Apple Data Command Center Arizona

Apple just kept a $2 billion promise

By on February 2, 2015 at 3:44 PM.

Apple just kept a $2 billion promise

Apple is keeping its promise to the people of Arizona and it will cost the company a cool $2 billion. After Apple’s sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy last year, Apple vowed it would work to replace the jobs that were lost in the state of Arizona where GT’s main sapphire plant was located. Now a new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals exactly how Apple plans to keep this promise. More →

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Super Bowl XLIX Fight

Super Bowl XLIX’s biggest hits came during a Twitter fight between T-Mobile and Sprint CEOs

By on February 2, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Super Bowl XLIX’s biggest hits came during a Twitter fight between T-Mobile and Sprint CEOs

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is widely known for two things: talking a ridiculous amount of trash about rival wireless carriers, and delivering on all of his talk with monster subscriber additions each quarter. On Sunday night, Legere was shooting par for the course on his Twitter account during Super Bowl XLIX, supplying his standard running commentary about the competition.

This time, however, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure hit back, and the two exchanged a few entertaining blows before attention finally turning back to the big game. More →

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Apple Vs Samsung

Apple isn’t even Samsung’s biggest nightmare

By on January 30, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Apple isn’t even Samsung’s biggest nightmare

Samsung’s holiday quarter wasn’t as devastating as the previous quarter, which saw the company’s profit plummet 60% on-year, but the company’s fourth-quarter report still showed steep declines in profit and revenue as Samsung continues its struggle to steady the ship. The South Korean giant has enjoyed explosive growth over the past couple of years, but pressure from Apple at the high end and from dirt-cheap Android phone makers at the low end has created a puzzle that Samsung can’t quite seem to piece together yet.

There is no question that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus comprise a terrifying nightmare for Samsung, which has seen its high-end phone sales dwindle since the phones were released this past September. But as it turns out, Samsung’s biggest headache may lie elsewhere. More →

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Google Q4 2014 Earnings

Google’s entire year couldn’t beat Apple’s blowout holiday quarter

By on January 29, 2015 at 4:22 PM.

Google’s entire year couldn’t beat Apple’s blowout holiday quarter

The past quarter has definitely been an eventful one for Google. The company has released its highly acclaimed mobile operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop, it’s announced an ambitious plan to expand its Google Fiber service to four new markets and decided to shift responsibility for Google Glass over to Nest founder Fadell. But was this eventful quarter as profitable as analysts had hoped? More →

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Microsoft Vs. Google Android

Microsoft may have found the perfect way to cap Google at the knees

By on January 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Microsoft may have found the perfect way to cap Google at the knees

Google’s Android platform has basically become to smartphones what Windows has long been for desktop computers and laptops — that is, it’s the dominant player in terms of raw market share. Microsoft is obviously not happy that it missed the boat on the smartphone revolution but it may have come up with an ingenious way to undermine Google’s control over Android. More →

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Apple vs. Samsung: iPhone 6

Who won the holiday quarter, Apple or Samsung?

By on January 29, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Who won the holiday quarter, Apple or Samsung?

Fierce rivals but close business partners Apple and Samsung squared off this week in one more episode of their massive duel, as each company reported financial results for the Christmas quarter. Apple was expected to post stellar results and record iPhone sales (which it did), with Samsung supposed to acknowledge yet another quarterly loss (which it did). Most interestingly though, some people said Apple might overtake Samsung as the world’s top smartphone vendor for the quarter, something that hasn’t happened in years. More →

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Samsung Earnings Q4 2014

Yes, the iPhone 6 really hurt Samsung

By on January 29, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Yes, the iPhone 6 really hurt Samsung

Samsung on Thursday reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014, and even though the company made a lot of money during the period, it still took a significant hit, especially compared with Apple’s performance for the same Christmas sales period and an absolute record. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast is sorry it called customer an ‘a**hole’ on their bill

By on January 28, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

Comcast is sorry it called customer an ‘a**hole’ on their bill

Anyone who has worked in customer service knows that it can be a miserable job that involves dealing with rude, angry people. That said, the generally accepted way to deal with rude customers is to keep any such negative feelings about them to yourself, or at the very most only share them with your friends and colleagues. This unwritten rule doesn’t seem to have stopped one Comcast customer service representative from changing a customer’s first name to “A**hole” in the company’s database and keeping it there until the customer received their monthly bill with the expletive written at the top of the page. More →

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Best Jobs In America List

25 jobs that most Americans would kill to have

By on January 28, 2015 at 2:40 PM.

25 jobs that most Americans would kill to have

Do you hate your job? If so, then you’re probably wondering how to find a new one that would make you happier. And now there’s a way you can find out which career field has the most satisfied workers, as Glassdoor has put together a list of the 25 best jobs in America that you can get right now. More →

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Apple Q1 Earnings

Apple’s killer quarter in charts

By on January 28, 2015 at 2:15 PM.

Apple’s killer quarter in charts

Apple’s fiscal first quarter was a complete blowout, sending the company’s stock soaring in after-hours trading on Tuesday night. We already gave you all the numbers: $18 billion in profit… $74.6 billion in revenue… 74.4 million iPhones sold… gross margin that climbed to 39.9%… it’s all simply staggering.

Of course, there’s no better way to put Apple’s killer quarter in content than by visualizing some of the key figures from Apple’s report. More →

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iPhone Vs Android

The hidden takeaway in Apple’s earnings: Android has almost nothing going for it right now

The hidden takeaway in Apple’s earnings: Android has almost nothing going for it right now

By on January 28, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

Apple just isn’t selling a lot of iPhones to people around the world — it’s doing so at the expense of Android.

In the all-important holiday quarter, Apple earned $3.06 a share on $74.6 billion in revenue, a jump of 30% over 2014. Perhaps most stunning in the quarter, was the fact Apple shipped 74.5 million iPhones, nearly 20 million than the previous record. It also shipped 5.5 million Macs and 21.4 million iPads in the quarter. More →

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Apple Q1 Earnings

The 9 most important things we learned from Apple’s record-crushing quarterly report

By on January 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

The 9 most important things we learned from Apple’s record-crushing quarterly report

Apple reported results from its fiscal first quarter on Tuesday night and in case you somehow missed it, they were incredible. As we noted in our coverage immediately following the report, Apple’s December quarter was the most profitable quarter any company has ever posted. What’s even more incredible, perhaps, is that its feat is thanks largely to just two devices — the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — as pent-up demand for larger iPhones sent sales soaring.

People are still digging through Apple’s filings for interesting tidbits, but all of the major takeaways from Apple’s fiscal first-quarter earnings are now out in the open. More →

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