T-Mobile CEO John Legere Vs. AT&T Verizon

Research suggests Legere is singlehandedly dragging some customers away from rivals

By on October 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM.

Research suggests Legere is singlehandedly dragging some customers away from rivals

John Legere might literally be the first — and likely last — American telecom CEO to have his own personality cult. Research firm Comlinkdata has analyzed 2.7 million of social media messages posted on Twitter for the past three years of people who said that they were switching to a rival carrier and found that “John Legere” was one of the more commonly cited reasons for people switching from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. More →

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Apple Pay Loyalty Program

New report reveals how Apple plans to get you hooked on Apple Pay

By on October 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM.

New report reveals how Apple plans to get you hooked on Apple Pay

Google is pretty savvy when it comes to getting consumers to adopt new technology, but even it couldn’t get Android fans to use Google Wallet with any consistency. Via MacRumors, a new report from BankInnovation claims that Apple is planning to roll out an Apple Pay loyalty program that will start offering users some great rewards by the end of the year. More →

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Google Android Fragmentation Problems

Google is trying to stop Android from spiraling out of its control

By on October 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM.

Google is trying to stop Android from spiraling out of its control

You know how whenever you pick up an Android phone, it comes preloaded with Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and other key Google apps? Well, it’s not like that everywhere in the world. In fact, in China it’s quite common to find Android phones that have no native Google apps on them. More →

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Tim Cook Letter

Here’s the letter CEO Tim Cook sent to employees following Apple’s monster Q4

By on October 21, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Here’s the letter CEO Tim Cook sent to employees following Apple’s monster Q4

Apple absolutely crushed its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings. Even the most bullish estimates were light when Apple revealed on Monday that it racked up a massive $8.5 billion net profit on $42.12 billion in sales — both records for the September quarter. The company sold 39.3 million new iPhone handsets in the quarter, which was also a record that was undoubtedly made possible by Apple’s huge iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch last month.

To congratulate his team on Apple’s record-smashing quarter, Cook sent the following internal letter to his staff: More →

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Verizon Earnings Q3 2014

Verizon misses estimates in Q3, adds 1.5 million net retail customers

By on October 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Verizon misses estimates in Q3, adds 1.5 million net retail customers

Verizon on Tuesday posts mixed earnings results for the third quarter. The nation’s top carrier reported earnings of $0.89 per share, missing analysts’ EPS consensus of $0.92, but revenue was up 4.3% sequentially to $31.6 billion, narrowly topping the Street’s estimate of $31.57 billion. Verizon said it added more than 1.53 million net new retail subscribers, including 1.52 million postpaid customers. The carrier’s total retail connection count rose more than 5% to 106.2 million. More →

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Not even Apple’s powers can make Apple Pay an overnight hit

By on October 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Not even Apple’s powers can make Apple Pay an overnight hit

As Google quickly found out with Google Wallet, making NFC-enabled mobile payments a staple feature of American consumer behavior is much easier said than done. Apple seemingly knows this, which is why it’s cautioning that its users shouldn’t expect to have Apple Pay accepted everywhere by every store right out of the gate. More →

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Lenovo BlackBerry Merger Rumor

New rumor claims Lenovo will try to buy BlackBerry as soon as this week

By on October 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

New rumor claims Lenovo will try to buy BlackBerry as soon as this week

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before — or actually, don’t bother because we know you’ve heard this one before. One of Benzinga’s sources claims that Lenovo is once again looking to buy Canadian smartphone pioneer BlackBerry, despite the fact that such talks reportedly went nowhere last year due to security concerns raised by both the Canadian and American governments. More →

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Apple Ads Compilation

Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s

By on October 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM.

Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s

Before actor John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman turned the PC into a laughable dope, before dancing silhouettes convinced you to buy an iPod and before George Orwell’s novel came to life in a 60-second spot during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple made posters.

The history of Apple’s advertising campaigns is almost as interesting as the history of the products it advertises. On Sunday, The Loop’s Dave Mark stumbled upon an article from 2009 on Web Designer Depot which contains an extensive collection of Apple’s ads, from Apple II posters to commercials for the iPhone 3G.

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Apple Earnings Q4 2014

Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12B in revenue

Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12B in revenue

By on October 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM.

Apple shares have dipped along with the rest of the market over the past few days, though things certainly picked up during Monday’s session ahead of Apple’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report; shares closed at $99.76 on Monday, up 2.14%. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were on sale for just 12 days in the September quarter, but Wall Street is still expecting the launch to impact Apple’s results in a huge way. Of course, that notion obviously isn’t very far-fetched, considering Apple sold more than 10 million new iPhones just through the end of their first weekend on sale. More →

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Apple Q4 2014 Earnings Preview

Apple is expected to crush its Q4 earnings record today

By on October 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Apple is expected to crush its Q4 earnings record today

For a company that’s “doomed,” Apple sure seems to make a lot of money. Fortune has put together a survey of several analysts’ projections for Apple’s soon-to-be-announced fourth quarter earnings and literally every single one of them expects Apple will post a record Q4. More →

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Apple vs GTAT: iPhone Sapphire

Newly uncovered internal documents show how hard it is to work with Apple

By on October 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM.

Newly uncovered internal documents show how hard it is to work with Apple

Contrary to rumors and speculations, neither the iPhone 6 nor the iPhone 6 Plus came with a sapphire display on board, and soon after Apple launched its 2014 iPhones, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) filed for bankruptcy. Apple appeared to be surprised by the news, as GTAT should have provided sapphire for Apple’s devices, but GTAT seems to indicate Apple’s draconian contract is to blame for its downfall.

At the same time, the leaked parts of the contract show Apple intended to make sure it’ll have a steady supply of sapphire from its partner, having considered this material choice more than two years ago. They also show how difficult it can be to work with Apple. More →

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Google Q3 2014 Earnings

Google posts solid Q3 earnings, still misses expectations

By on October 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM.

Google posts solid Q3 earnings, still misses expectations

Google on Thursday reported earnings of $6.35 per share on revenues of $13.2 billion, thus missing the consensus estimate of earnings of $6.53 per share on revenues of $13.22 billion. That’s not the only bad news for the company either: Google also reported that its cost-per-click — a key metric used to determine how much money Google can charge for advertisements — declined by around 2% year-over-year from Q3 2013. Nonetheless, this was actually better than what Wall Street was expecting, as the consensus estimate was that cost-per-click on the quarter would decline by 4% year-over-year. More →

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