Microsoft Layoffs Nokia Write-down Ballmer

Ballmer’s Final Blunder May Cost Microsoft Billions

By on July 8, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Ballmer’s Final Blunder May Cost Microsoft Billions

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was not a bad CEO. That said, he did make some pretty big mistakes that set the company back very far in the realm of mobile computing technology. Ballmer’s final blunder as CEO of Microsoft was his decision to pay $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia’s handset division back in 2013. It goes without saying that this move hasn’t exactly paid off for Microsoft so far and now The New York Times is reporting that it could cost the company billions more in lost revenue. More →

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It’s Time to Rain On Apple’s Parade

It’s Time to Rain On Apple’s Parade

By on July 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

In the March quarter this year, Apple posted a record $13.6 billion profit as the iPhone juggernaut continued to mow down rivals at the top of the global smartphone market. The company managed to sell 61 million iPhones in the quarter, maintaining impressive momentum following the all-time record 74.4 million iPhones Apple sold during the holiday quarter.

For the June quarter, analysts expect Apple’s impressive streak to continue. Estimates from respected analysts call for the company to sell as many as 53 million iPhones, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to draw business away from Android vendors.

Naturally, it’s time for the naysayers to chime in. More →

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Samsung Earnings Q2 2015

Even the Best Isn’t Good Enough When You’re Up Against the iPhone 6

Even the Best Isn’t Good Enough When You’re Up Against the iPhone 6

By on July 7, 2015 at 8:35 AM.

This past April, Samsung launched the two best Android smartphones the world has ever seen. They hit every note — in addition to the class-leading displays and blistering performance Samsung phones have always been known for, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge also featured gorgeous designs and premium materials.

Among Android phones, there are no better high-end options in the world than Samsung’s new flagship duo… but it still they still weren’t good enough to help Samsung where it mattered most. More →

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BlackBerry Android Phone

Blackberry Is Making an Android Phone… And It Will Probably Be a Disaster

Blackberry Is Making an Android Phone… And It Will Probably Be a Disaster

By on July 3, 2015 at 9:10 AM.

Optimistic investors have sent BlackBerry shares on a roller coaster ride over the past few years, but reality seems to be setting in. After briefly rocketing up to the $12 range in mid-January, the company’s stock has seen a gradual decline back to under $8, down about 27.5% so far in 2015. Brief runs of optimism are quickly offset by the recurring realization that BlackBerry doesn’t seem any closer to finding its place in the new mobile landscape today than it was a few years ago.

Will an Android phone save the company? No, almost certainly not. More →

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Paris Triangle Tower Skyscraper Project

Paris Approves Its First Skyscraper in 42 Years – But It Has to Be ‘Invisible’

By on July 3, 2015 at 8:35 AM.

Paris Approves Its First Skyscraper in 42 Years – But It Has to Be ‘Invisible’

France can be very demanding when it comes to certain things, such as Uber or Airbnb’s conquest of Paris, as you may have recently discovered. Therefore, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Paris stood firmly against skyscrapers in the city for 42 years, at least until one “invisible” tower design came along. More →

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T-Mobile Vs Sprint

Sprint CEO Lashes Out at T-Mobile’s John Legere, Says He’s Tired of Uncarrier ‘Bulls**t’

By on July 2, 2015 at 10:25 AM.

Sprint CEO Lashes Out at T-Mobile’s John Legere, Says He’s Tired of Uncarrier ‘Bulls**t’

T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO is known to rattle off expletives when discussing his rivals, but Sprint CEO Marco Claure gave John Legere a taste of his own medicine on Thursday morning when he launched into a tirade and accused Legere of misleading subscribers. More →

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Apple Secrecy

This Story Perfectly Illustrates How Insanely Secretive Apple Was Under Steve Jobs

By on July 2, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

This Story Perfectly Illustrates How Insanely Secretive Apple Was Under Steve Jobs

The Apple of 2015 is a brand new Apple, with a culture that appears to be vastly different from how it was just a few short years ago. We’re not saying it’s any better or worse, but it’s clearly different. Steve Jobs’s Apple appeared from the outside to be all business all the time, and countless accounts we’ve read mirror that sentiment. Today, Apple executives are quite literally dancing in the streets.

It would be hard to argue that either approach is a bad one. Jobs’s Apple grew from the brink of bankruptcy to the top of the world, and Cook’s Apple has continued to grow, with a market cap that now sits at more than $720 billion.

Sometimes we forget how closed and secretive Jobs’s Apple really was though, and now a new story illustrates it perfectly. More →

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Netflix Cord Cutting Study

Changing the Game: Study Reaffirms the Massive Impact Netflix is Having on Pay TV

Changing the Game: Study Reaffirms the Massive Impact Netflix is Having on Pay TV

By on June 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

The term “game-changer” isn’t always a meaningless buzzword, despite its overuse across every corner of the technology industry. There are, in fact, companies that truly have changed the game, and there is little question that Netflix can be counted among them. It wasn’t the first site to offer streaming movies and TV shows, but it certainly popularized the practice of streaming your entertainment rather than watching it on TV. It has also had a profound impact on the pay TV industry, helping prompt a growing number of people to cancel their cable and satellite TV packages in favor of web-based viewing.

Now, a new study shows that Netflix may have had an even more profound impact on pay TV than most people realize. More →

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Google Search Results Skewed

New Study Says Google’s Self-Promotion Ruins Search Results for Users

By on June 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

New Study Says Google’s Self-Promotion Ruins Search Results for Users

When you search for “maps” on Google, what do you think you’ll see at the top of the results page? How about when you search for “calendar,” “photos” or “music”?

From your perspective, it might make sense that Google’s services appear before anyone else’s when searching on Google, but a recent study from two U.S. academics explains how Google might be violating competition laws and having an overall negative impact on its users by promoting its own content and services. More →

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Apple Vs Samsung

Apple Continues to Crush Samsung Where It Matters Most

Apple Continues to Crush Samsung Where It Matters Most

By on June 29, 2015 at 12:14 PM.

Samsung’s meteoric rise to the top of the smartphone market by shipment volume is an old story by now, but that doesn’t make it any less incredible. In no time at all, the company seemingly came from out of nowhere to keep its impossible promise and rocket past all rivals.

While Samsung continues to dominate by market share and ship more smartphones than other top smartphone companies by a huge margin, it still can’t seem to come anywhere close to catching up with Apple where it matters most. More →

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Rent Crowd Service Politicians Office President

There’s a Real Company That Hires Fake Supporters to Cheer on Political Candidates

By on June 24, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

There’s a Real Company That Hires Fake Supporters to Cheer on Political Candidates

Let’s say you’re Donald Trump and you’re running for president despite the fact that a huge majority of the country hates you. How would you attract supporters to your rallies? Well it turns out that you can pay people to come cheer you on during speeches, and there’s a company out there that’s been founded specifically to help political campaigns fill up their events with fake supporters. More →

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