Why Working At Google Is Awesome

One employee explains why working at Google is even better than you think

By on October 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

One employee explains why working at Google is even better than you think

Every year, employee surveys confirm that Google is one of, if not the, best places to work in the United States. The reasons for this are manifold: Google obsessively monitors its employees to make sure they’re happy and offers a ridiculous amount of perks to make working at the company as fun as work can possibly be. But that’s not all — Business Insider flags an essay written by a Google employee on Quora that explains why working at the company is even better than what we previously thought. More →

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Apple Pay Vs. CurrentC

Walmart and CVS are insane for blocking Apple Pay

By on October 27, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Walmart and CVS are insane for blocking Apple Pay

So now we know that Apple Pay and Google Wallet have been disabled at stores such as Walmart, CVS and RiteAid because these retailers have banded together to make their own mobile payments platform called CurrentC. While these merchants no doubt think that CurrentC will be a winner for them, the truth is it will probably be about as successful as mobile carriers’ failed attempts to build their own mobile payment systems, if not less so. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Sales Numbers

The brutal numbers behind Amazon’s massive Fire Phone flop

By on October 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM.

The brutal numbers behind Amazon’s massive Fire Phone flop

We’ve known for a while that Amazon’s Fire Phone is this year’s version of the Microsoft Kin or the Facebook-centric HTC First — that is, it’s a phone that is destined to go down as one of the biggest bombs in smartphone history. CNET takes a look at Amazon’s earnings report released on Thursday and brings us some new numbers that show us just how big of a flop the Fire Phone has really been. More →

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Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone

This is what Microsoft’s worst decision yet looks like

By on October 24, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

This is what Microsoft’s worst decision yet looks like

After purchasing the mobile arm of Nokia, Microsoft decided that all Nokia branding from its Windows Phone mobile devices must go, and instead be replaced by Lumia. The company is ready to make the transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia, and has posted images of what the new branding will look like on the Nokia blog. More →

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Apple GT Advanced Technologies Bankruptcy Explained

Apple drops hints about why its sapphire supplier went bankrupt

By on October 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Apple drops hints about why its sapphire supplier went bankrupt

The most surprising Apple-related story over the past few weeks hasn’t had anything to do with leaked gadgets — instead, it’s been about GT Advanced Technologies, the company that was a major supplier of sapphire screens for Apple products that shockingly filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month. More →

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AT&T Q3 2014 Earnings

The mobile price wars may finally be starting to sting AT&T

By on October 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM.

The mobile price wars may finally be starting to sting AT&T

Wireless price wars are good for consumers but not-so-great for carriers’ bottom lines. AT&T on Wednesday reported earnings of $0.63 per share on revenues of $32.96 billion, which slightly missed the consensus estimate of $0.64 per share on revenues of $33.22 billion. But while AT&T’s earnings only just missed expectations, Bloomberg reports that the company also cut its estimates for revenue growth on the year amid fierce competition with smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint. More →

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere Vs. AT&T Verizon

Research suggests Legere is singlehandedly dragging some customers away from rivals

By on October 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM.

Research suggests Legere is singlehandedly dragging some customers away from rivals

John Legere might literally be the first — and likely last — American telecom CEO to have his own personality cult. Research firm Comlinkdata has analyzed 2.7 million of social media messages posted on Twitter for the past three years of people who said that they were switching to a rival carrier and found that “John Legere” was one of the more commonly cited reasons for people switching from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. More →

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Apple Pay Loyalty Program

New report reveals how Apple plans to get you hooked on Apple Pay

By on October 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM.

New report reveals how Apple plans to get you hooked on Apple Pay

Google is pretty savvy when it comes to getting consumers to adopt new technology, but even it couldn’t get Android fans to use Google Wallet with any consistency. Via MacRumors, a new report from BankInnovation claims that Apple is planning to roll out an Apple Pay loyalty program that will start offering users some great rewards by the end of the year. More →

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Google Android Fragmentation Problems

Google is trying to stop Android from spiraling out of its control

By on October 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM.

Google is trying to stop Android from spiraling out of its control

You know how whenever you pick up an Android phone, it comes preloaded with Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and other key Google apps? Well, it’s not like that everywhere in the world. In fact, in China it’s quite common to find Android phones that have no native Google apps on them. More →

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Tim Cook Letter

Here’s the letter CEO Tim Cook sent to employees following Apple’s monster Q4

By on October 21, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Here’s the letter CEO Tim Cook sent to employees following Apple’s monster Q4

Apple absolutely crushed its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings. Even the most bullish estimates were light when Apple revealed on Monday that it racked up a massive $8.5 billion net profit on $42.12 billion in sales — both records for the September quarter. The company sold 39.3 million new iPhone handsets in the quarter, which was also a record that was undoubtedly made possible by Apple’s huge iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch last month.

To congratulate his team on Apple’s record-smashing quarter, Cook sent the following internal letter to his staff: More →

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Verizon Earnings Q3 2014

Verizon misses estimates in Q3, adds 1.5 million net retail customers

By on October 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Verizon misses estimates in Q3, adds 1.5 million net retail customers

Verizon on Tuesday posts mixed earnings results for the third quarter. The nation’s top carrier reported earnings of $0.89 per share, missing analysts’ EPS consensus of $0.92, but revenue was up 4.3% sequentially to $31.6 billion, narrowly topping the Street’s estimate of $31.57 billion. Verizon said it added more than 1.53 million net new retail subscribers, including 1.52 million postpaid customers. The carrier’s total retail connection count rose more than 5% to 106.2 million. More →

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Not even Apple’s powers can make Apple Pay an overnight hit

By on October 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Not even Apple’s powers can make Apple Pay an overnight hit

As Google quickly found out with Google Wallet, making NFC-enabled mobile payments a staple feature of American consumer behavior is much easier said than done. Apple seemingly knows this, which is why it’s cautioning that its users shouldn’t expect to have Apple Pay accepted everywhere by every store right out of the gate. More →

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