Tim Cook’s Open Letter Responding to 14.5 Billion Tax Penalty

Tim Cook

In a ruling on Tuesday, the EU has slapped tech giant Apple with a 14.5 billion tax penalty. EU alleged that the Irish government and Apple had a deal which helped Apple with almost zero tax to the country. However, both Irish government and Apple has denied such deal. As per some people, this is probably the highest amount of tax penalty has pushed in the EU’s history. To respond to this ruling the Apple CEO Tim Cook has written an open letter to the Apple Community in the Europe. This letter states how Apple has helped the both Cork and Ireland in the last 36 year and contributed to improving economy of the Cork. In this letter, Tim also stated that the company is now employing more than 6, 00 people who were 60 36 years ago. There are some other mentioned like how Apple has created 1.5 million direct and indirect job in that country.

We are bringing you the full letter that he published in the Apple Community.

Thirty-six years ago, long before introducing iPhone, iPod or even the Mac, Steve Jobs established Apple’s first operations in Europe. At the time, the company knew that in order to serve customers in Europe, it would need a base there. So, in October 1980, Apple opened a factory in Cork, Ireland with 60 employees.

At the time, Cork was suffering from high unemployment and extremely low economic investment. But Apple’s leaders saw a community rich with talent, and one they believed could accommodate growth if the company was fortunate enough to succeed.

We have operated continuously in Cork ever since, even through periods of uncertainty about our own business, and today we employ nearly 6,000 people across Ireland. The vast majority are still in Cork — including some of the very first employees — now performing a wide variety of functions as part of Apple’s global footprint. Countless multinational companies followed Apple by investing in Cork, and today the local economy is stronger than ever.

The success which has propelled Apple’s growth in Cork comes from innovative products that delight our customers. It has helped create and sustain more than 1.5 million jobs across Europe — jobs at Apple, jobs for hundreds of thousands of creative app developers who thrive on the App Store, and jobs with manufacturers and other suppliers. Countless small and medium-size companies depend on Apple, and we are proud to support them.

As responsible corporate citizens, we are also proud of our contributions to local economies across Europe, and to communities everywhere. As our business has grown over the years, we have become the largest taxpayer in Ireland, the largest taxpayer in the United States, and the largest taxpayer in the world.

Over the years, we received guidance from Irish tax authorities on how to comply correctly with Irish tax law — the same kind of guidance available to any company doing business there. In Ireland and in every country where we operate, Apple follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe.

The European Commission has launched an effort to rewrite Apple’s history in Europe, ignore Ireland’s tax laws and upend the international tax system in the process. The opinion issued on August 30th alleges that Ireland gave Apple a special deal on our taxes. This claim has no basis in fact or in law. We never asked for, nor did we receive, any special deals. We now find ourselves in the unusual position of being ordered to retroactively pay additional taxes to a government that says we don’t owe them any more than we’ve already paid.

The Commission’s move is unprecedented and it has serious, wide-reaching implications. It is effectively proposing to replace Irish tax laws with a view of what the Commission thinks the law should have been. This would strike a devastating blow to the sovereignty of EU member states over their own tax matters, and to the principle of certainty of law in Europe. Ireland has said they plan to appeal the Commission’s ruling and Apple will do the same. We are confident that the Commission’s order will be reversed.

At its root, the Commission’s case is not about how much Apple pays in taxes. It is about which government collects the money.

Taxes for multinational companies are complex, yet a fundamental principle is recognized around the world: A company’s profits should be taxed in the country where the value is created. Apple, Ireland and the United States all agree on this principle.

In Apple’s case, nearly all of our research and development takes place in California, so the vast majority of our profits are taxed in the United States. European companies doing business in the U.S. are taxed according to the same principle. But the Commission is now calling to retroactively change those rules.

Beyond the obvious targeting of Apple, the most profound and harmful effect of this ruling will be on investment and job creation in Europe. Using the Commission’s theory, every company in Ireland and across Europe is suddenly at risk of being subjected to taxes under laws that never existed.

Apple has long supported international tax reform with the objectives of simplicity and clarity. We believe these changes should come about through the proper legislative process, in which proposals are discussed among the leaders and citizens of the affected countries. And as with any new laws, they should be applied going forward — not retroactively.

We are committed to Ireland and we plan to continue investing there, growing and serving our customers with the same level of passion and commitment. We firmly believe that the facts and the established legal principles upon which the EU was founded will ultimately prevail.

Tim Cook

Best Netflix Hacks that you did not know but you should know

Imagining a life without Netflix is a nightmare for many people. Especially when Netflix is available online in almost all the countries in the world. If you are a frequent traveler then you know you are going to get a better sleep with your favorite shows. I am a Netflix user like most of the USA citizens, and I know how people love their online media. Online content sites like Netflix and Hulu has changed the way people consume media.

The era of Netflix is way better than our traditional cable TV subscription. But you know there is always room for improvements and Netflix is no exception. Unlike other Netflix user, I am a tech geek, and love to experiment things.

Here is some of the best hack(or you can call tricks) for Netflix that will improve the way you use Netflix.


Access Netflix Content for Free

Netflix is a subscription-based service, and we all know that. Imagine you were/are not able to pay for a month due to various reason like card block. In that scenario, you may not want to miss your Netflix content. Here you can use Netflix as a free movie streaming service by creating a new account. Netflix features 14-days trial for new users, and you can get that 14 days to access everything for free.

Note- This trick is for informational purpose and you should not misuse that.

Add IMDb Ratings, Rotten Tomatoes ratings and Trailer

Netflix Enhancement Suit

We all want to enhance our Netflix experience and with this hack, you can do that. If you are a Google Chrome user, then I recommend you to install an extension called Netflix Enhancement Suite. This is a free plugin that adds some addition feature to your Netflix. Some of its cool features are ratings from different sources like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, Trailer and other info.

Use VPN to Get the Most out of your Subscription

So, you live in the USA and you watch all the show available for the USA. Have you ever imagined that what other countries are viewing on their Netflix? Netflix uses country redirection to guess in which country you are accessing Netflix and shows you the shows that available for that country. Netflix has different shows for different countries, and that shows are only exclusive for that particular country. But you can trick the Netflix by using any free or Paid VPN to change your country. Say you live in the USA and in your VPN you have selected Germany that means your Netflix now open Germany version of Netflix where you can watch shows that are only available for Germany.

There are many free and paid VPN available, but I would suggest you the Hola Extension for Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. Hola is completely free, and it serves what it claims.

Note- We have recently seeing some debates over the use of VPN as security issue. So use it wisely.

These hacks or tricks are just WOW! You just need to try them once and believe me you will be in love with these Netflix hacks.

Pokemon Go Captures 55 Million Users in One Month: ComScore

If you are not living in the rock age and a frequent Internet surfer, then you may have heard about Pokemon Go. The very first location-based augmented reality game which is now talk of the town. It has been almost 2 months now from the date of its first official launch in the USA. People are going crazy to capture some of their favorite Pokemon. You can see people with smartphone crawling across various park and public places to catch the Pokemon on their phone. This is crazy right, and the crazier thing is its rapid growth.

Pokemon Go

If we believe the report from ComScrore, then there are almost 55 millions of users in the USA who is playing Pokemon on a regular basis. This number is huge that the social giant Snapchat and Pinterest. The thing that to notice that for both Snapchat and Pinterest, it took them years to generate that fan following where as Pokemon Go crossed them in just a month. Another surprising fact is that the Pokemon Go stands at the fourth position when it comes to the user engagement. Pokemon Go is behind the Facebook, Pandora, and YouTube.

This report is surprising. “For as long as ComScore has been measuring digital audiences, there really isn’t even a remotely comparable instance of a website or app capturing such a large audience in such a short period of time,” ComScore’s Adam Lella said in a blog post.

But with the increased incident of accidents and other crimes that is occurring because of Pokemon Go causing some loss for the Pokemon Go team. Some expert says that this growth is going to slower in the coming future if such kind of incidents doesn’t stop.

It will be fun to see how things go.

Android Started Rolling out New Android 7.0 Nougat

22-Aug-2016: Android just started rolling out the new mobile operating system the Android Nougat 7.0 for its Nexus devices. As we all know Nexus devices are among the very first devices which got to test the newest Android. This time, also Google kept that trending by rolling out the Android Nougat to Nexus devices.


The new version of Android Nougat features some new features like multi-window multitasking, better Emojis, Doze power saving mode, quick reply from the notification bar, better data saving option and many other functions.

Google is going to send OTA update for the Android 7.0 to Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, NNexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C tab and other 4G Android One devices. This update will be received by the user’s overs the coming few weeks. The Official Android Blog also confirms that the devices that enrolled for the Android Beta program also receive the update.

In the meantime, the LG V20 is going to be the first ever Android phone to come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. For all the non-Nexus devices which support the Android Nougat can expect the update in the coming months which will be delivered by your carrier partner.

The New York Times to Shut the NYT Now App

the New York Times head quater

New York Times is one of the popular media house with millions of reader. It is also one of the very first news publication house. From the newspaper time to the first moving digital era, the media house is able to hold its user base. Now it moved from just paper age to the online based news service. Now the New York Times is letting people catch the news from their website and app as well. You can now see what is happening around the world from their official website and app.

With their website and app user can now view news in an attractive way like videos, pictures, and infographics. Back in April 2014 the NYT first introduced its app called NYT Now which was a subscription based app where the user had to pay $8 per month to catch all the news on their smartphone. Then the New York Times removed the subscription and made it free for everyone to catch all the news at one place for free. The main motto behind the move was to gain more user base, and they succeeded in that. The NYT was able to hit 334, 000 unique visits in may 2015. Things didn’t go well as they were just able to gather 275, 000 visit in last three months.

This might be the reason that the editor is now thinking to merge the New York Times Now app with NYTimes app. As per the report, the app will stop serving news from the September.

In a note, the NYT Now editor Michael Owen and assistant masthead editor Clifford Levy wrote “We are retiring NYT Now because we’ve incorporated so much of it into all of the Times’s digital platforms, in particular, the NYTimes app,” This explains everything.

With this merge, some of the New York Times Now features like the mini crossword, morning, evening and weekend briefings will be merged to the NYTimes app. The NYTimes app is a subscription-based app. All the existing New York Times Now app user now will be shifted to the NYTimes app. All the current users will also get an exclusive discount to join the NYTimes app.

Android Nougat is coming with Improved Data Saving Feature

We all love to save data while we are using limited mobile data on our phone. Most of the mobile browser now supports data saving to save your mobile data and even Android also feature data limit to set a data limit when you use mobile data. That feature is just t5o warn you when you exceed a pre-set data limit.

Android is rolling a new data saving feature with the new Android Nougat 7.0. If you use mobile data then, you know that the cost of mobile data eventually crosses the actual price of our phone. This stats is crazy but true at the same time. Most of the data is consume by some apps that run in the background, and we tend not to give much attention to that problem.


Android is trying to fix this problem with the new data saving feature. According to Android Central, the new feature will limit all the background data when you are on a limited data plan. It will limit data usages at the set limit thus the background apps won’t be able to kill your data plan. But when you are on an unlimited data connection your all apps get full access to the network, and the can do everything they are programmed to do.

This feature is possible due to the ConnectivityManager API in SDK version 24 i.e. Android 7.0. With this API your phone can detect whether you are on a limited data plan or unlimited data plan and can trigger data saving mode on and off.

This feature works on any cellular network in any country and can also work on the prepaid network. You can also whitelist any app to get the full access to the network while the data saving plan is active.

This is a good step towards the future, and we can not wait to see how this new feature works and helps.

Microsoft Attack Apple’s Claim for iPad Pro being a Computer

Let me take you back to 2013. There was a Soccer match, and I was watching on TV when I saw an ad. That ad was interesting where Microsoft was mocking iPad with their Windows 8 tab. Windows seems to like that concept and now again mocking iPad with their new ad. This time, it is iPad Pro and mocking for Apple’s claim for being a full computer.

Microsoft is mocking iPad by commenting that iPad Pro just got a keyboard and claimed as a full computer. The ad start something like Siri say “I just got a keyboard, I am a computer now like you.” Here Microsoft attacked iPad Pro being low in power and big in the claim. It also points out the lack of USB port, Track Pad, Powerful processor and Full version of Office. This ad is interesting and this time, Microsoft has used Siri and Cortana. The video ends with a message “Surface does more, just like you.Microsoft argues that “just because you call something a computer doesn’t mean it fits the description.” Let see where this rivalry ends.

Instagram rolled out its First Update for Stories

InstagramI am a bit of Instagram boy, and I love to share my moments with Instagram. Recently Instagram has added a new feature called Stories a few days back. This feature is basically a clone of popular social app Snapchat. With the feature, “Stories” users can record some moments and share with their followers in a SlideShare way. This video then gets removed after 24 hours pretty much like Snapchat.

Facebook-owned Instagram now rolled out its first update for the “Stories”. This update adds an option for users to Zoom in by dragging their hand up from the shutter button while recording a video. In the same users can now zoom out by dragging their finger downward.

Interestingly Snapchat also has the same feature of dragging up and down for zooming and zoom out respectively.

Google Launches new Video Calling App Duo

Voice calling is getting old. The new generation wants to see each other while talking. Video calling is the next term of communication, and there is no doubt that we already saw some great video chatting app. Be it Facetime from Apple, Skype from Windows or the messenger from Facebook each of them is popular and knows how to serve the audience. This time, Google is also trying its luck in this industry with its new video chatting app Duo. Google already owns and serving video calling via Hangout, but that is a bit of complication, and Google wants to make everything simpler.

Duo Google's Video calling app

It has all the popular features that others are already offering with some extra features. The most popular feature of this app is its new feature called “Knock Knock.” This feature lets you see the live video from the caller before you answer. This helps you to decide whether to answer and for what they are calling.

You don’t need to create any account here. You just need to have the phone number of the receiver like with the Facetime and Whatsapp. All the calls are encrypted for an extra layer of security and it also automatically changes the video resolution depending on your network strength.

This app was first featured in May in Google I/O event but was not available for users. Yesterday Google announced this via their official blog. Duo is now available for both Android and iOS, and you can download for free from the official app store.