Apple China Factory Conditions

New report slams Apple for ‘broken promises’ on sweatshop labor

By on December 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

New report slams Apple for ‘broken promises’ on sweatshop labor

Believe it or not, there might be worse things Apple does than giving you a free U2 album. A major new report from BBC Panorama has exposed some of the brutal working conditions in factories run by Apple supplier Pegatron. Panorama got two undercover reporters jobs at a Pegatron facility and they found almost immediately after they started working there that the facility was not following Apple’s protocols for fair labor practices. More →

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BlackBerry Q3 2015 Earnings

The Waterloo miracle? BlackBerry ekes out tiny profit in Q3 2015

By on December 19, 2014 at 7:51 AM.

The Waterloo miracle? BlackBerry ekes out tiny profit in Q3 2015

One year ago, BlackBerry was in truly retched shape. Now, though, it looks like the company has stopped the bleeding. BlackBerry on Friday reported its fiscal Q3 2015 earnings and the company posted a profit of $0.01 per share, which significantly beat the consensus estimate of a loss of $0.16 per share and was a vast improvement over the disastrous loss of $0.67 per share that the company posted a year ago. More →

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How To Lower Your Cable Bill

Comcast employees reveal secret tricks for lowering your cable bill

By on December 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

Comcast employees reveal secret tricks for lowering your cable bill

Cable bills have been rising at three times the rate of inflation lately but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to keep paying higher prices forever. Vox’s Timothy Lee talked with two anonymous Comcast customer service representatives who let him in on the secret tricks that cable customers can use to lower their bills. More →

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Tim Cook Memo

Here’s the full internal memo that Tim Cook sent to Apple employees for the holidays

By on December 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Here’s the full internal memo that Tim Cook sent to Apple employees for the holidays

Apple certainly has a lot to be thankful for this year. The company’s stock is up 39% year to date, its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus represent the biggest smartphone launch in history, and Apple is still the most valuable technology company in history. It takes the hard work of tens of thousands of people to achieve such staggering success, of course, and CEO Tim Cook took a moment earlier this week to thank them all ahead of the holidays. More →

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Dish Netflix Streaming Deal

Groundbreaking deal will let you watch Netflix on Dish set-top boxes

By on December 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

Groundbreaking deal will let you watch Netflix on Dish set-top boxes

It looks like Dish has become the first pay TV provider to normalize relations with Netflix. Dish announced on Wednesday that its subscribers will now be able to watch Netflix via an app on its second-generation Hopper set-top boxes. More →

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Samsung Smartphone Shipments Q3 2014

More signs of trouble for Samsung: It’s the only top phone vendor with declining sales

By on December 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM.

More signs of trouble for Samsung: It’s the only top phone vendor with declining sales

In our review of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Edge smartphone last month, we spent a good amount of time discussing the trouble Samsung is currently facing. While the company is still pulling in billions in revenue each month, there is no question that Samsung is in trouble. One need only look at its most recent earnings report for evidence that is impossible to argue with: In the third quarter this year, Samsung’s net profit plummeted 60%.

Now, as expected, Samsung is showing a significant decline in another key measure of success for smartphone makers: Handset shipments. More →

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T-Mobile Un-carrier 8.0

T-Mobile reveals its Un-carrier 8.0 plan: Watch live right here!

By on December 16, 2014 at 10:32 AM.

T-Mobile reveals its Un-carrier 8.0 plan: Watch live right here!

T-Mobile was easily one of the most exciting companies to watch in 2014. The nation’s No. 4 wireless carrier makes a whole lot of noise thanks to its outspoken CEO John Legere, but the company walks the walk as well as its CEO talks the talk. T-Mobile has registered phenomenal growth in 2014 that has visibly shaken its rivals, rocking them out of complacency and forcing them to compete with the newly revitalized T-Mobile.

Now, T-Mobile’s CEO is about to announce the carrier’s “Un-carrier 8.0″ plan, looking to shake things up in the U.S. mobile market once again. More →

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What Is Working For Apple Like

What it’s like to get a dream job at Apple after 4 years of trying [updated]

By on December 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM.

What it’s like to get a dream job at Apple after 4 years of trying [updated]

Apple is not an easy company to work for and it’s also not an easy company to get hired by — just ask engineer Jeremy Foo, who finally got hired by Apple after trying to get a job there for the past four years. More →

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Samsung Vs. Xiaomi Profits

Here’s the real reason Samsung is taking a beating… and it’s not the iPhone 6

By on December 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Here’s the real reason Samsung is taking a beating… and it’s not the iPhone 6

Samsung’s smartphone profits have been getting absolutely hammered all year as it’s facing an insane amount of competition from low-cost vendors in key markets such as China. Now a new report from Reuters illustrates just how brutal the competition is for mobile phones right now, as it turns out up-and-coming smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is scraping by with tiny operating margins of under 2%. More →

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Apple The Song Holiday TV Video Commercial

Video: Apple’s heartwarming new holiday ad might move you to tears

By on December 15, 2014 at 9:35 AM.

Video: Apple’s heartwarming new holiday ad might move you to tears

Apple amazed audiences in 2013 with an unexpectedly heartwarming holiday ad — called Misunderstood — which ended up netting the company a Creative Arts Emmy Award earlier this year for the most outstanding commercial of the year. The company on Sunday released a new commercial in time for this year’s holidays, and this time it has limited product placement, focusing instead on relationships. More →

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Apple Shares Vs. Gold

How an Apple cofounder made the epic investment blunder of a lifetime

By on December 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

How an Apple cofounder made the epic investment blunder of a lifetime

Ron Wayne isn’t nearly as famous as Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak but he’s nonetheless one of Apple’s three cofounders who helped the company get off the ground in the 1970s. For his work, Wayne was given a 10% stake in the company… which he sold soon after for just $800. More →

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