We probably didn’t need a survey to confirm this, but the 10,000 consumers polled for the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings agree that TV and internet service providers are the most hated industries in the United States. More →
For a long time, Apple’s secrecy was legendary. The company managed to keep secrets under wraps better than any other consumer electronics company in the world. But the explosive popularity of the iPhone changed everything. Workers at the factories where Apple’s gear is built found out how valuable these leaks can be, and almost nothing is a surprise these days when Apple finally announces something new.
This console generation is unlike any that has come before it. Last cycle’s Xbox 360 from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 from Sony were neck and neck throughout the years, and lifetime sales ended up within a couple million units of each other by all counts. Then you had the Nintendo Wii, which blew them both away and topped 100 million units. But this time around it’s a completely different story. Nintendo’s Wii U is a complete disaster that’s already on its way out, and PS4 sales have nearly doubled Xbox One sales thanks in large part to a price gap and huge PR missteps early on.
Running an airline is a surprisingly unprofitable business, considering that the model does revolve around charging people many hundreds of dollars to sit in a chair. But as the WSJ points out, airlines have a creative new way to charge you a hundred bucks for something that used to be called “common courtesy.”
Why is T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” initiative working so well? The answer is as obvious as it seems: people don’t like wireless carriers. These telecommunications giants continue to squeeze subscribers for every last penny they can and all the while, they rake in billions upon billions of dollars each quarter. It would be one thing if a company just scraping by tacked on a tiny fee, but Verizon hauled in $7.9 billion in profit last quarter on $32.2 billion in sales while AT&T’s operating income climbed to $7.1 billion on revenue totaling $40.5 billion.
T-Mobile is hardly a non-profit, but the company has done a tremendous job of playing off consumers’ collective disdain for carriers and it has seen tremendous growth as a result. At the same time, its model really isn’t all that different from the rivals it regularly berates.
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Google’s headquarters in Paris were raided by French tax officials and law enforcement on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation over alleged tax fraud. The news was first reported by French outlet Le Parisien and then later confirmed to Reuters by sources who claim the raid began at 5:00AM local time.
Facebook said in an official response to US Senator John Thune that it has found no wrongdoing following an internet investigation into allegations that the social networking giant was manipulating stories in its trending news section to block conservative political content. At the same time, however, the company said that it is making big changes to the processes that power its trending news section, sending mixed messages in the process. More →
There is nothing in consumer tech right now that’s as hot as the smartphone market, even as it nears saturation in many regions, and the real beauty of it is that there are so many options. Every company out there wants a piece of the action and they’re all looking for ways to differentiate their products, so there really is something for everyone. It’s not easy to make a choice that can truly be considered wrong since different people have different needs and wants, but there is one line of smartphones that people probably shouldn’t bother with unless they having a burning desire to dump hundreds of dollars into a dead platform.
As noted by market research firm Gartner, Windows Phone’s share of the global smartphone market actually fell below 1% this past quarter for the first time ever, market yet another stop on Microsoft’s one-way trip to smartphone irrelevance. As such, the worst mistake you can make when buying a new phone is to buy a Windows Phone, unless you’re fine with burning cash on a platform that’s on its way out.
Actually, there is one smartphone platform that somehow has an even lower share of the global market — BlackBerry OS — but it’s so low that it’s not even worth discussing anymore. More →
Uber and Lyft have made taking a car to get around a surprisingly affordable method of transportation. But right now, the rivalry between the two is driving prices to be ludicrously cheap.
Starting today, all weekday Lyft rides in Manhattan will be 50 percent off. And before you point out that this will screw over drivers, don’t worry — they’re getting to keep 100 percent of the non-discounted fare, with no commission going to Lyft.
For me, Chromebooks have always existed like flossing: I’m aware of it as a concept, and I know it’s a big part of some people’s lives, but I had mentally dismissed Chromebooks as a Windows Phone-esque oddity.
But while I wasn’t paying attention, Chromebooks have started outselling Macbooks in the US.
Donald Trump spent a large part of February bashing Apple over its battle with the FBI, and called for a boycott of Apple “until such time as they give that security number.”
But according to a financial disclosure report spotted by the AP, Trump holds somewhere between $1.1 million and $2.25 million in Apple stock. But hey, at least he doesn’t use an iPhone.
T-Mobile’s Binge On service is a handy loophole that lets you stream video from select services without it counting against your data cap. Big players like Netflix and YouTube have already been on board, but this morning, T-Mobile’s rounding out the offerings by adding names like NBC and Univision.
The announcement today added a handful of new participating media outlets, bringing the total up to 80. The biggest names being added are NBC and Univision, which should be good news for fans of SNL or Ninja Warrior. The other interesting move is adding music videos from the likes of Spotify and Tidal onto the Binge On platform.
Cable boxes are one of the biggest money sucks in pay TV (and when we’re talking about an industry that charges you money to watch ads, that’s a serious statement). The FCC has voted on a plan to open up the cable box market to competition, which would allow you to buy your own, technologically advanced box, rather than renting forever from your cable company.
Cable companies make $20 billion a year from rental fees, so would you like to guess how enthusiastic Comcast is about the new plan?
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