Apple Secrecy

This Story Perfectly Illustrates How Insanely Secretive Apple Was Under Steve Jobs

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This Story Perfectly Illustrates How Insanely Secretive Apple Was Under Steve Jobs

The Apple of 2015 is a brand new Apple, with a culture that appears to be vastly different from how it was just a few short years ago. We’re not saying it’s any better or worse, but it’s clearly different. Steve Jobs’s Apple appeared from the outside to be all business all the time, and countless accounts we’ve read mirror that sentiment. Today, Apple executives are quite literally dancing in the streets.

It would be hard to argue that either approach is a bad one. Jobs’s Apple grew from the brink of bankruptcy to the top of the world, and Cook’s Apple has continued to grow, with a market cap that now sits at more than $720 billion.

Sometimes we forget how closed and secretive Jobs’s Apple really was though, and now a new story illustrates it perfectly. More →

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Netflix Cord Cutting Study

Changing the Game: Study Reaffirms the Massive Impact Netflix is Having on Pay TV

Changing the Game: Study Reaffirms the Massive Impact Netflix is Having on Pay TV

By on June 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

The term “game-changer” isn’t always a meaningless buzzword, despite its overuse across every corner of the technology industry. There are, in fact, companies that truly have changed the game, and there is little question that Netflix can be counted among them. It wasn’t the first site to offer streaming movies and TV shows, but it certainly popularized the practice of streaming your entertainment rather than watching it on TV. It has also had a profound impact on the pay TV industry, helping prompt a growing number of people to cancel their cable and satellite TV packages in favor of web-based viewing.

Now, a new study shows that Netflix may have had an even more profound impact on pay TV than most people realize. More →

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Google Search Results Skewed

New Study Says Google’s Self-Promotion Ruins Search Results for Users

By on June 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

New Study Says Google’s Self-Promotion Ruins Search Results for Users

When you search for “maps” on Google, what do you think you’ll see at the top of the results page? How about when you search for “calendar,” “photos” or “music”?

From your perspective, it might make sense that Google’s services appear before anyone else’s when searching on Google, but a recent study from two U.S. academics explains how Google might be violating competition laws and having an overall negative impact on its users by promoting its own content and services. More →

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Apple Vs Samsung

Apple Continues to Crush Samsung Where It Matters Most

Apple Continues to Crush Samsung Where It Matters Most

By on June 29, 2015 at 12:14 PM.

Samsung’s meteoric rise to the top of the smartphone market by shipment volume is an old story by now, but that doesn’t make it any less incredible. In no time at all, the company seemingly came from out of nowhere to keep its impossible promise and rocket past all rivals.

While Samsung continues to dominate by market share and ship more smartphones than other top smartphone companies by a huge margin, it still can’t seem to come anywhere close to catching up with Apple where it matters most. More →

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Rent Crowd Service Politicians Office President

There’s a Real Company That Hires Fake Supporters to Cheer on Political Candidates

By on June 24, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

There’s a Real Company That Hires Fake Supporters to Cheer on Political Candidates

Let’s say you’re Donald Trump and you’re running for president despite the fact that a huge majority of the country hates you. How would you attract supporters to your rallies? Well it turns out that you can pay people to come cheer you on during speeches, and there’s a company out there that’s been founded specifically to help political campaigns fill up their events with fake supporters. More →

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Taylor Swift Apple Music Photographer

Despite Photographer’s Charges, It Looks Like Taylor Swift isn’t a Hypocrite for Shaming Apple Music

By on June 23, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

Despite Photographer’s Charges, It Looks Like Taylor Swift isn’t a Hypocrite for Shaming Apple Music

Taylor Swift beat Apple over the weekend by convincing the giant corporation to change its tune on paying royalties to artists during users’ free three-month trial period. But this opened up Swift to charges of hypocrisy from a photographer who claimed that her photography contracts made it almost impossible to get paid for taking pictures at her concerts. Unlike Swift’s powerful letter though, the photographer’s request wasn’t as successful. More →

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Jay Z Tidal CEO Fired

Jay Z’s Tidal is in a State of Chaos – Second CEO Fired in 3 Months

By on June 23, 2015 at 12:32 PM.

Jay Z’s Tidal is in a State of Chaos – Second CEO Fired in 3 Months

Is it ever a good sign when your company loses two CEOs in the span of three  months? It most certainly isn’t and that’s why it’s safe to say that Jay Z’s Tidal is pretty much in a state of chaos. The Wall Street Journal reports that former Tidal CEO Peter Tonstad has been “let go” by the company after just three months on the job. Tonstad was always intended to be an interim CEO but apparently Tidal didn’t want him to hold down that post any longer while it looked for a permanent chief executive. According to WSJ, Tidal “will be run by executives in New York and Oslo until a new chief is in place.” More →

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What Do Famous People Eat For Breakfast

Breakfasts of Champions: What Hugely Successful People Really Eat for Breakfast

By on June 23, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Breakfasts of Champions: What Hugely Successful People Really Eat for Breakfast

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then it stands to reason that people who are highly successful eat quality breakfasts too… right? Well, maybe. Business Insider has posted a list of what 12 highly successful people eat for breakfast and most of them are exceptionally healthy. That said, we know at least one prominent example of a successful person who isn’t on Business Insider’s list that counters the idea that you need to eat well in the morning to be a success. More →

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Walmart Confederate Flag Merchandise Removal

Walmart Removes Confederate Flag Merchandise from All Stores Following Charleston Shooting

By on June 23, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Walmart Removes Confederate Flag Merchandise from All Stores Following Charleston Shooting

Walmart on Monday confirmed that it will stop selling Confederate flag merchandise in its retail and online stores, following the Charleston, South Carolina, shooting. Amazon and eBay have not confirmed similar measures. More →

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Tim Cook Interview

CEO Tim Cook Finally Explains Why Apple Released a Gold iPhone

By on June 22, 2015 at 12:20 PM.

CEO Tim Cook Finally Explains Why Apple Released a Gold iPhone

Many people scratched their heads when rumors first emerged that Apple planned to launch a gold iPhone in addition to its standard silver and gray/black colors. Gold jewelry had been making a comeback, of course, but the color choice seemed gaudy for an iPhone.

In some markets, that was indeed the case and the new iPhone was considered a bit gaudy in gold. But Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally explained why Apple decided to start making gold iPhones, and the decision appears to have been the correct one. More →

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Taylor Swift Apple Music Artists Royalties

Taylor Swift Bashes Apple for Not Paying Artists, But Is She Screwing Over Photographers?

By on June 22, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Taylor Swift Bashes Apple for Not Paying Artists, But Is She Screwing Over Photographers?

Taylor Swift beat Apple this weekend, as the artist convinced the company to change its Apple Music free trial policy with help of a simple blog post. However, it looks like Swift isn’t ready to apply the same business principles it asked for from Apple to other artists who are trying to make a living. More →

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Taylor Swift Vs. Apple Music

My Jaw Dropped When I Realized How Powerful Taylor Swift is

By on June 22, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

My Jaw Dropped When I Realized How Powerful Taylor Swift is

Holy crap. I had expected Apple at some point to reverse course and start paying artists during the company’s three-month trial period for Apple Music, but not this quickly and not in response to a Taylor Swift Tumblr post. To recap: Just hours after Swift published a scathing criticism of Apple’s decision to offer users a three-month free trial period for Apple Music without compensating artists during that time, Apple’s Eddy Cue took to Twitter to announce that Apple will reverse course and pay royalties for songs that customers stream during their trial period. Holy crap. More →

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