Samsung must cut 10% of its workforce, and it’s iPhone’s fault

Samsung has been taking a beating from Apple as of late, and apparently it’s taking its toll. According to a new report, Samsung is responding to its diminishing smartphone sales not by fixing the root problem of its lack of originality and low quality reputation, but rather by sacking 10 percent of its workforce instead. […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Apple Partners With Japan Post Group and IBM to Provide iPads to Elderly [iOS Blog]

Apple today announced a „first-of-its-kind initiative“ that will see the Cupertino company partnering with Japan Post Group and IBM to bring IBM-developed apps and analytics into the hands of senior citizens in Japan. The project hopes to connect its customers with apps related to services, healthcare, community, and family.

The initial plan sees Japan Post Group entering the service into a test phase, with expansion planned in stages and the final objective of the initiative being 4 million to 5 million customers in Japan by 2020. As a raw statistic, currently more than 33 million senior citizens collectively make up about 25 percent of Japan’s population, so the elderly-focused initiative announced today definitely has room to grow and expand in the future.

“This initiative has potential for global impact, as many countries face the challenge of supporting an aging population, and we are honored to be involved in supporting Japan’s senior citizens and helping enrich their lives,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “iPad is incredibly intuitive, easy to use and has accessibility features built in, making it a perfect device for any generation to be connected and engaged.”

“We are joining with two of the world’s most respected leaders in technology to bring our elderly generation into the connected world, expand our businesses by deepening relationships, and discover new ways to strengthen the fabric of our society and economy,” said Taizo Nishimuro, CEO of Japan Post Group.

Some of the new apps debuting on the service will include experiences custom-built by IBM Global Business Services, reminding customers with alerts for medication, diet, and exercise. Other apps will directly connect its customers to a larger community, showcasing various activities, possible job listings, and provide basic service support for grocery shopping. Previously, Apple has partnered with IBM for a lineup of enterprise apps called MobileFirst, a service which the two have continuously expanded upon in the months since it was announced.

According to today’s press release, IBM plans to bring analytic and accessibility technology to the initiative, providing ease-of-use to its elderly customers and ensuring a positive experience. Japan Post Group, under its parent company Japan Post Holdings, provides postal and package delivery services, banking services, and life insurance to „nearly all“ of the around 115 million adults in Japan, which angles the company to provide a wider reach for the elderly-focused initiative in the long run.




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‘Strong demand’ for new iPads earns manufacturer big revenue boost

People may talk about tablet sales flatlining, but if the earnings of Apple’s iPad makers are anything to go by, Tim Cook was absolutely right when he called this year’s sales lull a mere “speed bump.” Casetek Holdings, a.k.a. the Pegatron…Read more ›



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