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L.A. school district seeking refund from Apple over failed iPad program

The Los Angeles Unified School District is asking Apple to refund millions of dollars that the district spent on the now-defunct program that would have given iPads to students all around the district.

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John Siracusa concludes his reign of epic OS X reviews

After 15 years and 11 Mac OS X reviews, Hypercritical author and Accidental Tech Podcast anchor John Siracusa has announced an end to his epic operating system coverage on Ars Technica.

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Apple will help preserve over 36,000 acres of forest in Maine and North Carolina

Apple will partner with the Conservation Fund to help preserve over 36,000 acres of forestland located in Maine and North Carolina.

The agreement will specifically target 32,400 acres of the Reed Forest in Aroostook County, Maine, along with 3,600 acres of forest in Brunswick County, North Carolina.

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Tim Cook named one of TIME's 100 most influential people

Tim Cook has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People

In TIME's entry on Cook, written by Congressman John Lewis, Apple's CEO is praised not only for his ability to keep the company profitable, but doing so while looking at the larger picture of the world in which the company exists.

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Latest Subway Surfers update takes you to Arabia

Popular endless runner Subway Surfers picked up an update today, taking the team to the Middle East as part of the world tour. Amira the dancer joins the squad in this release, which also includes the Old Dusty Board for use on the subway.

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EE Power enables customers to swap out portable chargers in-store

EE today announced the launch of EE Power, which provides customers with a free portable smartphone charger that can be swapped for a fully charged unit in-store.

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Indian companies withdraw from Facebook's Internet.org on net neutrality grounds

Indian travel portal Cleartrip and media conglomerates NDTV and Times Group have withdrawn support for Facebook's Internet.org program, citing net neutrality concerns.

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Jawbone's latest $199 Up4 fitness tracker lets you make payments via NFC

With Jawbone's Up3 fitness band now shipping, the company has announced its latest offering, the Up4, which comes with an NFC chip that allows you to tap and pay directly from your wrist.

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Coachella's love affair with iOS

Three quarters of Coachella attendees are using the app, and 90 percent of them are using it on iOS.

Coachella — more properly the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — is an annual celebration held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The Coachella app lets attendees view the lineup, add favorites, create schedules, and even see Twitter and Facebook social activity related to the event. And over two thirds of the people there were doing just that on an iPhone or iPad.

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OS X 10.10.3 improves performance for games, report Mac game devs

If you like to play games on your Mac, you'll be happy to know that OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 includes updates that improve game performance.

Still on the fence about whether to update to 10.10.3, which came out last week? Back up, back up, back up, but once you have and you're ready to go, expect some core optimizations to Apple's graphics drivers that are netting significant gains in some OS X games.

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