Ireland in new OECD spotlight as Apple to hear on €13bn back-tax appeal next week

Ireland in new OECD spotlight as Apple to hear on €13bn back-tax appeal next week

A new OECD report has again put Ireland’s tax regime under the spotlight highlighting the large amounts in corporation tax US multinationals pay the Irish exchequer.

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Ireland's Apple escrow account declined in value by €40 million last year

Ireland's Apple escrow account declined in value by €40 million last year

The value of the fund at 31 December 2019 totalled €14.02bn which represented a decline of €249 million since the end of 2018, made up of adjustments of €209 million and a €40 million fall in value due to the current negative interest rate environment and negative yields on highly rated euro-sovereign bonds.

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EU opens antitrust investigations into Apple Pay and App Store

EU opens antitrust investigations into Apple Pay and App Store

The EU Commission has launched an investigation into allegations Apple has unfairly forced people to use services over others.

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Apple hits out at 'baseless' twin investigations by the EU

Apple hits out at 'baseless' twin investigations by the EU

The European Commission is investigating Apple's App Store to determine if it is in breach of EU competition rules.

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Apple plots largest expansion of App Store services into new markets since 2012

Apple plots largest expansion of App Store services into new markets since 2012

Apple said it would expand its App Store, Apple Music, and other services to dozens of new markets in Africa, the Middle East, and beyond in the biggest geographical expansion of its services in almost a decade.

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Vintage Apple trainers sold for almost €9000 at auction

Vintage Apple trainers sold for almost €9000 at auction

The trainers were worn exclusively by Apple staff in the early 1990s.

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Apple iPhone supplier saw profits fall 24% ahead of virus disruption

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn has reported a 23.7% fall in profit for the last three months of 2019, as it braces for the impact from the coronavirus pandemic that has hit demand from key customers such as Apple.

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Apple closes all stores outside Greater China amid coronavirus outbreak

Apple closes all stores outside Greater China amid coronavirus outbreak

Chief executive Tim Cook said the firm ‘must do all we can’ to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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Apple to pay up to $500m to settle 'slow iPhones' lawsuit

Apple to pay up to $500m to settle 'slow iPhones' lawsuit

Apple has agreed to pay up to $500m (€453m) to settle litigation accusing it of quietly slowing down older iPhones as it launched new models, to induce owners to buy replacement phones or batteries.

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Apple fear they won't make second-quarter financial targets due to coronavirus

Apple fear they won't make second-quarter financial targets due to coronavirus

It is because the coronavirus alert in China has cut production of iPhones.

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Apple supplier Foxconn puts iPhone base into quarantine

Apple supplier Foxconn puts iPhone base into quarantine

Hon Hai Precision - also known also as Foxconn - cut its 2020 revenue outlook after deciding to impose strict quarantines at its main iPhone-making base, a measure to guard against the coronavirus outbreak that may hurt Apple.

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Brokers increase Apple shares target

Brokers increase Apple shares target

Wall Street analysts were smitten by a rebound in sales of Apple’s iPhones after a year of decline. So much, in fact, that they looked past a weaker-than-expected rise in services revenue, the company’s growth driver.

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Apple warns of ‘unprecedented’ waste impact if forced to drop Lightning cable

Apple warns of ‘unprecedented’ waste impact if forced to drop Lightning cable

The European Parliament has discussed the possibility of making smartphone makers adopt a common charging port.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook backs OECD multinational tax reform plans

Apple CEO Tim Cook backs OECD multinational tax reform plans

Everyone knows that the global corporate tax system needs to be overhauled, Apple chief executive Tim Cook has said, backing changes to global rules that are under consideration.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook receives IDA Ireland Special Recognition Award from Taoiseach

Apple CEO Tim Cook receives IDA Ireland Special Recognition Award from Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar described how the tech giant has grown in Ireland, particularly in Cork, over the years.

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Apple’s Tim Cook to get award from Taoiseach

Apple’s Tim Cook to get award from Taoiseach

Apple’s chief executive officer, Tim Cook, will meet with the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, in Dublin, later this month, to receive an award from the Government. It is in recognition of the company’s 40 years of investment in Ireland, according to IDA Ireland.

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Apple’s Tim Cook to meet the Taoiseach in Dublin

Apple’s Tim Cook to meet the Taoiseach in Dublin

Cook will receive an award from Varadkar on January 20, in recognition of the company’s 40 years of investment in Ireland, according to IDA Ireland.

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US lawsuit claims Apple and Microsoft profit from child cobalt miners

US lawsuit claims Apple and Microsoft profit from child cobalt miners

Cobalt is an essential element in the rechargeable lithium batteries that fuel many electronic devices.

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Irish Apple reseller Compu B buys rival UK firm

Irish Apple reseller Compu B buys rival UK firm

Compu B has not disclosed the purchase price

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Apple no longer using contractors to listen to Siri recordings, Dáil committee hears

Apple no longer using contractors to listen to Siri recordings, Dáil committee hears

Apple has told the Dáil's communications committee that it is no longer using contractors to listen to Siri recordings taken from customer devices.

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Apple reveals most popular App Store downloads in the UK

Apple reveals most popular App Store downloads in the UK

An app designed to help people pass their driving theory test was among the most popular free downloads.

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Apple criticised over change to Maps app which shows Crimea as Russian territory

Apple criticised over change to Maps app which shows Crimea as Russian territory

Russian versions of the Apple Maps and Weather apps have been changed to identify the annexed peninsula as part of Russia.

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Public Accounts Committee: Dept must reveal how much it paid barristers on Apple appeal

Public Accounts Committee: Dept must reveal how much it paid barristers on Apple appeal

The Department of Finance can “no longer hide behind” data protection rules to refuse to reveal how much it paid barristers to work on the €14bn Apple appeal, the Public Accounts Committee has said.

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Apple steals further march in wireless earphone sector

Apple steals further march in wireless earphone sector

Shipments of Apple’s AirPods wireless earphones are expected to double to 60m units in 2019 sources claim.

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Apple expects positive quarter

Apple expects positive quarter

Apple last night forecast sales for the crucial holiday shopping quarter that beat Wall Street expectations, with chief executive Tim Cook saying that new iPhone 11 models were off to “a very, very good start” as sales of AirPods, Apple Watches, and streaming services continue to rise.

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Apple resumes human reviews of Siri audio with iPhone update

Apple resumes human reviews of Siri audio with iPhone update

The US tech giant suspended the practice in August and apologised for the way it used people, rather than just machines, to review audio.

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Everything you need to know about Apple TV+

Everything you need to know about Apple TV+

The service launches on November 1.

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Navigate your way to the always-on Series 5 Watch

Navigate your way to the always-on Series 5 Watch

One of the headline features of the new Apple Watch Series 5 is the long-awaited always-on display.

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Apple Pay may be scrutinised by EU’s Vestager

Apple Pay may be scrutinised by EU’s Vestager

Mobile payments services such as Apple Pay are in EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager’s crosshairs, weeks after her team sought industry feedback about Facebook’s planned Libra digital currency project.

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Tim Cook defends Apple’s removal of Hong Kong map app

Tim Cook defends Apple’s removal of Hong Kong map app

The Apple chief executive said HKmap.live was removed because it was being used in ways which could threaten public safety.

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Apple accused of ‘caving to political pressure’ over Hong Kong map app removal

Apple accused of ‘caving to political pressure’ over Hong Kong map app removal

Human Rights Watch said the technology giant was aiding censorship by removing the HKmap.live app.

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Apple fans bid goodbye to iTunes in latest Mac update

Apple fans bid goodbye to iTunes in latest Mac update

In the early days, iTunes was simply a way to get music onto Apple’s marquee product, the iPod music player.

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Apple ‘can’t rest on its laurels’ with new iPhone announcement

Apple ‘can’t rest on its laurels’ with new iPhone announcement

Up to three improved versions of the smartphone are expected to be unveiled later on Tuesday.

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Apple confirms Cork employees can apply for position with company when revised Siri programme resumes

Apple confirms Cork employees can apply for position with company when revised Siri programme resumes

However, Apple declined to say how many jobs will be available in Cork when the revised programme begins again at its headquarters in Hollyhill

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Community in Cork concerned as Apple subcontractor lays off 300 staff

Community in Cork concerned as Apple subcontractor lays off 300 staff

A wave of job losses has caused concern in Cork after 300 tech staff were laid off.

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Apple pressed on legality of eavesdropping

Apple pressed on legality of eavesdropping

The country’s data protection watchdog is in talks with Apple to establish how letting contractors here listen to Siri recordings was complaint with the tech giant’s GDPR obligations.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says tech giant should have split years ago

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says tech giant should have split years ago

He said the move could have helped its engineers work more freely.

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Apple updates Siri privacy protections after audio clip review

Apple updates Siri privacy protections after audio clip review

The tech giant said it would no longer retain recordings of interactions with Siri, would make the programme opt-in and would stop using contractors.

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Apple to focus on camera upgrade for new iPhone

Apple to focus on camera upgrade for new iPhone

Apple is readying a clutch of new hardware for the coming weeks and months, including ‘Pro’ iPhones, upgrades to iPads and its largest laptop in years.

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Apple users told not to store new credit card in leather wallets or denim

Apple users told not to store new credit card in leather wallets or denim

The titanium Apple Card, recently launched in the US, could be permanently discoloured, the firm warned.

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Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee

Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee

Contractors in Cork were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift - before Apple suspended the practice last month, according to an employee who had their contract abruptly terminated this week.

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Job losses at IT firm linked to Apple

Job losses at IT firm linked to Apple

An Irish firm which provides services to Apple has confirmed that job losses are on the cards after a “client project” finished early.

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Apple suspends grading of Siri recordings

Apple suspends grading of Siri recordings

The tech giant has stopped the practice of human contractors listening to some recordings.

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Apple again close to $1trn despite iPhone slowdown

Apple again close to $1trn despite iPhone slowdown

Shares of Apple rose over 4% after the company calmed Wall Street nerves with an improvement in sales in China, statements from brokerages predicting a boost in its services business, and the launch of new iPhones.

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Apple revenue up despite iPhone sales drop

Apple revenue up despite iPhone sales drop

Chief executive Tim Cook highlights continued success of Apple’s services in latest quarterly results.

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Apple denies favouring its own apps in App Store search results

Apple denies favouring its own apps in App Store search results

An investigation by the Wall Street Journal claimed the company ranked its own apps higher in search results.

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Apple urges older iPhone and iPad users to update to avoid GPS bug

Apple urges older iPhone and iPad users to update to avoid GPS bug

Some iOS devices from 2012 and earlier could lose accurate GPS functionality without the update.

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Walkie Talkie app returns to Apple Watch after security update

Walkie Talkie app returns to Apple Watch after security update

The voice chat app had been disabled over fears a flaw in it could be used to eavesdrop on users.

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Apple’s back tax billions held in ‘low-risk bonds’

Apple’s back tax billions held in ‘low-risk bonds’

The National Treasury Management Agency has invested disputed taxes collected from Apple in low risk, highly rated euro- dominated fixed income securities, mainly short- to medium-term sovereign and quasi-sovereign bonds, it said in its annual report.

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Should you buy… the Powerbeats Pro headphones?

Should you buy… the Powerbeats Pro headphones?

The Apple-owned firm unleashes its latest Bluetooth in-ear headphones.

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Apple design boss Jonathan Ive leaves to set up new company

Apple design boss Jonathan Ive leaves to set up new company

The British-born has been the mastermind behind Apple’s signature designs.

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Tech giants warn on US-China escalation

Tech giants warn on US-China escalation

Apple has joined Dell, Microsoft, HP and Intel in opposing US President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on laptop computers and tablets among the $300bn (€268bn) in Chinese goods targeted for a 25% tariff increase on July 2 when the consultation period for public comment ends.

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Foxconn founder urges Apple to move from China

Foxconn founder urges Apple to move from China

The billionaire founder of Apple’s largest supplier has asked the US company to move part of its sprawling production chain from China to neighbouring Taiwan.

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Apple recalls some MacBook Pro units over battery fire risk

Apple recalls some MacBook Pro units over battery fire risk

Apple is recalling a number of its older MacBook Pro laptops because of a fire safety risk linked to batteries.

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Apple tipped to replace China as its Asian core

Apple tipped to replace China as its Asian core

Apple has asked its largest suppliers to consider the costs of shifting 15% to 30% of its output from China to south-east Asia in a dramatic shake-up of its production chain, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper has reported.

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Apple’s Tim Cook criticises other tech firms for data breaches

Apple’s Tim Cook criticises other tech firms for data breaches

The chief executive said that some companies need to take responsibility for the ‘chaos factory’ they built.

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Apple's Tim Cook criticises  other tech firms for data breaches

Apple's Tim Cook criticises other tech firms for data breaches

Apple boss Tim Cook has taken aim at "chaos factory" technology giants for failing to take responsibility for data breaches and privacy violations.

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Apple’s party clouded by possible US regulator probe

Apple’s party clouded by possible US regulator probe

Just minutes into Apple’s big annual bash this week to tout its latest wares, the Trump administration stole the show from Tim Cook. The company is among four Silicon Valley titans facing possible US competition probes.

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Apple’s Tim Cook says new privacy tools are about ‘focusing on the user’

Apple’s Tim Cook says new privacy tools are about ‘focusing on the user’

The CEO denied suggestions the Sign In With Apple feature was a criticism of the data collection of Google and Facebook.

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Apple kills off iTunes after 18 years

Apple kills off iTunes after 18 years

The media player’s key features are to be split between Apple’s Music, TV and Podcast apps.

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