Congress Takes Apple CEO’s Advice, Eyes Corporate Tax Changes

9:13 AM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · · Analysis

When quizzed about its tax practices, Apple CEO Tim Cook told a Senate subcommittee his company complies with the law, and if that didn't sit well then Congress should come up with new laws. It looks like lawmakers may finally be taking his advice, and even President Barack Obama is looking for ways to get at the money Apple and other major corporations are holding outside of the country.

Repatriation Tax Bill Holds Promise, but Faces Uphill Battle

4:50 PM, Jan. 30th, 2015 · · Analysis

A bipartisan bill is on its way to the U.S. Senate that hopes to coax large corporations like Apple to bring money they're holding off shore into the country. The bill will give companies a substantial tax break—6.5 percent instead of 35 percent—for repatriating their money, although there are some strings attached which may make it a hard sell to law makers and corporations alike.

Apple Tied Samsung for Global Smartphone Units in Q4

6:59 PM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · · Analysis

Apple

Apple is running neck and neck with Samsung in global smartphone sales. Though Samsung was once the king of smartphone numbers—though never the king of smartphone profits—Apple closed the gap in the December quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.

YouTube Puts Another Nail in Flash’s Coffin with HTML5 on the Desktop

9:18 AM, Jan. 28th, 2015 · · Analysis

YouTube put another nail if Flash's coffin this week with the announcement that it is dropping Adobe's media format as the default for videos in favor of HTML5 on computers. The change means Flash-based content will be available at even fewer places online, pushing the format farther into obscurity.

Apple Ups the Secrecy with Wall Street

7:46 PM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · Analysis

Shhh....

Apple continued to up its vaguery game when it comes to Wall Street on Tuesday, eliminating two more categories of numbers from what it breaks out. For the December quarter—Apple's first fiscal quarter—Apple didn't report iPod unit sales.

BlackBerry CEO Lobs Desperate Hail Mary to Bolster His Company

7:30 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · Analysis

John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen's solution for BlackBerry's struggles is to require every developer and service provider to make their products work on all mobile platforms. Bryan Chaffin thinks this is a remarkably bad idea as self serving as it is devoid of logic.

TAG Chief Says No One Could Produce a Smartwatch in Switzerland

9:17 PM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · · Analysis

TAG Watch

Jean-Claude Biver, the head of the luxury holding company that owns watch brand TAG Heuer, said Tuesday that TAG will not use the "Swiss Made" label for its in-development Apple Watch competitor. In an interview with Bloomberg, Mr. Biver said Switzerland simply doesn't have the technology needed to make a smartwatch.

Apple Spends More on Lobbying as Politics and Technology Intersect

7:20 PM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · · Analysis

Mr. Apple Goes to Washington

The late Steve Jobs spoke often about the importance of being at the intersection of technology and the humanities, but the company increasingly finds itself at a new intersection: technology and politics. Bloomberg reported the Cupertino company has dramatically stepped up its lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, lobbying some 13 different departments and agencies in 2014.