Apple GT Advanced Bankruptcy

WSJ: Apple is ‘surprised’ that it may have bankrupted its own sapphire supplier

By on October 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

WSJ: Apple is ‘surprised’ that it may have bankrupted its own sapphire supplier

By far the most surprising Apple-related news to break this week was the bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced Technologies, the company that was tapped as Apple’s primary supplier for sapphire displays for the Apple Watch and other future devices. The Wall Street Journal now reports that Apple said on Wednesday that it was just as surprised to learn about the news as anyone else, even though the company might have been primarily responsible for its bankruptcy. More →

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Samsung Vs. Apple IBM

Samsung thinks it can take on both Apple and IBM all by itself

By on October 7, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Samsung thinks it can take on both Apple and IBM all by itself

Usually when a company like Samsung looks to battle a partnership like Apple and IBM, they’ll want to team up with another company. That isn’t the case today as Samsung has decided to go it alone against them with a new services venture called Samsung 360 Services for Business.

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Apple vs Samsung Earnings

Samsung took a record beating as Apple prepared for record iPhone 6 sales

By on October 7, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Samsung took a record beating as Apple prepared for record iPhone 6 sales

While its main rival can’t make enough new iPhones to go around, Samsung is getting ready to announce its fourth consecutive quarter of earnings decline, Reuters reports, and its first annual profit dip since 2011. Even worse, Samsung’s profit for the July-September quarter will be its lowest since the second quarter of 2011, Reuters reports. More →

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NYC Beacons in Public Phones

New York City opts to remove its creepy payphone tracking beacons

By , on October 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

New York City opts to remove its creepy payphone tracking beacons

In addition to stadiums, malls, and other stores that deployed special Bluetooth-enabled beacons to track customers and provide special offers, promos and advertisements, public phone booths in New York City will also track users and push similar content to their devices in the future – BuzzFeed has learned. More →

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Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Bankruptcy

This might be the real reason your iPhone 6 doesn’t have a sapphire display

By on October 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

This might be the real reason your iPhone 6 doesn’t have a sapphire display

There was a lot of speculation leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6 about whether the device would have a sapphire display. That obviously never happened and one reason that’s been cited by some analysts has been that it simply would have been too costly to mass produce large displays made from sapphire. Now it looks like making sapphire displays is even costlier than we thought because Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has just announced that it’s filed for bankruptcy. More →

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Time Warner Comcast Protests

Consumer advocates turn up the heat on Comcast/TWC merger protests

By on October 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Consumer advocates turn up the heat on Comcast/TWC merger protests

Outspoken cable subscribers aren’t the only ones objecting to the merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast; Consumer advocates are as well. Not only that, but the FCC and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice are covering every inch of this possible merger that will lead both companies’ future into a possible juggernaut.

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Eric Schmidt Steve Jobs

Despite his industry-shaking feuds with Apple, Eric Schmidt calls Steve Jobs his hero

By on October 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM.

Despite his industry-shaking feuds with Apple, Eric Schmidt calls Steve Jobs his hero

If it seems like just yesterday that Apple and Google were at each other’s throats, that’s because they were — Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt have been trading blows in recent weeks in regards to privacy and security, with each executive claiming that their company is more secure than the other. The issue remains unresolved, but Schmidt took a break from the feud on Thursday night during a promotional event for his new book, How Google Works.

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Apple Tim Cook Steve Jobs Tribute

Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing

By on October 3, 2014 at 4:28 PM.

Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing

Steve Jobs passed away nearly three years ago but his legacy still looms large over not only Apple but over the tech industry as a whole. Because of this, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday afternoon sent out a touching message to Apple employees that both paid tribute to Jobs and that also praised everyone at Apple for continuing his life’s work by making world-class products that are used and enjoyed everywhere. More →

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HTC Earnings Q3 2014

HTC manages $21 million Q3 profit, but revenue continues to slide

By on October 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

HTC manages $21 million Q3 profit, but revenue continues to slide

HTC on Friday announced unaudited financial results that showed an 8% decline in revenue in September, but the company still managed to eke a third-quarter profit as cost-cutting measures continue to boost HTC’s bottom line. After a massive 33% on-year revenue decline in July was reversed with solid 10% sales growth in August, September saw HTC swing back to a decline as revenue fell to NT$16.7 billion ($549 million USD) from NT$18.2 billion in the same quarter last year.

HTC’s total third-quarter revenue fell 11% on year to NT$41.9 billion. More →

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Apple Employee Benefits

Working at Apple just got a lot better, albeit still insanely stressful

By on October 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Working at Apple just got a lot better, albeit still insanely stressful

Being an Apple employee has its benefits, but apparently not quite enough. Apple’s head of HR, Denise Young Smith, announced on Thursday that Apple would be expanding its benefits program rather substantially. Fortune reports that some of the new perks include longer parental leave, reimbursement for any classes taken, an expanded donation-matching program, refinancing on student loans and stock acceleration in the event an employee dies. More →

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Eric Schmidt On Google Privacy

Eric Schmidt swipes back at Cook, says Google is ‘far more secure’ than Apple

By on October 2, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Eric Schmidt swipes back at Cook, says Google is ‘far more secure’ than Apple

The seemingly ongoing battle between Google and Apple has been well-documented, but it’s always at its best when the CEOs start trading blows. In an interview with Charlie Rose last month, Tim Cook took Google to task for its data collection practices. Unsurprisingly, Eric Schmidt wasn’t too pleased with Cook’s representative of his company, so he took the time to respond on a CNN Money segment this week. More →

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Netflix Vs Disney

Netflix is now Disney on steroids

By on October 2, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Netflix is now Disney on steroids

As it happens, the news about Netflix doing a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and doing a break-through same-day streaming/movie theater release is far from the only bombshell Netflix is lobbing this month. The “Tiger” project alone has already ruffled movie industry feathers — major chains have instantly decided to blackball the film, preventing it from being screened on their theaters. Doing a streaming video sequel to a property that grossed more than $200 million globally in its theatrical run was already a major provocation to traditional movie industry, but now Netflix has another curve ball.

It has inked an unprecedented four-film package deal with Adam Sandler, arguably the biggest comedy star of late 1990s. More →

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