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June 6, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
The city of Cupertino released Thursday a massive environmental impact review on Apple's proposed new campus that's a keystone of the review process. The document does not take an official position on Apple's proposal. Rather, it attempts to evaluate Apple's planned campus across criteria such as traffic and air quality. The review is mandated by state law. "This represents the next step on what will be a series of steps in the public review process," said Rick Kitson, Cupertino's director of public and environmental affairs.  STORY: Apple will outgrow new campus in Cupertino before it's built The EIR compares the impact of Apple's plan against several scenarios, such as not building anything, building less or building in a different configuration.
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April 22, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Leave it to Apple to celebrate Earth Day by kicking off new device recycling programs while also taking a shot at one of its biggest rivals. The Cupertino tech company on Tuesday ran an Earth Day ad in numerous newspapers around the world, including The Times, that challenges its competitors to adopt the same environmentally friendly policies that Apple has. "There are some ideas we want every company to copy," the ad reads in large letters....
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June 9, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The city of Cupertino, Calif., has posted online numerous floor plans and rendering of Apple's proposed Campus 2 building. The additional images of Campus 2 show more sides and aspects of the building Apple is hoping to build to house an additional 13,000 employees The city posted the floor plans and renderings Thursday. Apple hopes to begin construction later this year and move into the building, which has been described as looking like an object from outer space, by 2015.
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April 1, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple reportedly will begin producing its next iPhone sometime in May, but one version of the device may face delays. For months, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has been rumored to be developing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of its next smartphone, commonly referred to as the iPhone 6. The last two generations of the iPhone have featured 4-inch screens. The 4.7-inch version is expected to go into production next month, according to a report Tuesday by Reuters , which cites unnamed sources.
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March 14, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Some Apple users in England are bloody upset after the company changed the voice of their version of Siri. When the Cupertino tech giant released the iOS 7.1 update for iPhones and iPads earlier this week, it introduced a new female voice option for British users. However, the male voice was changed, to the displeasure of numerous users. VIDEO: Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 a powerful tablet but isn't a laptop substitute Users who want to hear the difference between old British Siri, new male British Siri and female British Siri, can check out them out in this YouTube video . The change to male British Siri led one user to post a eulogy titled " In Loving Memory of British Siri " for the old version on the Apple sub-reddit.
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September 3, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has sent out invitations for a press event next week at which it will very likely announce new iPhones, so if you want to sell your old device, now is the time to do it. The Cupertino tech giant will hold its event on Sept. 10, and some reports say the new iPhones could go on sale as early as Sept. 20. Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5S, a successor to the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 5C, a low-cost version of the phone that is expected to have a plastic shell and come in numerous color options.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
A couple of years ago, when Steve Jobs appeared before the Cupertino, Calif., City Council to discuss Apple's proposed new campus, he mentioned that the company had even hired a "senior arborist" from Stanford .  Since then, the identity of that arborist has remained a mystery. But no more.  Meet Dave Muffly, Apple's arborist and tree whisperer.  Muffly is a well-known figure in the Silicon Valley tree community. Several folks I contacted were surprised that his identity had remained a secret for so long.
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July 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A report released Monday accuses a major Apple supplier of labor abuse, saying employees are working too many hours and doing so in unsafe conditions, among other claims. China Labor Watch, a nonprofit group, alleges that three factories for Pegatron Group are in violation of numerous labor rights. The report says the factories are violating women's rights, have underage labor, poor and unsafe working conditions, insufficient wages and also discriminate in their hiring. The 62-page report also says Pegatron is working its employees longer than Apple's 60-hour workweek rule and longer than China's 49-hour statutory limit.
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September 10, 2011 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
In early June, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made what amounted to an extended architectural sales pitch when he appeared before the City Council in Cupertino to present the details of a planned new headquarters for the company he co-founded in 1976. Jobs showed renderings of a sleek, glimmering building, ring-shaped and four stories high, set gently into a lush green landscape. The members of the council found the pitch persuasive, to say the least. ("The word 'spectacular' would be an understatement," one said.)
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has begun selling unlocked iPhone 5s smartphones that have no SIM card. The device may appeal to users who frequently travel abroad or simply don't like being tied to carrier contracts. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant updated its online store to add the unlocked, no SIM card option this week. Apple is selling 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions for $649, $749 and $849, respectively. The new version of the iPhone 5s is compatible with GSM networks, which include T-Mobile and AT&T.
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March 14, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Some Apple users in England are bloody upset after the company changed the voice of their version of Siri. When the Cupertino tech giant released the iOS 7.1 update for iPhones and iPads earlier this week, it introduced a new female voice option for British users. However, the male voice was changed, to the displeasure of numerous users. VIDEO: Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 a powerful tablet but isn't a laptop substitute Users who want to hear the difference between old British Siri, new male British Siri and female British Siri, can check out them out in this YouTube video . The change to male British Siri led one user to post a eulogy titled " In Loving Memory of British Siri " for the old version on the Apple sub-reddit.
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March 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A British design artist has created an iPhone 6 concept video that shows what users might expect from Apple when the tech giant announces its next iPhone. The video shows an "iPhone Air" that features a 4.7-inch full 1080p HD screen. The device in the video is also 0.28 inches thick, about 9% thinner than the iPhone 5s, and 8% larger, to accommodate the bigger screen. Additionally, the smartphone in the video features a 10-megapixel camera -- the iPhone 5s features an 8-megapixel camera.
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March 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In what may be the first social media marketing campaign by Apple, the Cupertino, Calif., tech company appears to have turned to Tumblr to advertise the iPhone 5c. A recently launched Tumblr blog called isee5c features five 15-second video clips that each advertises a different color version of the iPhone 5c, Apple's $99 smartphone.  Apple hasn't officially taken credit for the colorful Tumblr page, but isee5c is stylized in a way that...
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March 1, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- At an annual shareholders meeting Friday that was almost completely devoid of drama, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook still managed to stun the audience for a moment and bring the room to complete silence.  Sitting on a chair onstage, holding an iPad and some notes, about halfway through a Q&A session, Cook suddenly said something unthinkable for a company that never says a peep about its future plans: "And now I'm going...
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February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has issued an update for Mac users that fixes a security hole identified last week that is known as the "Goto fail" bug. The security issue potentially makes it possible for hackers to intercept and even modify information users send from their Macs, iPads and iPhones to trusted services in what is known as a man-in-the-middle attack.  Apple corrected the gap for its mobile devices with an update over the weekend , but the tech community...
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February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is urging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill that would make it possible for business owners to use their religious beliefs as a reason to deny service to gays and lesbians. The Cupertino tech giant weighed in on the matter because it now conducts business in the state. Late last year, Apple announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Mesa, Ariz. News reports have suggested that the plant may be used to make the screens for the company's next iPhone. An Apple spokeswoman confirmed to the Associated Press the company had reached out directly to Brewer about vetoing Arizona SB 1062.
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October 18, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple and the city of Cupertino, Calif., took a moment to catch their breath this week after a 2.5-year process culminated in the unanimous approval of the company's new headquarters.  But they're only pausing for a moment. Because now comes the really hard part: Building Apple Campus 2.  WATCH: 5 videos to introduce new Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts   "We can't wait to get our people closer together," said Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer this week at a press conference.
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November 21, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Cupertino, we have a problem. Apple's spaceship-like headquarters will likely not open its doors before mid-2016. That's because earlier this month, the tech company submitted an updated version of its proposal to the City of Cupertino. The company, which hoped to break ground on the new campus sometime this year, will likely not begin work on the proposed facility until at least 2013, according to a report by Bloomberg . “They could conceivably break ground in 2013, but only if everything goes smoothly,” David Brandt, Cupertino's city manager, said, according to Bloomberg.
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January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple devices are still in high demand -- just ask New York City thieves. Products by the Cupertino, Calif., company, such as iPhones and iPads, accounted for more than 18% of New York's grand larcenies in 2013, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal that cites the New York Police Department. In total, more than 8,000 Apple devices were stolen last year, leading to a 13% increase in grand larceny arrests compared with 2012. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 The NYPD said thieves usually snatch the gadgets while on public transportation -- where users have their devices out and aren't paying close enough attention to their surroundings.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Under pressure from shareholders who say the company has too many white men in its upper ranks, Apple has taken a step toward add more female and minority directors to its board. The Cupertino, Calif., company added new language to the board charter to say it plans to consider women and minorities as board candidates. Apple made the move after shareholders Trillium Asset Management and the Sustainability Group expressed disappointment that Apple has only one woman on its eight-member board and only one woman on its executive team reporting to Chief Executive Tim Cook.
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