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Ben Zigterman

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Apple Vs. Google Analysis

The best Apple vs. Google analysis you’ll read all week

June 6th, 2014

At Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference this week, Apple overwhelmed developers with over 4,000 new APIs, a new programming lanuguage, and updated versions of OS X and iOS to play with. But it also showed a new commitement to cloud services, an area Apple has traditionally lagged in. According to analyst Benedict Evans, this shift …

SoftBank Pepper robot

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

June 5th, 2014

SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has become something of a maverick. He said he bought Sprint because “I am a man, and every man wants to be number one, not number two or number three.” He also convinced Steve Jobs to give him exclusivity for the iPhone in Japan before Apple had even announced the …

Apple mobile payments

Apple is getting closer to launching the iWallet

May 30th, 2014

Apple has long been rumored to be working on its own payment service to turn your iPhone into a wallet, and 9to5Mac’s latest report backs up these rumors. According to its sources, Apple has been in talks about a mobile payments service with “high-profile retail brands” that sell “luxury clothing and premium goods.”

Apple Beats M&A mastermind profile

Apple’s M&A mastermind profiled for first time ever

May 29th, 2014

Apple finally announced yesterday that it is buying Beats for $3 billion. This is by far the largest acquisition Apple has made, but is representative of a recent uptick in purchases by Apple, and this can largely be attributed to a man by the name of Adrian Perica, the head of mergers and acquisitions at Apple.

Facebook WhatsApp Deal EU

Facebook’s WhatsApp deal hits a self-imposed snag

May 28th, 2014

Back in February, Facebook announced it was buying WhatsApp for $19 billion. This was a surprising move, given WhatsApp’s reputation for ensuring privacy and Facebook’s not-so-great reputation for privacy, but the two companies insisted that WhatsApp would remain independent, ad-free, and committed to privacy. 

computer security problems

Why it’s impossible to make an NSA-proof computer

May 27th, 2014

The past year has not been a great one for computer security. Last summer, Edward Snowden revealed how the NSA has been exploiting vulnerabilities to spy on people, Target suffered a massive security breach that exposed the credit card information for as much as a third of the American population, the Heartbleed bug was a major vulnerability found …

Apple iMac rumors

It looks like Apple might unveil new iMacs next week at WWDC

May 26th, 2014

Shipping times for the iMac have increased to 3–5 business days, adding credence to a recent rumor that Apple will launch a new cheaper iMac at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next week. First noted by AppleInsider, each of the base configurations of the iMac now has a longer than normal shipping time on Apple’s online store, …

Samsung LG sapphire displays

Guess who’s reportedly trying to follow Apple…again?

May 23rd, 2014

Apple already uses sapphire to protect the iPhone 5s’s Touch ID sensor and camera lens, and all the latest rumors point to Apple introducing an iPhone 6 this fall with a sapphire display, likely manufactured at Apple’s sapphire plant in Arizona. So how do you think Samsung is going to respond? Do you even have …

Samsung Music Hub shutdown

Samsung plays nice with Google by shutting down its own music service

May 22nd, 2014

In 2012, Samsung launched the Music Hub, which combined features from iTunes, Spotify and Pandora. The Hub has since expanded to include videos, eBooks and apps, and it comes preinstalled on Samsung phones. In other words, it was pretty clearly a Google Play competitor. Google has recently been pressuring Samsung to tone down its Android customizations …