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Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges China To ‘Open Up’ At Beijing Economic Forum

BEIJING (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s “extremely bullish” about the global economy based on the amount of innovation being carried out, and he’s urging China to continue to “open up.”

In a speech at an economic forum in Beijing on Saturday, Cook said Apple is less concerned with the short term economic outlook because the tech giant makes investments looking ahead years or decades.

His remarks come as China and the U.S. prepare to meet again to resolve their trade dispute, which has roiled global markets, and as Apple is expected to announce that it’s launching a video service.

The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline. The company is pushing digital subscriptions as it searches for new growth.

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Apple Announces AirPods 2 With Wireless Charging Case, Better Battery Life And ‘Hey Siri’

(CNN) — The Apple product surprises keep rolling out this week.

For the third day in a row, the iPhone maker quietly launched new gadgets ahead of a press event scheduled for Monday that will likely focus on the launch of its rumored streaming service.

The company announced Wednesday its next-generation wireless earbuds, AirPods 2. It features a wireless charging case, improved battery life and hands-free access to its Siri voice assistant.

The set will be available in two options: with a wireless charging case for $199 or with the normal standard case for $159 — the same price as the original AirPods.

AirPods 2 feature a wireless charging case, improved battery life and hands-free access to its Siri voice assistant

The wireless charging case is also available for $79 for people with the original version of AirPods.

AirPods 2 feature Apple’s new H1 chip, which the company says gives better performance, faster connect times and up to 50% more talk time than the original AirPods. Users can also now say “Hey Siri” to activate the voice assistant, rather than tapping one of the ear buds.

AirPods 2 can be purchased online starting Wednesday and will hit Apple Stores next week.

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled a refresh to its iMac line. The new computers are faster and better at handling multi-tasking and graphics performance. The company started the week off by debuting new versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini, the first updates in many years.

But Apple has not revealed more information about its previously announced AirPower wireless charging mat. The company first teased the product when it launched the iPhone X in September 2017. AirPower can simultaneously charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.

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Songtrust’s New Chief Strategy Officer, Joe Conyers III, Slams Streaming Services’ CRB Appeal

Songtrust, the digital rights-management platform cofounded by Downtown Music Publishing’s Justin Kalifowitz, today announced that Joe Conyers III has been elevated to Chief Strategy Officer. According to the announcement, as co-founder and GM of Songtrust for the past eight years, Conyers has led the company from prototype to servicing over 20,000 publishers to collect their […]

Apple Unveils New iPad Air, iPad Mini

  (CNN) — Apple on Monday quietly announced new versions the iPad Air and iPad mini, the company’s first refresh for those products in years.

Typically Apple creates fanfare around the arrival of new hardware. But this year it wants the focus of its upcoming spring press event to be on its rumored streaming service. That’s why the company let the world know about its new iPads in a press release.

The iPad Air comes with a bigger 10.5-inch display (starting at $499), and the iPad mini has the same 7.9-inch screen (starting at $399). The devices support the Apple Pencil for the first time and a processor that’s three times faster than the previous models.

The iPad mini will mostly serve as an entertainment device, likely to attract students and teenagers, while the lightweight iPad Air replaces the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

The iPads don’t offer any revolutionary experiences and probably won’t move the needle too much in terms of sales. However, they may appeal to consumers looking to adopt some of the functionality of a higher-end iPad Pro, according to Ben Stanton, a senior analyst at Canalys.

Apple on Monday quietly announced new versions the iPad Air and iPad mini, the company’s the first refresh for those products in years.

“What they have done, specifically the iPad Air, is adopt technology like the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, which used to be exclusive to the iPad Pro,” Stanton said. “Now that iPad Pro has been redesigned with slim bezels and rounded-edges, its previous exclusive features can trickle down to cheaper price points. This is especially savvy of Apple because it stands to benefit from greater revenue from accessories as products like Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil become more accessible.”

Apple was widely expected to tease the iPads ahead of its spring event on March 25, indicating the company is more open to unveiling non-critical hardware updates without so much spectacle.

“Apple wants to get the iPad out of the way so it can hold its first event truly focused on streaming,” Lauren Guenveur, senior research analyst at IDC told CNN Business. “If Apple announced new Pads, it would turn into a hardware event, and that’s not what it wants.”

Tablet shipments have declined in the past few years, especially among devices that don’t come with a keyboard. “Perhaps what’s the point for having an event for a declining category?” Guenveur added.

Guenveur believes the new 10.5-inch iPad Air could struggle to find a place in the market considering the 11-inch iPad Pro is still a more powerful option that also supports the pencil. The iPad Mini, however, could push a decent amount of people to upgrade.

“There is certainly a market for the iPad Mini, especially among students and teens, but I don’t know for how long the upgrade cycle for it will be,’ Guenveur said. “I suspect it will do very well for one large upgrade cycle for the rest of the year and then slowly drop off.”

(Correction: An earlier version of this story detailed incorrectly what ships with the new iPads.)

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Ireland Is Quickly Becoming The Silicon Valley Of Europe

MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – The luck of the Irish is only one of the factors attracting many Silicon Valley tech companies to the country.

Many tech giants including Apple, Facebook, and Google have called Ireland their European home for years. But IDA Ireland, the country’s promotion agency, says it is seeing record levels of investment from the U.S.

“So the large technology companies that are here in the Valley and San Francisco are continuing to double down on their presence there, but Ireland is also becoming the go-to location for the next wave of fast-growing international companies,” said Paraic Hayes, the Senior Vice President of IDA Ireland West Coast U.S.

IDA Ireland says there are 700 U.S. companies with offices in Ireland–about a third of those come from Silicon Valley. In the last three years, the agency has seen a 25 percent increase in West Coast companies expanding to Ireland.

“Ireland has a low tax policy going back decades, and we continue to do so, but I think taxes is one of many reasons why companies make a move and really, what I think we’re seeing with the level of investment of teams moving to Ireland is generally talent,” said Hayes.

Hayes says Ireland has had free education going back decades. And as part of the EU, it has access to a talent pool of 250 million people. Its immigration laws are also viewed as pro-business.

Steve McElfresh says in 2014, he helped open up an office in Ireland for San Francisco-based software company New Relic in about six months, with great ease.

“We found the location, we built out the location, we brought them all over for training and in that process never set foot in Ireland,” said McElfresh.

Today, McElfresh consults fast-growth startups as the founder of HR Futures.

“It’s simply easy to do business. The restrictions on how you work together in terms of labor regulations and the like are pretty comfortable for an American. As opposed to much of the continent, the costs are quite reasonable,” he added.

IDA Ireland says because of the uncertainty of Brexit, another 40 U.S. companies have chosen to expand to Ireland in the last two years.

Spotify Responds to Apple’s Response Over App Store Flap, Calls Company a ‘Monopolist’

In Friday’s early hours, Spotify and Apple traded potshots in their ongoing battle over the App Store. That conflict centers around Spotify’s longstanding complaint that Apple charges excessive fees, routinely blocks Spotify upgrades and unfairly promotes its own streaming service in its App Store; early Wednesday, Spotify lodged an anti-competition complaint with the European Commission […]

Apple Accuses Spotify of ‘Misleading Rhetoric’ and Stinginess

Apple hit back Friday at Spotify’s anti-competition complaint against it in Europe, saying the music streamer had cloaked its “financial motivations in misleading rhetoric about who we are, what we’ve built and what we do to support independent developers, musicians, songwriters and creators of all stripes.” The tech giant said that “Spotify wouldn’t be the […]