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

 

Apple poaches Dr. Rajiv Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist from Stanford Children’s Health

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016

In yet another sign of its commitment to advancing health-related services across its platforms, Apple has quietly poached Dr. Rajiv Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist from Stanford Children’s Health, Fast Company has learned. Kumar specializes in treating kids with diabetes.

Additionally, he also is the creator of a HealthKit-enabled diabetes monitoring system for young patients at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. Lucile CEO Christopher Dawes has confirmed to the publication that Kumar left for Apple. 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

 

Apple brings back security expert Jon Callas following FBI dispute

By Cody Lee on May 24, 2016

Apple this month brought back software engineer and top expert in practical cryptography Jon Callas, reports Reuters. The move follows Apple’s high-profile battle with the FBI, and amidst a growing war between governments and tech firms over encryption.

Callas worked at Apple in the ’90s, and again between 2009 and 2011, when he designed encryption to protect data stored on Mac computers. He rejoined the company in May, to help add more powerful security features to its wide range of consumer products. Read More

 

Job listings suggest Apple’s first retail store in Brooklyn could open for business this year

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Following setbacks, Apple’s first retail store in Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, could open some time this year.

That’s because the company’s now started a recruiting process for the Brooklyn area. The store should be located at 247 Bedford Avenue, at the corner of North 3rd Street, in Williamsburg.

A series of job post on Apple’s website, first spotted by MacRumors, advertise positions for Creatives, Experts, Geniuses, Specialists, Business Leaders and management, with LinkedIn ads seeking a Retail Manager and Senior Manager specifically in Brooklyn. 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

 

Suppliers ramping up hiring ahead of iPhone 7, which has ‘more complex’ design

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

Apple’s Taiwanese suppliers have kicked off the recruiting process in preparation for an ‘iPhone 7’, CNBC reported Tuesday citing Economic Daily News. The mass-hirings have started earlier than usual because the iPhone 7 design is said to be “more complex than previous models,” which meant that Apple’s suppliers needed to start work on iPhone 7 parts earlier than on previous iterations.

Both Foxconn and Pegatron had ramped up hiring as they prepared to assemble the upcoming iPhone 7 models, ahead of their expected September release. 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

 

Apple slowing down recruiting efforts, report says

By Cody Lee on Apr 25, 2016

Apple in the past few weeks has been dismissing all of its contract recruiters, reports VentureBeat. Citing a source familiar with the matter, the outlet says the Cupertino company has begun cutting full-time recruiter as well.

These moves are part of a broader plan to slow down recruiting efforts across the board, the report says, as Apple looks to reevaluate. At least 100 people are expected to be cut, and there are no new job postings for recruiters. Read More

 

Apple recruits cable TV PR veteran for Apple TV and iTunes content marketing role

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2016

Bernadette Simpao, previously working at AMC and Viacom in public relations capacity, is joining Apple to handle the company’s PR efforts for content and apps related to the new Apple TV, as well as TV shows, movies, apps, books and podcasts that Apple carries on the iTunes Store’s virtual shelves.

According to Variety, Simpao spent ten years at Viacom in various communication roles, including Senior Director of Communications for Viacom International Media Networks, before joining AMC. Read More

 

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 hires top virtual reality researcher

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2016

Apple has hired Doug Bowman, one of the top US researches in virtual reality, reports the Financial Times. Mr. Bowman recently joined the Cupertino firm after taking a brief sabbatical from his position as computer science professor at Virginia Tech. He also served as the director of the university’s human-computer interaction centre.

According to the FT, Bowman’s experience spans both fully-immersive VR and augmented reality, and he is well respected by his peers. He has received several industry awards and other recognitions for his work, including a $100,000 grant from Microsoft for a HoloLens study, and he’s consulted for Walt Disney’s Imagineering unit. Read More

 

Key Apple TV designer planning to leave the company soon

By Cody Lee on Jan 19, 2016

Key Apple TV designer Ben Keighran is leaving the company, reports Recode. The outlet spoke to Keighran, who says he’s making his exit soon, and he’d eventually like to start something new. “I want to create not just a killer product, but my own iconic company.”

Mr. Keighran came to Apple in 2012 as part of its Chomp acquisition—a search startup he cofounded. During his three years in Cupertino, he helped oversee the look and feel of the software on the fourth generation Apple TV, which was just released in November. Read More

 

Apple adds digital license plate engineer to Project Titan team

By Cody Lee on Nov 5, 2015

Apple recently added digital license plate expert Rónán Ó Braonáin to its growing Project Titan team, reports Electrek.co. The site points to Braonáin’s LinkedIn profile, which notes that he served as Director of Engineering at Reviver before becoming a “Secret Agent” working on special projects at Apple.

Before working at Reviver, a company that makes digital license plates, Braonáin wrote fleet management software to read data from electric vehicles for Vision Fleet. And prior to that, he worked at German auto manufacturer BMW as a software engineer on the team responsible for its connected car apps. 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

 

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

 

Apple adds yet another former Tesla engineer to Project Titan team

By Cody Lee on Sep 1, 2015

Apple has hired yet another former Tesla engineer for its growing Project Titan team, reports MacRumors. The site points to the LinkedIn profile of Hal Ockerse, which shows he was an engineering manager at the electric car company before joining Apple in August as a “software engineer.”

Ockerse’s profile doesn’t offer any details about his new position, but he’s likely working on Apple’s “Titan” electric car project. At Tesla, he worked on hardware architecture and advanced driver assistance system components, such as hi-res cameras, radars, LiDAR and engine control units. 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

 

Apple adds Tesla engineer to growing Project Titan team

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2015

Apple has hired a senior engineer from electric car maker Tesla Motors, according to a new report from Reuters. The outlet points to the LinkedIn profile of former Tesla Autopilot Firmware Manager Jamie Carlson, who now works at Apple on “Special Projects.”

Carlson’s profile doesn’t go into details regarding his previous position, but the fact that he worked in the autonomous firmware division of one of the industry’s most technologically advanced companies, is fueling speculation that Apple is building an electric car. Read More

 
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