Thursday, May 23, 2013
Apple and other technology giants have come under fire recently for using offshore companies to dodge U.S. tax obligations on billions of dollars earned overseas. Washington Post technology reporter Cecilia Kang and Michael Hudson, a senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, examine the Senate investigation into Apple and the wider use of offshore tax havens by individuals and companies.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Look out iPhone. You've got (even more) competition.
Friday, February 08, 2013
The rising cost of labor in China, high-tech robots, and even 3D printing are bringing manufacturing operations back to the United States. But will it guarantee more jobs for American workers?
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Apple is the largest publicly-traded corporation in the world, and for the past few years, investors have expected atmospheric growth. Those expectations recently drove Apple's stock to over $700 per share, but it may be coming back to earth. Nick Wingfield, a technology correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
By Daniel P. Tucker : Associate Producer, WNYC News
Jacob Ford, 18, is a freshman at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he plans to pursue a degree in design.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Yesterday's launch of the newest iPhone had superfans excited. Still, some critics are questioning whether the announcement was quite the “slam dunk” we’ve come to expect from Apple. So what's the future of Apple? Ken Auletta, writer and media critic for The New Yorker, explains.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Shares of Samsung Electronics fell by almost 7.5 percent in trading in Asia today, investors no doubt responding to the decision against the electronics company by a federal jury in California. On Friday, the jury ordered that Samsung pay its rival Apple more than a billion dollars in damages for patent infringement.
Friday, August 10, 2012
In the space of just a few hours, hackers managed to remotely delete Wired reporter Mat Honan's iPad, iPhone, even the hard drive on his computer. Brooke talks to Mat about the surprisingly simple means by which the hackers were able to devastate his online life.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Investors have been flocking to money market funds for decades, and today their total value stands at $2.5 trillion. Businesses, non-profits, government and individuals seem to think they're a sound investment, but how safe are they?
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald talks about how Microsoft went from leading the computer industry to watching Apple surpass it with iPods and iPads. His article "Microsoft's Lost Decade" appears in the July issue of Vanity Fair.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
When Apple V.P. Scott Forstall unveiled the company's new operating system last week, he was breathless with enthusiasm. "Next is Maps," he said. But not included: Transit directions. Bay Area BART trains? Not there. DC's Metro? Not there? Boston's T? Not there.
"I was, first off, kind of surprised," said Joshua Robin, innovation director for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. "For the last couple of years, it's been a huge benefit to our riders to have transit as an option."
iPhones have been relying on Google Maps, which do include transit directions. But now that Apple is working on its own system, it dropped transit. Pro-transit groups started a petition to get Apple to reconsider.
Apple isn't commenting, beyond what Forestall said at the announcement: "Instead of trying to build those ourselves, we are going to integrate and feature and promote your apps for transit right within the Maps app in iOS 6."
So for a while at least, you'll have to download them yourselves.
(From the Marketplace Morning Report)
Ken Auletta and Leo Carey talk to Sasha Weiss about the dramatic effect of e-books on book publishers.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
UPDATE 6/15/2012: We've been trying to get comment from Apple to no avail. Latest details here.
ORIGINAL POST: Early adopting gadget lovers tend to love transit, but for once, they feel left behind by Apple.
The tech giant rolled out a slew of new products and features on Monday including a new operating system for iPhones and iPads. As part of that upgrade, a new Maps feature is being hailed as the centerpiece. The NY Times technology critic David Pogue called Maps "the gem of iOS6," the new operating system.
But when Apple revamped the mapping application from the ground up it left transit directions on the side of the road.
That has sparked cries from transit advocates and a petition campaign by WalkScore, the website that rates neighborhoods on how friendly they are to life without a car. WalkScore is calling for a social media campaign to pressure Apple to restore transit directions.
"We believe that having transit directions on your phone helps public transit work better for everyone, so we’re asking you to join us in requesting this feature from Apple," the WalkScore website reads.
Tech bloggers took note as well. TheNextWeb praised the upgrade, but still focused a post on missing transit routing, lamenting how inconvenient it will be to ride to San Francisco without timetables integrated into a smartphone app: "This could mean that Apple will leave this functionality to third-party apps, but if that’s the case, we’re not sure when that will happen."
There's a new voice activated Siri-centered driving directions feature and walking directions are still there.
Subway and bus mapping became collateral damage in the fierce business competition between Apple and Google. Until this version of Apple's operating system, its products relied on licensing agreements with Google and other map providers. Now, as part of a broader effort to shed Google apps from iPhones and iPads, the Apple Maps app has been rebuilt, and it seems, transit directions weren't the top priority to include in this beta launch.
That move seems out of step with the Apple ethos. Long ago when the company was rebuilding its brand as the hip cool computer for the next generation it heavily courted teens and college students, banking on winning over lifetime customers while they were young and still forming consumption habits. Considering how young people are driving less and taking transit more, launching the new Maps without this feature is a rare moment when Apple's magic touch is slipping from the pulse of the cool kids. Some millennials even cited a preference for transit over driving so that they have more time to use smartphones!.
Apple didn't return calls for comment, so we don't know when or if transit will be added to Maps. The best we have to go on is speculation in from Apple watchers based on hints in the product announcement: PC World says transit directions may have to be third-party apps, not integrated into the Maps app itself. Gizmodo called that solution a "cop out."
So when will transit directions come back to Apple products, it's cliche but true: we'll have to wait and see.