Apple Record Tax Fine

Apple faces a record fine in Europe over alleged illegal tax-dodging practices

By on September 29, 2014 at 8:01 PM.

Apple faces a record fine in Europe over alleged illegal tax-dodging practices

Apple is not done facing tax-related inquiries, The Financial Times reports, as the European Union is investigating the company’s tax deal with Ireland. Preliminary findings apparently claim that Apple has benefited from illegal state aid after it reached certain special agreements with the Irish government that others companies based in the region — including Amazon, Facebook, PayPal and Twitter — do not enjoy. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Launch Sales

This is by far the most depressing BlackBerry analysis you’ll read this week

By on September 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

This is by far the most depressing BlackBerry analysis you’ll read this week

BlackBerry has been looking a lot livelier lately, thanks in no small part to the 200,000 preorders the company reported for its BlackBerry Passport smartphone. While we offered a cautiously optimistic take on BlackBerry’s strategy, however The Monday Note’s Jean-Louis Gassée isn’t having any of it — in fact, he still thinks that BlackBerry CEO John Chen will have no choice but to sell the company off for parts somewhere down the line. More →

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How Many People Work For Samsung

If Apple, Google and Microsoft merged, they still wouldn’t employ as many people as Samsung

By on September 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

If Apple, Google and Microsoft merged, they still wouldn’t employ as many people as Samsung

We all know that Samsung is an absolutely huge company but we never realized it was quite this big before. Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo just looked up employment statistics for several major tech companies by sifting through their 10-K files and found that Samsung Electronics — not Samsung as a whole but just Samsung’s electronics division — employs an astonishing 275,133 people. For perspective, that’s more than the combined number of people employed by Apple, Google and Microsoft. More →

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BlackBerry Earnings Q2 2015

BlackBerry reports $11 million Q2 loss, crushes Wall Street’s estimates

By on September 26, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

BlackBerry reports $11 million Q2 loss, crushes Wall Street’s estimates

BlackBerry on Friday reported earnings for the fiscal second quarter of 2015, crushing Wall Street’s estimates and sending the stock soaring in pre-market trading on Friday. The struggling mobile pioneer couldn’t quite swing to a profit in the second quarter, posting a non-GAAP loss of $11 million, or $0.02 per share. Wall Street had expected a much larger loss of $0.16 per share, however, and BlackBerry’s stock shot up more than 8% as a result. More →

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Apple Vs. Google Eric Schmidt

Google’s Schmidt explains why everyone should love ‘brutal’ competition between Apple and Google

By on September 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Google’s Schmidt explains why everyone should love ‘brutal’ competition between Apple and Google

Ali vs. Frazier. Stones vs. Beatles. Brady vs. Manning. Is there anything better than competition between two rivals at the top of their games? Google chairman Eric Schmidt doesn’t seem to think so, which is why he tells Bloomberg TV’s Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle that the “brutal” competition we’re seeing right now is absolutely great for smartphone owners.

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Record iPhone 6 Launch

Cook: iPhone 6 month ‘for the record books,’ extended days off awarded to Apple staff

By on September 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Cook: iPhone 6 month ‘for the record books,’ extended days off awarded to Apple staff

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday morning sent a memo to all Apple employees, 9to5Mac reports, praising their work that lead to the huge iPhone 6 launch that made September “one for the record books.” The exec also revealed that all Apple employees will receive more days off during Thanksgiving than they normally get in most years. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Sales

Despite brutal new attack from Apple, Samsung says mobile business will recover

By on September 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Despite brutal new attack from Apple, Samsung says mobile business will recover

In a remarkably brief report, Reuters noted some comments made by Samsung Electronics President D.J. Lee during a press conference on Wednesday morning in South Korea. According to the report, the Samsung executive is confident that Samsung’s mobile business will recover quickly thanks to the company’s “strong fundamentals and technological prowess.” Samsung’s profit plummeted to a two-year low in the second quarter as mobile phone sales continued to slow. More →

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iPhone 6 A8 Chip Samsung

Samsung has one reason to be ecstatic about record iPhone 6 sales

By on September 23, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Samsung has one reason to be ecstatic about record iPhone 6 sales

Even though Samsung would obviously prefer that people buy its own Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 flagship handsets, the company does have one reason to be happy about the record opening weekend sales that Apple posted for the iPhone 6: Namely, the Korean electronics giant is supplying a huge number of components for Apple’s new devices. More →

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Samsung Vs. Apple Vs. Xiaomi

Samsung Securities says Samsung phones have ‘lost appeal’

By on September 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Samsung Securities says Samsung phones have ‘lost appeal’

You’ll never be able to accuse Samsung’s own investment firm of being in the tank for its parent company. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that analysts have once again slashed their profit estimates for Samsung in the latest quarter, which sadly hasn’t been unusual to see this year. However, what makes this latest round of lower profit estimates noteworthy is a report from Samsung Securities that brutally explains why Samsung’s high-end smartphone business might be in a lot of trouble. More →

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U2's Bono on Apple iTunes Music

Bono wants to help Apple reach 1 billion iTunes subscribers

By on September 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Bono wants to help Apple reach 1 billion iTunes subscribers

In an interview with Dave Fanning on Irish radio station 2FM, U2’s Bono revealed that the band wants to help Apple get to 1 billion iTunes subscribers, TUAW reports. Apple currently has 885 million users according to the well-informed musician, who has been in the news quite a bit lately because of the free U2 album download “scandal.” More →

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iPhone 6 Sales Chart

One chart shows you how incredible the iPhone 6’s sales numbers really are

By on September 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

One chart shows you how incredible the iPhone 6’s sales numbers really are

So we already know that Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units over the weekend, which in itself is a hugely impressive achievement. However, Apple’s massive weekend iPhone sales only look more impressive if you compare them with sales of past product launches, as Asymco’s Horace Dediu did on Monday when he posted the following chart on Twitter. More →

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Apple Beats Music Streaming App

New report claims Apple is already planning to shut down Beats Music

By on September 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM.

New report claims Apple is already planning to shut down Beats Music

Well, this is somewhat unexpected — TechCrunch’s sources are saying that Apple is planning to shut down the Beats Music streaming app that it acquired when it bought Beats for $3 billion earlier this year. The only way that this report would make any kind of sense would be if Apple were simply folding Beats Music into iTunes — there is simply no way that Apple would consider abandoning a music streaming service at a time when it’s working to regain some of the influence over the music industry that it’s lost ever since the rise of Pandora, Spotify and other popular streaming services. More →

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