Will Jony Ive Leave Apple Speculation

Is this the ‘beginning of the end’ for Jony Ive at Apple?

By on May 26, 2015 at 2:21 PM.

Is this the ‘beginning of the end’ for Jony Ive at Apple?

Jony Ive’s big promotion to chief design officer at Apple this week has set off some mild alarm bells from some Apple observers that Apple’s longtime design guru might actually be on the way out. Stratechery’s Ben Thompson, for one, parses some of the language used in Stephen Fry’s piece on Ive over the weekend to speculate that Ive already has one foot out the door. More →

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Netflix Login

Netflix may soon have to stop people from sharing their logins

By on May 26, 2015 at 11:14 AM.

Netflix may soon have to stop people from sharing their logins

They say “sharing is caring,” but people who share their Netflix login credentials with friends certainly don’t seem to care about a potentially serious problem taking shape for Netflix. Shares of Netflix are up more than 82% so far in 2015, and the company is definitely firing on all cylinders. Despite Netflix’s solid results, however, a problem is beginning to take shape that could have a serious impact on the company’s future. More →

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Jony Ive Apple Chief Design Officer Promotion

Jony Ive promoted to Apple’s Chief Design Officer

By on May 26, 2015 at 7:50 AM.

Jony Ive promoted to Apple’s Chief Design Officer

Jony Ive, Apple’s legendary designer, is moving on up. Writing for The Telegraph, Stephen Fry writes that the man responsible for both the look and feel of the iPod and the iPhone was recently promoted to a new position — Chief Design Officer. Previously, Ive held the position of Senior VP of Design.

In step with Ive’s promotion, two of Ive’s trusted industrial design lieutenants will also be moving up the corporate ladder. Stepping into the role of head industrial designer will be Richard Howarth. Meanwhile, Alan Dye, whose name you might remember from Wired’s fascinating expose on the Apple Watch, will be the company’s new head of User Interface.

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Charter Time Warner Cable Merger $78.7 Billion

Charter to merge with Time Warner Cable in massive $78.7 billion deal

By on May 26, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Charter to merge with Time Warner Cable in massive $78.7 billion deal

Charter is hoping to succeed where Comcast failed. Charter on Tuesday announced that it plans to merge with Time Warner Cable in a deal worth $78.7 billion, which is a hefty premium over the $45 billion that Comcast offered to buy TWC last year. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Compensation $3.4 Million

BlackBerry CEO’s compensation falls from $86 million to ‘only’ $3.4 million in 2015

By on May 25, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

BlackBerry CEO’s compensation falls from $86 million to ‘only’ $3.4 million in 2015

Let’s hope BlackBerry CEO John Chen hasn’t already blown through the massive $85.8 million compensation package he received in fiscal 2014. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Chen’s compensation for fiscal 2015 has fallen to “only” $3.4 million, although the Journal notes that all but $1 million of last year’s compensation “was from restricted shares that vest over five years starting from Mr. Chen’s hiring in November 2013.”

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BlackBerry Vs iPhone

Here’s what BlackBerry’s co-CEOs said the first time they saw the iPhone

By on May 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Here’s what BlackBerry’s co-CEOs said the first time they saw the iPhone

BGR was one of the first sites to call BlackBerry’s coming downfall, and we gave the world an unprecedented inside look at the company’s decline. At one point, we even became an outlet for executives at the company to anonymously plead with the company’s top brass in an effort to turn things around. Of course, those pleas fell on deaf ears and the company came crashing down around them.

BlackBerry is now a shell of its former self, and the company continues to struggle to find its place in the industry. Adding insult to injury, BlackBerry has to relive its toppling yet again thanks to the upcoming release of a new book that pulls back the curtain to give us a new inside look at BlackBerry’s epic decline. More →

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Charter reportedly close to buying Time Warner Cable in a $55 billion deal

By on May 25, 2015 at 11:41 AM.

Charter reportedly close to buying Time Warner Cable in a $55 billion deal

Good news for Time Warner Cable shareholders — it looks like you’re about to get a better deal than the one Comcast was offering. Bloomberg reports that Charter is very close to announcing a deal to purchase Time Warner Cable for roughly $55 billion ($195 per share), a significant premium over the $45 billion deal that Comcast proposed to buy TWC last year. At the close of trading last week, TWC had a market cap of $48.5 billion. More →

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Apple Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak reflect on early Apple days in rare video

By on May 22, 2015 at 2:37 PM.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak reflect on early Apple days in rare video

FastCompany directs us to a fascinating and somewhat obscure Apple video which features company co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak engaging in a bit of nostalgia as they discuss the early days of Apple and the impact that both the Apple I and the Apple II had on society and the state of computing.

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Why McDonald's Is Doomed Picture

McDonald’s is insanely desperate and this picture proves it

By on May 21, 2015 at 4:52 PM.

McDonald’s is insanely desperate and this picture proves it

There’s a rule in political campaigns that if you’re defensively explaining yourself all the time, that means you’re losing. If that rule holds true in the fast food world, then McDonald’s must really be in a world of hurt right now. Harry McCracken posted a picture on his Twitter account that shows McDonald’s has started creating paper placemats at its restaurants whose sole purpose is to debunk nasty Internet rumors about its food. More →

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Nintendo Hires Doug Bowser VP Of Sales

Amazing: Nintendo hires a man named Bowser

By on May 20, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

Amazing: Nintendo hires a man named Bowser

This is even better than the former Apple employee named Sam Sung. Nintendo this week announced that it’s hired a new vice president of sales named Doug Bowser whose last name just happens to be the same name of the iconic villain from Super Mario Bros. Nintendo is fully aware of how funny this is, which is why its press release emphasized that Bowser “brings decades of experience, not fire breath, to his new role.” More →

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Samsung Silicon Valley Headquarters

10 photos of the stunning $300M Silicon Valley HQ Samsung is set to open this year

10 photos of the stunning $300M Silicon Valley HQ Samsung is set to open this year

By on May 20, 2015 at 2:11 PM.

Back in 2013, we told you about an incredible new facility Samsung planned to build in Silicon Valley. Just a stone’s throw from Apple’s current home in Cupertino, California, Samsung’s San Jose Campus is a $300 million project that will house two main U.S.-based teams: Samsung’s research and development division, and its sales unit.

Well-known architecture planning and design firm NBBJ was contracted to design and help manage the project, and the company has just provided BGR with some stunning photos of the facility’s progress. More →

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Tidal Vs Spotify

Video: Jay Z freestyle rips into Spotify and YouTube

By on May 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Video: Jay Z freestyle rips into Spotify and YouTube

Tidal subscribers who attended Jay Z’s private concert on Saturday night were treated to the latest chapter in the saga of Tidal vs. the world. The rapper’s new streaming music service has come under fire since its debut. While Jay Z believes the wave of criticism is linked to an “organized smear campaign” being carried out by a number of large companies, others posit the service’s position as a haven for upcoming indie musicians is in stark contrast with the image it created by parading around a bunch of multimillionaires to promote it.

Regardless, Jay Z on Saturday took the fight straight to the competition when he called out the big boys of the music streaming business on stage during his concert this past weekend. More →

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