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EU court rejects US intervention in ongoing battle over Apple’s Irish taxes

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Europe’s General Court has rejected the US government’s request to intervene in Apple’s challenge against the EU’s order for the company to pay $15 billion in taxes to Ireland, Reuters reports. The court said the US government failed to prove it had a “direct interest” in the case’s outcome, rejecting arguments that the decision would have negative effects on US tax revenues and bilateral trade deals with EU countries. The court also ruled against the Irish IBEC trade organization intervening in support of Ireland and Apple, saying the group failed to prove its members’ interests would be affected by the case’s outcome.

iTunes not making it into the Microsoft Store this year

After promises from Microsoft that iTunes would be making its way into the Microsoft Store by the end of the year, Apple said that won’t be the case, ZDNet reports. “We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers and we need a little more time to get it right,” an Apple spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement. The plan is still to offer iTunes at some point, but the delay leaves Windows 10 S users — who can only run apps available through the Microsoft Store — out of the loop.Neither Apple nor Microsoft have revealed the cause of the holdup or a timetable for the app’s release.

Daily Deal: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for only $29.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price. Sid Meier’s Civilization needs no introduction, and the newest entry to the saga offers entirely new ways to engage with your world. The turn-based strategy franchise has sold over 35 million units worldwide since its creation, creating an enormous community of players attempting to build an empire to stand the test of time. Advance your civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age by waging war, conducting diplomacy, advancing your culture, and going head to head with history’s greatest leaders. There are five ways to achieve victory in Civilization VI. Which will you choose?

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Apple orders sci-fi show from ‘Outlander,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’ show runner

Apple has placed a straight-to-series order for a new sci-fi drama from Ronald D. Moore, who currently serves as the show runner for “Outlander” and previously developed the hit remake of “Battlestar Galactica,” Variety reports. The as-yet-untitled series takes place in a world where the global space race never ended. Moore has some serious sci-fi chops, previously working on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” That high-profile network TV pedigree is in line with Apple’s rumored desire for shows that can appeal to a broad audience and steer clear of the nudity and violence common in hit shows from Netflix and HBO, and Apple has shown other interest in the sci-fi genre as well, reviving Steven Spielberg’s popular sci-fi/horror series “Amazing Stories.”

Apple patent application would help Siri detect whispers, whisper back

A new patent application from Apple aims to create “a digital assistant that is capable of detecting a whispered speech input and providing a whispered speech response,” Gizmodo reports. While Siri is becoming more useful all the time, her replies are still always issued at the device’s regular volume, which isn’t the greatest when a user is hanging out at the library or in a crowded office where hushed tones are more the norm. In an application that also cites “protecting the user’s privacy” as a reason for the advancement, Apple pitches the idea of helping Siri detect when a user is whispering and issue a reply in a whispered tone as well. The device would simply detect the input’s amplitude and frequency and adjust Siri’s response accordingly, so some day Siri might be able to tell us where the nearest bathroom is without alerting everyone else around.

Mac: Apple iMac Pro

After years of speculation and months of hype, Apple has released the iMac Pro, its most impressive desktop computer to date. The iMac Pro features options for 8, 10, 14 or 18-core Xeon processors — with a notable price jump for every higher level — up to 128GB of RAM and up to 4TB of internal flash hard drive storage. The 8 and 10-core models are available now, with 14 and 18-core models expected to be available at some point next year. Radeon Pro Vega graphics provide up to 16GB of High Bandwidth Memory — twice as fast as any previous iMac GPU — providing higher framerates for VR applications and real-time 3D rendering for more lifelike special effects and smoother gameplay at maximum resolution.

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Mac: Satechi Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro for iMac

While the new iMac Pro lacks the internal expansion capabilities of prior “Pro” desktop Macs, Satechi at least has some of that covered with its new Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro. Available for pre-order today and shipping in January, Satechi’s new hub connects to one of your iMac’s Thunderbolt 3 ports and then clamps onto the bottom of your iMac — either the 2017 iMac Pro, iMac Retina 4K, and 27-inch iMac Retina 5K — and provides a front-facing data-only USB-C port, three front-facing USB 3.0 ports with up to 5 Gbps data transfer speeds, and a Micro/SD card reader.

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Review: TEAC AI-101DA Integrated Amplifier with USB DAC

Recently we've reviewed some big, expensive, powerful speaker amplifiers. We've found that big, expensive, powerful gear often sounds very good. It is important, however, to remember that audio equipment can sound good even though it's small, inexpensive, and relatively low-powered. Sometimes a little box can do it all. Today we're looking at a tiny, affordable integrated amplifier from Japanese manufacturer TEAC. We think that for many users, TEAC's AI-101DA may be the "Swiss Army Knife" of stereo components.

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Daily Deal: CrossOver 17

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up CrossOver 17 for only $19 — that’s 52% off the regular price, and if you use the coupon code GIFTSHOP15 you’ll get an extra 15% off, bringing the total price down to $16.15. This handy app lets you run Windows software directly on your Mac without having to buy a Windows license, reboot into Windows, or deal with a virtual machine. Whether it’s games, productivity software, or utility apps, CrossOver lets you run them natively on your Mac just like any other app, bringing the two worlds into harmony.

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