Apple Green Energy Review

Greenpeace applauds Apple’s ‘commitment to renewable energy’

By on April 3, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Greenpeace applauds Apple’s ‘commitment to renewable energy’

Three years ago, Apple was slammed by Greenpeace for being one of the dirtiest tech companies in the industry, due in part to its decision to locate its data center in North Carolina. In 2014, Apple appears to have made a complete recovery as Greenpeace now lists Apple as one of the leaders of “green internet” innovation. The latest report from Greenpeace awards Apple straight A ratings in transparency, policy and advocacy, and a B in efficiency. More →

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Apple Novauris Technologies Acquisition

Apple isn’t taking Cortana’s challenge lying down

By on April 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Apple isn’t taking Cortana’s challenge lying down

Microsoft finally got around to releasing its rival to Siri and Google Now this week and early impressions have been pretty strong. However, TechCrunch reports that Apple isn’t taking Cortana’s challenge lying down and has acquired speech recognition technology company Novauris Technologies to help make Siri better than ever. TechCrunch notes that while “Novauris may not have been a household name… its founders were internationally known speech researchers, and key members while at Dragon Systems, a company known for products like ‘DragonDictate’ and ‘Dragon NaturallySpeaking.’” This connection with Nuance and its Dragon NaturallySpeaking software isn’t at all surprising since Apple used Nuance’s technology to power Siri back when it launched in 2011. Just what the former Novauris team are doing to make Siri better remains a mystery, of course — unlike Google, Facebook and other big tech companies, Apple rarely tips its hand about what it’s really working on.

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iPhone 6 Rumors

Here’s how the iPhone 6 might really hurt Apple this summer

By on April 3, 2014 at 11:41 AM.

Here’s how the iPhone 6 might really hurt Apple this summer

Apple’s iPhone 6 is without a doubt on of the most hotly anticipated smartphone launches of 2014. A dozen or so independent reports suggest that the handset will feature a new larger 4.7-inch display and a fresh new design that is thinner than ever. The iPhone 6 is also expected to be accompanied by a new iPhone phablet that will include a 5.5-inch screen to help attract new business over from the Android camp.

If the reports we have been reading even come close to representing the handsets Apple actually launches this fall, we can likely expect the company to crush the sales records it set last fall when the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c debuted. According to one industry watcher, however, we can also likely expect the iPhone’s market share to take a bigger than normal hit in the quarters that precede the iPhone 6′s release. More →

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Bitcoin Trends

The most ominous Bitcoin trend

By on April 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM.

The most ominous Bitcoin trend

Last week, Bitcoin’s value tumbled 9% in one day on news that China’s central bank had ordered banks and payment companies to close trading accounts belonging to more than 10 exchanges. Since then, Bitcoin has crashed by nearly another 10%, now hovering around $480. It’s a steep decline from the feverish highs above $1,100 last November. More →

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Opinions
Microsoft Build Conference News

All of a sudden, Microsoft is making a lot of the right moves

By on April 2, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

All of a sudden, Microsoft is making a lot of the right moves

I didn’t expect to get excited about anything Microsoft announced at its Build conference on Wednesday, but the company more than exceeded my expectations with several announcements that show it’s going in the right direction. More →

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Samsung innovation

Samsung decides it wants to innovate

By on April 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM.

Samsung decides it wants to innovate

Samsung has a reputation for being a copycat. Heck, Apple is currently suing Samsung yet again for infringing five of its patents. But according to a report from Bloomberg, Samsung is looking to shed its “fast follower” image and become recognized as an innovator instead. More →

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BlackBerry T-Mobile Discontinue

Beggars can be choosers: BlackBerry dumps T-Mobile following spat

By on April 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Beggars can be choosers: BlackBerry dumps T-Mobile following spat

Some might consider holding a grudge while your company is struggling to stage a comeback ill-advised, but BlackBerry took it personally when T-Mobile recently had some fun at its expense. For those who don’t recall, T-Mobile recently offered subscribers a promotion where they would get extra money when trading in their BlackBerry smartphones towards the purchase of a new iPhone. BlackBerry CEO John Chen wasn’t shy in voicing his anger, and T-Mobile responded by rethinking its promotion. As it turns out, the changes didn’t matter and BlackBerry customers still abandoned the platform en masse in favor of Android and the iPhone.

Now, BlackBerry has decided to send T-Mobile a different kind of breakup letter. More →

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Apple Renesas Electronics Acquisition

Apple’s next big acquisition could make the iPhone’s display better than ever

By on April 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Apple’s next big acquisition could make the iPhone’s display better than ever

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is releasing in just over a week and everything we’ve seen indicates that it will set the bar for smartphone displays in 2014. Apple knows that Samsung is giving it very tough competition in terms of display quality, which is why it’s reportedly looking to buy a Japanese chip manufacturer that will help it keep pace with Samsung over the next few years. More →

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Google Fiber Locations

How major ISPs are reacting to Google Fiber

By on April 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

How major ISPs are reacting to Google Fiber

What began as a curious and expensive Google experiment is fast becoming a much-needed catalyst for change in an industry that has long been considered among the most anti-consumer businesses in America. Often characterized by poor customer service and regional monopolies, pay TV and Internet service providers have continuously raised service prices while also helping to ensure that broadband and TV competition is kept at a minimum. But despite the current state of the industry and its long history, Google Fiber is quickly becoming a disruption that can’t be ignored. More →

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Microsoft exec team departure

Key Microsoft Office exec is following Ballmer out the door

By on March 31, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Key Microsoft Office exec is following Ballmer out the door

Ever since Windows 8 was released in October 2012, Microsoft has undergone a massive internal reorganization. Shortly after Windows 8 was released, Windows chief Steven Sinofsky left the company. Then in mid–2013, former CEO Steve Ballmer announced his “One Microsoft” strategy that left many of Sinofsky’s close colleagues with unclear roles. Soon after this strategy was announced, Ballmer announced that he would be retiring, and after a long search process, Satya Nadella was promoted to CEO in February.  More →

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Samsung Vs Apple

Samsung’s mobile boss out-earns Apple CEO Tim Cook

By on March 31, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Samsung’s mobile boss out-earns Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple might be the most profitable technology company on the planet, but its chief executive’s hefty paycheck still wasn’t as high as his top rival’s last year. A new report from Reuters on Monday points out that Samsung’s mobile head JK Shin earned $5.8 million in compensation last year, 36% more than Apple CEO Tim Cook, who made $4.25 million in 2013. Cook’s pay was up slightly from the $4.17 million he earned in 2012. Samsung’s co-CEOs Kwon Oh-hyun and Yoon Boo-keun also saw huge paychecks in 2013, taking home $6.4 million and $4.8 million, respectively. Samsung, as Reuters points out, was the world’s biggest technology company by revenue in 2013.

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HTC One M8 Sales

HTC One (M8) sales apparently off to a flying start

By on March 31, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

HTC One (M8) sales apparently off to a flying start

We’ll probably never know exactly how many HTC One (M8) units HTC sold during its first week on the market, but a new report suggests that the smartphone maker’s new flagship phone has been selling faster than HTC can build it in at least one key region. More →

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