T-Mobile Q4 2014 Earnings

T-Mobile went on an absolute rampage in 2014

By on January 7, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

T-Mobile went on an absolute rampage in 2014

T-Mobile wasn’t just the first major carrier in 2014 to announce groundbreaking new initiatives such as rollover data plans and paying off rivals’ early termination fees. It also posted insanely high net customer additions for a carrier that some had written off after years of decline. More →

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HTC Q4 2014 Earnings

Something amazing is happening at HTC: Its sales have stopped tanking

By on January 6, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

Something amazing is happening at HTC: Its sales have stopped tanking

HTC released another quarterly earnings report this week and once again the beleaguered Taiwanese company posted dismal resul… actually, wait. It didn’t! Bloomberg reports that HTC not only reported a better-than-expected profit of NT$470 million in Q4 2014 but it also posted year-over-year sales growth for the first time in more than three years. More →

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What Is Elon Musk Like To Work For

Anonymous SpaceX engineer reveals how crazy it is working for Elon Musk

By on January 1, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Anonymous SpaceX engineer reveals how crazy it is working for Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has drawn some comparisons to Apple cofounder Steve Jobs and at least one SpaceX employee thinks those comparisons are warranted. An anonymous SpaceX engineer took to Quora recently to tell the world what it’s really like working for Musk and it seems that he’s just as insanely demanding and difficult to work with as Jobs once was. More →

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Is Apple Doomed? No

Amazingly, someone still really thinks Apple is ‘doomed’

By on December 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM.

Amazingly, someone still really thinks Apple is ‘doomed’

At this time last year, it was fashionable to claim that Apple was “doomed” since the company hadn’t come out with a major new product category since the iPad, its iPhones were still smaller than what many smartphone users wanted and its share price was down significantly from its onetime peak in 2012. One year later, though, the notion that Apple is “doomed” seems downright foolish: The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are smash hits, the Apple Watch is on its way next year and the company’s share price has rocketed to record highs. More →

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Best Smartphone Company

Samsung topped Apple in 2014 to become America’s most beloved cell phone brand

Samsung topped Apple in 2014 to become America’s most beloved cell phone brand

By on December 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

Samsung had a very rough year in 2014. The company’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, was seen as a disappointment by most pundits and industry watchers. According to several reports, the phone also failed to meet internal sales estimates. Making matters far worse was Samsung’s performance in the most recent quarter, when immense pressure at the high and low ends of the smartphone market caused a shocking 60% drop in operating profit.

But Samsung will finish 2014 with a much-needed win. According to the results of a massive study, Samsung has passed Apple to become the most beloved cell phone maker in the United States. More →

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TWC Customer Satisfaction

Surprise: TWC and Comcast are the two most hated companies in America

Surprise: TWC and Comcast are the two most hated companies in America

By on December 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM.

Time Warner Cable and Comcast are two of the largest Internet and pay TV service providers in the country, and they are still pursuing efforts to undergo a merger that would create the single largest ISP in the country. If the merger is successful, that combined entity would also instantly be the most unpopular company in America.

According to the results of an extensive new study that many people will find unsurprising considering the results of similar surveys in the past, Time Warner Cable and Comcast are the two most hated brands in America. More →

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Why Is Flying So Expensive

Why airlines go out of their way to make flying miserable

By on December 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

Why airlines go out of their way to make flying miserable

Airlines may not be as hated as cable companies… but they’re pretty close. Anyone who has flown on a major airline in the past 15 years or more can tell you why: Airlines not only love cramming passengers into tiny seats but they also love nickel-and-diming them for baggage fees and other annoyances. Writing in The New Yorker, Tim Wu has written a comprehensive look at exactly why flying is such a miserable experience and why we shouldn’t expect it to get better anytime soon.

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Apple Vs Microsoft

Ghosts of Christmas past: Apple spent Christmas in the 1990s bashing Microsoft in ads

By on December 26, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

Ghosts of Christmas past: Apple spent Christmas in the 1990s bashing Microsoft in ads

Today, Apple is above it all. The company has retired its gloves for the time being, and it lets companies like Microsoft and Samsung land unanswered blows while Apple just sits back and enjoys being the most valuable technology company in history. It’s easy to stay quiet when your success does the talking, so Apple takes a different approach to commercials for the holidays now, and releases ads meant to move us.

Apple definitely didn’t always take the high road, though. The company used to pick fights all the time with its more successful rival Microsoft, and today we’re going to take a look back at how Apple spent the Christmas holiday back in the 1990s. More →

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Dish Vs. Comcast Time Warner Cable

Dish lists over 50 reasons why the Comcast-TWC merger is a terrible idea

By on December 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Dish lists over 50 reasons why the Comcast-TWC merger is a terrible idea

The Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is that rare proposal that’s such a bad idea that it actually brings people of all different political beliefs together. If you look at the website for Stop Mega Comcast, for instance, you’ll see both liberal groups such as Common Cause and conservative outfits such as Glen Beck’s The Blaze are both lined up in mutual opposition to the proposed deal. More →

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John Chen Vs. Tim Cook

BlackBerry’s CEO just missed being named CNN’s CEO of the Year

By on December 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM.

BlackBerry’s CEO just missed being named CNN’s CEO of the Year

It’s still too early to say BlackBerry is in great shape but the company is clearly much better off than it was a year ago when it looked like it was in its last throes. A lot of credit for this turnaround goes to CEO John Chen, who has helped the company stabilize its finances while also moving it away from relying on mobile device sales and more toward making money from enterprise software and services. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Inside the ingeniously sneaky tricks Comcast uses to get what it wants

By on December 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Inside the ingeniously sneaky tricks Comcast uses to get what it wants

One of the biggest mysteries in life is why a company that’s as universally hated as Comcast seems to get whatever it wants when it comes to merger approvals. Two new reports — one from Bloomberg and one from Washingtonian — give us some good insight into the bag of sneaky tricks that Comcast uses to get influential lawmakers, journalists and nonprofit organizations to stand by its side. More →

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Opinions
Apple China Factory Conditions Response

Apple’s response to the BBC’s sweatshop labor report is completely tone deaf

By on December 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

Apple’s response to the BBC’s sweatshop labor report is completely tone deaf

Apple is a terrific company in many ways but it often does not handle criticism all that well. Although there have been times when Apple has shown a commendable willingness to own up to its mistakes — Tim Cook’s apology for the Apple Maps fiasco is one example — just as often it will get overly defensive and will insist, despite evidence to the contrary, that it hasn’t made any mistakes. Recall the company’s initial response to “Antennagate,” in which it told customers that they were holding their phones the wrong way, to get an idea of what I’m talking about. More →

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