Apple Vs. Tesla Employees

Apple and Tesla are already fierce rivals, but not in the way you think

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

Apple and Tesla are already fierce rivals, but not in the way you think

Let’s get this out of the way: Apple won’t be making its own car anytime soon, nor will Tesla be making its own smartphone. However, that doesn’t mean Apple and Tesla aren’t already fierce rivals when it comes to recruiting one another’s employees. More →

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Comcast Vs. Dish Vs. Charter Vs. TWC

Congrats, Comcast: You’re now only America’s second most hated pay TV provider

By on February 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Congrats, Comcast: You’re now only America’s second most hated pay TV provider

For the past year, Comcast has ruled the roost as America’s most disliked pay TV provider but this year it seems it has some major competition. Via Bloomberg, a new Harris poll of more than 27,000 American consumers found that Dish was actually the most disliked pay TV provider and was in fact America’s third-most hated company overall.

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast’s latest epic blunder: Calling a 63-year-old woman ‘super b*tch’ on her bill

By on February 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

Comcast’s latest epic blunder: Calling a 63-year-old woman ‘super b*tch’ on her bill

The Comcast customer who got called an “a**hole” on her monthly bill can rejoice — she’s got company. Chicago’s WGN TV reports that 63-year-old Mary Bauer of Addison, Illinois was recently shocked when she found that her latest Comcast bill was addressed to someone named “Super B*tch Bauer.” More →

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What It's Like To Work At Apple

Anonymous insiders reveal what it’s like to work at Apple

By on February 5, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Anonymous insiders reveal what it’s like to work at Apple

From the outside, it’s easy to forget that it takes the combined effort of tens or even hundreds of thousands of people to conceptualize, create, deliver and market the gadgets we rely on every day. From toasters to televisions and everything in between, these devices would never come to be without everything that goes on behind the scenes. Since Apple is one of the more secretive companies out there, it’s particularly intriguing when we get a peek behind the Cupertino curtain to see what it’s like working there.

We’ve gotten a few peeks behind Apple’s curtain before, but now tons of new insights from Apple insiders have been made available. More →

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Microsoft CEO Nadella Vs. Ballmer

Does Ballmer’s shadow still loom over Microsoft?

By on February 4, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

Does Ballmer’s shadow still loom over Microsoft?

It’s been a year since Satya Nadella took over but there’s some debate among Microsoft observers over just how much he’s left his stamp on the company. On the one hand, we have The Wall Street Journal’s Shira Ovide, who writes that Nadella has drastically changed Microsoft’s approach to dealing with Silicon Valley. On the other, we have Ars Technica’s Peter Bright, who argues that Microsoft remains Ballmer’s company despite giving Nadella credit for changing its overall image. More →

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Apple Earnings Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review: Apple is in trouble and it’s trying to hide it by reporting record profits

By on February 4, 2015 at 2:20 PM.

Harvard Business Review: Apple is in trouble and it’s trying to hide it by reporting record profits

When Apple announced its record-crushing earnings last week, we wondered where were all the people who had been doom-mongering about the company for the past couple of years. While it seemed at the time that “Apple-is-doomed” hot takes had fallen out of favor, Professor Juan Pablo Vazquez Sampere gives it the old college try writing for the Harvard Business Review with a particularly unique spin on the old formula: Namely, Tim Cook is using Apple’s record earnings to distract you from the fact that it’s out of ideas! More →

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iPhone Sales

The iPhone was a ‘flop’… and look where Apple is now

By on February 4, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

The iPhone was a ‘flop’… and look where Apple is now

What does success look like? Well, it looks exactly like the iPhone. I just can’t seem to get this ridiculously stupid CNN article from earlier this morning out of my head, and I did some digging as a result. In case you missed my tirade, a CNN reporter essentially asserted that the Apple Watch will be a flop because it won’t instantly represent a substantial portion of Apple’s revenue.

Ugh, indeed.

At the end of my post, I noted that the iPhone was obviously a flop as well in 2007, if one applies the same logic. So now, let’s see what that flop looks like today. More →

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Apple Watch Sales

The stupidest thing you’ll read today: ‘The Apple Watch will flop’

The stupidest thing you’ll read today: ‘The Apple Watch will flop’

By on February 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

Ahh, the bitter battle for page views. Sometimes it leads bloggers and journalists to pay closer attention to what readers want, constantly tweaking their content to amplify what works and avoid what doesn’t. But sometimes, it causes a writer or an editor to slap a horrible headline on an otherwise boring and obvious post. It all started decades ago when broadcast journalists discovered they could scare viewers into tuning in to the 10 o’clock news with chilling teasers that didn’t always represent actual upcoming reports.

Now, it has led us here, to CNN’s Wednesday morning masterpiece: “The Apple Watch will flop. Here’s why.” More →

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Lenovo Motorola Merger Sales

Lenovo’s decision to buy Motorola is actually starting to make sense

By on February 3, 2015 at 6:20 PM.

Lenovo’s decision to buy Motorola is actually starting to make sense

There was a lot of head scratching when Lenovo decided to take Motorola off Google’s hands, especially since the iconic phone manufacturer had become a complete financial albatross. However, one year later the deal is starting to look much better and Lenovo because its newest smartphones have sold much better than expected in China. More →

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iPhone 6 vs. Android Handsets

How Apple beat Android the Tim Cook way

By on February 3, 2015 at 3:25 PM.

How Apple beat Android the Tim Cook way

Rather than tumultuously and publicly raging against Android device makers and committing major resources to a thermonuclear war against Google and its Android partners (which is how Steve Jobs did it while at the helm of Apple), Tim Cook decided to take a different, sneakier approach to defeating Android. A new Forbes article says that Cook basically “defused” Jobs’s thermonuclear threat, “then he took down Android.” And he did it quietly even though the CEO was never afraid to call out competitors in public — just see his stance on Android malware or privacy matters. More →

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Galaxy S6 Launch

Is this a bad sign for Samsung’s Galaxy S6?

By on February 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Is this a bad sign for Samsung’s Galaxy S6?

As we reported on Monday, Samsung is now less than a month away from the unveiling of its most important new smartphone in years. The company’s profits have plummeted in the past two quarters thanks to increased pressure at the low end from Chinese smartphone vendors, and then at the high end from Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now, all eyes turn to the Galaxy S6 to see how Samsung plans to respond to Apple’s new iPhones.

Unfortunately, we may have our first sign that the Galaxy S6 isn’t quite the jumpstart Samsung needs to turn things around. More →

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Apple Q1 Earnings

This great visualization explains where Apple’s monstrous piles of money come from

By on February 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

This great visualization explains where Apple’s monstrous piles of money come from

Apple pulled in $74.6 billion in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014. Let that sink in for a moment: seventy-four point six billion dollars. That figure is absolutely staggering; it’s more revenue than Google took in all year in 2014. What’s even crazier might be the fact that the lion’s share of Apple’s $74.6 billion in revenue is from sales of the iPhone, a product that didn’t even exist eight years ago. More →

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