Xiaomi vs. Apple Samsung

This smartphone maker says it’ll be bigger than Apple and Samsung soon

By on November 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM.

This smartphone maker says it’ll be bigger than Apple and Samsung soon

The rivalry between Apple and Samsung receives more attention that any other battle in the smartphone world, but while the two heavy hitters were duking it out, a small Chinese phone maker swiftly ascended to the No. 3 spot in the industry. Xiaomi, founded in 2010, has surpassed some of the market’s biggest names, including Sony, LG and HTC.

According to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, this is just the beginning. More →

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BlackBerry Samsung Partnership

BlackBerry and Samsung join forces to take on Apple

By on November 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

BlackBerry and Samsung join forces to take on Apple

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Apple’s iOS platform recently started to make waves in the enterprise space, and some analysts suggested it could mean curtains for BlackBerry. Of course, BlackBerry shares are up more than 75% over the past 12 months, so the company isn’t quite down for the count despite its diminished market share.

And now, BlackBerry has joined forces with Apple’s archrival in an effort to combat Apple as it turns up the heat in the mobile enterprise market. More →

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Wozniak on iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks large iPhones launched too late

By on November 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks large iPhones launched too late

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told CNN Money in an interview that Apple could have done a better job of battling Samsung in past years by launching a big-screen iPhone earlier than it did. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are Apple’s first iPhones to tout significantly larger displays, with screens measuring 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively, and the company is currently selling as many iPhone 6 units as it can make, according to its most recent quarterly earnings call. More →

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Microsoft Nadella Vs. Ballmer

Why Microsoft’s new CEO took a hatchet to Ballmer’s ‘devices and services’ plan

By on November 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Why Microsoft’s new CEO took a hatchet to Ballmer’s ‘devices and services’ plan

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has done things very differently from the way former CEO Steve Ballmer used to do business, although toward the end of his term Ballmer recognized that Microsoft seriously needed to change to remain a dominant force in the tech world. Ballmer’s strategy was to reposition Microsoft as a “devices and services” company that would produce its own hardware that acted as a showcase for its software and services such as Microsoft Office, Azure and more. More →

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Apple Spaceship Campus Drone Video

Drone captures incredible HD video footage of Apple’s new spaceship campus

By on November 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Drone captures incredible HD video footage of Apple’s new spaceship campus

Apple’s new California headquarters will be like nothing the world has ever seen once it’s finished. Actually, it’s already like nothing the world has ever seen — the increased popularity of privately owned drones and action cameras like GoPro models means that the world gets glimpses of footage that would have otherwise never been captured.

We’ve seen drone fly by footage of Apple’s upcoming new campus in the past, and now we get an incredible new high-definition look at the facility thanks to a newly published video. More →

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Jony Ive Newton MessagePad 110

The little-known story of Jony Ive’s first Apple product design

By on November 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

The little-known story of Jony Ive’s first Apple product design

Jony Ive hasn’t always been the tech design colossus that he is today — in fact, it turns out that his highly acclaimed design chops had very humble origins at Apple. Business Insider has published an excerpt from Leander Kahney’s book Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products that details Ive’s first time heading up an Apple design project, in this case the Newton MessagePad 110 that was a sequel to the first-generation Newton that infamously failed to set the tech world on fire in the early 1990s. More →

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AT&T Acquires Lusacell

AT&T announces major $2.5 billion acquisition that takes it into uncharted territory

By on November 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

AT&T announces major $2.5 billion acquisition that takes it into uncharted territory

AT&T on Friday afternoon announced a major deal that, if approved, will see the United States’ No. 2 wireless carrier become a major player in Mexico as well. The company announced that it has reached a deal to acquire Mexican wireless service provider lusacell from Grupo Salinas for $2.5 billion. The deal includes all of lusacell’s spectrum licenses, network assets and retail stores. lusacell currently serves 8.6 million subscribers and, according to AT&T, its network covers 70% of the population of Mexico. More →

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Apple GT Advanced Bankruptcy Filing

The saga of Apple and its bankrupt sapphire supplier gets weirder by the day

By on November 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

The saga of Apple and its bankrupt sapphire supplier gets weirder by the day

There’s nothing funny about a company going bankrupt in and of itself, but we have to admit the dispute between Apple and its now-bankrupt sapphire supplier GT-Advanced Technologies is actually pretty amusing simply because it’s so strange. In the first place, we found it a bit funny when Apple said it was “surprised” that GT decided to file for bankruptcy since it was apparently a withheld Apple payment that sent the company into a downward spiral. Now 9to5Mac has highlighted some more strange details of the feud between the companies that allegedly show how Apple employs comically brutal negotiating tactics with suppliers. More →

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Sprint Earnings Report SoftBank

Sprint’s stench is rubbing off on SoftBank too

By on November 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Sprint’s stench is rubbing off on SoftBank too

It’s been more than two years since Japanese mobile powerhouse SoftBank bought Sprint and the carrier is still a complete mess that’s losing both money and postpaid subscribers each quarter with depressing regularity. Now Bloomberg reports that the sick man of American wireless isn’t just hurting itself anymore but is now hurting its parent company — or, some might say, its Framily company. More →

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Microsoft Dropbox Office Deal

Microsoft’s huge Dropbox deal is the latest evidence Nadella is much wiser than Ballmer

By on November 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM.

Microsoft’s huge Dropbox deal is the latest evidence Nadella is much wiser than Ballmer

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was a very bright guy and capable CEO who also had a very bad habit of casually brushing off competitors who actually deserved to be taken very seriously. Recall his infamous dismissals of the iPhone and of Android, for example, to see how Ballmer ridiculing a product became a reverse-kiss-of-death — in other words, Ballmer trashing a rival offering was almost a guarantee that it would become a success. More →

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Sprint Q2 2014 Earnings

Despite its new CEO, Sprint continues to be an unmitigated disaster

By on November 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM.

Despite its new CEO, Sprint continues to be an unmitigated disaster

Sprint may have a new CEO, but it’s still putting out the same dismal quarterly earnings reports. In its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings released Monday, Sprint posted a net loss of $0.19 per share, or more than triple the consensus estimate of a loss of $0.06 per share. The company also missed on its revenue expectations as its quarterly revenues of $8.49 billion were less than the consensus estimate of $8.59 billion.  More →

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Google Andy Rubin Quits

Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubator

By on October 31, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubator

Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android and former Android Guru inside Google, is leaving the company to start a tech incubator for start-ups that want to build hardware, The New York Times reports. After being removed from the Android team last year and replaced with Sundar Pichai, Rubin was put in charge of Google’s new robotics division. More →

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