Monday, January 25, 2010

Breaking: Apple scores best quarter ever

Santa was very good to Apple. Read it here. Net income up nearly 50% year to year, with revenue at an all-time high, jumping 32%. And just think; it’s not even Wednesday yet.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Apple vs. Nokia 2.0

In December, Nokia asked the International Trade Commission to ban the import of Apple products.  Now, Apple’s done the same thing to Nokia. Can’t we all just get along?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Apple looking to spend

This Ars Technica article says Apple is in the spending mood. Adrian Perica of Goldman Sachs was hired late last year to look into acquisitions, and prior to that, there was no set process in place if something looked good. Various execs would pitch it to Dear Leader, who would give thumbs up or down.

Friday, January 8, 2010

What if Apple designed cars?

That’s the basis for a fun contest over at Huffington Post.  We all know the answer, though.  They’d just work, they’d have flawless design, rolling works of art, and all that.  Check it out.  (Potential downside: all iCars would come in white, which would make parking at the mall a bit hairy.)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Former Apple employee: “Leaks are intentional”

A former marketing manager at Apple says that in fact The Company does intentionally leak info in order to hype a product release.  Really?  Are we sure on that?  Woulda never ever guessed.  Main point to take away from the article, though: “The key to a successful intentional leak is to ensure that deniability exists on all sides.”  Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

Apple through the decade

There’s just so much good stuff on HuffPo today, I can’t stand it.  I’m stealing borrowing aggregating it as fast as Arianna posts it.  Anyway.  Nice slide show here about how The Company (and Dear Leader) have evolved over the past ten years.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Apple & Google stomp on Microsoft’s glory

So Microsoft was all cranked late last year, with Windows 7, mwah mwah mwah.  Now look at them.  Do they ever get any play in the media?  I mean, outside of the OS release.  They were rolling along, and then…boom.  Door slam, and the name on the door says “Google” and “Apple.”

Google decided to release their phone the day before CES.  Coincidence?  Hardly. They’re one of the acknowledged darlings of tech media, and they shove products out the door right and left.  Doesn’t matter if it’s a hit or a miss, we’ll be there.

And then there’s Apple, the absolute master at buzz manipulation.  With Nexus out today, they took the time last night to make sure we knew they bought Quattro.  And of course, an excitable press release today detailing the billions of apps downloaded at the App Store.  There’s a difference between “want” and “need.”  And Apple knows precisely how to blur the line between the two.  You don’t need an iSlate, but when it rolls out, you’ll get that look.  And you’ll know.  You must have one.  Need it?  No. Want it?  Absolutely.

Here’s a good article from the archives, on corporate personalities.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Apple to buy Quattro Wireless for $275 million

Kara Swisher reports that Apple is buying Quattro Wireless for $275 million.  

CNBC Jobso Tribute 1.0: Welcome to Macintosh

CNBC debuts a new “CNBC Originals” show tonight, “Welcome to Macintosh.” If it’s even close to the warm n’ fuzzy tone of the Google show they did, expect nothing ground-breaking. You can expect a massive, gushing tribute to Dear Leader, which seems…only fair. This one is tonight at 9:30pm ET, and they’ve got another one, “Macheads,” tomorrow night at 10pm ET. Enjoy.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Om loves Apple

Apple is officially Om Malik’s Company Of The Decade.  Meanwhile, this dude gives the same kudos to Google. How come no one’s mentioned Microsoft?