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Fortune unveiled its 31st annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies today and Apple topped the list for the seventh year in a row. Rounding off the top 10 are Amazon, Google, Berkshire Hathaway, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, FedEx, Southwest Airlines, and General Electric. Erika Fry writing fortune (via Macdailynews) said: “The iconic tech company known for the iPhone and other stylish and user-friendly products is back in the top spot on this year’s list, for the seventh year in a row. Apple, the most valuable brand on the planet accordingRead More
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According to a report from Advertising Age, Apple may not be the heartless, money-grabbing company many suggest it is. The report highlights that Apple is leaving money on the table by refusing to hand over valuable users’ information to advertisers. “Measuring U.S. mobile ad revenues only, Google and Facebook tower over Apple,” Kate Kaye reports for Advertising Age. “Top dog Google garnered $3.98 billion in mobile in the U.S. in 2013 while second-ranking Facebook generated $1.53 billion, according to eMarketer. Apple collected $258 million in U.S. mobile-ad revenue last year. It mainlyRead More
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Writing for CNNMoney, Paul R. La Monica has mustered up an excellent, “Apple is doom/click bait” article. In his piece, La Monica pointed out that Google has become the most innovative company in the tech industry and Apple needs to fight back against Google to reclaim some of its former glory. Now let’s see what influenced Paul R. La Monica to make such a bold assertion: So there you have it. Apple is doom and Google is the most innovative tech company in the industry because they bought more start-ups than Apple in the pastRead More
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Posted On February 8, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Featured, Google News

The Problem With Android

Benedict Evans on Android: This follows Tim Cook’s comment that Google’s Android dominance in the smartphone market cannot be compare with Microsoft’s Windows dominance in the PC market:Read More
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Walter Isaacson, the author of Steve Jobs biography, recently made the headlines when he said in a CNBC interview that Google was more innovative than Apple.  However, in a new interview with Bloomberg TV (via MacRumors), Isaacson clarifies his original statement by stating that while Google might be a more innovative Apple is better at bringing products to market, which is what really matters. Walt Isaacson: Image Credit: MacRumorsRead More
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Google dropped a bombshell on the tech community by announcing that they have signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. Despite paying over US$12 billion for the company in 2012, Google CEO Larry Page believes that selling the company for a fraction of that price will be important for Android users everywhere. I bet to differ. I believe Android users everywhere were hoping that a Google-owned Motorola Mobility will continue to produce quality devices like the Moto G and Moto X at affordable prices. Larry Page: SourceRead More
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Posted On January 27, 2014By Guest AuthorIn Google News

Google’s Acquisition of Nest Labs

Google’s Acquisition of Nest Labs Recently Google acquired the digital thermostat company Nest for an estimated price of 3.2 billion dollars. Financial analysts see the move as perhaps premature, due to the fact an internet startup created a competing product days after the acquisition. Yet despite such rising competition, Google and Nest shouldn’t worry. This deal represents a larger strategy employed by Google to increase their hold on smart devices, real time data, and info to enhance their search engine technology. The average consumer must look beyond the simple newsRead More
Apple

Posted On January 13, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

iOS vs Android: Both Google and Apple Have Won

Benedict Evans recently posted this tweet: “I am rapidly losing interest in ‘iOS versus Android‘ as a discussion. Both Google and Apple have won.” This reminds me of Steve Jobs‘s keynote at Macworld Boston 1997. After announcing a new partnership with Microsoft (to jeers from the audience), Jobs said: Replace “Microsoft” with “Google” and the same is true today. For Apple to win, Apple has to do a really go job. In an excellent piece, Jay Yarrow describes how Apple continues to excel despite reports of the company’s imminent demise. Jay Yarrow: SourceRead More
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Apple fan’s don’t  come any bigger than MG Siegler (and John Gruber), hence when one these guys have something negative to say about Apple, I take note. In a recent post on ParisLemon, MG Siegler’s did just that. He took Apple to task on their buggy iOS 7 software. MG Siegler: I concur. I initially thought these issues in iOS 7 were app related and Apple will be able to sort it out soon rather than later. However, I now believe these bugs are part of the OS itself, making this isRead More
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Despite playing second fiddle to Android in terms of market share, devices running iOS continue to dominate the online shopping scene. According to new data from IBM (via BusinessInsider), the usage of iOS was five times higher than that of Android for online shopping this Christmas. Here’s an excerpt from IBM’s press release: iOS vs. Android: As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23 per cent vs. 4.6 per cent for Android. On average, iOS users spent $US93.94 per order,Read More
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Writing for PCMag, Sascha Segan highlights that the Chinese government has granted Apple access to a huge smartphone subscriber market while other foreign companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter continue to struggle to get a foothold in the country. China is renowned for giving preferential treatment to local companies such as Baidu, Sina, QQ, Alibaba, Meizu and Xiaomi, Segan said. Sascha Segan speculates that the government of China is prepared to work with Apple given the small market share the company is likely to gain due the high costs of their iPhones: China Mobile isRead More
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In his new book - Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, Fred Vogelstein describes how Steve Jobs was oblivious to the danger Google’s Android poses to the iPhone in the beginning. The way Jobs was handling Google should have made everyone at Apple feel better about the tension between the two companies. Instead, it made many of them feel worse. A handful of executives and engineers had been warning Jobs about Google’s ambitions with Android for two years, and they still believed Jobs was underestimating Google’s resolve. Why had theRead More