Why Buy The Apple Watch

Apple fanboy explains why he’ll buy ‘ANYTHING’ Apple makes even if he doesn’t understand its purpose

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Apple fanboy explains why he’ll buy ‘ANYTHING’ Apple makes even if he doesn’t understand its purpose

Is shutting off your critical thinking skills and simply buying something because it has an Apple logo on it a good idea? It’s very likely not, but that didn’t stop TheNextWeb cofounder Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten from confessing that he’ll buy “ANYTHING” Apple sells him even if he doesn’t understand exactly why he’s buying it. More →

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Tidal Launch Apple

Did Apple try to sabotage the Tidal launch?

By on April 27, 2015 at 9:41 AM.

Did Apple try to sabotage the Tidal launch?

There’s a strange war brewing between Apple and Tidal, the Jay-Z run music streaming site which, as we covered in great detail before, was quickly ushered out of the U.S. iPhone top 20 download chart before plummeting out of the top 700. Put simply, the Tidal launch was nothing short of a spectacular failure.

Now comes a report via the NY Post alleging that Apple may have taken deliberate steps to cripple the Tidal launch in order to weaken the competitive landscape ahead of Apple’s soon-to-be-unveiled Beats Music service. The allegation, naturally, stems from an anonymous source from within the music industry.

According to the source, Apple purposefully took a longer time than usual to approve updates to Tidal’s iOS app. So while Tidal’s Android app was updated on April 15, the company’s revamped iOS app “still hasn’t received approval for Apple’s iOS app store.”

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Jay-Z Tidal Vs. Spotify Pandora

Jay-Z says Tidal criticism is part of an organized ‘smear campaign’ by big companies

Jay-Z says Tidal criticism is part of an organized ‘smear campaign’ by big companies

By on April 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Jay Z this weekend tweeted an ominous and serious accusation: “There are many big companies that are spending millions on a smear campaign. We are not anti-anyone, we are pro-artist & fan. .” This would seem to indicate that he believes the broadly negative recent media coverage of his Tidal music streaming service is based on “big companies” waging an expensive media war on a small, floundering application. Is this a likely scenario? Let’s examine the timeline of the past week. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Lobbying

Comcast and TWC lit $32 million on fire lobbying the government to pass their merger

By on April 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Comcast and TWC lit $32 million on fire lobbying the government to pass their merger

This will be heartbreaking for many of you to hear, but it seems that Comcast and Time Warner Cable spent a total of $32 million lobbying the government to sign off on their merger and they still didn’t get what they wanted. In a big Politico report called “Collapse of Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger shows limits of lobbying,” we learn that Comcast and TWC pulled out all the stops to get their merger approved but that it still wasn’t enough. More →

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Charter-TWC Merger

With the Comcast-TWC merger dead, Charter looks ready to pounce

By on April 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

With the Comcast-TWC merger dead, Charter looks ready to pounce

Comcast and Time Warner Cable confirmed on Friday morning that their $45.2 billion merger deal was finally dead, but just hours later, reports are already beginning to spread about Charter picking up where Comcast left off. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Dead

Don’t celebrate yet: Comcast will find new ways to take revenge on America

By on April 24, 2015 at 12:45 PM.

Don’t celebrate yet: Comcast will find new ways to take revenge on America

“He doesn’t lose ever.”

That’s what BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield said this week about Comcast CEO Brian Roberts in the wake of Comcast’s failure to win approval for its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. It’s a telling quote that also lets us know that Comcast isn’t done yet trying to find ways to become more powerful. More →

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Tidal Music Streaming

The same strategy that helped make Jay-Z’s Tidal a disaster is making Apple look brilliant

The same strategy that helped make Jay-Z’s Tidal a disaster is making Apple look brilliant

By on April 24, 2015 at 10:40 AM.

Look at Beyonce. Just look at her. All beautiful and bright and laid back and… rich. Sitting on her private jet, casually glancing out the window with peacock feathers hanging from her bandana and hair brooch that is just too fashionable to bear. But… wait… what’s that on her wrist? Is that… an Apple Watch?

You know it is. More →

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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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