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  1. Tesla CEO Elon Musk took two potshots at Apple during a quarterly earnings conference call on Monday, noting the batteries in his company's cars use less cobalt than devices made by the tech giant.
    MuskMusk referenced Apple when questioned about Tesla's supply chain, specifically the use of cobalt — a mineral whose mining is often linked to human rights abuses — in lithium-ion batteries, reports CNBC."Apple uses I think almost 100% cobalt in their batteries and cell phones and laptops, but Tesla uses no cobalt in the iron-phosphate packs, and almost none in the nickel-based chemistries," Musk said. "On on a weighted-average basis we might use 2% cobalt compared to say, Apple's 100% cobalt. Anyway, so it's just really not a factor."

  2. Apple on Monday stopped signing code for iOS 14.6 following the release of iOS 14.7 last week and iOS 14.7.1 today, meaning users are now unable to downgrade to the previous operating system version.
    iOS 14Apple issued iOS 14.7 a week ago with support for the new MagSafe Battery Pack and improvements to Apple Card Family. General performance enhancements and security fixes were also included.Earlier today, iOS 14.7.1 was released to remedy an issue that prevented Apple Watch from unlocking iPhones with Touch ID. The update also closed a potentially serious security hole that was exploited in the wild.

  3. Code discovered in Facebook's Oculus app reveals the company is investigating an Apple Health app integration that would allow users to save workout data generated by Oculus Move.
    Oculus MoveDiscovered by developer Steve Moser, the code suggests Facebook is experimenting with a feature that would synchronize Oculus Move data to the Health app, Bloomberg reports. Users might also be able to view information saved in the Health app on a connected Oculus VR headset, the report says.Introduced last year, Oculus Move is a Quest and Quest 2 feature that tracks movement and calories burned across any VR game or app. The resulting data is siloed in a special dashboard located in a user's Library. Some Oculus apps can display real-time statistics in an overlay, similar to the Apple Watch and Apple TV setup in Apple Fitness+.

  4. Intel on Monday provided details on its plan to catch up to specialist foundries like Apple partner TSMC, announcing new deals to make chips for Qualcomm and Amazon on its way to a roadmapped industry lead by 2025.
    GelsingerIntel CEO Pat Gelsinger | Source: Intel
    Once the world's leading chipmaker, Intel has seen up-and-coming specialist production companies help competitors like AMD surpass its products in both performance and technology. To regain its throne, Intel created a new manufacturing arm called Intel Foundry Services, which will produce the firm's favored x86 architecture, as well as ARM designs used by companies like Apple.

  5. The season two premiere of breakout hit "Ted Lasso" managed to bring in the most viewers of any Apple TV+ series or movie debut to date, the company said Monday.
    LassoWhile Apple is not offering specific figures, the tech giant said more Apple TV+ subscribers watched the season premiere in its opening weekend than any prior launch, reports Variety. The viewing window ran from Friday, July 23, to Sunday, July 25.Apple boasts the show "increased its viewership by 6x over season one," though again the company is not revealing exact viewer numbers. "Ted Lasso" is also driving adoption, with Apple TV+ growing its user base by a 50% week over week during the premiere weekend, the report said. The series premiere also lifted numbers for Apple TV+ comedies including the new musical series "Schmigadoon," "Physical" and "Mythic Quest," Apple said.

  6. A pair of top writers and producers who worked on "The Office" have credited Apple's first video iPod with boosting the show's popularity in its early days.
    Credit: The Office/NBCCredit: The Office/NBC
    On the CNN series "History of the Sitcom," writers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur recounted how the iPod helped give the American version of "The Office" a much-needed bump and revealed how the show's audience was quite younger than they initially realized.

  7. In an updated webpage, Apple has laid out 11 reasons why business users should choose a Mac as their primary work computer, including better performance, battery life, and security.
    Credit: AppleCredit: Apple
    The webpage, "11 Reasons Mac means business," highlights some of the benefits of the Mac for a business or enterprise environment. Apple's M1 chip occupies the first and second "reasons" on the page because "it's that powerful."

  8. The display on the rumored "iPad mini 6" will be bumped up to 8.3 inches because of its narrower bezels and lack of Home button, according to a display analyst.
    Credit: FrontPageTechCredit: FrontPageTech
    The next-generation iPad mini will have an 8.3-inch display, up from the current 7.9-inch screen, according to Ross Young at Display Supply Chain Consultants. The larger display will likely fit in the same footprint as current models.

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  10. Kanye West's latest Apple Music streaming event has smashed previous live streaming events, clocking in roughly 3.3 million viewers.
    On July 22, Kanye West hosted a live stream global listening event for the premiere of the yet-unreleased "Donda," his tenth studio album. The event, which was sold out, took place in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.The event was streamed live by Apple Music, allowing fans to tune in and preview the album before it was released. According to TMZ, the event drew 3.3 million viewers. Kanye showed up late, did not speak to the crowd of 42,000 who attended the live event, and left as soon as the album stream was over.