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In the wake of Steve Jobs' departure, Apple is probably going to have a rough couple of days, but one can't but chuckle at the irony of the former CEO's timing. Apple has a long history of doing things in a way that surpasses their competition and Jobs' announcement handily surpasses HP's decision to abandon tablets and PCs. HP, after all, is just a company. Jobs is an institution. At least, that's how he's seen. Not only is it nearly impossible to discuss Jobs without resorting to the gratuitous use of superlatives, it's equally difficult to discuss Apple without mentioning Steve. It's a mistake,... Read more...
We've come to the conclusion that an alien species has contaminated the Earth's water sources with a chemical that leads to an inability to negotiate, thereby leading to a series of labor disputes. Don't believe it? Just look at the evidence. The NFL season was in jeopardy while owners and players disputed a new collective bargaining agreement, and after reportedly switching to Gatorade (reported by us, based on nothing), finally hammered out a new deal. NBA players and owners, meanwhile, both seem content to wipe out the upcoming basketball season rather than agree to terms on how to best split... Read more...
The brewing brouhaha over Apple's location cache and its stored data has resulted in a faster-than-usual response from the company itself. Today, Apple stated that a patch due to arrive in the next couple of weeks and released an FAQ to clarify the situation. Several of its points echo our own statements of earlier today. Apple explains that the iPhone isn't actually logging you--it's: maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate... Read more...
As AOL looks to the future following its $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post, a good chunk of the old regime will be left behind. AOL is in the process of handing out around 900 pink slips, which represents 20 percent of the company's workforce. All affected employees have already been notified, who according to All Things Digital, will be receiving four weeks of severance pay plus an additional week for each of service. So what comes next for AOL? In a memo titled "AOL's Next Step," company CEO Tim Armstrong called this a "critical step on the comeback trail for AOL," adding that they're... Read more...
According to market analysis firm Strategy Analytics, the number of Android-powered tablets sold in Q4 surged dramatically. In Q3 2010, Android devices held just 2.3 percent of the market compared to the iPad's approximate 95 percent. In Q4, Android's market share increased tenfold; Google's OS accounted for 22 percent of global tablet shipments while the iPad's market share fell to 75 percent. The iPad is scarcely in danger of being swept away; Apple sold 14.8 million of them in 2010 and is rumored to be prepping the iPad 2 for launch later this year. If the iPad 2.0 is as powerful as predicted... Read more...
Ever wonder how Apple Computer became the industry icon it is today?  How and why is it that a simple computer manufacturer could endear itself to its customer base so well that some researchers feel that Apple fans are not only just a cult but bordering on religion?  It's not hard to see why certain Apple products are revered so highly among customers, as Apple has been fortunate enough to quite literally revolutionize an entire product category itself more than once in recent history. But where did it all begin?  How did Jobs, Wozniak and a lesser known fellow by the name of Ronald... Read more...
Foxconn thinks they have a solution to the mounting suicides that have rocked the company's China operations: pay the workers more money. According to reports, Foxconn plans to raise wages by 30 percent, which still isn't all that much, but it's a start. One report has the basic salary at Foxconn's China plants at about 900 yuan a month, or just over $130. Speaking on condition of anonymity, an unauthorized Foxconn spokesman told the Associated Press that the pay raise is designed to reduce overtime and give workers "more time for leisure and have a happier working environment. It may also help... Read more...
June is right around the corner, and for some of us (we're looking at you, mid-westerners), the consistently sunny days can't come fast enough. AT&T workers, however, can't wait to put June in their rear view mirror. That's according to the popular mobile weblog Boy Genius Report, who has apparently "confirmed with multiple AT&T sources that the carrier has now put a block on employees taking vacations in June." Say what? Donning our detective caps, the most likely reason for this is that Apple will soon launch a new model iPhone in late June or early July. After all, this isn't the first... Read more...
Quite a poignant announcement, not because of the content, but because of the messenger. Apple’s money making iPhone franchise has now sold over 1 million iPhone 3G S devices, announced the company today.Just three days into the iPhone 3GS rat race, Steve Jobs himself - back from a life-threatening health problem - has come forward to announce the record sales and Palm Pre-squashing factoid that the iconic Apple device is an overwhelmingly sales hit. “Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,” said Jobs, “With over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone... Read more...
Can you spell "SEC investigation?"  There is definitely going to be one after this.  A post at CNN's new social news site, iReport, resulted in Apple stock plummeting this morning, when it was rumored that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack.  iReport allows users to post unvetted stories, which then --- after vetting, may be posted to the iReport page on CNN.com.  This story obviously didn't make it there, and has since been taken down.Interestingly, this user has never submitted a story previously.  And the time of the story posting, 6 AM PDT, was obviously very suspicious. ... Read more...
If you had read a Bloomberg story that floated across the wires at 4:27 PM yesterday, your heart might have stopped, and you might have rushed to sell your Apple stock.  But no, it was all a mistake, and quickly retracted.  The retraction was rather terse, though, saying only "An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today. The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted."The lengthy file contains not only a preliminary obituary for the iconic Apple chief, but also a list of suggested contacts for... Read more...
It was a little, tiny, tiny addendum at the end of a WSJ article, but it was there: in an interview with the WSJ, Steve Jobs confirmed that the suspected iPhone "kill switch" does indeed exist.  Of course, for investors, talk of the App Store downloads are probably more exciting, and Jobs detailed that as well:If sales stay at the current pace, Apple stands to reap at least $360 million a year in new revenue from the App Store, Mr. Jobs said. "This thing's going to crest a half a billion, soon," he added. "Who knows, maybe it will be a $1 billion marketplace at some point in time.""I've never... Read more...
Since last Tuesday, we've sat on the sidelines as others have questioned Apple's openness about Steve Jobs and discussed the terse answer Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's CFO gave to Ben Reitzes (Lehman Brothers) when asked about Steve Jobs' health. "Ben, Steve loves Apple. He serves as the CEO at the pleasure of Apple's board and has no plans to leave Apple. Steve’s health is a private matter."We'll admit, at first, we thought, sure, it really is a private matter. But to be honest, we'll also admit right off the bat, some of us here at HH own AAPL stock as well. So we  have a financial interest... Read more...
Fake Steve Jobs, AKA Daniel Lyons, who was outed last year by the New York Times when his book was about to launch (hard to keep hiding under those circumstances), has decided to leave his real job with Forbes for a new real job with Newsweek.Forbes editor Dan Lyons, best known to most of you as Fake Steve Jobs, is leaving his employer after a 10-year run and jumping to Newsweek, where he'll take tech columnist Steve Levy's old slot. No word on whether Dan will continue to write FSJ once he starts his new gig: Newsweek says Dan will bring FSJ with him. Dan owns the rights to FSJ himself, so he... Read more...
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