Verizon to buy struggling Internet giant Yahoo for a reported $4.83 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Monday, both Yahoo and Verizon Wireless said that the nation’s leading wireless carrier will be buying Yahoo’s operating business for a reported $4.83 billion. The transaction, pending regulatory and shareholder approvals, should grant the carrier over one billion total monthly search users while giving the two companies more than two dozen media and advertising brands, to be added to the AOL network, plus an email service with 225 million monthly active users. Read More

 

Japan’s SoftBank is buying iPhone CPU supplier ARM for a reported $32 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Japan’s carrier SoftBank has announced it will be purchasing British fabless semiconductor maker ARM Holdings plc for a reported $32 billion, which is around a 43 percent premium on its closing market value of $22.25 billion on Friday. ARM confirmed the deal (PDF download) on Monday.

According to the statement, ARM’s board is expected to recommend shareholders accept the offer. Apple is an investor in ARM and licenses its technology as a basis for custom CPU designs for its own A-series chips which power iOS devices. Read More

 

Apple is opening an imaging R&D lab in the center of France’s Grenoble

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2016

In addition to celebrating Bastille Day with ‘Shot on iPhone’ imagery in blue/white/red tones representing the country’s national flag appearing on the company’s French website and billboards across the country, the Cupertino firm has also signed a lease with the city of Grenoble to open a research and development center at the heart of the town.

The 800-square-meter facility will reportedly focus on imaging components and employ about thirty engineers, according to the local newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré cited by French blog iPhone.fr. Read More

 

Apple to reveal June quarter numbers on July 26

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

Apple will talk sales, revenue, profitability, the cost of doing business and other financial metrics pertaining to its third fiscal quarter, which translates into the second calendar quarter of this year, on July 26, according to an announcement posted on the Apple Investor webpage.

A conference call in which the company will discuss the latest quarterly results with investors and Wall Street analysts is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern. Read More

 

Sage Bionetworks co-founder joins Apple to work on health projects

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Sage Bionetworks said in a media release today that is president and co-founder Dr. Stephen Friend has joined Apple. “Dr. Friend has accepted a position with Apple Inc. where he will work on health-related projects,” reads the release.

He will stay on as Sage’s chairman of the board.

Sage was one of the launch partners for ResearchKit, a framework Apple launched in March 2015 to accelerate advanced medical research by allowing medical professionals to create iOS apps which tap into the iPhone’s many sensors to collect anonymized data on various diseases and symptoms. Read More

 

Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2016

Windows giant Microsoft on Monday announced it’s purchasing business-oriented social networking service LinkedIn for a cool $26.2 billion. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a message to troops that he’s been learning about LinkedIn for some time “while also reflecting on how networks can truly differentiate cloud services.” LinkedIn has a network of more than 433 million business professionals, meaning Microsoft would be paying an average of about $60 per user. Read More

 

Apple sets up new company to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2016

Apple’s focus on making its retail stores and corporate offices in the United States and around the world run on 100 percent renewable energy sources is in the spotlight again with news that it’s created a new company with the sole purpose of selling excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, as first discovered by 9to5Mac. Read More

 

Apple posts a homepage tribute to titan of boxing Muhammad Ali

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016

Apple yesterday posted a thoughtful tribute to Muhammad Ali on its homepage, the legendary boxer’s photo taking over Apple.com. Ali died on Friday at age 74 due to respiratory complications. He fought a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The black-and-white Ali photo on Apple.com is accompanied by one of his famous quotes, “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” Read More

 

Apple hires a satnav expert who holds a patent for preventing car collisions

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Revered software engineer Sinisa Durekovic has joined Apple in an unspecified role in October, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing sources.

Durekovic was charged with managing the development of advanced satellite navigation systems used by luxury carmakers such as BMW AG, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen AG’s Audi, suggesting another possible mapping push for the Cupertino giant. Read More

 

Future Fitbit devices to gain support for NFC-based contactless payment technology

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Fitbit, which makes fitness accessories, activity trackers and other wearable devices, just acquired payments hardware firm Coin, signaling its intent to enrich its product lineup with contactless payment features. That’s right, your next Fitbit fitness tracker may let you pay for in-store purchases. Read More

 

Apple hires two wireless charging engineers from controversial startup uBeam

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

Jonathan Bolus and Andrew Joyce, engineers who worked on wireless charging and ultrasonic technologies for the startup uBeam, are Apple’s most recent hires. The Cupertino firm has been bolstering its wireless charging team over the past two years.

News that Apple is staffing up on such experts came amid swirling rumors of wireless charging coming to the next iPhone in 2017.

As The Verge writes, uBeam’s technology, even though it works over a short distance, is marred with various technological hurdles and law of physics that experts warn will prove insurmountable and prevent commercialization. Read More

 

Apple hires Google X Lab co-founder and Nest’s former tech boss for health projects

By Christian Zibreg on May 4, 2016

Apple has hired famed robotics expert Yoky Matsuoka, a former head of technology at the smart thermostat maker Nest before it was acquired by Google and one of the co-founders of the search giant’s X Lab, a research and development unit tasked with conceiving moonshot projects.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she won a MacArthur Foundation grant in 2007 for a neurorobotics project that helped disabled people and stroke victims regain the use of their limbs. Fortune has confirmed with an Apple representative that Matsuoka will work on health-related initiatives at the Cupertino firm. Read More

 

Nokia is buying French health tracking company Withings for a reported $192 million

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Nokia said this morning that it’s buying French health tracking company Withings for a reported €170 million, or about $192 million, as it looks to gain a foothold in the competitive digital health market.

Withings, which designs, builds and sells wearables with health and fitness tracking features, as well as devices for the connected home such as smart weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and so forth, will become part of Nokia’s Technologies business. Read More

 

True Silicon Valley icon and former longtime Apple board member Bill Campbell dies at age 75

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016

Silicon Valley has lost its coach: longtime Apple board member and true Silicon Valley icon, Bill Campbell, has died today at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer, Re/code reported Monday. Best-known as simply “The Coach” for his business acumen and coaching skills, he coached many big name Silicon Valley executives, including Google’s Larry Page and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

He, of course, acted as an unofficial adviser to Apple’s executive team and coached Apple’s own Steve Jobs. “News of his passing popped up on Facebook early this morning and many prominent tech players also confirmed the death to me, wrote reporter Kara Swisher. Read More

 

Fresh iSpaceship renderings visualize visitor reception buildings, food shacks and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2016

The Silicon Valley Business Journal yesterday shared a batch of new renderings depicting some new buildings and structures planned for Apple Campus 2, an upcoming flying saucer-shaped 2.8 million square foot structure that should become the company’s new headquarters in January 2017, barring any unforeseen delays. The Apple-commissioned renderings depict two visitor reception locations, several outdoor food stations and an elegantly designed maintenance shed. Read More

 

Apple close to signing footballer Raheem Sterling as its global ambassador ahead of Euro 2016

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Apple is allegedly “close to agreeing a deal” to have Premier League Manchester City F.C. and England national football team’s Raheem Sterling become a global ambassador for the global Apple brand, British tabloid The Sun reported Thursday.

Apple wants Sterling to help launch its Euro 2016 promotional campaign and will be paying him a reported £250,000 per year, or about $355,000 per year, to act as its brand ambassador. Read More

 

A member of Apple’s elite industrial design team has just joined GoPro

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

A longtime member of Apple’s closely-knit 19-person elite industrial design team has joined action camera maker GoPro, according to an exclusive report published Wednesday by the former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin’s The Information.

The article, hidden behind a paywall, states that Apple designer Danny Coster is now joining GoPro to head up a new hardware design group there as Vice President of Design.

On a somewhat related note, a murky rumor recently alleged that Apple was interested in acquiring GoPro. In a company-wide email today announcing the hire, GoPro said the executive would begin his role by month’s end. Coster, who worked for Apple since the early 1990s, was apparently curious to explore the new opportunity at GoPro. Read More

 

Samsung expects 10 percent profit growth on better-than-expected Galaxy S7 sales

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2016

According to preliminary results posted Thursday, there’s a light at the end of a long tunnel for Samsung Electronics and that light is the new Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone. After more than two straight years of decline in its mobile division, the South Korean firm is now projecting more than ten percent profit growth for the first quarter of 2016, beating market estimates.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were announced back in February ahead of their March 11 debut. Both phones, which have managed to address some of user complaints like memory expandability, were met with mostly positive reviews. Thus far, the new devices have moved three times as many units in their first month compared to their predecessor,  the Galaxy S6/edge series, according to Bloomberg. Read More

 

New 4K video reveals the incredible complexity of Apple’s upcoming iSpaceship headquarters

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 4, 2016

A new ultra high-definition drone video of Apple’s upcoming Campus 2 facility, posted Monday by YouTuber Duncan Sinfield, gives a nice overview of just how far along the project has progressed over the past twelve months.

The video, available in crisp 4K resolution, shows the incredibly complexity of the 2.8 million square foot structure, Steve Jobs’s last project, that should become home to approximately 12,000 Apple employees in January 2017. Read More

 

Believe it or not, Apple just turned 40!

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2016

Forty years ago today, Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne to develop and sell personal computers. Yes, Apple Computer Company was started on April Fool’s Day back in 1976. And now, on the company’s 40th anniversary on April 1, 2016, a familiar piece of folklore has returned to Apple’s campus at 1 Infinite Loop: a pirate flag with a big skull and crossbones in white at the center, in a cheeky nod to Apple’s past.

Back in the early 80s, Steve Jobs assembled a rebellious team to work on a skunkworks project: the original Macintosh. Referring to themselves as the pirates of the company, they hoisted a “jolly roger” pirate flag above 1 Infinite Loop.

“It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy,” Steve Jobs famously told the Mac team. Read More

 
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