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  • Trendy Chipotle burritos show how pricing power belongs to the hip

    07/29/2014 6:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Dastin
    Corporate America can learn a lot from a chicken burrito. As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both. Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and PepsiCo (PEP.N) have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S. Chipotle raised chicken-dish prices by 5 percent this year after leaving them...
  • Apple to suppliers: Gear up for the next iPhone [Larger Screens!]

    07/22/2014 10:22:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.marketwatch.com ^ | July 21, 2014, 8:51 p.m. EDT | By Lorraine Luk
    Apple Inc. is preparing for its largest initial production run of iPhones, betting that larger-screen models will lure consumers now attracted to similar phones from Samsung Electronics Co. and others. The Cupertino, Calif., company is asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million units combined of two large-screen iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 30, according to people familiar with the matter. Its forecast for what is commonly called the iPhone 6 is significantly larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million versions of the iPhone 5S and 5C--which had...
  • Your iPhone May Be Rigged to Spy on You

    07/21/2014 7:22:14 PM PDT · by eyeamok · 14 replies
    Toms Guide ^ | 7-21-14 | Jill Scharr
    Zdziarksi is certain that these mechanisms, whatever their purpose, are no accident. He has seen them become more complex, and they seem to get as much maintenance and attention as iOS' advertised features. Even as Apple adds new security features, the company may be adding ways to circumvent them.
  • Apple loses China patent case, separate suit against Apple continues

    07/09/2014 11:09:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 9 Wed Jul 9, 2014 1:27am EDT
    (Reuters) - A Beijing court has ruled against Apple Inc by upholding the validity of a patent held by a Chinese company, clearing the way for the Chinese company to continue its own case against Apple for infringing intellectual property rights. Apple had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court to seek a ruling that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid. But the Beijing First Intermediate Court on Tuesday decided in Zhizhen's favour, the People's Daily state newspaper reported on Wednesday.
  • The Reign Of Windows At Work 'Is Coming To An End' And Macs Are Rising Fast

    07/05/2014 11:06:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 306 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/05/2014 | Julie Bort
    It's been clear for some time that the iPad has taken the enterprise by storm as employees tote it to work and companies buy fleets of them. But Apple's PC, the Mac, has never been as dominant in the workplace, until now, according to new research from long-time Microsoft rival, VMware. VMware queried 376 IT professionals and found that they are increasingly being asked to buy and/or support Macs in the enterprise by employees who want Macs, not Windows machines. "Microsoft Windows has dominated enterprise desktops for close to three decades but it appears its reign is coming to an...
  • CNBC Co-Anchor Simon Hobbs Accidentally ‘Outed’ Apple CEO Tim Cook as Gay

    The TV reporter was caught up in a discussion about the rarity of openly gay CEOs when he said, ‘I think Tim Cook is open about the fact he’s gay.’ Simon Hobbs is likely wishing he could press rewind. The CNBC co-anchor spoke too soon during a live segment of "Squawk on the Street" Friday when he accidentally outed Apple CEO Tim Cook. New York Times columnist and CNBC contributor James B. Stewart spoke about his recent column dealing with the "tortured life" former BP chief John Browne led as a closeted gay CEO. "I just found it very, very...
  • It's coming: Apple's iWatch Will Have A 2.5-Inch Rectangular Screen, And It Will Be Out In Oct.

    06/19/2014 1:42:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/19/2014 | Michael Gold
    Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc's first smartwatch in July, according to a source familiar with the matter, as the tech giant tries to prove it can still innovate against rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The watch, which remains unnamed but which company followers have dubbed the iWatch, will be Apple's first foray into a niche product category that many remain skeptical about, especially as to whether it can drive profits amid cooling growth in tech gadgets. Apple will introduce a smartwatch with a display that likely measures 2.5 inches diagonally and is slightly rectangular,...
  • Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

    Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable". Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection. Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy. It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it...
  • iOS Does Exist — (list of ALL the existing iOS malware to date)

    06/17/2014 12:37:31 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Fortinet Security Research Threat Landscape and Analysis ^ | June 9 2014 | Axelle Apvrille — The Crypto Girl
    iOS Malware Does Exist With our FortiGuard Labs reporting that 96.5% of all mobile malware is Android based it would be easy to see why someone might opt for an iPhone. But, users beware. Don’t write off iOS as the secure alternative to Android just yet! Despite, Android malware being nearly an epidemic, or as Tim Cook referenced, “a toxic hellstew”, iOS is not immune. Before somebody asks me (again) whether there are any iOS malware or not, I decided to consolidate the information for you. Hope this helps you, and keeps your (i-) phones secure :) (I have marked...
  • Can the NSA really listen to your iPhone’s microphone even when it is turned OFF? Possibly (video)

    06/10/2014 10:25:59 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 66 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9 June 2014 | By MARK PRIGG
    Can the NSA really listen to your iPhone’s microphone even when it is turned OFF? Experts say it is possible - but reveal the trick to beat it Technique known as an 'implant' (requires physical access—Swordmaker) Allows phone to appear switched off - but still operate some communications The NSA could technically listen in to the microphone of an iPhone even if it switched off, experts have revealed. The claim was first made by Edward Snowden during an interview with Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News. Today, experts confirmed the technique was technically possibly - and revealed a way to...
  • Apple Maps Still Not Improved

    06/08/2014 11:53:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    After releasing a lackluster Maps app to compete with Google Maps, Apple found that its wasn't so easy to eclipse Google's long-used app. In fact, Apple Maps was a failure. It would seem that after such a failure Apple would try to update and improve the Maps app, but the Worldwide Developers Conference showed that the app was far from perfected. Instead, it seemed ignored. “There were multiple improvements that didn’t make it into iOS 8,” an unnamed source told TechCrunch. Unfortunately, Apple still hasn't made a good Map app. Previous reports said that app would be more reliable, have...
  • The Apple iWatch Is Coming In October

    06/06/2014 2:17:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/06/2014 | Dave Smith
    Apple will unveil and release its highly anticipated smartwatch, which many presume to be called iWatch, in October, according to a report from Re/code.Re/code has a stellar track record when it comes to Apple news, so we believe this report to be legitimate.According to the report, Apple says it is confident enough in its product that it will produce 3 to 5 million for the initial shipment.The New York Times was one of the first outlets to report on the iWatch, after a February 2013 report from Nick Bilton illuminated Apple's nascent smartwatch efforts, likening its possible "next big thing" to something...
  • It Looks Like Apple Just Opened The Door For Bitcoin Apps

    06/02/2014 2:28:24 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 2 2014 | Megan Rose Dickey
    It looks like Apple has updated its app developer guidelines today to allow for Bitcoin apps. The new clause under section 11.17, which was flagged by folks on Twitter like investor Bill Lee today, reads: Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions. That sounds like Bitcoin!
  • Watch How to Peel An Apple In Just 5 Seconds!(VIDEO)

    06/01/2014 8:27:51 PM PDT · by kingattax · 31 replies
    SF GLOBE ^ | MAY 28, 2014
    Here at the SF Globe, we are huge fans of life hacks. Here's one super creative and easy trick by Simon from Handimania. We do admit...you will need to take caution before trying this one. The good news? You never need to peel apples the traditional way again.
  • Watch as Kids React to Apple's First Desktop Computer

    05/29/2014 6:45:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 27, 2014 | Ralphie Aversa
    A new video that shows kids reacting to old technology is stirring up memories of clunky monitors and large floppy disks. The Apple II, which was released in 1977, was the pioneer of desktop computers. The 8-bit Apple computer featured a green and black screen and a floppy disk drive for 3.5-by-5-inch media. Relative to today's technology, describing the Apple II as simply obsolete or primitive does not do the situation justice. When the computers first hit the marketplace, Apple sold them for about $1,300. Adjusted for inflation, that translates to $5,000 in today's world, and that amount of money...
  • iPhones frozen by hackers demanding ransom

    05/27/2014 2:16:26 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 May 2014 | Matthew Sparkes
    Owners of iPhones and iPads have been targeted by a hacker who is freezing iOS devices and demanding a ransom of up to Ł55 to unlock them. ... "I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it's still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by 'Oleg Pliss' and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal to lock404(at)hotmail.com) to return them to me. ... "Such scams have been around for years. By using the credentials to access an Apple iCloud account, the attackers can enable the 'Find My iPhone' service - this is...
  • Australian Apple Macs, iPhones, iPads hijacked, digitally held for ransom

    05/27/2014 10:42:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 · 9:27 am ·
    “Owners of Apple devices across Australia are having them digitally held for ransom by hackers demanding payment before they will relinquish control,” Ben Grubb reports for Fairfax Media. “iPad, iPhone and Mac owners in Queensland, NSW, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria have reported having their devices held hostage.” “One iPhone user, a Fairfax Media employee in Sydney, said she was awoken at 4am on Tuesday to a loud ‘lost phone’ message that said ‘Oleg Pliss’ had hacked her phone. She was instructed to send $50 to a PayPal account to have it unlocked,” Grubb reports. “It is likely hackers...
  • How Satya Nadella Has Completely Changed Microsoft In Just 3 Months

    05/15/2014 11:48:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/15/2014 | Julie Bort
    Three months ago Microsoft announced that long-time Microsoftie Satya Nadella would become the company's third-ever CEO.That has turned out to be a very smart choice.In a few short weeks, the company has a fresh outlook and a more respectful attitude toward all of its constituents, its customers, developers and, most especially, its competitors.The sunny outlook is infectious. Microsoft's stock is trading at a 14-year high, hovering around $40 share.A quick tour of what's been going on at Microsoft shows the company making changes at a feverish pace.Within the past few days ...Nadella proved that Microsoft's war with Apple is over....
  • Car Smashes Into Apple Store In Berkeley; Apple Products Stolen

    05/10/2014 11:15:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, May 10, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A suspect smashed a car into an Apple store in Berkeley early Friday morning and made off with merchandise, police said. Berkeley police responded around 2:52 a.m. to a report of an alarm from the Apple store at 1823 Fourth St. and discovered a car inside the store surrounded by glass debris. Officers checked the vehicle and found it was empty, but noticed “signs of prowl” inside the business. Officers conducted a search of the business but did not find any suspects. An investigation revealed that several Apple products were stolen, including several laptops and iPhone. McDonald's Tests Seasoned French...
  • Samsung’s record of IP theft, other ruthless business tactics, and why Apple might still lose

    05/05/2014 11:45:35 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 37 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Saturday, May 3, 2014 · 5:15 pm
    “On August 4, 2010, amid the bustle of downtown Seoul, a small group of executives from Apple Inc. pushed through the revolving door into a blue-tinted, 44-story glass tower, ready to fire the first shot in what would become one of the bloodiest corporate wars in history,” Kurt Eichenwald writes for Vanity Fair. “The showdown had been brewing since spring, when Samsung launched the Galaxy S, a new entry into the smartphone market. Apple had snagged one early overseas and gave it to the iPhone team at its Cupertino, California, headquarters. The designers studied it with growing disbelief. The Galaxy...
  • opinion/feedback on best budget tablet?

    05/01/2014 9:14:21 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 20 replies
    self | 5/1/14 | NewJerseyJoe
    Asking for opinions on the best budget tablet. Something big enough for me to work on -- i.e., be able to type easily and see the display without holding it six inches from my face. Not worried about communications -- as long as it's got WiFi built in (which I'm sure they all do), I can use my cellphone as a mobile hotspot to transfer/send files. This is intended to be a replacement for a working laptop/notebook. And again -- "budget" is the keyword. Thanks all!.
  • Apple’s Massive Debt Offering Will Total $12B (Tax Avoidance)

    04/29/2014 1:29:00 PM PDT · by dila813 · 8 replies
    Techcrunch ^ | 4/29/2014 | Alex Wilhelm (@alex)
    Apple will raise $12 billion in debt, paying a 0.77 percent premium over Treasuries on the component 10-year notes. The offering will contain seven parts, with maturities ranging from three years to 30. Apple’s recently enlarged shareholder return program is not cheap. By raising a fresh $12 billion via bond issuance, Apple is not forced to bring home foreign cash reserves, a process that the company previously stated would “incur significant tax consequences.”
  • iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Recall

    04/27/2014 6:30:53 PM PDT · by Blue Highway · 18 replies
    Apple.com ^ | 4/25/14 | Apple
    Apple has determined that the sleep/wake button mechanism on a small percentage of iPhone 5 models may stop working or work intermittently. iPhone 5 models manufactured through March 2013 may be affected by this issue. Apple will replace the sleep/wake button mechanism, free of charge, on iPhone 5 models that exhibit this issue and have a qualifying serial number. The sleep/wake button is located on the top of your iPhone 5:
  • Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes

    04/27/2014 4:52:42 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    4/25/2014 | Joel Kotkin
    The $300 million payout from tech giants like Google and Apple to settle a lawsuit brought by employees makes it clear that Silicon Valley is out for profit, not to change the world. Silicon Valley’s biggest names—Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe—reached a settlement today in a contentious $3 billion anti-trust suit brought by workers who accused the tech giants of secretly colluding to not recruit each other’s employees. The workers won, but not much, receiving only a rumored $300 million, a small fraction of the billions the companies might have been forced to pay had they been found guilty in...
  • Apple's Clueless and Misleading Environmental Campaign

    04/25/2014 4:21:13 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/24/2014 | IBD Staff
    Junk Science: How can a company as smart as Apple be so dumb about the environment? That's worth asking now that CEO Tim Cook has embarked on a massive push to make the company more "green." On Earth Day, Apple ran a full-page ad about how it has "set some pretty ambitious goals for reducing our impact on climate change ... and conserving our planet's limited resources." Apple's website features a field of solar panels and the promise to "leave the world better than we found it." But amid all this bragging about Apple's green credentials, nowhere is it mentioned...
  • Apple smashes Street with revenue of $45.65 billion in Q214

    04/23/2014 2:16:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 46 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 · 4:33 pm
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter ended March 29, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $43.6 billion and net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.3% compared to 37.5% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66% of the quarter’s revenue. “We’re very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO,...
  • 'Kill switch' may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015

    04/16/2014 4:01:05 PM PDT · by kingattax · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | Doug Gross
    (CNN) -- The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players. Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry's largest trade group. All smartphones manufactured for sale in the United States after July 2015 must have the technology, according to the program from CTIA-The Wireless Association. Advocates say the feature would deter thieves from...
  • Fun Number; Apple Has Twice As Much Cash As The US Government

    04/13/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/13/2014 | Tim Worstall
    And, for good measure, Microsoft has more cash at hand that Uncle Sam does. [snip] It’s a very fun number, to be sure, but it’s not quite right for a number of economic reasons. It’s true that when you look at the balance sheets then Apple, say, has $160 billion in cash available, that Microsoft MSFT has a little under $85 billion and the Treasury only has $49 billion to hand to keep the government working. But it’s not really true for a couple of reasons that we’ll get to. [snip] The first and most obvious being that the government...
  • Apple Says iOS, OSX and “Key Web Services” Not Affected by Heartbleed Security Flaw

    04/11/2014 5:58:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    ReCode.net ^ | April 10, 2014, 1:42 PM PDT | By Mike Isaac
    Apple said Thursday that its mobile, desktop and Web services weren’t affected by a major flaw in a set of security software used by hundreds of thousands of websites. The flaw, codenamed “Heartbleed” and first reported by Web security firm Codenomicon, was discovered in a technology called “OpenSSL” — a set of encryption software used by Web companies to safeguard user information. Sites that use OpenSSL will display a small “lock” icon in the top left-hand corner of your Web browser’s address bar (though not all sites showing this lock use OpenSSL); the technology is used on more than two-thirds...
  • Tech Firms May Find No-Poaching Pacts Costly

    04/08/2014 9:03:55 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    NYT via Yahoo! Finance ^ | Tue, Apr 8, 2014 | ANDREW ROSS SORKIN
    It is the talk of the Valley. A high-stakes negotiation is taking place in Silicon Valley among some of the biggest names in the industry — Apple and Google among them — over accusations that they were involved in a collusion to prevent their employees from being hired at rival companies. The employees filed a class-action suit, contending that the illegal hiring practices cost employees $9 billion in lost wages. Now the companies are locked in mediation sessions, hoping to settle the case in the next several weeks. The question being whispered all over town now is how much will...
  • Jon Rubinstein as CEO of Apple? What's that about?

    04/07/2014 8:13:36 AM PDT · by harpu · 4 replies
    tech.fortune.cnn.com ^ | 04/07/14 | Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    <p>Global Equities' Chowdhry is obsessed with the idea that Tim Cook must go.</p> <p>For Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster it's Apple television. For Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi it's Apple's cash hoard. For Global Equities' Trip Chowdhry, it's Jon Rubinstein.</p> <p>Yes, Jon Rubinstein, called the "Podfather" for his role in developing Apple's portable music player.</p>
  • GOP Hawks Worry Rand Paul Has Too Much Ron

    03/31/2014 12:35:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Time ^ | March 31, 2014 | Zeke J Miller
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is hard at work laying the groundwork for an almost certain presidential campaign in 2016, but as he broadens his support among libertarian and younger voters, there’s a budding countercampaign to take him down if he becomes a threat to actually win the nomination. At the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) meeting in Las Vegas this weekend, Paul was nowhere to be found, but his presence was felt in the form of a straw man — and frequent worry. Speaker after speaker, from former Florida governor Jeb Bush to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, laid into Paul’s...
  • Steve Jobs biopic pops up on Netflix

    03/31/2014 12:40:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    CNET ^ | Monday, March 31, 2014 | Rich Trenholm
    Love him or hate him, there's no doubt Steve Jobs was a fascinating, complex and contradictory figure. Two years on from his untimely death, you can now watch biopic Jobs on Netflix in the US. Ashton Kutcher dons the black turtle-neck in a dramatisation spanning Jobs' early life as a college drop-out in the 1970s to the launch of the iPod in 2001, taking in the period he left to start a rival firm and his eventual triumphant return. Director Joshua Michael Stern isn't afraid to portray the uncompromising Apple co-founder in an unsympathetic light, but moves too briskly through...
  • Apple loses bid for U.S. ban on Samsung smartphone sales

    03/06/2014 3:51:21 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Apple's request for a permanent sales ban in the United States against some older Samsung smartphones, a key setback for the iPhone maker in its global patent battle. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, ruled that Apple Inc had not presented enough evidence to show that its patented features were a significant enough driver of consumer demand to warrant an injunction. Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have been litigating for nearly three years over various smartphone features patented by Apple, such as the use of fingers...
  • How do I downgrade my iPhone 4 operating system back to IOS6? I cannot stand IOS 7. (Vanity)

    03/29/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT · by NoKoolAidforMe · 45 replies
    NoKoolAidForMe | 03-29-14 | NoKoolAidForMe
    I just downloaded IOS 7 on my iPhone, and I cannot stand it. It is draining my battery. I cannot delete messages or voicemails easily. The calendar function is difficult to navigate. I just plain don't like it. I tried to restore a backup, but that only restores contacts and music, not the firmware. Thanks.
  • Dhimmitude ... Swedish Art Professor Applauds Apple's Intention To Place Hijab On Emoticon

    03/28/2014 12:00:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Tundar Tabloids ^ | 28/03/2014 | KGS
    The Western institutionalization of sharia norms. A Swedish art professor has applauded Apple’s promise to diversify its emoticon options, including figures wearing religious headgear such as the hijab. “It’s great, we need people with different skin colours among the emojis, and people with different clothes, from the hijab to the kippa,” illustration professor Joanna Rubin Dranger at Stockholm’s Konstfack academy told the TT news wire on Thursday. The website DoSomething.org first let the battle cry sound, asking Apple to take a closer look at its 800 emojis. “The only two resembling people of colour are a guy who looks vaguely...
  • Over 500 million Apple iPhones sold

    03/27/2014 2:36:57 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 · 8:31 am
    “Apple has been known to mark big numerical milestones, celebrating the 50 billionth download from its App Store last May and the 30th anniversary of the Mac earlier this year,” Mark Rogowsky reports for Forbes. “But it appears to have quietly let a big one pass within the last few weeks as somewhere on earth, the 500 millionth iPhone was sold. Despite much consternation in the media that the high-end of the market is reaching saturation, this data point demonstrates that iPhone sales continue to accelerate for Apple even if the rate of that acceleration is less breathtaking than it...
  • Millennials Are Ditching Their Television Sets, Shifting To Mobile To Watch TV Shows

    03/26/2014 5:34:58 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 33 replies
    AppAdvice ^ | Bryan M. Wolfe
    A new report suggests bigger isn’t better, when it comes to watching television programming. Deloitte found that Millennials rather watch movies and television shows on computers, smartphones, and tablets. These details were recently published in the firm’s annual Digital Democracy Survey. Those between the ages of 14 and 24 only watch TV shows on an actual television set 44 percent of the time. Thirty-two percent of the time, TV shows are consumed on a desktop or laptop. Smartphones and tablets make up another 16 percent, while gaming devices are used 8 percent. This is the first time computers, smartphones, and...
  • Apple Engineer Recalls the iPhone's Birth

    03/26/2014 2:47:35 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 33 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Daisuke Wakabayashi
    Jobs's Ultimatum: Lay Out a Vision Fast or Lose the Project In February 2005, Apple Inc.'s then chief executive, Steve Jobs, gave senior software engineer Greg Christie an ultimatum. Mr. Christie's team had been struggling for months to lay out the software vision for what would become the iPhone as well as how the parts would work together. Now, Mr. Jobs said the team had two weeks or he would assign the project to another group. "Steve had pretty much had it," said Mr. Christie, who still heads Apple's user-interface team. "He wanted bigger ideas and bigger concepts." Mr. Christie's...
  • 5 Reasons Apple Looks Like the Next Sony

    03/26/2014 6:44:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/26/2014 | Kyle Smith
    Apple may be the most valuable company on the planet, but two and a half years into the Tim Cook era, it already looks like a different outfit. Though Cook has brought revenue up 58 percent, and profits up 40 percent, the Steve Jobs-led fervor to innovate seems to be subsiding. Apple is in an industry where it has to keep coming up with daring new breakthroughs, and the famously bland Cook doesn’t seem like the man to deliver them. Revenues in the last fiscal year were up only 9.6 percent, the slowest increase in a decade, and earnings fell...
  • With or Without Apple, Google Will Crush Microsoft

    03/25/2014 6:41:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Street ^ | 03/25/2014 | Rocco Pendola
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I saw a promo the other day for Google (GOOG) Work. Sadly, I can't locate it or I would have inserted it here so you could see it for yourself. However, it might be fitting that you can't see the promo. Because Google's assault on Microsoft (MSFT) continues to fly under the radar. For whatever reason, it's the most under covered story in tech ... in finance ... and for the sake of extraneous ellipses ... the world. But it's real and it's happening. And Microsoft has no idea what to do in response. How could...
  • iOS 7 now running on 85% of iPads, iPhones, iPods, says Apple

    03/25/2014 8:38:10 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 66 replies
    MacWorld UK ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Ashleigh Allsopp
    Apple has revealed that iOS 7 is now running on an impressive 85% of iOS devices, compared with just 2.5% of Android devices running the latest version, KitKat. In a change to its developer website at the end of on 25 March, Apple revealed that its newest mobile operating system is now running on 85 per cent of iOS devices, according to data collected over the 7-day period ending 23 March. That's up from the 74 per cent Apple boasted at the beginning of December, and the 78 per cent touted at the beginning of January. The increase comes at...
  • How Steve Jobs Blew Up the Rules of Branding

    03/25/2014 8:23:11 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 29 replies
    Entrepreneur ^ | Tuesday, March 25. 2014 | Jonathan Salem Basking
    Apple blew up the rules of branding because Jobs simply didn't recognize them. He didn't follow the approved checklist, and he never did what he was supposed to do. He knew that someone else's success wouldn't be his own, not because of his ego, but because it's a fact that imitating others has never resulted in great successes. He left it to Apple's competitors to produce lame, unsold computers with colorful lids, knockoff ads that inadvertently made Apple look better and a world of smartphones and tablets that look like iPhones and iPads. In doing so, Apple focused on doing...
  • What I Learned Negotiating With Steve Jobs [Heidi Roizen]

    03/23/2014 11:13:39 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 58 replies
    Heidi Roizen's Blog ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | Heidi Roizen
    Fresh out of Stanford Business School, I started a software company, T/Maker, with my brother Peter. He was the software architect and I was, well, everything else. Our little company was among the first to ship software for the Macintosh, and we developed a positive reputation among the members of the nascent developer community, which led us to expanding our business by publishing software for other independent developers. Two of our developers, Randy Adams and William Parkhurst, went to work for Steve Jobs at his new company, NeXT, and that’s how I ended up head to head with Steve Jobs....
  • Who Could It Be? Mystery Silicon Valley Tech Company Moving Into San Jose's Largest Office Space

    03/20/2014 12:40:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 | Kris Sanchez and Riya Bhattacharjee
    Who’s the mystery tenant moving into San Jose's biggest-ever office park? That’s the million-dollar question everyone in Silicon Valley is scrambling to answer. Speculation started flying as soon as San Jose city officials approved the 2-million square-foot office project on North First Street and Brokaw Road in North San Jose on Wednesday. The list of potential occupants includes everybody from Seattle-based Microsoft and Amazon, to locals Apple, Google and Facebook. So far, the only person at City Hall who reportedly knows the name of the company is San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, and he’s not talking. "The company name is...
  • Apple Killed The iPad 2

    03/18/2014 8:23:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/18/2014 | Steve Kovach
    Starting today, Apple will no longer sell the iPad 2. Even though the iPad 2 launched in early 2011, Apple has kept it around at a lower price. When Apple started selling the current iPad Air last fall, it still sold the iPad 2 starting at $399. Now, Apple will sell the iPad with Retina display, commonly referred to as the "iPad 4" because it was the fourth generation of the product, starting at $399. (The iPad 2 did not have the super-sharp Retina display.)
  • iPhone users are disappointed with the iOS 7.1 software update...

    03/15/2014 10:19:49 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 53 replies
    Mail Online ^ | March 15th 2014 | Alexandra Klausner
    Full Title: iPhone users are disappointed with the iOS 7.1 software update that's draining their batteries, erasing their contacts, and flipping their keyboards With every new I-phone software update comes the potential for problems and the iOS 7.1 released on Monday is no exception. Customer's say it's killing their phone batteries among other pesky glitches. The iOS7.1 is the first major update to Apple's newest operating systems for iPhones and iPads and the apple community is lamenting poor battery charges, disappearing contacts, bad Bluetooth connections, keyboards oriented the wrong way, and the list goes on, reports the Huffington Post.
  • Facebook Is Building A Massive New Business That Exploits A Key Weakness At Apple And Google

    03/13/2014 12:33:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/13/2013 | Jim Edwards
    A long time ago, Facebook launched an app store. If you didn't know that fact, don't be alarmed. People don't talk much about the Facebook App Center any more. That's because almost everyone downloads the apps they need from Apple's App Store and the Google Play store on Android. It's a powerful duopoly, and everyone is used to it. Apps and downloads are one of Apple's fastest-growing, least-talked about businesses. They generate $4.4 billion per quarter, and are projected to be more profitable than iPads and Macs. Android and the Google Play store that supplies it run on up to...
  • Richard Branson sides with Apple CEO against Climate Change Deniers

    03/10/2014 8:16:05 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 50 replies
    The Verge ^ | 3/10/14 | Jacob Kastrenakes
    Inspired by Apple CEO Tim Cook, Virgin founder Richard Branson has taken to his blog to say that businesses should begin standing up against climate change deniers. "While Tim told sustainability skeptics to 'get out of our stock,'" Branson writes, "I would urge climate change deniers to get out of our way." Cook's statements came at a recent shareholders meeting, where he soundly shot down a proposal rooted in climate change denial that would have had Apple putting its bottom line above its interests in sustainability. Cook said that those who would prefer Apple do everything purely for profit simply...
  • How Apple's CarPlay Can Tip The Balance In Music And Radio

    03/09/2014 8:29:43 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/06/2014 | Bobby Owsinski
    ...radio is still the number one place where music consumers discover new music... It may be old technology, but it’s one that we still gladly live with. With a vehicle that’s constantly tethered to the Internet, that balance of power changes. More people can leave radio in favor of their personalized playlists and channels on Pandora, Spotify and other online services, which means that the total dynamic of “drive-time” can and will transform. Sure, many will still listen to local talk or sports radio, but others will choose to listen to stations that they can’t get through terrestrial radio via...