Apple hiring engineers to join its Clock Face Team

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

Apple is seeking software engineer to join its ‘Clock Face Team’ to work on yet-to-be-released faces and complications for the Apple Watch.

As originally discovered by AppleInsider yesterday, an Apple job ad describes the position as helping build the watch faces and complications.

“You’ll work closely with the UI design, iOS Frameworks and QA teams to develop interactions of superior quality that will ship to millions of users,” reads the job ad. Read More

 

Apple honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with home page tribute

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2016

Apple has commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday with a splash graphics on its homepage over at Apple.com.

Gone are the usual product teasers and a rotating carousel with featured products as the image of Martin Luther King Jr. has take over the homepage and accompanied by the quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”. Read More

 

Apple confirms it’s become official sponsor of Super Bowl Host Committee

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2016

Friday, Apple confirmed to Daniel Roberts at Yahoo Finance that it’s signed up for the first time to become a sponsor of the Super Bowl Host Committee.

In sponsoring the host committee, which finances and organizes the logistics behind putting on the big game, Apple won’t be offered the same perks that are available to companies that sponsor the Super Bowl itself, such as billboards and signage around the stadium or use of the NFL’s official logo.

That may not matter to Apple at all, however, as the move is probably linked to this week’s news that the company is trying to get the rights to stream NFL games in London. Read More

 

Twitter hires Apple’s Director of Worldwide Inclusion & Diversity, Jeffrey Siminoff

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2015

Twitter has hired Jeffrey Siminoff away from Apple, TechCrunch discovered on Tuesday. Twitter’s human resources chief Brian Schipper has since confirmed the hire on Twitter, saying that Siminoff will serve as the micro-blogging startup’s new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, replacing its departing director Janet Van Buysse who spent six years at the company. Read More

 

Ericsson and Apple sign seven-year cross-licensing patent agreement

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015

Ericsson, a Swedish multinational provider of communication technology, equipment and services, today announced it has signed a seven-year cross-licensing agreement with Apple, putting an end to a multi-year patent spat that has plagued their relationship.

The global agreement includes a cross-license that covers patents relating to both companies’ standard-essential patents, including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards. It also resolves all pending patent-infringement litigation between the companies before the United States International Trade Commission, United States District Courts and European courts. Read More

 

Jeff Williams becomes Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, Phil Schiller now oversees all App Stores

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2015

Apple today announced that it is promoting Jeff Williams to Chief Operating Officer. Williams has been the company’s Vice President of Operations and served as Tim Cook’s right-hand man during the latter’s multi-year tenure as Apple’s op-chief in the Steve Jobs era.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and the steward of its relationship with developers, will expand his role to include leadership of the App Stores across all Apple platforms. Read More

 

Apple buys motion capture firm Faceshift

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Apple has acquired a Zürich, Germany-based startup FaceShift which provides a proprietary technology for real-time motion capture that was used in the latest Star Wars film and in production of a number of high-profile video games. Apple has officially confirmed the deal in a prepared statement to TechCrunch.

Speculation is rife as to how Apple might be taking advantage of such a sophisticated motion capture technology in its own products, including potentially using it to power real-time avatars for FaceTime video chats. Read More

 

Activision Blizzard is buying Candy Crush Saga maker King Digital for $5.9 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2015

Renowned games publisher Activision Blizzard is purchasing King Digital, the maker of the popular Candy Crush Saga videogame series, in a transaction valued at a whooping $5.9 billion, the two companies announced Tuesday.

Activision, best-known for the World of Warcraft, Diablo and Call of Duty videogame series, said ABS Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, will acquire all of the outstanding shares of King for $18 in cash per share, for a total equity value of $5.9 billion. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple’s penchant for secrecy slowing down its AI development efforts

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2015

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple’s artificial development efforts are being hampered by the company’s legendary penchant for secrecy as the company is finding it difficult to hire top engineers in the field.

While Apple researchers attended an artificial intelligence industry conference in Montreal last year, they kept a low profile and “didn’t say who they worked for unless asked.” Read More

 

Tim Cook issues email to troops commemorating fourth anniversary of Steve Jobs’s death

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

Steve Jobs succumbed to cancer and died of respiratory arrest on this day four years ago. To commemorate the fourth anniversary of his tragic passing, current CEO Tim Cook, whom Jobs suggested as his successor to the Board of Directors, issued a company-wide email to employees.

The message, a copy of which was obtained by The Telegraph, praises Jobs as a visionary leader, a mentor and “a dear friend.”

The internal message wraps up by suggesting that employees honor Steve by “continuing the work he started, and for remembering both who he was and what he stood for.” Read More

 

Former Boeing CFO joins Apple’s Board of Directors

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

Apple just announced that former Boeing Chief Financial Officer and Corporate President, James A. Bell, is joining its Board of Directors. James brings “a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience from his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO,” said CEO Tim Cook.

“I am thrilled to welcome him to Apple’s board of directors and I look forward to working with him,” said Cook. Read More

 

The iPhone effect: Samsung laying off 10 percent of workforce at its headquarters

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2015

According to a report by Korean newspaper which was relayed Tuesday by Bloomberg, Samsung Electronics is about to lay off ten percent of workers at its headquarters in South Korea “as the world’s biggest smartphone maker loses sales to Apple and Chinese vendors.”

It is no secret that things have been tough for Samsung ever since Apple released its larger-screened iPhones. In addition, strong competition from China’s vendors like Huawei and Xiaomi, which build comparable phones that cost half as much as Samsung’s high-end devices, has contributed to Samsung’s diminishing sales in China. Read More

 

Apple finds it tough to recruit top minds in artificial intelligence and machine learning

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2015

Apple’s massive hiring effort in artificial intelligence and machine learning has hit roadblocks as the company is increasingly finding it tough to recruit top data scientists and AI experts due to its own strict privacy policies that prevent those engineers from retrieving valuable user data.

In other words, according to a Reuters report Monday, some of the brightest minds in artificial intelligence are increasingly not interested in working for a company that values and respects privacy of its users. Read More

 

Take a peek at Apple’s new Texas offices, its second largest operation in the world

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2015

Austin American-Statesman on Monday published a nice photo gallery providing our first sneak peek at Apple’s new offices in Austin, Texas.

The premises include a complete wellness center, a doctor’s office, restaurants, smoothie bars, exam rooms named after Texas parks and more.

The upcoming campus is located in Northwest Austin off Parmer Lane. When completed, it will consist of 1.1 million square feet of office space covering 38 acres.

In addition to the Austin facilities, Apple’s been building a new ring-shaped corporate home in Cupertino called Campus 2, also known as Spaceship. Read More

 

Crisp drone footage narrated by Steve Jobs offers a detailed look at iSpaceship progress

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

The Apple Campus 2 project, a future 2.8 million square foot home for approximately 12,000 Apple employees, is coming along nicely. The structure, affectionally dubbed the iSpaceship due to its ring-shaped design, was recently filmed from above by Silicon Valley-based videographer Duncan Sinfield who shared his footage with MacRumors.

The high-quality aerial video includes segments of Steve Jobs’ 2011 project pitch to the Cupertino City Council as a voiceover. The video is well worth watching as it gives details on the different buildings Apple is constructing while offering progress comparisons with the previous footage from early August. Read More

 

Have you checked out Google’s new playful logo yet?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2015

As part of its massive restructuring effort, the Internet giant Google on Tuesday showed off its brand new logo. While the Mountain View company has refined its logo multiple times over the past seventeen years, today’s announcement marks the biggest visual change to Google’s brand identity thus far.

The new logo reflects the fact that people now interact with Google across many different platforms, apps and devices, the company argues.

Check out the new logo and identity family and tell us in comments how you liked them. Read More

 

Former Apple Music lead Ian Rogers joins French luxury multinational LVMH

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2015

Following his resignation from Apple, a move said to have left his colleagues scratching their head, former Apple Music executive and Beats 1 director Ian Rogers has joined LVMH, a French luxury goods conglomerate headquartered in Paris, Re/code said on Tuesday.

This is especially interesting considering Apple itself poached executives from LVMH, including the sales director for watch brand TAG Heuer in July 2014, Heuer Patrick Pruniaux. Read More

 

Lead Microsoft HoloLens audio engineer has been hired away by Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Talk that Apple could be working on an augmented reality project of its own intensified Monday with news that the iPhone maker poached Nick Thompson, the lead audio engineer for Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality project.

As noted by Piper Jaffray analyst Travis Jakel, Thompson’s LinkedIn page reveals he started working as an engineer at Apple this July. Before joining Apple, he was the HoloLens Audio Hardware Engineering Lead at Microsoft from September 2012. Read More

 

Beats 1 director Ian Rogers unexpectedly resigns from Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

Ian Rogers, former Beats Music CEO and Apple Music’s Senior Director, has unexpectedly left Apple less than two months following the launch of Apple’s music-streaming service, according to The Financial Times newspaper on Friday.

The executive is credited with crafting Beats 1 Radio, Apple’s free of charge 24/7 Internet radio available in more than a hundred countries, and shaping its playlists. He was also instrumental in hiring away Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe from his post at BBC Radio 1. Read More

 

Google becomes Alphabet’s subsidiary, Sundar Pichai becomes CEO in massive restructuring

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2015

Sundar Pichai, Google Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Google Apps, is now officially the new CEO at the search company, which itself has now become a subsidiary of a bigger company called Alphabet, Inc.

Yeah, a lot has happened since you were away from your desk! According to a bombshell press release published on Google’s Investor website and sent out to media Monday morning, Google is undergoing a massive overhaul of its business structure.

With Pichai now taking the CEO reigns at Google, former Google CEO and company co-founder Larry Page will assume the CEO role at Alphabet. The other co-founder, Sergey Brin, is Alphabet’s President.

The Google brand will undergo some changes, too, and will focus on popular web properties such as Search, Gmail, Maps and Advertising. Other ambitious Google projects that have failed to gain traction will be broken out of the Google brand. Read More

 
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