The See-You Edition Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Apple Sends Out Invite For September 7 iPhone Event, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

The September event has been focused on the new iPhone for a number of years now, so it stands to reason that this event will be all about the next generation device.

Work Time

Better Track Your Time With Timelines, by Jake Underwood, MacStories

Timelines is an iPhone-only app that helps you manage and record your working time. For freelancers, remote workers, and students, Timelines scratches the basic itch of getting your time down into a piece of software for later action.

Tadam Is An Elegant Mac Timer, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Tadam is a menu bar timer app inspired by the Pomodoro task management technique that was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. The technique breaks work into discrete time intervals as a means of improving your focus on the task at hand.

Tax Benefits

August 30, 2016 A Message To The Apple Community In Europe, by Apple

The European Commission has launched an effort to rewrite Apple’s history in Europe, ignore Ireland’s tax laws and upend the international tax system in the process. The opinion issued on August 30th alleges that Ireland gave Apple a special deal on our taxes. This claim has no basis in fact or in law. We never asked for, nor did we receive, any special deals. We now find ourselves in the unusual position of being ordered to retroactively pay additional taxes to a government that says we don't owe them any more than we've already paid.

The Commission’s move is unprecedented and it has serious, wide-reaching implications. It is effectively proposing to replace Irish tax laws with a view of what the Commission thinks the law should have been. This would strike a devastating blow to the sovereignty of EU member states over their own tax matters, and to the principle of certainty of law in Europe. Ireland has said they plan to appeal the Commission’s ruling and Apple will do the same. We are confident that the Commission’s order will be reversed.

Apple Ordered To Pay Up To $14.5 Billion For Illegal Tax Benefits In Ireland, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

The bill is getting quite expensive as the European Commission has just released a statement saying that Apple has benefited from illegal tax benefits in Ireland for its European operations. The commission says that Ireland must recover the “illegal aid” — it is worth $14.5 billion (€13 billion).

The debate over European taxes has been an ongoing issue for the past few years. While it’s not illegal to choose Ireland as your main country for your European headquarter, Ireland has gone one step further and granted tax benefits for Apple specifically. This is unfair for other companies headquartered in Ireland and Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has decided that it’s illegal and Apple must repay these tax benefits.


Art Text Lets You Create High Quality Art On Your Mac, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

This app takes easily creating textured text, logos, buttons, etc. to a whole new level of customizability.

Capture And Share Special Moments With Pixinote, by Appolicious

Pixinote combines both physical and digital aspects of photographs to make it a highly memorable asset.

VMware Announces Fusion And Fusion Pro 8.5 With Sierra And Windows 10 Anniversary Support, by Husain Sumra, MacRumors

Fusion and Fusion Pro 8.5 come with macOS Sierra support while both Fusion and Workstation suites come with Windows 10 Anniversary support.


Around The World In An iPhone, by Ben Popper, The Verge

Landing late at night in Shenzhen for my first trip to China, I was nervous about being able to navigate the city. I didn’t speak the language and had never been to Asia. Starting the next day I would have the services of a local translator, but for that first night, I was on my own.

Normally I use Google services for everything, but those are blocked in China. I opened my iPhone, connected to an international Mifi, and tapped the Uber app. The interface alerted me that I would be switching to the Chinese version, controlled now by Uber’s rival-turned-business-partner Didi. The black screen turned a deep shade of red, and just like that, I hailed a cab.

Apple Calls Australian Banks' Request To Bargain Over Apple Pay A Detriment To Consumers, Mobile Wallet Adoption, y Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Apple in a recent filing with Australia's antitrust watchdog slammed a request from the country's three top banks for collective negotiations over third-party access to Apple Pay NFC technology, saying a threatened boycott would not only harm consumers, but hinder mobile wallet adoption and innovation.

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