reveals for the first time that this year’s App Store and Apple Online Store (PRODUCT)RED promotions helped the company donate over $20 million to fighting AIDS this year.

Cook closes the message by saying he’s excited for what next year will bring, including the launch of the Apple Watch. The full text of the email (via iClarified) is below:

Team,

With the holidays upon us and 2014 drawing to a close, it’s a great time to look back at this unforgettable year. Together we have reached new heights with our products and delivered Apple’s most innovative lineup ever. I’m immensely proud of the work that you and your teams are doing to make Apple a force for good in the world, both through our products and by making a difference on issues that touch millions of lives.

It’s been a year of amazing announcements across the board. Just this fall we had the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, unveiled the thinner and more powerful iPad Air 2, introduced the new 27-inch iMac with its stunning Retina 5K display, and launched an entirely new category of service — Apple Pay — which is winning over banks, merchants and customers even faster than we had hoped. The App Store had a record-setting year and our software products, led by iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, have never been stronger. During this busy holiday season, our store teams are doing a fantastic job introducing and answering questions about all of our products, and they’re doing it with the energy and enthusiasm that has always endeared them to our customers.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Mac, which has been the symbol of revolutionary technology since its introduction. Today, the Mac enjoys a wider audience than ever and the highest market share in almost 20 years. This achievement is a credit to our teams who are constantly innovating to make Apple’s products the best in the world. Year after year, the Mac gets better because we love it and we can’t stop thinking about the possibilities for what it can do.

We’ve made important decisions like acquiring Beats for its popular products and incomparable talent, and partnering with IBM to transform mobile computing in the enterprise. Each of these moves opens new opportunities for Apple, and their impact will continue to be felt far into our future.

Together we’re also making an impact on some of the most important issues facing society. Here in the U.S., we’ve made a bold commitment to provide technology for schools that need it the most. Apple is a leader in sustainability, powering our data centers with 100% renewable energy. The success of our company is creating jobs and opportunities for workers from all walks of life. We’re dedicated to advancing equality, diversity and human rights in the workplace, from our corporate offices to the factory floor. And we’re defending our customers’ personal data because we believe they have not just an expectation but a right to privacy.

As the holiday shopping season kicked off in November, we teamed up with some of the most popular developers on the App Store for an unprecedented fundraising effort on behalf of (PRODUCT) RED. Developers created exclusive content for the campaign, with all proceeds going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. In addition, Apple pledged a portion of our retail and online sales on two of the busiest shopping days of the year.

I’m thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million — our biggest ever — bringing the total amount Apple has raised for (PRODUCT) RED to over $100 million. The money we’ve raised is saving lives and bringing hope to people in need. It’s a cause we can all be proud to support.

In September, we gave a glimpse of the future with Apple Watch, our most personal device ever. Most customers will never know how hard you and your colleagues are working to make it a reality, but they will appreciate the depth of care and effort behind Apple Watch from the moment they put it on their wrist. People love Apple products, which means they love the work you do. The knowledge that you’ve done something great for someone else is a powerful reward — one which I hope you feel during the holiday season and throughout the year. There’s nothing else quite like it.

Enjoy this time with your friends and loved ones. I could not be more excited about what’s in store for next year, and for the opportunity to work with all of you to make it happen.

Tim


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Tim Cook praises Apple’s accomplishments, reveals $20 million (PRODUCT)RED donation in holiday email

Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a company-wide email today recapping the year’s accomplishments and looking forward to 2015. Cook praises the “most innovative lineup ever” and expresses his pride in the hard work his employees have put into each product.

The executive highlights this year’s 30th anniversary of the Mac and the release of the latest iPhones, iPads, Mac hardware, and mobile and desktop operating systems, as well as the first public announcement of the Apple Watch. He refers again to Apple’s commitment to helping promote education, and reveals for the first time that this year’s App Store and Apple Online Store (PRODUCT)RED promotions helped the company donate over $20 million to fighting AIDS this year.

Cook closes the message by saying he’s excited for what next year will bring, including the launch of the Apple Watch. The full text of the email (via iClarified) is below:

Team,

With the holidays upon us and 2014 drawing to a close, it’s a great time to look back at this unforgettable year. Together we have reached new heights with our products and delivered Apple’s most innovative lineup ever. I’m immensely proud of the work that you and your teams are doing to make Apple a force for good in the world, both through our products and by making a difference on issues that touch millions of lives.

It’s been a year of amazing announcements across the board. Just this fall we had the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, unveiled the thinner and more powerful iPad Air 2, introduced the new 27-inch iMac with its stunning Retina 5K display, and launched an entirely new category of service — Apple Pay — which is winning over banks, merchants and customers even faster than we had hoped. The App Store had a record-setting year and our software products, led by iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, have never been stronger. During this busy holiday season, our store teams are doing a fantastic job introducing and answering questions about all of our products, and they’re doing it with the energy and enthusiasm that has always endeared them to our customers.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Mac, which has been the symbol of revolutionary technology since its introduction. Today, the Mac enjoys a wider audience than ever and the highest market share in almost 20 years. This achievement is a credit to our teams who are constantly innovating to make Apple’s products the best in the world. Year after year, the Mac gets better because we love it and we can’t stop thinking about the possibilities for what it can do.

We’ve made important decisions like acquiring Beats for its popular products and incomparable talent, and partnering with IBM to transform mobile computing in the enterprise. Each of these moves opens new opportunities for Apple, and their impact will continue to be felt far into our future.

Together we’re also making an impact on some of the most important issues facing society. Here in the U.S., we’ve made a bold commitment to provide technology for schools that need it the most. Apple is a leader in sustainability, powering our data centers with 100% renewable energy. The success of our company is creating jobs and opportunities for workers from all walks of life. We’re dedicated to advancing equality, diversity and human rights in the workplace, from our corporate offices to the factory floor. And we’re defending our customers’ personal data because we believe they have not just an expectation but a right to privacy.

As the holiday shopping season kicked off in November, we teamed up with some of the most popular developers on the App Store for an unprecedented fundraising effort on behalf of (PRODUCT) RED. Developers created exclusive content for the campaign, with all proceeds going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. In addition, Apple pledged a portion of our retail and online sales on two of the busiest shopping days of the year.

I’m thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million — our biggest ever — bringing the total amount Apple has raised for (PRODUCT) RED to over $100 million. The money we’ve raised is saving lives and bringing hope to people in need. It’s a cause we can all be proud to support.

In September, we gave a glimpse of the future with Apple Watch, our most personal device ever. Most customers will never know how hard you and your colleagues are working to make it a reality, but they will appreciate the depth of care and effort behind Apple Watch from the moment they put it on their wrist. People love Apple products, which means they love the work you do. The knowledge that you’ve done something great for someone else is a powerful reward — one which I hope you feel during the holiday season and throughout the year. There’s nothing else quite like it.

Enjoy this time with your friends and loved ones. I could not be more excited about what’s in store for next year, and for the opportunity to work with all of you to make it happen.

Tim


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Apple looking for London-based ‘Apple Pay Intern’ to help expand service into Europe

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A new UK job listing posted on Apple’s website and uncovered by iClarified indicates that the company is planning to expands its payment service into Europe and elsewhere. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Apple wants to put its iPhone 6-based payment system into as many hands worldwide as possible, but this is one of the first indications of a move in that direction.

The intern will be part of a new London-based team that will help roll the product out across Europe, the Middle East, India, and Asia. Specifically the intern will be responsible for handling contracts and non-disclosure agreements between Apple and third-parties like banks and retailers.

The full job listing is below:

Job Summary

Apple Pay is a new and exciting area in Apple that is set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. Apple Pay will change the way consumers pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch to pay in an easy, secure, and private way. The new London-based Apple Pay team will work to drive the roll-out of this technology across EMEIA by working with a variety of internal and external partners, including teams in the US where the product will first launch and the EMEIA organisation, as well as Issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe. To accompany us on this journey, we are looking for a highly enthusiastic and energetic support Intern to help us drive our business development activities, specifically to support execution of multiple NDAs and contracts with third party partners. Provide administrative support to the EMEIA Apple Pay team for business development and contract negotiations. The ideal candidate should have some experience in managing signature of NDAs and project management of large contractual negotiations with third parties

Key Qualifications

  • Personal skills:
  • Detail conscious and accurate
  • Tenacious and driven
  • Takes ownership of projects assigned
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Quick to learn new systems
  • Good analytical skills
  • Clear communicator
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and motivated
  • Works well in a team
  • Familiarity with legal and finance jargon is clearly a plus
  • Additional European language such as French, German, Italian or Spanish is a plus

Description

Help in organising and executing NDAs with third parties to ensure confidentiality of projects Work with country managers and legal colleagues internally to prioritise, execute and finalise NDAs Manage scheduling and follow-up of complex contract negotiations with third parties Work with internal legal and business teams to ensure relevant input and sign-offs are obtained to close contracts Other ad hoc tasks

Education

LLB preferred, BA/BSc a must

Additional Requirements

Key relationships: Central and country-based business development teams Central legal team Finance and tax team


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‘Thinking Cleaner’ aims to combine iOS 8’s HomeKit with your Roomba

A new product on Kickstarter is aiming to integrate iOS 8’s new HomeKit features into the Roomba automated vacuum cleaner (which our own Ben Lovejoy listed as one of the best home automation gifts for 2014). That product is the Thinking Cleaner, which is basically a new faceplate for your Roomba. Inside the faceplate, however, are the necessary electronics to connect the device to Wi-Fi and control it from your smartphone.

The Thinking Cleaner’s actual feature list is pretty extensive. It allows you to schedule cleaning cycles not only from the web, but from a native iOS app as well. It can also use geofencing to detect when you leave the house and automatically start cleaning. User-customizable notifications can let you know when the Roomba starts cleaning, even when you’re not home.

You can use a “Find my Roomba”-style feature to play a sound from the vacuum, allowing you to quickly locate it, then remotely steer it back to you. Because it works with HomeKit, you can also expect to see some Siri integration as well. The Thinking Cleaner can pull software updates over-the-air, allowing it to gain new capabilities even after buying it.

You can find a lot more information, including several videos on the design of the faceplate, on the Thinking Cleaner’s Kickstarter page.


Filed under: iOS, Tech Industry Tagged: homekit, Roomba, thinking cleaner

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Judge denies media requests for public release of Steve Jobs deposition from iPod antitrust case

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A judge decided today to deny media requests for a public release of Steve Jobs’ videotaped deposition in last week’s iPod antitrust case. Apple had been fighting back against these requests, saying that members of the press who wanted to air the video just wanted to see “a dead man.”

The ruling essentially states that since live testimony from witnesses was not recorded and then released to the media, the Jobs deposition should not be either. Because the video was not entered into evidence as an exhibit, it can’t be treated like evidence.

There was also a concern expressed in the ruling that in the future, witnesses might be hesitant to give videotaped depositions if they believed the video might be released to the press. Transcriptions of the portions of the video shown in court are included in the public record, and the judge found that to be sufficient.

You can real the full ruling below (via Apple Insider).


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Drafts for iOS regains Notification Center widget in latest update

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A few weeks ago, the popular note-taking app Drafts for iOS was updated at Apple’s request to remove its Notification Center widget, which the company said violated the rules for extensions. Now, it seems the tech giant has reversed its decision. Today’s 4.0.6 update to Drafts re-introduces the widget, which has gained additional functionality since the previous version.

The “new” and improved widget now the ability to show your recently saved notes. The app also gained a “new from selection” feature that allows you to create a document from selected text. Other fixes and updates have also been made to the app’s background refresh, UI, and more.

You can grab Drafts for $4.99 on the App Store. The change log is below:

What’s New in Version 4.0.6

#### Visit our blog for more detailed release notes: agiletortoise.com/blog

All the great new stuff from v4.0.5 (iCloud Drive and Print actions and more), plus:

- [New] Today widget. Now back with the addition of recent drafts.
– [New] “New from selection” option in document creation options (tap and hold “+”).
– [Fix] Hack to fix display issue in drafts list after showing a draft detail.
– [New] URL action steps now have “URL encode tag output” option.
– [Change] More improvements to background refresh and sync handling.

Help & Support: info@agiletortoise.com
News and Tips: @draftsapp on Facebook and Twitter

Review and ratings are always appreciated!


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