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Ex-iOS boss Scott Forstall resurfaces in a place you wouldn’t expect

By on April 17, 2015 at 12:20 PM.

Ex-iOS boss Scott Forstall resurfaces in a place you wouldn’t expect

In late 2012, Apple’s iOS chief Scott Forstall was unceremoniously let go from the company he helped bring back to greatness. A longtime Steve Jobs lieutenant, Forstall was the key software head responsible for bringing the iPhone into existence, and just as importantly, for developing the first iOS SDK.

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Apple Environmental Sustainability

Why Apple just bought 36,000 acres of forest land

By on April 16, 2015 at 5:35 PM.

Why Apple just bought 36,000 acres of forest land

Together with The Conservation Fund, Apple on Thursday announced its plan to acquire upwards of 36,000 acres of forest land in the eastern United States, in Maine and North Carolina to be precise. The purpose behind the purchase is that so Apple can exert even further control over its paper supply chain, thus ensuring that the paper used in its packaging and marketing materials come from sustainably managed wood sources.

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iPhone Sales vs PC Sales 2015

In 2015, iPhone sales may finally overtake Windows PC sales

By on April 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

In 2015, iPhone sales may finally overtake Windows PC sales

Over the past few years, PC sales have been on a steady decline. Considering the universal popularity of the smartphone, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but over at Asymco, Horace Dediu has put together some fascinating projections that you might not have expected to see in 2015. More →

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iPad and MacBook Display Samsung

Not an April Fools joke: Samsung has team of 200 employees working only for Apple

By on April 15, 2015 at 3:51 PM.

Not an April Fools joke: Samsung has team of 200 employees working only for Apple

Samsung is apparently very interested in accommodating Apple’s needs, as the South Korean giant has created a standalone team of 200 employees that’s working exclusively on displays that will be used in iPads and MacBooks. More →

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Google Search and Android Antitrust

Google’s EU antitrust nightmare is just getting started

By on April 15, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Google’s EU antitrust nightmare is just getting started

The European Union is taking its probe into Google’s search practices to new heights, Bloomberg reports, bringing antitrust charges against the company after four years of investigations. The two parties tried and failed to settle the matter three times in the previous years, and now the European Commission is moving to the next step. Furthermore, on top of looking for clear answers from Google on the Search side, the European Commission will also investigate its Android-related business practices. More →

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Obama CTO Interview

Life after Obama: Why the president’s 2012 campaign CTO left politics

Life after Obama: Why the president’s 2012 campaign CTO left politics

By on April 13, 2015 at 1:10 PM.

For the next chapter of their careers, two prominent technologists from the Obama 2012 re-election campaign decided to trade politics for the startup life, building some of their experiences and insights from the campaign into the foundation of their newly launched Chicago-based venture called Modest.

Modest’s co-founders are Harper Reed, the highly regarded CTO of the Obama 2012 campaign, and Dylan Richard, the campaign’s director of engineering. Reed tells BGR that he and Richard had been “hovering around ideas” about how to improve the e-commerce experience on mobile for a while now, well before the campaign. Outside of politics, for example, Reed’s past experience includes a stint as the CTO at T-shirt design company Threadless, while Richard is, in addition to a fellow Threadless vet, a former developer for Crate & Barrel. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast customer had trouble cancelling his service even after his house burned to the ground

By on April 8, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Comcast customer had trouble cancelling his service even after his house burned to the ground

As we’ve seen in the past, it can be really, really hard to cancel your Comcast service. TwinCities.com brings us the story of a man from St. Paul, Minnesota whose entire house tragically burned to the ground, leaving nothing behind… except for his Comcast service and the prospect of being billed for it. More →

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What Is Working At Apple Really Like

Apple employee quits his job, spills dirt on ‘what really goes on’ there

By on April 8, 2015 at 3:21 PM.

Apple employee quits his job, spills dirt on ‘what really goes on’ there

Working at Apple is a dream job for some but a nightmare for others, particularly those who value having free time. Via Business Insider, an ex-Apple employee named Ben Farrell recently quit his job at the company and penned a not-too-happy blog post about what it’s really like to work for the company. It goes without saying that Farrell, who “spent two years in the Apple camp managing customer service improvement for their technical support contact centers,” seems very happy to no longer be working at the company. More →

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Comcast Vs. DirecTV Rob Lowe Ads

Comcast’s whining may have succeeded in killing DirecTV’s Rob Lowe ads

By on April 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Comcast’s whining may have succeeded in killing DirecTV’s Rob Lowe ads

Whenever your rivals complain to the Council of Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division, one of two things are possible: Your ad is either really deceptive or it’s really effective. Comcast last year scored some points for going after a particularly deceptive AT&T ad that bragged about having “the fastest Internet for the price” for a 3Mbps service that cost $30 per month. However, the company’s latest complaint about DirecTV’s hugely effective ad campaign starring Rob Lowe doesn’t strike us as nearly as persuasive. More →

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Apple Watch and Retina MacBook

Even Apple doesn’t understand its fans’ ridiculous need to line up outside stores for days

By on April 7, 2015 at 2:28 PM.

Even Apple doesn’t understand its fans’ ridiculous need to line up outside stores for days

You’ll have no problem spotting an Apple retail store when a new iPhone is launched, as fans usually line up for days in advance to make sure they get their hands on the upcoming new toy. However, Apple has apparently decided to change the perspective of its customers in this regard by convincing them to order devices from Apple.com rather than lining up for a device they might not get on release day. Obtained by Business Insider, an internal Apple memo on the matter from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts reveals the company wants to change the way customers shop starting with the upcoming Apple Watch and Retina MacBook launches. More →

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Google Twitter Takeover Rumors

Could Google be planning a Twitter takeover?

By on April 7, 2015 at 11:56 AM.

Could Google be planning a Twitter takeover?

Following discussion of a potential takeover bid on Tuesday morning, Twitter shares soared to over $52, a 3.5% increase over yesterday. Although there are very few details to go off of, Barron’s reports that two unnamed companies are approaching Twitter with “serious” interest of a takeover.

One of those companies could very well be Google.

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Samsung Earnings Q1 2015

Samsung and HTC both rebounded in Q1 with surprisingly strong earnings

By on April 7, 2015 at 9:20 AM.

Samsung and HTC both rebounded in Q1 with surprisingly strong earnings

Sales of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are thought to have remained incredibly strong during the first calendar quarter of 2015, but that seemingly wasn’t enough to hold Samsung and HTC back from showing some serious signs of life. Both Android phone makers posted their unaudited first-quarter results early Tuesday morning, and both companies impressed investors with better-than-expected numbers. More →

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