Get Ready for Big Layoffs at Microsoft

11:06 AM, Jul. 15th, 2014 · · News

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees last week he wants to reinvent the company, and now it looks like part of that vision includes massive layoffs. The Windows maker may be planning on firing more that 5,800 employees, making this the the largest worker cutback so far in the company's history.

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Considering how marketing-heavy Microsoft was under former CEO Steve Ballmer, it won't be any surprise to see a large percentage of Mr. Nadella's layoffs coming from there.

Apple Considers Former White House Press Secretary for PR Boss [Update]

9:57 AM, Jul. 15th, 2014 · · News

Former Obama administration Press Secretary Jay Carney is reportedly in the running to become Apple's next PR boss, replacing Katie Cotton. Apple announced her planned departure in May, but as of yet hasn't said when she's leaving or who will take her place.

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Jay Carney has media experience with Time Magazine and has spent time in the trenches handling public relations for the President. Those are pretty big bullet points for an Apple PR boss resume.

iPhone 5S Ranks as World’s Best Selling Smartphone

6:11 PM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · · News

Apple's iPhone 5S is the best selling smartphone around the world, beating out Samsung's Galaxy S5 and S4. That proclamation comes courtesy of the market research company Counterpoint Technology after compiling sales data from 35 countries.

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Size may matter to some consumers, but not enough to make Samsung's tabletphones outsell the iPhone 5S.

Apple Denied Trademark Protection for ‘Touch ID’

4:59 PM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · · News

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's application for the trademark of 'Touch ID,' its fingerprint recognition system. The refusal was based on the similarity to a previously registered trademark by Kronos Technology.

PSA: No Device Is Worth Your Life, not Even an iPod

10:47 AM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · · News

A woman attempting to retrieve her lost iPod from the NYC Subway tracks was hit and killed over the weekend.

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Please don't endanger your life for a device. It's spendy to replace lost tech, but it's impossible to replace you.

Analyst: No 5.5-inch iPhone Until 2015

9:51 AM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · · News

If you're planning on picking up a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this fall, you may be in for a wait. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the rumored big screen iPhone is coming, but most likely won't show up on store shelves this year because Apple can't get parts in the quantities it needs.

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Ming-Chi Kuo's prediction fits with idea that Apple will roll out a single new iPhone model this fall, and it'll sport a 4.7-inch display.

Court Rules Apple isn’t Infringing on Emblaze Streaming Media Patent

9:03 AM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · · News

The jury in a Federal Court case has ruled Apple didn't infringe on a live streaming media patent owned by Emblaze. The company accused Apple of forcing developers to use QuickTime's streaming media tools, and that it held the patent on that technology.

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Emblaze tried to make its own smartphone and failed. It tried to sue Apple for patent infringement and failed. That's one company with some seriously bad luck.