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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What's Working At Apple Like

Ex-Apple managers spill dirt on what it’s like to work there, say Apple execs ‘are nuts’

By on October 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Ex-Apple managers spill dirt on what it’s like to work there, say Apple execs ‘are nuts’

Do you love working long hours, spending a lot of time away from your family, and dealing with insanely demanding bosses? If so then there’s a little company in Cupertino that just might be the perfect place for you to set up shop.  Via 9to5Mac, two former Apple managers recently published a podcast where they talked about their experiences working for the company and what becomes very clear very quickly is that working at Apple probably isn’t for everyone. More →

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Yahoo Search

Yahoo is shutting down one of its biggest features this year

By on September 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM.

Yahoo is shutting down one of its biggest features this year

When you go on to Yahoo, you’ll notice the same things you’ve noticed for the past 20 years: Search bar and the directory.  This past Friday, Yahoo announced on Tumblr that one of these things will go. Can you guess which?

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Apple Record Tax Fine

Apple faces a record fine in Europe over alleged illegal tax-dodging practices

By on September 29, 2014 at 8:01 PM.

Apple faces a record fine in Europe over alleged illegal tax-dodging practices

Apple is not done facing tax-related inquiries, The Financial Times reports, as the European Union is investigating the company’s tax deal with Ireland. Preliminary findings apparently claim that Apple has benefited from illegal state aid after it reached certain special agreements with the Irish government that others companies based in the region — including Amazon, Facebook, PayPal and Twitter — do not enjoy. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Launch Sales

This is by far the most depressing BlackBerry analysis you’ll read this week

By on September 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

This is by far the most depressing BlackBerry analysis you’ll read this week

BlackBerry has been looking a lot livelier lately, thanks in no small part to the 200,000 preorders the company reported for its BlackBerry Passport smartphone. While we offered a cautiously optimistic take on BlackBerry’s strategy, however The Monday Note’s Jean-Louis Gassée isn’t having any of it — in fact, he still thinks that BlackBerry CEO John Chen will have no choice but to sell the company off for parts somewhere down the line. More →

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How Many People Work For Samsung

If Apple, Google and Microsoft merged, they still wouldn’t employ as many people as Samsung

By on September 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

If Apple, Google and Microsoft merged, they still wouldn’t employ as many people as Samsung

We all know that Samsung is an absolutely huge company but we never realized it was quite this big before. Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo just looked up employment statistics for several major tech companies by sifting through their 10-K files and found that Samsung Electronics — not Samsung as a whole but just Samsung’s electronics division — employs an astonishing 275,133 people. For perspective, that’s more than the combined number of people employed by Apple, Google and Microsoft. More →

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BlackBerry Earnings Q2 2015

BlackBerry reports $11 million Q2 loss, crushes Wall Street’s estimates

By on September 26, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

BlackBerry reports $11 million Q2 loss, crushes Wall Street’s estimates

BlackBerry on Friday reported earnings for the fiscal second quarter of 2015, crushing Wall Street’s estimates and sending the stock soaring in pre-market trading on Friday. The struggling mobile pioneer couldn’t quite swing to a profit in the second quarter, posting a non-GAAP loss of $11 million, or $0.02 per share. Wall Street had expected a much larger loss of $0.16 per share, however, and BlackBerry’s stock shot up more than 8% as a result. More →

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Apple Vs. Google Eric Schmidt

Google’s Schmidt explains why everyone should love ‘brutal’ competition between Apple and Google

By on September 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Google’s Schmidt explains why everyone should love ‘brutal’ competition between Apple and Google

Ali vs. Frazier. Stones vs. Beatles. Brady vs. Manning. Is there anything better than competition between two rivals at the top of their games? Google chairman Eric Schmidt doesn’t seem to think so, which is why he tells Bloomberg TV’s Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle that the “brutal” competition we’re seeing right now is absolutely great for smartphone owners.

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Record iPhone 6 Launch

Cook: iPhone 6 month ‘for the record books,’ extended days off awarded to Apple staff

By on September 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Cook: iPhone 6 month ‘for the record books,’ extended days off awarded to Apple staff

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday morning sent a memo to all Apple employees, 9to5Mac reports, praising their work that lead to the huge iPhone 6 launch that made September “one for the record books.” The exec also revealed that all Apple employees will receive more days off during Thanksgiving than they normally get in most years. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Sales

Despite brutal new attack from Apple, Samsung says mobile business will recover

By on September 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Despite brutal new attack from Apple, Samsung says mobile business will recover

In a remarkably brief report, Reuters noted some comments made by Samsung Electronics President D.J. Lee during a press conference on Wednesday morning in South Korea. According to the report, the Samsung executive is confident that Samsung’s mobile business will recover quickly thanks to the company’s “strong fundamentals and technological prowess.” Samsung’s profit plummeted to a two-year low in the second quarter as mobile phone sales continued to slow. More →

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iPhone 6 A8 Chip Samsung

Samsung has one reason to be ecstatic about record iPhone 6 sales

By on September 23, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Samsung has one reason to be ecstatic about record iPhone 6 sales

Even though Samsung would obviously prefer that people buy its own Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 flagship handsets, the company does have one reason to be happy about the record opening weekend sales that Apple posted for the iPhone 6: Namely, the Korean electronics giant is supplying a huge number of components for Apple’s new devices. More →

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Samsung Vs. Apple Vs. Xiaomi

Samsung Securities says Samsung phones have ‘lost appeal’

By on September 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Samsung Securities says Samsung phones have ‘lost appeal’

You’ll never be able to accuse Samsung’s own investment firm of being in the tank for its parent company. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that analysts have once again slashed their profit estimates for Samsung in the latest quarter, which sadly hasn’t been unusual to see this year. However, what makes this latest round of lower profit estimates noteworthy is a report from Samsung Securities that brutally explains why Samsung’s high-end smartphone business might be in a lot of trouble. More →

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