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Mailbox App Review: Return to Sender

February 13, 2013 5:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

As much as it pains me to say it, the new iOS app, Mailbox from Orchestra, will not revolutionize email as we know it. In fact, it’s only a hair better than the Gmail experience it aims to improve. I've had about a week to play around with Mailbox, and I have to say...

Cook: Apple Doing What's Best for Investors

February 12, 2013 11:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid declining share prices and criticisms from all sides, Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company does not have a "depression era" mentality and will continue to use its enormous cash reserves to invest in the company, while simulataneously giving back to shareholders...

9 Things Apple Could do With $137B

February 11, 2013 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Corporations normally don't hoard cash the way Apple does. They keep enough around for immediate needs, and either invest the rest in their operations or dole it out to shareholders in the form of dividends or stock buybacks. If they need more cash for, say, an acquisition, they borrow it.

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Colorful Investor Einhorn Behind Apple Attack

February 8, 2013 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

David Einhorn, the 44-year-old investor who attacked Apple Thursday, has a history of taking on companies and winning. But Apple is his biggest target yet. The Cornell graduate founded New York-based hedge fund Greenlight Capital Inc. in 1997 with $1 million under management.

Investor Sues Apple over Plan to Eliminate Preferred Stock, Wants More Cash Distributed

February 7, 2013 3:22 pm | by Peter Svensson And Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With its annual meeting looming and its stock on the decline, Apple is facing a rebellion from an activist investor who wants the company to stop stockpiling cash and give it to shareholders instead. Greenlight Capital said Thursday that it is suing Apple...

Foxconn to Widen Scope of Union Elections

February 5, 2013 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan-owned Foxconn Technology Group, a leading maker of Apple's iPhones and gadgets for other global brands, is widening the scope of union elections at its sprawling facilities in China. The move, confirmed by the company Monday, follows a series of recommendations from an international panel requested by Apple...

First News Briefs for January 31, 2013

January 31, 2013 9:21 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

MetroPCS Communications, Inc. today announced the launch of the Spirit 4G, a 4.5-inch touchscreen Android smartphone from LG Electronics. The Spirit 4G features  4G LTE connectivity for $199 after mail-in rebate with no annual contract.

Samsung 4Q Profits Jump 76 Percent on Galaxy Sales

January 25, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A doubling of profits from Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones boosted the company's overall fourth quarter profits by nearly 76 percent over the previous quarter. Samsung recorded net profits for the fourth quarter of $6.6 billion...

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Report: Samsung Edges Apple in Chip Demand

January 24, 2013 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung has become a couch potato, gobbling up more chips than even Apple, according to new research from Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed $45.3 billion of semiconductors in 2012, an increase...

Apple Earnings, Guidance Disappoint, Stock Plummets 10 Percent

January 23, 2013 6:03 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Investors weren't impressed with what Apple had to say in its fiscal first quarter earnings call Wednesday. Shares fell over 10 percent to $460 in aftermarket trading on lowball guidance and a rare dip in quarterly profits, as well as diminishing margins...

Apple Retail VP Jerry McDougal Resigns

January 16, 2013 9:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Jerry McDougal, who was serving as Apple's VP of retail, has resigned. He's being replaced by Jim Bean, the former Apple VP of finance. AllThingsD confirmed with Apple McDougal's departure. McDougal was one of a handful of candidates to replace the recently departed SVP of retail, John Browett.

Facebook Announcement Stirs More Handset Speculation

January 14, 2013 11:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speculation is running rampant around the Facebook media event scheduled for tomorrow. The hubbub around a possible big announcement has even sent the company's struggling stock up above $30 per share. Perhaps the biggest surprise possible tomorrow would...

Apple Snags Xerox Exec for Controller Post

January 11, 2013 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Xerox today announced that Luca Maestri, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is leaving the company, effective February 28, to assume the role of corporate controller at Apple. Maestri will replace Betsy Rafael who left Apple in October...

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Report: Apple Edges LG in OEM Market Share

January 3, 2013 2:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Fully 18.5 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used Apple devices, according  to ComScore's new three-month study, which covers the period from August through November 2012. Apple barely edged out LG, which took 17.5 percent in the same study. Motorola and HTC both saw small share declines, dipping to 10.4 and 5.9 percent, respectively.

Judge Rules Samsung Can't Keep Sales Data from Apple

January 2, 2013 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh last Sunday denied Samsung's request to keep certain sales numbers secret from Apple as the two company's U.S. Patent dispute continues to play out. According to a Bloomberg report, "Koh ruled on Dec. 10 that Samsung must file an exhibit which lists the total number of units of certain Samsung products sold during certain time periods."

Judge Denies Apple Request to Ban Samsung Phones

December 18, 2012 9:22 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge late Monday rejected Apple Inc.'s demands that its chief rival in the more than $100 billion global smartphone market cease selling models a jury recently found illegally used Apple technology. The immediate impact of the ruling means that Samsung can continue to sell three of the older-generation smartphones still on U.S. shelves.

Could Auto Correct Jeopardize Public Safety in a Text-to-911 Situation?

December 12, 2012 5:05 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Thus far it appears the feature has only caused minor suffering to those sending the texts and major amusement for everyone reading them. But, in all seriousness, what would happen if Auto Correct turned your extremely urgent and vital emergency text into an incoherent mess?

Report: Kodak Gets Patent Bid from Apple, Google

December 11, 2012 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple and Google, bitter rivals in smartphone technology, have joined up to make a combined bid for a bundle of patents offered by photography pioneer Kodak, according to a published report. Bloomberg News reported Saturday that Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have abandoned competing bids for the portfolio to offer a combined $500 million.

iSolated: Bad Apple Maps Directions Lead to Desert

December 11, 2012 10:55 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Mildura is not at the end of a dirt road in the Australian bush, in tire-choking desert sand far from food and water. Unfortunately, Apple's much-maligned mapping application thinks it is. Australian police say the app is "potentially life threatening" because of the bad directions it has given to the southern city.

Ahead of the Bell: Apple

December 6, 2012 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple shares continued to slide for a second day before the opening bell, a day after the company posted its worst one-day stock drop in four years. On Wednesday, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company's shares closed down 6 percent at $538.79, erasing $35 million in market capitalization. Speculation abounded as to the cause.

Galaxy S III Takes Smartphone Crown from Apple

November 8, 2012 6:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As Apple’s share price plummets in the face of missed third quarter earnings, Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone is crowned the world’s best-selling smartphone ever.

Apple, Samsung Boast Device Sales Numbers

November 5, 2012 6:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple and Samsung tout tablet sales numbers.

Apple's $8.2 Billion Profit Disappoints Wall Street

October 26, 2012 7:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple's fiscal fourth quarter financials couldn't keep pace with Wall Street's expectations.

Apple Unveils $329 iPad Mini as Shares Fall

October 23, 2012 11:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple today unveiled a smaller 7.9-inch iPad to accompany its standard 10-inch model. The company made the announcement during a media event in San Francisco that was streamed live on the company's website.

Report: Next iPhone May Not Have it Easy in U.S.

September 11, 2012 7:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Apple has not confirmed an iPhone 5, all signs point to an announcement tomorrow.

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