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Apple poised to launch smart-home platform, with iPhone as hub, says new report

Apple is preparing dive into home automation, and the “Internet of things,” with a new smart-home platform that aims to make the iPhone a central hub and remote control for security systems, appliances, lighting and other electronics in the home, according to a report this morning by the Financial Times. The company’s new connected-home system would also work… Read More

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Apple CEO cites carrier changes, iPhone 5S inventory as reasons for U.S. smartphone share decline

Apple CEO Tim Cook is not worried about Apple’s market share. “As I’ve said before, our objective has always been to make the best, not the most,” said Cook on Monday’s earnings call. “And we feel we’re doing that.” That said, it’s not all sunshine and roses. Cook did admit that the company’s iPhone business… Read More

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Apple vs. Microsoft, Google and Amazon: Why the future of ‘computing’ is a free-for-all

Talking about Apple’s new Mac lineup yesterday, CEO Tim Cook had this to say about the unnamed “competition.” “They’re confused,” Cook said, showing the slide above to represent Apple’s view of the competition’s direction. “They chased after netbooks. Now they’re trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs. Who knows what they will… Read More

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Tim Cook: Apple isn’t in the “junk” business; Microsoft’s Nokia deal validates Apple business model

It turns out, Apple never set out to make the iPhone 5C a low-cost phone to compete internationally with lower-priced phones that dominate most of the developing smartphone market. According to a new interview with Tim Cook, Jonathan Ive and Craig Federighi in Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple sees itself as the Ferrari or Porsche of the… Read More

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Ballmer on Apple: ‘We’ll give them a run for their money’

During an interview with Mashable today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was asked for his thoughts on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s characterization of the new Microsoft Surface tablet as “compromised and confusing.” So what does the Microsoft CEO think about that? “We’ll give them a run for their money,” Ballmer said in the interview, saying of… Read More

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on PCs, tablets and avoiding the ‘baggage from the past’

Microsoft is pitching its upcoming Windows 8 as a “no compromise” experience — working across desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets and hybrid devices — but Apple CEO Tim Cook remains unconvinced that such an approach will be effective. Speaking at AllThingsD’s D10 conference in California last night, Cook expanded on the recent comments in which he likened combining… Read More

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Apple makes sure employees get stock dividend, too

A new regulatory filing from Apple details the company’s plan to ensure its employees receive the equivalent of the dividends it plans to grant to shareholders, even though the type of stock they hold wouldn’t normally be eligible for the payout. The only exception is Apple CEO Tim Cook, who declined to make his stock… Read More

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Adam Lashinsky: ‘There’s nothing shiny or happy … inside the doors of Apple’

Fortune senior editor Adam Lashinsky stopped by the offices of Zillow earlier this month as he touted his new book: “Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired and Secretive Company Really Works.” The interview — conducted by Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bohutinsky — provides some interesting insights into the culture of Apple and how Lashinsky… Read More