Google Maps Android vs. Apple Easter Egg

Google Maps trolls Apple in the most unbelievably inappropriate way

By on April 24, 2015 at 9:25 AM.

Google Maps trolls Apple in the most unbelievably inappropriate way

It should be Apple’s day today, considering the company has just launched the Apple Watch – well, sort of “launched” – but we’ll divert our attention for a second towards a terribly inappropriate Google Maps Easter Egg. More →

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Amazon Earnings Q1 2015

Amazon’s roadmap for 2015: Move fast, launch as much as possible

By on April 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Amazon’s roadmap for 2015: Move fast, launch as much as possible

From the expansion of its one-hour delivery service to new cities to the testing of product deliveries directly to customer car trunks and the expansion of its ecosystem of apps and streaming content, the first quarter found Amazon on a typically productive footing.

The scope of that activity – which included things like the company’s studio arm greenlighting new seasons of original shows like “Mozart in the Jungle” and launching new features around some of the company’s hardware offerings – also sheds light on how the e-commerce behemoth plans to spend the rest of 2015. Based on its at times dizzying operational pace during the just-ended three-month period for which Amazon reported earnings Thursday, which included revealing for the first time the size of its $5 billion cloud business, 2015 looks to be another year of big bets, occasional misfires and breakneck expansion for the company. More →

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Jony Ive Apple

Jony Ive is the new Steve Jobs

Jony Ive is the new Steve Jobs

By on April 23, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Steve Jobs was well-known for instilling his own design tastes into Apple’s products. From the skeuomorphic aesthetic that used to define iOS to the company’s general aversion to superfluous buttons, Jobs was much more involved in product design than your average CEO. By all accounts, Jobs was Apple’s supreme taste maker.

Now, three years after Jobs’ passing, it’s apparent that Apple designer Jony Ive is Apple’s new tastemaker. While not an overtly controversial statement in itself, the point was driven home during an excellent Wired piece detailing the secretive development of the Apple Watch.

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Almost Dead

The Comcast-TWC merger appears to be in its last throes

By on April 22, 2015 at 10:43 AM.

The Comcast-TWC merger appears to be in its last throes

Is there anything Comcast could do at this point to save its controversial proposed merger with Time Warner Cable? According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, the answer is “no.” Although Comcast is set to have an exclusive meeting with U.S. regulatory officials on Wednesday to offer concessions in a last-minute bid to saving the deal, the Journal’s sources say that it’s unlikely Comcast can offer anything that will make either the Department of Justice or the Federal Communications Commission warm to the proposed deal. More →

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Apple Vs. Xiaomi Event Invitations

Xiaomi even copies Apple’s event invitations

By on April 21, 2015 at 12:51 PM.

Xiaomi even copies Apple’s event invitations

For many years, Samsung has been slammed for allegedly copycatting Apple. However, whatever transgressions Samsung has committed in this regard pale in comparison to Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics company that has in the past performed such shameless copycatting that we’ve dubbed them the “Apple Ripoff Master.” Business Insider’s Steve Kovach on Tuesday posted a new picture showing that Xiaomi doesn’t just rip off Apple’s smartphone designs — it rips off the company’s event invitations as well. More →

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Samsung Branding Fail

How does Samsung let things like this happen?

How does Samsung let things like this happen?

By on April 21, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

It’s a universal truth: when it comes to branding and marketing, consistency is key. Tell your potential customers exactly what you want to sell them. Then tell them again, and again, and again. Consistency in marketing and advertising builds recognition, and that’s the name of the game.

Why hasn’t anyone explained this to Samsung? More →

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Galaxy S6 Vs iPhone 6

Reports that iPhone 6 sales declined because of the Galaxy S6 are ridiculous

Reports that iPhone 6 sales declined because of the Galaxy S6 are ridiculous

By on April 21, 2015 at 10:43 AM.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones are fantastic handsets. In fact, they’re probably the most impressive Android smartphones the world has ever seen. As we said in our Galaxy S6 review, these are easily the most premium smartphones Samsung has ever built, and they feature performance that is miles better than any other Android phone on the market.

It is entirely possible that the launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge did, in fact, eat into sales of Apple’s flagship iPhone 6. But the data flying around on Tuesday morning that’s being cited in reports doesn’t actually support that theory at all. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger DOJ

Comcast is making a desperate last-minute push to save the TWC merger

By on April 20, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Comcast is making a desperate last-minute push to save the TWC merger

Comcast has spent ungodly sums lobbying the government to sign off on its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable but right now that investment is looking like a massive bust. The Wall Street Journal reports that Comcast knows the government at the moment is unlikely to approve the merger, which is why it’s making a last-minute blitz this week to see if there are any concessions it can offer that will get the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to support the deal. More →

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Apple Environment

Why is Apple the only huge tech company that really cares about the environment?

By on April 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

Why is Apple the only huge tech company that really cares about the environment?

Ahead of Earth Day, Apple on Monday published its annual Environmental Responsibility Report covering the company’s ongoing commitment to “leave the world better than we found it.” The new environmental report comes hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that Apple will be purchasing 36,000 acres of forest land in order to responsibly and sustainably manage its paper supply chain for items such as packaging and marketing materials.

The full report underscores Apple’s seemingly unrivaled commitment to being as environmentally friendly and conscious as possible. Apple today  is one of the few tech company’s willing to address head on some of today’s more pressing environmental issues. What’s more, the level of transparency and the depth of information Apple provides in its environmental report is rarely, if ever, seen in Silicon Valley, with Google and Facebook being the lone exceptions.

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Is Dead

Bloomberg: Antitrust regulators are gearing up to kill the Comcast-TWC merger

By on April 17, 2015 at 2:09 PM.

Bloomberg: Antitrust regulators are gearing up to kill the Comcast-TWC merger

It’s hard to believe, but it sounds like American antitrust regulators have concluded that a merger between America’s two most hated companies is not in the public interest. Bloomberg is reporting that “staff attorneys at the Justice Department’s antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block” the proposed merger, which would make it extremely unlikely that the DOJ would sign off on the deal. More →

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Snapchat Scott Forstall

Ex-iOS boss Scott Forstall resurfaces in a place you wouldn’t expect

By on April 17, 2015 at 12:20 PM.

Ex-iOS boss Scott Forstall resurfaces in a place you wouldn’t expect

In late 2012, Apple’s iOS chief Scott Forstall was unceremoniously let go from the company he helped bring back to greatness. A longtime Steve Jobs lieutenant, Forstall was the key software head responsible for bringing the iPhone into existence, and just as importantly, for developing the first iOS SDK.

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Apple Environmental Sustainability

Why Apple just bought 36,000 acres of forest land

By on April 16, 2015 at 5:35 PM.

Why Apple just bought 36,000 acres of forest land

Together with The Conservation Fund, Apple on Thursday announced its plan to acquire upwards of 36,000 acres of forest land in the eastern United States, in Maine and North Carolina to be precise. The purpose behind the purchase is that so Apple can exert even further control over its paper supply chain, thus ensuring that the paper used in its packaging and marketing materials come from sustainably managed wood sources.

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