Thanks to the endless praise and the legendary pedigree, many of us have forgotten that at the end of every work day, Apple is indeed just another technology company. An incredibly impressive one, yes, but one that is often put on a pedestal that exists outside of reality. Fast Company is helping ground our expectations by putting four of the most common myths to bed in an interview with Mark Kawano, an ex-Apple designer who spent seven years in Apple’s design studios. “I think the biggest misconception is this belief that the reason Apple products turn out to be designed better, and have a better user experience, or are sexier, or whatever… is that they have the best design team in the world, or the best

Thanks to the endless praise and the legendary pedigree, many of us have forgotten that at the end of every work day, Apple is indeed just another technology company. An incredibly impressive one, yes, but one that is often put on a pedestal that exists outside of reality. Fast Company is helping ground our expectations by putting four of the most common myths to bed in an interview with Mark Kawano, an ex-Apple designer who spent seven years in Apple’s design studios. “I think the biggest misconception is this belief that the reason Apple products turn out to be designed better, and have a better user experience, or are sexier, or whatever… is that they have the best design team in the world, or the best

President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Democrats to vote in November elections, saying the chance to pass immigration reform is at risk if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress. “We have a congenital defect to not vote in midterm elections,” he said at a fundraising reception for Democratic Senate candidates. “The midterm comes and we fall asleep.” Democrats hold a 55-45 seat majority in the Senate, but many analysts give the Republicans an even chance of picking up the six seats they would need to seize control of the chamber. The Republican majority in the House of Representatives is not considered to be in play.

President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Democrats to vote in November elections, saying the chance to pass immigration reform is at risk if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress. “We have a congenital defect to not vote in midterm elections,” he said at a fundraising reception for Democratic Senate candidates. “The midterm comes and we fall asleep.” Democrats hold a 55-45 seat majority in the Senate, but many analysts give the Republicans an even chance of picking up the six seats they would need to seize control of the chamber. The Republican majority in the House of Representatives is not considered to be in play.

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said Thursday the company accumulated huge losses because it didn’t respond quickly enough to changing market conditions, but promised a return to profit next year.

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said Thursday the company accumulated huge losses because it didn’t respond quickly enough to changing market conditions, but promised a return to profit next year.

Israel has decided to place under house arrest several Jewish extremists suspected of planning to disrupt Pope Francis’s visit to the Holy Land this weekend, police said on Wednesday. “The police and Shin Bet (security service) have taken out restraining orders against several right-wing activists who, according to information from Shin Bet, are planning to commit provocative acts during the pope’s visit,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP. Media said three activists were to be put under house arrest on Thursday, two days before Francis arrives in the region.

Israel has decided to place under house arrest several Jewish extremists suspected of planning to disrupt Pope Francis’s visit to the Holy Land this weekend, police said on Wednesday. “The police and Shin Bet (security service) have taken out restraining orders against several right-wing activists who, according to information from Shin Bet, are planning to commit provocative acts during the pope’s visit,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP. Media said three activists were to be put under house arrest on Thursday, two days before Francis arrives in the region.

Thousands of Russian troops marched through Red Square on Friday as Moscow put on a powerful show of patriotism and military might following its annexation of Crimea. As Ukraine’s crisis rumbled on with pro-Moscow rebels pushing ahead with independence votes, President Vladimir Putin praised Russian patriotism and loyalty to the state. "This is a holiday when all-conquering patriotic force triumphs, when we all feel especially strongly what it means to be true to the Motherland and how important it is to be able to stand up for its interests," Putin told massed troops to shouts of "Hurrah! Hurrah!" Russia’s annual parade celebrating victory over the Nazis held special resonance this year amid the crisis in Ukraine, which has seen Russia annex Crimea and fighting in pro-Moscow areas in the east where separatists are threatening to break away.

Thousands of Russian troops marched through Red Square on Friday as Moscow put on a powerful show of patriotism and military might following its annexation of Crimea. As Ukraine’s crisis rumbled on with pro-Moscow rebels pushing ahead with independence votes, President Vladimir Putin praised Russian patriotism and loyalty to the state. "This is a holiday when all-conquering patriotic force triumphs, when we all feel especially strongly what it means to be true to the Motherland and how important it is to be able to stand up for its interests," Putin told massed troops to shouts of "Hurrah! Hurrah!" Russia’s annual parade celebrating victory over the Nazis held special resonance this year amid the crisis in Ukraine, which has seen Russia annex Crimea and fighting in pro-Moscow areas in the east where separatists are threatening to break away.

Excitement for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is really starting to build now, and new leaks are coming fast and furious. Supposed schematics for the iPhone 6 leaked from Apple’s manufacturing partners some time ago and as always, third-party protective case makers have been using them to begin designing cases in an effort to get a leg up on the competition. This year, however, people are also using the schematics to build mockups of the iPhone 6, and they may give us a very good idea of what the finished product will look like. Now, new photos of iPhone 6 mockups have surfaced, potentially showing off all three colors the redesigned iPhone 6 side by side for the first time. For more iPhone 6 coverage, be sure

Excitement for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is really starting to build now, and new leaks are coming fast and furious. Supposed schematics for the iPhone 6 leaked from Apple’s manufacturing partners some time ago and as always, third-party protective case makers have been using them to begin designing cases in an effort to get a leg up on the competition. This year, however, people are also using the schematics to build mockups of the iPhone 6, and they may give us a very good idea of what the finished product will look like. Now, new photos of iPhone 6 mockups have surfaced, potentially showing off all three colors the redesigned iPhone 6 side by side for the first time. For more iPhone 6 coverage, be sure

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After bombarding South Korea’s female president with sexist invectives, North Korea’s state news agency has fired off racist insults against President Barack Obama that U.S. officials condemn as “disgusting.”

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After bombarding South Korea’s female president with sexist invectives, North Korea’s state news agency has fired off racist insults against President Barack Obama that U.S. officials condemn as “disgusting.”

Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem’s most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. A police spokesman said officers used stun grenades to disperse dozens of rioters, who threw rocks and firecrackers at them at the site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s walled Old City. Five Palestinians were also slightly hurt, a Muslim clergyman said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the plaza near the al Aqsa mosque had remained open to visitors during the clash, which was confined to a small area.

Poland’s defense minister has said US ground forces will be sent to Poland to expand NATO’s presence there as events continue to unfold in neighboring Ukraine, The Washington Post reported. Tomasz Siemoniak told the Post Friday that military planners were already working on the details and that Poland would play a lead role “under US patronage.” He added that US ground troops would also likely be sent to the Baltic states, under the push to increase NATO’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe.

Poland’s defense minister has said US ground forces will be sent to Poland to expand NATO’s presence there as events continue to unfold in neighboring Ukraine, The Washington Post reported. Tomasz Siemoniak told the Post Friday that military planners were already working on the details and that Poland would play a lead role “under US patronage.” He added that US ground troops would also likely be sent to the Baltic states, under the push to increase NATO’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe.