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148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - 2013: The Year Of Apple, Inc. 2014: A Year For The Taking

Posted by Arron Hirst on December 27th, 2013

It's pretty fair to say that 2013 has been an incredible year for Apple. With the company's stock price currently reflecting upwards of $550 a share, it's clear that investors have renewed faith in the firm's ability to deliver on its mission to create some of the world's most desirable products.

One such investor is billionaire business mogul Carl Icahn. Publicly announcing back in August that he now holds a "large stake" in $AAPL, Icahn is perhaps most known for his reported hostile takeover of Trans World Airlines in 1985.

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While Icahn is keeping quiet on exactly how big his stake in $AAPL is, the Wall Street investor is said to be in ongoing negotiations with company CEO, Tim Cook. These talks, if successful, could see Apple increase its recently announced stock buyback program for investors, resulting in Icahn potentially buying back as much as $60 Billion in stock options.

But it isn't just the arrival of newfound investors that has seen the company elevate itself to the point of operation we see today. New hires were also a large part of Apple's fiscal 2013. The most prominent of these being the confirmed hiring of Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts.

Tim Cook Encourages Passing of Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 4th, 2013

Apple CEO Tim Cook had some words to say in a column on The Wall Street Journal. CNN reports that Tim Cook is pressing for the successful passage of a federal law that protects workers from discrimination based on their sexual orientation. "It's a good business practice," Cook said, as it's always best for employees to be able to be themselves - their best selves - in order to give their greatest effort in the workplace. "For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in the workplace," said Cook.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, needs 60 votes in the Senate today to avoid being subject to a filibuster.

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Tuesday is a Very Important Day for Tim Cook, and For Apple

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 9th, 2013

Tuesday should see the announcement of the next iPhone. Purportedly the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C (Details on what is known thus far at iMore) with modest improvements over the current iPhone 5.

There's no doubt that the next iPhone will be the best iPhone Apple has ever created. And I am nearly certain that it will be the best smartphone available on any platform. But an increasing number of users are relying on their smartphone to do more and looking for more than what the iPhone offers.

Once Apple disrupts a market by releasing a new product, it generally makes incremental changes to that device to make it better and better, but never really making large jumps in technology or features. We can see this in the iPhone, iPad, even iMac product lines. The initial products were revolutionary in every right, the updated products were just evolutionary. That's good for most users, but I'd argue that in the case of smartphones Apple is being left behind. In this instance, the smartphone user base is maturing faster than Apple is innovating. And that's costing them users and mindshare.

iPhones in particular and smartphones in general have rapidly become the number one computer used by a large number of people. Those people want more and more features, faster devices that do more in every way, and integrate with their lives to a greater extent. And let's be honest, everyone likes to have the fastest, best, most lust-worthy device out there.

Well if what we know about the to-be-announced iPhone 5S - the flagship of the iPhone line - is true, Apple is certainly falling behind other options in innovation. As great as the iPhone 5 was (and is), it was met with tepid response as many saw it as just a refresh of the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5S is less of a change and will surely see many of the same comments. Many users are maturing faster than the iPhone line and looking more and more at other platforms. Many have already jumped and as contracts end, many more are likely to. There are many reasons for this; here are just a few of the bigger ones.

Cloud Services - To be honest, iCloud is a bit of a mess. It's under-featured, years behind, and stuck in this odd once-per-year update cycle. It's way overpriced, underpowered, and under featured. Many users of iPhone also have Mac desktop/laptops. There's no reason, three years on, that all of my data isn't available everywhere, all the time, on every device. Dropbox can do it, Sky Drive can do it, Google can do it, why can't Apple?

There's also no reason that all photos, all videos, all music, all data, all everything isn't seamlessly available on all of my devices, anytime, anywhere. The current system of Photostream, iTunes in the Cloud, iCloud, iTunes Match, etc. It's just too fractured, too many rules, too many exceptions to the Apple credo of it just working.

iOS 7 - Whether you like the new look of iOS 7 or not, it is a good first step toward a new iOS. Perhaps too small of a step for as late as it it. There are many great features under the hood for developers, but most still want more. I rely on my iPhone, it's never more than 2 feet from my hand. Why doesn't it integrate better with my life and the way I use it?

In the past it has seemed that Apple pushes many of these life integration features off to app developers and that's fine. But if that's the way forward, app developers need better access to core OS features like the start screen and multitasking. Some form of widget/home screen update is vastly overdue as well to allow access to data quickly without the need to launch an app. And why can't users replace the pitiful built-in apps like Calendar, Reminders, Calculator, etc. with third party apps? Seems silly to continue to restrict that.

Multi-user access - iPads are used in families by multiple people. Why hasn't Apple created a multi-user system to allow better, restricted, and safer access when used this way? Android does, Kindle does, even Windows Phone does. Apple has the number one family computing platform, this is two years overdue.

Android has taken off respect to new interactions and interfaces, with mixed results it must be said. But the ability to communicate with your device in new ways and new ways for your device to communicate with you is something that the iPhone is way behind on.

Hardware Choice - right now you can buy an iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad, or iPad mini. iOS users, like users of any platform, want choice. Why not offer something in the 6" range? How about something with a larger battery? I'd take something thicker for 2x battery life.

So does all this mean that the iPhone 5S will be a failure? No, not at all. It will be the best smartphone available, for most users. It just won't be held in the high esteem that some of the previous models have been. That will hopefully be a wake up call for Tim Cook and Apple.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Offers Up A Record Breaking Cup Of Coffee

Posted by Andrew Stevens on April 26th, 2013

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, is having an auction on Charitybuzz, giving someone the chance to have a cup of coffee with him at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California. All proceeds from the auction are going to The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

CNN Money reported a comment by a Charitybuzz spokesperson, "Right now, our record for experiences is $255,000 to shadow President Clinton for a day," As of right now, Tim Cook has raised $580,000 dollars, breaking Clinton's record.

How To: Transfer Videos From iPhone to iPad

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 6th, 2012

The best how-to guides actually explain how to do things that people actually need answers to. In between all the meme pictures on Reddit, I came across a very good question on r/ipad: “How do I get videos taken with my iPhone onto my iPad?” Well, NoAirBanding, here’s a guide that runs down the various ways on how to get videos takenw ith your iPhone on to your iPad?

[img id="CameraConnectionKit-300x215.jpg"]The simplest and most elegant method is to use the Camera Connection Kit. This will allow photos to be transferred directly from the iPhone to the iPad via USB cable.

Plug the USB adapter of the Camera Connection Kit into the iPad. Then, take a standard iOS USB cable, plug the dock connector into the iPhone, and then plug the USB connector into the Camera Connection Kit. After a few seconds, Photos should open up, and the photos and videos from the iPhone should be displayed (the thumbnails will take a short amount of time to be generated).

Just select what you want to import from the iPhone, tap the import button at the bottom, and the selected videos or photos will be transferred from the iPhone to the iPad. This does work when importing from the iPod touch as well. However, it is not possible to export photos from the iPad to the iPhone. The official adapters cost $29, though there are cheaper third-party variations available on discount electronics sites and eBay.

If you don’t want to buy expensive cables, then it is possible to send them over the air. While there are apps that can transfer videos, for those that want to keep quality in their transfers, the crudest yet best solution is to email videos to yourself. Select the video from Photos, tap the arrow, and select Share.

Then tap the email button, and send the video to an email address you own. Open up the email, tap the arrow to download the video. Once that’s finished, tap and hold on the video file and an option to “Save Video” should appear.

Finally, there’s always synchronization through iTunes. Just copy the videos from your iPhone to a specified folder. Then in iTunes, set this folder to synchronize with the iPad. This will get any videos that are placed in the folder to transfer to the iPad whenever it is synchronized. The drawback is obvious, though: needing a computer in the middle of the process, and needing to use iTunes.

Have anything with your iOS devices that you need to know how to do? Ask us in the comments below!

Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO

Posted by Jordan Minor on August 25th, 2011

“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come,” said Steve Jobs in the letter in which he announced his resignation as Apple’s Chief Executive Officer effective Aug. 24, 2011.

The board has already approved Jobs’ request to become Chairman of the Board as well as name former Apple COO Tim Cook as the new CEO. Ever since Jobs began battling pancreatic cancer, Cook has been running the day-to-day operations of the company, including briefly becoming CEO in 2004 when Jobs first announced that he had the disease.

Jobs, who had helped start the company in 1976 with Steve Wozniak, had previously left Apple in 1985 to form NeXT only to return in 1996 after an Apple buyout and ascend to CEO in 1997. During his tenure, the company had experienced success so great that they briefly had more money than the U.S. government.

Apple has also released a statement regarding Jobs’ resignation.

“Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”