Why Are Apple Gadgets So Good

One chart helps explain why Apple’s hardware designs are so gorgeous

By on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

One chart helps explain why Apple’s hardware designs are so gorgeous

Why are Apple’s hardware designs so gorgeous? The answer might be simpler than you think: Because Apple pays for them. BusinessVibes has put together a chart based on data provided by Glassdoor that lists all the top salaries for different kinds of Apple employees and you won’t be surprised to know that the company puts a premium on hardware designers. More →

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Who Still Uses BlackBerry

U.K. prime minister explains why he won’t quit BlackBerry

By on August 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

U.K. prime minister explains why he won’t quit BlackBerry

David Cameron just can’t quit you, BlackBerry. In its latest in a series of blog posts touting government officials who still rely on BlackBerry for mobile communications, BlackBerry highlights why U.K. prime minister David Cameron is still sticking with the company despite all the troubles it’s gone through over the past few years. More →

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Google Employees Best Perks

This one fact alone will make you insanely jealous of Google employees

By on August 20, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

This one fact alone will make you insanely jealous of Google employees

Why do people love working at Google so much? There seem to be many reasons and one of them is without a doubt the fact that Google showers its employees with perks when they come into the office every day. Business Insider has scored an interview with Google’s former executive head chef Nate Keller, who tells the publication that by the time he left Google in 2008, he and his team were serving up to 40,000 free meals for Google employees per day.  More →

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Apple Share Price All Time High

‘Doomed’ Apple sees its stock close at an all-time high

By on August 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

‘Doomed’ Apple sees its stock close at an all-time high

Hey wait, wasn’t Apple supposed to have “disappeared” by now if it didn’t release the iWatch? Apparently the company didn’t the memo because as Bloomberg notes, its stock just closed trading at $100.56 on Tuesday, which is more than its previous split-adjusted all-time high of $100.30 that it hit back in 2012. All told, Apple now has a market cap approaching $600 billion, which still leaves it far ahead of top rivals Google ($397 billion market cap at the end of Tuesday’s trading) and Microsoft ($372.5 billion market cap at the end of Tuesday’s trading). If the iPhone 6 is as big a hit as many analysts predict, Apple’s stock price and market cap might have even more room to grow.

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Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board

End of an era: Steve Ballmer steps down from the Microsoft board

By on August 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

End of an era: Steve Ballmer steps down from the Microsoft board

Good news for new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: You won’t have to deal with former CEO Steve Ballmer watching your every move. Microsoft on Tuesday announced that the frequently combustible Ballmer would be stepping down from his post as one of Microsoft’s board of directors. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Newly leaked docs detail more horrors from Comcast’s customer service misery mill

By on August 19, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Newly leaked docs detail more horrors from Comcast’s customer service misery mill

Well looky here — The Verge has obtained some leaked documents detailing Comcast’s customer service representative training and… you’re not going to believe this… they make Comcast look pretty bad! More →

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Comcast FCC Commissioner Dinner

‘Insulted’ Comcast withdraws funding from FCC commissioner’s dinner

By on August 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

‘Insulted’ Comcast withdraws funding from FCC commissioner’s dinner

You see what you did, you meanies? You insulted Comcast so much that it’s decided not to spend $110,000 sponsoring a dinner to honor an FCC commissioner who will hold significant influence over the fate of its merger with Time Warner Cable. Deadline Hollywood reports that Comcast, which earlier this week said it was “insulting” to think there was anything shady about spending that much money to honor one of the most important telecom regulators in the country, said that it’s withdrawing funding for the dinner and that it’s asking that “there be no recognition of Comcast at the dinner.” More →

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Samsung Vs. Xiaomi China

This one quote explains why Samsung is feeling very nervous

By on August 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

This one quote explains why Samsung is feeling very nervous

Samsung is still in very good shape, especially when compared with rival Android vendors, but that doesn’t mean the company has no reason to be feeling nervous right now. The biggest thing that Samsung has to fear right now isn’t Apple but a host of up-and-coming Android vendors that are cranking out dirt-cheap phones with remarkably strong specifications. More →

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Opinions
Why Is Comcast So Bad

Think Comcast’s service sucks now? Just wait until it merges with TWC

By on August 14, 2014 at 1:43 PM.

Think Comcast’s service sucks now? Just wait until it merges with TWC

If they weren’t being paid ungodly sums to shill for one of America’s most hated companies, I’d almost feel sorry for Comcast’s top PR execs right now. The reason is because they now have an impossible task of trying to put out multiple fires all over the place as more and more customers are recording their interactions with the company and posting them all over the Internet, where they immediately go viral on Reddit and other hot social media sites. More →

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iPhone 6 Price

Will Apple really get away with charging $800 for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6?

By on August 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

Will Apple really get away with charging $800 for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6?

Mobile handset industry blogger demigod Horace Dediu has just made two fascinating points about the upcoming iPhone 6 phablet, referred to by some as the “iPhone Air.” First, he thinks the 5.5-inch iPhone will cost $800. Second, he does not think this will have any impact on the overall average sales price (ASP) of the iPhone range. More →

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Google Now HP Deal

Google nearly walked into a trap that even BlackBerry knew to avoid

By on August 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

Google nearly walked into a trap that even BlackBerry knew to avoid

Last month, when we heard the suggestion that BlackBerry should team up with HP to give its devices more of a presence in the enterprise, we called it the worst advice BlackBerry has ever received. What’s more, we expressed confidence that BlackBerry CEO John Chen was wise enough to avoid that particular pitfall given HP’s utterly disastrous history with designing and selling mobile products, low-lighted by its decision to buy and then quickly kill off Palm’s once-promising webOS platform. More →

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Comcast FCC Commissioner Clyburn Dinner

Comcast: It’s ‘insulting’ to think there’s anything shady about us paying $110,000 to honor an FCC commissioner

By on August 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Comcast: It’s ‘insulting’ to think there’s anything shady about us paying $110,000 to honor an FCC commissioner

Comcast really, really doesn’t like it when you talk about the enormous piles of cash it’s burning to jam its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable through the regulatory process. Comcast was not at all happy when we wrote about its decision to invite an attorney at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division to a Winter Olympics kickoff party less than a month before it announced its plan to merge with TWC, for instance. And now Politico reports that Comcast again finds itself in the midst of controversy after it recently revealed that it will be paying $110,000 to sponsor a dinner honoring current FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn. More →

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