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After activist investor Carl Icahn published a letter Thursday asking Apple to increase its share buyback efforts once again, the company responded with a statement indicating it's in no rush to make any changes. "We always appreciate hearing from our shareholders," Apple said in a statement to CNBC. "Since 2013 we've been aggressively executing the largest capital return program in corporate history. As we've said before we will review the program annually and take...
Microsoft on Thursday launched a redesigned version 7.0 of its popular Skype chat application for Mac OS X, making it a 64-bit application, introducing a new file transfer presentation with inline images, and much more. Skype for Mac 7.0 is now available as a free download from the service's website. It requires OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later, and the update gives it a consistent appearance with versions of Skype for mobile devices, such as Apple's iPhone. Additions...
Focused on security and convenience, the newly announced "Final" creates a unique credit card number for each retailer a customer does business with, and allows users to easily generate a new number using either their iPhone or a traditional, physical card. Unveiled this week, Final is billed as a "credit card, a mobile app, a better credit experience, a consumer advocate, and a way to protect your account from fraud, breaches, and card cancellation." In addition to a...
As it makes its way through the bankruptcy process, GT Advanced Technologies is hoping to keep as much of the proceedings out of the public eye as it can, asking the court for a private hearing, and also to keep confidential documents sealed. The requests made by GT Advanced Technologies to a New Hampshire bankruptcy court were revealed on Thursday by Reuters. Specifically, the company requested that key documents related to an unnamed third-party be kept...
Philips on Thursday announced a new lineup of television sets for India that are reportedly bundled with Apple TV set-top boxes in an apparent "partnership" that, if in fact authorized by Apple, would be the first time ever for such a promotion [updated]. Update: As discovered by AppleInsider reader "Digvijay," the announcement appears to be for Philips TVs bundled with Apple TV units. This story has been updated to reflect that. The alleged new product bundles were...
Activist investor Carl Icahn published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday, revealing that he thinks shares of the company are "dramatically undervalued," presenting it with an opportunity to buy back even more of its own shares at a tremendous discount via a tender offer. Activist investor Carl Icahn. | Source: Forbes Icahn's new note, entitled "Sale: Apple Shares at Half Price," was published to his website Shareholders' Square Table. As the title...
IDC doesn't like counting iPads among its global PC figures, but it doesn't seem to like counting Macs either, given its back-to-back quarterly undercounting of Apple's computer sales. Yesterday, IDC released numbers indicating that Apple had finally made it into the top five PC makers globally on sales of Macs (not including any iPad sales). According to the firm's latest numbers, Apple's Mac sales grew by 8.9 percent in a globally market that overall retracted by 1.7...
According to a report on Thursday, Apple's much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad has been delayed due to overwhelming demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning the large tablet may not see launch until mid-2015. Citing sources within Apple's supply chain, The Wall Street Journal reports that a larger iPad model is in the works, but production will likely be pushed back into 2015. "The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen...
For a major mobile payment platform on the verge of launch, not much is known about the nuts and bolts behind Apple Pay. A new patent application discovered on Thursday, however, offers a detailed look at how NFC, secure enclaves and software come together to make safe transactions a reality. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published Apple's application for "Methods for Adjusting Near Field Communications Circuitry during Mobile Payment Transactions."...
One year after taking the top spot away from Coca-Cola, Apple on Thursday was once again ranked as the world's best brand according to Interbrand's "Best Global Brands" report for 2014. Source: Interbrand Interbrand, a brand consulting firm based out of New York, rated Apple's brand valuation at $118.9 billion, a 21 percent rise from 2013, reports The New York Times. Interbrand cited a number of reasons for Apple's continued rise in brand value, including new products...
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