AppleMagazine #340

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amazon expansion includes new office, 2k jobs in boston

Amazon unveiled plans for a major expansion in Boston’s Seaport District, promising 2,000 new technology jobs even as the city remains in contention for the company’s coveted second headquarters. Seattle-based Amazon announced it would move into a 430,000-square-foot “Tech Hub” in 2021, and said the new jobs would be created in fields including machine learning, speech science, cloud computing, and robotics. The company currently has about 1,200 workers in the city, according to Rohit Prasad, a Boston-based vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa. In 2016, the company opened a fulfillment center in Fall River, Massachusetts, that employs more than one thousand workers. The Seaport district fell largely into decay and disuse in the middle part of the 20th century before being transforming in recent decades into a center for cutting-edge technology firms. Republican…

apple throwback looking back at the products of yesteryear

THE EVER-CHANGING WORLD OF APPLE As Apple nears a $1 trillion dollar marketvalue , many critics are wondering what its next innovative product will be. Last year’s iPhone X has certainly made waves and added millions to the company’s value, but it’s new products and services like its HomePod, Apple Watch, Apple Music and Apple TV that is getting people talking. Subscriptions are all-in at Apple, what with plans for a new Netflix streaming rivaljust around the corner. However, as Apple continues to expand its portfolio of products, older technology has to give way. The firm’s innovative hardware and software has, undoubtedly, changed the way we communicate, compute and work, but not every product can stand the test of time. Today, we’re delving deeper into Apple’s discontinued hardware, and explain why each…

sleep mode? tech giants’ kids’ ‘fixes’ amount to baby steps

Facebook is adding a “sleep” mode to its Messenger Kids service to let parents limit when their kids can use it. It’s the latest concession that tech companies are making as critics question whether they should be targeting kids at all. Among their chief concerns: The effects on kids are not yet known, and companies might not have children’s best interests at heart when tech for kids is such a lucrative market. Rather than kill the services completely, as some critics want, Facebook, Amazon and Google are mostly tinkering at the edges. That leaves open the underlying questions of whether their products truly serve a need for the youngest set and if they are good for them. Here’s a look at the changes announced: FACEBOOK’S MESSENGER KIDS In December, Facebook created a kids-friendly version of…

whatsapp founder jan koum to leave facebook

Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp, is leaving the company and Facebook. Koum confirmed on his Facebook page on Monday that he’s leaving, saying it is time for him to “move on.” His messaging app is known for protecting the privacy of its users using strong encryption. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented that he will “miss working closely” with Koum. Facebook is reckoning with the worst privacy crisis in its history, not to mention questions over how it handles user data and, broadly speaking, whether it is good for the world. Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014. Back then, Koum wrote that the deal wouldn’t have happened if WhatsApp “had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product.”…

records beyond market expectations

THE WRITING WASN’T QUITE ON THE WALL STREET It would be fair to say that Wall Street was feeling the jitters in the run-up to Apple’s latest quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday. Persistent reports of unexpectedly weak iPhone X sales were a factor when, in mid-March, the NYSE FANG+ Index – which monitors 10 leading tech companies, including Apple – saw its largest ever one-day drop. However, the release of the actual earnings results, and many pledges made by Apple in the aftermath, have given much cause for optimism. GLOOMY PREDICTIONS, BUT WITH TINGES OF OPTIMISM The week before, GBH analyst Daniel Ives admitted that “the Street has gone into ‘full panic mode’ as supply chain checks out of Asia indicate that June iPhone shipments are trending well below expectations.” One of Apple’s…

7 striking facts about the money tech companies are making

Everyone knows the tech industry is rich, but it can be challenging to get your head around just how much money it’s minting. Four of the industry’s giants — Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Google parent Alphabet — reported unexpectedly large profits. (Amazon’s profit more than doubled) A fifth, Apple, releases earnings last week. These companies are the largest on Earth, at least in terms of their market value. The large profits come even as the tech industry, notably Facebook, faces questions about the extent to which companies depend on collecting personal data on users to fuel their advertising revenue. Raw financial figures only tell you so much, though. Here are seven facts you might not know about the lucre the technology industry is rolling in. The five largest tech companies are collectively worth more…