Apple Ranked World’s Most Valuable Brand…Again

6:17 PM, Feb. 18th, 2014 · · Analysis

Money

Guess which company owns the world's most valuable brand? Yawn. It's Apple. Again. For the third year in a row, according to Brand Finance. No one other company comes close, and this despite Apple's remarkably narrow product line.

Another Rumor Claims Apple Moving Chip Production Away from Samsung

9:29 PM, Feb. 17th, 2014 · · Analysis

Ask again later...

Another rumor has surfaced claiming that Apple is moving production of its A series of processors away from Samsung    and over to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). According to Chinese-language site TechNews, the newest issue concerns low yields in Samsung's 20mm process for Apple's next generation A8 processor.

Was Apple Going to Buy Tesla? Probably Not

9:57 AM, Feb. 17th, 2014 · · Analysis

Adrian Perica, Apple's head of mergers and acquisitions, met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk almost a year ago at the iPhone and iPad maker's Cupertino offices, raising speculation that the electric car maker was a buyout target. While the notion of the a cool and innovative computer company buying a cool and innovative car designer sounds pretty sexy, it probably wasn't going to happen -- and probably wasn't even the purpose of the meeting.

The Mysterious Case of 1 Satoshi Transactions Clogging Up Bitcoin Wallets

9:01 PM, Feb. 14th, 2014 · · Analysis

MUHAHAHA!

Many Bitcoin users have been reporting mysterious 1 satoshi (0.00000001BTC) transactions being sent to their wallets. The transactions are being sent from vanity Bitcoin addresses beginning with "1Enjoy" and "1Sochi," and theories behind the transactions range from it being a new kind of spam, to an attempt to bloat the blockchain, to an effort to attack Bitcoin addresses to people, to it merely being a test.    

Apple Launches Clean Water Program for Suppliers, Increases Audits and Training

8:20 PM, Feb. 13th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple Worker

Apple released its first 2014 update to its Supplier Responsibility Report Thursday, the company's effort to be transparent about worker safety and conditions, and environmental issues within its supply chain. In that report, Apple said that it launched a water recycling program in 2013, that it increased the number of supply chain audits, and that it trained some 1.5 million workers on their rights.

$45.2B Comcast, Time Warner Merger Could be Good News for Apple

9:10 AM, Feb. 13th, 2014 · · Analysis

What do you do if you have an extra US$45.2 billion sitting around? If you're Comcast, you buy Time Warner Cable. Comcast announced on Thursday that it's doing just that and plans to complete the deal before the end of the year. That could turn into a content licensing deal opening Apple TV to potentially 30 million customers.

Leak Claims New Apple TV in 2014, Hints at Steve Jobs’s ‘Cracked Code’

3:59 PM, Feb. 12th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple TV 2014 or Bust!

Apple TV rumors have been relatively quiescent in the last six months, but a report from Bloomberg promises to kick that topic back into gear. Citing unnamed sources, the news service said that Apple is planning a new Apple TV settop box it could introduce as early as April, but that could ship as late as the December quarter. Better yet, information about the interface revives the story of Steve Jobs "cracking the code."

DOJ Slaps Samsung’s Wrist for FRAND Patent Abuse Against Apple

8:58 PM, Feb. 7th, 2014 · · Analysis

Samsung's Timeout

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has slapped Samsung's wrist, warning the South Korean company not to use standards-essential patents (SEPs) to try and get import bans on competitors' products. The warning caps an investigation into Samsung patent abuse by the DOJ, but it didn't include any penalties for the company.