Tim Cook Modifies Siri for Barbra Streisand        

Most people just write up an email or submit a forum post when they’re having an issue with a certain product, but things change considerably when you’re a celebrity. Barbra Streisand, the famed American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker has decided to take a much shorter route to fix an issue she was having with Apple’s intelligent […]

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          Apple reparte dividendos tras 17 años de espera        
Desde 1995 no repartía dividendos entre sus accionistas la compañía presidida actualmente por Tim Cook. La gran acumulación de efectivo en caja, unos 117.000 millones de dólares, y las buenas previsiones para este año 2012 en materia de tesorería han permitido retribuir a razón de 2,65 dólares por acción y además permitir un plan de recompra de acciones por parte de la compañía

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          The one you’ve been waiting for: Steve Sailer on the “Google Memo”        
The one you’ve been waiting for: Steve Sailer on the “Google Memo”
Steve Sailer writes:It’s not punching down for the Indian-born CEO of Google (who was paid $200 million last year) to fire a twentysomething coder, it’s punching up because the victim’s a white male, just as it wasn’t punching down for Apple CEO Tim Cook to attack an Indiana pizza maker because Tim is gay. (In […]

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          Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO        
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs has resigned his position immediately and will be replaced by former Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company announced Wednesday afternoon. “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the
          ç”± PowerVR 新架構 Furian 登場:可能成為新 iPhone VR 基礎 | TechNews 科技新報 發表的 Tim Cook:AR 將與 iPhone 具有同樣的革新潛力 迴響        
[…] 與 VR,這些更新都無疑會成為下一代 iPhone 的 AR 基礎,某種程度也符名 CEO Tim Cook 先前將 AR […]
          Apple Loop: A No-Go On Tesla, Healthy Wearables, Unhealthy iOS, Samsung Gets Nasty, Steve Jobs Goes Postal        
VideoKeeping you in the loop on a few of the very many things that happened around Apple over the past two weeks. The rubber does not meet the road. Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk and talked about working together — not whether Apple would acquire the [...]
          Apple Loop: A $14 Billion Bet, A Sapphire iPhone 6, Flappy Bird Flies Away, Woz's Android iPhone        
Video Keeping you in the loop on just a few of the things that happened around Apple this week. Apple’s big buyback. There are many reasons why CEO Tim Cook may have opted to reveal to the Wall Street Journal that Apple bought back $14 billion in stock in the two weeks [...]
          iPhone 6, iWatch To Come To Apple's Rescue As Sales Lag, Icahn Continues To Buy        
What’s next? That’s the question now on the minds of Apple watchers after the company delivered disappointing holiday sales of the iPhone and announced a revenue forecast for this quarter that wasn’t as great as investors and analysts hoped. While CEO Tim Cook didn’t offer details about what new products might be [...]
          Apple Gets Its iPad Christmas, But iPhone Sales, Forecast Disappoints, Shares Fall (LIVE)        
Updates to add Tim Cook's comment that Apple will enter new product categories in 2014. Apple got the iPad Christmas it had promised investors, selling more tablets than analysts anticipated.But iPhone sales fell short, even after CEO Tim Cook introduced two new models, and the sales forecast for the quarter ending [...]
          Apple's Cook Says iPhone China Mobile Deal Is The Beginning of A Beautiful Friendship        
Updates with additional comments from Apple's Tim Cook and China Mobile's Xi Guohua from CNBC. Xi says he's now using a gold iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook did something his predecessor, Steve Jobs, didn’t do in pursuit of a deal for the iPhone with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier: [...]
          What a surprise        
Apple's only interest is getting rid of all the competition. When Tim Cook says "we just want people to invent their own stuff.", he actually is saying "we don't want any competition". "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong, I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” This doesn't seem like a company that will negotiate. Apple made some type of products successful. Now they think they actually invented them and are entitled to a complete monopoly.
          The Ghost of Foxconns Yet to Come        
Do you think this means Steve Jobs is dying?
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apple's Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple's Chief Operating Officer, as the company's new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.
Chairman of the Board? Hah! Interchangeable as Lego blocks. If he is checking out, I hope it grows him a conscience before it's too late. Turkey dinners for all the suicidal widget-makers in Taiwan!
          CARS takes a look at Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO        
Let's take a look at Tim Cook, Apple's new CEO.
          Panama: Profits for two men and a dog        
Global Finance magazine has an interview with a technocrat featured as "the new guard" Pascal Saint-Amans (@PSaintAmans), an OECD veteran named director of its Centre for Tax Policy and Administration in February 2012, who is overseeing the guidelines review.

It is very revealing that Saint-Amans told Global Finance in an interview: “Profits cannot be located in a place where you have two men and a dog,” which basically means that Panama will never cease to be in black or grey lists (or that Panama has 3 million people and 1.5 million dogs).






Author: RONALD FINK

AT HAVEN’S END?

Multinational corporations could have a much more difficult time shifting profits to low-tax jurisdictions—and deductions to high-tax ones—under new OECD rules.
When Apple CEO Tim Cook testified in defense of the computer giant’s tax practices on Capitol Hill in late May, Cook was speaking for many multinational corporate executives when he insisted that Apple paid every bit of tax the company owed to the US and other countries. But that, according to critics, is precisely the problem. The current international tax system, based on a practice known as transfer pricing, lets multinationals shift income from parent companies or their subsidiaries located in high-tax jurisdictions, such as the US, to those in low-tax regimes, and do the opposite with deductions. As a result, critics say, companies artificially minimize their liabilities or even avoid them entirely, and do so legally, thanks to the widely accepted current basis for transfer pricing.
With a great deal of scrutiny coming to bear on corporate tax practices worldwide, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is looking at ways to revamp its guidelines on international tax practices. Until there is clarity on how this review will evolve, however, corporations are wondering, and worrying over, what it will ultimately mean. An OECD report in February to the G20 countries noted: “There is increased segregation between the location where actual business activities take place and the location where profits are reported for tax purposes.”
And though the cost to governments, many of whom are facing sovereign debt woes because of gaping fiscal deficits, may be impossible to gauge precisely, some estimates put it in the trillions of dollars. “If we could estimate it, we could tax it,” says David Spencer, an international tax attorney based in New York, who describes the problem as “monumental.”
The scope of the tax shortfall is evident in a 2008 World Trade Organization estimate that only 40% of world trade occurs between independent companies. The rest is conducted intracompany—and taxing of that income falls under the current murky transfer pricing rules. That proportion has probably decreased since then, as the global economic downturn has seen industries consolidate further. To help close this gap in lost tax revenues, the OECD has revisited the guidelines it established in 1995, and revamped in 2010, as the basis of transfer pricing practices in most of the world. An action plan that the OECD presented to the G20 in late July detailed 15 steps it expects to take over the next year to two and a half years to deal with transfer pricing and related issues.
The OECD is acting after being accused of dragging its feet. “The current system is not workable,” says H. David Rosenbloom, a professor and director of the International Tax Program at New York University—and former Treasury official.
OECD’S NEW GUARD
The evolving perspective at the OECD is owing in part to changes within the organization’s structure. Some critics say that much of the tax staff of the OECD until recently was “captured” by private industry, with members moving between positions in the organization and private industry as if through a revolving door. But it may have as much to do with the shifting power of member countries. Countries such as Brazil, China and India have rejected the OECD’s guidelines in favor of their own, more draconian regulations, bringing pressure to bear on the organization to enact change.
Pascal Saint-Amans
Saint-Amans, OECD: Profits cannot be located in a place where you have two men and a dog
Regardless of the reason behind it, the OECD has had “a very serious change of heart” about the current system, observes Spencer. “There is a new guard that realizes it’s up against the wall.”
The new guard includes Pascal Saint-Amans, an OECD veteran named director of its Centre for Tax Policy and Administration in February 2012, who is overseeing the guidelines review. As Saint-Amans told Global Finance in an interview: “Profits cannot be located in a place where you have two men and a dog.”
The OECD recently got an extra push to end such practices from the G8 countries, which issued a communiqué at their meeting in June that called for countries to share corporate as well as individual tax information without being asked to do so. Philip West, a former international tax counsel for the US Treasury and now a partner in the Washington, DC, office of law firm Steptoe & Johnston, said at a global tax conference in late April in New York City that such mandatory information sharing would represent the “first step” toward a far more onerous system for multinational enterprises than the one currently in place.
In fact, a growing number of countries aren’t waiting for the OECD to act. France recently slapped Amazon and Google with tax bills of €700 million ($930 million) and €1.7 billion, respectively, for reassessed liabilities based on their transfer pricing practices, while Denmark hit Microsoft with a €778 million reassessment. India is seeking $2.5 billion from Vodafone in a long-running dispute over that company’s 2007 acquisition of telecom assets from another company based in the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. All of those companies declined to comment, as did Apple and several other multinationals contacted for this article. For such companies, uncertainty over tax liabilities are increasingly a key concern. If the OECD fails to come up with a more effective system, companies may find that “individual countries do their own thing,” Robert Stack, deputy US Treasury secretary and the department’s international tax counsel, warned at the tax conference in New York.
The question is what type of change the OECD can get most if not all countries to accept, since it operates by consensus. Even if its action plan is accepted by the G20, as is expected at a meeting this month, and the OECD finalizes its proposal within the envisioned time frame, global governments and legislatures would then have to pass laws to embrace them. During that interval, corporations are sure to lobby against many of the changes—and dissenting countries, to push for even stronger ones.
CURRENT SYSTEM
The OECD’s current transfer pricing guidelines are used widely in tax treaties based on the so-called “arm’s-length” principle, under which companies are supposed to price intracompany transactions as if they were conducted between independent companies. That is supposed to result in appropriate taxation by each jurisdiction.
But critics say such pricing can understate income, because independent companies naturally enjoy smaller profits on transactions than those between parents and their subsidiaries, thanks to economies of scope and scale. And so-called “comparables”—based, for example, on royalty agreements within industries—that companies currently rely on to price cost-sharing agreements and other transactions between parents and subsidiaries may be even more misleading in the case of difficult-to-value intangible assets. Yet those assets are increasingly the basis of such transactions.
As a result, some critics go so far as to label the arm’s-length principle a tax-avoidance device designed to help companies move income to tax havens, where subsidiaries that do little or nothing can claim income. These critics want to see the OECD move toward what is called “formulary apportionment,” where profits are allocated among jurisdictions based on a formula that takes into account returns on assets or some other measure of profit.
The most strident proponents of such a change would also require companies to report the income they make in each country to every jurisdiction, a system that, when combined with formulary apportionment, is known as “unitary taxation.” The mandatory sharing of information among countries along the lines called for by the G8 would resemble that type of reporting, as its June communiqué seeks “a common template for country-by-country reporting.”
But it falls far short in the eyes of some. “You can’t stop income shifting to tax havens without unitary taxation based on formulary apportionment,” says Michael McIntyre, a law professor at Wayne State University.
Some supporters of the formulary approach nonetheless say unitary taxation is unfeasible. And defenders of the current system warn that the formulary approach, at least without agreement on the formula to be used, would result in taxation of the same income in more than one jurisdiction, an outcome known as double taxation, which is now avoided by tax treaties that embrace the arm’s-length principle. Says Patrick Evans, chief tax counsel of the Washington, DC–based industry group Tax Executives Institute: “Our members are extremely concerned about the double taxation issue, and if there’s no agreement on the formula, then double taxation is likely.”
Saint-Amans says he doesn’t care whether the OECD ultimately keeps the arm’s-length principle in place or jettisons it in favor of the formulary approach, as he sees problems with both. “I am agnostic,” he points out. But the OECD’s action plan continues to favor the arm’s-length principle. Saint-Amans adds that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to get countries to agree on what formula to use for the formulary approach. Quips Saint-Amans: “I don’t have a century to work on that.”
For a microcosmic view of the problem, consider the US. It has such a system in place for state and local taxes, but at last count the 50 states were using some 20 different formulas to apportion profits. And China and India are unlikely to accept any formula that doesn’t include a premium for the advantage that their cheap labor provides companies based elsewhere.
Instead, the OECD action plan calls for better enforcement of the arms-length principle, a position that the US supports but that Brazil, China and India, as well as many other countries, do not. They want more stringent rules.
The Treasury’s Stack told the April tax conference that the US doesn’t like the formulary approach, and that its own efforts to improve enforcement of the arms-length principle would be helped immensely if Congress simply repealed what are known as “check the box” rules for subsidiaries called “controlled foreign companies,” under which their parents can simply instruct the IRS to ignore them for tax purposes, so tax on their income is indefinitely deferred. Still, Stack acknowledged that “we are alone” among individual countries supporting the arm’s-length principle.
Although the OECD action plan backs the principle, many observers expect mandatory information sharing to strengthen the hand of authorities now in the dark about what companies are doing to shift profits to low-tax jurisdictions and deductions to high-tax ones. Saint-Amans says he’s more concerned with “double nontaxation,” where income is taxed nowhere, than with double taxation, though he warns that if countries don’t accept the OECD’s new guidelines, companies will doubtless face more double taxation.
CURTAILING TAX AVOIDANCE
The action plan also contains concrete measures aimed at what it calls tax “avoidance.” One of the most significant would curtail deductions on intracompany loans that are more like equity investments than debt, which bank holding companies use widely. Another would close the loopholes concerning tax residency that many technology companies have exploited to great effect. (See sidebar for a look at how Apple has done so.)
Regardless of what exactly the OECD eventually does, many experts contend that companies will find it difficult to continue using their most aggressive tax practices because of the backlash they now produce. Marc Sanders, a partner in the Amsterdam-based consulting firm VMW Taxand, told the April tax conference in New York that more and more companies have concluded that such practices now pose too much tax and reputational risk. As Sanders put it, “Mere letterbox or conduit companies don’t cut it anymore.”
HOW AN IRISH SUBSIDIARY PRODUCES STATELESS INCOME FOR APPLE
The case study on Apple that the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations outlined in hearings in May offers a perfect example of what tax experts call “double nontaxation.”
Neither the company nor its Irish subsidiary Apple Operations International paid any tax anywhere on $29.9 billion that AOI earned from 2009 to 2012, owing to the difference in the way the US and Ireland define residency for tax purposes.
How so? Although AOI, which has no employees but is the holding company for most of Apple’s foreign entities, is incorporated in Ireland, it is not tax-resident in Ireland. That’s because AOI is neither managed nor controlled there, which is how Ireland defines tax residency, but rather in the US. And because AOI was not incorporated in the US, which is how the US defines residency, AOI is not a US tax resident under US tax law. The result of that double nontaxation is almost $30 billion in “stateless income,” to use yet another term of international tax art.
APPROACHES TO INTRACOMPANY INCOME TAXATION
There are two basic approaches to taxing income shifted by multinational corporations to, from and between subsidiaries in different jurisdictions, as follows:
1) The arms-length principle. Under this approach, which is used by most countries in the developed world under guidelines established by the OECD, companies must price these transactions as if they were conducted between independent companies (in effect, using the “market price” for the transaction).
Supporters say the arms-length principle for “transfer pricing” is the fairest means of taxing income generated by multinationals. Critics say companies take advantage of the leeway provided by this approach to shift more income to low-tax jurisdictions and more deductions to high-tax ones than they should so as to minimize or avoid tax.
2) Formulary apportionment. Under this approach, which the OECD is being urged by many emerging countries as well as nongovernmental organizations to adopt, companies would pay tax on such cross-border transactions based on a formula for apportioning profits among the jurisdictions in which they operate.
Critics say such a system would result in income being taxed by more than one jurisdiction unless countries can agree on a formula, and they contend such agreements would be difficult if not impossible to achieve. Supporters say its no more necessary for countries to agree on a formula for apportioning profits according to where they are earned than it is for them to apply the same tax rates, so long as they can resolve their difference through tax treaties, as they do now.
Some supporters say such a system should also require that companies report to each country what they earn elsewhere. When such reporting is combined with formulary apportionment, the resulting approach is known as “unitary taxation.”

Full text in https://www.gfmag.com/magazine/september-2013/cover-story-the-global-war-on-tax-havens





          The shape of things to come        
What's Apple going to do in a few years, when smartphone technology plateaus, and people don't spring for an upgrade every 2-3 years? There's been speculation about a car, but I think the world's most profitable company isn't going to add much to its profits by selling something out of the reach of most of the world (and those that can buy an Apple car probably won't do it as often as they buy an iPhone).

Instead, I think the answer is now apparent, with the new product introductions of the Tim Cook era - Apple Watch, AirPods, and the forthcoming HomePod. These interconnected "smart" devices are all relatively inexpensive (as far as Apple products go). Interactions are largely through voice, or a few taps. You forget you're wearing the Watch or AirPods, and the HomePod looks pretty unobtrusive.

A smartphone is pretty much required to use any of these devices today, but you can imagine that won't always be the case (recall the iPhone required a Mac or PC running iTunes, in its early years).

While none of these devices are essential now, when you need them they're really nice to have handy. They're definite improvements on dumb watches, dumb speakers and regular headphones. I already use my Watch to pay for coffee and taxis, respond to texts, and in the years to come it will probably assume more of my phone's role. The HomePod right now is limited to music, HomeKit, and simple cloud queries, but it seems a safe bet that in the years to come its capabilities will grow (merging with or running Apple TV, serving as a phone, sending and relaying messages to contacts, etc).

Macs will continue to be around, for "serious" work (though they've made up a tiny fraction of Apple's revenue and profits and that seems unlikely to change). Other screened devices, like iPads and TVs, will be around for play, photos and short written notes. If there's one element missing it might be a standalone TouchID keyboard. But more of our future, I think, has come into view this week - and it's mostly screenless, distributed between wearables and innocuous furnishings like the HomePod.
          Apple's Halo Loses Shine in Investor Fight        

No one looks too good in Apple’s fight with David Einhorn. The Greenlight Capital founder scored a legal point, but better governance wasn’t his main objective. Apple comes off amateurish. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, despite worthy shareholder-friendly aims, seems careless. The Securities and Exchange Commission also missed a trick.

The general bumbling leaves Einhorn least blemished. He wants Apple to issue preferred stock to his own specifications, and doesn’t like a provision the company planned to put to shareholders at Wednesday’s annual meeting that would have made it impossible for the board to do so, at least without shareholder approval. So he sued to block the vote based on Apple’s combining of the issue with several others. He won – but not on the merits of his “iPref” idea.

Apple, presumably thanks in part to its lawyers, ends up the worst for wear. Chief Executive Tim Cook called Einhorn’s lawsuit a “silly sideshow,” but the SEC’s rules make clear companies can’t combine separate matters into one vote. Even without legal certainty – the judge acknowledged the issue has received scant court attention – the simple and safe, not to mention gracious, move would have been to untether the proposed changes when the issue came up, even if it meant delaying them. Other companies are now surely scouring their proxy statements for similar transgressions.

Then there’s Calpers, which gave full-throated support to Apple. That’s understandable in a sense because the package of measures included majority voting for directors as well as ending the board’s ability to issue preferred stock without shareholder approval. Good governance could be threatened, however, if companies bundle dodgy proposals with sound ones – not to mention the questionable message sent by neglecting SEC rules.

The regulator perhaps isn’t blameless either. Apple filed its proxy statement in December. As the judge noted, SEC inaction doesn’t mean it has approved anything. Yet Apple, with its $420 billion market value, is the largest company under the watchdog’s jurisdiction, so a degree of scrutiny is merited.

Either way, the end result is a distraction for shareholders, who now must wait to vote on desirable changes and figure out how to unbundle, in a different sense, Einhorn’s legal victory from his preferred stock idea. It all takes more shine off Apple’s halo.

Read more at Reuters Breakingviews.


          Apple and Einhorn Could Both Use Cleaner Design        

Apple and David Einhorn could both use some of the iPhone maker’s famed simplicity. The $430 billion technology company has combined three governance fixes better considered separately. Also a bit unwieldy is an idea from the boss of hedge fund firm Greenlight Capital to unlock value at Apple. A sleeker approach makes more sense.

Preferred stock lies at the heart of the spat uncorked on Thursday. Apple has proposed several changes to its articles of incorporation ahead of its shareholder meeting later this month. One is a clearly positive shift to majority voting for directors. Another is a largely administrative, though sensible, move to attach a par value to Apple’s common stock.

The third change would prevent Apple’s board from issuing preferred stock without shareholder approval. Calpers, the $243 billion California pension fund and governance champion, supports the whole package. That’s no surprise, since governance advocates worry that directors can use a blank check for pref issuance to deter takeovers. Einhorn, though, wants Apple to consider issuing preferred stock. He has initiated a legal effort to force Apple to break the package into three separate shareholder votes, claiming U.S. public company rules require this.

Legalities aside, the cleanest response would be for Apple to comply. Greenlight says the company has ruled that out. Either way, Einhorn could also streamline his own approach. He’s right that Apple shares look cheap, particularly considering its $137 billion cash pile and over $40 billion of annual cash accumulation. But his idea, floated last year, of distributing preferred shares carrying a fixed dividend yield as a way to crystallize more value may not be the most user-friendly place to start.

A more straightforward initial effort could be to push Apple to pay a much larger regular stock dividend than the smallish payout it has started making. If that doesn’t enhance the company’s value, other ideas could be considered. If Einhorn’s preferred shares then looked attractive enough, shareholders could still vote for them even if Apple’s proposed changes are all enacted.

The company’s design guru, Jony Ive, keeps busy masterminding the uncluttered look and feel of Apple’s gadgets and software. His boss Tim Cook and shareholders like Einhorn might benefit from a similar mindset in the boardroom.

Read more at Reuters Breakingviews


          Why Won't Apple Admit Defeat to Samsung?        

Being Apple means (almost) never having to say you’re sorry. The tech giant apologized to customers for releasing a flawed maps application. But it bristled at a UK court order that the company publicly admit as false its accusation that Samsung Electronics had infringed on the iPad. Now the British judges are demanding strict compliance.

It’s in Apple’s DNA to resist contrition. Two years ago, for instance, its late chief executive, Steve Jobs, famously avoided apologizing for faulty signal reception on the iPhone 4 until he was specifically asked whether he was sorry. His successor Tim Cook seemed to signal a new era in September, when he issued a mea culpa to customers for glaring errors in the maps service. Cook even suggested iPhone users convert to Google Maps.

But change doesn’t come easy to Cupertino. Software head and Jobs protégé Scott Forstall, the leader of the team that designed the maps app, flat-out refused to sign the official apology. Though he paid with his job earlier this week, this culture of defiance seems to persist.

Last month, a British court of appeal affirmed Apple’s loss in a lawsuit claiming Samsung’s Galaxy tablet violated the iPad’s registered design. Echoing a lower court’s statement that the Galaxy was simply “not as cool” as the iPad, the judges ordered Apple to publicly acknowledge the defeat by running advertisements and posting a notice on its website.

Apple complied - to a degree. It created a tiny link from its homepage to a statement mentioning its loss but also citing victories in similar lawsuits against Samsung in Germany. The appellate judges were incensed. They ordered the company to remove any mention of the other suits, admit that those statements were false and put the link in a larger font. In a last bit of chutzpah, Apple said it couldn’t comply in less than 14 days. The court gave it 48 hours.

Apple and Samsung have been challenging each others’ patents and other intellectual property in scores of cases around the world. So it’s hardly surprising that Apple would play hardball after one of its few legal defeats. But if anyone had any doubt, it also appears that Cook has as little appetite for humble pie as Jobs.

Read more at Reuters Breakingviews.


          The mystery of the iOS 8.0.1 debacle, solved!        
Apple executives have been remarkably open the past couple of days. First, CEO Tim Cook on Monday explained why the iPod Classic vanished from Apple’s website when the iPhone 6 models were launched. Then, on Tuesday, another Apple honcho has offered some insight into the debacle that was the iOS 8.0.1 update. First, some background. […]
          Apples autonome systeem gaat verder dan alleen zelfrijdende auto’s        
Apple werkt aan een autonoom rijsysteem, maar een opvallende uitspraak van Tim Cook stelt dat deze techniek ‘voor meer dan alleen voertuigen’ gebruikt kan gaan worden. Wat bedoelt hij hier…
          warren buffett optimistic about Apple's iphone is still the king of smart phones        

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  Although Apple iphone sales decline, stock prices plummeted, but it is still the focus of attention is still the world's best smartphone, is still one of the smart phone consumer favorite! Even before it has been on technology companies a wide berth Warren -warren buffett, Apple began the hunters. You can see out, Warren also optimistic about the long-term prospects for Apple!

  In addition, with iphone7 upcoming release, iphone sales will certainly take the next step! According to Taiwan before the iphone parts suppliers to disclose, iphone7 process will be very complicated; together with the previously tim cook also said the new feature will allow consumers iphone7 put it down, so we have reason to believe will give us iphone7 in a surprise, its sales will certainly soar!

  Moreover, Apple also is sitting on $ 200 billion in cash, and we do not know some of the black science and technology reserves, these are Apple's nuclear weapons. Therefore, this decline that Apple users, is undoubtedly very ridiculous!

  So, if you are an investor, still hesitating whether to invest in Apple? So now is the time, as quickly as warren buffett, hunters Apple stock now!


          Apple iPhone 5SE sold better than expected, but it seems not enough        

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  Apple plans to sell more small screens iPhone 5SE to boost overall sales. Digitimes recently cited the supply chain news that Apple has increased to suppliers of chip orders in the second quarter of this year reached 500 million, last quarter this figure was 350-400 million.

  Meanwhile iPhone 6s orders were down, and Cook said after the meeting in revenue needed to reduce channel inventory plans match.

  Apple has just released the 13 years the most dismal time earnings, accounting for two-thirds of iPhone traffic revenue fell the most serious. 2016 3 months, Apple sold a total of 51.19 million iPhone, 16% over the same period the previous year less, which is 10 million units.

  According to Apple's forecast for third-quarter revenue will still be down 13 percent from the same period last year, which means that 5 million iPhone 5SE also does not fill the entire decline in the amount of iPhone.

  iPhone 5SE can not solve the problem of the decline in the short term, for Apple, will be released in September iPhone 7 can stimulate consumer desire to purchase it becomes essential. In an interview on CNBC this week, Tim Cook expressed iPhone 7 will be "exciting not go to sleep," the new features. But if we fly a variety of disclosure of information, and present it in your hand iPhone 6s in the appearance of the difference is not too large.

  To solve the problem of the iPhone, Apple is also trying to find more on emerging markets such as India virgin. In 2016 released the first quarter earnings report, Apple said iPhone sales in India grew by 76 percent, revenues up 38%.

  But the Indian market base is too small, analysts have pointed out, iPhone sales in India, only about 800,000 in the fourth quarter of last year, accounting for 1% of the total.

  One reason is that mobile phone prices are generally low on the Indian market, iPhone is overpriced. Apple tried to do this recycling of used mobile phones launched in India, but the efforts have failed on Thursday, Indian officials have said that the application made by Apple have been dismissed.

  Declining issues the iPhone, it may take a long time to resolve.


          As iPods fade out, Apple's iTunes turns up the volume        
As iPods fade out, Apple's iTunes turns up the volume
Apple's iPod business has shrunk to the point where the company no longer even mentions it among its main product list at quarterly earnings. And while unveiling this year's latest iPhones last month, Apple rolled out a new iPod color without little fanfare.Some way to treat a product that sold26.4 million units in the past 12 months and helped pave the way to the company's current riches. But as time goes by there's simply no arguing that the iPod has become a less important Apple product, especially because it generates less and less revenue for the company. On the flip side, Apple's iTunes business -- which includes the App Store, iBookstore, and sales of music, movies, and TV shows -- has evolved from the iPod's sidekick into the matriarch of Apple's offerings. It's become a major part of how Apple differentiates its gadgets from competitors. For its fiscal year, which ran through September and was fully reported on Monday, Apple sold 26.4 million iPods, down 35 percent from last year. That amounted to $4.4 billion in sales, or down 30 percent in revenue from the year before. By comparison, the iTunes Store and its surrounding businesses (which grew out of the iPod) brought in $15 billion in sales and grew by 22 percent. Related storiesThe iTunes Store turns 10: It's Apple's empire to loseli>Apple extends new 'Space Gray' color to iPods, tooApple's Q4 racks up $37.5B in salesApple iTunes Radio notches 20M listeners, 1 billion songsThat's a far cry from the massive strides the store made in the early days, which were fueled by an ever popular and growing iPod line. But that growth has continued amid the iPod's dwindling popularity.How iTunes stacks upiTunes and its related software and services have become a key to how Apple makes money. In the last year, the profitability of Apple's iTunes, software, and services business was second only to iPhone among all of the company's business units, even though it only represents 8.2 percent of the sales Apple generated in the just-ended fiscal year. However, iTunes has bumped up against some ceilings. Music-related products and services have grown in overall size, but they've been shrinking to a smaller slice of Apple's revenue every year as the company's hardware business has exploded. Rewind to 2008 and it was iTunes' heyday as the world's go-to place to legally acquire digital entertainment. And the App Store had only just begun. Today, the world has a surfeit of retailers willing to sell you digital music, movies, and shows. In many cases, Apple is delivering consumers to its competition. Mobile music listening is gravitating toward subscription services like Spotify or online radio services like Pandora. Apple, through its App Store, is what's bringing those services to device owners -- as it must. The revolutionary premise of the iPhone was that the apps turned the device into a digital Swiss Army knife. The iPod as a walled garden evolved into a more open device, despite Apple's desire to control every part of it. CNETEven when Apple jumps on the bandwagon with a service like iTunes Radio, there are signs that the competitor may not suffer as a result. Last week, Apple revealed that iTunes Radio hit 20 million users, streaming a billion songs in about five weeks. It's strong growth, but don't forget iTunes Radio was more than halfway toward that user milestone in only five days. From that data, B. Riley analyst Sameet Sinha crunched that iTunes Radio users spend 75 percent less time listening to the service than listeners of Pandora. Even with Apple's reach and even though initial users of iTunes Radio are largely early adopters and Apple fans, Pandora is sticky. A Canaccord survey of 860 consumers revealed that almost all of them who had tried iTunes Radio -- 92 percent -- said they still use Pandora. Two-thirds said they use Pandora at least as much as or more than iTunes Radio. One other metric to look at then is the App Store itself, which has fueled Apple's iTunes growth. Apple attributed as much in an earnings call with Wall Street analysts on Monday, saying that users have cumulatively downloaded 60 billion apps. Also, the company has paid out $13 billion to developers since the store launched in mid-2009. Apple doesn't go into as much detail on how its financials break down for that business unit. For instance, you won't get how much of that revenue was in music tracks, movies, TV shows, books, or apps. Getty ImagesFor the iPod, though, its decline is simply a side effect of Apple's success in other areas. Nearly all of its key functions (short of a low price) could be found in the iPhone, beginning with the first version in 2007. This cannibalization has been touted by the company, particularly CEO Tim Cook, who refers to the products that replace these as a "huge opportunity."The very same thing is happening right now with Apple's Mac sales, which have shrunk amid the growth of the iPad. "Our core philosophy is to never fear cannibalization. If we don't do it, someone else will," Cook told analysts back in January. "We know that the iPhone has cannibalized some of our iPod business. That doesn't worry us. We know that iPad will cannibalize some Macs. But that's not a concern."In other words, Apple values progress more than it treasures the iPod. It's been the same story with several other products, which faded into the sunset in the name of something newer and better -- from the original iPod Mini to plastic MacBooks. For the iPod, the iPhone fulfilled many of those same promises in 2007, making it an unlikely survivor, though one whose future now seems more uncertain than ever.



          HTC Thunderbolt one pricey smartphone to make        
HTC Thunderbolt one pricey smartphone to make
That's according to a recent study by IHS, who found that the phone's bill of materials was $262, the highest total out of any smartphone the firm has ever torn down. The high price was largely due to the 4G components, which added $39.75 to the cost of the smartphone. The company says the higher cost provides some insights on the issues Apple may have when it constructs a 4G-compatible iPhone. "The next iPhone's (build-of-materials) value certainly will increase substantially compared to the iPhone 4 if LTE is implemented in the same manner as in the HTC Thunderbolt," said Wayne Lam, an analyst at IHS. Related coverage• iPhone 5 rumor roundup• Four years of the iPhone• Why things are looking good for VerizonIn comparison, the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4 has a build-of-materials cost of $171.35. The firm estimates the cost would go up to $211.10 if Apple used the same LTE components that HTC did. While there remains speculation--mostly wishful thinking--that the next iPhone will be compatible with Verizon's 4G LTE network, many remain skeptical. Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said in April that the first generation of LTE components would force compromises that the company wasn't willing to make. The wireless carriers are eager to push 4G service, seen by many as the key to their continued growth. IHS, however, does note that there are more cost-efficient components available now than there were when the Thunderbolt was being designed. Still, any 4G components would require a radical redesign of the hardware.



          Tim Cook on Donald Trump, the HomePod and the Legacy of Steve Jobs        

Apple is the market capitalisation leader of a dozen or so mega-tech shares which are almost independent of the pathetic political storms so often brewing in Washington D.C. The main long-term challenge for these tech giants remains governance and competition. While obviously his own man, Tim Cook shares his mentor’s passion for excellence in this competitive field, including functionality, design and reliability. Hopefully, Apple’s record cash balance will continue to be used wisely in terms of the share’s long-term development.

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          Penjualan iPad 2 Bekas Meningkat 300 Persen        

Demam antre di berbagai belahan dunia menyambut penjualan New iPad terbaru. Bahkan di Inggris, menjelang penjualan perdana generasi ketiga tablet Apple ini, penjualan komputer tablet meningkat tiga kali lipat.

Seperti dilaporkan oleh situs perdagangan ponsel, SellMyMobile, mengatakan bahwa jumlah pelanggan yang menjual komputer tablet mereka telah meningkat lebih dari 300 persen saat peluncuran iPad baru mendekat. Model yang paling sering ditawarkan untuk dijual adalah iPad 2 16GB dengan 3G dan Wi-Fi.

Pekan lalu, eBay juga mengatakan bahwa lebih dari 16 ribu iPad telah terdaftar untuk dijual dalam dua minggu sebelum pengumuman Apple soal penjualan perdana New iPad. Hal ini menunjukkan bahwa banyak yang siap upgrade ke perangkat iPad terbaru.

Apple telah menjual lebih dari 55 juta iPad pertama kali diluncurkan dua tahun lalu. Para analis Canaccord Genuity mengatakan awal pekan ini bahwa mereka diharapkan perusahaan untuk menjual sekitar 65 juta iPad tahun ini.

Jual Tempat Antrean
Puluhan orang antre semalam di luar toko ritel Apple di London Street Regent untuk menjadi orang yang pertama untuk memiliki iPad baru. Antrean pun semakin banyak menjelang dini hari.

Bahkan satu orang menawarkan tempat antreannya untuk dijual di eBay. "Saya mengambil tempat karena tidak menyadari itu adalah antrean untuk Apple iPad terbaru. Saya tidak memerlukan posisi antre sekarang karena bukan penggemar Apple dan karena itu saya menjual tempat saya," ujar penjual tempat antre itu dalam situsnya.

New iPad yang diumumkan oleh Tim Cook, CEO Apple, di San Francisco pekan lalu, memiliki resolusi tinggi Retina Display yang memiliki piksel empat kali lebih banyak. Di tablet ini Apple juga meningkatkan performa grafis dan kamera yang lebih baik.

Apple juga menambahkan konektivitas 4G LTE, meskipun itu tidak akan menjadi pilihan untuk pelanggan di Inggris yang tidak memiliki jaringan 4G LTE. Namun, iPad baru ini telah meningkatkan konektivitas 3G.

Para analis mengatakan saingan Apple mungkin akan berjuang untuk meluncurkan produk saingannya selama beberapa kuartal.
"Saat Samsung tampaknya memiliki penawaran tablet Android paling kompetitif, kita melihat Windows 8 sebagai ancaman jangka panjang yang lebih besar untuk keunggulan iPad daripada tablet Android," kata para analis.

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          [lucky_limey] Shameful AAPL "A new leak suggests Apple could be betting big on augmented reali...        
Shameful AAPL
"A new leak suggests Apple could be betting big on augmented reality. Experts have revealed that the firm 'may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related to AR'."


I am assuming AAPL want the US and US military to protect its interests, employees, investments etc. in Israel - but they refuse to pay their US Taxes... Ireland has done nothing to protect Apples global interests...

Shame on AAPL / Tim Cook. - Apple needs to bring its money home to pays its share to USA and help build trans gender bathrooms in CA.

          [sylvester80] Melting iPhone 7 Plus caught on camera, Apple ‘in touch’ with owner and investig...        
Melting iPhone 7 Plus caught on camera, Apple ‘in touch’ with owner and investigating (VIDEO)
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FEBRUARY 24, 2017 7:04 AM
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While it’s certainly nice to see Apple address an age-old iPhone 6/6s safety issue with something other than a (non-) explanation and (limited) battery replacement program, a far more severe concern may cause Tim Cook serious headaches if the latest “incident” involving one of the company’s mobile devices proves legit.

We’re of course talking about the newest installment in the endless “dude, how come my phone just blew up?” series. If you need a quick recap of the recent related events, there were a couple of episodes starring seemingly explosive iPhone 7 and 6 Plus units that never went anywhere, and we’re sure you remember the entire Galaxy Note 7 debacle concluded with a costly and reputation-damaging recall.

What are the odds of something like that happening to Samsung’s Cupertino-based arch-rival now? Close to zero, but just to be completely safe, Apple reps are already “in touch” with a disgruntled customer located in Tucson, Arizona.




So my IPhone 7 plus blew up this morning was not even using it, literally no explanation for this
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Brianna Olivas, aka Bree, claimed on Twitter earlier this week that her iPhone 7 Plus randomly exploded without anyone “even using it”, and “literally no explanation for this.” A damning 20-second video appears to back up her allegations, indeed showing a rapidly melting current-gen iPhablet giving off quite a bit of smoke.

Then again, we can’t know exactly how the device was maneuvered before the horrifying footage was recorded, and whether it had all its original components and accessories intact and functional. The owner says she barely purchased it last month from Sprint, and Apple Store employees tested it shortly thereafter, as it wouldn’t turn on. No faults were found, and the iPhone 7 Plus in question oddly started working again, but not for long. Quite a curious story, and now it remains to be seen how much of it is real.

          Apple WWDC 2013 Keynote Video        

Apple’s Tim Cook and Phil Schiller announced iOS 7, Mac OS X Mavericks, iTunes Radio, new Macbook Airs and the new Mac Pro at WWDC 2013. In following you can find official WWDC 2013 keynote video to watch if you have missed something. Visit Apple’s official page to watch WWDC 2013 KeyNote video. See also: [...]

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          Boycott Of Trump-Friendly Businesses May Be Having An Effect        
(L-R) Amazon's chief Jeff Bezos, Larry Page of Alphabet, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President elect Mike Pence, President-elect Donald Trump, Peter Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of PayPal, Tim Cook of Apple and Safra Catz of Oracle attend a meeting at Trump Tower December 14, 2016 in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)Eating See's Candies in Ivanka Trump stilettos while taking an Uber home to watch The New Celebrity Apprentice would be activities targeted by a boycott of President Donald Trump and Trump-friendly businesses spearheaded by a San Francisco woman.
          Crazy MacBook Pro concept replaces keyboard with a yuuuuuuge touchpad        

Tim Cook has repeatedly said Apple has no plans to make a touchscreen MacBook, but a crazy new concept imagines what would happen if the company replaced keyboards with a giant touchpad. Giving creatives a big touchscreen instead of a keyboard may sounds like a horrible idea at first. Typing would definitely take some getting […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


          Belkin Explodes Off The Block With Thirteen New iPad Air Accessories        

  The ring of Tim Cook’s softened Southern twang hasn’t yet left our ears, and yet Belkin has already announced, not one, but practically a whole wall at the Apple Store full of iPad Air cases and keyboards. Of the ten cases and three keyboard cases announced by Belkin after today’s event, the most interesting […]

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          Middle Market Lessons From Apple, Tim Cook, Brexit, And The EU        
A meaningful percentage of U.S.-based middle market companies have or are contemplating having non-U.S. operations. The recent EU tax decision against Apple is technically incorrect and seemingly political (as CEO Tim Cook suggested). Owners and executives of middle market companies need to grasp the issues in play, why the EU was wrong, and how it affect them.
          Cisco Live US Event Highlights – Consumer Industries        
What an incredible Cisco Live event! During the week of June 25, 2017 over 28,000 people from all over the country traveled to Las Vegas, NV to take part in a superhero-themed Cisco Live. From CEO, Chuck Robbins, opening the show with surprise guest, CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, to Bryan Cranston closing the show […]
          Una década con el iPhone: 1,2 mil millones de unidades vendidas        
El iPhone, es sin duda uno de los productos más exitosos de la historia y las cifras dadas a conocer esta semana por el CEO de la compañía, Tim Cook, solo lo confirman. A propósito de los resultados del tercer trimestre fiscal de Apple — Q3 2017 — Cook afirmó que en solo una década se han vendido 1,2 mil millones de iPhone. En el mismo evento del año pasado,

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          RE: I hate flat design        
It seems like everyone is on the flat bandwagon these days. I remember Metro being announced and every one saying it looked horrible and yet all the major companies since then have been replicating it. Apple flattened iOS and eventually they flattened Mac OS. Google flattened Android and I'm sure Chrome OS isn't far behind. All of the major apps I use on a daily basis are flattened too; everything from Facebook to Netflix to even my auto-insurance app. Can someone explain why is it that when most of everyone (including other tech companies) have said the Metro UI of Windows 8 looked like shite did the other companies down the road decided they're going to emulate it? I seriously want to know, especially from the tech companies. Copying one bad idea seems like an overall bad idea to me. I mean Apple is kind of understandable because their current policy since Tim Cook took over is that anything that's not like Steve Jobs' original vision of a skeuomorphic UI is too much like Steve Jobs' original vision of a skeuomorphic UI. All of these companies seem to want to push for a unified UI experience but none of them seem to know or care what the others are doing or what they want out of a unified UI experience so what we are left with is some really ugly and flat UIs with no consistency; except for the concept black text on white background. Christ, I may as well do all my computing on a Kindle Paperwhite, I'll get the same UI experience with none of the over driven brightness. At least Microsoft has unified the UI consistently on all of their devices, even their new Android phone, but even they are beginning to realize it was a bad idea since they're bringing back the Start Menu come August. I honestly was hoping for this whole "flat is where its at" campaign would be short lived and the tech companies would realize that beauty and elegance in the UI can coexist with productivity, flexibility, and speed. Instead all the tech companies are jumping on the bandwagon like it'll solve all of their problems. However, all of them are in their own corner of the wagon doing it their own way instead of collaborating and figuring out whats the best way to unify things. Maybe the other companies are afraid to collaborate because they'll end up doing all the work and then Apple will swoop in, steal it, copyright it and sue them for creating it.
          iPad3 kaufen hier erfahren Sie wo!        

Apples Fangemeinde hat lange auf den heutigen Tag gewartet. Nun ist es endlich so weit und das lang ersehnte iPad3 wurde veröffentlich. Leider gab es kein Live Stream von Apple so das man hätte mitfiebern können. Tim Cook der neue Chef von Apple hat es eher nüchtern präsentiert und nicht so, wie Steve Jobs der …

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          8 Produk Teknologi yang Tidak Akan Hadir di Tahun 2013        

8 Produk Teknologi yang Tidak Akan Hadir di Tahun 2013

Tidak bisa dipungkiri lagi, tahun ini pasti akan banyak produk teknologi atau gadget-gadget yang bakal bikin mata agan-agan kesemsem. Tapi, tidak dengan 8 produk teknologi ini. Berikut 8 produk teknologi yang tidak akan hadir di tahun 2013 ini.

Smartphone Amazon


8 Produk Teknologi yang Tidak Akan Hadir di Tahun 2013: Smartphone Amazon

Spekulasi: Sesudah Amazon sukses menjual kindle fire-nya, perusahaan e-commerce terbesar di dunia itu berencana meluncurkan smartphone buatannya sendiri. Taiwan Economic News melaporkan bahwa perusahaan manufaktur Foxconn telah menjadi partner mereka dalam membuat smartphone itu dan rencananya akan dirilis pada kuartal ke-3 tahun 2013. Rumornya, harga smartphone tersebut hanya berkisar antara 1 sampai 2 juta rupiah saja.

Kenapa produk teknologi ini tidak akan hadir di tahun 2013? Melakukan penetrasi ke pasar smartphone harus diakui sangat sulit tahun 2013 ini. Setidaknya, itulah yang dikatakan para pakar teknologi. Sudah tau kan? Ada 4 raksasa yang sudah menguasai pasar gadget terlebih dahulu. Android, Apple, Blackberry dan Nokia. Kecuali, smartphone keluaran Amazon itu mengadopsi OS Android ataupun para developer smartphone tersebut mempunyai terobosan yang unik agar smartphone yang Amazon kembangkan dapat bersaing di pasar gadget global.

Lebih jauh, sepertinya sangat tidak masuk akal untuk Amazon berebut pangsa pasar smartphone. Seperti yang agan-agan tau, Amazon cuma jualan konten dan produk. Dan lagi, perusahaan itu udah ngerilis berbagai macam app yang mendukung agan-agan shopping untuk berbagai macam smartphone dan akan terdengar konyol kalau mereka cuma jualan smartphone yang isinya sama dengan apa-apa yang apps mereka tawarkan seperti di smartphone lain.

Windows Blue


8 Produk Teknologi yang Tidak Akan Hadir di Tahun 2013: Windows Blue

Spekulasi: Sudah banyak media online yang mengabarkan tentang OS Windows terbaru ini. Untuk saat ini, nama kode yang dipakai untuk OS itu adalah "Windows Blue". Dikabarkan rilis pada akhir 2013.

Kenapa produk teknologi ini tidak akan hadir di tahun 2013? Jika kabar itu benar, maka ekosistem peluncuruan OS dari Windows yang biasa dilakukan selama 3 tahun itu akan berakhir. Lebih jauh lagi, para pengembang aplikasi bakal tambah kelimpungan buat ngembangin aplikasi mereka buat dua OS Windows ini.

Jadi, kalo dikira-kira. Mungkin Windows Blue gak benar-benar rilis official pada kuartal ke-4 2013 itu. Palingan versi developer review atau betanya yang pasti bermanfaat buat para pengembang aplikasi untuk mempelajari ekosistem OS Windows terbaru itu.

Google Nexus 4 dengan Konektivitas LTE 4G


8 Produk Teknologi yang Tidak Akan Hadir di Tahun 2013: Google Nexus 4 dengan Konektivitas LTE 4G

Spekulasi: Ketika Google merilis Nexus 4, para user cukup syok karena mereka baru tau kalo Goolge Nexus 4 tidak mendukung 4G. Namun mereka yakin, kalo Nexus 4 nanti pasti ada versi 4G-nya.

Kenapa produk teknologi ini tidak akan hadir di tahun 2013? Dengan Nexus 4 yang tidak ada konektivitas 4G-nya, Google mencoba memberikan sinyal kepada pengguna smartphonenya bahwa Google akan berusaha bersifat independen dan idealis atau tidak terikat dengan suatu vendor atau perusahaan lain yang turut membantu dalam pembuatan Nexus 4. Ane gak kaget ama keputusan Google ini, karena kabarnya mereka akan memulai memasukkan jaringan 4G pada smartphone Motorola X (ingat, Motorola udah diakuisisi Om Google).

Windows Tablet Keluaran Nokia


8 Produk Teknologi yang Tidak Akan Hadir di Tahun 2013: Windows Tablet Keluaran Nokia

Spekulasi: Tahun-tahun kemandirian Nokia telah berlalu dari yang awalnya tidak pernah menggunakan sedikitpun teknologi orang luar sampai benar-benar "melompat" dari kebiasaan itu yang ditandai dengan hadirnya smartphone Lumia. Jadi apa yang bakal dilakuin oleh mantan eksekutif dari Microsoft, Stephen Elop, sebagai tindak lanjut untuk perusahaan Nokia yang sekarang sedang ditanganinya? Merilis tablet?

Elop pernah berkata: "Dari prespektif ekosistem produk, kami menemukan banyak manfaat dan sinergi antara Windows dan smartphone Windows yang kami besut. Kami melihat peluang itu", katanya. Berdasarkan rumor yang santer terdengar, Nokia berencana merilis Windows RT dengan inovasi daya baterai yang berasal dari tut keyboard di kuartal pertama 2013 ini.

Kenapa produk teknologi ini tidak akan hadir di tahun 2013? Nokia terlihat sangat sulit untuk mendapatkan market sharenya dalam wilayah smartphone. Mengalami kerugian hingga 683 juta Euro dalam kuartal ketiga tahun 2012 lalu. Tablet Windows seperti Windows Surface adalah produk yang terbukti sangat bagus di mata para konsumen sampai saat ini dan itu membuat Nokia juga ikut tertarik. Karena itu, 2013 mungkin Nokia hanya masih berancang-ancang buat menembus pasar tablet dan tahun berikutnya kemungkinan besar adalah pertaruhannya.

TV Apple aka iTV


8 Produk Teknologi yang Tidak Akan Hadir di Tahun 2013: iTV

Spekulasi: Rumor iTV sudah terdengar di penghujung 2011 yang lalu. Kekredibelan rumor ini semakin kuat setelah almarhum Steve Jobs menyebutkan rencananya tentang pengembangan produk TV di buku biografinya. Pada tahun 2012, CEO Apple sekarang, Tim Cook, menceritakan pada NBC bahwa pengembangan iTV adalah sebuah ide yang brilian termasuk menantang untuk dibuat oleh perusahaan yang dipimpinnya. Di tahun 2013, banyak yang yakin kalo iTV akan nongol di Apple store secara global.

Kenapa produk teknologi ini tidak akan hadir di tahun 2013? Pertama-tama, gak ada yang bakal ngeraguin Apple atas pemilihan bahan-bahan buat produknya termasuk ekosistem teknologi yang ada dalam setiap teknologi mereka. Namun, perusahaan ini harus berpikir berkali-kali kalo mau ngerilis iTV. Kenapa? Satu, Apple mesti punya partner dalam jaringan tv berbayar dan jaringan tv nasional. Kedua, masalah servis. Agan-agan tau kan after sales dari Apple bejimana? Dari dua alasan itu, Apple-pun kayaknya masih setengah hati buat terjun langsung dalam persaingan bisnis TV di tahun 2013 ini.

Blackberry Playbook 2


8 Produk Teknologi yang Tidak Akan Hadir di Tahun 2013: Blackberry Playbook 2

Spekulasi: Playbook pertama rilis pada tahun 2011 silam. Dengan OS BB 10 yang terbaru, spekulasi tentang produk teranyar dari RIM terus bergema. Meskipun Playbook yang lama masih dijual. Namun, dengan resolusi layarnya yang pas-pasan (1024x600) dan desain yang ketinggalan zaman, Playbook sepertinya perlu sebuah terobosan. Dan itu terbukti dengan terungkapnya roadmap RIM tentang tablet 10 inci terbarunya yang bernama "Blackforest".

Kenapa produk teknologi ini tidak akan hadir di tahun 2013? Meskipun RIM telah menjual Playboy begitu banyak pada kuartal ke-3 2012 silam (225.000 ribu buah), tablet itu tetap dianggap orang sebelah mata. Selain itu, market share penjualan BB-nya semakin digerogoti oleh smartphone Android. Harapan satu-satunya RIM tertumpu pada Blackberry 10 ini. Kita pasti akan melihat produk tablet keluaran RIM, tapi tidak di tahun ini.

Layar Fleksibel untuk Smartphone atau Tablet


8 Produk Teknologi yang Tidak Akan Hadir di Tahun 2013: Layar Fleksibel untuk Smartphone atau Tablet

Spekulasi: CNET telah melaporkan bahwa Samsung akan mempertunjukan layar yang bisa ditekuk pada pameran CES 2013. Rumornya, Samsung Galaxy S 4 dan Galaxy Note 3 yang akan menggunakan inovasi ini.

Kenapa produk teknologi ini tidak akan hadir di tahun 2013? Layar felsibel itu adalah demo awal. Masih banyak yang perlu ditingkatkan kalo mau layarnya felksibel sekaligus kokoh secara bersamaan. Intinya, tidak akan ada layar fleksibel tahun ini.

Kacamata "Google"


8 Produk Teknologi yang Tidak Akan Hadir di Tahun 2013: Kacamata "Google"

Spekulasi: Developer Kit-nya emang udah disebar kepada para pengembang pilihan Google. Sepertinya produk udah jadinya gak akan terlalu lama kan?

Kenapa produk teknologi ini tidak akan hadir di tahun 2013? Jawabannya, salah. Co-founder Google, Sergey Brin mengatakan bahwa beberapa orang pilihan akan mendapat versi "consumer review" dari kacamata cerdas Google ini. Meskipun kacamata Google ini dijadikan sebagai salah satu penemuan terbaik tahun 2012, agan-agan gak bakalan ngedapetin versi officialnya paling gak sampai akhir tahun 2014.

Nah, doa kita anak-anak Indonesia, mudahan ada orang pribumi Indonesia yang turut andil dalam pembuatan teknologi-teknologi ini. Ya... meskipun kita gak bakalan liat produk-produk teknologi ini pada tahun 2013.

Sumber: _http://gizmodo.com/5971962/13-technologies-you-wont-see-in-2013_

          Nearly half of Apple’s customers using the App Store have iOS 8 on their device        

After a slow start, Apple customers are beginning to adopt the company’s new iOS 8 platform in larger numbers. The US company updated its App Store Distribution page today to show that nearly half (46 percent) of users who visited the Apple Store on September 21 were using the week-old operating system. A number of third party tracking sites found that the early numbers of iOS 8 installs were lower than that of iOS 7 at the same stage last year. That could be down to the sheer demand for the new platform, which Apple CEO Tim Cook says is the most…

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          Deciphering China’s VPN Ban        

This weekend Apple took a dispiriting step in the policing of its Chinese mainland App store: the company removed several Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications that allowed users to circumvent the China’s extensive internet censorship apparatus. In effect, the company has once again aided the Chinese government in its censorship campaign against its own citizens.

A commercial VPN is a private service that offers to securely relay your internet communications via their own network. The advantage of using a VPN is that all of the data you send and receive is hidden from local networks. VPNs may be hosted in a foreign country, which is useful both for protecting communications from a local government, and bypassing national censorship. It is primarily the VPNs’ censorship circumvention properties that make them threatening to the Chinese government.

Apple’s iOS has VPN capabilities built-in, but in recent years China has blocked such standard VPN protocols across their network. This has led to an explosion of applications that use their own unique methods for wrapping and encrypting iOS data. There’s only one way to provide such tools on Apple’s mobile devices, which is via the company’s centralized App Store: once removed by Apple, iPhones and iPads have no way to reach blocked foreign sites (including Google services, Facebook, and independent sources from the New York Times to Human Rights Watch).

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, said that he was hopeful that the restrictions would be lessened over time. But how reasonable is that hope? Is China’s recent crackdown on VPNs a foreshadowing of an even more restricted domestic internet for Chinese users and businesses, or a temporary blip that companies like Apple and independent VPN providers might expect to be able to ride out?

Enforcement of China’s internet censorship policies has historically waxed and waned, depending on the authorities’ concerns over domestic political unrest. Crackdowns can be triggered by concerns over a one-time event, such as the Beijing Olympics in 2008, or regularly-occurring events such as the Communist Party Congress or the June 4 anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. Crackdowns have usually been followed by an easing of restrictions after the politically-sensitive event has passed. However, since the beginning of Xi Jinping’s presidency, there have been indications that the Great Firewall as a technology, and its surrounding regulatory prohibitions, have changed in emphasis from a filter that was relatively easy for businesses, academics, and dedicated netizens to evade, into a far more draconian censorship and surveillance system.

The regulation most often cited as the grounds for the current crackdown on App Store VPNs is a temporary one, promulgated by the The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in February of this year as part of a “cleansing” of the Internet. Its order, which forbids the use of unauthorized VPNs for “cross-border activities,” expires in March 2018. That period would cover the 20th anniversary of the handing over of Hong Kong to China in July, as well as the meeting of China’s 19th Communist Party Congress in November. Chinese citizens have blamed both events as the reason for the tightening of China’s internet rules.

VPNs have always been the bellwether for shifts in these firewall policies. The implementation and unlicensed use of VPNs to bypass local censorship has been prohibited in China since at least 2002. Nonetheless, for many years, individual users, private companies, and even tourist-friendly hotel chains were permitted to use them with little consequence. From 2011 onwards, however, the Great Firewall was upgraded to block VPNs by detecting their protocol, rather than on a per server basis.

This escalation crossed a line that Chinese censorship had previously avoided: rather than being a road bump to prevent popular access to forbidden foreign content, the pervasive blocking of VPNs affects small businesses, university researchers, and high-up Party members.

China’s pressure on Apple to remove consumer VPNs will ratchet up that disruption. Just as their filtering of VPN protocols shepherded users to non-standard VPN implementations in the app store, iOS users will have to seek alternative solutions, including, perhaps, switching to Android and taking advantage of VPNs sold in the over four hundred unofficial Android marketplaces, many of which sprang up after Google’s Play store was blocked in October of 2011.

By locking down their devices, Apple can be forced to strip a feature—access to the full, global internet—from its own products. When the manufacturer controls what kind of software you can have on your devices, it creates a single chokepoint for free expression and privacy.  It is Apple’s pursuit of a “Crystal Prison” model for its hardware that has led to the unpleasant compromise it’s making.

Ultimately, both Apple and the Chinese censors face a barrage of pressures, from each other, and from Chinese technology users. If Apple makes too great a stand against the China’s laws, it could be thrown out of the country. But if China pushes its censorship system too hard, it will have to face the growing frustrations of its own elite. No matter how large China’s internal net is, the country is not yet an information autarky. There’s still some hope that this crackdown will recede when the political climate improves.

How will we know which way the wind is blowing? The best indication will probably come from the Apple App Store at the end of the year, once the 19th Communist Party Congress is over. If commercial VPNs are quietly added back to the store, this move may be part of the regular ebb and flow of censorship in China. If the VPNs remain absent, it may signal an even darker turn for Chinese internet censorship, one in which Apple may find itself permanently complicit.


          AppLoad 204 - Ils auraient dû sortir que l'appli        

Au programme :

Les apps:
  • Clue (iPhone / Gratuit)
  • Voyages SNCF (Android / Gratuit)
  • Game of Thrones (Multi / 3,98€ & 4,99€)
  • Kingdom rush origins (iOS / 2,69€) & (Android / 2,40€)
Les News:
  • Cortana now available in France, Germany, Italy and Spain
  • Huawei : « Personne ne gagne d’argent avec Windows Phone »
  • Smartphones : les marques chinoise montent en puissance
  • Samsung commence la production des A9 : pour iPad pro ou iPhones 6s ?
  • Tim Cook personne de l'année pour le financial Times
  • iOS 8 sur 63% des iPhones - lollipop sur moins de 1% des Android
  • Instagram dépasse twitter - 300 millions d'utilisateurs

Plus d'infos sur l'épisode :


          AppLoad 132 - Doofenshmirtznator        

APPS:

ZAPPS:

NEWS:

  • Patrick VS Cedric
  • Les excuses de Tim Cook
  • Invitation "iPad mini" le 10 Octobre ?
  • Cyanogen Mod 10
  • Que nous cache Windows 8 ?

LIENS :

Et les animateurs :
- Jérome
- Korben
- Cédric
- Patrick

Retrouvez cette émission et beaucoup d'autres sur le site NoWatch.net.


          Derivatehändler: "Etwas weniger Krieg und etwas weniger Korruption"        

Die USA haben heuer rund 1 Bio. $ mehr ausgegeben als durch Steuern eingenommen. Gemessen am Bruttoinlandprodukt (BIP) hat nur Griechenland ein noch höheres Defizit. Im Gegensatz zu den Südeuropäern haben die Amerikaner jedoch ihr Schicksal in der eigenen Hand. Sie können mit Sparmassnahmen den Haushalt schnell wieder in Ordnung bringen, zumal die grössten Ausgaben einerseits beim Militär und anderseits in der Krankenpflege liegen. Etwas weniger Krieg und etwas weniger Korruption bei Ärzten und Spitälern – und die USA wären wieder auf Kurs. An Wachstumskraft und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit fehlt es nicht. Dazu kommt, dass die Abwertung des Dollars und die rekordtiefen Erdgaspreise zur Senkung der Produktionskosten im internationalen Vergleich beigetragen haben. Selbst Apple-CEO Tim Cook hat schon laut darüber nachgedacht, einen Teil seiner Produktion wieder in die USA zurückzubringen. (Der US-Schuldenberg als Krebsgeschwür, Krim Delko, NZZ Online, 18.9.2012)

Im Prinzip stellt der parasitäre Bereich des US-Militärs mit allen seinen privaten und staatlichen Handlangern ebenso eine Art von Korruption dar, wie das US-Gesundheitswesen, das von Pharmariesen dominiert wird. Letztlich sind jene aber doch nur zwei von vielen Stolpersteinen, die dem Hegemon zum Verhängnis werden müssen. Da es sich beim Schreiber der eingangs zitierten Zeilen um Krim Delko handelt - einem Derivatehändler, muss man sich auch nicht fragen, warum er das US-Bankwesen ganz unerwähnt lässt. In der Krise schieben sich die Verantwortlichen gegenseitig die Schuld zu. Man merkt, dass wir uns nun schön langsam wieder weg von der Eurokrise hin zum US-Schuldenberg bewegen dürfen, denn das sog. Fiscal Cliff der USA muss bis Jahresende 2012 abgehandelt werden.

Siehe auch:  Â»Fiscal Cliff« — nicht das einzige Problem der US-Haushaltspolitik
U.S. health care is a 'subtle form of corruption' says leading cancer doctor
Eisenhower and the Merchants of Death
Guns-to-Caviar Index / Kaviar-Kanonen-Index





          How Apple and Amazon Are Aiding Chinese Censors        

Over the weekend, Apple took a small step to help shore up the Great Firewall of China: It deleted more than 60 apps used to route around internet filters from its App Store in China.

The removed apps are virtual private networks, or VPNs, which are used to tunnel web traffic through another computer, often hosted in other countries. VPNs allow Chinese users to circumvent government censorship by essentially letting people use the internet as if they weren’t in China.

The move came after the Chinese government began enforcing a cybersecurity law that prohibits the use of unregistered VPN apps, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on a call with investors on Tuesday.

The government goes to extreme lengths to censor the internet in China. People living in China are blocked from social media sites, like Facebook or Twitter, as well as Google search and some foreign news websites, like the New York Times. When China’s prominent political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winning democracy activist Liu Xiaobo died in July, the Chinese government censorship machine went into high gear, blocking posts and messages about Liu from being shared across the web. In Freedom House’s 2016 rankings on digital rights, it called China “the year's worst abuser of internet freedom."

Apple’s move to disable access to VPN services in its Chinese App Store signals the tech giant is complicit, at least at some level, in Chinese censorship. “We would obviously rather not remove the apps,” Cook said on Tuesday. “But  â€¦ we follow the law wherever we do business.” Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, together, make up Apple’s largest market after the United States.

Human rights advocates aren’t happy with Apple’s shrugged-shoulders approach. “Businesses have a responsibility to respect international human rights law, independent of a state’s own compliance with their human rights obligations,” Josh Franco of Amnesty International wrote in a blog post. “By withdrawing access to VPNs from its Chinese customers, Apple is betraying these responsibilities.”

The people behind VPNs were, predictably, also critical of Apple’s decision. When Express VPN’s app was removed from the iOS store, the company tweeted that it was “dismayed” that “Apple sided with censorship.”

Apple isn’t the only firm bending to Chinese censorship requests. On Tuesday, the Chinese firm that runs Amazon’s Web Services in the country told its customers that if they don’t stop using tools that can be used to circumvent the country’s censorship machine, their websites may be shut down, reported the New York Times.

Facebook has also reportedly developed software that could appease Chinese censors. The social network has created tools that would allow a third party to block posts from people’s news feeds in certain geographic areas. It’s part of a larger, ongoing effort to cajole China into letting Facebook to operate in the country.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Russia—which as Emily Parker has written in Future Tense, increasingly looks up to China as an internet censorship role model—passed a law prohibiting the use of VPNs to anonymously view sites censored by the government.

But Apple’s compliance with Chinese censors is particularly curious, given the company’s very public 2016 battle with the FBI over protecting users’ information rights. Apple fought a court order compelling it to break the encryption on an iPhone in the course of a terrorist investigation. At the time, Apple was celebrated as a champion of civil liberties.

But if Apple and Amazon are willing to bend to the will of governments that censor the internet, it’s fair to ask whether Apple’s fight with to protect the privacy of its users in the U.S. was primarily a public relations stunt. If Apple really cared about protecting the rights of its users, the company would probably not cower to the requests of Chinese censors.

Anyone concerned with the role American tech companies will play in future of protecting basic rights both in the U.S. and abroad should take a hint: These companies are ultimately out to make money. Making the world a better place will always come second.


          Mac Pro 2017: Tim Cook Raises Hopes Of Its Pro Users Amidst MacBook Pro Backlash [VIDEO]        
Tim Cook recently addressed concerns centering on Apple's rumored decision to oust the MacPro line during a Q&A session at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting.
          NEMCC becomes one of first in state to offer iOS App Development concentration        
 Northeast Mississippi Community College will become one of the first colleges in the state of Mississippi to offer a discipline in iOS App Development during the fall 2017 term.

As part of the college's Information Systems Technology program, students will be able to select either a cyber defense, system administration or an iOS App Development emphasis to complement their Associate of Applied Sciences degree from the college.

During their time in the Information Systems Technology program, students will learn the necessary skills necessary to work with not only mobile devices but mobile networks as well.

Northeast will offer specific courses to the iOS App Development concentration that addresses communication, security, networking and a working knowledge and mastery of the Swift programming language.

“The Information System Technology (IST) curriculum was rewritten to be conducive to the IT industry,” said Northeast IST instructor Natasha Lewis. “We need to offer our students the skills that will get them employed, not just give them a brief overview of everything; they need a discipline to concentrate on and that is where the iOS App Development comes into play.”

In addition to being able to compete in one of the fastest-growing industries in information systems technology, students will have a chance to earn industry-standard certifications such as the CompITA certifications that are recognized as one of the best ways to break into the Information Systems Technology field and build a career. CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications are all built into the curriculum for the Information Systems Technology applied sciences degree at Northeast.

Lewis and the participants in the program will be using Swift, which is one of the world's most popular programming languages during their time in the iOS App Development emphasis.

Students will learn to code and design fully functioning applications by gaining critical skills that are important to future employers.

“Coding is important because we are in the technology age, where everyone is attached to a smart device.,” Lewis said. “Therefore, coding is a necessity; it is just as important as speaking English.”

Apple, Incorporated announced a partnership with six community college organizations during the summer of 2017 where it will help community colleges teach the necessary skills needed to be proficient in iOS App Development.

Apple's curriculum is offered by Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston Community College, Mesa Community College and San Mateo Community College District.

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US economy as a whole. The app economy and software development are among the fastest-growing job sectors in America and we’re thrilled to be providing educators and students with the tools to learn coding,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Community colleges play a critical role in helping students achieve their dreams, and we hope these courses will open doors for people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue what they love.”

Northeast’s curriculum will closely follow the Apple, Incorporated curriculum.

Participants need a composite score on the ACT of 17 for entrance into the Northeast Information Systems Technology program.

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          Esteri di mer 21/10        
1-Blitz di Assad a Mosca. Dopo la campagna militare, Putin vuole anche un ruolo politico in una possibile transizione...2-” Madrid deve ascoltare la catalogna “ ad Esteri ..la sindaca di Barcellona Ada Colau. Oggi la prima parte (intervista di Diana Santini ) 3-Canada: appena eletto il premier Trudeau ritira i caccia dalla Siria e Iraq. verso la cancellazione dell'acquisito di 65 F35. 4-la Shoah secondo Netanyahu. Pioggia di critiche sul premier israeliano che minimizza il ruolo di Hitler nella soluzione finale. ..5-Musica e nuove tecnologie: tim cook svela i nuemri di Apple Music: 6, 5 milioni di abbonamenti ma Spotify rimane ancora avanti. 6-Progetti sostenibili: la sfida danese, raddoppiare la quota dell'agricoltura biologica.
          AirPods: Das Warten hat ein Ende – fast        
AirPods mit Case (geöffnet), Bild: Apple

Eigentlich sollten die AirPods diejenigen Kopfhörer werden, die iPhone-Käufern erklären, warum sie getrost auf den Klinkenanschluss verzichten können. Aber dann kamen sie immer später und wenn man sie haben wollte, musste man 6 Wochen darauf warten. Aber das ist jetzt vorbei. Apple schraubt an der Kapazität Beim Conference Call hat Apple-CEO Tim Cook versprochen, dass (...). Weiterlesen!

The post AirPods: Das Warten hat ein Ende – fast appeared first on Macnotes.de.


          El juguete sexual que puedes sincronizar con tu AppleWatch - De10.com.mx        

Apple Watch es uno de los relojes inteligentes más vendidos del momento y se espera que sus ventas incrementen con el que se cuente lanzamiento de su siguiente generación, y es que como bien lo menciono Tim Cook, CEO de Apple, en el evento de lanzamiento de este 2015, el iPhone se ha convertido en el smartphone más querido y vendido de la historia, y por consiguiente, el reloj inteligente se posiciona como uno de los más deseados.

Tal vez sea por eso que, desde su lanzamiento, los desarrolladores de aplicaciones para este gadget se han puesto las pilas, trayéndonos cada vez algo mas innovador, como Blush, el primer juguete sexual que puedes manejar a través de una App en el Apple Watch.

La idea de Lovesense, una compañía especializada en juguetes sexuales y sus creadores, es que una persona pueda controlar desde su muñeca, con el Apple Watch, los movimientos del aparato: con un toque se activa la vibración corta o larga. La aplicación se conecta al reloj vía bluetooth y a través de un teléfono iPhone. Es decir, quien tenga un Apple Watch con la app de Blush instalada estará comunicándose realmente con el iPhone de la persona que esté usando el vibrador, y será el teléfono el que envíe las órdenes que le lleguen, así lo menciona Huffingtonpost.

Además, este producto es ideal para las mujeres que no tienen pareja, pues se trata de una nueva experiencia a solas, aunado al hecho de que el vibrador se encuentra elaborado 100% en silicona.

Finalmente, cabe mencionar que el Blush Bullet Vibe es mucho más silencioso que los juguetes sexuales similares, haciéndolo más discreto al momento de usarlo. Pero eso no es todo, pues lo mejor es que permite mantener las manos libres, según menciona Informe21.

De momento, Blush es un proyecto de crowdfunding. En su página de Indiegogo cualquiera puede comprar uno por 39 dólares, aunque su precio final oscilará entre los 79 y 89 dólares cuando se ponga finalmente a la venta el próximo mes de octubre.

Y a ti, ¿te gustaría probarlo?


          HAUPTSCHULE WEISSENTHURM ENTZIEHT AKIF PIRINCCI NACHTRÄGLICH SCHULABSCHLUSS        
http://www.spiegel.de/…/uni-goettingen-distanziert-sich-von…

HAUPTSCHULE WEISSENTHURM ENTZIEHT AKIF PIRINCCI NACHTRÄGLICH SCHULABSCHLUSS


Griechenlandkrise, Ukraine-Konflikt, Schüsse in Kopenhagen und jetzt auch noch das: Wie gerade bekannt wurde, hat die Hauptschule Weißenthurm, von der der nicht so tolle Bestsellerautor Akif Pirinçci 1977 sein Diplom in Hauptschulilogie erhielt, in einem aufsehenerregenden Beschluß und in Absprache mit dem Bildungsministerium Rheinland-Pfalz den besagten Abschluß des Tourette-Türken rückwirkend für null und nichtig erklärt. Grund für den Entzug, ähm, Einzug, ähm, Rückzug, also Hauptschulabschluß futsch ist der sexistische, unflätige und überhaupt total hitlereske Ton in den Publikationen des bei gerade im Karneval mit Alkopops abgefüllten jungen Frauen so beliebten Schriftstellers. Schulleiter Ahmet Özülgürümümü zu SPIEGEL Online:

"Wir haben nochmals die Prüfungsunterlagen dieses Hurensohns unter die Lupe genommen, bevor sie zwischen unseren Fingern zu Staub zerfielen. Der Schwanzlutscher hat die Lehrer damals schon mit gefaketer Wichse verarscht. Seine Abhandlung über die Philosophie von Martin Heidegger war z. B. komplett von seinem Sitznachbarn Abdullah Halay abgeschrieben. Halay, der sich vor dreißig Jahren als Flaschensammler selbstständig gemacht hat, beteuerte uns gegenüber, daß jedes Wort in der Schrift von ihm sei, bis auf die Einlassungen über die `metaphysische Weltauffassung´ und Analverkehr. Außerdem war das Arschgesicht schon damals äußerst unbeliebt und hatte eine dreckige Lache. Mit der Aberkennung des Hauptschulabschlusses ist von unserer Schule und der Bildungsministerin Vera Reiß eine klare Botschaft an Pirinçci verbunden: Na, wie gefällt dir das, du Ficksau?!"

Der Zeugnisverlust hat für den meist besoffenen Schriftsteller schwerwiegende berufliche und finanzielle Konsequenzen. Verlagsleiter Andreas Lombard vom Manuscriptum Verlag:

"Eine weitere Zusammenarbeit ist nach dieser Entscheidung mit Pipi … Popo … eigentlich kenne ich den gar nicht … auf gar keinen Fall mehr möglich. Alle unsere Autoren müssen einen Hauptschulabschluß besitzen. Dieser Pironkuk behauptete sogar, er hätte Abitur, das heißt Abi. Jetzt redet er sich damit heraus, daß er damals vor dem Vertragsabschluß nur von `einem´ Abi gesprochen hätte, was auf Türkisch Bruder bedeutet. Zudem schicken uns die Leser seine Bücher zehntausendfach zurück und wollen wieder ihr Geld haben, nachdem sie erfuhren, daß sie lediglich das doofe Zeug eines doofen Türken im Regal stehen haben. Das nächste Buch von ihm, das im Frühjahr erscheint, wird deshalb nur leere Seiten enthalten. Wird bestimmt wieder ein Bestseller!"

Telefonisch war der Autor nicht zu erreichen. Doch als ein Kollege von unserer Redaktion zum Mittagessen wie gewöhnlich zur "Tafel" ging, traf er ihn zufällig unter einer Brücke und konnte mit ihm ein Interview führen. Darin äußerst sich der Überraschte besorgt über seine Zukunft:

"Tja, die Veröffentlichung meines Buches über die Schwarzen Löcher und ihre gravitativen Auswirkungen kann ich ja wohl jetzt vergessen. Und mein Puff-Ratgeber `Fick dich um die Welt´ will nicht einmal mehr Random House haben. Ich habe schon an Selbstmord gedacht. Aber normalerweise bekomme ich für jeden Scheiß einen Vorschuß, und dafür will ja nun keine Sau zahlen. Mein einziger Trost sind die jungen Weiber. Die halten einen weiterhin für den geilsten Bock, wenn man gut Sudoku kann."




          Akif Pirincci - WENN ALTE FRAUEN LACHEN        

WENN ALTE FRAUEN LACHEN

http://www.ardmediathek.de/tv/Ladies-Night/...

Eine der unwitzigsten Komödiantinnen der deutschen Comedian-Szene ist Gerburg Jahnke. Egal ob Mann oder Frau, über ihre Gags kann nur jemand lachen, der den politisch korrekten Stock im Arsch inne hat und wie ein von Latzhosen-Emanzen aus den 80er Jahren dressierter Affe auf jedes Stichwort zur Lächerlichmachung insbesondere des alten Mannes losprusten darf. Eine 60-jährige Frau mit weißen Haaren und faltigem Gesicht, die vorher vom Visagisten zur Grande Dame aufgehübscht worden ist, steht auf der Bühne und sagt unter Zuhilfenahme von allerlei Scheibenfischer-Gesten vorm Gesicht und angeekelten Bah!-Lauten:
"Bei uns ist ja zu Hause der Mann, der … Bei mir in derselben Wohnung … Der hat sich einen Abend nach Weihnachten, also nach Heiligabend vor dem Spiegel gestellt. Das war's dann mit der guten Stimmung …"
Ein Brüller! Und zugleich das einzige Thema, welches die offenkundig selber von Horden von Rasierwasser-Dressman begehrte Omi im Repertoire hat. Jaja, der häßliche, doofe Mann, der sich mit Wampe und Herrentitten noch im Großvater-Alter für die Krone der Schöpfung hält und über den sich die unverändert in der Gußform einer 17-jährigen befindliche, weise alte Dame nur ausschütten kann vor Gegacker. Vermutlich steht die Witzfigur auch noch auf junge Frauen, die allerdings auch nur Spott und Hohn verdienen, weil sie, nun ja, halt noch jung und knusprig sind.

"Männer machen das normalerweise, wenn sie 20, 25 sind, dann gucken sie einmal in den Spiegel. Dann finden sie das toll. Und mit diesem Bild gehen sie, bis sie 60 sind."
So arbeitet es in einem alten Frauenkopf, der in den letzten vierzig Jahren mit Klischees, wohltemperiertem Männerhaß und grundloser Überheblichkeit des Frauseins gefüllt wurde. Das Klischee ist natürlich der Nährboden der Komik, bloß funktioniert die Masche nicht, wenn der Komiker selbst ein Klischee ist. Nämlich das der in die Jahre gekommenen gehässigen Alten, die es nicht verwinden kann, daß beim lustigen Geschlechterspiel das einzige Kapital der Frau ihre jugendliche Attraktivität ist, und es dem Mann deshalb seine zahlreichen alternativen Schachzüge diesbezüglich neidet. Zwischendurch läßt sie aus dem Publikum reife Männer aufstehen, und alle dürfen die dann auslachen. Ach, tut das gut! Man stelle sich vor, das Gleiche würde Gerburg mit alten Frauen tun. Ein Berufsverbot wäre ihr sicher.

Schon in früheren Jahren im Frauenkabarettduo "Missfits" mit ihrer Partnerin Stephanie Überall pflegte Gerburg Jahnke eine absonderliche Art von Humor. Die beiden stellten ein Freundinnenpaar dar, die wohl eine Entsprechung zu weiblichen Spießerinnen sein sollten. Allerdings aus den 50ziger Jahren, die so niemand mehr kannte. Es war stets ein um sich selbst drehender Witz ohne Bezug zur Realität, die Verarschung einer Behauptung, die in Wahrheit niemand mehr behauptete. Die Zuschauer lachten nicht über wirkliche Spießer, die schon damals vollends vergrünisiert, gutgemenschlicht und sexuell und familiär durcheinander lebten, sondern über eine längst ausgestorbene Lebensart und Geisteshaltung. Man lachte über Oma und Opa in ihren jungen Jahren, welche man aus alten Heinz-Erhardt-Filmen zu kennen glaubte.

Geblieben ist davon ein säuerliches Angeekeltsein vor einem eingebildeten Männertypus, der Gerburg nur notdürftig als Witz zu verpacken vermag:
"Männer, die sich noch nicht aufgegeben haben. Aber die beim Laufen so aussehen."
Im Publikum sitzen auffällig viele ältere Frauen mit allen ihrem Alter entsprechenden ästhetischen Attributen. Worüber lachen sie? Welchen Mann haben sie gewöhnlich zu ihrer Seite, falls sie überhaupt einen Mann ihr eigen nennen? Und ist ein Publikum voller älterer Männer denkbar, die sich über die Witze eines 60 Jahre alten Komikers über Cellulite, erschlaffte Brüste, Brauereigaulärsche und weibliche Faltenfratzen kaputtlachen? Und die aller wichtigste Frage: Würde die ARD solch eine Veranstaltung überhaupt ausstrahlen?

Weil Gerburg Jahnke jedoch mit ihren Männerfrotzeleien offenbar so erfolgreich ist, hat ihr die ARD eine eigene Sendung namens "Ladies Night" gegeben, in der ausschließlich gleichgesinnte Komikerinnen auftreten. Eine von ihnen schafft es sogar die islamische Gewalt zum ärgerlichen Lausbubenstreich von abenteuerlustigen jungen Männern zu drehen. Zudem war das bei uns noch unlängst, also vor tausend Jahren auch nicht anders, meint sie, was implizieren soll, daß wir auf ein Happy End noch tausend Jahre warten sollten.

Die unlustigste Figur in der Show ist jedoch eine dicke Frau namens Anny Hartmann:
"Dieses Bäuchlein wird Ihnen präsentiert von Marzipankartoffeln."
Haha, ich schmeiß mich weg! Ach so, das ist ja gar kein Witz. Die Künstlerin, von der man sich ernsthaft fragt, wo sie ihre Kunst außer bei Gewerkschaftstagungen und auf Parteitagen der Grünen darbietet, weil sie selbst beim Abfeuern ihrer fulminanten Gags wie eine humorbefreite, unscheinbare Öko-Tante wirkt und auch dementsprechend gekleidet ist, schafft etwas, was man für unmöglich gehalten hatte. Sie gibt die launige Rede einer Abgeordneten der Grünen oder Linken im Bundestag als Comedy aus. Die Rede ist von der Frauenquote, der ultrakonservativen CSU, von bösen Männern in der Wirtschaft, die nur dazu erfunden wurde, damit Männer unter sich bleiben können, und für die musterbeispielhaft tatsächlich Strauss-Kahn stehen soll, weil gerne auf Schenkel geklopft wird, wenn man sich olle Wirtschaftsheinis im Puff vorstellt. Nur lustig ist das alles nicht, und lachen kann man über solche linke Gesinnungswitzeleien allein als eine Einverständniserklärung für die erwünschte politische Blutgruppe.

Am Ende der Show kommt frau wieder zu ihrem Lieblingsthema zurück, womit sich übrigens auch das Öko-Weibchen schon ausgiebig beschäftigt hat, nämlich daß alle Frauen, die nicht dick sind, als Hungerhaken zu bezeichnen sind, und eine andere Dicke singt: "Der Mond ist rund, ich bin es auch. Nein, ein Hungerhaken werde ich nicht, ich hab ein Vollmondgesicht." Na dann …




          Akif Pirincci - STELL DIR VOR ES IST KRIEG UND DIE FRUCHTBLASE PLATZT        
STELL DIR VOR ES IST KRIEG UND DIE FRUCHTBLASE PLATZT

Wie man weiß, liebe ich dieses Land von ganzem Herzen. Unter anderem auch deswegen, weil es entgegen dem internationalen Vorurteil so viel Humor besitzt. Ja, Deutschland wird sogar von Komikern regiert, was eigentlich zu Folge haben müßte, daß der Karneval abgeschafft wird, ist er doch schon das ganze Jahr über präsent. Allerdings sieht es hinter den Kulissen der Komikbranche todernst aus, denn das Leute-zum-Lachen-bringen kostet viel Geld. Bisweilen können die Kosten bei bis zu 3,7 Milliarden Euro liegen. Aber dafür ist das Resultat auch zum Brüllen komisch:

"Bürokratie, Vorschriften und DIN-Normen machen der Bundeswehr bei der Modernisierung der Streitkräfte immer stärker zu schaffen. So verzögerte sich die Auslieferung von 350 Schützenpanzern des Typs `Puma´ unter anderem, weil diese auch für hochschwangere Soldatinnen geeignet sein müßten, berichtet die `Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung´."

Man fragt sich wirklich, ob diese Meldung nicht von professionellen Gag-Autoren ersonnen worden ist. Denn wie der Witz funktioniert, ist jedem klar. In diesem Panzer wird in Wirklichkeit niemals eine Hochschwangere sitzen, nein, nicht einmal eine Soldatin bzw. Soldatdarstellerin wird darin Platz nehmen, wenn es zu einer kriegerischen Auseinandersetzung kommt. Und auch sonst nicht. Es ist die reine und politkorrekte Show eines degenerierten Landes mit degenerierten Einwohnern, die debil und blind wie Maulwürfe vor sich hinarbeiten, um ihr Erwirtschaftetes lachenden Herzens diesen Clowns in den Rachen zu schmeißen. Oder wie ich in meinem im Frühjahr erscheinenden Buch DIE GROSSE VERSCHWULUNG schreibe:

"Bei der zum Schießen lustigen Klamotte mit dem Titel `Frauen bei der Bundeswehr´ geht es in Wahrheit so zu wie bei allen anderen dem in die Irre gelaufenen Feminismus huldigenden arbeitspolitischen Maßnahmen, nämlich um eine erzwungene Quote, welche die Frau par ordre du mufti auf Podeste hievt, denen sie nicht gewachsen ist, doch für die Öffentlichkeit trotzdem den Anschein erwecken soll, daß sie mit dem Manne in j e d e r Beziehung mithalten könne. Aber vielleicht ist doch nicht aller Tage Abend beim Kommiß. 40 Prozent der Frauen, die bei dem Männerclub anheuern, werden innerhalb kürzester Zeit schwanger, bevor überhaupt die richtige Ochsentour beginnt, und zur Fabrikation neuer Bundeswehrangehöriger unter Einbehaltung des Soldes in den verdienten Mutterurlaub geschickt. Ist auch besser so."






          Tim Cook discusses manufacturing        
"The truth is we couldn’t innovate at the speed we do if we viewed manufacturing as this disconnected thing. It’s integrated. So it’s a part of our process." — Tim Cook in this Bloomberg article.

That explains why he gives away copies of Competing Against Time.
          TV App Review        
Today Apple released tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2, both of which bring several additions to the operating systems. Chief among all additions, the clear centerpiece of these updates is a brand new app called TV. When Tim Cook announced this app onstage earlier this fall, he plainly stated its purpose: TV exists to create a […]
          Storing objects in the Google Firebase cloud with TMS Cloud Pack        

Since the latest release of TMS Cloud Pack, there is now also built-in support to use Google Firebase for cloud data storage. The architecture of Google's Firebase is quite simple. It offers storage of JSON data in the cloud. The JSON data has a unique identifier in a table and via access with this unique identifier, this JSON data can be read, updated or deleted. In addition, indexing rules can be set to perform query on the data in a Firebase table, for example, retrieve all JSON objects where a field X has value Y.

To make it really easy use to use data on Google Firebase from a Delphi or C++Builder application, we have added capabilities to put objects or generic lists of objects in a Firebase table. This is done via the non-visual component TFirebaseObjectDatabase that you can put on the form.



To demonstrate this, consider a class we want to use in the Delphi application that descends from TFirebaseObject:

  TFirebaseCustomer = class(TFirebaseObject)
  private
    FName: string;
    FStreet: string;
    FZIP: integer;
    FDoB: TDate;
    FCity: string;
  public
    constructor Create; override;
    destructor Destroy; override;
  published
    property Name: string read FName write FName;
    property Street: string read FStreet write FStreet;
    property City: string read FCity write FCity;
    property ZIP: integer read FZIP write FZIP;
    property DoB: TDate read FDoB write FDoB;
  end;

Now, after we have retrieved a connection for TAdvFirebaseObjectDataBase to Firebase via:

  AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.DatabaseName := 'TMS';
  AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.TableName := 'Customers';
  AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.Connect;
we can create and put TFirebaseCustomer objects in the Google Firebase realtime data cloud:

var
  cst: TFireBaseCustomer;
begin
  cst := TFireBaseCustomer.Create;
  try
    cst.Name := 'Bill Gates';
    cst.Street := 'Microsoft Av';
    cst.ZIP := 2123;
    cst.City := 'Redmond';
    cst.DoB := EncodeDate(1969,04,18);
    cst.ID := '1240';
    AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.InsertObject(cst);
  finally
    cst.Free;
  end;
end;

All published properties of the object will be automatically persisted on the Google Firebase cloud. This is how the data looks when inspecting it on the Firebase console

Note that we have explicitly set the unique ID of the object via the cst.ID property. When the ID is set at application level, it is the responsibility of the app to use unique IDs. When no ID is set, the AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase will automatically create a GUID as ID.

In this example, we have created a rather simple object with simple data types. But nothing prevents you from using class properties as in this example:

  TCareerPeriod = class(TPersistent)
  private
    FFinish: integer;
    FStart: integer;
  published
    property Start: integer read FStart write FStart;
    property Finish: integer read FFinish write FFinish;
  end;

  TFirebaseCustomer = class(TFirebaseObject)
  private
    FName: string;
    FStreet: string;
    FZIP: integer;
    FDoB: TDate;
    FCity: string;
    FPicture: TFireBasePicture;
    FCareer: TCareerPeriod;
    procedure SetCareer(const Value: TCareerPeriod);
  public
    constructor Create; override;
    destructor Destroy; override;
  published
    property Name: string read FName write FName;
    property Street: string read FStreet write FStreet;
    property City: string read FCity write FCity;
    property ZIP: integer read FZIP write FZIP;
    property DoB: TDate read FDoB write FDoB;
    property Career: TCareerPeriod read FCareer write SetCareer;
  end;

And now this code can be used to persist this slightly more complex object:
var
  cst: TFireBaseCustomer;
begin
  cst := TFireBaseCustomer.Create;
  try
    cst.Name := 'Elon Musk';
    cst.Street := '3500 Deer Creek Road';
    cst.ZIP := 2123;
    cst.City := 'Palo Alto';
    cst.DoB := EncodeDate(1975,03,21);
    cst.ID := '1241';
    cst.Career.Start := 2011;
    cst.Career.Finish := 2017;
    AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.InsertObject(cst);
  finally
    cst.Free;
  end;
end;

As you can see, more complex classes can be easily & automatically persisted in the Google Firebase cloud.


With respect to types of fields, there is one caveat though, Google Firebase doesn't offer out of the box support for binary blobs. Imagine that we'd want to persist a Delphi object that has a TPicture property. The TPicture is internally streamed in a custom way to the DFM (via the DefineProperties(Filer: TFiler); override) and the JSON persister does not automatically get this data. There is however an easy workaround to add a published string property to a class descending from TPicture and use this string to hold hex encoded binary data of the picture. The DataString property getter & setter methods use the StreamToHex() and HexToStream() functions that are included in the unit CloudCustomObjectFirebase:

  TFireBasePicture = class(TPicture)
  private
    function GetDataString: string;
    procedure SetDataString(const Value: string);
  published
    property DataString: string read GetDataString write SetDataString;
  end;


{ TFireBasePicture }

function TFireBasePicture.GetDataString: string;
var
  ms: TMemoryStream;
begin
  ms := TMemoryStream.Create;
  try
    SaveToStream(ms);
    Result := StreamToHex(ms);
  finally
    ms.Free;
  end;
end;

procedure TFireBasePicture.SetDataString(const Value: string);
var
  ms: TMemoryStream;
begin
  ms := HexToStream(Value);
  try
    LoadFromStream(ms);
  finally
    ms.Free;
  end;
end;


This way, we can extend the class to have a picture property:

  TFireBaseCustomer = class(TFirebaseObject)
  private
    FName: string;
    FStreet: string;
    FZIP: integer;
    FDoB: TDate;
    FCity: string;
    FPicture: TFireBasePicture;
    FCareer: TCareerPeriod;
    procedure SetPicture(const Value: TFireBasePicture);
    procedure SetCareer(const Value: TCareerPeriod);
  public
    constructor Create; override;
    destructor Destroy; override;
  published
    property Name: string read FName write FName;
    property Street: string read FStreet write FStreet;
    property City: string read FCity write FCity;
    property ZIP: integer read FZIP write FZIP;
    property DoB: TDate read FDoB write FDoB;
    property Career: TCareerPeriod read FCareer write SetCareer;
    property Picture: TFireBasePicture read FPicture write SetPicture;
  end;

and persist the object with picture via:

var
  cst: TFireBaseCustomer;
begin
  cst := TFireBaseCustomer.Create;
  try 
    cst.Name := 'Tim Cook';
    cst.Street := '1 Infinite Loop';
    cst.ZIP := 2123;
    cst.City := 'Cupertino';
    cst.DoB := EncodeDate(1975,03,21);
    cst.ID := '1242';
    cst.Picture.LoadFromFile('tim_cook.jpg');
    cst.Career.Start := 2006;
    cst.Career.Finish := 2017;

    AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.InsertObject(cst);
  finally
    cst.Free;
  end;
end;

To retrieve the objects back that were persisted, we can use:

var
  fbo: TFirebaseObject;
begin
  fbo := AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.ReadObject('1240');

  if Assigned(fbo) then
  begin
    if (fbo is TFirebaseCustomer) then
      ShowMessage((fbo as TFirebaseCustomer).Name+';'+(fbo as TFirebaseCustomer).City);
    fbo.Free;
  end;
end;



To persist a property change of the object, for example to change the career date of customer 1241 to 2018, we could write:

var
  fbo: TFirebaseObject;
begin
  fbo := AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.ReadObject('1241');

  if Assigned(fbo) then
  begin
    if (fbo is TFirebaseCustomer) then
    begin 
      ((fbo as TFirebaseCustomer).Career.Finish := 2018;
      AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.WriteObject(fbo);
    end;
  end;
end;

Working with generic lists


The previous samples all showed how to perform CRUD operations on single objects in the Google Firebase cloud. Our component TAdvFirebaseObjectDatabase also facilitates dealing with generic lists of objects. Imagine you want to persist a score table of game and have following simple classes to store this:

  TSimpleClass = class(TFirebaseObject)
  private
    FName: string;
    FScore: integer;
  published
    property Name: string read FName write FName;
    property Score: integer read FScore write FScore;
  end;

  TSimpleList = TList<TSimpleClass>;


With this class and its generic list, we can add a list of data at once in the Google Firebase cloud:

var
  sl: TFirebaseObjectList;
  sc: TSimpleClass;
  I: Integer;
begin
  sl := TFirebaseObjectList.Create;
  try
    sc := TSimpleClass.Create;
    sc.Name := 'Bruno';
    sc.Score := 48;
    sc.ID := '1';
    sl.Add(sc);

    sc := TSimpleClass.Create;
    sc.Name := 'Nancy';
    sc.Score := 83;
    sc.ID := '2';
    sl.Add(sc);

    sc := TSimpleClass.Create;
    sc.Name := 'Pieter';
    sc.Score := 17;
    sc.ID := '3';
    sl.Add(sc);

    sc := TSimpleClass.Create;
    sc.Name := 'Bart';
    sc.Score := 299;
    sc.ID := '4';
    sl.Add(sc);

    sc := TSimpleClass.Create;
    sc.Name := 'Wagner';
    sc.Score := 55;
    sc.ID := '5';
    sl.Add(sc);

    AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.TableName:= 'List';
    AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.InsertList(sl);

    for I := 0 to sl.Count - 1 do
      sl[I].Free;
  finally 
    sl.Free;
  end;
end;

Inspecting this on the Google Firebase console results in:



If at a later time we'd like to retrieve the score of Bart, we could use the code:

var
  c: TFirebaseObjectList;
  I: Integer;

begin
  AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.TableName := 'List';
  c:= AdvFirebaseObjectDatabase1.QueryList('Name', 'Bart');
  if Assigned(c) then
  begin
    for I := 0 to c.Count - 1 do
    begin
      ShowMessage((c[I] as TSimpleClass).Score.ToString);
      c[I].Free;
    end;
    c.Free;
  end;
end;

This performs a query on the List table for value 'Bart' set in the 'Name' field. The result of the query is a generic list (in case multiple matching results are found).

This was a glimpse at the TAdvFirebaseObjectDataBase component as an introduction for the new Google Firebase access features in the TMS Cloud Pack. Explore the full set of powerful capabilities of TAdvFirebaseObjectDataBase and the many other components in TMS Cloud Pack to make consuming cloud services in Delphi & C++Builder a piece of cake.



          Ipad 3 - The Next Generation        
  Yesterday saw the release of Apple’s latest creation, the updated iPad 3. While most most people already had heard rumours last week of this release due to leaks on the internet, these rumours were laid to rest yesterday. There are a wide range of new features available on the newest of Apple’s technological formulation and including the connection to the new 4G speedy mobile networks. Included in this is a high definition screen, voice dictation and a significantly better camera. All of this is priced the same as the Ipad 2. It was Tim Cook, the new chief executive that revealed the third tablet yesterday, whose performance will undoubtedly be compared to the late company founder Steve Jobs. A bold statement said by Mr Cook “We think that iPad is the poster child of the post-PC world” was not unlike the previous statements by Steve Jobs himself. The invention of the new 4G network sees only the country of Australia not being able to connect yet. The most notable upgrade to Apples new invention is the 9.7 inch screen which now features double the resolution as seen on the iPhone 4. It is said that the mega pixels are indiscernible to the naked eye. It seems that with all this new technology, this could have a remarkable effect on the office industry. We could see these on office desks up and down the country and with the invention of the 4G mobile network we could see great advances in wireless technology and more flexible working hours as office workers will not be bound to their desks. iPads have always been a great tool for professionals to give presentations to potential clients, around the boardroom table and now with its faster connection speed and clearer clients will be dazzled by the professionalism.
          Teil 1: Tim Cook im Interview mit Charlie Rose        
In einem Interview mit Tim Cook konnten vor wenigen Tagen die Zuschauer viele neue Eindrücke von Apples Interessen und zukünftigen Vorhaben gewinnen. Gastgeber war der US-amerikanischen Fernsehmoderator Charlie Rose, der die gleichnamige Talkshow seit 1991 moderiert. Bereits gestern konnten wir auf einige Eindrücke des Gesprächs in Form von kurzen Video-Clips verweisen. Nun ist die erste Hälfte […]
          [Kilas Balik] 10 Gadget Terpopuler di Indonesia Tahun 2011        
Siapa yang bisa hidup tanpa gadget? Benda ajaib ini paling banyak dicari, dibicarakan dan digunakan saat ini. Fungsi utamanya tidak lagi sekadar untuk pesan suara dan pesan singkat, tetapi juga membuat Anda terhubung ke Internet kapan saja di mana saja. Anda bisa berkantor di kafe favorit.

Tak heran ada lelucon yang mengatakan, orang zaman sekarang lebih sering menggenggam gadget daripada tangan pasangan. Simak deretan gadget populer 2011 berikut ini:


Spoiler for Pertama:

BLACKBERRY BOLD



Sejak dirilis pertama kali tahun 2008 (seri 9000), BlackBerry Bold adalah produk andalan Research In Motion yang ditujukan bagi konsumen kelas menengah ke atas.

BlackBerry Bold ditandai dengan kemampuan hardware yang mumpuni dan cocok digunakan untuk intensitas kerja yang tinggi. Hal inilah yang membuat popularitas BlackBerry Bold tetap tinggi di tengah gempuran gadget-gadget baru dari Apple atau Android.

Seri terbaru BlackBerry Bold yang membetot perhatian publik adalah Bold 9900 alias Dakota. Gadget ini mengusung sistem operasi terbaru Blackberry, OS 7, dan punya fitur layar sentuh yang dipadu dengan papan ketik QWERTY.

Di Indonesia, BlackBerry Dakota cukup populer dan segera saja menjadi buruan para penggila gadget.

Spoiler for Kedua:

APPLE IPAD



Setelah sukses besar dengan produk iPad di tahun 2010, Apple kembali menggebrak pasar tablet dengan meluncurkan iPad 2 pada Maret 2011.

Seperti iPad generasi pertama, iPad 2 juga memiliki layar sekitar 10 inci. Hanya saja, iPad generasi kedua ini memiliki badan yang lebih tipis sehingga lebih ringan, punya hardware yang lebih tangguh dan canggih serta dilengkapi kamera.

Kehadiran iPad 2 ini disambut sangat antusias, tidak hanya oleh para penggemar produk Apple, tetapi juga oleh para penggila gadget sedunia. Selama beberapa waktu, publik terus membicarakan kemampuan tablet yang dilepas dalam tiga varian, 16 GB, 32 GB dan 64 GB ini.

Bukti popularitas iPad di dunia nyata adalah angka penjualannya yang fantastis. Di hari pertama iPad 2 dijual ke pasaran, sekitar 500-600 ribu unit ludes diserbu pembeli. Tidak lama kemudian, demam iPad 2 melanda berbagai negara, tidak terkecuali Indonesia.

Meski mendapat persaingan keras dari banyak komputer tablet lainnya, seperti Samsung, HTC dan Motorola, kesuksesan iPad tetap mencuat. Apple sukses membangkitkan lagi teknologi tablet, yang sebenarnya tidaklah baru, menjadi tren dunia teknologi.


Spoiler for Ketiga:

SAMSUNG GALAXY S II


Samsung adalah salah satu produsen telepon seluler berbasis Android yang paling berjaya saat ini. Pabrik asal Korea Selatan ini menawarkan produk dengan kemampuan perangkat keras yang tinggi tetapi dijual dengan harga yang cukup kompetitif.

Salah satu produk andalan terbaru Samsung adalah telepon seluler Galaxy S II, yang merupakan penerus dari telepon premium Galaxy S. Produk ini diperkenalkan ke pasaran pada bulan Februari 2011 dan tidak butuh waktu lama buat ponsel berprosesor dual core dan berlayar 4,3 inci ini untuk membuat para pecinta gadget jatuh hati.

Dari banyak pengukuran (benchmark), Galaxy S II mencatatkan hasil yang tinggi; bahkan kemampuannya diklaim mengungguli iPhone besutan Apple.

Dengan banyak keunggulan di atas, maka wajar bila awal Oktober ini Samsung merilis data bahwa Galaxy S dan Galaxy S II telah terjual sebanyak 30 juta unit di seluruh dunia.

Apple yang terancam dengan kehadiran Galaxy S II mencoba melawan melalui jalur pengadilan dengan tuduhan pelanggaran paten. Akibatnya, pengadilan kemudian memutuskan bahwa Galaxy S II dilarang untuk dijual di sejumlah negara Eropa.



Spoiler for Keempat:

SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB

Popularitas komputer tablet yang dibangkitkan iPad sejak 2010 membuat banyak produsen komputer dan telepon seluler mengikuti langkah Apple. Tidak terkecuali Samsung yang merilis Galaxy Tab berukuran 7 inci pada akhir 2010.

Masih tetap dengan kemampuan hardware yang mumpuni dipadu dengan sistem operasi Android yang memang tengah digemari, popularitas Galaxy Tab mencuat. Walau begitu, Samsung harus menerima fakta bahwa dari segi penjualan, Galaxy Tab masih di bawah iPad.

Namun Samsung tidak tinggal diam. Pada Februari 2011, produsen elektronik Korea Selatan itu meluncurkan versi kedua Galaxy Tab yang memiliki ukuran layar 10,1 inci — sama dengan dimensi layar iPad. Secara langsung, Galaxy Tab 10,1 inci ini adalah lawan seimbang untuk iPad 2, yang juga diluncurkan dalam waktu berdekatan.

Dari segi sistem operasi, Galaxy Tab 10,1 inci ini mengusung pembaruan mendasar, yakni dipakainya Android Honeycomb yang memang dikhususkan untuk perangkat tablet.

Sama halnya dengan produk ponselnya, Samsung juga menghadapi gugatan dari Apple untuk produk Galaxy Tab ini. Salah satu akibatnya adalah, Galaxy Tab 10,1 inci ini tidak bisa dijual di Australia.


Spoiler for Kelima:

BLACKBERRY TORCH



Seri pertama BlackBerry Torch alias BlackBerry Torch 9800 sebenarnya diperkenalkan pada medio tahun lalu, tepatnya pada Agustus 2010.

Namun, popularitas produk tercanggih lansiran Research In Motion ini bertahan cukup lama di sejumlah negara, tak terkecuali di Indonesia.

BlackBerry Torch memiliki perbedaan mendasar dengan produk-produk pendahulunya, terutama dalam hal wujud. Dengan bentuk geser (slide), Torch menyembunyikan keyboard qwerty-nya di balik layar berukuran 3,2 inci yang juga bisa disentuh.

Di Indonesia, popularitas Torch bertahan cukup lama. Tidak hanya karena kemampuan perangkat keras yang mumpuni, tetapi statusnya sebagai produk BlackBerry paling canggih membuat konsumen mengejarnya sebagai bentuk gengsi.

Pada Agustus 2011, Research In Motion meluncurkan produk penerus Torch, yakni Torch 2. BlackBerry Torch terbaru ini mendapat perbaikan berupa prosesor yang lebih cepat, memori yang lebih lega serta diperkenalkannya sistem operasi terbaru, OS 7.


Spoiler for Keenam:

APPLE iPHONE

Apple memiliki kemampuan luar biasa untuk menjadikan produknya yang belum dirilis untuk menjadi bahan perbincangan di kalangan pengemar gadget. Hal ini sudah terbukti sebelum iPhone 4 diluncurkan tahun 2010 lalu.

Sebelum iPhone 4 diluncurkan, terjadi peristiwa kehilangan purwarupa ponsel pintar itu di sebuah bar yang membuat gambar dan info mengenai iPhone 4 bocor di blog-blog teknologi dunia dan belakangan di media-media ternama juga.

Rasa penasaran publik kembali muncul ketika ada kabar bahwa Apple bakal merilis iPhone 5 sebagai penerus iPhone 4. Selama beberapa bulan, rumor perihal spesifikasi serta kemampuan iPhone generasi baru ini menjadi topik hangat di berbagai macam tempat.

Pada akhirnya, Apple memang tidak menamai iPhone generasi terbaru ini dengan iPhone 5, tetapi iPhone 4S. Untuk pertama kalinya, Apple tidak lagi memperkenalkan produk baru mereka lewat sosok pendirinya, Steve Jobs, yang sudah mundur sebagai CEO. Peluncuran iPhone 4S pada 4 Oktober waktu Amerika itu dilakukan oleh Tim Cook, CEO baru Apple.

Banyak peningkatan kemampuan yang diklaim Apple terdapat di iPhone 4S ini, tetapi banyak yang merasa perbaikan itu terlalu sedikit sehingga melahirkan kekecewaan.

Berita mengenai iPhone 4S ini tidak terlalu lama menguasai ruang perbincangan karena sehari setelahnya datang berita duka, yakni meninggalnya Jobs di usia 56 tahun setelah bertahun-tahun berjuang melawan kanker pankreas.



Spoiler for Ketujuh:

BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK


Produsen BlackBerry, Research In Motion, tidak mau ketinggalan masuk ke pasar komputer tablet yang mulai riuh semenjak Apple merilis iPad tahun 2010.

Tablet andalan BlackBerry diberi tajuk BlackBerry Playbook. Meski sudah diumumkan ke publik sejak akhir tahun 2010, tetapi Playbook baru benar-benar melantai di pasar pada April 2011. Namun, respons pasar terhadap tablet ini tidaklah terlalu baik.

Meski diiming-imingi dengan kemampuan hardware yang canggih serta belakangan diketahui bisa menjalankan sistem operasi Android, tampaknya publik tidak terlalu puas dengan performa Playbook secara keseluruhan.

Dalam satu kuartal sejak diluncurkan, penjualan Playbook kalah jauh dibanding penjualan iPad 2 milik Apple. Alhasil, RIM kemudian banyak melakukan usaha mendongkrak penjualan — salah satunya dengan memangkas harga.
Spoiler for Kedelapan:

NEXIAN CHAMPION



Ternyata ada juga nih produk lokal yang masuk nominasi. Salah satu produsen telepon selular asal Indonesia yang sangat agresif di pasar adalah Nexian. Pada medio tahun 2011 ini, Nexian meluncurkan Nexian Champion.

Telepon ini termasuk kategori low-end dengan harga di bawah Rp 1 juta. Untuk kelas ini Nexian Champions menggotong fitur-fitur yang tidak buruk. Layar sentuh berukuran 3,5 inci adalah daya tarik utama ponsel ini.

Nexian Champions juga dilengkapi dengan fitur Wi-Fi yang membuat ponsel ini bisa terkoneksi dengan Internet apabila tersedia sinyal. Fitur-fitur lain seperti pemutar MP3, browser, dll juga terdapat di dalam ponsel yang juga memiliki kamera beresolusi 2 MP ini.

Satu kelemahan yang ada di telepon ini adalah tidak terdapat sistem operasi sehingga aplikasi yang bisa ditambahkan adalah aplikasi berbasis Java saja.

Popularitas Nexian Champion di Indonesia cukup lumayan mengingat besarnya ceruk pasar telepon selular kelas menengah ke bawah.


Spoiler for Kesembilan:

BLACKBERRY APOLLO



Bersamaan dengan merebaknya kabar kehadiran BlackBerry Dakota di pasar pada awal tahun 2011, rumor perihal kehadiran BlackBerry 9360 alias Apollo juga mulai deras.

Berbeda dengan Dakota yang termasuk ke keluarga Bold, Apollo adalah produk yang masuk dalam keluarga Curve.

Kesamaan antara Apollo dengan Dakota adalah kedua handset besutan Research In Motion ini sama-sama mengusung sistem operasi terbaru BlackBerry, yakni OS 7.

Dari segi perangkat, Apollo tidak terlalu istimewa. Walau dimensinya tipis (11 mm) dan ada bezel logam, tetapi layar yang dipakai Apollo bukanlah layar sentuh seperti yang digunakan di seri Dakota.

Walau baru dirilis pada September 2011, popularitas Apollo cukup tinggi. Hal ini bisa dipahami karena para penggemar gadget di Indonesia sangat gemar dengan kehadiran produk baru.


Spoiler for Kesepuluh:

          Foxconn Could Triple Investment to $30 Billion, says Trump        
President Donald Trump said that Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn, told him, the company is planning to invest $30 bn on a new U.S. plant. This investment is three times the company previously pledged to invest. Trump said that this information was shared “off the record” by Gou. A Plant to Bring the American Jobs Back Foxconn Technology Group, world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, and the major assembler of the iPhone, has signed a deal to erect a $10 billion display plant in Wisconsin. As the requirements of this plant, Foxconn reported to hire about 13,000 people. This project is planned under Trump’s “America First” initiative, to bring jobs back to the United States. Referring to the same, on Tuesday, Trump also stated that this is just the beginning in a gathering of small-business leaders at White House. However, it’s uncertain that Trump was referring to the same plant of Gou’s plans, or investments in other types of manufacturing, or for the country in general. Last month, Trump also shared at Wall Street Journal that Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple has promised to build three plants in the U.S., but, President Trump didn’t share any further details. It is anticipated that Foxconn will manufacture liquid-crystal display panels, which are used in computer screens and televisions. The plant is planned to open is 2020 and initially employ 3,000 people and will extend to 13,000 over six years. The Foxconn founder has also been spreading words about the plans to make investments around the world.

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          iPad Pro im Test: Ein großes iPad für große Aufgaben        
Das iPad Pro ist ein Tablet, soll aber laut Apple-CEO Tim Cook auch Laptops (nicht MacBooks wohlgemerkt!) ersetzen können. Für diese große Aufgabe hat Apple das iPad Pro nicht nur mit dem bisher größten Retina-Touchscreen und dem bisher leistungsstärksten Prozessor aus eigener Entwicklung ausgestattet, sondern ihm besonderes Zubehör zur Seite gestellt.

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          Apple Might be already working on Unhackable iPhones        
While fighting an order to help hack the phone of a shooter involved in the terror attack in San Bernardino, technology giant Apple is reportedly working on an iPhone that would be impossible to hack. According to the reports and statements from company insiders and industry experts, Apple engineers are focussing on new security features that would make it difficult for the government to break into a locked iPhone with the help of methods that are being debated at the present court battle. A senior executive from the company has reportedly mentioned that Apple had already started working on security upgrade before the deadly San Bernardino terror attack. Apple Unwilling to Provide Highly Specialized Software to FBI for Unlocking iPhone As per the court’s order, the technology giant is being asked to override the security features of the iPhone used by one of the gunmen in the terror attack. Complying to the court’s order would force Apple to provide highly specialized software to FBI and bypass the self-destruct feature that erases the data in the phone after a number of unsuccessful attempts to unlock it. While the federal authorities have stated that they are asking for assistance to unlock the phone as it might contain further information regarding the terror attack, Apple has taken a stand that by doing so, other iPhones would be more susceptible to hack by both authorities and criminals in future. While industry experts are positive that Apple would likely succeed in upgrading its security, its continued fight with authorities regarding security features on iPhone will lead the company to create a number of “backdoors” in its iOS software. CEO Tim Cook has defended the company’s stand in the current legal battle. 

Original Post Apple Might be already working on Unhackable iPhones source Twease
          The Great Restoration - Collegeville Cemetery, San Joaquin County        

HISTORIC COLLEGEVILLE CEMETERY HAS A GUARDIAN ANGEL





When fellow member of the San Joaquin County Genealogical Society told me about a man who was restoring a cemetery in San Joaquin County, I jumped to investigate. Not since the Harmony Grove Church Cemetery Restoration Project in Lockeford has there been such an undertaking.


Mr. Bob Anglin has been spending much of his spare time at the Collegeville Cemetery located at the corner of South Jack Tone Road and East Mariposa, about 6 miles east of Stockton.



Bob’s 2nd great grandfather’s sister is the wife of Alexander McDonald David Mc Intosh. Alexander or AMD as he was called, arrived in San Joaquin County in 1860 along with five brothers and at least one sister. The first land he owned was 160 acres sold to him by his father in law Job Anglin at less than $1 per acre. Within fifteen years he owned 1200 acres. His brother James C Mc Intosh, was a math teacher at San Joaquin College (Morris College) built in 1867 at the corner opposite the cemetery. Alexander was a resident in O'Neal township for nearly 40 years. His son George worked for the first telephone company in the valley. His brother in law James Garwood donated land to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1867. The Alexander children attended McKamy School which later became Collegeville School. The Collegeville School website had this to offer about the area:


“Educational services have been provided on the site of Collegeville School since 1867 when it was part of Chalmer Ranch, a stopping place for freight wagons and stage coaches on their way to the Mother Load. The name was changed to Collegeville when Morris College was established on five acres of the ranch, by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.”


While on a trip to the area to see the site of his Anglin family’s homestead, he came upon the cemetery. The cemetery was in complete shambles. Vandals had made off with grave markers. Mr. Anglin told me that he knows of a few cases where the markers were likely used as Halloween decorations in the front yards of nearby homes.




There is a possibility that some of the monuments have been found at Little John Creek, however, Bob is still awaiting verification.


Bob located and contacted the land owner of the cemetery. The owner’s daughter, Janie Gilgert had begun to gather supplies to start with the restoration. A local steel company had donated the sign out on Mariposa Road, a local fencing company donated over 100 used T posts and will run the wire for the fence at a reduced cost. Locals have trimmed trees and pulled weeds, and used a backhoe to removed dead trees..





As for the actual gravesites, Bob told me that much of the granite and most of the stencils that are used when he sandblasts the headstone inscriptions have been donated by John T. Robinson from Cornerstone Monument Company in Oakdale. Bob supplies all the labor for the headstones. The Veterans Administration will be supplying a headstone for one of the burials in the cemetery - Reverend Asbury Parks Black who was a Methodist minister and a veteran of the Civil War.

Bob has donated 100 amaryllis bulbs (naked ladies) to plant near headstones, additional fence posts, hundreds of feet of pvc pipe for the much needed sprinkler system. In reading some notes on the cemetery from the 1930’s, Bob learned that river rock had been used to surround the Walrad family plot so he brought in 100 four inch river rock to try and reconstruct the scene and has many more loads of rock to bring in. The owner of the property next to the cemetery has agreed to supply the water.


I asked Mr. Anglin if he had researched all the burials in the cemetery and could he account for all of them. He replied that he volunteered as a Family History Consultant and therefore knows the historic importance of the project. He has collected records from the San Joaquin Historical Society Library, the Haggin Museum Library, the San Joaquin County Recorder’s Office, descendants of the people buried in the cemetery. He says that he has positively identified 37 burials, but thinks that there may be as many as 50 or 60. The use of a ground penetrating radar system to locate all the burials would be ideal, if they could find someone to donate the service. If anyone has knowledge of any burial at Collegeville Cemetery or any old photos they could share, Bob is most anxious to hear from you!


UPDATE: CSI, 532 West Harding, Stockton, CA has agreed to try and locate the burials. The owners of CSI needed an opportunity to test new equipment. If it works, then they will survey the entire cemetery with their ground penetrating radar equipment as a public service to the community.


Identified surnames of burials: ANGLIN, BLACK, BOURLAND, COBB, GARWOOD, MC INTOSH, MOORE, MURRAY, NORWOOD, POYNER, PRIDEAUX, RITCHIE, SIMPSON, SNOW, STRICKLAND, WALRAD, WARD, WHITE.


San Joaquin County District 4 Supervisor Ken Vogel has contributed to this project and has planned a dedication ceremony for the cemetery in April 2010.
Bob says that there is still work to be done and that they can always use a helping hand. Interested in helping? Send an email to Bob Anglin - dncnref@yahoo.com


PHOTOS - Courtesy of Tim Cook, Stockton, California
















          Is Tim Cook’s Apple Past Its Peak?        
Everyone has an opinion on Apple — and whether the company's best days have come and gone. We break down eight perspectives on whether Apple has peaked.
          China Consumer Goods Market to Show Smooth Development in Future        
The local consumer goods companies have found ways to sustain their businesses by selling more rice crackers and washing machine in this period of economic slowdown in China. However, the luxury goods items such as Prada handbags and Rolls-Royce cars are showing steep decline in their sales. The Chinese consumer goods market is a huge and a highly competitive market. The companies operating in this industry require to compete with their peer in order to boost their sales. Offering cheaper products, smaller packages at low costs, or enhancing products and customer services are the key strategies taken up by these companies. In recent months, the retail sales have reported a growth of 10% on an annual basis, as per the official data, but market experts are not relying upon the data and figures produced by the government, believing that the government might be covering up the discrepancies between companies. The demand for apparels, footwear, and other consumer goods has always been high in China. In previous times, it was easy for companies to meet the demand, but during this phase of economic slowdown, only those, who are offering differentiated goods are grabbing the opportunity. Many multinational companies are focusing on the mass markets in China, as they have been good at maintaining their performance. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and Nike reported rising sales in China in their latest updates. Mr. Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, also told in a TV show that a robust growth is expected in the coming future in China.

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          Apple Abrogates Policy against Admitting Criminals to Construction Work        
Doors have been opened by Apple for the construction laborers to aid in building its new campus. Apple representative, Josh Rosenstock told the newspaper Financial Times on Thursday that the giant in technical sphere has revoked a requirement of people who had been found guilty of crimes within the past 7 years and were not allowed to work on the giant Cupertino construction assignment. After the release of this policy this week, Apple had to undergo a lot of tension from advocates as well as union leaders who had to say that the jobs in construction are the major source for criminals to transit and come back into their society The representative said that it had recently come to their attention, while performing the background check which takes place at the Apple Campus that a few candidates who had applied were rejected due to the fact that they had been found guilty of a crime within the past 7 years.  He further added that they are aware of the fact that by doing so they have maximized the chances of people who actually deserved a second chance. He said that they have eliminated that restriction and have advised our contractors on the assignment to see all applicants as equals. Apple's switch followed numerous days of pressure from the public which included politicians named as D-San Francisco, Sen. Mark Leno who spoke out against the ban, and  rolled out a petition to circulate everyone asking for Apple to take it back.  Iron Workers Local Union 377 embossed awareness about the policy by forwarding letters to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook as well as to Kamala Harris, the state Attorney General. The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper was the primary one to announce the Apple's policy and the same newspaper later announced about Apple’s annulment of the same.  A representative for Harris commended the reversal by saying that their office is glad to regard Apple’s assurance to give a second chance to diligent workers.

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          Apple, Google, and Other Leading Global Companies Bet on Green Energy        
While the world populace is standing on the verge of carrying their phone charger around for the foreseeable future, Apple has yet again sought an exemplary approach to transform its own energy supplies. The tech giant, recently announced that the company has committed itself to a US$850 million agreement, which permits them to buy continuous solar power from a solar power plant at California, with no intermediaries involved in the process.  For Apple, benefits are quite apparent. The company is eyeing to capitalize from the optimum utilization of the green and reliable supply of electricity from the 25 years contract, and that too at a very secure price. The benefits are apparent for the global future as well, since Apple’s decision confirms that economic opportunities, climate solutions, and green energy can converge.  This is a major step taken by Apple, yet the company is not viewing it as a “green gift” to the world. The investment on solar energy is viewed as a good business prospect by Apple that will bring significant savings to their kitty, as said by the Apple CEO, Tim Cook.   This largest green deal propagated by one of the biggest companies in the world is a symbolic example signifying that it is possible by private sector businesses to drive the world towards clean energy investment. Apart from Apple, Google, Amazon, Wal-Mart, and other biggies in private sector have come forward to proactively invest on developing a secured renewable energy infrastructure. For instance, Google last year signed a 400MW deal for renewable wind energy that brought its wind energy commitment to 1GW that could generate enough energy to power an equivalent of 750,000 homes. Microsoft also signed a deal confirming 285MW of wind energy in the last two years. 

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          These Companies Are Eliminating Their Gender Pay Gaps        

SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell, the highest paid woman at the company.

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Elon Musk, CEO of aerospace tech company SpaceX, committed last month to eliminate the gender pay gap at the company, which has 4,000 employees.

"I was asked today if we'll audit pay," Musk said at an event about pay and gender co-hosted by enterprise software company Salesforce's CEO Mark Benioff In February. "We will do that."

Musk didn't comment on whether he would audit his electric car company Tesla as well, which employs about 10,000 people. A spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that Musk “plans to talk with Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX, on this topic and will take it from there.”

Musk is following Salesforce's lead in pledging to comb through salary data. On International Women's Day this week, Salesforce announced the results of its own internal pay audit for 17,000 global employees. The company spent $3 million to make salary adjustments for approximately 6% of workers to eliminate discrepancies, according to Cindy Robbins, executive vice president of global employee success.

"Moving forward, Salesforce plans to monitor and review salaries on an ongoing basis — making equal pay a part of our company’s DNA," Robbins wrote.

Salesforce has also invested in additional training for female employees, which resulted in a 33% increase in promotions for women at the company, according to Robbins.

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Salesforce and SpaceX are not alone in internally auditing pay for gender equity. Apple and Google have put resources towards ensuring equal pay, and Gap completed an internal audit last year. Computer chip manufacturer Intel announced it had found no meaningful discrepancies in pay after a review.

At Apple's shareholder meeting last month, Tim Cook said that a year-long, third-party audit for the company's 70,000 U.S. employees revealed women made 99.6 cents for every dollar a man makes, and under-represented minorities make 99.7 cents per dollar. Cook said the company was working to eliminate the gap and would release results of the survey every year so employees know where they fall on the pay-scale.

At Google, a spokesperson said the company's "People Analytics team" constantly analyzes performance, compensation, and promotion to "ensure that there is no gender pay gap at Google."

"Further, since we set salaries based on the market rate of the job (rather than a person's pre-Google salary), we find that, on average, women get larger pay increases than men when they join Google," said the spokesperson.

This strategy — paying based on the going market rate of a job, rather than an employee's previous salary — has been shown to help help reduce the gender pay gap, and some companies are looking into banning salary negotiations for that reason.

Still, even at Google, which uses market rates at hiring to avoid having to course-correct, salary transparency remains a taboo subject. Before leaving the company in 2015, Google engineer Erica Baker created a spreadsheet for workers to voluntarily share information about pay. She then ran into friction with a manager for collecting this data. Baker said on social media some employees asked for and received more equitable pay based on the spreadsheet, which is still live at Google, run by a co-worker of Baker's.

A Google spokesperson said that the company doesn't comment on specific cases of current or former employees and that employees are free to share salary information. (This is also the case everywhere, under U.S. labor law.)

Twenty percent of human resources managers said men are paid more than women at their companies, according to a recent survey by Human Resources software company CareerBuilder. Nationally, the median woman who works full time makes 79 cents for every dollar the median man makes, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

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          Apple’s Stock Cuts Losses After CEO Emails CNBC Host On China Business        
Apple shares helped lead the stock market on a steep dive Monday morning, but the tech giant made a partial recovery after CEO Tim Cook assured a popular Wall Street commentator that his company is still doing well in China.
          Apple CEO Sexual Orientation Accidentally ‘Outed’ On National TV By CNBC Panel        
Apple's CEO Tim Cook is notoriously private about his life, and his lifestyle, but Friday, a CNBC panelist talking about gay CEOs blurted, "Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact that he's gay at the head of Apple, isn't he?", only to be met with stunned silence.
          Apple Special Event Notes, October 23, 2012        
Here is an overview of the Apple event, especially as it applies to eBooks and the EPUB format. iPhone 5 Tim Cook said that iPhone 5 is off to a phenomenal start, selling more than 5 million units over the...Continue Reading →
          Apple presenterà ricorso contro la UE        

A fine agosto l’Unione Europea aveva reso note le sue decisioni: Apple avrebbe dovuto pagare all’Irlanda, Paese nel quale la società ha il suo quartier generale europeo, 13 miliardi di euro per compensare un trattamento fiscale giudicato illegale e a lei eccessivamente favorevole.
Ora Apple ha deciso di rispondere alla Commissione Europea appellandosi contro la decisione e sostenendo che gli organi regolatori hanno deliberatamente ignorato il parere di esperti fiscali scegliendo altrettanto deliberatamente un metodo di valutazione e calcolo che di fatto massimizza la “multa”.

In una intervista a Reuters, Bruce Sewell, consigliere generale della società, e Luca Maestri, suo CFO, non si limitano a esprimere la loro irritazione nei confronti di una decisione che viene letta quasi come una facile ricerca di notorietà per chi la ha emanata, ma soprattutto insistono sul fatto che la Commissione non sia stata diligente nelle sue analisi, ad esempio ignorando del tutto il parere degli esperti in materia fiscale presentati dalle autorità irlandesi, della cui opinione non vi è alcuna traccia nella documentazione prodotta.
Per altro, è la tesi che verrà presentata da Apple, la società si è limitata a rispettare il regime fiscale vigente in Irlanda: un suo diverso comportamento sarebbe stato illecito nel Paese che negli anni cui si riferisce la condanna aveva scelto di applicare regole diverse per le aziende residenti e quelle non.

Non solo Apple, anche l’Irlanda si appella

Nel contempo, anche l’Irlanda sarebbe pronta a presentare appello, per difendere un regime fiscale che negli anni ha attratto nel Paese molte multinazionali.
Apple intende contestare anche la decisione di considerare fittizia la differenza tra Apple Sales International (ASI), la realtà con sede in Irlanda, e Apple Operations Unit: il fatto che una delle due sia una holding senza dipendenti, non significa che sia una realtà inattiva, dal momento che potrebbe essere gestita dai dipendenti della Casa Madre. Cosa quest’ultima che trova riscontro nel fatto che Tim Cook può prendere decisioni in merito ad ASI, non in quanto dipendente ASI ma in quanto Ceo di Apple Inc.
Da parte sua Maestri ritiene che la Commissione abbia sovrastimato il peso delle attività irlandesi, attribuendo alla sede di Cork di fatto tutti i profitti che Apple genera al di fuori degli Stati Uniti, in un luogo “dove non si volgono né ricerca, né engineering, né vi è proprietà intellettuale di qualche interesse”.
Parla di differenza di regime tra Stati Uniti ed Europa e spera che il neo presidente Donald Trump sia in grado di attuare una riforma fiscale che riporti negli Stati Uniti miliardi di dollari di utile generati all’estero dalle società americane.

L'articolo Apple presenterà ricorso contro la UE è un contenuto originale di 01net.


          Tasse: per la Ue Apple deve rifondere 13 miliardi di euro all’Irlanda        

Dopo due anni di indagini, la Commissione europea è giunta alla conclusione che l’Irlanda ha concesso ad Apple benefici fiscali non dovuti per 13 miliardi di euro.
Cifra che ora l’Irlanda, che di fatto ha consentito ad Apple di pagare meno tasse rispetto a quelle dovute, dovrà recuperare, richiedendoli alla stessa società.

L’accusa della Ue

European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager gestures during a news conference on Ireland's tax dealings with Apple Inc at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

Il Commissario europeo Margrethe Vestager, responsabile delle politiche comunitarie in materia di concorrenza, così spiega: “Gli Stati membri della Ue non possono concedere benefici fiscali in modalità selettiva. È un approccio illegale che si è protratto per anni”.
L’esito dell’indagine parla di una riduzione artificiale della tassazione che parte fin dal 1991 e che riguarda nello specifico due aziende irlandesi appartenenti al perimetro societario di Apple: Apple Sales International e Apple Operations Europe.
Secondo le determinazioni della Ue, quasi tutti i profitti generati dalle due società venivano attribuiti a non meglio precisati uffici centrali, esistenti solo sulla carta, privi di dipendenti e dunque non abilitati a generare i fatturati loro ascritti.
Di fatto le stesse attività finivano per non essere soggette a tassazione in nessun Paese della Ue e in virtù del meccanismo adottato in Irlanda, col tempo la tassazione dovuta da Apple all’erario irlandese si era ulteriormente ridotta, passano dall’1 per cento del 2003 allo 0,005 per cento del 2014.

Un vantaggio competitivo illecito

Appare evidente, sono le conclusioni della Commissione, che questo trattamento riservato ad Apple ha dato alla società un indubbio vantaggio competitivo rispetto ad altre aziende che operano nello stesso Paese, consentendole di evitare di pagare tasse su quasi tutte le vendite di prodotti sull’intero territorio dell’Unione, grazie all’escamotage adottato dalla società, che ha sempre scelto di ascrivere tutte le vendite al territorio Irlandese, invece che al Paese nel quale la vendita ha avuto effettivamente luogo.

Non una multa ma un rimborso

Dunque, considerato che le richieste di rimborso degli aiuti illecitamente ricevuti possono riguardare solo il decennio precedente l’apertura delle indagini, Apple dovrebbe risarcire il periodo 2013-2014 con un rimborso record di 13 miliardi di euro.
Attenzione: non si tratta di una multa, perché, come spiega la nota ufficiale della Commissione, non si parla di multe in materia di aiuti di Stato, bensì di un rimborso che riequilibri la situazione. Sono invece dovuti gli interessi, che dunque dovranno andare a sommarsi ai 13 miliardi di rimborso.
Una cifra importante, che le cronache già valutano 40 volte superiore a qualunque altra richiesta fatta dall’Unione in casi analoghi, che potrebbe essere ridotta laddove altri Paesi si facessero avanti per richiedere a loro volta il recupero delle tasse non pagate nei loro territori.

Apple e il Governo irlandese pronti all’appello

Per quanto importante, la cifra da pagare non dovrebbe essere un problema insormontabile per la società, dal momento che rappresenta qualcosa come il 6 per cento del cash disponibile, tuttavia è chiaro che la società cercherà di difendere la propria posizione e presenterà appello, cosa che per altro ha già annunciato di voler fare. La posizione del Ceo Tim Cook è che Apple non ha mai richiesto trattamenti di favore, dunque è estranea alle decisioni del Governo irlandese.
Non solo.
Tim Cook accusa la Commissione di voler “riscrivere la storia di Apple in Europa“, ignorando il sistema fiscale irlandese e insinuando che vi sia stato “un accordo speciale”.
Questa accusa non ha fondamento. Non abbiamo chiesto né abbiamo ricevuto alcun trattamento di favore. Ora ci viene chiesto di pagare tasse a un Paese che sostiene che non dobbiamo nulla di più di quanto non abbiamo già pagato“.
Similmente vuol ricorrere in appello il ministro delle Finanze irlandese Michael Noonan, che dichiara di voler difendere l’integrità del sistema tributario del suo Paese, insieme al principio di sovranità di ciascun Paese in termini di tassazioni, ricordando nel contempo che il sistema di imposizione fiscale usato per Apple non è ormai più in vigore. Noonan si dichiara per altro convinto che il provvedimento della Ue sia rischioso sia per gli investimenti sia per la creazione di posti di lavoro in Europa.

Apple non è la sola

Da parte sua, la Commissione Europea tiene a sottolineare che all’indagine che riguarda Apple e l’Irlanda si aggiunge ad altri procedimenti simili che hanno portato ad analoghe (se pur economicamente meno rilevanti) conclusioni nei riguardi di Fiat e Starbucks in Lussemburgo e Olanda; in Belgio sarebbero stati concessi aiuti selettivi a 35 multinazionali, in prevalenza europee; in Lussemburgo altri procedimenti interessano Amazon e McDonald’s.

L'articolo Tasse: per la Ue Apple deve rifondere 13 miliardi di euro all’Irlanda è un contenuto originale di 01net.


          Usa, Corte Suprema dice sì a nozze gay in tutto il Paese        

Usa, Corte Suprema dice sì a nozze gay in tutto il Paese

Decisione storica della più alta corte federale americana, che ha sancito per tutti gli Stati Uniti il diritto al matrimonio per le coppie dello stesso sesso. Nel suo discorso Obama ha detto: "Love is love". Tanti i tweet entusiastici dei vip. VIDEO


          Trump asks voters to boycott Apple: 'I think that's a great idea'        
Donald Trump on Friday urged a roomful of voters to boycott the tech giant Apple so long as its chief executive, Tim Cook, refuses to comply with a court order to assist the FBI with hacking into the cell phone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. "First of all Apple better give the security for that phone," the Republican presidential hopeful said during a campaign rally in Pawleys Island, S.C. "What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time they give that security number. How do you like that?" "I just thought of it," Trump noted,...
          Apple Unlocked iPhones for the Feds 70 Times Before        
A 2015 court case shows that the tech giant has been willing to play ball with the government before—and is only stopping now because it might ‘tarnish the Apple brand.’ Apple CEO Tim Cook declared on Wednesday that his company wouldn’t comply with a government search warrant to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers, a significant escalation in a long-running debate between technology companies and the government over access to people’s electronically-stored private information. But in a similar case in New York last year, Apple acknowledged that it could extract such data if it wanted...
          [Vanity] Apple vs FBi        
An Open Memo To Lou Dobbs As CEO, Tim Cooks obligation is to execute the corporate mission. Briefly stated, a corporation must deliver product to customers and return on investment to shareholders. It is not his job to make the nation secure from geo-political terrorism. Your suggestion that Mr. Cook will be culpable when another attack occurs was a stinking cheap shot. Obama has the job of making us secure and is failing us. Today on the sister network Fox News Channel, Obama was heard calling for improved cyber security. Do you see an irony? By resisting encroachment by the...
          Apple CEO Cook condemns iPhone 'backdoor' order; calls it 'chilling,' 'dangerous'        
LOS ANGELES Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday said a court order demanding the company create a "backdoor" into the cellphone data of the San Bernardino, Calif., attackers was "chilling" and "dangerous." In a letter to customers, Cook expressed his opposition to the court order. "The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand," Cook wrote. "Compromising the security of our personal information can ultimately put our personal safety at risk. That...
          Apple Turns Down FBI Demand For Encryption Key Made Under 1789 Law, Defends 4th Amendment        
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Inc. turned down the FBI’s demand using a 1789 federal ordinance to build a “backdoor” into iPhones allowing law enforcement to defeat encryption as he explained in a “Customer Letter” this morning posted to the company’s website. Apple’s letter kicks off the highest profile defense of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment we are likely to see in our lifetimes
          Cómo evitar tener problemas con los emails falsos: Cuidado con el phising        
Email falso de Tim CookEl phishing es uno de los grandes problemas de Internet hoy en día. La forma en la que está diseñado el sistema que permite enviar un email, no adaptada a los tiempos que corren hoy en día, permite intentar engañar a muchos con mensajes falsos. Es relativamente fácil hacerse con las cuentas bancarias o de […]
          Así pone Apple voces dentro de la cabeza de algunos usuarios        
Opciones de accesibilidad en iOSHoy Tim Cook ha tuiteado un artículo de Wired, en donde nos cuentan como Apple ha colaborado con una empresa llamada Cochlear especializada en implantes auditivos que utilizan tecnología punta para mejorar la vida de muchas personas que lamentablemente sufren deficiencias auditivas. Básicamente, en Cochlear fabrican unos implantes que sustituyen totalmente la parte del oído […]
          Tim Cook himself is testing the new Apple Watch’s huge medical feature        
Apple’s next smartwatch is expected to test blood sugar levels, and the prototype has reportedly been strapped to none other than CEO Tim Cook. The next-generation Apple Watch will, if the rumors are to be believed, double-down on its health applications. Likely to be the flagship feature is something that, until now, has only really been offered by medically-licensed devices. … Continue reading
          Google recalls staff to US after Trump immigration order        
Alphabet Inc.'s Google delivered a sharp message to staff travelling overseas who may be impacted by a new executive order on immigration from President Donald Trump: Get back to the U.S. now. Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai slammed Trump's move in a note to employees Friday, telling them that more than 100 company staff are affected by the order. The Trump regime's measures also impact the visa program for, among other long-time US allies, The Netherlands. Did anyone tell the Trump regime that it's a very bad idea to make it harder for your third largest investor to, uh, actually invest? Are these men really that dumb? Interesting to note, though, that Google had to be actually impacted by the Trump regime before it spoke up (only in an internal memo, but still). Meanwhile, Elon Musk is kissing the ground Trump walks on, and Tim Cook, CEO of the most arrogantly and smugly (supposedly) liberal tech company is meeting with Trump, Trump's daughter (...?) and other Republican leaders. From other tech giants who always touted the liberal horn of equality and progressiveness - a deafening, but quite revealing, silence. So far, it seems like the tech industry leaders are opting for appeasement instead of resistance to the Trump regime's corruption, conflicts of interest, racism, war on science, and Christian extremism. I would be disappointed if it wasn't so utterly predictable to anyone who wasn't blinded by the fake smiles, hollow promises, and empty praise of equality, science, and progressive ideals. They still have time to be remembered as people who stood up for those that need it the most. I'm afraid, though, we will remember them as spineless cowards, hiding behind shareholders while the free world crumbles to dust. I hope it'll be worth it.
          Tim Cook: intervista sulle vendite di iPad        
Tim Cook: intervista sulle vendite di iPad
In un’intervista pubblicata da poco online, il CEO di Apple ha deciso di spendere qualche parola in merito all’andamento delle vendite dell’iPad, definendo il calo complessivo come un normale “incidente di percorso”, nulla di più. Già qualche mese fa Tim Cook, il numero uno della casa di Cupertino, aveva spiegato in dettaglio il perchè delle […]
          Apple: venduti 225 milioni di iPad dal 2010        
Apple: venduti 225 milioni di iPad dal 2010
In occasione della conferenza stampa dedicata alla presentazione dei risultati fiscali dell’ultimo trimestre finanziario, il CEO Tim Cook ha risposto alle numerose domande dei giornalisti e degli investitori. Diversi i temi trattati, e tra le tante cose si è parlato anche delle vendite totali dell’iPad. Nella notizia sui risultati fiscali Q3 2014, vi abbiamo fatto […]
          New iPhone Names Announced        
Cupertino CA – Apple announced today that new iPhones will be no longer receive numbers, such as “iPhone 5”. Instead they will receive names, similar to the way Apple denotes each new Mac OS X operating system. In the press release Apple CEO Tim Cook said the new phones would be named after pivotal moments […]
          Apple Music: Nach Testphase bleiben 6.5 Millionen zahlende Accounts        
Apple Music LogoApple Music ist nun drei Monate auf dem Markt und verzeichnet nach der ersten dreimonatigen Testphase mehr als 6.5 Millionen zahlende Abonnenten. Tim Cook gab weitere Zahlen in einem Statement bekannt
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          Apple buys music star Beats for $3 billion        

New York: Apple, seeking to bolster its position in the hotly contested online music sector, said Wednesday it was buying Beats Music and Beats Electronics in a much-hyped deal worth USD 3 billion.

The move is expected to help the US tech giant, a pioneer in digital music with its wildly popular iTunes platform, ramp up its efforts to counter the successful models of streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and others.

The deal for the maker of high-end audio equipment and the subscription streaming music service is Apple`s largest acquisition ever.

It calls for Beats co-founders Dr. Dre, a Grammy-winning hip-hop pioneer, and Jimmy Iovine, a veteran music executive, to join the California company.

"Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple," chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement.

"That`s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world."

Bringing Beats into the Apple fold will offer opportunities to weave iTunes Radio service into more devices, and even spread the App Store for mini programs to other products, according to analysts.

Adding Beats will give Apple fresh star power in music and the ability to get more ad revenues from streaming including mobile.The deal represents a shift in strategy for Apple, which is known for developing its own products in-house and making only modest acquisitions.

But some analysts say the logic for the tie-up is not entirely clear.

"It`s a little confusing to me what Apple is getting out of it," said Bob O`Donnell, analyst and founder of Technalysis Research.

O`Donnell said Beats "appeals to a demographic that is different from some of the typical Apple demographics" and has a streaming music service with "a relatively limited number of customers."

"It doesn`t seem a great match unless there are other issues at play," O`Donnell told AFP. "But my guess is that Apple isn`t going to spend that much without that being the case."

The analyst said Apple may be able to give a boost to its recently launched iTunes streaming service, or possibly get a foothold in the lucrative market for music accessories.

Mobile music revenues in the US totaled USD 1.68 billion in 2013, according to the research firm eMarketer, which estimates that figure will increase to USD 2.52 billion this year.

Ad-supported mobile music revenues topped USD 1 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach $1.64 billion this year, the research firm said.Since launching five years ago, Beats has become a popular brand for audio equipment and has attracted the likes of Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, who have designed their own customized Beats headphones and speakers.

Fashion designers and street artists such as Alexander Wang, Futura and Snarkitecture have collaborated on some products.

The deal could make Dr. Dre hip-hop`s richest mogul, with a net worth of USD 700 million to USD 800 million, according to Forbes.

The deal, which has been rumored for weeks, is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed later this year, Apple said.

"I`ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple," said Iovine.

"The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple`s unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple`s deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special."

The premium headphone market in the United States grew 20 percent last year while sales of wireless speakers more than doubled, according to industry tracker NPD.

Beats was reported to have claimed 60 percent of the billion dollars spent on top-end earphones in the US last year.

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          Digitalia #317 – Caschi da Parrucchiere        
Da Tim Cook a Ed Snowden, tutto il web è polarizzato dalla diatriba tra FBI e Apple: il governo vuole decifrare la crittografia di iPhone, Cupertino risponde picche. L’argomento è caldo e avrà implicazioni importanti per il futuro delle nostre società. Dall’altra parte dell’Atlantico Zuckerberg regala caschi Oculus e cerca di dare una spinta alla diffusione della realtà virtuale.
          Saving For An Apple Watch        
Apple has confirmed that the highly anticipated Apple Watch will begin shipping in April. CEO Tim Cook made the announcement during an earnings call with investors last week. The exact date still hasn’t been set. The device will start at $349 for the most basic version and go up from there. Analyst are expecting the watch to sell out quickly.

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          Peter Thiel hat hinter den Kulissen ein vernichtendes Urteil über Trump gefällt        

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Einer der prominentesten Verbündeten von Donald Trump wendet sich hinter seinem Rücken von ihm ab.

Peter Thiel, PayPal-Gründer und Silicon-Valley-Ikone, unterstützte den US-Präsidenten zwar im Wahlkampf. Doch in den vergangenen Monaten distanzierte sich der in Frankfurt am Main Geborene von dem Präsidenten mehrfach, berichtet das Nachrichtenportal „BuzzFeed“.

Die Regierung würde „mit einer 50-prozentigen Wahrscheinlichkeit in einem Desaster“ enden, soll Thiel im Januar gesagt haben. Ein anderes Mal habe er die Regierung als „inkompetent“ bezeichnet. Diese Äußerungen seien von mehreren Quellen bestätigt worden, schreibt „BuzzFeed“.

Noch ist unbekannt, wie Trump auf Thiels lästernde Aussagen reagiert. Der US-Präsident erwartet von seinen Verbündeten vor allem eines: Treue. Derzeit ist der Tech-Magnat noch Teil von Trumps Beraterteam.

Thiel leugnet die Aussagen nicht

Thiel bestreitet die Zitate auf Nachfrage des Nachrichtenportal nicht. Von seinem Sprecher ließ er mitteilen: „Ich sagte in der Nacht, als Präsident Trump die Wahl gewann, dass er vor einer extrem schwierigen Aufgabe steht.“ Und weiter: „Ich unterstütze Präsident Trump in seinem fortlaufenden Kampf, einen Wandel zu erreichen.“ 

Der bekannteste gemeinsame Auftritt von Thiel und Trump ereignete sich im Dezember. Damals trafen sich Tech-Führungskräfte aus dem Silicon Valley mit dem designierten US-Präsidenten in New York. Im Raum waren unter anderem auch Apple-Chef Tim Cook und Facebook-Managerin Sheryl Sandberg.

Thiel für Trump wichtiger als Apple-Chef

Trump hält Thiels Hand bei einem Tech-Treffen im Dezember 2016Peter Thiel durfte links neben Trump Platz nehmen und wurde von diesem in den höchsten Tönen gelobt: „Er hat gerade den größten denkbaren Applaus bei der Republican National Convention bekommen.“ Thiel hatte dort eine Rede für Trump gehalten. „Er ist seiner Zeit voraus. Ich möchte ihm danken“, sagte Trump damals weiter und hielt dabei Thiels Hand. 

Die kritischen Zitate Thiels zu Trump führt BuzzFeed auf ein halbes Dutzend Gespräche zurück. Diese sollen sich in der Zeit von Frühjahr 2016 bis Mai dieses Jahres ereignet haben. Wie der Präsident auf die Aussagen reagiert hat, ist nicht bekannt. In Zeiten, in denen Trump innenpolitisch noch keine Erfolge vorzeigen kann und außenpolitisch herausgefordert ist, ist er mehr denn je auf treue Verbündete angewiesen. 

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          Show 302 - Of Courts, Cooks and Apples        
Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court dies and CEO Tim Cook and Apple go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Government over privacy.
          Generalidades - O novo presidente da Apple é GAY        

Gay mais poderoso dos EUA toma posse como novo presidente da Apple

Tim Cook

O homem eleito em abril deste ano o Gay mais poderoso dos EUA pela revista OUT, Tim Cook, 50, assume definitivamente o cargo de presidente de uma das maiores empresas de tecnologia do mundo, a Apple.

Desde 1998 na empresa, Cook já vinha substituindo Jobs no comando da Apple, em duas vezes que o fundador da Apple saiu de licença médica, e desde 2007 era o chefe operacional da empresa, comandando o lançamento da linha iphone e ipad. Antes, o executivo foi vice presidente da Compaq e também trabalhou na IBM.

O anúncio da saída de Steve Jobs marcou o fim de uma era. Cook ainda não é casado com nenhum homem, foi criado em uma cidade pequena do Alabama e é formado em engenharia industrial.

Ao comando da Apple, ele já é tido como responsável pelos últimos grandes lucros da empresa nos últimos 5 anos e faturou, entre salários, bônus e ações, mais de 150 milhões de dólares no ano passado.
O assunto foi destaque nas redes sociais de todo o mundo.

          Apple’s Isabel Ge Mahe named managing director of Greater China        
Apple has appointed Isabel Ge Mahe its new managing director of Greater China. Formally the company’s vice president of wireless technologies, Mahe’s new role will have her leading Apple’s team in China, and reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. “Apple is strongly committed to invest and grow in China, and we are […]
          Red iPhones & An Appearance By Tim Cook: How Apple Is Going On The Charm Offensive In China        
Apple has embarked on a new charm offensive in China. But how much success can Apple really expect to enjoy in a country where local rivals such as Huawei and Oppo have managed to elbow the iPhone aside with their cheaper but high-quality alternative, remains to be seen.
          Â¿Por qué es importante que Apple haya roto el récord de capitalización bursátil?        

Cotización de AppleEn el momento de escribir estas líneas, la capitalización bursátil de Apple es de 725.000 millones de dólares a un precio de 124,43 dólares la acción. Estos números colocan a la compañía californiana como la primera en sobrepasar la marca de los 700.000 millones de dólares y cerrar la sesión por encima de esta cifra.

Este es otro récord que colocar en las estanterías de trofeos de Apple. Para quienes sigan de cerca su evolución, la acción se encontraría alrededor de los 870 dólares en valores anteriores al split de junio del año pasado. Un desdoble de 7 a 1 cuyo objetivo era hacer más líquida la acción y más atractiva para los pequeños inversores.

Para poner estas cifras en contexto, Apple duplica la capitalización de Microsoft tan sólo cinco años después de superar por primera vez a la compañía de Redmond. Aquí hay dos preguntas interesantes: ¿por qué se están batiendo tantos récords en los últimos meses? ¿Qué implicaciones tiene para los usuarios de la manzana mordida?

Del fondo del pozo...

Accenture falls Todos recordamos las dudas que rodearon a la compañía tras la muerte de su co-fundador Steve Jobs. Aunque en un principio parecía que Tim Cook mantenía firme el timón de Apple, una serie de señales fueron interpretadas como negativas por Wall Street y los inversores:

Todo esto llevó a que muchos bancos, analistas y fondos se despojaran de sus posiciones o recomendaran deshacerse de acciones de Apple durante buena parte del siguiente año. A principios de 2013, la acción de Apple llegó a cotizarse a un mínimo cercano a los 55 dólares o 350 al precio antes del split. Muchos de ellos estarán tirándose de los pelos en estos momentos por haber vendido barato y comprado caro.Cotización Aapl

En muchas ocasiones, la cotización no refleja el desempeño real de una compañía

Desde abril de 2013, esa caída se detuvo y comenzó un crecimiento lento pero constante. La transición a la era Cook había terminado y varios ejecutivos de alto rango fueron abandonando (o invitados a dejar) sus puestos en Apple como consecuencia del fin de las "hostilidades" internas que suelen producirse en estos casos. Tras la refriega, Jony Ive quedó como responsable directo de supervisar no sólo el diseño del hardware sino también del software.

Durante la WWDC de 2013 pudimos ver los primeros resultados del liderazgo de Cook. Un iOS 7 totalmente renovado que cambiaba su aspecto e inauguraba un nuevo lenguaje de diseño de la compañía. Adiós al skeumorfismo recargado, bienvenido el diseño plano y minimalista.

Unos meses después, Apple volvió a pisar el acelerador presentando en septiembre de 2013 al iPhone 5s con su revolucionario chip A7 de 64 bits, el cual puso en aprietos a sus competidores. No contento con este chip, vimos cómo venía acompañado de una característica que sus competidores aún están intentando igualar: Touch ID. También pudimos ver ese mismo año un iPad Air rediseñado que utilizaba la misma arquitectura en su corazón. Estas novedades no fueron más que el principio.

... a la cima de nuevo

Fannie Mae Todos los éxitos que estamos viendo en los últimos meses llevaban varios años de trabajo a sus espaldas. 2013 pavimentó el camino para un 2014 de auténtica locura. Tras presentar CarPlay a comienzos de año, en la WWDC vimos cómo Apple desvelaba una andanada de sorpresas: la apertura de iOS 8, HomeKit, HealthKit y la guinda del pastel llamada Swift.

Y por supuesto, vino un septiembre cargado de novedades. El iPhone 6 y 6 Plus pusieron fin a los rumores de un terminal de pantalla más grande. Pero también le acompañaron Apple Pay y el Apple Watch, cómo olvidarlo. Aunque no todo fue coser y cantar.

iOS 8 se ha ganado mala fama entre los usuarios por ser una versión que ha dado problemas en sus primeros meses de vida y también vimos el enésimo retraso de Fotos para Yosemite. Sin embargo, esto no impidió a Apple dar unos resultados espectaculares en su primer trimestre del año fiscal 2015. Su principal protagonista ha sido unas ventas descomunales de iPhones, algo empañadas por la nueva caída en ventas del iPad.

¿Qué me importan a mí como usuario estos récords?

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Al usuario no le afectan los vaivenes diarios, pero sí a largo plazo

Lo lógico es pensar que este tipo de números no afectan para nada al usuario de a pie. Es cierto, al menos en el corto plazo. Los récords de facturación no afectan en nada a los productos de la manzana. De un día para otro no van a dejar de funcionar si Apple dejase de romperlos.

Pero sí que son importantes para el largo plazo. Que Apple siga creciendo garantiza la viabilidad de todo lo que venga en el futuro. Si el iPhone sigue aumentando sus ventas, significa que hay que echar más madera a la caldera. No menos. Y eso es precisamente lo que está haciendo Apple.

Salud, domótica, automóvil, pagos móviles y tecnología que se viste. Son innovaciones en industrias milmillonarias cuyo impacto vamos a percibir de manera sensible algún día no muy lejano. El éxito de Apple en estas iniciativas es lo que marca el camino de las novedades que veremos los usuarios. Unas mejoras que notaremos un día casi sin darnos cuenta.

Como usuario de la manzana, me interesan sus éxitos. Sé que gracias a ellos veré más cosas que ni siquiera había llegado a imaginarme. Mis dispositivos ganarán funcionalidades que no tenían el día que los compré. Si te apasiona la tecnología, los logros de unos y otros son buenas noticias para esa sed insaciable de novedades que tenemos.

En Applesfera | ¿Realismo o demasiado optimismo? Tres razones por las que Apple podría llegar a valorarse por un billón (con B) de dólares.

Gráfica | Yahoo Finance.

Imágenes | Alper Çuğun, Pete Bellis, Zach Zupancic y reynermedia.


          El 2012 de las acciones de Apple: un año accidentado, pero positivo al fin y al cabo        

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Ha sido un año de emociones fuertes para los que poseen acciones de Apple. La compañía de Cupertino ha visto cómo el valor de las susodichas rompía récords llegando a los 700 dólares, pero también caía estrepitosamente hasta los 500 dólares. El gráfico superior demuestra que ha habido muchos baches tras un 2011 de subida estable, pero eso no significa que el resumen anual sea malo. Más bien al contrario.

De hecho, y si nos fijamos en el valor global de las acciones, vemos cómo a principios del 2012 una acción costaba 400 dólares y a finales de año costaba unos 530 dólares. Es un aumento del 31%, más fuerte incluso que el que hubo en el año 2011. No digo que desde Cupertino puedan ignorar todos estos altibajos que ha habido este año, pero tienen todo el derecho de estar satisfechos con el resultado final.

Y de hecho los altibajos del valor de las acciones se han correspondido bastante con los de la propia compañía: todo iba bien a principios de año con el lanzamiento del iPad de tercera generación y el anuncio de Mountain Lion, pero las acciones empezaron a caer con el lanzamiento del iPhone 5 junto con el de iOS 6 y sus mapas. El iPad mini, el iPhone 5 en China y el cambio en la directiva no ayudó a recuperar los valores, aunque sí que a finales de año la caída se ha suavizado gracias a una recuperación temporal.

Apple tiene por delante un 2013 complicado con una competencia que ha ganado mucho terreno, y el valor de las acciones estará fuertemente ligado a las decisiones que se tomen desde el despacho de Tim Cook. Será interesante ver las reacciones tanto de los consumidores como de la bolsa. La próxima parada es el 23 de enero, donde a las once de la noche tendremos la tradicional rueda de prensa con los primeros resultados financieros del año.

Vía | Business Insider


          Muere Steve Jobs        
Luto en el mundo de la comunicación, el marketing y la tecnología: Steve Jobs, fundador de Apple, ha fallecido a los 56 años víctima del cáncer de páncreas que padecía. ¿Qué nueva era se abre en esta empresa? Éste fallecimiento sucede a tan sólo unos días de que su empresa presentara sus novedades en un evento sin sorpresas y con Tim Cook, menos protagonista que Jobs.
          iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Sales Top Ten Million in Three Days        

Apple today announced that just in three day after the launch on September 19, and in limited countries, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped ten million units, breaking the previous record of nine million units set by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last year.
“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin.
The company has also mentioned that unlike the previous years, it could have sold many more iPhones, and work hard to fill orders as quickly as possible. The pre-order of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus began September 12, Apple announced last Monday that processed four million unit in the first-day. 

At the present time, iPhone 6 shipping estimates to be in 7 to 10 business days, while the iPhone 6 Plus is still showing a shipping delay of 3 to 4 weeks. The new iPhones will also be available in more than 20 additional countries on September 26, including Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and more, while will be available in other 115 countries by the end of the year.


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          iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Go On Sale in U.S. and Canada, One Line Stretches 12 City Blocks, iPhone Drop Test Has begun        
Tim Cook with employee before opening doors of Palo Alto store (via @CNBCnow)

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 today go on sale in Canada, U.S and others countries, the appearance not differ to previous years. Lines at most Apple's stores are long on the most cases, despite the pre-order, which have the company offered for delivery this year.

Flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. There who had been waiting "SINCE SUNDAY!" (via BI)

BI reported the line at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan stretched for twelve city blocks, without a doubt it is a great line, like this magnitude will be not at all stores, many customers are reporting lines numbering in the hundreds at their stores.

How long the line is on the map (via BI)
Toronto's Eaton Centre Apple store snaking through multiple levels (via @KristinaParts)

There were some expectations, alleged that supplies of iPhone 6 Plus will be limited at least in some options, but if that had happened might be in some cases, perhaps not as low as originally thought. seems Apple's stores have the strongest supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus compared to carrier stores, which have in some cases a few units to distribute.

Many Australians already got their new iPhone 6, some reports also suggested that supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus were constrained. there was which claimed that many stores in Melbourne, Australia received only one iPhone 6 Plus unit.

Employees in Australia giving an iPhone to the first customer in line (via smh)

Coinciding with obtain the devices from individuals and companies, many test videos surfacing on the web. the video below one of these, which shows a person with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, perform an endurance test. He is dropping each on its back, side and front.


iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus based on this test might not be considered as durable devices like iPhone 5, but their large-screens, thinness, smooth, and sleek look may not help to get that. Apple has provided a set of leather and silicone cases for the devices.



          iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Record-Breaking in First Day Pre-Orders, Apple Has Launched Guide for Android Users        

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-order have exceeded the previous announcements of the old versions. Apple this week announced, that is processed more than four million orders in the first day of pre-launch sales in the select countries that started accepting orders on September 12. The iPhone 5 did 2 million pre-orders in 24 hours when it launched in 2012.

“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday.”
The announcement of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have considered a qualitative move, especially on the part of iPhone-screen sizes. Many consumers had longed to see these sizes at Apple company. An earlier analyst claimed that the availability of devices with big screens will lure Android users who were using the Android platform for due the size. Perhaps among these reasons that made Samsung recently waging a fierce attack on Apple and its new products, which was considered as an imitation of its Galaxy Note line.

On the opposite side there are who consider the current 4-inch size is the reasonable size for a smartphone, we don't know if they are still clinging to their opinion after the viewing the devices.
Apple this week also introduced a detailed support document that walks Android users through moving data from their Android devices to the iPhone, like how to add email accounts to the Mail app, to transfer contacts, calendars, and photos. Apple has suggested a third-party app called "Copy My Data" to do that. The document also walks users through transferring various documents to iCloud, which can then be opened in Keynote, Pages, and Numbers and on iPhone using the same apps. 


Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in stores beginning on Friday, September 19. Apple is currently accepting pre-orders for the two iPhones, but the iPhone 6 shipping estimates to be in 7 to 10 days, while the iPhone 6 Plus in 3 to 4 weeks. 


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          Apple Watch, la rivoluzione da polso di Apple        
Apple Watch - Tim cook
È finalmente arrivato il momento della verità per il wearable computing, almeno per quello che riguarda gli smartwatch. Finalmente perché di Apple Watch si parla da almeno due anni. È il prodotto Apple più personale mai realizzato- ha dichiarato Tim Cook dal palco dell’evento Spring Forward – perché è un oggetto che non si porta […]

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          Apple: 100 milliards de dollars ne suffiront pas à faire repartir le cours !        
La nouvelle est tombée en même temps que l’annonce des résultats du deuxième trimestre 2013, le 23 avril dernier. Tim Cook, le PDG d’Apple, successeur de Steve Jobs (mort en octobre 2011), a annoncé un retour massif de « cash » vers … Continuer la lecture
          9 things you might have missed from Apple’s iPhone 6, Watch announcement        
9 things you might have missed from Apple’s iPhone 6, Watch announcement

In unveiling its bigger iPhones and a new watch, Apple’s head Tim Cook and gang blazed through the key features of their new gadgets in a tight two-hour media event.

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          Conheça o novo iPhone 6s        

A Apple realizou ontem (09/09), em São Francisco, Califórnia, o seu tão esperado Evento Especial. A keynote da maçã foi apresentada, pela maior parte do tempo, pelo presidente-executivo da Apple, Tim Cook. Como já esperado, a Apple lançou os novos

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          Steve Jobs memorial dismantled in Russia because of Tim Cook's sexuality        

After Steve Jobs died in 2011, a Russian holding company called the West European Financial Union (or ZEFS, in Russian) erected a big, iPhone-shaped memorial statue that told visitors about Jobs' life outside a St. Petersburg college. An innocuous tribute, no? Nothing about the memorial itself was intrinsically troubling, but it's been recently dismantled all the same because of two reasons. First, ZEFS is looking at the act as a way of condemning the company for allegedly spying on users across the globe and "informing US security services about them." The second reason, however, sits on the fence between "mind-boggling" and "patently offensive." In accordance with a controversial law meant to curb gay "propaganda," ZEFS took down the statue "to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values."

Source: Reuters


          Visualized: Apple's celebration of Steve Jobs' life in Cupertino (Update: video)        
The state of California made October 16th "Steve Jobs Day," and on October 19th, the company he co-founded with Steve Wozniak celebrated his life on campus in Cupertino. The photo here, provided by Apple, shows CEO Tim Cook addressing throngs of people who came to the memorial.

Update: Apple has updated their homepage with a video of the event. See the source link (3) below.
          Apple supposedly cuts orders for iPhone 5 components        

Apple supposedly cuttings orders for iPhone 5 components

Apple has supposedly cut orders for iPhone 5 components, including screens by roughly half. This according to two people familiar with the matter, one of whom also said other component orders had also been cut. Apple apparently notified the suppliers last month, (both?) of the people said. Juro Osawa of the Wall Street Journal claims that it's because people aren't buying enough iPhones.

The move indicates that sales of the new iPhone haven't been as strong as previously anticipated and demand may be waning. It comes as the company has been facing greater challenges from Samsung Electronics Co. and other makers of smartphones powered by Google Inc.'s Android operating system.

The rest of the article races through Apple vs. Android market share numbers, and careers around any profit share mention, before heaping more praise on Samsung, mentioning the realities of the panel market, and then slamming strait into a reminder that Apple will report earnings later this month.

Apple no-commented, of course.

The Wall Street Journal generally has a good track record when it comes to Apple rumors. However, rumors of Apple cutting orders, both true and fabricated, come along every year. Sometimes people want to manipulate stock. Sometimes companies want to leak bad news to soften its impact. Sometimes deals fall through or business realities change. Sometimes new products are coming that cause a down-shift in old ones. And sometimes good data gets interpreted wrong. What if half their orders are still more than 2012 levels? Does the context change then? Without numbers, real numbers, it's flying blind.

Wall Street (the actual financial district, not the Journal) is wacky when it comes to Apple, punishing them for among the highest profits in the world, while rewarding companies that have barely if ever turned a profit. In the meantime we have AT&T and Verizon in the U.S. pre-announcing record smartphone sales, and Verizon reporting a higher iPhone mix than ever before.

Apple will report their earnings at the end of January, and they may or may not exceed Apple's own forecasts and/or the Street's forecasts, but the guidance the guidance they give for Q2 2013 will be telling, and the conference call that follows will almost certainly have Apple's CEO and CFO, Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer, there to answer questions.

Until then we have a person and a half of unknown affiliation telling the Wall Street Journal that the iPhone 5 isn't as in demand as Apple thought it would be, and that's about it.

Update: Reuters, in a Nikkei-based article echoing the WSJ, pegs the change as down from 65 million iPhones. Apple sold 35 million in Q2 2012, and 18.65 million in Q2 2011. Given the maturity and competition in the market, it's tough to see how, absent a major new deal, Apple could expect to once again double their orders in the post-holiday quarter. Makes the kind of sense that doesn't.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Reuters



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          Google Maps Is A Tween And Apple Maps A Toddler        
Google Maps app makes a comeback in the iOS universe. The release of iOS 6 marked the end of Apple-Google maps partnership and the birth of Apple Maps. In the brief history of Apple Maps, we saw CEO Tim Cook apologizing to frustrated Maps users and the exit of iOS [...]
          Así es el nuevo Apple Watch Series 2        

Durante el evento de Apple que se llevo a cabo en San Francisco en el día de ayer, Tim Cook […]

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          Apple Pencil: In Arrivo sul Nuovo iPhone 8?        
Ultime news provenienti da Cupertino. Agli inizi del 2015, Apple deposita il brevetto si una stylus pen, la Apple Pencil, contenente tutti i sensori. Solamente qualche ora fa è arrivata la sua approvazione. Questo starebbe a significare che, molto probabilmente, il nuovo accessori Apple Pencil sarà disponibile sul nuovo Apple iPhone 8. La nuova Apple Pencil supporterà, non solo iPhone, ma anche altri dispositivi come il MacBook. La notiia non è comunque del tutto nuova dato che Tim Cook aveva già lasciato trasparire qualcosa.

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          Apple dan Facebook Tidak Ingin Bermusuhan        
KOMPAS.com - Apple selama ini dikenal sebagai perusahaan yang cukup agresif melakukan gugatan kepada perusahaan pembuat perangkat mobile, lantaran Apple mengklaim perusahaan lainnya sering menyontek desain dan teknologi yang dipelopori Apple.

Sebut saja beberapa yang sering "ditemui" Apple di meja pengadilan, seperti Motorola, Samsung, Microsoft, dan HTC. Namun, kepada perusahaan berbasis web, Apple menganggap mereka adalah teman, termasuk Facebook.

Saat rapat umum pemegang saham di kantor Apple di Cupertino, California, Jumat (24/2/2012), seorang audiens mengajukan pertanyaan kepada CEO Tim Cook, apakah Apple menganggap perusahaan web sebagai "teman" atau "musuh"?

"Kami melakukan banyak hal dengan mereka dan banyak sekali pengguna Apple yang juga menggunakan Facebook. Saya selalu berpikir bahwa keduanya dapat berbuat lebih banyak bersama-sama," jelas Cook.

Ia menambahkan, hubungan Apple dengan perusahaan berbasis web ini tidak seperti dengan perusahaan lain. "Kita sering melihat terjadi 'tumpang tindih' yang signifikan dari apa yang telah dilakukan Apple," ucap Cook.

Sepertinya, Facebook pun merasakan hal yang sama. Dalam sebuah pernyataan, juru bicara Facebook pernah menyatakan bahwa iOS adalah platform penting untuk Facebook dan Facebook memiliki hubungan yang baik dengan Apple.

Namun, bukan tak mungkin di masa depan Facebook pun akan "dimusuhi" oleh Apple. Apabila Facebook punya produk yang "berseberangan" dengan Apple. Bebeberapa waktu yang lalu, memang sempat beredar Facebook akan membuat ponsel khusus untuk mengakses jejaring sosial tersebut.


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          Global Equities' Trip Chowdhry Blasts Apple Management: 'Cook Has Zero Vision/Zero Passion[Trunc]        
Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research pulls no punches in his latest Apple Inc. AAPL 1.92% In a recent note, Chowdhry called for the "completely clueless" Tim Cook to be replaced. He cited a culture of "bozos" at Apple destroying $486 billion in shareholder value under Cook's management. Apple's PE multiple under Steve Jobs was consistently above the S&P 500 PE and above 20X according to Chowdhry. The S&P 500's current 20.5X PE dwarfs the 11.5X PE Apple generated under Tim Cook and Luca Maestri leadership. The lack of reward (positive yearly stock performance) is the market's way of telling...
          Remembering the Life, Designs of Digital Visionary Steve Jobs        

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JEFFREY BROWN: And we turn to the life and work of a man who helped define a new age of technology.

NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels begins our remembrance of Steve Jobs.

SPENCER MICHELS: The mournful sound of bagpipes drifted through Silicon Valley and at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Flags flew at half-staff and flowers and a makeshift memorial appeared on a bench, as Apple workers around the world mourned the loss of their longtime visionary leader, Steve Jobs.

LEE JOO-YOUNG, Apple employee, Korea (through translator): I don’t personally know him, but I feel like our hero is gone now. I feel heartbroken.

SPENCER MICHELS: Indeed, tributes poured in from all around the globe to the man who left his mark with a variety of landmark innovations.

From Apple users in San Francisco:

WOMAN: It’s an amazing legacy. He has just had — been a force of nature. It’s no longer, do you have a portable music device or do you have a Walkman? It’s, I want an iPad or an iPod. That’s the music device of choice.

SPENCER MICHELS: To world leaders like Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

JULIA GILLARD, Australian prime minister: And the jobs of the future are going to be shaped by innovation, and we hear the news of the loss of an incredible global innovator. I mean, it’s not too much to say he literally changed our world.

SPENCER MICHELS: Practically the moment Steve Jobs’ death was announced, people started showing up at Apple stores around the country, leaving gifts and writing Steve Jobs notes.

Just a few blocks away, in San Francisco, at Twitter headquarters, they observed a moment of silence for Steve Jobs. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Jobs’ longtime rival, tweeted his respects. He said, “The world rarely sees someone who made such a profound impact.”

And the man who co-founded Apple with Jobs, Steve Wozniak, spoke of his longtime friend.

STEVE WOZNIAK, Apple: It’s like the world lost a John Lennon. I mean, Steve was clearly the most outstanding business thinker. And almost everybody who’s high up in the technology business recognized that, somehow, he had the ability to think out new ways of doing things, not just ways to improve what we have, do a better version of something, but do it in a totally different way that the world would swing towards.

SPENCER MICHELS: The story of Apple and its wide-ranging impact on technology began with Jobs and Wozniak, a high school friend, in a California garage. The pair scored an early hit with the Apple II in 1977, the first consumer-grade computer to catch on.

Four years later, Jobs began working on the Macintosh, introduced with a now-legendary commercial during the Super Bowl in 1984.

NARRATOR: On Jan. 24, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh, and you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like “1984.”

SPENCER MICHELS: Two days later, Jobs himself did the unveiling.

STEVE JOBS, Apple: You have just seen some pictures of Macintosh. Now I would like to show you Macintosh in person. All of the images you are about to see on the large screen will be generated by what’s in that bag.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

SPENCER MICHELS: But early Macintosh sales proved disappointing and by the mid-1980s, Apple was in a slump, and Jobs was forced out.

During that time, he bought a tiny graphics company called Pixar from “Star Wars” creator George Lucas.

TOM HANKS, actor: My name is Woody.

SPENCER MICHELS: Its first film, “Toy Story,” was a four-year project involving a team of computer scientists, artists and animators. And the company became a force in the film industry with a string of major hits.

Then, a decade after leaving Apple, Jobs returned in 1996 and the company began a turnaround. Jobs’ legendary sense for what people would want led to a creative flood of revolutionary products, the iPod and iTunes…

STEVE JOBS: Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.

SPENCER MICHELS: … as well as the iPhone, and more recently, the fastest-selling tech device ever, the iPad.

He also held more than 300 patents, including one for the 1998 iMac’s unusual design. But there were also criticisms aimed especially at the low wages and labor practices used by Apple suppliers in China. In one such incident seen on the NewsHour earlier this year, the company was accused of being slow to respond when Chinese workers building iPhones were allegedly poisoned by toxic chemicals.

Jobs’ own health became an issue as well. He was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer seven years ago and had a liver transplant in 2009. Last January, he went back on medical leave from Apple, one of several since his cancer diagnosis. By late August, his health was failing and Jobs stepped down as CEO.

He had candidly addressed his mortality, telling Stanford graduates in 2005 that the prospect of death was an inspiration to him.

STEVE JOBS: When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like, if you live every day as if it was your last, someday, you will most certainly will be right.

(LAUGHTER)

STEVE JOBS: It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, if today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I have ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

SPENCER MICHELS: Jobs made his last public appearance in June, where he introduced two new products, Lion operating system and the iCloud.

There was speculation Jobs might appear at Apple’s launch of the iPhone 4S this past Tuesday. But he didn’t and, instead, his handpicked successor, Tim Cook, took Jobs’ place.

Twenty-four hours later came Apple’s announcement that Steve Jobs had died peacefully at age 56.

President Obama, who received his iPad from Steve Jobs personally, said in a statement: “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented, whether a Mac, an iPhone or an iPad.”

And many used those very devices to join in vigils and online celebrations of Steve Jobs’ innovative genius and the contributions that have shaped much of modern life.

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          Main - Apple : 19.04.2017 00:32 Uhr von Walljet - Klarstellung der erste Apple-Mitarbeiter        

Apple ist...

  • ein weltweit tätiges Unternehmen in der Computerbranche und wird auf dieser Seite behandelt
  • der Name einer Platten- und Musikvermarktungsfirma (Apple Corps Ltd.), die den Ex-Beatles gehört und wegen Apple Computers Engagement in der Musikindustrie mit diesen im Dauerclinch lag, der am 05. Februar 2007, beendet wurde. Apple Computer erhielt alle Namensrechte.
  • eine Frucht, zu Deutsch: Apfel. Das Logo des hier behandelten Unternehmens ist an dem Abbild dieser Frucht angelehnt.

11.  Beschreibung

Apple Computer Inc. (demnächst nur noch Apple Inc.) ist ein weltweit tätiges Unternehmen in der Computerbranche, das ihren Firmensitz in Cupertino im Bundesstaat Kalifornien in den USA hat. Das Unternehmen wurde am 3. Januar 1977 als Gesellschaft eingetragen. Allerdings wurde am sog. April Fool's Day, dem 1. April 1976 schon der Apple I vorgestellt. Das Unternehmen sagt über sich selbst, dass es in den 1970er Jahren mit dem Apple II, die Revolution der Personal Computer begonnen hat und eben diesen in den 1980er Jahren mit dem Macintosh neu erfunden habe.

Der europäische Hauptsitz von Apple ist in Hollyhill, Cork - Irland.

Apple Deutschland ist eine Vertriebsgesellschaft, die in München ansässig ist.

Die Apple Vertretung in der Schweiz ist in Wallisellen, Kt. Zürich und eine Filiale in Lausanne, Kt. Waadt.

Gegründet wurde Apple im Jahr 1976 durch Steve Jobs, Stephen Wozniak und Ronald G. Wayne. Tim Cook ist aktuell CEO von Apple.

Sie bieten eine breite Produktpalette an, darunter Macintosh Desktop und Notebook Computer, das diese betreibende Betriebssystem Mac OS X, eine Reihe sehr erfolgreicher Software aus dem Konsumentenbereich, die unter dem Namen iLife verkauft werden sowie zahlreiche professionelle Software aus Bild-, Ton- und Videoproduktion.

Darüber hinaus ist Apple eine der führenden Unternehmen im Bereich der digitalen Musik mit dem iPod Musikspieler und dem iTunes Music Store.

Apple hat mit die zufriedensten Kunden im Computerbereich, wie eine Studie herausgefunden hat.

Das Apple Logo zeigt einen mittlerweile sehr stilisierten Apfel, mit einem Biß und Blatt.

11.1  Namensänderung

Am 9. Januar 2007 kündigte Steve Jobs in seiner Keynote auf der Macworld San Francisco eine Umbenennung von Apple Computer Inc. in Apple Inc. an. Auf dieser Keynote stand das iPhone und die Apple TV Set-Top-Box im Mittelpunkt, also Geräte die mit Computern nur noch bedingt etwas zu tun haben. Apple verkauft neben den Computern und Software immer mehr Entertainmentprodukte und aus dieser Sicht macht die Beschneidung des Namens Sinn.

12.  Werbespots 2006 – Ja zum Mac (Get a Mac)

Der sympathische Jungschauspieler der in den Werbespots der aktuellen Werbekampagne "Ja zum Mac" (Get a Mac), einen Mac ("Ich bin ein Mac" - "I'm a Mac") spielt, heisst, Justin Jake Long und ist am 2. Juni, 1978 in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA geboren worden.

In den deutschen Versionen der Spots wird Justin Longs Stimme von Oliver Rohrbeck synchronisiert! (Über Oliver Rohrbeck auf IMDB) DE.

Der PC Darsteller heißt John Kellogg Hodgman (*Juni, 1971).

13.  Adressen

  • Die Adresse des Hauptsitzes von Apple Computer lautet:
    1 Infinite Loop
    Cupertino, California CA 95014 Vereinigte Staaten
  • Das erste richtige, kleine Büro von Apple befand sich auf dem Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino, unweit der heutigen Adresse.

14.  Geschichte

14.1  Personen

Aktuelle Führungspersönlichkeiten bei Apple


Historisch wichtige Persönlichkeiten

Die ersten Mitarbeiter von Apple

Apple Computer USA, CEOs

Sonstige Mitarbeiter

Apple verfügte im Jahre 2005 über 14.800 Mitarbeiter weltweit (Stand: 30. September 2005), im Vergleich zu 2004 mit 11.695 Mitarbeitern (Stand: 30. September 2004).

14.2  Apple iTeam

Das Apple iTeam ist eine Gruppe von nebenberuflichen Promotern, die von Apple von Zeit zu Zeit im Handel als Kundenberater eingesetzt werden.

14.3  Die Apple .com-Domain

Die Apple .com-Domain zählt zu den 100 ältesten Domainen im Internet und wurde am 19. Februar 1987 registriert.

15.  Apple Evangelist

Ein Apple Evangelist ist ein Promoter bzw. Botschafter der Apple Plattform.

16.  Geschäftszahlen

  • Apple Quartalszahlen
  • Für die Verwaltung bzw. Optimierung des Vermögens von Apple Computer, ist die Firma Braeburn Capital Inc. in Reno, Nevada zuständig. Die URL http://www.braeburncapital.com/ verweist auf Apples-Homepage. Die Firma Microcaps in Motion trug ebenfalls einmal diesen Firmennamen.
  • Die Nummern der Apple Aktien lauten (Frankfurt : WKN 865985/ISIN US0378331005) und sind auch unter dem Kürzel AAPL bekannt.
    • ISIN: US0378331005
    • Reuters: AAPL
    • WKN: AAPL
    • Bilanzprüfer: KPMG LLP
    • Webseite für Investoren: http://www.apple.com/investor/
    • E-Mail für Investoren: investor_relations@apple.com

Aktuell muss sich Apple mit Vorwürfen auseinander setzen, die auch intern untersucht werden. Es geht um alle Finanzberichte, die seit dem 29. September 2002 veröffentlicht wurden und in denen die ausgewiesenen Gewinne revidiert werden könnten. Apple hat am 29. Juni 2006 selbst auf Unregelmäßigkeiten bei Aktienoptionen hingewiesen und die US-Börsenaufsicht SEC informiert. Es geht um den Vorwurf das Preise für Aktienoptionen an Führungskräfte manipuliert wurden.

Der Zeitraum der Unregelmäßigkeiten soll sich zwischen 1997 bis 2001 befinden. Das bedeutet, dass es zu einer nachträglichen Bilanzierung nicht-zahlungswirksamer Sonderbelastungen in noch unbekannter Höhe kommen kann.

Apple verfügt nach eigenen Angaben vom 22. Oktober 2007 über mehr als 15,4 Milliarden Dollar Barreserven (2006 noch 10 Milliarden). 75 Prozent der Firmen-Anteile gehören institutionellen Anlegern und Fonds. Zum Beispiel gehört dem Rentenfonds der städtischen Angestellten New Yorks etwa eine Million Apple-Aktien. 0,6 Prozent (5,4 Millionen Stück) hält Steve Jobs, dies ist ein Wert von ca. 430 Millionen Dollar. Die restlichen Aktien befinden sich in Streubesitz, Microsoft besitzt trotz hartnäckiger Gerüchte keine Anteile mehr von Apple.

16.1  Markenwert

Apple zählt zu den teuersten IT-Marken der Welt wie auch Microsoft, Intel, Google und einige mehr. Laut des Markenberatungsunternehmen Interbrand lag der Markenwert 2006 bei 9.310 Millionen US-Dollar (2005: 7.985 Mio.). Der Markenwert von Microsoft liegt etwa fünf mal höher. Der Markenwert (auch Brand Equity oder Brand Value) bezeichnet den finanziellen Wert einer Marke.

16.2  Marktanteil

Laut Gartner, einem Marktforschungsinstitut, ist Apple (Stand: Februar 2007) führend im deutschen Bildungsmarkt und insgesamt hält der Mac einen Marktanteil von 2,8 Prozent in Deutschland.

16.3  Werbeinvestititonen

Im vergangenen Geschäftsjahr gab Apple 228,6 Millionen Dollar für das iPhone und 307,7 Millionen Dollar für das iPad an Werbespendings aus. Zwischen 2007 und 2011 sollen rund 1,1 Milliarden Dollar in das Marketing von iPhone und iPad investiert worden sein.

17.  Zulieferer

In einem sog. Supplier Code of Conduct verpflichten sich Zuliefer-Firmen von Apple zu einem sicheren und menschwürdigen Umgang mit ihren Mitarbeitern.

18.  Kurioses

Gibt man im Terminal: cat /usr/share/calendar/* | grep Apple | grep founded ein, sagt einem der Computer selbst wann er gegründet wurde.

19.  Verweise

21.  Apple-Technologien

ADB -> DataforkTruetype -> FireWire -> OpenDoc -> QuickTime -> TrueType ->

22.  Verweise

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          Quoted – Icahn Turns His Powers of Persuasion on Tim Cook – ECommerce Times        
Despite Carl Icahn‘s declarations that he’s interested only in what’s best for Apple’s investors, the self-proclaimed champion of “real corporate democracy” has his doubters. Why add to Apple’s debt to pay for the buyback when it’s sitting on so much cash? “A lot of the cash is overseas, and if you brought it back to […]
          Sensation perfekt: Apple stellt iPhone Shuffle vor        


Sensation perfekt: Apple stellt iPhone Shuffle vor

Eine Stunde vor der offiziellen Apple-Keynote wurde bekannt, was dieses Jahr das „One more thing“ von Apple sein wird. Viele hatten auf die Präsentation der iWatch gesetzt. Stattdessen wir jedoch Apple-Chef Tim Cook im Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino das iPhone Shuffle vorstellen. Dass es ein größeres iPhone 6 gegen würde, war schon lange bekannt. Die Veröffentlichung eine Handys, das vollständig auf ein Display verzichten wird, ist hingegen selbst für Analysten eine riesige Überraschung.

Ist das das neue iPhone Shuffle?
Markant der Shuffle-Knopf über dem Apple-Zeichen.
Das Gerät steht unter dem Motto „Life is random“. Neben dem Kopfhörereingang gibt es nur eine Taste für die Bedienung. Mit einem Klick wird zufällig eine Person angewählt. Über einen Kippschalter kann der Nutzer einzig bestimmen, ob es sich um eine Nummer aus dem persönlichen Telefonbuch oder ein beliebiger Anschluss handeln soll. 

„Wir bringen die Menschen zusammen“ wird die offizielle Werbebotschaft sein. Dass diese bahnbrechende Neuheit schon vor der Keynote bekannt wurde, ist ebenfalls einem Zufall zu verdanken. Bei der Generalprobe verband sich das Gerät von Tim Cook mit Theresa Müller aus Wuppertal, die ihm die Einzelheiten bei dem fünf Minütigen Gespräch entlocken konnte.

„Erst dachte ich, dass da jemand einen Koch sprechen wollte“, berichtete Frau Müller unserem Redakteur. Doch das Missverständnis klärte sich schnell auf und man kam ins Plaudern. „Er war sehr höflich und entschuldigte sich sogar für die Störung. Dann bat er mich, dass dieses kleine Geheimnis bis heute Abend unter uns bleiben sollte. Aber er gestattet mir die Information in die iCloud zu stellen“, schmunzelte Frau Müller.

Fachleute vermuten, dass dies erst der Anfang einer neuen Produktlinie bei Apple sein könnte. Unter anderem soll Anfang 2015 die iWatch Shuffle erscheinen. Angeblich liegt schon ein Großauftrag der Deutschen Bahn vor.

          American Made Macs? HOLLA! – Tech Thursday        
It's been revealed that Apple is planning on releasing a line of Macs made here in the United States. Apple CEO Tim Cook released that bit of information in an interview with NBC's Brian Williams, host of news magazine show Rock Center. I can't tell you how many times I was asked by someone "Why does Apple make their Macs in China? Why not the U.S.?" Ask, and you shall receive. Continue reading…
          Las mejoras de iOS 8 y la productividad en el iPad        

iOS 8 ha supuesto un gran salto si hablamos del ecosistema Apple, desde luego se nota la mano de Tim Cook en todo esto y una política mucho más transparente. Extensiones que permiten la introducción de teclados de terceros, funciones como Reachability para los nuevos modelos, notificaciones interactivas y lo...

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          The Trump factor: In a world of bosses and leaders, which are you?        
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook embody the stark difference between true leadership and simply bossing people around. David Gewirtz weighs the consequences.
          Google Glass is back on sale – but it’s probably not for you        
Before Hololens was more than just a glimmer in Satya Nadella’s eye, before Tim Cook realised there was money to be made in this augmented reality business, there was Google Glass. The face-mounted computer, running a dramatically altered version of Android, divided users when it was first released back in early 2013. It’s small screen […]
          Google Glass is back on sale – but it’s probably not for you        
Before Hololens was more than just a glimmer in Satya Nadella’s eye, before Tim Cook realised there was money to be made in this augmented reality business, there was Google Glass. The face-mounted computer, running a dramatically altered version of Android, divided users when it was first released back in early 2013. It’s small screen […]
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          Editorial: Apple apologies actually aren't that infrequent, and that's okay        

Editorial Apple apologies actually aren't that infrequent, and that's okay

Today, Tim Cook made his first major apology as the CEO of Apple. It probably won't be his last. Despite the obvious knee-jerk reaction regarding the Maps debacle, it's actually interesting that this particular scenario is yet another example of humans having extraordinarily short-term memories. It's the same reason that whatever game we most recently saw is the "best or worst ever." (Packers v. Seahawks 09.24.2012, I'm looking at you.) In truth, Apple has a fairly solid history of ingesting pride in the iPhone era, when it surged headfirst into the realm of serving consumers in a way that it never had before. And moreover, hearing Cook apologize isn't something that should be mocked or berated; one can only hope that more companies of all shapes and sizes develop a policy of listening and reacting. Allow me to explain.

Source: Apple


          Does Tim Cook Need To Step Out Of Steve Jobs’s Shadow?        

At every public appearance by Tim Cook — say, Wednesday’s on-stage interview at AllThingsD’s annual D10 conference, or at the next WWDC keynote — there is always a certain type of commentator who, with hushed voice, will see the spectre of Steve Jobs looming behind Apple’s new CEO. It’s no wonder. Steve Jobs was a […]

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          Tim Cook o przyszłości iPadów        
Kasia pisała rano o wynikach finansowych Apple i słabej kondycji iPada. Delikatna tendencja spadkowa dachówek z Cupertino jest widoczna od jakiegoś czasu i nic nie wskazuje, że miałoby się to zmienić w najbliższym czasie. Analizując wyniki, można zauważyć, że sprzedaż tych urządzeń spadła o 13% i spada od trzech kolejnych kwartałów analizując je rok do […]

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          Sylwetka Postaci: Tim Cook, CEO Apple        
Zastanawialiście się kiedyś, kto miał największy wpływ na rozwój rynku tabletów internetowych? Kto stoi na czele największych koncernów? Jak dotarli do władzy? Na te i inne pytania postaramy się odpowiedzieć w nowej serii artykułów biograficznych „Sylwetka Postaci”. Dziś opowiemy Wam o Timie Cooku, CEO Apple. Biografia Timothy D. Cook urodził się 1 listopada 1960 roku. […]

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          Even Without A Headphone Jack, iPhone 7 Boosts Apple's Sales        
It was a dramatic market entry for the iPhone 7 last year. Many Apple customers grumbled when Apple took away the headphone jack and gave everyone an adapter to plug earbuds into the Lightning, or charging, connector. But everyone seems to have adjusted. Apple sold 78 million iPhones over the holiday season. In an earnings call, CEO Tim Cook indicated Apple could have sold more of them if it had enough in stock, says Gartner Research analyst Brian Blau. "That was encouraging news," Blau says. "That means that there's built-up demand out there, and that means that it's very possible that that demand will be continued into this quarter." Apple has more than a billion activated mobile devices around the world. Along with the increased iPhone sales, it's also bringing in more revenue from its app store, iTunes and cloud services. Cook mentioned the current U.S. political climate in connection with future growth. He seems to believe it's likely that Congress and the Trump administration
          Novità WWDC17 Apple: HomePod, nuovo iPad Pro, nuovi iMac ed iMac Pro, iOS 11 e macOS High Sierra        

Com’è consueto per AmaTech, anche oggi 5 Giugno 2017 vi presentiamo tutte le novità WWDC17 Apple L’evento delle novità WWDC17 Apple inizia, dopo un bel video su Apple Data Center, con l’ingresso sul palco di Tim Cook che, com’è consuetudine esordisce parlando dei dati Apple riguardanti la diffusione di iOs nel mondo e fra gli utenti iPhone, ...

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          Tim Cook's July Fourth Tweet Has A Not-So-Subtle Message        
Crystal clear.
          hate to be one of those font assholes, but…        
BusinessWeek did a special profile on Apple CEO Tim Cook and generously let us in on their cover page decisionmaking. It’s a cool feature to include, clues the reader into how much work goes into a final magazine cover. (via BusinessWeek’s Cover Trail: Tim Cook’s Apple) So I really hate to be one of those font […]
          Here are the Terrible First Jobs of the World’s Most Powerful CEOs        

The saying goes ”Everyone has to start somewhere,” and while some lucky individuals were born into wealth, others had to start from the bottom and work their way to the top. This is the case for some of the most successful people in the world, including Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Indra Nooyi, Larry Ellison and […]

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          Tim Cook: DNA von Steve Jobs treibt Apple noch in 50 Jahren an        
Apple-Chef Tim Cook hat Bloomberg ein umfangreiches Interview gegeben, welches in Teilen bereits vorab einsehbar ist. Darin äußert er sich […]

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          Apple Faces Heightened Oversight in China After Tim Cook's Apology        
Apple CEO Tim Cook’s apology hasn’t been enough to win the day in China. China’s industry and commerce authority said this week that it will tighten its oversight of Apple. That in turn has led to speculation that the Chinese government may be pressuring the U.S. tech giant to cave in to the censorship demands.
          Tim Cook's Apology Letter to Apple Customers in China        
Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier this week wrote a note to customers in China, apologizing after the company received complaints on its customer service and warranty policies. Apple declined to make an English translation of the letter available, saying it was only intended for Chinese consumers. Here is my translation.
          John May 16 Takes To The Stage With Music Legends This Weekend [AUDIO]        
The Three Twins is an 8 piece band: SUBDUDES founding members John Magnie(accordion and keyboard), Tim Cook(bass) and Steve Amedee(all manner of percussion toys from snare drums to soup cans) plus 5 other great musicians. Cory and the Crew open the show, with local guest guitarist JOHN MAY of Casper. Profits benefit Artcore of Wyoming, John May joined us this morning with guitar in hand. Continue reading…
          Apple seeks tax breaks for suppliers to make iPhones in India: sources        

NEW DELHI: Apple Inc has asked the Indian government to extend tax breaks to its suppliers if India seeks to become a manufacturing hub for iPhones and its components.

Government officials say meeting this request would require a new policy that applies fairly to other device makers, too.

The U.S. tech giant has been in talks with Indian officials since May of last year, when CEO Tim Cook and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to set up a production base in the country that goes beyond just assembling the devices, as happens today.

The two sides have been discussing a list of "prerequisites" that Apple submitted in October, including duty exemption on raw materials for manufacturing components and capital equipment for 15 years for it to make iPhones from scratch in India.

The company has told the government it would be bringing in a host of these ancillary units when it sets up operations to cater to India, one of the world's fastest growing smartphone markets, a top government official said.

"They want the same treatment to be given to the component manufacturers; the tax concessions, they want everything. But then some kind of policy will have to be evolved," the official said.

Apple declined to comment.

The demand could further delay Apple's plans to penetrate the Indian market, the world's third largest for smartphones behind the United States and China, but where it has only a 2 percent share.

The company is looking to India after sales in the Greater China region, once a major growth driver, slid 14 percent year-on-year to $10.7 billion in the three months ended April 1.

In May, Apple, working with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Winstron, began assembling the iPhone SE in Bengaluru.

The plan that Modi and Cook ordered the two sides to work on, however, envisages manufacturing a full range of iPhones for the domestic market, as well as for export.

ECOSYSTEM FOR HANDSETS

For India, which would only be the second iPhone production centre after China, such an investment would be a big win for Modi's Make-in-India campaign.

It would also spawn a vast network of suppliers, in the way that India's auto ancillary sector took off to feed Maruti Suzuki India's production line over three decades ago.

Another official, who has led efforts to secure foreign investment in the manufacturing sector, said Apple's proposal to build its phones in India was being examined favourably by the government.

"My view is that India needs to support Apple to create an ecosystem, which was done for Maruti. This helped to build the automobile and auto component industry in India," the official said, seeking anonymity in line with government policy.

"Initial support will pay rich dividends in the long run and facilitate innovation, design and manufacturing of electronics components in India," the official added.

Apple competitors such as South Korea's Samsung Electronics and China's Oppo could also benefit from a broader policy review as they, too, currently have predominantly assembly operations in India.

Another government official familiar with the matter said it would be difficult for India to agree to Apple's request for a customs holiday for just its own operations in India.

Customs duties have already been slashed in order to make India a hub for handset assembly lines, the official said.

That move has encouraged phone makers to set up such facilities in India, and so the duty structure cannot be changed for one company, the official said.


          Evento Apple 7 settembre 2016: tutte le novità        
Si è appena concluso l’atteso evento speciale Apple del 7 settembre 2016. E’ Tim Cook ad aprire la scena parlando di Apple Music, che conta ad oggi 17 milioni di iscritti con a disposizione 30 milioni di brani. La nuova interfaccia di Apple Music in iOS 10 è più semplice e pulita, dove sarà ancora […]
          TNT 1817: Chip 'n Skin        

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Notoriously secret Apple has just been outed, maybe, by the president. Trump claims that Apple CEO Tim Cook promised him he would build three US manufacturing plants. "Big, big, big," said the president. No one at Apple has confirmed this.

In 2020, almost 25 years after Adobe unleashed it onto the world, Flash will finally see its end of life as Adobe will cease any updates or distribution at that point. Adobe will continue to offer security updates for Flash as well as offer support for current browsers up until then as well.

There's a playground skirmish going on between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about whether AI is going to kill us or not.

A company will let you insert microchips into your skin, if you want.

Tony Romm from ReCode discusses the latest news in Net Neutrality and we tell you how you can fund Scopes to keep it alive.

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          VPN programları App Store'dan tek tek kaldırılıyor!        
Tim Cook, App Store'dan kaldırılan VPN uygulamaları konusunda ilk kez konuştu; Uygulamaların Çin'in bu konudaki kanunlarını sıkılaştırması üzerine kaldırılmak zorunda kaldığını açıkladı.
          Apple arbeitet an autonomen Systemen - nicht nur für Autos        
Autonome Fahrzeuge haben noch einen weiten Weg vor sich, bis sie wirklich die Marktreife erlangt haben und massentauglich werden. Dass Apple an solchen Autos arbeitet, gilt als offenes Geheimnis. Den jüngsten Äußerungen von Tim Cook zufolge scheint der Konzern mit seinen autonomen Systemen aber mehr geplant zu haben als nur selbstfahrende Vehikel.
          140. iSzene PodCast / KW 49        
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Hallo liebe Apple Fans, wir haben wieder für Euch die Neuigkeiten der vergangenen Woche KW 49 zusammengetragen.
Ich wünsche Euch viel Spaß beim entspannten Zuhören,

Euer Mixbambullis

Inhalt:
  • Neue MacBook Air Modelle zur WWDC im Juni 2016?
  • Tim Cook erhält große Auszeichnung
  • Neue Werbespots für iPhone 6s
  • Bestnoten für MacBooks beim Consumer Report
  • 4 Zoll iPhone für Anfang 2016?
  • 3,9 Millionen Apple Watches ausgeliefert?
  • Samsung zahlt 548 Millionen Dollar wegen Patentrechtsverletzung an Apple
  • Populärste Kamera kommt wieder vom iPhone
  • iSzene Weihnachtsgewinnspiel
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          105. iSzene Podcast / KW 13        
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Die KW 13 war mal wieder eine eher unspektakuläre Woche. Trotzdem haben wir alles gegeben um Euch die interessantesten Inhalte der Woche kurz zusammenzufassen.

Viel Spaß mit der 105. Ausgabe des iSzene PodCast wünscht Euch,
DedeOle99

Inhalt:
  • CNN Go als neuer Channel auf dem Apple TV
  • Apple verbannt Anti-Virus Apps aus dem App Store
  • Tim Cook plant sein gesamtes Vermögen zu spenden
  • Apple Watch in 3D an eurem Handgelenk
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          The iPhone 8's most important feature might have just been discovered        
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Somewhere deep in Apple's new spaceship campus, CEO Tim Cook and chief design officer Jony Ive are cursing out the world as fanatic developers continue unearthing clues about the unreleased iPhone 8 from a recent software leak.

The latest discovery: The iPhone 8 might have a resizable virtual home button that would replace the iPhone's physical home button. At this rate, will there even be anything left for Apple to announce next month?

SEE ALSO: New high-res video shows 'copper gold' iPhone 8 from all angles

Once again, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has come up big by scouring through the Apple HomePod firmware that leaked earlier this month. Read more...

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          Apple wants you to pay big for their smart speaker        
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As part of yesterday’s WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) Google launched their foray into home connectivity with the HomePad called by Apple CEO Tim Cook, “breakthrough home speaker with amazing sound and incredible intelligence that will reinvent home audio.” Don’t overlook the last word, in his statement, despite the desire some will have to group HomePad with... Read more »

The post Apple wants you to pay big for their smart speaker appeared first on ReadWrite.


          Atomicast: November 7th, 2014 - Atomicast – More Like Radio        
SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: – Russia hates gays, especially Tim Cook – 4chan guy posts pics of the lady he murdered – 90’s music quiz – A
          Apple announces 1 Billion iPhones sold        
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today at their employee meeting in Cupertino today that the company has sold its 1 Billionth iPhone to date. “iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential …
          10 ahli Teknologi Paling Berpengaruh di Dunia        

Berikut 10 ahli Teknologi Paling Berpengaruh di Dunia


1. Salman Khan
1. Salman Khan 
Salman adalah pencetus khanacademy.org, sebuah platform pendidikan online gratis dan organisasi nirlaba. Misi Khan melalui situs itu adalah memberikan pendidikan berkualitas dunia pada semua anak secara gratis.

Khanacademy memiliki sekitar 3000 kursus singkat yang bisa diakses anak-anak. Mereka bisa belajar secara mandiri di sini.

Berkat inisiatif positifnya tersebut, Khan telah meraih berbagai penghargaan bergengsi. Seperti Microsoft Tech Award for Education.


2. Ben Rattray
2. Ben Rattray 
Ben adalah pendiri situs Change.org. Ini adalah situs yang mewadahi berbagai organisasi untuk menyalurkan aspirasi mereka secara bebas namun bertanggungjawab.

Organisasi seperti Amnesty International dan Humane Society membayar situs tersebut utuk melakukan kampanye perubahan sosial.

Jutaan orang juga mengakses situs untuk menandatangani berbagai petisi online dengan tema bermacam-macam. Dari soal lingkungan, kesehatan sampai makanan.


3. Henrik Schrfe
3. Henrik Schrfe  
Henrik adalah profesor di Universitas Aalborg, Denmark. Dia juga menjabat sebagai direktur di Center for Computer-mediated Epistemology.

Namanya menjadi terkenal setelah berhasil membuat robot yang wujudnya sama persis dengan dirinya sendiri. Si robot dinamakan sebagai Doppelgänger.

Henrik pun dianggap mampu merevolusi hubungan antara manusia dengan robot menjadi semakin erat.


4. Anonymous
4. Anonymous 
Anonymous memang bukan nama orang. Nama ini merujuk pada sebuah kelompok hacker yang pernah bikin kehebohan belum lama berselang.

Aksi Anonymous sering dijuluki sebagai hacktivist. Sebab aksi hack mereka punya misi politik tertentu.

Dalam aksinya, mereka menyasar berbagai institusi terkenal. Bahkan termasuk lembaga intelijen FBI dan CIA.


5. Pete Cashmore
5. Pete Cashmore 
Di usia 19 tahun, Pete mendirikan blog teknologi Mashable. Saat ini, Mashable telah menjelma menjadi salah satu media teknologi paling berpengaruh.

Mashable memberitakan hampir segala hal yang berhubungan dengan teknologi dan punya banyak pengakses. Seperti gadget, media sosial dan bisnis.

Nama Pete pun melambung. Dia sebelumnya telah masuk dalam berbagai daftar bergengsi, seperti Top 25 Web Celebs versi Huffington Post.


6. Marc Andreessen
6. Marc Andreessen 
Marc dikenal sebagai pendiri Netscape yang dulu sempat terkenal dengan produk browser. Dia punya beragam profesi, dari teknisi, entrepeneur sampai investor.

Marc mendirikan berbagai perusahaan teknologi berbeda. Dan beberapa kemudian dijual pada perusahaan yang lebih besar.

Sampai sekarang, nama Marc tetap dianggap berpengaruh di jagat teknologi. Dia menjadi pemodal banyak perusahaan termasuk Twitter. Dia juga masuk dewan pimpinan di Facebook, eBay dan HP.


7. Sheryl Sandberg
7. Sheryl Sandberg 
Sheryl menempati posisi mentereng di Facebook. Jabatannya sebagai Chief Operating Officer membuatnya jadi tangan kanan Mark Zuckerberg, sang founder sekaligus CEO.

Sejak gabung di Facebook tahun 2008, Sheryl memang menjadi sosok penting di situs jejaring terpopuler dunia itu. Lulusan Harvard Business School ini menjadi sosok kunci dalam masa depan bisnis Facebook yang kini masuk ke bursa saham.

Tahun lalu, Sheryl dinobatkan majalah Forbes sebagai wanita paling berkuasa nomor lima di dunia. Meski begitu sibuk dengan urusan bisnis di Facebook, Sheryl masih punya waktu membesarkan dua anaknya bersama sang suami.


8. Tim Cook
8. Tim Cook 
Tim Cook adalah salah satu sosok yang mulai terkenal di jagat teknologi saat ini. Statusnya sebagai CEO Apple membuatnya banyak muncul di media massa.

Tim Cook resmi menjadi CEO Apple pada 21 Agustus 2011. Dia menggantikan mendiang Steve Jobs, tokoh legendaris Apple.

Banyak yang menilai Cook belum bisa menandingi karisma maupun kepemimpinan Jobs. Namun demikian, Apple di bawah kendalinya tetap punya performa bisnis sangat bagus.


9. Daniel Ek
9. Daniel Ek 
Daniel Ek adalah pendiri Spotify. Perusahaan yang didirikannya tahun 1997 itu menjadi cukup fenomenal dalam waktu singkat

Spotify adalah layanan musik streaming yang jumlah anggotanya sekarang sekitar 10 juta. Untuk mendengar musik sepuasnya, anggota harus membayar.

Daniel dianggap turut berjasa merevolusi bisnis musik. Dan Spotify pun cukup menguntungkan.


10. Virginia Rometty
http://www.didunia.net/ 
Dikenal dengan nama panggilan Ginnni, Virginia Rometty menempati peringkat ke 60 untuk seluruh daftar. Dia adalah wanita pertama yang menjadi CEO perusahaan raksasa IBM.

Virginia diangkat menjadi bos IBM pada bulan Januari 2012. Dia sudah bekerja di IBM selama 30 tahun dan kaya pengalaman.

Tantangan yang menghadangnya sebagai bos IBM semakin berat. Terutama memasuki era cloud computing saat ini. Ginni sendiri beberapa waktu lalu sempat berkunjung ke Indonesia untuk membicarakan bisnis cloud bersama Telkom.

          Apple Has Good Sales News For Wall Street        
Apple put investors at ease Tuesday with its quarterly report. Wall Street was expecting a slowdown in iPhone 7 sales. Instead, sales of the iPhone 7 were up 1.6 percent year over year. Analysts thought that consumers would wait for the highly anticipated iPhone 8 before they upgraded. Apple is expected to make significant changes in its upcoming 10th anniversary edition — such as wireless charging and facial recognition software. Apple also saw a rise in iPad and Mac sales, which were well ahead of overall industry sales of computers and tablets. In an earnings call CEO Tim Cook attributed it to upgrades in both lines. The iPad also has a lower-priced introductory model for $329 and a higher-end iPad Pro, for work. Cook also cited schools as a growing market for the product. The company did well in services such as cloud storage, the app store and streaming music. Cook looked ahead and said that Apple will be releasing more original content through Apple music in the coming months.
          Even Without A Headphone Jack, iPhone 7 Boosts Apple's Sales        
It was a dramatic market entry for the iPhone 7 last year. Many Apple customers grumbled when Apple took away the headphone jack and gave everyone an adapter to plug earbuds into the Lightning, or charging, connector. But everyone seems to have adjusted. Apple sold 78 million iPhones over the holiday season. In an earnings call, CEO Tim Cook indicated Apple could have sold more of them if it had enough in stock, says Gartner Research analyst Brian Blau. "That was encouraging news," Blau says. "That means that there's built-up demand out there, and that means that it's very possible that that demand will be continued into this quarter." Apple has more than a billion activated mobile devices around the world. Along with the increased iPhone sales, it's also bringing in more revenue from its app store, iTunes and cloud services. Cook mentioned the current U.S. political climate in connection with future growth. He seems to believe it's likely that Congress and the Trump administration
          5 Biggest Flip-Flops from Apple        
In the last decade, Apple has transformed itself from a garden-variety technology company with an especially rabid fan base to the most valuable public company on earth. Apple has become the worldwide leader in digital music sales, accelerated the mobile revolution with the iPhone and launched tablets as a viable product category with the iPad. Yet for all of Apple’s positive moves over the past few years, some of its decisions have been diametrically opposed to what Apple executives — specifically, former CEO Steve Jobs and current chief Tim Cook — said the company would do. Yes, Apple has flip-flopped numerous times. But don’t disparage the company for it. If Apple had stood firm on all its previous declarations, we wouldn’t now be enjoying some of the most iconic devices and products in recent history. Let’s look back at some of Apple’s biggest changes of heart in recent memory. 1. The Video iPod It was April 2004, well after iTunes and the iPod had become a major hit for Apple, and the iTunes Music Store had sold 70 million songs in its first year. During a conference call with the press to mark the iTunes Music Store’s first anniversary, Jobs was asked by Mike Wendland of the Detroit Free Press if Apple had contemplated releasing an iPod with additional features — specifically, one that could play videos in full color. (By that time, Apple had already added music videos to the store.) “You know, one of the things that I say around Apple, I paraphrase Bill Clinton when he was running long ago when he said, ‘It is the economy, stupid’ — I say, ‘It is the music, stupid,'” Jobs replied. “We have to stay focused on the fact that people are buying these devices to listen to music,” he continued. “People love music. They love listening to music as a background activity when they’re exercising, when they are commuting and when they are just hanging out, and music is a wonderful thing because (a) it is music, and (b) because it can be listened to
          Apple vendió más dispositivos con iOS en un año que Macs en 28 años        
Apple ha vendido 316 millones de dispositivos con iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) hasta el momento. 156 millones en 2011 según comunicó el Director (CEO) Tim Cook ...
          ä¸­å›½å¸‚场表现欠佳导致iPhone全球份额跌至12%        
北京时间11月3日晚间消息,调研公司Strategy Analytics今日发布报告称,今年第三季度全球智能手机出货量继续增长,但苹果公司(以下简称“苹果”)的市场份额却从13.6%降至12.1%。
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  与此同时,Android市场份额从上年同期的84.1%提高到87.5%, 而Windows和Tizen的合计市场份额从2.3%跌至0.3%。
  第三季度,全球智能手机出货量为3.754亿部,与去年同期的3.542亿部相比增长6%。这主要得益于新兴市场较低的智能手机普及率,如亚洲、非洲和中东。其中,印度和南非的表现最强劲。
  苹果iPhone出货量从上年同期的4800万部跌至4550万部,Strategy Analytics在报告中称,这主要是受iPhone在中国和非洲市场的低迷表现所拖累。
  苹果CEO蒂姆·库克(Tim Cook)将中国视为下一个重要市场,虽然中国市场对于苹果而言仍至关重要,但苹果在当地却遭遇了华为和Oppo等本地竞争对手的强劲挑战。
  Strategy Analytics同时指出,虽然Android继续巩固其主导地位,但该平台也面临着一系列问题。例如,该市场过于拥挤,拥有数百家手机厂商,而其中盈利的并不多。
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          NBC Rock Center Video Interview with Tim Cook        
These two videos are screen capture, if you want to see the high quality vid, hop over to NBC’s website. Source – jkhan via 9to5MacFiled under: Apple, Video Tagged: Apple, Brian Williams, Interview, NBC, Rock Center, Tim Cook, Video
          Video: Apple CEO Time Cook at the ‘AllThingsD’ Conference        
You have to imagine it’s been a bit difficult for Apple CEO Tim Cook. After all, nobody really wants to follow someone like Steve Jobs, under any circumstances. No matter how well you do, it’s hard to live up to that kind of unique genius. Still, somebody has got to do it and that somebody […]
          Apple Released ‘Swift’ – A Coding Language For Everyone [Video]        

Apple Released powerful and super intuitive coding language named 'Swift' in order to make the programming easy for everyone. The WWDC 2016 on Last Monday, CEO Tim Cook has announced this Swift Playgrounds app for iPad to teach kids to code.

The post Apple Released ‘Swift’ – A Coding Language For Everyone [Video] appeared first on The Tech Journal - Technological News Portal.


          Una anciana japonesa crea aplicaciones móviles        

Se convirtió en la desarrolladora más veterana de la conferencia del gigante tecnológico Apple, incluso llegó a conquistar a Tim Cook, el mayor directivo de la conocida compañía, quien alagó a la japonesa. We’re making progress toward a greener future. Our next goal: making products without mining new materials #EarthDay https://t.co/iIHRXEwpfA pic.twitter.com/MuMYIlcUiU — Tim Cook […]

The post Una anciana japonesa crea aplicaciones móviles appeared first on Non Stop People.


          The End of the Virtual? - Touch ID on the New iPhone 5s for the Real Online Self        
Since the announcement of the new Apple iPhone 5s and the built in fingerprint scanning technology branded ‘Touch ID’ the discussion around security, data protection and privacy has been relaunched. It is an ongoing topic in the industry, both on the hardware side amongst producers of devices and the software side with developers of applications and services, but specifically for end users and consumers.

Until now, it was the password, or PIN, that protects and restricts access to the virtual world of data. This has led many of us to come up with creative procedures to create and remember a complicated sequence of letters, numbers and symbols in order to keep personal information secure. It has always been the debate as to how complicated these passwords need to be and how user-friendly this practice is, and often 'better' and ‘easier’ solutions for users were wished for.

Now Apple has implemented such a solution with their latest top of the range device. The iPhone 5s features a fingerprint scanner in the 'Home' button to uniquely identify a user (up to five different prints can be set up) and grant access. The ‘fingerprint identity sensor’ also allows users to shop on the iTunes Store, Apps Store and iBooks Store where the Touch ID approves purchases.

The new feature is branded by Apple as ‘convenient, highly secure and ahead of the future’. However, the technology and its implementation in mobile devices is nothing new. Motorola’s Atrix smartphone was introduced back in 2011, but also laptop manufacturers have trialled and implemented fingerprint scanner technology in the past decade [REF]. Other manufacturers, namely HTC, are gearing up to release gadgets with similar technology and features.

Although the technology is not new, it is the fact that it is being introduced on such a large scale that makes it a ‘hot topic’. According to TechCrunch, Apple has currently (2013) an estimated user base of 147 million iPhone users, plus about 48 million iPad users. Of the new iPhones (iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c), Apple sold 9 millions in just three days after their launch on the 20iest of September 2013. This is a new record, as previous implementations settled on a much smaller scale. This means that the iPhone 5s is already used by a large number of people. It could therefore be classified as ‘mainstream’ and ‘cultural commodity’. The introduction of this technology can therefore be expected to be used by a much larger customer base as any other similar implementation of biometrics so far.

In this context, the introduction of a unique and personal identifier, the fingerprint, is a smart move. Smart, because everybody knows and understands the idea of the fingerprint. It is in use as signature and plays an important role in crime investigation and law enforcement for over a century. Through its use in detective stories and crime thrillers it has also found its way into everyday culture. It is this very idea of the fingerprint as a unique identifier - ‘’your iPhone reads your fingerprint and knows who you are’’ - that Apple has turned into a selling point to the products advantage.


Image taken from fingerprintingscottsdale / Fingerprint identification plate.

It can be speculated that with the introduction of Touch ID, similarly to the introduction of the touch screen, Apple changes, once again, the way we access electronic devices and use the Internet. Whether this is intentional and whether the use of the fingerprint has played an main role in the development of the newest iPhone generation can only be speculated. A range of problematic aspects in connection to the use of this technology in electronic devices shall be discussed in the following. The points raised function only as an introduction since the topic is vast and might have implications that are yet to be discovered. We debate if the technology used in the iPhone 5s might even be the ‘End of the Virtual?’.



..Security concerns

Official concerns regarding the introduction of the Touch ID were raised amongst others by US Senator Al Franken (Chairman Senate Judiciary Subcommittee) in an open letter to Apple's CEO Tim Cook (PDF, WEB). The letter states "…while Apple’s new fingerprint reader, Touch ID, may improve certain aspects of mobile security, it also raises substantial privacy questions for Apple and for everyone who may use your products". Al Franken supports his concerns by saying that "Passwords are secret and dynamic; fingerprints are public and permanent". This means, once someone has access to someone else's fingerprint, this access cannot be reversed and the security token can not be changed. ‘’...if hackers get hold of your thumbprint, they could use it to identify and impersonate you for the rest of your life’’.


Image taken from maskable / The Touch ID explained during the introduction of the new iPone 5s at conference key note.

In this context, Al Franken also questions the filing and transferring of the fingerprint data. He demands to know if the fingerprint data stored on the phone is also being transmitted electronically to either Apple or others, and if this data is being saved on computers used to back up the device (referring to the earlier iOS version that stored unencrypted location information recorded by the device in backup files on computers). He wonders further how iTunes, iBooks and AppStore and potential future services interact with Touch ID.

These practical concerns are connected to the only recently refreshed high level discussion on data privacy with information on mass surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden, an American computer specialist and former CIA and NSA employee, to the Guardian in May 2013 [REF ] regarding the secret PRISM program. Similar discussions have been on the table in recent years specifically related to social media and the challenged public/private practices in an online context (Neuhaus und Webmoor, 2012, earlier blog post on urbanTick, 2011).

It seems that Senator Franken’s concerns are not ungrounded. ‘Apple's fingerprint scan technology has been hacked' was announced by the Computer Chaos Club, CCC, only two days after the iPhone 5s had gone on sale. The claim was backed up with a video demonstrating that ‘fingerbiometrics is unsuitable as access control method’. This 'hack', however, focused on the physical reproduction of a fingerprint and did not bypass the new Touch ID technology. Despite this, the attack by CCC proves how easily the new security system can be tricked and everyone with a camera, scanner, printer and a good stock of graphite powder, glycerene, and wood-glue/super-glue/theatrical-glue can repeat the procedure.



The ‘iPhone touch defeat’ also proves that users’ fingerprints are not secret, meaning that anything touched by users will have fingerprints on it, including the new phone. Senator Franken has referred to this with the ‘fingerprint being public’. And here is the real flaw of the technology. If someone gets hold of the device, he or she has basically access to ‘the lock and the key’, as the phone will be covered with fingerprints that can be reproduced to unlock the security system. Even though the chances of guessing the correct fingerprint is 1:50'000 compared to 1:10'000 with a normal 4 digit numeric key (except 1234, source Apple), now that the 'key' is on the phone in the form of 'touches' this number is meaningless, or at least reduced to 1:10.

Another question raised by the introduction of Touch ID is the digital reproduction of the fingerprint. Apple has explained that the information is not stored as a digital image. Instead it is being translated by the device into a sequence of numbers (a mathematical representation of the fingerprint derived by an specific algorithm). This implies that the print can only, if at all, re-engineered with physical access to the device. This is being discussed extensively on tech blogs, for example on The Unoffical Apple Weblog (source TUAW). In reference to these statements, it seems only a question of time until the A7 chip inside the phone is cracked.

However, the main argument highlighted by Apple is not security, but convenience. ‘’You check your iPhone dozens and dozens of times a day. Entering a passcode each time just slows you down’’. It seems as if it is annoying for customers to input four digits, or on Android models a swipe pattern. In this context, the fingerprint scanner is put forward as the user-friendly solution. With just one touch the phone is activated, unlocked and ready to use. However, when considering the security concerns discussed above, it is questionable if winning a few seconds to start up the phone is important and desirable.



..Security versus convenience

CNet askes on its website: “Should we trade our biometric data and privacy for the sake of convenience?”. The answer to this question seems straightforward: Biometrics, or biometric authentication, can be useful, but it should not be used in mobile devices as the technology is not yet error-prone and these devices can easily be lost or stolen. This seems the common agreement amongst security experts (for example in Der Spiegel). In addition, as Schneier, then President of Counterpane Systems, argued in 1998, ‘’biometrics are unique identifiers, but not secrets’’. This means, they are easy to steal and reproduce. ‘’Once someone steals your biometric, it remains stolen for life; there is no getting back to a secure situation’’. So the big question a lot of people should be asking themselves is not how quick they can access their data, but what they are giving away when using Touch ID.

In this context, it seems important to repeat that Touch ID does not actually store an image of the fingerprint, and the data is not available to any other application other than Apple apps nor stored at Apple’s servers or backed up via iCloud. For now, at least. There is no guarantee that this will be the same in the future, especially as the prospect of a vast biometric database is the dream of any national security agency, marketing company and hacker community. This means third parties will pay a lot of attention to these developments and probably exert some force to get access to some of this data. It would therefore be important to know ‘how does Apple see the actual fingerprint data and how are they going to handle it, now and in the future?’.

Whilst there are regulations as to when third parties can be forced to hand over data in connection to crime investigation, it is a complicated matter with Touch ID as the technology enables new ways of ‘tracking’ people. For example, a user logging in with Touch ID does not only confirm his or her location, but also his or her identity. This means the iPhone 5s could act as a means of evidence - ‘I was here’. So far, Apple has stated that they do not share any information with others - although the technology can be used to verify purchases. The question is therefore, as Senator Franken asks: ‘’Does Apple believe that users have a reasonable expectation of privacy in fingerprint data they provide to touch ID?’’.

There might also be some legal implications for the user of the Touch ID technology. It has been pointed out, for example by Marcia Hofmann of Wired, that the shift from PIN as an ‘known’ key to a fingerprint as a ‘what we are’ key might strip users of the right to the in the US called 5th. This Amendment protects the individual from giving evidence against him/her self. At the moment, this only applies to things one knows, knowledge, thoughts, so on and not to things one has, keys, written notes (if you write down the password on a piece of paper) or is, biometrics. Hence, on trial a person can not be forced to provide the password to a device or to decrypt information since the password is something he/she knows. A key, however, would be something the person has and this object, according to current law, can be requested. The fingerprint belongs to the person, it is part of the human body, a thing, and hence it belongs do the category of information that can not be withhold. This means access to devices or data via fingerprint scan can be enforced. This fact, in connection to Touch ID, might mean that consumers need to give up on one of their basic (human) rights, the right to withdraw information.



..Personal data and biometrics becomes mainstream

A further concern connected to Touch ID is that biometrics are becoming mainstream. Currently, the use of biometrical authentication in the public sphere is limited. Its main use is in passport and immigration control, where retina and fingerprint recognition, actual or as part of a passport, is used to identify ‘travellers’ and reduce queues at border control. Here, the data is usually linked up with secondary information or other means of verification. For example, users of a retina scan machine need also to provide their passport for optical scanning. This means, the replication of a retina scan alone does not provide access to ‘free travel’.

However, the implications of ‘normalising’ biometrics and using biometrics in everyday applications are not only connected to the risk of individuals being permanently tracked and surveilled, but also to the risk of biometrics becoming unsafe. As Schneier argued, ‘’Just as you should never use the same password on two different systems, the same encryption key should not be used for two different applications’’. This means, it is not a good idea to use your thumbprint to access your mobile phone, open your front door and unlock your file cabinet at work, as data theft would automatically lead to a catastrophe.

It could therefore be said that biometrics are not safer than other security means. With Apple suggesting to customers that ‘’Your fingerprint is one of the best passcodes in the world’’ seems therefore misleading. The question really is how much consumers are willing to trade their personal information and data for the ultimate and smooth technology experience.

In addition, in today's context the distribution of personal information is no longer directly manageable by the individual, as user information is being left behind with every move online and regular real world services. Shopping online, borrowing books at the local library, and visiting the GP, all activities leave a ‘digital footprint’. It has become complicated to the point where it is impossible for the user to understand and control what information is left behind when using a mobile device, especially when using online and server connected apps and services. These apps are often pre-installed on the device and updated automatically. Also, the companies behind those apps are often unknown and it is unclear what kind of information they collect, store and and how this information is used or shared with third parties.

In this context, the introduction of a truly unique identifier, the fingerprint, will not only add to the information left by users, but also add to the possibility of users being personally identified across the entire range of services. This in turn changes not only the discussion around online security but also online identity. Until now, users could ‘create’ their online identity by using a pseudonym and an avatar (an icon-sized graphic image). This 'chosen' identity could then be adjusted or changed, any time. In the beginning of the Internet, individuals would often create and use a whole range of online identities. This has changed. Nowadays users prefer online interactions supported by ‘authentic identity’ as reported by the Guardian. This means they want to know with whom they communicate.

This practice has been taken to a new level by Google with the Google ID, an unique ID tied to an individual/account which was introduced in connection to Google+ in 2011. Facebook uses a similar user identification. Both sites, Google and Facebook, make it difficult for users to create and use multiple accounts, and it can be assumed that through this the number of IDs per individual has been dramatically reduced. This of course makes it also a lot simpler for Google and Facebook, and their respective partners, to target marketing and individual advertisement. Despite this, users often create and use different accounts for their private and professional networking. With the new Touch ID, this will no longer be possible. They will have only one account.

How individuals are uniquely identifiable online through the use and manipulation of devices is being researched widely. Besides the PIN and the here discussed biometric identification, alternative methods to provide security, in particular in connection with mobile devices, is being developed under the umbrella term of “Implicit Authentication” (via Quarz). In this case, the security is based on an ongoing security check as opposed to the one-off security check at the start of a session, for example by unlocking the phone. The idea, for example focused on by researchers at the Palo Alto Research Centre, is that the individual user displays very specific, habitual characteristics in behaviour and usage or even movement pattern that can be used to continuously monitor the usage. This will allow to determine sudden change in which case the device will immediately shut down and deny access. Such parameters being researched include location and movement patterns, the way we walk, speed and style of data input on the device, activity pattern and timing, or the subtle way the user's hand shakes.

These methods seem, as the research shows, to deliver reliable results. At the same time, however, this extends on the privacy discussion, as data is collected on users' bio-sensorial functions. The technology also puts pressure on individual to profile themselves. The security of such a dataset is a very different issue again, including and extending into the field of personal health and medical information. Nevertheless it represents a big move towards the identification of 'unique' individuals and verifying much more than the Touch ID in itself does.



..The end of the virtual?

The introduction of Touch ID or alternative biometric/behavioural authentication methods will prevent users from creating different online identities, as the fingerprint is ‘THE ID’. This means it is really you, who bought that song on iTunes, uploaded that image on Flickr and accidentally deleted that file on Prezi. And it is the very same person who called the client on Skype and tweeted about Beyonce’s concert on Twitter. It is also the same individual who banks with HSBC, shops with Sainsbury's and hangs out at the Barbican. The point is that ‘being online’ becomes very much like ‘being offline’. Events, happenings and activities become uniquely and reliable tied to users, the individual becomes authentic and unique. Is this the end of virtual?

When looking at the introduction of Touch ID it seems so. It really is the case of as Apple put it ‘’your iPhone reads your fingerprint and knows who you are’’. Subsequently any activity becomes real and unique, and also identifiable as such by online friends and fellow users as well as service providers and traders. However, as suggested by Apple, this does not only make your life easier, but also that of marketing and consumer related businesses. At the same time, it too makes the individual responsible for his or her online activities not dissimilar to the responsibility one enjoys in person as an individual in the real world. It will no longer be possible for users to hide behind one or multiple pseudonyms or avatars. This will certainly transform practice, as both, providers and users, will have to accommodate this ‘new authentic self’ and a completely new reality of online practice.

In many ways, this discussion is related to the ‘Internet of Things’ concept which has enjoyed raising attention over the past five years. Whilst the Internet of Things is about ‘real’ objects being connected to the web, to each other and to 'users', Touch ID is about ‘real’ humans. An interesting aspect raised by the Tales of Things project at CASA UCL was the fact that the ‘real’ object was required to access information. This means, access to content is based on 'real world interaction'. With Touch ID, it is very similar. It requires me, the user, to unlock information (at least once, until may fingerprint has been ‘hacked’) and interact, both online and offline. This ultimately connects the online world to reality.

This means, with and through Touch ID the online experience becomes real in the sense that it confirms that the person logging in at this moment, at this location really is the specific individual and not someone else or a bot. At a first glance, this seems great. From a security and privacy point of view, however, this raises a whole bunch of new questions and concerns that need to be addressed to enjoy this 'brave new online world' with yet new possibilities for both users and services. For example, national agencies and businesses might be extremely interested in this kind of data as it is the ultimate proof of someone's activities at a given time and location. Hence, this information on habitual activities individually verified seems much more desirable for ‘outsiders’ than the actual fingerprint. Touch ID reveals what, when and where a user has been, all confirmed by his or her own fingerprint whilst unlocking or just using the device - meaning the virtual has become its realest so far with consequences and possibilities we can only begin to speculate on.


Image taken from mymodernmet / Real life person and their avatars by Robbie Cooper.



..Summary

Since the launch of the new iPhone 5s by Apple, the discussion revolving around online security and privacy has been re-activated. Experts agree that with the introduction of Touch ID the use of biometrical data as a security measure in mobile devices needs to be regulated, especially in terms of storage, handling and exchange of the biometric data processed. However, when looking closer at the implications of the finger-scan-technology developed and introduced by Apple, it becomes clear that the technology not only influences the usage of our personal data, the law and rights users have, but also the way we are present online. Especially since the fingerprint, or any other to be implemented biometric or personal pattern based verification, is ‘THE ID’. With biometrical authentication, there is no way of hiding behind a pseudonym or an avatar. It is really you, the user, who activates and uses the device (at least once, before the device is ‘hacked’). This means, the new iPhone 5s links the virtual world with reality and brings them as close as they have not been before, almost merging them in practice and consequence. The online self becomes authentic. As speculated in the article, this could be the end of the virtual and the beginning of a new web and online experience where we meet real people, make real conversations, buy real goods, but also carry real responsibility.


Image taken from mymodernmet / Real life person and their avatars by Robbie Cooper.



Article written by Sandra Abegglen and Fabian Neuhaus Simultaneously published on Everyday Click and urbanTick.

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The latest generation of Apple's smartphone has been waiting the past few weeks was not an iPhone 5. No new models with more screen width or thinner design than the iPhone 4 as rumored. Apple announced its newest product, the iPhone 4S, in a press conference in Cupertino, California, USA, Tuesday (04/10/2011).

4S iPhone is Apple's first product launched under the leadership of chief executive to replace Tim Cook as Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs did not appear at all on stage. Tim Cook opened the event by exhibiting achievements 4S Apple before the iPhone was announced at the peak of the event.

In appearance, the same as the iPhone 4 that has been circulating for almost a year with the screen size and the same thickness. However, new features, better than its predecessor's. 4S iPhone processor and graphics card with dual-core chips like those used Apple A5 iPad 2 thus providing twice the performance and experience multimedia access seven times faster.

iPhone camera according to the latest predictions, ie, with an 8 megapixel sensor that produces images with a maximum size of 3264 x 2448 pixels. Interestingly, it can record video in 1080p HD quality. This product uses a new Image Signal Processor designed for Apple to do facial recognition and the introduction of white balance 26 per cent better. The lenses are composed of five layers so as to produce images 30 percent sharper and has an infrared filter to produce a more natural color. Just takes 1.1 seconds for the first time shooting.

Connection supports GSM and CDMA networks at once, thus giving greater convenience to the user to select the desired service. 4S also iPhone directly using IOS 5 that comes with new features. Data access capabilities with high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) also increased from a maximum of 7.2 Mbps on the iPhone 4 to 14.4 Mbps on the iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S not support LTE 4G technology.

This will be the first smartphone that supports voice recognition feature that is named Siri. The user can give commands to the various menus such as playing music, GPS navigation, and search contacts. Siri is designed to be a personal assistant that helps users answer questions directly.

iPhone 4S will be available starting October 14, 2011 by white and black model with a price of 199 dollars for the 16 GB version, 299 U.S. dollars for 32 GB, and 399 U.S. dollars for 64 GB. Everything is of course to purchase a data package subscription contract two years in the U.S.. Apple adding distribution channels in the U.S. through Sprint Nextel other than AT & T and Verizon Wireless. Besides the U.S., the first debut will also be available in Canada, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, and Japan. Following the 24 other countries on October 28, 2011.

The presence of 4S also iPhone is not more economical models like the rumors that circulated previously. However, Apple is definitely strategy remains the same, that is so new products are present, the old models come down in price. 8 GB iPhone 3G model even provided free of charge to customers with a two-year contract in the U.S., while the iPhone 4 8 GB model priced only 99 U.S. dollars with the same contract.

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          Comment on The Mythical iTV: Steve Jobs’ Marketing Magic Is Still Alive And Well At Apple by Think_Lyndon (@THINK_Lyndon)        
I disagree. First off the post confuses marketing [4Ps] with promotion. It's a common mistake and the iPhone 5 demonstrates that Tim Cook doesn't have the marketing talent of his predecessor. Job, I suspect, would never have allowed anything that included the words, 'we measure product evolution in microns' to see the light of day. Marketing is about product, price, place and promotion - not just making a splash in the media and, I fear, Mr. Cook doesn't have that critical eye when it comes to product development, nor the promotional skills of Steve Jobs. I'm not suggesting that Apple is in imminent danger, but if they continue the way they started they won't have it quite as easy as they have in recent years. I wrote a piece about why, if Apple is not careful, it will become another RIM http://ow.ly/g5iFZ [RIM lost sight of its customers, failed to develop products that met their requirements, was unclear exactly who it was selling too, and failed to promote its products well enough.]
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          498: #StandWithApple        

On this episode Georgia talks Error 53, Rene talks Johny Srouji, and Michael Gartenberg joins us to talk Tim Cook and Apple vs. the FBI. Plus our favorite non-Apple tech and your questions answered!

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          493: A great Tim Cook musical        

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode—Steve Jobs: The Musical, iOS 9.3 previews Night Shift and multi-user for education, Tim Cook fights for encryption, Siri tips, and your questions answered! With Serenity, Georgia, and Rene.

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          473: Hey siri, give us a hint!        
iPhone event invites are out and Siri's teasing September 9. Tim Cook emails Jim Cramer and Ian Rogers leaves Apple Music. Ad blockers redux redux, iPhone 6s rumors, Apple TV rumors, and your questions answered! With Serenity Caldwell, Georgia Dow, Rene Ritchie, and special guest Jason Snell.
          460: WWDC preview, part 2        
Serenity, Peter, Georgia, and Rene talk HomeKit, Tim Cook on privacy, and finish previewing WWDC 2015!
          451: Live from Ùll        
We're live from the Ùll conference in Ireland talking Apple Watch, Macbook, Tim Cook, and more! With Serenity Caldwell, Georgia Dow, Rene Ritchie, and special guest Jason Snell!
          436: Stories of the year, part 1        

Tim Cook, Apple Pay, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, Apple A8 X and Retina 5K, Extensibility, Continuity, App Store review, Beats, and more! With Serenity Caldwell, Peter Cohen, Ally Kazmucha, and Rene Ritchie

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          428: Continuity Konami code        
We've got the new iPad Air 2 and we share our thoughts about the display, performance, and camera. Tim Cook made us proud. The App Store rejected then re-accepted calculator widgets — why? Pixelmator should charge more, and how to get Continuity to work. With Serenity Caldwell, Ally Kazmucha, and Rene Ritchie.
          356: Analyzing Apple's Q3 2013 results        

Chris Umiastowski, Mobile Nations' own financial guru, joins Rene to crunch Apple's Q3 2013 numbers, examine why iPhone was up, everything else was down, and explore the future of iOS in the Car.

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          351: The flattening        
David Barnard of App Cubby joins Rene, Peter, and Derek to talk about Tim Cook at D11, the Apple TV, open APIs, wearable watches, glassable glasses, future Mac Pros, trendy designs, and more!
          En voiture, c'est parti ! Carpool Karaoke disponible sur Apple Music (vidéos)        

michelle-obama-carpool-karaoke.jpgC'est il y a un an déjà que l'on apprenait qu'Apple avait racheté les droits d'une célèbre série musicale diffusée sur Youtube "Carpool Karaoke". Le principe est simple mais efficace : l'animateur James Corden se promène en voiture et chante des chansons connues avec des célébrités et personnages publics à ses côtés. Il a ainsi pu embarquer Michelle Obama, Adele, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwen Stefani, et d'autres.

Initialement prévue pour débuter en avril dernier, l'émission a été retardée de quelques mois comme évoqué ici et c'est finalement cet début aout qui a été choisi pour la mise en ligne du premier épisode, désormais disponible pour les abonnés Apple Music.

La bande annonce :

Au delà de Will Smith présent pour le lancement, la série devrait proposer les invités suivant : Ariana Grande, Billy Eichner et Metallica, Shakira et Trevor Noah, les actrices de Game of Thrones Sophie Turner et Maisie Williams, Queen Latifah et Jada Pinkett Smith, LeBron James et James Corden, etc...

Un nouvel épisode, une vingtaine de minutes, sera disponible chaque mardi. A retrouver ici sur iTunes

Pour mémoire, le lancement de la Keynote iPhone de septembre dernier avait embarqué Tim Cook notamment, dans la voiture de James :

C'est la deuxième série proposée par Apple dans le cadre de l'abonnement à Apple Music, après Planet of the Apps vue ici

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          Nach Kritik: Tim Cook verteidigt Löschung von VPN-Apps in China        

Mit VPN-Apps konnten Nutzer in China die Staatszensur umgehen und ausländische Seiten wie Facebook ansteuern. Nun sind die Anwendungen allerdings aus Apples App Store verschwunden — offenbar auf Drängen der Regierung. Nach Vorwürfen an Apple hat Tim Cook jetzt reagiert.


          Steve Jobs        
Fascinating to read about Steve Jobs and his approach to changing people's life.  As a person deeply interested in building products, companies, entrepreneurship and business, i read this book very slowly - Googled for the stories and people mentioned in the book, watched his keynote speeches, searched for interviews and quotes. There were many goosebumps level moments and quotes that i awed. Not always you get a truly inspiring account (Both positives and negatives) of person who lived in your contemporary world.

The last chapter 'Legacy' aptly summarizes Jobs in his own words. He was definitely not an inventor. He possessed a remarkable ability to connect different ideas and different things to build products and companies that transformed people's lives. Empathy, Focus, Impute were tools he used his endeavor. He made people do impossible with his reality distortion field and bring out the best in them. What you see is what you get

'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication' - Da Vinci

I you're don't love something, you're not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend and challenge the status quo as much.

In craziness we see genius.


Approach to building companies/Products
'You never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal will be to make something you believe in and making a company that will last'

As a start-up scales
It is too easy as a team grows to put up with a few B players

Why apple and not HP/Altair at the valley
'It is better to be a pirate than to join the navy'

Relationship with people
He was both a romantic and afraid to be a romantic. Arrogant, peevish, emotional were all part of his mood swings. Either you're a hero or a bozo. He had a deep connect with every girl friend he had. So many people he slept with. Wonder how he found purest and deepest connect with every women! (#whatisthisidonteven)

Music 
Every time the book talked about i was excited. Given my knowledge about Bob Dylan and Beatles were limited, I googled for 'Like a rolling stone', 'You say want a revolution', 'Here comes the sun'

If he was an asshole, How to put up with him

Every one had their problems with Jobs. Chrisann Bernnan, John Sculley, Mike Markula, BillG, EricS, Steve Woz, endless list. Two people who managed him well Tim Cook and Jon Ivey. Both had deep connect with Jobs philosophies, but a bit more grounded persona. He was better at being an underdog than being a humble giant.

'If you didn't voice your opinion he would mow you down. He takes contrary positions to create more discussions because it might lead to better result' - Tim Cook

'Ideas are fragile. You have to be tender when they're in development' - Jon Ivey

'The best way to create the future is to invent it' 
His life, his philosophy, his products leaves an indelible impression on my thinking, career and life. Thank you Steve!



          If it is Good for Apple why isn't it Good for your Company        
If it is good for China, then, why isn’t it good for your company as well. You might even argue that Apple has billions of dollars and lots of cash and can spend money on high priced lawyers and accountants and you can’t. Well, that is true and they do spend a lot of money on lawyers and accountants, but what is untrue is that you can.

Some of you might remember 2008, just before the economic crisis and shortly after George W. Bush pushed through sweeping changes in the U.S. Bankruptcy laws, Haliburton moved their corporate headquarters out of the U.S. to Dubai.

This didn’t just mean they moved their physical address, which they did, they also changed the jurisdiction of their incorporation. Why did they do this? Simple, Dubai has very low, if any Corporate taxes and Haliburton can be shielded from paying those taxes, from the onerous restrictions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and from liabilities that they would otherwise be subject to under U.S. law. “Well, that doesn’t sound fair,” you might say. Fair or unfair it is completely legal and companies do it all the time.

I have been promoting Hong Kong as one of the best jurisdictions in the world for protecting your assets and for legally paying less taxes and in fact in the annual Report on Economic Freedom Hong Kong is regularly ranked number 1, well ahead of the U.S.

I often wonder why U.S. individuals and companies that do business in Asia and Europe would not want to incorporate in Hong Kong and invoice out of Hong Kong and instead prefer to generate revenue in a tax system that is wasteful and takes more half of their income. It doesn’t make sense.

So, I thought I would share the below article from Zero Hedge and share it with you and hope it is enlightening. Apple and Taxes Confused why AAPL is opting for the dividend recap route (as we predicted it would in January )?

Simple: as the first chart below reminds us, as of December 31, nearly 70% of the company’s total cash, which has grown to a record $145 billion in the current quarter, was held offshore. This means that if AAPL wanted to repatriate this $100 billion or so in cash, it would have to pay Federal tax on it, amounting to dozens of billions in remittances to Uncle Sam as this is cash which AAPL does not have full access to for US based operations.

Hence: it has opted to raise cash by issuing debt instead of repatriating its cash. Which brings up an interesting point. As we have shown in the past, perhaps the one thing Tim Cook’s company has loathed more than anything in the past, is to pay taxes, which is why it has some of the most convoluted legal tax shelters imaginable. Indeed, in the current quarter, according to the company’s cash flow statement, a tiny $2.4 billion was paid in cash taxes. Putting this number in perspective, the company had an operating profit of $12.4 billion. Or, cumulatively, since December 2008, AAPL has generated a grand total of $149 billion in operating profit, while paying just $21 billion in total taxes. Is it apparent now why some $100 billion in Apple cash is not fully recourse to the company? Unless, of course, AAPL decides to follow Gerard Depardieu’s example, and run away into the tax-amnesty friendly steppes of Russia, where it will be free to do as it wishes with all of its cash…

Read the Article with all the cool graphs.

by Frank Caruso
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          Apple Watch likely to hit India in June-July        
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          5 Reasons Apple Looks Like the Next Sony        
Apple may be the most valuable company on the planet, but two and a half years into the Tim Cook era, it already looks like a different outfit. Though Cook has brought revenue up 58 percent, and profits up 40 percent, the Steve Jobs-led fervor to innovate seems to be [...]
          Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Slimed By The World's Foremost Deliberative Body        
Apple didn't write the tax code, it merely abides by it.
          If Apple Can Create A Backdoor To The iPhone, Could Someone Else?        
On February 16, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym issued an order compelling Apple to assist the government in bypassing the security features of an iPhone 5C used byone of the perpetrators of the December 2015 San Bernardino attack. Applequickly responded with a lengthy statement from CEO Tim Cook calling the [...]
          First Apple Store opens in Brazil, get your iPhone now for only... $1,174!        
Brazil's first Apple Store, announced earlier this month, opened this weekend in Rio de Janeiro. The opening was attended by 1,700 people in a suburban mall. Brazil is an important expanding market for Apple, though the company faces challenges due to high tariffs on imported products. The price of the iPhone in Brazil, for instance, is nearly double the unsubsidized price that customers in the U.S. pay, according to the LA Times: "Apple’s 16-gigabyte, contract-free iPhone 5s will sell for 2,799 reais ($1,174) in Brazil. That compares with $649 in the U.S. and 5,288 renminbi ($872) in China. The price of the iPhone 5s in Brazil, offered by authorized resellers, has jumped 17% since September on Apple’s website." Are you happy that Apple is expanding into Brazil, and where should they go next? Let us know in the comments below. Source: The Los Angeles Times, Tim Cook on Twitter Apple Retail StoreBrazilrio de janeiroNews...
          IT-journalist: "Apple verdient 1.000 dollar per seconde, maar doet daar weinig mee"        

Artikel op deredactie.be naar aanleiding van een interview met Radio1: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/economie/1.2968666



Hoewel Apple op een berg geld van liefst 256 miljard dollar (234 miljard euro) zit, doet het technologiebedrijf vrij weinig met dat fortuin. Dat zegt IT-journalist William Visterin in "De wereld vandaag". "Apple keert vooral dividenden aan de aandeelhouders uit."

256 miljard dollar of een goeie 234 miljard euro: Dat astronomische bedrag heeft Apple op dit moment in kasreserves staan, zo weet The Wall Street Journal. "Staan" mag u behoorlijk letterlijk nemen, want de technologiereus laat die berg cash vrijwel onaangeroerd.

"De kasreserves zijn de voorbije 5 jaar verdubbeld", zegt Visterin in "De wereld vandaag" op Radio 1. "Apple verdient 1.000 dollar per seconde, voornamelijk door de verkoop van de iPhone. Die is relatief duur, maar wel erg gegeerd. De smartphone is goed voor 70 tot 75 procent van de omzet van Apple die er tegelijk een behoorlijke winstmarge op heeft. Dat tikt dus aan."

"Eigenlijk doet Apple weinig met dat geld", gaat hij voort. "In het verleden heeft het bedrijf vooral zijn aandeelhouders tevreden gehouden door hen behoorlijk wat dividend uit te keren. Het wil dat ook blijven doen, ook al omdat Apple veel eigen aandelen heeft ingekocht. Het is dus ook wel voor een stuk een financiële constructie."

Netflix en Tesla

"In tegenstelling tot andere technologiebedrijven, investeert Apple weinig in overnames. De grootste overname die het bedrijf de voorbije jaren deed, was die van Beats Electronics. Met de aankoop van die producent van audioapparaten was "amper" 3 miljard dollar gemoeid."

Nochtans zou Apple best enkele grote kleppers kunnen binnenhalen, mocht het dat willen. "Apple zou bijvoorbeeld Netflix kunnen kopen. Dat heeft een beurswaarde van 65 miljard dollar. Of het zou zich ook de hippe autoproducent Tesla kunnen aanschaffen voor 50 miljard dollar. Maar Apple heeft niet de gewoonte om echt grote overnames te doen en de vraag is of dat zal veranderen."

Ierland

Opvallend: liefst 93 procent van de kasreserves heeft Apple buiten de VS geparkeerd, het thuisland van het bedrijf. "Dat heeft alles met de Amerikaanse fiscaliteit te maken. Daar bedraagt de belasting voor winst uit het buitenland 35 procent."

"In andere landen overal ter wereld kan Apple meer lucratieve percentages bedingen. Zo is Apple in Europa bij Ierland gaan aankloppen. Daar bedraagt de winstbelasting 12,5 procent, significant lager dus. Bovendien kan Apple op bijkomende gunsttarieven rekenen waardoor het percentage nog lager ligt."

Recent liet de Amerikaanse president Donald Trump verstaan dat hij een "belastingsvakantie" wil die het voor bedrijven aantrekkelijk moet maken om winst naar de VS te repatriëren. "We moeten eerst bekijken of dit effectief doorgaat", zegt Visterin. "Topman Tim Cook van Apple heeft wel al gezegd oren naar dit plan te hebben. Als de Amerikaanse overheid met een interessant financieel en fiscaal voorstel komt, zou het bedrijf een deel van zijn geld willen terughalen. Maar zover is het nog lang niet."



          Big Tech tries to butter up Trump again        
Big Tech tries to butter up Trump again


Not Zuckerburg or Musk


Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley descended on the White House yesterday for the first meeting of the American Technology Council.

Apple's Tim Cook, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz were among 18 tech executives and investors who met the Trump administration.

What is really more likely is that the they are brown-nosing their way to lucrative US government contracts which are up for grabs as the government upgrades its computing systems.

However, there is a week of working sessions and conversations about modernising the government's systems, cybersecurity, the H-1B visa programme, talent recruitment and other issues.

Facebook Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg gave the latest meeting a miss saying they were washing their hair that week...er "prior scheduling conflicts". Also missing at the meeting was Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who recently quit Trump's economic advisory council after Trump decided to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord. Uber's Travis Kalanick, who stepped down from the council earlier this year following protests by employees and users, also did not attend.

Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner welcomed the executives to the White House saying: "We will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before."

Kushner took time out from his busy schedule of defending himself against allegations in the Russian probe. He heads the White House Office of American Innovation.

His idea is to consolidate most of the government's costly 6,100 data centres onto the cloud.

Of course this will make it easier for spooks and hackers to snuffle but at the moment some Pentagon legacy systems still rely on floppy disks which makes the material difficult for hackers to read.

The federal government spends more than $80 billion in IT every year, excluding classified operations, according to a 2016 US Government Accountability Office report.

Trump said that the goal of the meetings is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens.

"Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution. We're going to change that with the help of great American businesses like the people assembled.

"We have approximately $3.5 trillion of market value in this room — but that's almost the exact number that we've created since my election," he said to laughter from the attendees, which shows what sort of brown-nosing is going on at this event.


          Apple hat Uber beim Schummeln erwischt        
Beinahe hätte Apple Uber von seinen iPhones verbannt: Die App des Fahrdienstleisters hatte unerlaubt Daten gesammelt. Tim Cook bestellte Uber-Chef Kalanick zum Rapport.
          En la guerra como el amor, todo vale…        
Las acciones de Palm caían hasta un 8 % el jueves por las preocupaciones de los inversores de que pueda enfrentarse en una batalla legal con su rival Apple por Pre, el último teléfono móvil de pantalla táctil creado por Palm. El presidente operativo de Apple, Tim Cook, dijo el miércoles por la tarde que […]
          Apple Watch        
You probably heard. Today Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the coming of the Apple Watch and I am incredibly excited. You can learn more about this game changing product by visiting http://www.apple.com/watch/ Even as a watchmaker who loves all things mechanical I am extremely attracted to this watch. I think that Apple once again has […]
          El nuevo iPhone 7 y todo lo nuevo que trae.        
El nuevo iPhone 7 fue presentado hoy por Tim Cook y su equipo de Apple, y por primera vez en la historia de los anuncios de iPhone, México está en la lista de los primeros países donde se venderá. Lo podremos
          Apple Cut Down CEO Tim Cook's Payment Due To Low Performance        

Apple CEO, Tim Cook received less total compensation in 2016 after the company failed to meet his revenue and profit goals for the year. The move also affected other leaders in the Apple organization.

            

According to the regulatory filing on Friday, the company said its annual sales of $215.6 Billion were 3.7% below its target of $223.6 Billion, and its operating income of $60 billion was 0.5% short of the $60.3 billion target.

Company executives were only able to get 89.5% of their targeted annual incentives. So Mr Cook received $8.75 million in total 2016 compensation, while he got 100% in 2015, which totalled $10.28 Million.

The cut in incentives also affects the executives. The company faces declining revenue after a slump in iPhone sales.


                  


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          Mario hops over to iPhones and iPads        

Today at Apple’s 2016 Special Event, Tim Cook and Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that Super Mario Run will be coming to iOS this holiday season.

The post Mario hops over to iPhones and iPads appeared first on TabTimes.


          Apple CEO travels to China         

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iPing iPong diplomacy

In the chain of events that even saw the infidel scenario of Apple’s loyal customers turning against the company, Apple CEO Tim Cook traveled to China. He is expected to meet with government officials and discuss ongoing pressing matters such as iPad trademark and labor issues.

This is Cook’s first trip to China since he took over from Apple’s late messiah Steve Jobs. Apple’s spokesperson confirmed the trip but declined to provide details on Cook’s agenda other than saying that he will meet with government officials. Apple’s has found itself in hot water over its supply chain and labor conditions therein. Namely, it has been revealed that its shiny toys are made in factories that treat their workers as if they’re Windows users.

While the visit may suggest the almost humanitarian nature of Cook’s visit, the actual reason behind it is more likely to be Apple’s business in China. China is Apple’s second biggest market but it has been losing to Samsung as of late.

Apple already has iPhone deals with Unicom and China Telecom. The only remaining carrier, China Mobile, is expected to jump aboard as well, which is regarded by many as crucial to boosting iPhone sales in China.

Cook reiterated the company’s interest in expansion and said Apple has merely scratched the surface. He didn't say whether it was Aluminosilicate surface and whether it scratches easily.

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          Tim Cook’s Apple and Mike Pence’s Indiana: One’s the future, the other the past        
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          The Smartphones Olympics. Is Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) the Michael Phelps of Its Industry        

New York, NY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/06/2013 -- The smartphone market continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. When it comes to operating system, the smartphone market is dominated by Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone and Google Inc.'s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android. In terms of devices, the smartphone market is dominated by the iPhone and Samsung.

The smartphone market was once dominated by Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ: RIMM). However, increasing competition, product delays and lack of innovation has resulted in RIMM losing significant market share. In fact, the company has been struggling to survive and is pinning its hope on the launch of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system later this month. Even if the new operating system is well received by users, RIMM will hardly pose a challenge to Apple and Samsung. Find out more on RIMM here: http://www.wallstreetreport.net/market-scan/?symbol=RIMM

According to data released by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech last month, Apple achieved its highest ever share in the 12-week period ended November 25, 2012. The company's share for the 12-week period was 53.3%. The company's market share was boosted by the launch of the iPhone 5, which had been one of the most awaited products in the smartphone market. Apple's gains came at the expense of Android and Research In Motion. The Kantar data showed that RIMM's share of sales for the 12-week period ending November 25, 2012 fell to 1.4%, down from 7% a year ago.

Dominic Sunnebo, Global Consumer Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, said last month that Apple has reached a major milestone by passing the 50% share mark for the first time with further gains expected to be made during December.

While Apple dominates the U.S. smartphone market, the leader in Europe has been Samsung. According to data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Samsung's share across the big five European nations in the 12-week period ended November 25, 2012 was 44.3%. Apple is in the second place, with a market share of 25.3%. In terms of operating systems, Android dominates the smartphone market in Europe. The Kantar Worldpanel ComTech data showed that Android's market share for the 12-week period ending November 25, 2012 was 61%, up from 51.8% a year ago.

In China, set to become the world's biggest smartphone market, Apple is once again behind Samsung. In fact, in the third quarter, Apple's market share by shipments was under 10%, according to data from research firm IDC. The research firm said in a report that Apple fell to 6th position in China in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Samsung retained the top spot in China in the third quarter.

While Apple's performance in the third quarter was disappointing, the launch of the iPhone 5 in China in December should have helped the company. After getting regulatory approval, the iPhone 5 was launched in China on December 14.

Apple last month reported that it sold more than two million iPhone 5 in China, in just three days following the launch on December 14. This despite the fact that the iPhone 5 costs more in China than in other Pacific Rim countries due to a local electronics import tax.

Apple CEO Tim Cook last month said that consumer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China. Cook noted that China is a very important market for Apple and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products. In the last fiscal year, China accounted for 15% of Apple's revenue. And with China's smartphone market growing at a phenomenal pace, this figure is likely to go up in coming years.

Apple also launched its iPhone 5 in a number of other countries last month, including Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar, Russia, United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

The smartphone market is expected to continue to grow at a brisk pace in 2013. According to research firm Strategy Analytics, globally smartphone shipments will increase 27% during 2013. The research firm expects Samsung to widen its lead in the worldwide smartphone market over Apple.

Strategic Analytics forecasts Samsung to sell 290 million smartphones in 2013. This is significantly below Samsung's own forecast of 390 million smartphones for 2013. Meanwhile, the research firm expects Apple to sell 180 million smartphones in 2013. Strategy Analytics' prediction means that Samsung will hold 33% of the global smartphone market, while Apple will hold 21% of the smartphone market.

In order to catch up with Samsung, Apple will have to boost its sales in China. Strategy Analytics expects Apple to launch a smaller and cheaper "iPhone mini" to help counter the increased competition from Samsung and other local brands.

The increasing competition has hurt Apple shares in recent months. After hitting an all-time high of $705.07 in September 2012, Apple shares have fallen sharply. Apple will report its first-quarter results on January 24, 2013.

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          iPhone sigue haciendo la vida más cómoda gracias a sus modelos 5s y 5c        

Apple no para de crecer y de ofrecer nuevos servicios a sus fieles clientes, gracias a la innovación que incorpora en cada teléfono que lanza al mercado. iPhone se propone ser parte de la vida de sus usuarios mediante el progreso de sus productos. Además, según el estudio realizado por US Latinos Online, la comunidad hispana, cada vez más, está dejando en desuso los ordenadores a favor de los smartphone, concretamente a favor del dispositivo de Apple. El 25 % de los iPhone vendidos en Estados Unidos pertenece a un usuario hispano.








Lo último que Apple ha querido ofrecer es un cambio en la estética y diseño del teléfono. iPhone ha dejado por un momento el blanco y negro para llenar de vida al móvil. Rojo, verde, blanco, amarillo y azul han sido los cinco colores seleccionados por la empresa de Tim Cook para alucinar a su demanda. Además del color, también ha cambiado el material con el que se ha fabricado este modelo, el plástico fue la mejor combinación que se le podía dar al color y, por ello, el 5c ha dejado atrás el metal.


Tras la impresión que dejó el 5c a los adeptos de la marca de la manzana, Apple quiso ir aún más allá presentando su última versión: el iPhone 5s. Ambos modelos se comercializaron el 20 de septiembre de 2012. Por lo tanto, los hispanos afincados en Estados Unidos fueron de los primeros en hacerse con la novedad de Apple, ya que quién tuviera menos de 400 dólares en su bolsillo y quisiese estar a la última, podía conseguir un 5s de 64 GB de almacenamiento. El 5S es un modelo que lleva a la firma a lo más alto de los smartphone, gracias a las increíbles características del nuevo iPhone. Oro, plata y gris especial son los colores con los que iPhone ha querido crear el teléfono que tan solo pesa 112 gramos y que tiene un grosor de 0,76 centímetros. Con ello Apple ha logrado el reto de integrar aún más tecnología reduciendo su peso y su grosor.


Desde septiembre de 2012, los Hispanoamericanos residentes en Estados Unidos están disfrutando de la personalidad que el 5s ofrece, gracias a la incorporación de Touch ID, un sensor de identidad por huella dactilar. Este sensor permite que tu huella sea la propia contraseña para desbloquear tu celular, de tal forma que, el cliente pueda olvidarse de las contraseñas para usar su propio móvil. El sensor de la huella se encuentra idóneamente situado en el iPhone, el botón de inicio se ha diseñado con cristal de zafiro cortado con láser para permitir la lectura de tu pulgar.


El 5s no ha necesitado aumentar los 8 megapíxeles del anterior modelo para mejorar su cámara de fotos integrada, sino que tan solo ha diseñado un sensor para dar cabida a píxeles de mayor tamaño, de tal forma que también permite aumentar la luminosidad, lo que se traduce en fotografías más brillantes y de mejor calidad.


En el interior del teléfono, el 5s opera con el iOS 7. Gracias a este sistema operativo, el manejo del móvil no puede ser más sencillo. El iOS 7 quiere centrarse en lo más importante para cada persona: su propio contenido.


Además, este último modelo de Apple integra una serie de aplicaciones que facilitan mucho el día a día del cliente. La compañía de Cupertino siempre se ha caracterizador por hacer la vida más fácil y divertida a las personas. Por ello, son muchas las aplicaciones nuevas que ha querido incorporar y lanzar para el 5s. Por ejemplo, puedes realizar el check-in de tu vuelo desde el mismo dispositivo, montar tu propia película con tus videos caseros en menos de un minuto, realizar Facetime o incluso componer tu propia música, gracias a la aplicación GarageBand.




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          New Apple Products Released        
Photo by Kaitlyn Stratman Last Wednesday, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced the lineup of new and improved products during a keynote event in San Francisco. One of the devices revealed in the keynote is the long-awaited iPhone 7, which will be available for sale in-store on Friday, Sept. 16. Apple has debuted a new version of […]
          Sandangan        
Pemaparan Tim Cook mengenai Apple Watch pada 9 September 2014 kemarin membawa Apple memasuki pasar arloji pintar (smartwatch). Gawai ini diluncurkan sebagai jawaban terhadap beberapa perangkat Android Wear yang telah lebih dulu diperkenalkan, seperti LG G Watch dan Samsung Gear Live. Produk-produk ini melambungkan neologisme wearables (wearable computer) yang didefinisikan sebagai “miniature electronic devices that […]
          Is it “time” for Apple to disrupt again?        
       Last week Apple launched the long anticipated and rumor rampant Apple Watch. As with all things Apple, product leaks and speculation had been swirling for some time. While not widely available for retail until April, CEO Tim Cook’s launch week was aimed squarely at building momentum and desire. Starting at $349 and spiraling upwards to […]
          Loss of an Icon        
The world lost an icon, a visionary and a creative genius. Condolences to Mr Steve Jobs family and Apple. Although his time on earth was limited but Thank God for giving him creative visions to do what he did with technology. Almost half of the world's population uses his creations. May he rest in peace.

From MSNBC.

Visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at 56
Successor Tim Cook: 'The world has lost an amazing human being'


CUPERTINO, Calif. — Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.
Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause. He had been battling pancreatic cancer.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company said in a brief statement. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."
Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — before resigning as CEO six weeks ago. Jobs became Apple's chairman and handed the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.
By the time he turned the reins of the company over to Cook, Jobs had become one of the business world’s greatest comeback kids.
The company he founded, was fired from and then returned to had gone from also-ran to technology industry leader. Under Jobs’ intensely detail-oriented leadership, Apple created several iconic products, including the iPod, iPhone and iPad, that have changed the face of consumer technology forever.

In the process, he transformed Apple into one of the nation's most valuable companies and himself into one of the world's richest men. Just Wednesday the company released a new version of the iPhone, the first such major product announcement in years that didn't involve Jobs.
Jobs' family issued a statement: "Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. ... We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."

Cook sent a statement to employees that in part read: "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Microsoft co-founder and sometimes Jobs rival Bill Gates tweeted: "Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to Steve Jobs’ family & friends. The world rarely sees someone who made such a profound impact."

Medical experts expressed sadness but not surprise at Jobs’ death, which followed treatment for a neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor, first diagnosed in 2004, a liver transplant in 2009, and then, likely, the recurrence of disease earlier this year.
“He not only had the cancer, he was battling the immune suppression after the liver transplant,” noted Dr. Timothy Donahue of the UCLA Center for Pancreatic Disease in Los Angeles.
In patients who have liver transplants after such tumors, the median survival rate is typically about two years.

“It’s even more remarkable he was able to do what he did,” Donahue said.
Job's ability to continue working as long as he did likely was a result of his personal constitution, his dedication to his work and the care of doctors who could help him receive specialized therapies, said Dr. Jeffrey I. Mechanick, an endocrinologist with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
In the end, however, even the most dedicated patients have to bend to the disease, he added.
“Sometimes, they just have to say, ‘I’m going to spend time with my family,’” Mechanick said.

Steven Paul Jobs was born Feb. 24, 1955, in San Francisco to Joanne Simpson, then an unmarried graduate student, and Abdulfattah Jandali, a student from Syria. Simpson gave Jobs up for adoption, though she married Jandali and a few years later had a second child with him, Mona Simpson, who became a novelist.

Steven was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs of Los Altos, California, a working-class couple who nurtured his early interest in electronics. He saw his first computer terminal at NASA's Ames Research Center when he was around 11 and landed a summer job at Hewlett-Packard before he had finished high school.

Jobs is survived by his biological mother; sister Mona Simpson; Lisa Brennan-Jobs, his daughter by onetime girlfriend Chrisann Brennan; wife Laurene; and their three children, Erin, Reed and Eve.
Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Ore., in 1972 but dropped out after six months.

"All of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it," he said at a Stanford University commencement address in 2005. "I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out."

When he returned to California in 1974, Jobs worked for video game maker Atari and attended meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club — a group of computer hobbyists — with Steve Wozniak, a high school friend who was a few years older.
Wozniak's homemade computer drew attention from other enthusiasts, but Jobs saw its potential far beyond the geeky hobbyists of the time. The pair started Apple Computer Inc. in Jobs' parents' garage in 1976.

According to Wozniak, Jobs suggested the name after visiting an "apple orchard" that Wozniak said was actually a commune.Their first creation was the Apple I — essentially, the guts of a computer without a case, keyboard or monitor.

The Apple II, which hit the market in 1977, was their first machine for the masses. It became so popular that Jobs was worth $100 million by age 25.
During a 1979 visit to the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Jobs again spotted mass potential in a niche invention: a computer that allowed people to control computers with the click of a mouse, not typed commands. He returned to Apple and ordered the team to copy what he had seen.

It foreshadowed a propensity to take other people's concepts, improve on them and spin them into wildly successful products. Under Jobs, Apple didn't invent computers, digital music players or smartphones — it reinvented them for people who didn't want to learn computer programming or negotiate the technical hassles of keeping their gadgets working.

The engineers responded with two computers. The pricier Lisa — the same name as his daughter — launched to a cool reception in 1983. The less-expensive Macintosh, named for an employee's favorite apple, exploded onto the scene in 1984.
The Mac was heralded by an epic Super Bowl commercial that referenced George Orwell's "1984" and captured Apple's iconoclastic style. In the ad, expressionless drones marched through dark halls to an auditorium where a Big Brother-like figure lectures on a big screen. A woman in a bright track uniform burst into the hall and launched a hammer into the screen, which exploded, stunning the drones, as a narrator announced the arrival of the Mac.

There were early stumbles at Apple. Jobs clashed with colleagues and even the CEO he had hired away from Pepsi, John Sculley. And after an initial spike, Mac sales slowed, in part because few programs had been written for it.
With Apple's stock price sinking, conflicts between Jobs and Sculley mounted. Sculley won over the board in 1985 and pushed Jobs out of his day-to-day role leading the Macintosh team. Jobs resigned his post as chairman of the board and left Apple within months.
"What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating," Jobs said in his Stanford speech. "I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."

He got into two other companies: Next, a computer maker, and Pixar, a computer-animation studio that he bought from George Lucas for $10 million.
Pixar, ultimately the more successful venture, seemed at first a bottomless money pit.

Then in 1995 came "Toy Story," the first computer-animated full-length feature. Jobs used its success to negotiate a sweeter deal with Disney for Pixar's next two films, "A Bug's Life" and "Toy Story 2." In 2006, Jobs sold Pixar to The Walt Disney Co. for $7.4 billion in stock, making him Disney's largest individual shareholder and securing a seat on the board.

With Next, Jobs came up with a cube-shaped computer. He was said to be obsessive about the tiniest details, insisting on design perfection even for the machine's guts. The machine cost a pricey $6,500 to $10,000, and he never managed to spark much demand for it.

Ultimately, he shifted the focus to software — a move that paid off later when Apple bought Next for its operating system technology, the basis for the software still used in Mac computers.

By 1996, when Apple bought Next, Apple was in dire financial straits. It had lost more than $800 million in a year, dragged its heels in licensing Mac software for other computers and surrendered most of its market share to PCs that ran Windows. Jobs' personal ethos — a natural food lover who embraced Buddhism and New Age philosophy — was closely linked to the public persona he shaped for Apple. Apple itself became a statement against the commoditization of technology — a cynical view, to be sure, from a company whose computers can cost three or more times as much as those of its rivals.

For technology lovers, buying Apple products has meant gaining entrance to an exclusive club. At the top was a complicated and contradictory figure who was endlessly fascinating — even to his detractors, of which Jobs had many. Jobs was a hero to techno-geeks and a villain to partners he bullied and to workers whose projects he unceremoniously killed or claimed as his own.

Unauthorized biographer Alan Deutschman described him as "deeply moody and maddeningly erratic." In his personal life, Jobs denied for two years that he was the father of Lisa, the baby born to his longtime girlfriend Chrisann Brennan in 1978.

Few seemed immune to Jobs' charisma and will. He could adeptly convince those in his presence of just about anything — even if they disagreed again when he left the room and his magic wore off.

"He always has an aura around his persona," said Bajarin, who met Jobs several times while covering the company for more than 20 years as a Creative Strategies analyst. "When you talk to him, you know you're really talking to a brilliant mind."
But Bajarin also remembers Jobs lashing out with profanity at an employee who interrupted their meeting. Jobs, the perfectionist, demanded greatness from everyone at Apple.

Jobs valued his privacy, but some details of his romantic and family life have been uncovered. In the early 1980s, Jobs dated the folk singer Joan Baez, according to Deutschman.

In 1989, Jobs spoke at Stanford's graduate business school and met his wife, Laurene Powell, who was then a student. When she became pregnant, Jobs at first refused to marry her. It was a near-repeat of what had happened more than a decade earlier with then-girlfriend Brennan, Deutschman said, but eventually Jobs relented.
Jobs started looking for his biological family in his teens, according to an interview he gave to The New York Times in 1997. He found his biological sister when he was 27. They became friends, and through her Jobs met his biological mother. Few details of those relationships have been made public.

But the extent of Apple secrecy didn't become clear until Jobs revealed in 2004 that he had been diagonosed with — and "cured" of — a rare form of operable pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor. The company had sat on the news of his diagnosis for nine months while Jobs tried trumping the disease with a special diet, Fortune magazine reported in 2008.

In the years after his cancer was revealed, rumors about Jobs' health would spark runs on Apple stock as investors worried the company, with no clear succession plan, would fall apart without him. Apple did little to ease those concerns. It kept the state of Jobs' health a secret for as long as it could, then disclosed vague details when, in early 2009, it became clear he was again ill.
Jobs took a half-year medical leave of absence starting in January 2009, during which he had a liver transplant. Apple did not disclose the procedure at the time; two months later, The Wall Street Journal reported the fact and a doctor at the transplant hospital confirmed it.

In January 2011, Jobs announced another medical leave, his third, with no set duration. He returned to the spotlight briefly in March to personally unveil a second-generation iPad and again in June, when he showed off Apple's iCloud music synching service. At both events, he looked frail in his signature jeans and mock turtleneck.

Less than three months later, Jobs resigned as CEO. In a letter addressed to Apple's board and the "Apple community" Jobs said he "always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life," he said in the 2005 Stanford speech. "Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."

          Nuevo Logic X, de Apple        

Nuevo Logic X, de Apple


Hace unos días se presentó el largamente esperado Logic X.

Existía un amplio temor entre sus fans de que Apple descontinuara el programa pero no fue así.
Muchas de estas dudas desaparecieron cuando, meses atrás, el propio director general de Apple, Tim Cook, aclaró que el equipo de Logic Pro trabajaba en el mejoramiento del programa y pronto habría noticias.

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          As FBI, Apple spar over encryption, expert Charlie Miller says backdoor access is a ‘terrible idea’         

Updated Feb. 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with quotes about encryption, Apple news – Yesterday, a federal court ordered Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the people involved in the San Bernadino shooting as a means to obtain evidence against the suspected shooter. Apple is refusing to unlock the phone, as CEO Tim Cook reaffirmed in a letter addressing the security of its customers.


          Tim Cook made a little over $9 million last year as Apple’s CEO        
Tim Cook received compensation of $9.22 million last year for his work as Apple’s Chief Executive Officer, according to a new SEC filing by the company. Bloomberg points to the documents, noting that Cook was paid out $1.75 million and $6.7 million...
          Senior Apple execs get a pay raise        
Tim Cook’s CEO salary for the calendar year 2012 was $4.17 million, which includes a $1.36 million salary and $2.8 million in compensation related to incentive plans, reveals a document Apple filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Now, a bunch...
          Episode 286: Run To The Apple Store        
Manton and Daniel compare notes on recent MacBook Pro repairs and the relative merit of purchasing AppleCare. They react to Tim Cook's admissions that an Apple "car" project exists and is still underway. Manton looks on the bright side of "Planet of the Apps," and Daniel looks on the dark side. Finally, they talk briefly about the controversy around an excerpt from "One Device," by Brian Merchant.
          California Seeks to Head Off Initiative to Execute Gays        

Petitioning Craig Holden Disbar lawyer who wants to legalize the murder of LGBT people Petition by Carol Dahmen West Sacramento, California People in the LGBT community are our family members, neighbors, and co-workers. They are people like Apple CEO Tim Cook who have changed the way we live. Imagine a law that would make it […]

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          Quand Facebook, Google & co deviennent fournisseurs d'accès à internet        

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Facebook est-il en train de devenir un fournisseur d'accès à internet (et/ou un opérateurs télécom, au choix) ? L'info, tombée cette semaine, est passée inaperçue en ces temps pour le moins troubles. Et pourtant, loin d'être anecdotique, elle traduit très bien cet idéal un brin messianique, commun à plusieurs des GAFA, et géants de l'industrie tech américaine.

Il y a cette initiative ambitieuse de Facebook, Internet.org, de fournir des services d'accès à internet gratuits aux pays en développement. Elle est maintenant disponible pour l'ensemble des Indiens avec le Free Basics app du réseau Reliance Communication. Reliance Communications est donc accessible à l'ENSEMBLE des Indiens, "1 milliard de personnes sans accès à internet" selon Facebook - sachant que l'Inde compte 1,2 milliard d'habitants! Reliance Communications est ainsi devenu le quatrième plus gros opérateur d'Inde: il comptait déjà 110 millions d'abonnés en juin, raconte Techcrunch.

Concrètement, Free Basics permettra aux Indiens d'accéder - oh surprise - à Facebook et Facebook Messenger (ce service de messagerie instantanée est essentiel, j'y reviens), et une multitude de sites tels que Wikipedia, BBC News, Bing, et des services locaux.

Alors oui, bien sûr, Mark Zuckerberg nous raconte sur la page (Facebook) dédiée, dans un post daté du 23 novembre, cette belle histoire de Ganesh Nimbalkar et son épouse Bharati, "qui subviennent aux besoins de leur famille en cultivant une terre de 5 acres depuis des générations à Maharashtra". Et comment grâce à Free Basics et internet, il a découvert des services tels que AcuWeather, pour mieux gérer la saison de la mousson, qui lui ont (un peu ) changé la vie.

Philanthropie supposée

Mais est-ce là vraiment le rôle de Facebook, à l'origine d'un réseau social devenu mondial, de devenir FAI ? Peut-on vraiment croire en la philanthropie supposée d'une des plus puissantes entreprises tech mondiales ? Ses détracteurs lui reprochent de ne proposer via Internet.org qu'une sélection de services, privilégiant ses partenaires (certains médias, etc), et rompant ainsi allègrement la neutralité du Net.

Qu'une société aussi puissante que Facebook contrôle ainsi des millions de nouveaux utilisateurs d'internet pose question. Free Basics a déjà étendu sa toile, outre l'Inde, à 30 pays à travers l'Afrique, l'Asie du Sud et du sud-est, et l'Amérique Latine. Ce projet, lancé en août 2013, vise tout simplement à élargir l'accès à Internet à 5 milliards de personnes de plus dans le monde. Encore en octobre dernier, Facebook annonçait avec Eutelsat le lancement d'un projet d'accès à internet (carrément) en haut débit par satellite pour l'Afrique, grâce à ses satellites géostationnaires.

D'autant que, en leur proposant un accès internet et, dans les services par défaut, la messagerie instantanée Facebook Messenger, Facebook se substitue à un opérateur. Comme nous l'avons déjà découvert en Europe, FB Messenger permet - ô surprise - de téléphoner gratos, au nez et à la barbe des opérateurs classiques, comme j'en parlais dans cet article..

Qu'est-ce qui motive Mark Zuckerberg ? Comme je l'écrivais en 2013, cette initiative venait à point nommé pour les partenaires industriels de Facebook (Nokia, Samsung, Ericsson, Qualcomm...): les marchés matures étant saturés, les zones pauvres comme l'Afrique, l'Amérique latine et certains pays d'Asie sont des réservoirs de nouveaux clients.

Messianisme des Gafa

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Couv' de The Economist, janvier 2010

Cela répond à un certain idéal messianique à l'américaine pour Facebook. Oui, c'est sûr, les technologies, le Réseau, vont changer la vie des gens, l'humanité. Tout comme Apple a toujours estimé fabriquer des produits qui vont changer la vie des gens (voir cette profession de foi de Tim Cook dans cet extrait de Inside Apple de Adam Lashinsky, "Nous pensons que nous sommes sur Terre pour fabriquer de grands produits. (...) Nous sommes constamment focalisés sur l'innovation. Nous croyons à la simplicité, on à la complexité") , Google prétend rendre le savoir accessible à l'Humanité via son moteur de recherche, et même changer le monde ("Notre ambition est de créer le meilleur des mondes", conclut Eric Schmidt dans The new digital age - coucou Aldous Huxley), Amazon faire des livres des biens de consommation courante...

Messianisme, mégalomanie ? En août 2013, Zuckerberg revendiquait ainsi un certain droit commun à la connexion, déclarant: "Tout ce que Facebook a fait jusqu'à présent est de donner aux gens à travers le monde l'opportunité de se connecter". Certes. Mais Facebook dépasse ainsi allègrement son rôle d'éditeur du plus grand réseau social au monde.

Opérateurs telcos

Il n'est plus le seul à s'improviser opérateur telco mondialiste. Dès 2010, Google annonçait le déploiement de Google Fiber, un service de fibre optique (ultra haut débit donc). Début 2014, il publiait déjà une liste de 34 villes américaines susceptibles d'être raccordées en 2015! En avril 2015, la firme de Mountain View provoquait frontalement les "vieux" opérateurs avec son premier service de téléphonie mobile (s'associant, quand même, à Sprint et T-Mobile US pour l'occasion), Project Fi, accessible uniquement sur invitation. Il permet aux utilisateurs de se connecter au réseau le plus rapide. Proposé 20 dollars par mois, surprise, il n'est utilisable avec un seul smartphone, le Nexus 6, développé... par Google, avec Motorola.

Même Apple envisagerait de se lancer comme opérateur mobile virtuel. Après tout, il dispose déjà d'une carte maîtresse, l'Apple SIM, une carte SIM "universelle", déjà fournie avec l'iPad Air 2 cellulaire aux États-Unis et en Grande-Bretagne (nooon, pas en France, les opérateurs ne le tolèreraient nullement).


          Comentario en Scott Forstall, responsable de iOS, dejará Apple al final del año por Interesante entrevista a Scott Forstall nos cuenta detalles del desarrollo del iPhone original, curiosidades de Steve Jobs en iPhoneros        
[…] del iPhone original y también uno de los mejores amigos de Steve Jobs en la compañía. Forstall dejó Apple al finalizar el año 2012 tras un desencuentro con a Tim Cook, producido por la baja calidad de los […]
          Comentario en Así podría el iPhone Pro integrar la cámara frontal en la barra de estatus según Forbes por Lista completa de novedades de iOS 11 beta 4 en iPhoneros        
[…] Tim Cook contó a Donald Trump que Apple planea construir tres enormes fábricas en EEUU Cámara Así podría el iPhone Pro integrar la cámara frontal en la barra de estatus según Forbes Actualizaciones Apple publica iOS 11 beta 4 con bastantes mejoras pero dejando todavía bugs […]
          On Google, Apple, data, privacy, rhetoric        
Over the past few weeks - following an important-but-barbed talk from Apple CEO Tim Cook - the rhetoric has turned to privacy and security and data and how only products you pay for are good and any sort of free services are inherently bad and basically whore out what's left of your post-Snowden soul. It's an important discussion to have. And one we'll continue to have. But it's not one-sided. It's not binary. And, actually, it's interesting to see how the rhetoric has changed recently. Ouch.
          Apple earnings jump, and CEO Tim Cook talks up augmented reality        

Apple Inc.'s earnings climbed 12% to $8.7 billion in the company's latest quarter amid rising demand for iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

Revenue for the period was $45.4 billion, up 7% from the same quarter last year.

The fiscal third-quarter results announced Tuesday exceeded analysts' projections...


          GLAAD @ Work: Southern Stories, Tavi Gevinson talks feminism, Eastern European advocacy, & more        

Wonder what we're up to at GLAAD? Be sure to check out GLAAD's Newsroom each week for updates about our latest work to build support for LGBT equality through news, entertainment and online media.

"Southern Stories" strengthens LGBT equality in the American South


GLAAD launched "Southern Stories," a new program that aims to build support for equality in the American South. The launch was announced at GLAAD Atlanta, a celebration of national and local leaders advancing LGBT equality through the media. The event, which raised critical funds in support of GLAAD’s year-round work to rewrite the script for LGBT equality, featured a special surprise appearance by football player Michael Sam. Paul Horning, Atlanta-area LGBT advocate, received the GLAAD Champion Award at the event. The GLAAD Champion Award is presented to an LGBT advocate in the community, who has increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. Additional featured advocates included anti-bullying advocates David and Tina Long, transgender student trailblazer Sage Lovell, employment non-discrimination advocate Brian Martin, and LGBT homeless youth advocate Daniel Pierce. GLAAD Southern Stories elevates the experiences of LGBT people in six of the nation's southern states by working with statewide and on-the-ground advocates. The initiative amplifies stories of LGBT people thriving in the South, ongoing discrimination, as well as the everyday indignities endured by LGBT people who simply wish to live the lives they love, including stories of family. Read more here.

Tim Cook comes out and Sarah Kate Ellis pens Time Magazine op-ed
After Apple CEO Tim Cook came out publicly as gay, GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis penned an op-ed for TIME on the significance of the announcement. Additionally, Sarah Kate appeared on NPR, CNBC, CNN International, and BBC to comment when Apple CEO Tim Cook became arguably the world's most visible, openly gay CEO after he penned a "coming out" op-ed last week. Ellis wrote, "To those who think that we might be past the point of caring about another coming out story, think again. At a time when LGBT people can still be fired in a majority of states simply for being who they are, not to mention the staggering rates of discrimination and violence that inflict the community, we still have a lot to learn from hearing the stories of LGBT people," and further explained the economic, international, and profound impact Cook's statement has. Ellis was also quoted on the subject by NBC News, USA Today, and Mashable, among other outlets.

Mother of trans daughter has story told on popular morning show
GLAAD's Spanish-Language Media team helped prepare Ofelia Barba, mother of trans daughter Zoe, for an interview for "Un Nuevo Día" on Telemundo, Telemundo's Spanish-Language morning show. Barba spoke about what it's like to have a trans daughter and why it's important to support her. The team also worked with the segment producers to ensure the terminology and other aspects of the story were correct. Telemundo reaches over 100 countries in thirty-five languages.

Eastern European advocates come together for equality
GLAAD's Director of Spanish-Language Media, Monica Trasandes, addressed a group of advocates from Eastern Europe through a program organized by Global Jewish Advocacy. Los Angeles Leadership Council member Cole Ettman has invited GLAAD to participate for many years. Among those present were community leaders from countries including Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan. Trasandes presentation helped strength GLAAD's global work to achieve LGBT equality internationally.

North Carolina couple shares moving story of how they can now be legal parents to their son
GLAAD's Video and News Strategist, Claire Pires, exclusively interviewed North Carolina couple, Tina Weaver and Briana Plautz-Weaver, about what it feels like now that they can both be legal parents to their son now that North Carolina has marriage equality. The phone interview, for GLAAD's Southern Stories initiative, brought a personal story to what else affects a same-sex family when marriage equality becomes legal, and the interview shed a light on what it's like to identify as LGBT in North Carolina. Read more here.

Russian LGBT couple highlighted in BBC segment
The BBC aired a segment about the influence of pro-LGBT American television in countries with anti-LGBT laws. In addition to speaking to GLAAD's Director of Annual Giving, Omar Sharif Jr, the segment also spoke with LGBT Russians Oleg Duaev and Dmitriy Stepanov about what programs would appear in Russia. The segment brought a humanistic approach to the struggles LGBT people face in Russia. Read more here.

Tavi Gevinson on feminism, LGBT storylines, and inclusive readership
GLAAD's Video and News Strategist, Claire Pires, interviewed Tavi Gevinson, editor-in-chief of popular teenage website Rookie Magazine, for the fourth episode of GLAAD's video series, "GLAAD: All Access," which features interviews with newsmakers, hit-makers, and people making a difference for LGBT equality. Pires and Gevinson discussed the importance of incorporating LGBT stories into Gevinson's new book, Rookie Yearbook Three, feminism, and how she wants to move away from the magazine's current tagline, "a magazine for teenage girls," in the interest of inclusion. The interview shed light on how young readers are learning about LGBT people and what changes need to be made. Gevinson, who has over 270,000 Twitter followers, is among the most visible teen moguls today. The interview helped emphasize the importance of a young audience reading about LGBT people every day and intersecting feminism with LGBT issues to highlight the problem areas for this budding generation. The interview was picked up by The Huffington Post and more. Watch the interview here.

Mother writes op-ed addressing silence in her church for her gay son
In conjunction with the launch of Southern Stories, GLAAD worked with Ada Demlow, a former Georgia mom of a gay son (now in Boise) to write, edit, and place a personal essay and op-ed in the religion site Red Letter Christians. Ada talked about how the silence surrounding LGBT people in her family and in her church needs to end. Demlow's op-ed brought a personal story to the juxtaposition of religion and LGBT issues. Read more here.

To get the latest updates and take part in GLAAD’s work to build support for LGBT equality, be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

November 4, 2014

          Cisco, Apple chiefs discuss further partnership opportunities        
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins have identified 'a multitude of opportunities' to combine their companies' expertise across security, networking, analytics, and enterprise software.
          Apple abre su cuenta de Instagram para promocionar fotos y vídeos de usuarios        

La compañía, que está ganando seguidores a cada segundo, está publicando imágenes no de Tim Cook desayunando o de Jony […]

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          Tim Cook afirma que están trabajando en un gran proyecto relacionado con la tecnología autónoma        

Las aplicaciones para la tecnología autónoma pueden ser infinitas y aunque ya es más que sabido que Apple está trabajando […]

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          Move Cautiously and Break Nothing        

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that the government would no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the U.S. military, and executives from across the technology industry were quick to denounce the move.

“Everyone should be able to serve their country -- no matter who they are,” wrote Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, had a short, powerful tweet:

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, as well as Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, who is gay, also offered statements in solidarity with the transgender community.

Along with the aftermath of Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, the moment signaled one of the few industry-wide outcries we’ve seen from Silicon Valley against the policies of the Trump administration. While the sector’s relationship with the executive branch has frayed in the months since it took a wait-and-see stance regarding the incoming president and met with him in Trump Tower, it has largely kept its seat at the table. Just this week, Trump (dubiously) boasted that Cook had committed to him to build three Apple plants in the United States.

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Making statements on social media is important, especially coming from one of the largest forces in contemporary American life. But six months into the Trump era, the largely liberal tech sector has been hesitant to outright embrace the resistance against the president—even if, with every bigoted and corrosive policy move his White House attempts, that seems like it would be inevitable.

How far, then, will be too far for Silicon Valley? When will the president say or do something so abhorrent that the leaders of some of the most profitable companies in the world feel they must truly stand up to his presidency?

Right now, Silicon Valley executives have both lightly criticized Trump and found plenty of occasions to work with him. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (whose businesses Trump has attacked on Twitter) and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella both attended a recent “White House Tech Week” gathering, though reps from Twitter and Facebook did not. Elon Musk—the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX—was, until the Paris pullout, an adviser to Trump; he also recently touted “verbal govt approval” for a Hyperloop project, and his companies are helped by government largesse as contractors and as beneficiaries of tax subsidies. Ginni Rometti, who leads IBM, is still on one of Trump’s business councils.

Both standing up to and sitting down with Trump makes sense for these companies, of course. No one wants to irreversibly anger the president of the United States—who after all, can enact policies cutting off tech companies’ pipeline to high-skilled workers abroad or could pressure the Federal Trade Commission to come down hard on antitrust matters. Mark Zuckerberg’s first job is to make money. Picket sign–wielders will always come second.

And besides, Silicon Valley leadership has a good track record when it comes to supporting its LGBTQ employees and fighting for equal rights for transgender people across the country. When North Carolina passed a controversial state law last year targeting transgender people by requiring anyone in schools and public buildings to only use the bathroom of the gender that corresponds with their birth certificate, PayPal pulled out of its plans to open a $3.6 million operations center in the state. When Texas passed a similar law forcing transgender children to use the bathroom that corresponds to their “biological sex” in May, executives across Silicon Valley—including Zuckerberg, Marc Benioff of Salesforce, Brad Smith of Microsoft, and Rometti—all signed on to a letter urging Texas to repeal the discriminatory ordinance.

Elsewhere the industry has been more hesitant. When it came to supporting the ongoing movement against the disproportionate police killings of black people in America, Silicon Valley CEOs were far slower to declare that black lives matter.

Dorsey was ultimately one of the first supporters of the racial-justice movement among large Silicon Valley tech companies. Zuckerberg didn’t get to penning his Facebook post in support of the Black Lives Matter movement until it had been unfolding in the streets for more than a year, and it was an internal memo in response to racist incidents at his own company.

One reason these executives might be faster to respond to LGBTQ discrimination is that it’s a much easier problem for their companies to address. Anyone who is already working at these firms likely feels completely welcome no matter their sexual orientation. But when it comes to defending the rights of people who don’t work in large numbers at their companies—like, say, black people—that seems to have been a bit harder for Silicon Valley to jump on. That might be in part because doing so would make Silicon Valley companies look hypocritical. For example, Facebook’s staff is only 2 percent black, as is Google’s.

In many ways, Silicon Valley’s enthusiasm for progressive causes tends to align with its own interests. The industry didn’t waste a second when Trump signed the discriminatory travel ban that would prevent chunks of its large highly skilled immigrant workforce from entering and exiting the country. That was a good thing, of course. Many Silicon Valley executives are immigrants themselves, like Google founder Sergey Brin and Microsoft’s Nadella.

But if Silicon Valley is truly going to stand up to Trump—and stand for equal rights and against racism, sexism, religious discrimination, and policies that target and bar transgender people from serving in the U.S. armed forces—then these executives are going to have to do more than tweet and post on Facebook. When we have a president who uses their platforms to threaten the very rule of law, it’s past time for them to act.

They’ll have to make statements even when their own companies can do much better. They should probably stop attending Trump’s dog-and-pony–show summits no matter how much they’d rather he not lash out against their companies—or sign a tax-reform bill that slashes their corporate rates. As highly compensated citizens, too, they should do even more to support the causes that seek to hold the Trump administration’s ugliest ambitions at bay.

What they really need to do is do better. The richest companies in the world are American technology companies. If the people who run them were truly dedicated to making the world a better place, that means helping care for the republic as it stands vulnerable. Help the self-styled resistance, no matter whom it alienates. Work harder on diversity.

And don’t hesitate, even for a second, to speak up when someone in power is abusing it.


          Apple’s Silence Is Trump’s Win        

On Tuesday, President Trump crowed in a Wall Street Journal interview that Apple CEO Tim Cook had committed to build “three big plants, beautiful plants” in the United States. The claim played perfectly into Trump’s protectionist, triumphalist economic agenda, suggesting both that he has some influence over Silicon Valley’s tech giants and that he is using said influence to bring manufacturing jobs back to America.

Apple has neither confirmed nor denied Trump’s statement, declining comment both to me and to all other media outlets that have asked. That’s not out of character for Apple, which is famous in the technology business for its fanatical secrecy. But in this instance, it comes across as cowardly—part of an embarrassing trend of major American corporations allowing a dishonest, self-serving political leader to speak for them.

For Trump, being able to take credit for Apple bringing high-tech manufacturing jobs back stateside amounts to a significant political coup. It sends the message that he’s making good on exactly the kind of hard-nosed, savvy deal-making on behalf of American workers that he promised on the campaign trail. The only way this could fail to help Trump would be if Apple were to publicly refute it in some way—which Apple has apparently opted not to do.

To those paying close attention, the fact that Apple has declined to confirm Trump’s statement suggests that it’s not true—or, at least, that it’s a mischaracterization. If Apple really were building three factories in the United States, that would amount to a radical change in its strategy. As New York’s Jake Swearingen points out, Apple doesn’t build factories anywhere: Instead, it contracts with manufacturers such as Taiwan’s Foxconn to build its devices.

Bloomberg is now reporting that Trump will announce Wednesday that Foxconn will build its first U.S. factory in southeastern Wisconsin. (Not coincidentally, that happens to be House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district.) It’s possible that is part of what Trump was referring to in the Wall Street Journal interview. But if so, it would make his statement both wildly inaccurate and deliberately misleading: A Taiwanese manufacturing giant with a reputation for shoddy working conditions building a factory in Wisconsin is very different than Apple itself doing so.

In a simpler time, when mainstream media were more broadly trusted, Apple’s refusal to confirm the president’s claim might backfire on him and undermine rather than bolster his credibility. But these days, liberals and conservatives largely have their own separate sources for news. By allowing Trump’s claim to go unchallenged, Apple is ensuring that half the country will be told only his side of the story. In essence, it’s handing him the political win while also permitting him to act as its de facto spokesman.

Why would Apple essentially cover for a Trump fib, if that’s in fact what this is? One possibility is that admitting that it isn’t building factories in the United States would draw attention to the reality that it has amassed enormous piles of wealth by contracting with relatively low-paid and poorly treated foreign workers to build shiny devices that it then sells at astronomical profits to American consumers. In that scenario, Apple is allowing Trump’s claim to stand because it prefers the lie to the truth.

A second possibility is that the company doesn’t want to run afoul of the president by publicly contradicting him. It would rather let Trump lie on its behalf in hopes of remaining in his good graces so that it can realize some future gains from that relationship, or at least avoid future retribution. If so, that’s more shameful still—particularly coming from a company that claims the moral high ground on issues such as gay rights in the same week that Trump announced a cruel, sudden ban on transgender people serving in the military. (Cook, on Wednesday, joined other Silicon Valley leaders in issuing statements that implied opposition to the ban, albeit obliquely.)

It’s also conceivable that Apple is simply adhering to its typical secretive approach and that declining comment is its way of not getting involved. But when the president announces major news about your company that also has major political ramifications, you don’t have a choice: You’re already involved, and a “no comment” speaks volumes about your priorities.

Finally, it’s theoretically possible that Apple really is planning to build three factories in the United States, unlikely as that seems. It has moved toward onshoring some manufacturing in recent years, and the increasing automation of factories makes that more affordable than it used to be. If that’s the case, shareholders will have a lot of questions about the move, as will the public—especially if it’s true that the move was made partly at Trump’s behest. But if what Trump said were accurate, why wouldn’t Apple simply confirm it?

Apple is not the first major American company to hand Trump a political win by allowing his claims about it to stand unchallenged. In January, Ford let Trump to claim credit for its decision to cancel a planned factory in Mexico and add jobs in Michigan instead. It was later revealed that the company had already planned the Michigan jobs as part of an agreement with its union. Then, in June, it let slip that it would simply expand production in China rather than Mexico. By that time, Trump had long since gotten what he wanted thanks to Ford’s shifty maneuvering. And Ford bought some cheap goodwill from a president who will gleefully torch his perceived enemies on Twitter. Even now, with our vindictive, unstable president’s approval ratings hovering at historically low levels, companies are afraid to make an enemy of him.

Apple is under no obligation to build factories in the United States or anywhere. But for a company that has begun to earn a reputation for social responsibility and courage under CEO Tim Cook, its silence on Trump’s claim is an ugly look.


          ÎŸ ιδρυτής της Atari, Bushnell λέει : Ο Tim Cook δεν είναι Steve Jobs        

Εάν το όνομα Nolan Bushnell δεν σας λέει κάτι τότε ίσως θα έπρεπε. Είναι ένας από τους βετεράνους στο τομέα της τεχνολογίας, και ο ιδρυτής της Atari. Ο εν λόγο κύριος λοιπόν, το 1974 είχε προσλάβει τον 19 ετών τότε, Steve Jobs, σαν προγραμματιστή, με μισθό 5 δολάρια την ώρα. Η γνώμη του για τον […]

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          Bullish on India, says Apple's Tim Cook        
"We are investing in India... We've already launched an app accelerator centre. That's on top of working with the channel and looking at expanding our go-to-market in general," Cook said during the company's third quarter earnings call on Tuesday.
          Apple Strikes Deal With World’s Largest Mobile Carrier        
Looks like Apple’s signature mobile device is headed to the Far East. Tim Cook & Co. have solidified a deal to sell the iPhone with China Mobile. This new venture is huge for Apple because China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile network. In less than a month the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will [...]

          Tim Cook says Apple is 'investing aggressively' in the future of the Mac        
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In Tuesday's Apple earnings conference call, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook declared that the company was "investing aggressively" in the Mac, signaling that meaningful refreshes are in the pike for years to come.
          Apple topchef vil bekæmpe fake news        

Apple, fake news, falske nyhederFalske nyheder fylder for meget på nettet og er et stort problem i store dele af verden, siger Tim Cook, Apple CEO. Han vil have tech-industrien til at tage handling. Alternative fakta, det postfaktuelle samfund og falske nyheder. Dét vil Apples CEO, Tim Cook, tage kampen op mod med en stor informationskampagne, da falske nyheder...

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          Tim Cook enttäuscht von BBC-Doku über Arbeitsbedingungen bei Apple-Zulieferern        

Jeff Williams hat sich in einem Brief an Mitarbeiter Apples in Großbritannien gewandt und darin auch Tim Cook zitiert, der äußerst angegriffen sei von den Vorwürfen über schlechte Arbeitsbedingungen bei Apple-Zulieferern in China und Indonesien, die eine neuerliche BBC-Dokumentation gezeigt hatte. Die neuen Vorwürfe einer Dokumentation der britischen BBC über Arbeitsbedingungen bei Pegatron stoßen Apple (...). Weiterlesen!

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          â€œUNBOXING” OFICIAL DEL IPHONE 6S PLUS-VIDEO        
¿”Unboxing” antes de tiempo? ¡No hay problema! El reconocido Youtuber, Marques Brownlee, parece que tuvo acceso a Tim Cook durante la presentación de los nuevos iPhones el pasado 9 de septiembre. Digo esto por lo que que “posteó” mi compañero … Continuar leyendo
          Forget the keynote. WWDC is still about the developers        
As usual, the Apple rumor mill has been on overdrive as WWDC nears. But all the hype about anything CEO Tim Cook might reveal misses the point, says columnist Ryan Faas. WWDC is still about developers.
          Iphone #bendgate        

Tim Cook y Apple, contentos con el lanzamiento del nuevo Iphone 6 Plus, han recibido un golpe por el cual no esperaban inmediatamente después de la presentación mundial de su nuevo producto. La empresa siempre ha sido un sinónimo de design para todos sus productos pero de esta vez, algo les ha salido mal y ...

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          Un Smartphone con solo pantalla, la nueva patente registrada de Apple        

Gonzalo Sanchez del Pozo

La compañía que fundara Steve Jobs acaba de registrar una patente, la número 9.543.364, que en esencia muestra un terminal de telefonía móvil en la cual la pantalla ocupa toda la superficie frontal del Smartphone, no disponiendo de ni un botón La multinacional que gobierna Tim Cook acaba de registrar una patente de un Smartphone que es todo pantalla táctil, careciendo de cualquier tipo de botón. De lo que se trataría es que la nueva pantalla contendría desde sensores de proximidad, pasando por la antena LTE y por supuesto sin olvidar la perceptiva cámara fotográfica / de vídeo. El número de la patente de la cual es ya propietario Apple es la número 9.543.364 y está registrada ante la Oficina de Patentes y Marcas de Estados Unidos. Todos los sensores del Smartphone y su hardware se encuentran miniaturizados bajo la gran pantalla táctil. Con esta patente Apple no deja sino de seguir la estela de muchos fabricantes de Smartphone que basan los nuevos diseños en pantalla táctiles enormes y reducidos cuerpos metálicos o de plástico. Terminales de esas características las tenemos en Smartphone de la china Xiaomi, o el último Edge de Samsung. Con la nueva patente, que no sería descabellado pensar que de aplicación a las nuevas versiones de iPhone, la pantalla ocupará todo el frontal hasta los bordes, no dejando espacio ni para un mísero botón. En la patente aparece registrada también una pantalla con tecnología OLED y otra LCD. Ambos paneles son montados sobre una película de sustrato de polímero. La comunicación […]

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          Alla guida di Apple in Cina arriva una donna (che parla mandarino)         
Isabel Ge Mahe riporterà direttamente all’amministratore delegato Tim Cook e al chief operating officer Jeff Williams, e avrà la responsabilità delle relazioni di Apple con il governo cinese e dei centri sviluppo e ricerca
          Tim Cook's Interview At D11 Sets Low Expectations For Apple In 2013        
Analyzing Tim Cook's comments in his interview this week at the D11 conference is relevant for investors trying to assess what catalysts move the stock out of its current trading range.
          Apple’s Tim Cook: Profits Aren’t The Only Thing        
From The Independent: He leads a company that some would consider the epitome of ruthless global capitalism. But Apple chief executive Tim Cook has shocked some in the US with an impassioned attack on the single-minded pursuit of profit – and a direct appeal to climate-change deniers not to buy shares in his firm. Continue Reading...
          ZWAMEcast #106 — iXerox-ar        
Esta semana: Apple perde Steve Jobs como CEO, Tim Cook sobre a esse posto, o futuro da Apple e do homem que mudou a indústria da tecnologia nos últimos anos.
          What Is Apple Up To? Can Walmart Catch Amazon? And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM        

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on iHeart Radio, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what's going on in the digital world. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • This week Pierre Landry sits in for Terry DiMonte.
  • This week will bring the "other" big Apple event and news to the world. The annual WWDC (World Wide Developer's Conference) takes place today until June 9th in San Jose. There is usually little talk of hardware (that's the big annual event that is held in September). Still, we will get Tim Cook's overview of business to date. What do we know? It's Apple... so, not much. There are expectations of the latest iOS software (iOS 11). The rumour mills is thinking that changes will be made to Apple Music, announcement of Apple's own unique TV programming (a la Netflix), and a lot of love for Siri. The biggest rumour is the launch of a possible "smart speaker" - one that users can not only stream music to, but that they can talk to and interact with it. We shall see... 
  • Walmart is one of the few retailers that can compete with Amazon in the retail space. Still, it's a massive chasm between Amazon (whose stock rocked past $1000 this past week) and Walmart. Walmart continues to invest heavily in ecommerce and news broke last week that it is trying to turn its army of 1.5 million employees into delivery drivers as well. Good side hustle for employees or is this a disaster waiting to happen? 
  • App of the week: Adobe Scan.

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          Apple just told us it will never kill the Mac for the iPhone, and we nearly missed it        
Apple’s top execs including Tim Cook have often repeated that the macOS and iOS platforms will continue to coexist as separate entities that will never merge, even if Apple is trying to offer its customers a cohesive computing experience across devices. But actions often speak louder than words, and Apple’s recent product updates seemed to overwhelmingly favor the iOS side of things, prompting some people to speculate that the Mac might be on its way out. Apple recently took an unusual step to address the concerns surrounding its Mac Pro line. In a meeting with select members of the media, the company announced a variety of product updates, including the new Mac Pro, a Pro display and an iMac Pro, just to name a few. In the process, Apple actually said it’ll never kill the Mac in favor of the iPhone, and we nearly missed it. It’s easy to focus on these big Apple revelations and miss tiny details, especially sine Apple doesn’t always take time to address criticism or announce products in between planned product launches. But Apple made some important statements during its briefing with the press that seemed to indicate the Mac isn’t going to die, no matter how popular the iPhone platform (and I include the iPad here) continues to get. While Apple focused on the various categories of Pro and non-pro Macs during its meeting with the press, it also gave away a couple of interesting details on its definition of Pro users. First off, Apple’s entire team uses Macs to create its next products, whether that means design or software. “Some of our most talented folks are working on [the Mac],” Apple hardware engineering vice president John Ternus said, according to John Gruber’s notes. “I mean, quite frankly, a lot of this company, if not most of this company, runs on Macs. This is a company full of pro Mac users.” So in a way, the next-gen iPhone and iPad that might someday be able to completely replace the Mac would still be designed on a Mac. iOS isn’t at a point where it can cover all the needs of professionals, including Apple employees. Apple desperately needs those upgraded MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Pros to create its next-gen iOS products. “There’s certain scientific loads that are very GPU intensive and they want to throw the largest GPU at it that they can,” Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said (via TechCrunch). “There are heavy 3D graphics [applications] or graphics and compute mixed loads. Those can be in VR, those can be in certain kinds of high-end cinema production tasks where most of the software out there that’s been written to target those doesn’t know how to balance itself well across multiple GPUs but can scale across a single large GPU.” Let’s look at the quote above from a different angle. Some of these professionals working on high-end video content, including VR and high-end cinema, likely work on content that will target iPhone and iPad users. And Apple would probably prefer those professionals to pick a Mac over a Windows device. Finally, one other quote from Federighi drives this point home. “I think if you use Xcode downloads as a metric, it’s possible software developers are actually our largest pro audience,” he said. “It’s growing very quickly, it’s been fantastic.” Xcode is the Apple product you need to make iPhone apps, a tool that doesn’t work on the iPhone. And Apple is certainly very motivated to have developers work on novel iOS apps that’ll iPhone users interested in the iPhone. Never say never, as the saying goes, but it certainly looks like Apple has no plans to ditch the Mac now or in the future, considering what Apple’s top execs said. Without the Mac there would be no iPhone evolution. And for the iPhone to keep growing, Apple needs to create more and more powerful Macs that will meet the needs of its pro customers, employees and developers included. If it eventually happens, it’ll be in a post-iPhone era, where iOS will have evolved into a platform that can deliver most, if not all, the features that are currently available only on "real" computers.
          Apple: Pro users couldn’t care less about a touchscreen iMac        
With the Mac Pro languishing on the sidelines, not to mention the backlash that accompanied Apple's arguably underpowered 2016 MacBook Pro, a narrative that Apple no longer cared about its creative professional demographic began to grow and take hold. Earlier today, Apple took steps to assure the Mac faithful that the opposite is true and that the company is working on some new hardware that is being designed from the ground-up to meet the stringent needs of video and other creative professionals. Specifically, Apple teased that a new Mac Pro with a modular design is in the works and that the company is also busy working on new iMac configurations specifically designed for pro-oriented users. “We’re going to begin making configurations of iMac specifically with the pro customer in mind," Phil Schiller said during a recent roundtable discussion attended by a handful of select reporters, including John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed. What we won't see, however, are new touchscreen Macs of any kind. While Apple has long railed against the very idea of creating a hybrid device featuring a traditional Mac with a touchscreen, the fanfare that surrounded Microsoft's unveiling of its Surface Studio PC last year prompted some to wonder if Apple might ever contemplate reversing course on next-gen versions of the iMac. The short and complete answer to that question is a resounding no. Addressing this issue head-on, Buzzfeed relays Schiller's thoughts on a touchscreen Mac ever hitting stores.
Company executives are, however, quite happy to confirm a feature the pro iMac will not have: touchscreen. “No,” Schiller said when asked if Apple would consider building such a thing. “Touch doesn’t even register on the list of things pro users are interested in talking about. They're interested in things like performance and storage and expandability.”
Far from a surprise, Schiller has previously said that a touchscreen based Mac makes no sense because it would be impossible to optimize the user experience. "It's the lowest common denominator thinking," Schiller said late last  year. For what it's worth, it's not as if Apple blindly decided not to pursue such a design. On the contrary, the company actually researched a touchscreen iMac previously and even filed a few patents on such a design, as evidenced by the photo below. Ultimately, Apple came to the conclusion that such a design would diminish the user experience across the board. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants," Apple CEO Tim Cook said about two years ago. "So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways.”
          Watch this poor old iMac get vaporized by a cannon        
Apple really loves the iMac. Tim Cook recently sung the iMac's praises in an internal memo to employees, and singled it out as the product that Apple will continue to use as its flagship desktop. None of that obviously matters to The Slow Mo Guys, however, and they just proved it by absolutely obliterating a classic iMac with a ridiculously powerful "combustion tube." As is there schtick, the guys filmed the event in super slow motion, and the result is truly something to behold. The combustion tube, which is effectively a giant flame cannon. Purdue University allowed the guys to use the tool, which is used for various scientific purposes, to destroy a beautiful iMac G5. The cannon, as you might imagine, turns the gorgeous white body of the iMac to, well, pretty much disappear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxvbHFtZ1Jw The guys filmed at both 1,000 frames per second and 28,500 frames per second in order to document the destruction in as much detail as is humanly possible. In full speed, the blast that disintegrates the iMac isn't actually all that impressive. Sure, the body is blown to bits and the various desk accessories that surround it are turned into plastic shrapnel, but it all happens so fast that it's hard to really appreciate. That, of course, is where the slow motion footage comes in. At 28,500 fps, you can see that the computer really stood no chance. The plastic casing practically evaporates before the display itself even begins its flight, and once the mangled ball of Apple hardware makes it to the brick wall it becomes little more than a hunk of metal and motherboard. Glorious.
          Why CEO Activism Could Change the World of Public Companies        

Guest post by Ann B. Graham

Image courtesy of HBR.orgIn the past few months, a string of CEOs from large American public companies have spoken boldly on some of the most divisive societal concerns of our time: LGTB rights, gun control and racism and police brutality. The business press has dubbed them “Activist CEOs.”

In March, Apple CEO Tim Cook, published an editorial in the Washington Post condemning state religious freedom laws tied up in a battle over gay rights and marriage equality. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz garnered significant press attention for his personal positions on gun control and race relations. In 2013, he told gun-toting customers to leave their arms at home. The “Race Together” initiative exhorted Starbucks employees and customers to participate in the national conversation on race relations.

Ethical Systems collaborator David Mayer has written several papers examining what happens when CEOs and executive leaders “act in ways that suggest they consider work to be a moral domain.” One study (Mayer et al. 2014) examined how ethical leadership can effect how individuals conceive and mentally approach ethical decisions. They found that ethical leadership decreases employees’ moral detachment or “moral disengagement” (the term used in sociology) that leads to unethical decision-making.

Ann Tenbrunsel, another Ethical Systems collaborator, found that when an individual is in “a business frame of mind” they are more self-interested and less honest than when in they are in a “moral “frame.” For example, says Tenbrunsel, “Even calling a game the Stock Market Game versus calling it a Community Game leads to adopting different frames and vastly different behavior—with more unethical behavior when the same game is labeled as a Stock Market Game.”

CEO activism, in whatever form, likely does not surface without approval from the board of directors. Governance experts commenting on the risks of CEO activism on NPR’s Marketplace explain: “You don’t very often see a CEO of a public company taking a public stance on a controversial issue without the CEO going first to the board,” says Donna Dabney, executive director of the Conference Board’s Governance Center. Directors are likely to be supportive, since “CEOs and companies these days are feeling they should speak up on societal issues.”

John Coffee, professor of law at Columbia University, takes a slightly harder line. As he told NPR, “Every company does things differently. Some have business-policy committees to control corporate image — and corporate mouths — extra tightly. Others will let a CEO live his or her life as long as they don’t reduce shareholder value.”

It remains to be seen whether CEO activism can increase employee’s moral engagement or resistance to immoral acts. Nevertheless, research shows that leadership is likely the most important lever to promote ethical conduct in individuals and organizations. And any CEO who has the courage to insert themselves in morally complex debates, and the fortitude to stand by their principles, regardless of the profit implications, is certainly a strong ethical role model.


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