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Denise Young Smith Takes on New Role as VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Apple

Denise Young Smith, who served as Apple's head of Worldwide Human Resources, has taken on a new role, according to her LinkedIn page. Going forward, Smith will tackle diversity issues at the company as Apple's Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity.
Denise Young Smith is Apple's vice president of Inclusion and Diversity at Apple. She reports to CEO Tim Cook.

Since joining Apple in 1997, Denise has served in several key HR roles. Most recently as Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources and Talent. For over 10 years, she sat on the leadership team that built Apple's retail organization, which now welcomes more than one million people every day. Apple stores have redefined the retail experience and their talented employees have become the face of Apple for customers around the world. Before retail, Denise ran HR for Apple's Worldwide Operations and Corporate Employee Relations teams.
According to an internal source that spoke to 9to5Mac, Smith has already taken on the new role at Apple, though her executive page on Apple's leadership site has yet to be updated. With Smith moving to her new role, Apple will have no head of HR, a role that Luca Maestri, Apple CFO, will temporarily fill.

Smith, who has been with Apple for more than 20 years, will report directly to Tim Cook. As HR head, Smith has already been involved in many diversity programs at Apple and her new role suggests Apple is taking diversity and inclusion more seriously.

Apple's previous head of diversity and inclusion, Jeffrey Siminoff, was in a director role that reported to Smith, but Smith's position is executive level, which TechCrunch says represents a "significant upscaling of responsibility" compared to the role Siminoff previously held.

According to Apple's latest worldwide diversity numbers, the company is 68 percent male and 32 percent female, while in the U.S., employees are 56 percent white, 19 percent Asian, 12 percent Hispanic, and nine percent black.

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Ikea Tradfri smart bulb system will get Apple HomeKit upgrade in the summer

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In late summer or early autumn Ikea will roll out a firmware update to its Tradfri network gateway, to make its line of smart bulbs compatible with Apple's HomeKit.

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

Are you lousy at spilling, speling, um spelling, like I am? Siri is just sitting around doing nothing on your iOS device, Mac, and Apple Watch, put her to work on finding out how to spell it.

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

It’s easy, simply summon the virtual assistant on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, like you normally do. Then say, “Spell (word).” Of course, the word you want Siri to spell will take the place of the (word) part in my example.

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple WatchHow to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

As noted by OSXDaily, you can ask her to spell a word in a number of different ways:

  • Spell (word)
  • Hey Siri, spell vichyssoise
  • Spell the word vichyssoise
  • Spell vichyssoise
  • Siri, spell vichyssoise
  • Siri, tell me how to spell vichyssoise
  • Siri spell vichyssoise
  • Spell vichyssoise

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

Any of these will work, on your Mac, Apple Watch, or iOS device, as long as the version of the operating system on the device offers Siri as a feature. You will find that, as with most things Siri, there are words you’ll have a bit of a time getting getting her to recognize to spell them.

For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.

Free iOS Apps Today: Download Paid Apps for Free, May 22, 2017

Here is your weekly dose of free iOS apps you can download.

Note: These apps are free as of this writing; they will go back to their regular price anytime.)

Paid apps gone free

Eggggg – The Platform Puker

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Eggggg is a ridiculous two-touch platform game about vomit. It’s an action packed and crazy experience, and tailored for mobile devices. Gilbert has an extreme allergy to eggs. Eating them will literally make him vomit like a fountain. He escapes from his mean aunt Doris in order to get to a birthday party, and needs to use his vomiting superpower to survive a world of angry cyborg chickens… of course.

In this game you will find
* A fun and playful game for young and old
* 21 crazy levels of vomiting action
* Smooth game controls – tailored for touch devices
* Included sticker pack for iMessage on iOS 10
* Eggg, Egggg, Eggggg and Egggggg
* Awesome and unique visual style by the Spanish illustrators Brosmind

The game is developed by the Norwegian studio Hyper Games, and is based one the movie “Gilbert’s Cruel Revenge” by Maipo Film.


Tank of Tanks

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Tank of Tanks is an easy-to-learn one-button arcade tank game for up to four players on a single iPad.

Push the button to move and shoot. Release to turn.

• Massively local four player action!
• Simple one-button controls
• Frantic 60-second deathmatches
• Fun levels like Arena, Revolver and Box Pit
• Game Center leaderboard and achievements
• Customize your play, enable bouncy bullets and icy surface for even crazier combat


Force Corp.

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An unwelcome guest from a cold and dark corner of the universe…

Alien substance is approaching our cities. It can’t be destroyed and it consumes everything on its way, producing more and more of itself. Grey goo nightmare from cold and distant corner of the universe. Only force shields developed by your company can now protect our cities.

*** “An indie blockbuster produced for all sci-fi lovers”.

– Special bonus treatment for 3dTouch device owners (iPhone 6s and up).
– No ads.
– No Internet or data requirements (playable without wifi or 3G).
– Indie title. Built with love by indie game developer.



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5K Trainer – 0 to 5K Runner. Couch Potato to 5K!

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Start your journey to training for a 5K today!

In only 8 weeks with our new 5K Trainer 0 to 5K program! This app has a ton of success stories of people that got in shape, started living healthier lives, lost weight, and now YOU can join them! Only 30 mins at a time, a couple times a week, for 8 weeks and you will be more than prepared for a 5K!


  • Carefully timed alternating walk / run intervals for all skill levels
  • Run segments progressively increase over 8 weeks at a pace anybody can keep up with
  • A REAL Human voice coaches YOU through your headphones, tells you when to walk / run.
  • Listen to your Music, TV, Movies, Audiobooks (Anything!) and the coach will blend right in!
  • Control Music, TV, Movies, Audiobooks through the app or headphones!
  • Compatible with Nike+ and all other GPS apps
  • Compatible with iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Many More! (Don’t see your favorite app? Feel free to ask us first to be sure!)

GPS & Apple Health

  • Built in Extremely Accurate GPS & Distance Tracking! Full support while App is in Background too!
  • Integrated with Apple Health Automatically! No Double Data!


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Jailbreak tweaks of the week: ClassicFolders 2, MaskedHotspotPass, Pigeon, & more…

As another week comes to an end, it’s only appropriate that we cap things off with another roundup for all of the jailbreak tweak releases we’ve seen throughout the following week.

In this piece, we’ll show you all of our favorite releases in detail first, and then we’ll outline the rest of them afterwards.... Read the rest of this post here

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