Apple is reportedly in talks to buy expensive, but terrible sounding headphone maker Beats. According to London's The Financial Times, Apple is prepared to pay US$3.2 billion for this company, and Bryan Chaffin hope that it's nonsense.
Apple's iPad was king of customer satisfaction for tablets, according to JD Power's 2014 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study—Volume 1. The research company announced on Monday that it was giving the iPad its self-titled JD Power Award, and that an increase in cheap tablets has led to an overall decrease in customer satisfaction for the segment.
Katie Cotton, Apple's legendary queen of public relations, is leaving the company after 18 years of managing what is arguably the most successful PR department in corporate history. Bryan Chaffin explains her behind-the-scenes role at Apple and why her departure is a loss for the company.
Apple's hiring binge in the biotechnology field is already rattling the industry. According to Reuters, Apple scooping up chief medical officers, engineers, and others in field has some executives complaining, a sure sign they're worried. And, they should be. Apple is coming.
The idea that Apple, Google, and other tech companies have always distanced themselves from the NSA may not be accurate thanks to emails that recently surfaced. The emails show communication between Google executives and the NSA, plus they mention other companies, including Apple, Microsoft, and HP, undermining the trust companies have been working so hard to maintain after the NSA's wide spread surveillance tactics were uncovered.
Amazon and ComiXology did more than ruffle a few feathers over the weekend with the release of a new iPhone and iPad ComiXology app that removed in-app purchase options. Instead, users now must go to the ComiXology website to view and purchase titles, heralding in a new Amazon-controlled age of digital comics.
Imagine a future where Apple disrupts the search market. Avram Miller, retired Intel vice president of business development, has done just that, painting that future in a (maybe, maybe not) fictional look back at how Apple developed that service, which he said would be called "Found." Bryan Chaffin love it.
During Apple's 2014 Q2 earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that, in North America, the iPad's share of Web traffic is almost four times that of all the the other Android tablets combined. That's true, but here's what he didn't say.
Kristen Paget, a security expert who left Apple for Tesla in January, unloaded on her former company for its security patching practices. In a blog post, Ms. Paget noted that Apple identified and patched a myriad of security flaws in Safari for OS X on April 1st, but left those same identified security flaws open in iOS until the release of iOS 7.1.1 three weeks later.
Verizon's new approach to mobile advertising is to include your desktop/laptop computer as a data source to help focus ads on your phone and tablet. Kelly Guimont expains how it works and how to opt-out.
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