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Donald Trump to continue using Twitter with same gusto he has displayed to date because his tweets get “results”

In December Trump remarked on the social network that the United States should "strengthen and expand" its nuclear capacity until "the world comes to its senses regarding nukes"

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President-elect Donald Trump gives thumbs up after speaking to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, Dec. 28, 2016. VOA
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Jan 3, 2017: US President-elect Donald Trump will continue using Twitter with the same gusto he has displayed to date because his tweets get “results”, the mogul’s future Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, said on Sunday.

EFE news quoted Spicer as telling ABC that the President-elect did not need to have his comments filtered through the “mainstream media”. “You know, with all due respect, I think it freaks the mainstream media out that he has this following of over 45-plus million people that follow him on social media, that he can have a direct conversation. He doesn’t have to have it funnelled through the media,” Spicer said.

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Trump’s Twitter account, specifically, has more than 18 million followers.

The future Press Secretary’s remarks contrast with those of Trump himself in his first interview after winning the November 8 election, when he said that he would limit his use of Twitter and promised, instead of using it, to comport himself in a more prudent manner.

“I’m going to be very restrained, if I use it at all, I’m going to be very restrained. I find it tremendous. It’s a modern form of communication,” he said at the time.

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However, the real-estate magnate has not appeared to curtail his tweets and in December remarked on the social network that the United States should “strengthen and expand” its nuclear capacity until “the world comes to its senses regarding nukes”, a comment that drew much criticism because of fears that such a course of action would spark a nuclear arms race.

He also tweeted about the UN that “the United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”

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His UN comment came after the Security Council on December 23 decided to demand that Israel stops establishing settlements on Palestinian territory, a decision the US allowed by refusing to veto it. (IANS)

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Apple to shut its last Watch-exclusive store in May

Apple's shipments in the fourth quarter of 2017 grew by more than 32 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016 to eight million

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Apple will shut down its last of the three Apple Watch-exclusive stores — located in Tokyo — it built when it launched the wearable in 2015.

On May 13, the last Apple Watch-exclusive store will close its doors. Twitter user Shotaro Akiba has shared a photo on the microblogging platform showing the department store’s announcement, Engadget reported on Sunday.

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Many apps pulled out of the watchOS. VOA

Apple had shut down the other two stores in London and Paris last year. According to 9to5mac website, the shop held a sale in which it was selling the remaining Apple Watch Edition inventory for as little as $700.

These 18-karat gold watches were sold for at least $10,000 and as much as $17,000 when they first became available, the report said.

Earlier this month, high-profile applications, including Instagram, Amazon, Google Maps and Twitter, pulled out their apps from the WatchOS. Driven by Apple Watch Series 3 shipments, the Cupertino-headquartered giant shipped a record 18 million Watch devices in 2017 — an increase of 54 per cent compared to the previous year.

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“The Series 3 was the key growth driver, as total shipments of the latest version of Apple’s Watch were just under nine million, making up nearly half of all shipments in 2017,” Singapore-based market research firm Canalys said.

Apple’s shipments in the fourth quarter of 2017 grew by more than 32 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016 to eight million — the highest-ever number of shipments in a single quarter for any wearable vendor. IANS