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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Google Oculus Rift Rival Presentation

Google is investing in a virtual reality company that could be even cooler than Oculus

By on October 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Google is investing in a virtual reality company that could be even cooler than Oculus

The Oculus Rift has become a name that’s synonymous with virtual reality gaming, but Google hopes to also get in on the action with a new investment in a company called Magic Leap. Originally reported by Re/Code, Magic Leap is calling its technology “cinematic reality,” and Google is planning to invest millions of dollars to make this virtual reality an actual reality. More →

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Amazon Apple U2 Songs of Innocence

Amazon trolls Apple for forcing U2’s new album on its users

By on October 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM.

Amazon trolls Apple for forcing U2’s new album on its users

On Monday, Apple finally wrapped up its U2 “Songs of Innocence” album giveaway for iTunes customers. The release led 26 million iTunes users to download the album, and 81 million users to “experience” it. Now, Amazon is picking up the album and giving it to Amazon Prime subscribers through Amazon Prime Music.

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Google Express Shopping

Here’s why Google wants to know everything about you

Here’s why Google wants to know everything about you

By on October 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

Google doesn’t just want you to search for products you want to buy anymore. It wants you to buy them with help from Google.

In a post on its official blog, Google announced that it is expanding its same-day shopping service, now known as Google Express, to Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C., adding another 7 million people to the 12 million people who have access to the service in Northern California. More →

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T-Mobile Illiad Merger News

Yet another carrier has given up trying to buy T-Mobile

By on October 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Yet another carrier has given up trying to buy T-Mobile

Is the “Un-carrier” unsellable? Bloomberg reports that French carrier Illiad has now given up its bid to buy T-Mobile from parent company Deutsche Telekom, thus making it the second carrier to fail at acquiring the scrappy mobile operator this year. Apparently Illiad decided to withdraw its bid after upping its offer to $36 per share to acquire 67% of the company, which was a boost from the $33 per share it offered to acquire 56.6% of the company this past summer. Despite this higher offer, Deutsche Telekom apparently remained uninterested in the proposal. More →

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Apple Vs. Finland Credit Rating

Contrary to popular belief, Apple has not singlehandedly killed Finland

By on October 13, 2014 at 6:03 PM.

Contrary to popular belief, Apple has not singlehandedly killed Finland

In an interview with CNBC, Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb jokingly said that Apple was responsible for killing off Finland’s two big economic “champions”: The once-mighty Nokia and its paper industry.
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iPhone 6 Release Date

These are the iPhone 6’s next major steps toward world domination

By on October 13, 2014 at 5:34 PM.

These are the iPhone 6’s next major steps toward world domination

On Monday, Apple announced that it will continue its rollout of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to an additional 36 countries this month. This will bring the total number to 69 countries. The latest round of launches will begin with China, India and Monaco on October 17th, and then progress to Israel on October 23rd.

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GT Advanced Bankruptcy Apple

Internal document reveals the insane penalty Apple partners pay for leaking product info

By on October 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

Internal document reveals the insane penalty Apple partners pay for leaking product info

When you’re a part of a big company and working on projects with Apple, you might find yourself with a desire to leak information about a product. Of course, this type of thing could land your company with a huge penalty because that information is obviously confidential. In fact, court filings in GT Advanced Technologies’ bankruptcy proceedings have revealed that Apple imposes an insane $50 million dollar penalty when a supplier leaks information. More →

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Working With Steve Jobs

Former Apple employee dishes dirt on what it was like work for Steve Jobs

By on October 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

Former Apple employee dishes dirt on what it was like work for Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs has become something of a legend, which isn’t very surprising considering the profound and lasting impact he had on personal computing. Jobs and his cohorts changed the world, having played a crucial role in the proliferation of PCs and the shift to mobile computing platforms. Of course, he also built the most valuable technology company of all time in the process. As is often the case with disruptive individuals, working for Steve Jobs wasn’t always easy, as we’ve read time and time again when ex-Apple executives speak up and give us the inside scoop on what it was like to work for Jobs.

Now, a former employee of both NeXT and Apple has dished some dirt on what it was like to work for Jobs, and he says the late Apple co-founder was even more intense than we’ve read in the past. More →

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Apple GT Advanced Sapphire Plant

How the iPhone 6 may have forced Apple to bankrupt its own sapphire supplier

By on October 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

How the iPhone 6 may have forced Apple to bankrupt its own sapphire supplier

By far the strangest story to pop up this week has been the surprise bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced Technologies, which had been Apple’s top supplier of sapphire for displays of the Apple Watch and other devices. The Wall Street Journal now reports that GT Advanced is looking to get out of the sapphire business all together “after a failed effort to produce material for Apple’s smartphone screens.” More →

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Jony Ive on iPhone and Apple Watch Design

Way before the iconic iPhone, this strange contraption was Jony Ive’s first award-winning phone design

By on October 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM.

Way before the iconic iPhone, this strange contraption was Jony Ive’s first award-winning phone design

Apple’s design guru Jony Ive, who was interviewed recently by Bloomberg Businessweek and Vogue, on Thursday night appeared in a rare on-stage interview at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, where he talked about design before and after Apple, and Apple products. Ive even showed off a strange looking phone he designed for a contest decades ago, a contest that he eventually won.

“The Thing looks really weird,” Business Insider wrote. “It had a microphone that you held in front of your face.” More →

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