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Apple and Offshore Tax Avoidance

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.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Apple and Corporate Taxes

Friday, May 03, 2013

If you had $145 billion on hand, you'd spend some of it right? Well, if you’re Apple, not quite. 

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WQXR Blog

iTunes Celebrates a Decade, Faces New Challenges

Friday, April 26, 2013

When Apple launched its iTunes music store a decade ago amid the ashes of Napster, the music industry was anxious to see how the new music service would shake out.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Tech Giants Battle for Mobile Market Share

Friday, April 05, 2013

Look out iPhone. You've got (even more) competition.

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New Tech City

Coming to a Mobile Device Near You!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Devindra Hardawar is a national editor at VentureBeat where he focuses on mobile technologies. 

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Will Manufacturing Rescue the Economy?

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?

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The Takeaway

Apple Stock Falls Sharply as Growth Slows

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.

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New Tech City

Three Apps I Can't Live Without | Jacob Ford, NYU Freshman

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jacob Ford, 18, is a freshman at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he plans to pursue a degree in design.

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The Takeaway

Average iPhone Announcement Begs the Question: What Now?

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.

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On The Media

On Siri (or “Operator? I Hardly Know Her!”)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Brian Horne assesses the complicated relationship that iPhone users have with "personal assistant" Siri and what she (it?) hearkens back to.

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The Takeaway

Samsung Shares Drop after Loss in Patent Infringement Battle

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.

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On The Media

Mat Honan's Epic Hacking

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.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: How Safe Are Money Market Funds?

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?

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The Takeaway

Internet Privacy in the Age of Photobooth

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kyle McDonald wanted to capture a vast array of facial expressions for a project, so he installed software on Apple store computers to capture customers' looks through Photoshop. Then the Secret Service got involved.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Microsoft's Lost Decade"

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.

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The Takeaway

Internet Privacy in the Age of Photobooth

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Kyle McDonald wanted to capture a vast array of facial expressions for a project, so he installed software on Apple store computers to capture customers' looks through Photoshop. Then the Secret Service got involved.

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Transportation Nation

Boston T Exec: I Was Surprised Apple Dropped Transit Directions

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Transit info on the current iPhone, via Google  (photo by Kate Hinds)

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)

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WNYC News

Apple Drops Transit from Maps App, Drawing Ire

Monday, June 18, 2012

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Early adopting gadget lovers tend to love transit, but for once, they're feeling left behind by Apple.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Ken Auletta and Leo Carey talk to Sasha Weiss about the dramatic effect of e-books on book publishers.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ken Auletta and Leo Carey talk to Sasha Weiss about the dramatic effect of e-books on book publishers.

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Transportation Nation

Apple Draws Protest For Dropping Transit Directions in New Software

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."

Then again, when Google maps launched it didn't have transit mapping either. Google only added them in February of last year, and upgraded to real time directions a few months later.

So when will transit directions come back to Apple products, it's cliche but true: we'll have to wait and see.

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