Apple found its smile again. After a year without breaching a single new product category, a year when product rollout events began to feel like dour requirements instead of tech entertainment, Apple turned it around in 2014. Like the Apple of old, its product and service introductions surprised us and put the competition on notice. Its iPhone 6 rollout event was vintage Apple, full of excitement, entertainment and even controversy . I will never forget the beaming faces of every Apple employee I ran into. Their smiles said, “ We’re back, baby .” See also: Apple iPhone 6: The Review Months and tens of millions of iPhone 6 and 6 Pluses sold later, the giddiness has worn off. Apple confronts 2015 with lots of positive momentum, but also a bushel of big questions. In 2015, business will move to the center of Apple’s market focus. Five months ago, Apple stunned the tech community by announcing a long-term enterprise partnership with IBM . The idea is to bring … [Read more...] about What to expect from Apple in 2015
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Apple's iOS 6 update is almost a day old, and for iPhone and iPad users, there's much to love about this newborn. Despite a few odd glitches , it's a solid update. Everything seems to run faster, use less battery life, and there are all sorts of easter eggs (such as the delightful Panorama feature ) waiting to be uncovered. But if you're still waiting to upgrade, chances are it's for the one reason I heard over and over from iOS users Wednesday: you're reluctant to let go of the Google Maps app. Google Maps is replaced as the default in iOS 6 by Apple's own Maps. (Google has indicated it will bring out its own iOS app, though it doesn't seem to be in a hurry to release it.) Condemnation of Maps was swift and fierce. The lack of transit directions irked many. Entrepreneur Anil Dash unleashed a blistering attack on his blog, pointing out how many addresses in New York the app either got wrong or couldn't find (such as Bloomberg HQ). A parody Twitter account, @iOS6Maps, … [Read more...] about Apple’s Maps App: Just How Bad Is It?
It took Microsoft a while — by some measures too long — but it’s finally here: Office for iPad , a set of companion productivity products that work seamlessly with their desktop counterparts but offer enough standalone functionality to offer true productivity value for any iPad owner. They’re not perfect — there are some shocking feature gaps — but Microsoft has done a more than admirable job of finding the middle ground between Office Suite familiarity and the iPad's native, touch-and-gesture responsiveness. See also: How Microsoft Started Over and Built Office for iPad What you get Office for iPad is actually three distinct apps currently available in Apple’s App Store: Word for iPad , Excel for iPad and PowerPoint for iPad . They’re all free, though the functionality for these versions is very limited if you're not an Office subscriber: you can review documents and even present PowerPoint files, but you cannot edit or create anything new. If you want to create … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office for iPad Isn’t Perfect, But It’s What We Needed All Along
By this time next month, the rumors about a new, larger iPhone will be put to rest. By next year, if those rumors hold true , we’ll also have the super-sized 12.9-inch iPad alongside the regular 9.7-inch model and the mini. It’s a product I don’t fully understand, but there are scenarios in which a bigger iPad is truly better. See also: 5 Apps to Improve Work Productivity It's not the first time we're heard the giant iPad rumor, and it won't be the last, either. If you listen to analysts and supply-chain snoops, Apple is always building a 12- or 13-inch iPad, but have never delivered one. Apple soothsayers tend to hedge their bets by predicting delivery sometime next year. I do believe Apple is working on something larger, but then again, the company has a history of testing all kinds of design variations. There’s no guarantee anything will ever make it to market. “This time, it's different,” some industry-watchers will say. Most are pointing to the apparently … [Read more...] about What Will We Do With a 12.9-Inch iPad?
Organized labor came to Silicon Valley earlier this year when employees of Alphabet, the parent company of Google , formed the Alphabet Workers Union . It's the first union to be open to any Alphabet employee anywhere in the world, including the temporary workers, vendors and contractors who make up more than half the company's workforce. With a membership of over 800 people, the union represents less than 1% of Alphabet's current employees, but the union's relatively small size hasn't stopped it from taking action and achieving results. Editors' top picks Subscribe to CNET Now for the day's most interesting reviews, news stories and videos. The AWU filed its first complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in early February on behalf of contractor Shannon Wait, who was briefly suspended after complaining about conditions in the data center where she works. Less than a week after she filed the complaint, Wait posted on Twitter that she'd been invited back … [Read more...] about Google workers explain why they unionized