Analysts: Amazon, Google’s discounted speakers cost ‘em money, but will hurt HomePod sales

Analysts: Amazon, Google’s discounted speakers cost ‘em money, but will hurt HomePod sales

Reuters reports that Amazon and Google’s Alphabet division both discounted their virtual assistant speakers so deeply over the holiday shopping season that they likely lost a few dollars per unit, “highlighting a sharply different strategy from Apple as it prepares its HomePod speaker,” according to pundits such as Paul Erickson, a senior analyst with IHS Markit and Adam Wright, senior research analyst at IDC.

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Apple joins the ‘Robocall Strike Force’ to combat ‘robocalls’

Apple joins the ‘Robocall Strike Force’ to combat ‘robocalls’

The CEO of AT&T will announce today that 33 companies including the telecom giant, Apple, Alphabet, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are joining an effort with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crackdown on “robocalls,” reports Reuters.

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Two things that aren’t going to happen: Apple won’t split into different companies and it won’t fire Tim Cook

Two things that aren’t going to happen: Apple won’t split into different companies and it won’t fire Tim Cook

Sometimes you have to wonder what tech analysts and pundits are thinking. There are two op-ed pieces today suggesting changes to Apple that simply aren’t going to happen. One recommends breaking Apple into separate companies. The other recommends firing Tim Cook.

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Apple tops the PwC Global Top 100 list for the fifth time

Apple tops the PwC Global Top 100 list for the fifth time

Apple retains pole position for the 5th year in a row in PwC’s Global Top 100 ranking; however, a $121 billion (17%) decrease in market cap sees the gap with second ranked Alphabet narrow from $350 billion last year to just $86 billion Alphabet, a subsidiary of Google, briefly dethroned Apple in February 2016.

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AWT News Update: March 10, 2016

AWT News Update: March 10, 2016

Our Apple news update spans the world of weirdness today:

  • Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt takes photos and texts folks at a South Korean Google event...with an iPhone
  • Apple announced it's upcoming product event on March 21, and we're not invited
  • Nest adds "Home/Away Assist" to its app with GPS support, so the furnace doesn't shut off when Dad leaves the home
  • Sonos makes a commitment to streaming music
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AWT News Update: February 1, 2016

AWT News Update: February 1, 2016

It's a slow, sleepy and snowy February day with just a little news about Apple today:

  • Don't look now, but Alphabet is about to take over Apple's spot as the world's most valuable company
  • The NHL 7.0 app for iOS is out now (and on Apple TV, too), and it's AWESOME!
  • Just one model of the iPad -- the iPad Pro -- sold more units in the holiday quarter than all models of the Microsoft Surface
  • The FCC has granted approval for Verizon and Qualcomm to begin testing of LTE-U
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AWT News Update: August 10, 2015

AWT News Update: August 10, 2015

Stormy weather hit the Colorado office of AWT today, and while it was raining cats, dogs, and buffalo, some other hot news items were taking place:

  • Google now has a parent company, Alphabet. 
  • Amex corporate cards are now usable under Apple Pay
  • Did you buy MacKeeper at some point? You'll be eligible for a refund thanks to a settlement in a class action lawsuit.
  • Force Touch is apparently a feature on the upcoming (and rumored) iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. 
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