As part of Tim Cook’s recent worldwide tour, which has included stops in Israel, Germany, and the U.K, the Apple CEO recently sat down for a far ranging interview with the German-language newspaper BILD (paywall required). The interview touched on a number of interesting topics, including Cook’s thoughts on Edward Snowden, Steve Jobs, and, of course, what Cook makes of all the Apple Car rumors that have sprung up in recent weeks.
It seems like just yesterday that BGR launched as a small spin-off from a sporadic column on Engadget, but we celebrated our eighth anniversary earlier this year and a lot has changed since 2006. The site is no longer a one-man operation, of course, but we’re still a very small team compared to our competitors, who often have huge editorial teams staffed by dozens of writers.
We’ve accomplished plenty with a small, talented group of writers. BGR is read by more than 11 million unique visitors each month, and tens of millions more read our content every month thanks to our great syndication partners.
We enjoyed incredible growth in 2014, and now it’s time to focus on expanding our team so we can grow even faster next year. More →
BGR has been growing at a phenomenal pace for years, but the first half of 2014 saw unbelievable growth that exceeded even our own lofty expectations. Does that mean it’s time to rest on our laurels, sit back and enjoy being one of the largest and most influential news sites in tech? Of course not — we’re not even close to being done.
As fantastic as our team is right now, however, we need more hands on deck if we’re going to keep growing at our current breakneck pace. More →
Why check out a book when you could check out a drone? That’s the decision many students at the University of South Florida are going to be facing when the school library reopens following major renovations. In an effort to provide a more technologically up-to-date environment for students to work in, USF opened a SMART (Science, Math, and Research Technology) Lab on the second floor of the library in 2012. This year, the updating continued. More →
The effects of the disastrous tsunami in Japan that caused a catastrophic failure at the Fukushima nuclear power plant are still being felt to this very day. Recovery efforts began immediately after the plant was hit, but the damage to surrounding areas will take many years to repair. In fact, the nearly 16,000 residents of the town Tomioka, Fukushima, the home of the plant, has been abandoned for over three years. Employing the use of flying drones, HEXa Media, a Japan-based company has returned to the ghost town to explore the ongoing cleanup. It’s a fascinating look at a beautiful city, missing the thousands of families that once called Tomioka home. Take a look at the footage below. More →
Berlin-based developer Diego Araos was able to connect an Oculus Rift headset to a Parrot AR drone and actually control it by simply moving his head. The whole thing was recorded and posted on YouTube, where interested users can check out the experience of flying a drone using the Oculus virtual reality gear. According to the developer, the whole project is “really fun,” and most importantly, the latency is “very low.” Parrot AR owners that want to try to fly a drone using Oculus Rift – assuming they have access to the headset – can get the source code needed to make it happen from GitHub, as Araos is sharing his project. More →
The stories we hear about Steve Jobs, much like the stories we hear about any public figure, often paint him in broad strokes — as a tough businessman, a nonconformist, a short-fused inidividual — but one Quora thread that has been floating around for years asks the denizens of the Internet to recount the smaller moments with the (in)famous Apple co-founder. More →
The “Internet of Things” was a major focus at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, with virtually every company introducing more connected devices. This is for good reason, as a report from last December said the Internet of Things industry would be worth $309 billion by 2020. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though, according to Cisco CEO John Chambers. More →
Two months before Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh to the world in 1984, Microsoft demoed an early version of Windows at COMDEX 1983. Much like the soon-to-be-announced Mac, it featured a graphical user interace with the desktop metaphor, including windows and icons. Users could open multiple windows and use Microsoft Word to edit and format a text document. More →
As the year winds down, here’s a look at our favorite gadgets from the 1990s. It wasn’t necessarily pretty, and we’ve come a long way, but at the time we loved them so much. Gadgets like: More →
BGR grew at an incredible pace in 2012 and things haven’t slowed at all in the first half of 2013 — our content now reaches as many as 100 million readers each month either directly or through syndication deals with partners including Yahoo!, Fox Business, Fox News and more. BGR has always been driven by a team that thrives on running lean and mean, but it’s time once again to focus on adding new members to our family as BGR’s scope of coverage widens and our reach continues to extend. With that in mind, we are currently looking to fill three positions immediately. If you’re a reporter or tech writer with experience covering consumer electronics and the companies that drive the industry, or if you’re an experienced social media manager looking for new challenges, we want to hear from you right away. Details are as follows: More →
Just as Steve Jobs originally (and dubiously) thought “Bicycle” was a good name for the original Macintosh or “MacMan” for the first iMac, the late Apple (AAPL) CEO almost went with the name “Freedom” for its Web browser. Former retired Apple programmer Don Melton writes on his blog that other names on the table included “Alexander” and “iBrowse,” but in the end Jobs chose “Safari.”
With 40 million users on Xbox Live, Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly preparing to create original video programming to be distributed on the Xbox 360, according to a report from The New York Times. The report states that Microsoft has hired ex-CBS TV executive Nancy Tellem to “oversee a Microsoft production studio based in Los Angeles that will create both traditional ‘linear’ programming and interactive programming that fuses video and gamelike content.” It’s not immediately clear what the latter would be like, but something along 1 vs. 100 comes to mind. It’s also possible “video and gamelike content” could be referring to the company’s upcoming SmartGlass initiative that will use tablets and smartphones as secondary screens alongside TV content. As it stands now, Xbox Live only delivers videos from standard content providers.