Apple Public Relations Strategies

This is why your favorite tech site has a horrible pro-Apple bias

By on August 29, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

This is why your favorite tech site has a horrible pro-Apple bias

Pretty much everyone who has ever written anything about technology has, at one point or another, been called an “iSheep” who is “so bias (sic) in favor of Apple!” But while accusations of “pro-Apple bias” occur so often that they’re practically meaningless, that doesn’t mean Apple doesn’t have a brilliant strategy for monitoring and manipulating media coverage about the company that is lightyears beyond what Amazon, Microsoft or even Google do. More →

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Comcast Customer Service Calls Remix

Danse miserable: Group wants to make a funky remix of hellish Comcast calls

By on August 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Danse miserable: Group wants to make a funky remix of hellish Comcast calls

Does misery have a time signature? That’s what open-Internet advocacy group Public Knowledge is trying to find out with a new contest that asks participants to take audio recordings from various nightmarish Comcast customer service calls and mash them up into a remix that will presumably be danceable and catchy. More →

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Amazon Twitch Acquisition

Amazon continues beefing up its gaming initiative with a $1 billion acquisition

By on August 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM.

Amazon continues beefing up its gaming initiative with a $1 billion acquisition

It was just days ago that viewers all over the world were concerned that Twitch, the most popular video game streaming website on the Internet, might be acquired by Google. Now The Information is reporting that not only has that deal fallen through, but Amazon is coming in to pick up the pieces. According to people familiar with the matter, Amazon is now in “late-stage talks” to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. More →

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Why Are Apple Gadgets So Good

One chart helps explain why Apple’s hardware designs are so gorgeous

By on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

One chart helps explain why Apple’s hardware designs are so gorgeous

Why are Apple’s hardware designs so gorgeous? The answer might be simpler than you think: Because Apple pays for them. BusinessVibes has put together a chart based on data provided by Glassdoor that lists all the top salaries for different kinds of Apple employees and you won’t be surprised to know that the company puts a premium on hardware designers. More →

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Who Still Uses BlackBerry

U.K. prime minister explains why he won’t quit BlackBerry

By on August 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

U.K. prime minister explains why he won’t quit BlackBerry

David Cameron just can’t quit you, BlackBerry. In its latest in a series of blog posts touting government officials who still rely on BlackBerry for mobile communications, BlackBerry highlights why U.K. prime minister David Cameron is still sticking with the company despite all the troubles it’s gone through over the past few years. More →

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Google Employees Best Perks

This one fact alone will make you insanely jealous of Google employees

By on August 20, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

This one fact alone will make you insanely jealous of Google employees

Why do people love working at Google so much? There seem to be many reasons and one of them is without a doubt the fact that Google showers its employees with perks when they come into the office every day. Business Insider has scored an interview with Google’s former executive head chef Nate Keller, who tells the publication that by the time he left Google in 2008, he and his team were serving up to 40,000 free meals for Google employees per day.  More →

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Apple Share Price All Time High

‘Doomed’ Apple sees its stock close at an all-time high

By on August 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

‘Doomed’ Apple sees its stock close at an all-time high

Hey wait, wasn’t Apple supposed to have “disappeared” by now if it didn’t release the iWatch? Apparently the company didn’t the memo because as Bloomberg notes, its stock just closed trading at $100.56 on Tuesday, which is more than its previous split-adjusted all-time high of $100.30 that it hit back in 2012. All told, Apple now has a market cap approaching $600 billion, which still leaves it far ahead of top rivals Google ($397 billion market cap at the end of Tuesday’s trading) and Microsoft ($372.5 billion market cap at the end of Tuesday’s trading). If the iPhone 6 is as big a hit as many analysts predict, Apple’s stock price and market cap might have even more room to grow.

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Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board

End of an era: Steve Ballmer steps down from the Microsoft board

By on August 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

End of an era: Steve Ballmer steps down from the Microsoft board

Good news for new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: You won’t have to deal with former CEO Steve Ballmer watching your every move. Microsoft on Tuesday announced that the frequently combustible Ballmer would be stepping down from his post as one of Microsoft’s board of directors. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Newly leaked docs detail more horrors from Comcast’s customer service misery mill

By on August 19, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Newly leaked docs detail more horrors from Comcast’s customer service misery mill

Well looky here — The Verge has obtained some leaked documents detailing Comcast’s customer service representative training and… you’re not going to believe this… they make Comcast look pretty bad! More →

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Comcast FCC Commissioner Dinner

‘Insulted’ Comcast withdraws funding from FCC commissioner’s dinner

By on August 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

‘Insulted’ Comcast withdraws funding from FCC commissioner’s dinner

You see what you did, you meanies? You insulted Comcast so much that it’s decided not to spend $110,000 sponsoring a dinner to honor an FCC commissioner who will hold significant influence over the fate of its merger with Time Warner Cable. Deadline Hollywood reports that Comcast, which earlier this week said it was “insulting” to think there was anything shady about spending that much money to honor one of the most important telecom regulators in the country, said that it’s withdrawing funding for the dinner and that it’s asking that “there be no recognition of Comcast at the dinner.” More →

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Samsung Vs. Xiaomi China

This one quote explains why Samsung is feeling very nervous

By on August 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

This one quote explains why Samsung is feeling very nervous

Samsung is still in very good shape, especially when compared with rival Android vendors, but that doesn’t mean the company has no reason to be feeling nervous right now. The biggest thing that Samsung has to fear right now isn’t Apple but a host of up-and-coming Android vendors that are cranking out dirt-cheap phones with remarkably strong specifications. More →

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Opinions
Why Is Comcast So Bad

Think Comcast’s service sucks now? Just wait until it merges with TWC

By on August 14, 2014 at 1:43 PM.

Think Comcast’s service sucks now? Just wait until it merges with TWC

If they weren’t being paid ungodly sums to shill for one of America’s most hated companies, I’d almost feel sorry for Comcast’s top PR execs right now. The reason is because they now have an impossible task of trying to put out multiple fires all over the place as more and more customers are recording their interactions with the company and posting them all over the Internet, where they immediately go viral on Reddit and other hot social media sites. More →

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