While Tim Cook was not a guest at this year's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama did single out Apple -- alongside Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon -- for helping to launch an initiative to get high-speed broadband services to nearly every student in the country.
"We've got a down payment to start connecting more than 15,000 schools and 20 million students over the next two years, without adding a dime to the deficit," Obama boasted.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post took a tongue-in-cheek look at the annual address, wondering what it would be like if it was approached the same way that Apple approaches its signature keynotes.
Other news from Tuesday afternoon includes:
- Those perusing their Apple TVs will notice that a Red Bull channel has been added to the mix.
- Angry Birds developer Rovio has joined the list of people claiming that it did not collaborate with the National Security Agency to share private data.
- An Apple Store employee takes you behind the scenes of working for the retail behemoth, and his latest column focuses on Apple believers.
- Google is bringing its Chrome apps to iOS through Apache Cordova.
- Not only are iBeacons coming to a store near you, but they are also headed to a couple of theme parks.
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