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Samsung chief faces long day as South Korean court weighs arrest warrant

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 01:55

By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - The head of South Korea's giant Samsung Group faces a long day in court on Wednesday as a judge decides whether he should be arrested for bribery in a corruption scandal that has engulfed President Park Geun-hye's administration. Investigators questioned Jay Y. Lee for 22 hours last week as a suspect in the scandal which led to parliament impeaching Park in December and throwing the country into crisis. Park, 64, remains in office but has been stripped of her powers while the Constitutional Court decides whether to make her the country's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office.


New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn't on 'Snapface' or 'InstantChat'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 00:14

The NFL's football players are increasingly using social media to build their brands, express their frustrations, and sell their condos, but the same familiarity shouldn't be expected from one of the game's most successful coaches. "SnapFace and all that, I don’t really get those,” the New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told Boston's WEEI sports radio. Belichick was speaking in response to a Facebook Live video, broadcast from the Pittsburgh Steelers' locker room in the aftermath of their playoff victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, in which Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin called the Patriots "assholes." Ironically, Tomlin and a select group of players also used the post-game motivational speech to emphasize the value of staying quiet on social media in the week before the upcoming AFC Championship game between the two teams, all the while being broadcast via wide receiver Antonio Brown's Facebook Live stream.


Pakistani right cries 'blasphemy' to muzzle progressives

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 23:48

A virulent social media campaign to paint five disappeared Pakistani activists as blasphemers deserving execution has spotlighted how right-wing efforts to muzzle liberal voices using the country's draconian laws have found a powerful new platform online. The five men had stood against religious intolerance and at times criticised Pakistan's military, with several of them running progressive Facebook pages. "There are people trying to label these missing bloggers blasphemers.


Latest macOS beta has a new feature to help users conserve battery life

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 23:04
With battery life performance on Apple's new MacBooks now an issue on everybody's radar, Apple's latest macOS Beta introduces a new feature designed to help users better preserve battery life. While the current incarnation of the macOS menu bar already alerts users as to which apps happen to be draining the battery, the latest iteration of macOS beta now includes a "Display Brightness" string under the "Using Significant Energy" heading. Originally spotted by MacRumors , users have found that if they click on "Display Brightness", the brightness on the display will automatically go down to 75%. If this at all sounds familiar, it's because Apple has a similar feature in iOS called Low Power mode. Originally introduced in iOS 9, Low Power mode will lower an iOS device's brightness when battery life drops below 20%. Though Apple's MacBooks are designed to deliver best in class battery life at 10 hours, Apple's recently revamped MacBook Pro line was recently involved in a mini-controversy after Consumer Reports found that battery life on Apple's premier notebook line varied wildly. As a quick example, one test found that battery life on Apple's non-TouchBar MacBook Pro fluctuated between 4.5 hours and 19 hours. Consequently, Apple's new MacBook Pros marked the first time that Apple's flagship notebook did not receive a "buy" recommendation from the publication. Over the past few days, however, Apple managed to identify the problem and has since  issued a software fix that alleviates the issue. In turn, Apple's new MacBook Pro line up has since received a "buy" recommendation from CR. Incidentally, Apple still hasn't added the "time remaining" option back to the menu bar after removing it last month amid a slew of complaints from users regarding wildly inconsistent estimates.

Baidu names former Microsoft exec as COO in artificial intelligence push

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 22:24

China's Baidu Inc said it has appointed a former Microsoft Corp executive as chief operating officer, part of a push into artificial intelligence as earnings from its core search engine business wane. Baidu has been refocusing its business strategy after the introduction of new advertising regulations, aimed at medical advertising in particular, led to a 16 percent drop in ad customers during quarter ended in September. Qi Lu, who was an executive vice president at Microsoft and headed its unit in charge of Office, Bing and Skype until last September, will help develop artificial intelligence as a key strategic focus for Baidu over the next decade.


You can buy a handgun that looks like an iPhone, and cops are worried

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 22:03
It might look like a bulky old-generation square iPhone to most people, police included, but the device in the image above is a weapon. One that actually works, and one that could have people fooled. The Ideal Conceal, which we told you about last March , is a .380 caliber handgun that’s currently available for preorder. The gun is supposed to “hide in plain sight” and become “virtually undetectable,” according to the Minnesota-based company that makes it. "The idea for Ideal Conceal follows the present-day demand for handguns that people can carry on a day to day basis, in a manner that makes carrying a gun easy to do,” the company says on its website. “From soccer moms to professionals of every type, this gun allows you the option of not being a victim. The gun fires high-velocity ammunition, Business Insider reports , which means it can be discharged with speed. Furthermore, the gun does not have to be cocked before being fired. When not in use, the gun can be “concealed” like in the image above, by folding it up. When you’d need to use it like, the bottom side folds out to make up the gun’s handle and reveal the trigger, like so: The gun retails for $395, and Ideal Conceal has already received over 12,000 preorders in the US, The Times notes . The Ideal Conceal has police in Europe worried. The gun is expected to arrive illegally in the region in the coming months. Belgian police are apparently on high alert — a warning regarding the gun was already issued. "To the eye, nothing can distinguish it from a mobile telephone," the warning read, according to local newspaper Derniere Heure . "Most people possess a smartphone, meaning that it can pass completely overlooked."

You can buy a handgun that looks like and iPhone, and cops are worried

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 22:03
It might look like a bulky old-generation square iPhone to most people, police included, but the device in the image above is a weapon. One that actually works, and one that could have people fooled. The Ideal Conceal, which we told you about last March , is a .380 caliber handgun that’s currently available for preorder. The gun is supposed to “hide in plain sight” and become “virtually undetectable,” according to the Minnesota-based company that makes it. "The idea for Ideal Conceal follows the present-day demand for handguns that people can carry on a day to day basis, in a manner that makes carrying a gun easy to do,” the company says on its website. “From soccer moms to professionals of every type, this gun allows you the option of not being a victim. The gun fires high-velocity ammunition, Business Insider reports , which means it can be discharged with speed. Furthermore, the gun does not have to be cocked before being fired. When not in use, the gun can be “concealed” like in the image above, by folding it up. When you’d need to use it like, the bottom side folds out to make up the gun’s handle and reveal the trigger, like so: The gun retails for $395, and Ideal Conceal has already received over 12,000 preorders in the US, The Times notes . The Ideal Conceal has police in Europe worried. The gun is expected to arrive illegally in the region in the coming months. Belgian police are apparently on high alert — a warning regarding the gun was already issued. "To the eye, nothing can distinguish it from a mobile telephone," the warning read, according to local newspaper Derniere Heure . "Most people possess a smartphone, meaning that it can pass completely overlooked."

Japanese rocket suffers catastrophic failure

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 21:02
Japan's ambitious plan to launch a pint-sized rocket equipped with a satellite has come to an abrupt end after the rocket suffered a communication failure and ended up plummeting back to Earth. The tiny rocket was launched from the Uchinoura Space Center at approximately 8:30 on Sunday morning with its microsatellite payload which it hoped to send into orbit.  At first things seemed to be going rather well for the rather small rocket, which measured approximately 35 feet in length. The satellite it was carrying is also a miniature, at just over a foot in width. The rocket managed to cruise skyward and appeared to be working as intended, but Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency later revealed that the rocket and its satellite ended up in a water grave. The agency explained that communications with the rocket malfunctioned and one of its boosters didn't go off as planned. This caused the rocket to lose its momentum and fall back to Earth. Japan's mini rocket ended up somewhere in the Philippine Sea, making the mission a total loss. The launch had originally been scheduled for January 11 but was postponed several days due to windy conditions. As technology advances many space agencies from around the world are finding ways to make their satellites smaller and smaller, reducing costs and making it easier — in theory — to get them into orbit. In December, NASA released a video showing how its Pegasus XL rocket hauled several tiny satellites into space with the help of a highly modified jet airliner. That launch went much more smoothly than Japan's ill-fated effort, but setbacks are just part of the game.

Apple’s TV plans are finally starting to take shape

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 20:31
Apple finally seems to be warming up to the the fact that it needs original programming if it ever hopes to compete in the TV space. To be sure, there are no shortage of movies and TV shows available for purchase and rental via iTunes, but Netflix has demonstrated that a stable of high-quality and exclusive content is what really moves the needle in today's ever-evolving entertainment age. Late last week, word surfaced that Apple was finally preparing to dive into the realm of original content head first. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal , Apple has been busy talking with producers about developing episodic shows similar in style to hit shows like HBO's Westworld and Netflix's Stranger Things . This is a promising development given that shows like  Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps  aren't exactly thrilling programs capable of attracting a wide audience in the same way that a show like House of Cards can pull in viewers. In the wake of that report, Apple Music chief and longtime music industry veteran Jimmy Iovine explained Apple's goals in the media space while appearing at a Television Critics Association event this past weekend. Iovine's remarks were originally relayed by The Hollywood Reporter . "At Apple Music, what we're trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video," Iovine said. "If South Park walks into my office, I am not going to say you're not musicians, you know? We're going to do whatever hits popular culture smack on the nose. We're going to try." Reports indicate that Apple's first stab at compelling original programming may hit Apple Music before the end of the year. As a final point, it's worth noting that Apple's deep pockets could certainly help it roll out any number of hit shows. As we've explained previously, Apple would only need $538 million in order to cumulatively produce one season of each of the following shows: Game of Thrones Breaking Bad House of Cards Orange is the new Black Arrested Development Mad Men Marco Polo The Wire The Big Bang Theory Sons of Anarchy All in all, it's reassuring to see that Apple finally seems to have a semblance of a strategy in a space that it's ignored for far too long.

‘Game of Thrones’ might have more episodes left than we thought

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 20:01
HBO hasn't yet formally renew Game of Thrones for an eighth season, and there’s an exciting — or annoying — reason for that. It all depends on your personal take on the hit TV series. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss surprised fans last year when they said that they have some 13 hours left in the Game of Thrones saga. That implied that HBO would only air 13 more episodes over the course of the next two seasons. We already know that season 7 will hit HBO later than initially expected, and it will consist of just 7 episodes. So we thought HBO had settled on a six-episode eight and final season. However, TVLine found out that HBO is still waiting for Benioff and Weiss to decide how many episodes they want in season 8. That’s why the last Game of Thrones season has not been formally confirmed. “The only thing we’re working out is how many episodes they want to do,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys told the site. Bloys “hopes” there will be more than six episodes. “They’re still figuring it out because I think they’re trying to get a shape of the season,” he said. “They always do what they think [will yield] the best version of the show. It’s all about how many they’re comfortable [with]. But I’ll always take more.” However, more episodes of a TV series won’t necessarily make it a better show. Just look at the most recent season of  The Walking Dead . Fans could certainly have done without quite a few of the episodes in the first half of the current season. Moreover, Benioff and Weiss last year said they had a firm conclusion in mind for Game of Thrones when they started it. “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes,” Benioff said last April. “We’re heading into the final lap.” He then added that it’s ““not just [about] trying not to outstay [our] welcome.” He continued, “We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end,” he continued. “We’ve known the end for quite some time, and we’re hurtling towards it. Those last images from [the Season 6 finale] showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros, Jon Snow is king of the North, and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now… and we are heading toward the endgame.”

Russian Cyberattacks 'Sloppy' Compared to What's Next

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 19:55

The Russian hacks of the Democratic National Committee might have gone unnoticed if one of the two attacking groups hadn't made so much "noise," a security expert told the ShmooCon hacker conference here yesterday (Jan. 15). Because that group, dubbed Fancy Bear or APT 28, was so sloppy, it was caught within a few weeks, said Toni Gidwani, director of research operations at Arlingon, Virginia, cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect. The subsequent investigation led to the discovery of a year-old, continuing penetration of the DNC's servers by a rival Russian group, called Cozy Bear or APT 29, that had previously gone undetected.


Mark Hamil as ‘The Joker’ thrashes Donald Trump yet again

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 19:30
Outside of his memorable roles in Star Wars , Mark Hamill over the past few decades has enjoyed an incredibly successful run as a Hollywood voice over actor. Taking a look at Hamill's impressively long resume, his voice work as the Joker from  Batman: The Animated Series  truly stands out as something iconic. Last week, Hamill thought he'd have a little fun and decided to record one of Donald Trump's widely circulated tweets using his patented and quintessentially evil Joker voice. The result was nothing short of stunning. This week, Hamill was at it again, this time reading Trump's recent Twitter tirade about Meryl Streep. As for some quick background, Streep during last week's Golden Globe Awards show trashed President-elect Donald Trump without mentioning him by name. "There was one performance this year that stunned me," Streep said in part. "It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back." Never one to ignore a insult or even a perceived slight, Trump predictably took to Twitter where he called Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood." In a new audio recording titled "Return of Trumpster", Hamill once again delivers a homerun. And for anyone who missed Hamill's first effort, here it is below for your listening enjoyment. https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/817901534948179968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw As Trump prepares to take over the Oval Office this week, we can expect to hear more Hamill as Joker as Trump audio recordings in the weeks and months ahead.

Here’s the battery that could have saved the Galaxy Note 7

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 19:11
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was absolutely the most publicized example of faulty battery technology in the history of mobile phones, but exploding batteries aren't exclusively a Samsung problem. A quick Google search will produce news stories about defective batteries in phones from Apple, LG, Sony, Nokia, and every other major manufacturer. Lithium-ion batteries are simply not a perfectly reliable power source, and while the Note 7 was an extreme example, every manufacturer could benefit from batteries that are able to extinguish themselves if they get a bit too hot. Now, science has delivered exactly that. A new paper by Stanford University researchers, published in Science Advances , describes an innovative battery technology that includes a flame-retardant substance which allows the batteries to provide power as normal, but will spring into action if things get out of hand. http://d3a5ak6v9sb99l.cloudfront.net/content/advances/3/1/e1601978/F1.large.jpg?width=800&height=600&carousel=1 A small amount of triphenyl phosphate is housed inside a thin shell inside of the battery itself. If the battery is working normally, you'll never even know it's there, but if for some reason the temperature inside the battery passes the 150 degree Celsius  (302F) — as it does in cases where batteries balloon up and explode — the shell will melt and the phosphate will extinguish the situation. In their testing, the researchers were able to demonstrate that the battery safeguard could prevent the battery from going nuclear in just four-tenths of a second. In a situation like that of the Galaxy Note 7 — where it is thought defective batteries, casing design, or a combination of both were responsible for the explosions — these batteries would have been able to prevent themselves from spitting fire. Once these new batteries have self-policed their explosive tendencies they are no longer function properly, so Samsung would still have a battery replacement problem on its hands, but there would be no headlines about smartphones burning down homes, garages, or cars.

Analyst: Apple’s next MacBook Pros will have Kaby Lake processor, more RAM

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 19:00

Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities in Taiwan has issued a new note indicating that this year’s MacBooks will be upgraded with Intel’s Kaby Lake processors, as well as 32 gigabytes of RAM in the 15-inch model. According to Kuo, a new 12-inch MacBook will begin production in the second quarter of this year, new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros will begin production in the early third-quarter, and a new 15-inch MacBook will begin mass production in the final quarter of the year, featuring 32 gigabytes of memory and aimed at high-end users. It’s unclear whether this last machine will fall into the “Pro” lineup or have simply the “MacBook” nomenclature.


Failed Lily drone startup allegedly used GoPro in promotional video, lied about it

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 18:44
The much-hyped Lily drone is officially dead in the water after the company realized it wouldn't be able to actually produce the autonomous flying camera that it had promised buyers for over a year, but the legal battle over how the whole thing shook out is just getting started. In a lawsuit filed in California alleges that the startup was doomed from the beginning, and continued to mislead customers for months, while at the same time using footage from its competitors hardware in an attempt to show its non-existent drone's magical capabilities. As Recode reports, the lawsuit was filed by the San Francisco District Attorney's office, and has been in the works since long before Lily publicly declared failure. The primary issue with how Lily rose to viral fame — while raking in over $30 million in pre-orders — is that the Lily drone never really existed to begin with. In emails that were released as part of the lawsuit, Lily CEO Antoine Balaresque openly mulled the idea of lying to Lily customers by claiming that the footage shot in the promotional video was actually from a Lily drone. "I am worried that a lens geek could study our images up close and detect the unique GoPro lens footprint. But I am just speculating here: I don't know much about lenses but I think we should be extremely careful if we decide to lie publicly," he wrote. In reality, the footage shown in the extremely popular Lily video was shot using a DJI drone and a GoPro camera. The company claimed that the footage was shot on a Lily prototype, but the suit also alleges that it simply wouldn't have been possible since "Lily Robotics did not have a single Lily Camera prototype that had all the features advertised." But despite the inevitable court battle that lies ahead, it seems that Lily did do something right; The company reportedly has every cent from the customer pre-orders on hand and ready to refund to each and every buyer. The cash was held in "cold storage," according to Recode's source, meaning that if you were one of the many who dropped hundreds of dollars on a drone that never existed, at least you'll get a check in the mail.

Even Nintendo didn’t know the NES Classic would be this popular

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 18:20
Ever since it came out, the NES Classic Edition has been permanently out of stock . Dribbles have come into Best Buy, Amazon Prime Now and Walmart, but consoles have been snapped up by people willing to wait in line at 3AM, in December. While it might be nice for Nintendo's ego to have people scrambling to find the console, it's not great for Nintendo's bottom line. NES Classic Editions have been going at resellers for around $200, which is a lot of revenue forgone for Nintendo. And, let's not even mention all the consoles that might have been sold as Christmas presents, if customers could have found them in store. In a series of interviews during the launch of the Nintendo Switch , COO of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime explained what caused the stock overruns. Speaking to  Wired , he said that "what happened with NES Classic is that was a situation where the global demand was well in excess of anything we had anticipated, and that’s what created shortages. The good news, at least for consumers in the Americas, is we’re going to continue to make the NES Classic available. With the ongoing level of supply, the ongoing demand is going to be met. We know the concern." "I think that incremental demand is what surprised us. Because again, how many times have you purchased the original Super Mario Bros. ? We thought that the consumer that already had a Wii or a Wii U and had purchased those games once or twice already, we didn’t think that they’d buy the NES Classic. And they did." To paraphrase: we're all a bunch of suckers that keep handing Nintendo our money.

What if Microsoft’s Surface Phone is actually a foldable Surface tablet?

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 17:56
Microsoft might be out of the smartphone-making business for the time being, but the company has been rumored to be working on a high-end Surface Phone. It’s unclear whether the company will go forward with a Surface Phone launch anytime soon, although a new discovery suggests that Microsoft is also studying foldable smartphones — the kind of devices that could easily be turned into Windows tablets. Samsung, Apple, and others are also researching foldable smartphones. Just like its competitors, Microsoft also has documentation that highlights its foldable smartphone vision. Found by MSPowerUser , USPTO Patent No. 9,541,962 describes a Mobile computing device having a flexible hinge structure . The patent, awarded on January 10th, features plenty of imagery to explain Microsoft’s vision. The user would be able to easily switch from tablet to smartphone mode, with the screen being placed on the exterior of the device. That way, the tablet could be used as a phone in compact form, or as a tablet when unfolded. A recent report said Samsung will release a smartphone just like the one Microsoft envisions later this year. LG is also rumored to have similar foldable screen technology in place, tech that’s supposedly even more advanced than Samsung’s. The report claimed that LG might even provide foldable screens to its competitors, including Apple and others. The Microsoft patent also imagines devices that would have two hinges and three foldable parts. Furthermore, Microsoft even lays out screen sizes for mini-tablet and smartphone mode, as well as resolutions. Microsoft’s patent doesn’t guarantee that such a device will actually be built. However, The Verge notes that the Surface Studio leaked out months in advanced thanks to patent filings.

Bad news: GameStop has already sold out of the Nintendo Switch

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 17:28
While Nintendo can't afford to let the Switch become another NES Classic Edition by harshly limiting the stock in order to increase demand, it looks like snagging a Switch on day one without a preorder is going to be a tall task. On Sunday, GameStop sent out a press release revealing that it had "reserved all of its first allotment of Nintendo Switch systems," and is now working to get more. “The fact that this initial allotment has been completely reserved in a matter of a few days demonstrates gamers desire for this fun and revolutionary gaming system,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “We’re working closely with Nintendo to get additional Nintendo Switch units, and will let our customers know when they become available." In the meantime, Puzon encourages customers to the Switch page on GameStop's website , where they can scroll to the bottom and sign up to receive updates when and if more units are made available for preorder. Although the Switch itself is sold out at the moment, the games are not, so if you want to preorder The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Super Mario Odyssey , you can do so right now. As we did with the NES Classic Edition, we'll be sure to provide updates as often as we can when we hear about Switch preorders going live at retailers both online and off. You can also keep an eye on the Amazon widget below, where stock should be available every so often until the Switch launches on March 3rd.

Canada's Portag3 Ventures invests in Street Contxt

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 17:21
By Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - Portag3 Ventures, a financial technology fund backed by Canada's Power Financial Corp , has invested an undisclosed amount in finance startup Street Contxt, Portag3's president said in an interview on Monday. Started in 2012, Toronto-based Street Contxt lets financial analysts distribute their research reports to capital markets clients and track how they are used, and offers a system for money managers to organize and make the most of the research they amass. "Our target for this coming year is to make 10 to 15 investments," Adam Felesky, Portag3 president and co-founder said.

Making an iPhone in the USA wouldn’t bring jobs here

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 16:41
One of President-Elect Trump's few consistent policies has been to vaguely try to bring manufacturing jobs back to the USA. An obvious target for his wrath would be the iPhone, especially given Apple's other problems with keeping cash overseas. Bringing iPhone production from the USA to China would, for Trump, theoretically bring some of Apple's money back to the US, and create a few good ole'-fashioned blue-collar jobs. But there's one problem: if iPhone factories came to the US, you can be sure that robots would be the only ones getting more jobs. A shining example of this comes today from the chairman of Pegatron, a Chinese-based manufacturer that also has some small plants in the US, which mostly make repair components for HP and Dell. TH Tung, Pegatron's chairman, said that those US-based plants could easily increase production by three to five times if necessary -- for example, if Trump introduced crippling tariffs on Chinese-made components. But that increase in production wouldn't come by hiring more workers. Instead, it would almost exclusively come from increased capital spending and automation. The relative cost of skilled labor in the US and China is such that it's cheaper to build a robot than it is to hire one US worker to replace one Chinese worker in the supply chain. Regardless of geographical location, increased automation in technology manufacturing is a given. Foxconn, Apple's biggest manufacturing partner in China, is pushing ahead with building fully-automated assembly lines in its Chinese plants. Foxconn is said to be making 10,000 of its automated "Foxbots" per year, and that's with manufacturing still in China. If Trump forced Foxconn to move production to American plants, where labor is exponentially more expensive, you can be certain that Foxconn's automation plans will pick up speed. This isn't all idle speculation. Following Trump's election, rumors spread that Apple was conducting a feasibility study into moving iPhone production to the US. Although that might seem like a victory for Trump -- Apple never looked at moving iPhone production stateside for Obama! -- it's likely just good forwards planning from Apple. The question of iPhone manufacturing has already come up between Tim Cook and Donald Trump, so Cook having a study that says it's impossible to move iPhone manufacturing to the US is really just an insurance policy. Unfortunately for Trump, it's really a moot point. Even if he could get iPhone manufacturing shifted to the US -- and that's a huge, towering if -- it seems that all he'd be doing is giving new jobs to the people who build Foxconn's robots. "Make the Chinese robotics industry great again" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

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