Apple Doubles Down on the Environment with $848M Solar Farm

9:59 AM, Feb. 11th, 2015 · · News

Apple and First Solar are teaming up to build a 2,900 acre solar farm in Monterey County in California. Apple is committing US$848 million to the project, which will produce enough power for all of the company's operations in the state with plenty left over to sell to Pacific Gas & Electric for homes and other businesses.

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Apple's investment in the California Flats Solar Project not only benefits the company, but also the community as a whole because the solar farm will produce far more power than the iPhone and iPad maker needs. The rest of that energy goes to PG&E as green electricity, which—hopefully—will reduce environmental damage.

Apple Is Working on a Car

5:40 PM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · · News

Apple Is Developing a Car

Apple is going into the car business. According to BusinessInsider, an Apple employee wrote to say that his group was working on something that will, "give Tesla a run for its money." Bryan Chaffin says his own sources back this up.

Samsung Ready to Ditch Japan’s Smartphone Market over iPhone’s Success

11:32 AM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · · News

Samsung's smartphone marketshare in Japan is so low the company is considering pulling out of the market to avoid ongoing losses. The company's Japanese smartphone marketshare came to only 4 percent at the end of 2014 compared to Apple's 30 percent thanks to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus's popularity.

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Samsung is in 6th place for smartphone sales in Japan, and doesn't seem to be improving. Seems they're serving up a healthy dose of schadenfreude.

JetBlue Takes Apple Pay to the Skies

10:50 AM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · · News

Want to buy inflight drinks with your iPhone? JetBlue is about to make that happen. The airline plans to start supporting Apple Pay for inflight purchases next week including food, drinks and seat upgrades, making it the first airline to embrace Apple's mobile payment platform.

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In flight Apple Pay support? Yes, please. That's so much better than having to dig out credit cards. I want to see this on every plane.

Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit

9:11 AM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · · News

The White House is hosting a cyber security summit this Friday at Stanford University, and Apple CEO Tim Cook will be one of the speakers at the event. President Obama's administration is expected to unveil a new executive action detailing ways tech companies can share what it sees as cyber-related threat information with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

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Governments want easy access to the personal data and conversations on our computers, but that leads to weak security and opens the door for criminals to get at that data, too. As crazy as it sounds, we're living in a world where corporate executives such as Tim Cook are acting as the champions of the people and standing up to protect our privacy.

Apple Death Knell #67 - The Faith-Based Approach to Believing Apple Is Doomed

8:40 PM, Feb. 9th, 2015 · · News

It makes sense. Apple just turned in its best quarter ever, so the folks who don't get Apple feel compelled to double down on their predictions of the company's inevitable fall. It would seem that Apple Is Doomed is becoming its own religion—it certainly requires faith in the face of facts. And that brings us to our 66th entry in the Apple Death Knell Counter.

Still Think iPad is for Consumption? Check Out Apple’s New Music Ad

9:16 AM, Feb. 9th, 2015 · · News

Apple's latest iPad commercial was released over the weekend ahead of the Grammys music awards event, and drives home the point that the tablet device isn't just a content consumption device. The minute-long spot follows musical artist Elliphant from composition to performance with a new song, and the iPad is a key part of that process.

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This is yet another example of just how powerful the iPad is. It wasn't that long ago when a portable computer wouldn't have been able to handle what the iPad is capable of today.

Search on Apple’s Safari a Big Prize for Search Engines

7:41 PM, Feb. 6th, 2015 · · News

Apple Search

There's a quiet, yet potentially game changing tempest brewing in the background in the world of search. This might be surprising, considering everyone knows Google won the search wars, but what is even more interesting is that the key player is Apple. Or rather, the desktop and mobile empire united by Apple's Safari Web browser.

JustWatch: TV Guide For Streaming Services

5:47 PM, Feb. 6th, 2015 · · News

Cord cutters, or those who have cancelled cable subscriptions in favor of other entertainment, have a new source of "what's on" information: JustWatch. Debuting on Friday, this site shows what is available from a variety of streaming sources all in one place.