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There's always going to be an ongoing debate on such sensitive subjects as sexual minorities, but what's important to understand is that all of us have the right to be different. And this seems to be Tim Cook's message in a letter that he published recently, revealing that he is "proud to be gay". Apple's CEO says that this has given him perspective on what it means to be a minority.
What needs to be pointed out is that Tom Cook didn't hide his sexual orientation, but he has now decide to publicly acknowledge it. Apple CEO says that it was his desire for privacy that has held him back from "doing something more important." Here's how the entire content of his letter sounds like:
"Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.
At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.
Planning to buy the Apple Watch but just can't take the wait anymore? Look no further. Jailbreak developer Kigg has created an Apple Watch inspired theme for iOS 8 users. The theme allows users to try out the bubble style Homescreen on an iPhone or iPod Touch, unfortunately it's a little difficult to install since tweaks like Winterboard are still awaiting an update. However, following the guide in the video above should get you through the install in a breeze.
*INTRO SOUND WARNING (Turn down your speakers in the beginning, SORRY!)*
Previously we showed you how to Jailbreak an Apple device running iOS 8, iOS 8.0.1, iOS 8.0.2, or iOS 8.1 using the Pangu Jailbreak tool. Unfortunately, Cydia's Substrate was late to the game had to be kept out of the tool, so the popular Jailbreak marketplace never showed up after the Jailbreak. In this guide, we will show you how to manually install Cydia on Jailbroken iOS 8.x.
How to install Cydia manually:
1. Open up the Pangu app on your iOS Homscreen, here you will see something called OpenSSH, tap on it, and hit "Install" in the top right corner.
2. After OpenSSH is installed, head on over to the Settings app (make sure you're connected to the same WiFi/network as your computer), go into WiFi settings, and tap the "i" icon on your connected WiFi network.
3. Here you will see your IP address for your device, open up CyberDuck, click on New Connection, click on the drop down menu and select SFTP.
4. Under server type in your WiFi address, for the user name "root", and the password is "alpine", accept and prompts that pop up.
5. Now copy the two Cydia files into the first "root" folder that shows up on your screen, accept the transfer.
6. At the top of you computer screen, drop down "Go" and click "Send Command".
7. Copy and Paste this command (without quotes): "dpkg --install cydia-lproj_1.1.12_iphoneos-arm.deb cydia_1.1.13_iphoneos-arm.deb" and hit SEND.
8. After wards open up Send Command again, type in "reboot", your iOS device should reboot and Cydia will show up on the Homescreen. Opening up Cydia will start preparing the file system, which usually takes...
Recently we shared a story that a consortium of companies which included Walmart, Best Buy, Rite Aid and more were refusing to accept Apple's new Apple Pay mobile payment platform because they were working on their own alternative which is called CurrentC. The consortium spear-headed by Walmart is called MCX and they claim that their CurrentC platform is “a payment option that is widely accepted, secure, and developed with [customers'] best interests in mind.”
It turns out that they were exaggerating when they described their system as "secure." According to the latest reports directly from MCX, the CurrentC mobile payment platform (which is in its trial test run) was just hacked and an unspecified number of email addresses were stolen. Here's the statement from MCX,
It doesn't seem that Walmart's CurrentC is off to a great start, and it doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the service...
Last week, we saw the Pangu team surprisingly release the iOS 8 Jailbreak for all devices that support the firmware. The Jailbreak however is still "under construction" so it's not perfect yet. One problem with the new Pangu tool is that Cydia is not included in the initial Jailbreak, however Cydia's substrate has since been updated and it's now possible to add Cydia manually to iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (we'll have a video on that in a bit).
Here you will find a tutorial teaching how to Jailbreak iOS 8.1, iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.0.1, or iOS 8.0 on the following supported devices:
iPhone 6 Plus
iPad (2, 3, 4, Air, Air 2, mini 1, mini 2, mini 3)
iPod touch 5
Before you start, be sure to have the latest version of iTunes, restore your device through iTunes (Over The Air updates glitches the Jailbreak process), turn off Passcode and Touch ID on your device, and turn off Find My iPhone. You must do all of the above to successfully Jailbreak.
How to Jailbreak:
1. Download the Pangu tool here
2. Right click on the .exe and Run as Administrator
3. Plug in your supported iOS device and wait for Pangu to recognize it
4. Click the big blue button on the Pangu program and let your iOS device and the Pangu tool run its course
5. As soon as it's done, you should see two Pangu icons on your Homescreen, meaning you are now successfully Jailbroken on iOS 8+
Once again, Cydia is not included in the current Pangu tool, however we will have a video and written guide on how to install Cydia manually in a bit.
It seems that Apple's business is flourishing these days, with excellent iPhone sales, constantly increasing shipments of its Mac products and the upcoming release of the Apple Watch. After Apple has recently made public its earnings report, the market has responded positively and Apple shares closed Tuesday at an all time high of $106.74.
However, despite the new record, it should be taken into account that Apple's shares have only appreciated 6.7 percent over the past two years since reaching a high point in September 2012.
But since May 20, this year, Apple's share have appreciated 23.57 percent and have paid out a one-half percent dividend, which shows just how fruitful this year has been so far.
And this could continue into 2015, as well, since Apple disclosed record spending on R&D that will mostly go on the new Apple Watch. But there's Apple Pay, the opening of more stores, the mix between Beats and iTunes, the unveiling of the new spaceship campus and much, much more.
Now here's an interesting news to share with you - according to a recent story from Forbes publication, Apple's iPhone 6 alone is producing 10% of all US economic growth. Michael Feroli, the chief United States economist for JPMorgan Chase said the following:
"The iPhone is having a measurable impact. it’s a little gadget, but it costs a lot and it seems that everybody has one. When you do the multiplication, it’s going to matter.”
According to him, iPhone sales are adding one-quarter to one-third of a percentage point to the annualized growth rate of the gross domestic product. However, Tim Worstall from Forbes thinks that the number is slightly exaggerated:
"And that’s where the claim looks a little high to me. For of course the addition that the new phone makes is only however much higher sales are of the new model over the old model. And the iPhone 5S and C were already adding some tens of billions to the US GDP figures. At a guess they were already adding $40 to $50 billion to it in fact. It’s only that increase in gross margin that the new phones are adding to Apple that become those increases in US GDP."
However, one thing's for sure - Apple's products are very important to the US economy and represent the work of one of the greatest American companies.