Almost exactly four years ago, Samsung’s marketing boss sat down for an interview and made a claim that seemed almost comical at the time. There was a bit of a language barrier, but the gist of Young-Hee Lee’s bold claim was this: People had been obsessed with Apple’s iPhone line for long enough, and Samsung was going to shift their obsession to Galaxy phones.
If forced to choose one word to describe Amazon, I think “unpredictable” would be a strong contender. Jeff Bezos and co. are never content to sit still and are always up to something interesting. From producing original and award-winning programming like Transparent to out-of-left-field ideas like delivery drones, Amazon is anything but boring.
The most recent interesting news concerning the world’s largest online retailer is that it may be planning to open up 400, count em’, 400 bookstores nationwide. Of course, the irony here is terribly thick given that the emergence of Amazon eventually spelled the end for any number of brick and mortar bookstores, not the least of which was Borders. And so now, apparently, Amazon may be coming back to reap the rewards of what they helped destroy.
Two of the biggest names in the smartphone accessory world are joining forces in a rather sizable 9-figure deal. Earlier today, Zagg confirmed their plan to acquire Mophie for more than $100 million. While Zagg is primarily known for its line of impressively effective InvisibleShield protective displays for iPhones and Samsung devices, Mophie is well-regarded for its wide selection of battery packs and smartphone battery cases.
While not necessarily a blockbuster deal as far as tech acquisitions go, the deal does bring two of the more widely known and reputable accessory makers on the planet under the same roof.
Here’s a fun little tidbit for you: If you took Amazon’s total cumulative profit since the company went public and added it all up, it wouldn’t even come close to being enough cash to afford to purchase one of everything Amazon sells on its website.
Question and answer site Quora is a goldmine of interesting content if you know where to look, and we recently came across a very interesting topic on the site. A question was posed that seems almost impossible to answer from outside the company — how much would it cost to buy one of everything on Amazon? — but one user did a tremendous job of providing a well-researched and well-thought out answer. More →
If there’s one reason to subscribe to Hulu over Netflix, it’s the ability to watch the latest episode of a TV show just hours after it airs. Streaming current seasons of shows has been one of Hulu’s biggest draws from the outset, but as talks are heating up between Hulu and Time Warner, the future of current-season streaming could be on the line. More →
Despite an unfortunate typo in the subheading of market research firm Juniper Research’s press release that reads million with an “M,” the company has found that smartphone shipments for the full year last year reached 1.4 billion units. That figure is up from the estimated 1.2 billion smartphones shipped in the prior year, but you wouldn’t know it to look at Juniper’s breakdown by company.
In fact, the only major global player in the smartphone market that saw any real growth at all in 2015 was… you guessed it… Apple. More →
Cable industry lobbyists who represent big names like Comcast and Time Warner Cable are furious right now, which obviously means Washington is cooking something up that stands to benefit consumers rather than help big cable line cable companies’ pockets. Last time lobbyists were this angry, the Federal Communication Commission ended up passing new net neutrality laws. This time around, the FCC may end up tackling one of the biggest scams in pay TV. More →
And the war wages on. Tesla and Apple have been openly battling for more than a year now. These two companies are not direct competitors — at least, not yet — but the notion that Apple is working its way toward releasing an electric car, or at least toward diving head-first into the automotive industry in some capacity, is the worst kept secret in tech. Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk said so.
As a result, Apple and Tesla have developed something of a rivalry that has manifested itself in the form of trading talent. Or should we say, stealing talent from each other. Both companies have been hiring staff away from each other for quite some time now, and Tesla’s latest score could be one of its most significant victories to date. More →
Apple on Thursday announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters included in the box along with some Macs, Apple World Travel Adapter Kits, and a few iOS devices from 2003 to 2015. A large number of markets are impacted, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.
Why is Apple recalling this tiny piece of equipment that you’ve been taking for granted for many years? Well, it looks like they might electrocute you.
Samsung posted earnings in line with expectations early Thursday morning, noting a sharp slowdown in growth that the company believes will continue through 2016. Samsung said on Thursday that it earned a fourth-quarter operating profit of 6.14 trillion Korean won, or approximately $4.4 billion. The figure marks a healthy 16% gain, however Samsung said net profit tumbled 40% to 3.2 trillion Korean won, or $2.7 billion, due to nonoperating expenses.
The sharp slide comes in the same quarter that Samsung’s chief rival Apple posted a net profit that inched up to $18.4 billion, besting its own prior record and marking the most profitable three-quarter period any company has ever reported. More →
T-Mobile turned the wireless industry on its head when it began its “Un-carrier” initiatives a few years ago, and it instantly became the most important carrier in the United States. We’re not saying T-Mobile’s moves have all been made out of the kindness of its heart, of course, but the carrier made waves by addressing subscribers’ pain points and introducing initiatives that were actually consumer-friendly. In an industry that has long been known to milk customers at every opportunity, this was and continues to be a big deal.
Now, postpaid and prepaid carriers alike are in constant battle as they seek out new ways to undercut rivals and draw interest from consumers. Sometimes this competition leads to great new promotions. Sometimes, however, it leads to ideas that might end up doing more harm than good. More →
Are you in the market for a flagship smartphone — or, more specifically, for two flagship smartphones? If so, then T-Mobile has an offer you may be interested in. Starting today, you can buy select flagship phones from the “Un-carrier” and then get 50% off a second version of the same phone. The Android phones that are eligible for the deal include the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 edge, the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S6 edge+, the LG G4 and the LG V10. The iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are also all available as part of the deal. More →
Apple bloggers typically have trouble understanding the market’s reaction when things turn south after Apple reports a phenomenal quarter, but even they understood investor trepidation following Apple’s quarterly report on Tuesday afternoon. At $18.4 billion, the company posted the most profitable quarter in history, topping its own prior record by nearly half a billion dollars. Exxon’s $15.9 billion quarter had been the record until last year when Apple smashed it with an $18 billion December quarter.
During this more recent holiday quarter, Apple also managed to narrowly top the revenue and iPhone sales figures it posted last year, coming in at $75.9 billion and 74.8 million, respectively. Both figures marked records for the company, but both figures also missed analysts’ expectations. That wasn’t the real problem, however. The real problem was that Apple finally confirmed fears that have been swirling for the past few months: In the coming quarters, iPhone sales will fall. More →