What It's Like To Work At Apple

Former Apple employee reveals one of the worst things about working for Steve Jobs

By on June 17, 2015 at 11:40 AM.

Former Apple employee reveals one of the worst things about working for Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was a visionary who literally helped shape the future of the world. He was a driving force in the personal computing revolution, and then he and his company reinvented the smartphone to move computing off of our desks and into our pockets. Like many other successful founders, Jobs was a genius. And like many other geniuses, Jobs was incredibly difficult to work with at times.

Now, a new account from a former Apple employee gives us a fresh perspective on the worst things about working with Apple’s iconic co-founder. More →

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Zimbabwe Hyperinflation Crisis 175 Quadrillion Dollars

What do you think you could buy with 175 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars?

By on June 12, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

What do you think you could buy with 175 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars?

Ever since the Federal Reserve started its quantitative easing program in response to the 2008 financial crisis, we’ve been hearing dire warnings about the threat of hyperinflation. Those warnings, it goes without saying, have not come to pass. In fact, if you want to look at what actual hyperinflation looks like, you should check out what’s going on in Zimbabwe, where citizens next week are going to start trading in their government’s own near-worthless currency for American dollars. More →

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Apple Innovation

Video shows just how many ideas Apple swiped from Google and Microsoft at WWDC 2015

By on June 11, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Video shows just how many ideas Apple swiped from Google and Microsoft at WWDC 2015

In the wake of Apple’s WWDC announcements, a new video aims to show why the Apple of today is no longer the innovative company it once was. As you’ll see below, the video cherry picks a number of recently introduced iOS features and services that have existed on other mobile platforms for years now.

While the notion that Apple has lost is innovative spirit is absurd (more on that later), there were a few moments during the keynote where I thought to myself, “Hmmm, I’ve definitely seen this before.”

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HTC One M9 Sales Share Price

HTC’s epic One M9 disaster keeps getting worse

By on June 11, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

HTC’s epic One M9 disaster keeps getting worse

The HTC One M9 isn’t a bad device by any stretch of the imagination but it’s nonetheless going to go down as one of the biggest smartphone disasters ever alongside the Amazon Fire Phone and the BlackBerry Storm. How bad has the One M9 been for HTC? Consider that since it first unveiled the One M9 back in March, HTC’s shares have lost nearly half of their value. Seriously: On March 2nd, HTC’s share price stood at NT$149. Today, it’s hovering in the NT$75 range. More →

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Spotify Paid Subscribers 20 Million

Dethroning Spotify just got a lot harder for Apple

By on June 10, 2015 at 6:55 PM.

Dethroning Spotify just got a lot harder for Apple

Apple Music’s bar for success just got higher. Spotify on Wednesday reported that it now has 20 million paid subscribers, up from the 15 million paid subscribers it had in January. In total, Spotify now has 75 million users, up from the 60 million users it reported earlier this year. The new paid subscribers number is also double the 10 million paid subscribers that Spotify reported in May of 2014. More →

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Apple Music Streaming Business Antitrust

WSJ: Apple Music is already the target of an antitrust investigation

By on June 10, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

WSJ: Apple Music is already the target of an antitrust investigation

One of the most important announcements coming out of this year WWDC conference concerns Apple’s music business. The company on Monday unveiled Apple Music on stage, thoroughly detailing its new music streaming business. Even though the service will be available in 100 countries only starting with June 30th, it looks like Apple Music is already under antitrust scrutiny. More →

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BlackBerry Co-CEO Balsillie Interview

Ex-RIM co-CEO Balsillie offers brutally frank reflections on BlackBerry’s downfall

By on June 9, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

Ex-RIM co-CEO Balsillie offers brutally frank reflections on BlackBerry’s downfall

While Research in Motion certainly made many strategic missteps over the years, it never really had a shot at going toe-to-toe against Apple and Google in the consumer smartphone wars. Ex-RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie on Tuesday gave a talk at The Empire Club of Canada in which he gave a brutally frank assessment of his former company’s downfall as a major power in the phone industry. More →

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Featured
Apple News Vs Flipboard

Flipboard CEO: Apple didn’t surprise us because it’s always been watching us

Flipboard CEO: Apple didn’t surprise us because it’s always been watching us

By on June 9, 2015 at 1:51 PM.

Apple’s unveiling of a Flipboard-like news hub during its annual developer conference Monday didn’t come as a surprise to the team behind the now 5-year-old news reader and content curation app.

Not only has Flipboard “known about this product for a while,” CEO Mike McCue told BGR, but his company has in fact had Apple’s attention more or less from day one. BGR has learned about a little known episode from Flipboard’s early days, for example, when Apple cofounder Steve Jobs himself reportedly visit the office of the Palo Alto-based company, where he was shown the product and left impressed by the design and polish.

McCue, naturally, declines to disclose any details about that encounter or about the myriad acquisition rumors that have floated around the company since then. Rumors about potential buyers have ranged from Apple to the more recent news that Flipboard and Twitter have reportedly held talks about the latter acquiring the former. More →

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Google Europe Antitrust Search Android Case

Google admits it’s completely botched its relations with EU regulators

By on June 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Google admits it’s completely botched its relations with EU regulators

Google has quite a battle on its hands with the European Union. The company’s Search and Android businesses, its privacy policy and tax practices are all under some sort of investigation. The company’s local chief admitted in an interview that Google may have been wrong about how it’s handled its situation in Europe, but it still dismissed the main accusations coming from the EU, which say Google’s abused its dominant position when it comes to search and smartphones. More →

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HTC One M9 Sales Revenue

Things are going poorly for HTC. Very, very poorly

By on June 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

Things are going poorly for HTC. Very, very poorly

Want more proof that the HTC One M9 has been a complete disaster so far? Look no further than HTC’s own monthly revenues for May 2015. In total, HTC hauled in NT$10.8 billion in revenue in May 2015, or about USD$348 million. This was not only a 20.3% decline from the  NT$13.5 billion in revenue the company posted in April, but a stunning 48.5% decline from the NT$21 billion the company reported in May 2014. The fact that these steep declines occurred just a month after HTC released its One M9 flagship phone just makes things look much, much worse for the company, since we don’t expect the sequel to the HTC RE to make up for the massive decline in smartphone sales. More →

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BlackBerry Xiaomi Merger Xiaomi President

Xiaomi’s president did not actually say Xiaomi ‘will acquire BlackBerry’

By on June 4, 2015 at 9:50 AM.

Xiaomi’s president did not actually say Xiaomi ‘will acquire BlackBerry’

A post on Weibo from Xiaomi’s president seems to be saying that his company “will acquire BlackBerry,” although it turns out that is not the case at all. G for Games points us to remarks made by Xiaomi president and cofounder Bin Lin in which he flat-out states that Xiaomi will buy BlackBerry. Skeptical of a Google translation of the Xiaomi president’s remarks, G for Games looked at the original text and broke it down word by word and, lo and behold, it seems he really did say that his company would be buying BlackBerry. However, a closer inspection reveals this is not what the Xiaomi exec actually said. More →

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