Siri slaps down reporter at White House press briefing

Siri has been involved with some pretty memorable moments as of late, whether it’s saving the life of a teenager stuck under a truck, or asserting itself as the new voice interface for Apple TV. Now you can add shutting down questions about Barack Obama’s Iran policy to the list! Check out the hilarious video below. […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Apple, Google, and Microsoft Among Companies Signing New White House Climate Pledge

Apple will join twelve other companies from across the country today at the White House in support of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which aims to tackle climate change head-on thanks to the backing of partners like Apple.

The new pledge will cut nearly 6 billion tons of carbon pollution through the year 2030, „an amount equivalent to taking all the cars in the United States off the road for more than 4 years.“ Apple’s addition to the pledge doesn’t appear to include any projects debuting exclusively for the new initiative, but the company will seemingly continue to heavily support a positive environmental message, now in partnership with the White House.

Apple, already running all of its U.S. operations on 100% renewable energy, will bring an estimated 280 megawatts of clean power generation online by the end of 2016 through investments in Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon and Sichuan Province, China. Since 2011, Apple has reduced carbon emissions from its global corporate facilities, data centers and retail stores by 48%.

The other companies signing the pledge include: Alcoa, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS, and Walmart. By signing on as a partner, the companies are voicing support for a „strong“ outcome for the climate negotiations in Paris this December, and promising an „ongoing commitment“ to positive environmental action.

In total, the American Business Act on Climate Pledge amounts to about $140 billion in environmental investments, with all of the participating companies estimated to generate more than 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy. As the White House points out, the partnerships announced today „are only the beginning,“ with a second round of pledges expected to be announced sometime this fall.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks at White House Cybersecurity Summit

Apple CEO Tim Cook is at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection which is occurring now, and he is expected to speak for approximately 10 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific Time, ahead of a presidential address set to take place at 11:15.

The summit is being streamed live on YouTube and can be watched below.

The White House is expected to unveil its next executive action on cybersecurity at today’s summit. The event includes tech executives, academics, government officials, with several panels on topics like payment security, and improving cybersecurity practices at consumer oriented businesses.

Cook, who is one of the few top executives at the summit, is expected to speak on the importance of user privacy. Cook has been a major voice calling for government surveillance reform, asking for limitations on government authority to collect users’ information and transparency about data demands. MacRumors will update this post with highlights on what Cook has to say.

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Live stream: Tim Cook and Obama talk cybersecurity

Tim Cook and President Obama are attending today’s White House Cyber Security Summit to talk about a range of issues facing the U.S. tech industry. Mark Zuckerberg, Marrisa Mayer, and Google CEO Larry Page all decline invites to the summit…Read more ›



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White House photographer used an iPhone to snap Presidential Christmas decorations

President Obama might not be allowed an iPhone for security reasons, but an iPhone 6 Plus did make into the White House recently — to photograph the Presidential Christmas decorations. “If you are looking to capture something candid, people are…Read more ›



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Tim Cook’s announcement, White House hacked and the rest of this week’s hottest news

Since Steve Jobs’ passing plenty of changes have occurred within Apple. In spite of all its differences, Tim Cook has managed to keep the essence of the company the same. With new iPhones, iPads, iMacs, Apple Watches and more more…Read more ›



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