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  • Ireland gearing up escrow fund, government supervision for $15.2B tax payment from Apple

    sog35 said:
    avon b7 said:
    There is a lot of damage control in the different comments from Apple representatives.

    I particularly take issue with the line that Apple paid all taxes legally due.

    I think few people doubt that, but one of the potentially most damaging claims from the investigation was that Apple supposedly decided how much was taxable in the first place and then duly paid all taxes on that amount in completely legal fashion.

    So  yes, what they are claiming is technically true, but behind that is the issue of companies deciding for themselves what to make available for taxation.

    One would expect this kind of behaviour (which isn't limited to Apple) will change in the future in the EU as all the investigations conclude and rulings are made which will serve as the basis for new practices. Whether Apple is found to have received what amounts to state aid or not will be decided down the line, but the fact the investigation was formerly concluded and the summary made public has helped to shed more light on the inner workings of multi national companies.

    Tim Cook attended different meetings in Ireland and Brussels with the EU team carrying out the investigation and knows first hand exactly what the case against Apple is based on. Some of those meetings were reportedly 'heated'.

    With a little luck these kinds of investigations will lead to a fairer system in the future.

    Apple invented this scheme in the pre-Jobs 2.0 era and was acting on it ever since. It is one of the most repugnant stunts of tax evasion the world over. Many conglomerates leveraged that stunt with Ireland and they should all pay duly for it.



    change the tax law.  Apple followed the law.
    Gotta agree, if the law was suddenly a problem, and Apple appeared to be following it, then they owe nothing. That would be like my home state saying sales tax is up 1% now and we all owe back taxes for the 1%.
  • AMD Vega 56 and Vega 64 GPUs destined for iMac Pro detailed in Linux driver

    I really hope that, given the close ties of Apple with AMD that they are going to release at least 1 model of these (or, more importantly to me, upcoming gaming version of these) with USB-C/TB3 port(s). I made the mistake of getting the LG ultra fine 4k and while it looks STUNNING, there is 0 compatibility with either my windows machine or any graphics card save the as yet unrelated GTX1080TI X11G gaming card announced by MSI but not yet shipping. 
  • DirecTV Now dropping Safari support for browser streaming in favor of Chrome exclusivity

    Ewwwww chrome...
  • Apple-manufactured cases for 10.5-inch iPad Pro updated, new sleeve for Apple Pencil debut...

    scotty321 said:
    Apple is so unbelievably tone-deaf to the needs of their customers. We want a Smart CASE, not a Smart COVER. The Smart Cover doesn't even protect the iPad, because it attaches with a weak MAGNET! And it doesn't protect the back of the iPad either! The Smart Cover, which Apple no longer makes, is actually a REAL GENUINE HONEST-TO-GOODNESS CASE. It protects both the front and back of the iPad, and it actually firmly snaps onto the iPad -- so your iPad is fully protected at all times. It is beyond ridiculous that Apple stopped making these, but continues to peddle the subpar Smart covers.
    To be fair, they do have a back and front covers that work well together. Problem is they're sold separately and cost a lot.
    What Apple made cover is their for the 10.5? That's what we're missing. Has one come out in the 30 minutes since I last looked?
  • Inside iOS 11: AirPlay 2 on existing speakers requires firmware update, support for Apple'...

    The HomePod has too much horsepower to simply be a speaker/home personal assistant.  To work it must be installed throughout the home with larger homes and spaces requiring more than one.  Each one needs to be powered. It depends on a steady wifi signal. It is pretty clear that the HomePod will or should be a mesh wifi router network as well.  With that said, AirPort routers and Time Capsules will most likely be updated ahead of iOS 11s release.
    Not only has their been no indication of a router update but their have been multiple stories saying Apple is completely out of the router business now going back months. So, why do you think they may be updated?