Apple is striking while the iron is hot with a recruiting drive to hire some BlackBerry employees. Apple held a recruiting event at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre on the outskirts of Ontario, where BlackBerry is based, coinciding with the very real crisis that BlackBerry finds itself in.
Our Apple hardware keeps getting more and more capable, and now we have an iPhone 5s with a desktop-class, 64-bit CPU. The massive data created by these modern devices can easily get out of control. All the while, Apple focuses on mobility and a smallish Mac Pro. Is the data management solution really in the cloud? What's the path forward to manage our enormous quantities of data?
As fewer businesses and consumers rely on BlackBerry, the company needs to find alternative forms of revenue. Moving into support services for its competition is one way to do that, especially since BlackBerry can potentially hold on to the same corporate customers that previously used its mobile devices.
Samsung lost its bid to get an import ban on smartphones that were found to infringe on Apple patent overturned. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman—a White House appointee—announced on Tuesday that he would allow the import ban to go into effect. Bryan Chaffin explains the issues behind the announcement.
Samsung seems intent on proving the company is incapable of learning lessons from...well, anything. Bloomberg reported that Samsung wants the White House to veto an import ban on some older Samsung devices the same way an import ban on a couple of Apple devices was recently vetoed, but Samsung is relying on a false equivalence to argue that this would be "fair."
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation into Apple's tax practices is complete, and the conclusion is that the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker isn't breaking any laws. Congress pulled Apple in for hearings earlier this year over accusations that it was intentionally keeping money outside the United States to avoid paying taxes.
Hold on for this shocker: Samsung's outside counsel provided Samsung executives, internal attorneys, and even external attorneys working on other cases with details of a highly confidential licensing agreement between Apple and Nokia despite a court order not to do so. Better yet, Samsung then further shared those details, on several occasions, with more than 50 internal employees. Bryan Chaffin is fit to be tied.
Samsung, LG, Asus, and HTC have all been busted trying to cheat on smartphone benchmarks, the kind of thing that would only impress the very nerds capable of catching them at it. It turns out they did, catch them, and it was inevitable. Bryan Chaffin wants to know why the cheaters would bother.
Three of Microsoft's top shareholders—representing some 5 percent of the company's outstanding shares—want company cofounder Bill Gates to step down as chairman. In an exclusive report, Reuters said that Mr. Gates's presence at the head of Big Redmond's board will inhibit the adoption of new strategies and products and limit the power of the company's next CEO to make changes.
Here's a statistic for you: Apple holds 10 percent of all the non-financial corporate cash in the U.S. 10 percent. That's not bad for a company that is clearly on its death bed and can't figure out how to sell smartphones in a way that analysts and pundits can understand. Bryan Chaffin looks at the issue.
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