Apple Buys 29 Companies (plus Beats) in 21 months, 5 Since March

8:04 PM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · · Analysis

Ch-Ching!

Apple has purchased some 29 companies since the beginning of fiscal 2013 (October of 2012), and five just since the end of the of the March quarter of 2014. If you throw in Beats, which hasn't closed yet, that makes 30 companies and a clear indication that Apple is becoming more aggressive in buying outside firms.

Petition Demands Samsung Improve Factory Conditions, 40K Signatures

2:21 PM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · · Analysis

Working Conditions

A petition at The Petition Site is being circulated that demands Samsung improve working conditions at its Chinese factories. The petition targets Boo-Keun Yoon, CEO of the Samsung Group, and accuses the company of operating or contracting with scores of factories that have unsafe working conditions. 40,000 people have signed the petition so far.

Samsung’s Ad Message: It’s Time for New Marketing Tactics

11:16 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · · Analysis

Samsung has a new commercial out touting its Galaxy S5 smartphone as a better choice than Apple's iPhone, but the real message behind the ad is that Samsung is afraid of a phone that's still nothing more than a rumor. When your ad says "please don't buy an iPhone," there's a problem with your marketing.

Apple Reportedly Orders 70-80 Million Large Screen iPhones for Q4

8:44 PM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · · Analysis

$AAPL

Apple has ordered between 70 and 80 million next-generation iPhones for delivery by December 30th, according to unnamed sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. The orders are for a mix of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, which has been dubbed iPhone 6 in the media. If true, it would be a record number of iPhone units for any quarter, well above the 51 million iPhone record holiday quarter in 2013.

Apple Reportedly Reducing iPhone 6 Battery to 2mm with Similar Capacity

7:27 PM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · Analysis

The Battery Diet

Apple is reportedly reducing the thickness of the battery it will use in its next generation iPhone—dubbed the iPhone 6 in the media—to just 2mm. Citing unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, Taiwan-based DigiTimes said Apple has reduced the thickness of the battery by some 33 percent, down from 3mm, while keeping capacity at iPhone 5s levels.

Bill Campbell Retires from Apple’s Board, Sue Wagner Joins

5:40 PM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · Analysis

Sue Wagner

Apple announced on Thursday that Sue Wagner is joining its board of directors, while Silicon Valley legend Bill "Coach" Campbell is retiring. Ms. Wagner is a founding partner and a director at BlackRock, a Silicon Valley asset management firm, and she was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women (#33) by Fortune in 2011.

Apple: iPad is a Vagina-free Zone

1:52 PM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · · Analysis

Buy an iPad from Apple's online store and you can get it engraved with "penis," but "vagina" is right out. Sex-positive blogger Justyn Hintze found that out when she tried to have a poem engraved on her new iPad that included the V word only to be told that's unacceptable.

Apple Launches Swift Developer Blog, Its First-Ever Blog

8:16 PM, Jul. 11th, 2014 · · Analysis

Swift

Apple is changing, and those changes are for the better. On Friday, the company launched Swift Blog, its first ever official Apple blog on the company's website. The blog is part of Apple's Developer connection, and it's stated purpose is to be a direct conduit to developers.