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Study shows Apple may be making a new 4-inch iPhone 5se to please those resistant to change

With rumors circulating that Apple will unveil a 4-inch iPhone in March dubbed the ‘5se,’ many wonder why the company would take a step backwards with regard to screen size. New research may shed some light on why.<p>According to Mixpanel, 32.22 percent of iOS users are using an iPhone 5S or earlier. …

How an Apple employee once stood up to Steve Jobs — and got promoted for it

Dubinsky fought back against the plan - giving an ultimatum that she would quit - and instead of getting fired, she got promoted.<p>That's according to an anecdote about former Apple employee and Palm CEO Dubinsky in the new book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World, published this …

Amazon takes 1,114 fake reviewers to court

Amazon continues its streak against suing fake reviewers on its site with a fresh lawsuit filed in Seattle, the BBC reports.<p>The 1,114 defendants, collectively labeled “John Does” as the identities of the accused are not known, sell their services for as little as $5 on Fiverr, the micro-services …

Customer Service

Samsung developing robots to replace cheap Chinese labour

The South Korean government has handed Samsung a multi-million dollar investment to develop factory robots that can carry out complex tasks normally …

Chipmaker AMD to cut 500 global jobs, take $42 million charge | Reuters

(Reuters) - Struggling chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc said it would cut about 500 jobs, or 5 percent of its global workforce, as it looks to rein in costs amid weak demand for its chips used in personal computers and intense competition.<p>AMD said it expects to take a charge of $42 million, …

Robot Taxi aims for self-driving car service by 2020

A new challenger in the self-driving car space emerges, with an ambitious goal.<p>Robot Taxi, Inc., has announced that it will begin testing a taxi …

Autonomous Cars

Now Lexus and BMW Might Be Teaming Up on a Supercar

Sources say a mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, carbon-fiber supercar could be on the way for both brands.<p>Already working together on the so-called "Silk Road" project to create the next-generation Z4 roadster and a successor to the Supra, BMW and Toyota are now said to be collaborating on a mid-engine …

Sharp to sell world's first 8K TV in October, for about $125,000

First there was 1080p. Then there was 4K.<p>Now, Japan electronics giant Sharp will begin limited sales of so-called 8K televisions next month. The TVs, …

Apple patent victory puts Samsung devices in jeopardy

Apple has won another small victory in its never-ending patent row with Samsung. The war that nobody asked for (and like most wars will have no winners, only losers) rages on with another appeals court decision. This one went in favor of Apple (as all but a few have), ruling that the company could …

Patents

AT&T won't slow down unlimited data users until they hit 22GB

AT&T isn't bringing back its beloved unlimited data plans, but it's doing a better job of taking care of its customers who've held onto those plans for dear life. The carrier announced today that it won't throttle down their data speeds until they consume 22 gigabytes worth of data in one billing …

Customers

Tesla Comments On Model S Losses And Announces It's Raising $500 Million (And More)

UPDATE: Tesla Motors said it plans to raise $500 million in cash on Thursday. And upped that on Friday by another $140 million.<p>The Silicon Valley car maker said on Thursday that it plans to sell the stock to raise money for future projects projects such as the mass-market Model 3 vehicle and its …

Apple hired 11,000 female employees over the last 12 months

Apple has updated its breakdown of employee demographics, first reported in August of last year. And while the needle hasn’t budged much—at least …

HTC Cuts 15% Of Its Workforce As It Bids To Return To Profitability

HTC said last week that it would be cutting costs “significantly,” and today the struggling Android phone maker revealed that will make 15 percent of its staff redundant as part of that strategy. That’ll mean around 2,250 employees lose their jobs.<p>The company, which has seen its stock price sink to …

Apple recalling recently purchased Apple TV units due to faulty part

Back in 2013, Apple started a replacement program for select Apple TVs due to WiFi problems. It appears that a few more bad Apple(TV)s may have slipped off the assembly line…<p>Apple has started recalling a select number of third-generation Apple TV models recently, according to a MacRumors writer who …

Apple Working With More Than 40 Tech Companies to Make iPad a Better Work Tool

Apple is working with more than 40 technology companies to make the iPad a better work tool, according to a new report by <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The initiative, which is called the Mobility Partner Program (MPP), is an effort to change the way business is done and boost lagging iPad sales.<p>The …

Chinese economy shockwaves: the winners and losers

The losers<p><b>Burberry</b><br>The British luxury fashion group makes 40% of its sales to Chinese consumers, including those travelling abroad. Burberry shares have fallen about 8% in two days in anticipation that higher prices for Chinese customers will translate into lower sales.<p><b>Swatch</b><br>A third of the Swiss …

Chinese Economy

Why Lamborghini approved the Urus SUV

Lamborghini looks to double its vehicle sales and workforce with the addition of the Urus luxury SUV. <i>Autoblog's</i> Mylencia Gillenwaters reports on this edition of <i>Autoblog Minute,</i> with commentary from Michael Austin.<p>Show full video transcript text<p>[00:00:00] Lamborghini looks to double its vehicle …

OLED table lamp casts a bright light on the future

Few of us have ever given much thought to the building of a better lightbulb. But technology has forced us away from the incandescent bulb to LED lights which are more efficient, last longer and, in some cases, provide a variety of color.<p>The design and engineering team behind the Aerelight isn’t …

China’s devaluation of its currency plus strong dollar could hit Apple’s Chinese earnings – WSJ

China’s decision to devalue its currency – leading to its biggest one-day loss in 20 years – could add to the effect of a strong dollar to hit Apple’s earnings from the country, warn analysts. The value of the yuan dropped 1.9% against the dollar, and a change in the way its value is determined by …

Apple continuing work on Liquidmetal casting techniques, patents show

While Apple has yet to release a major product made from Liquidmetal stock —aside from a SIM ejector tool —the company is still actively researching …

'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch

Despite the immense popularity of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a recent KGI prediction estimates that Apple may sell somewhere between 65 and 75 million of the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" in Q4 2015, pointing towards a strong possibility of zero or negative growth year-over-year …

Samsung files patent for smartphone that can display holographic images

The USPTO (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office) is full of patents from every manufacturer out there. Some make it to the market, other’s don’t, and a select few of them are simply insane. We are not sure under which category this one fits under, but what we know is many of you will be interested in …

Google's Alphabet may infringe on a BMW trademark

BMW said it is trying to figure out whether or not Google infringed on its trademark rights by calling its new holding company Alphabet, the same …

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. Google has announced a massive reorganization.</b> It will become a subsidiary of an entirely new parent company called Alphabet.<p><b>2. Here's everything you need to know about Google's new CEO, Sundar Pichai.</b> He's the former head of Chrome and Android.<p><b>3. There's an interesting theory doing the rounds</b> …

Advertising

Here’s An Open Office You Won’t Hate: One That’s Perched In A Tree

We love a good treehouse here at Co.Design, and we’ve long felt it’s our duty to update you on the best ones in the world. So you can imagine our office envy when we heard about a pop-up shared workspace built around a tree in East London’s Hoxton Square.<p>Okay, so it isn’t the world’s most majestic …

3 Tips for Introverts to Avoid Conference Overload | Inc.com

If you made a list of things that usually happen at conferences, and one of things that usually stress out introverts, and you put them side by side, you'd see that the two match up pretty well. From networking with strangers to general sensory overload, big conferences -- valuable as we all know …

Apple Inc. is hiring journalists who want to work 40 hours a week

Journalists tired of long hours glued to their keyboards might want to send out their resumes directly to Cupertino, California.<p>A recent job posting from Apple says that the company is seeking several “News Editors” to join the team for its upcoming News app. The hours? A cushy 40 a week.<p>“These …

Five morale boosters that kept a dying business afloat until it finally thrived

Sometimes in business winning is simply staying in the game through countless losses until you win the big victory. That is exactly what Brian Young, CEO of Home Painters Toronto, discovered:<p>"It's a mind game and mental battle from start to end and never gets easier," he said.<p>Brian was named the …

Retailers have mishandled mobile payments for years. It’s time to surrender to tech

Target CEO Brian Cornell said he’s in talks with Apple chief Tim Cook to allow shoppers to use Apple Pay at its stores—a partnership Target has so far avoided as not to break ties with a group of retailers and food chains that banded together years ago to create their own mobile wallet.<p>Target’s …

FinTech