iOS – Christian eBuddy Blog http://blog.christianebuddy.com Christian eBuddy Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:42:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Former General Electric CEO Passed on Buying Apple for $2 Billion in 1996 http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/03/former-general-electric-ceo-passed-on-buying-apple-for-2-billion-in-1996/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/03/former-general-electric-ceo-passed-on-buying-apple-for-2-billion-in-1996/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:20:45 +0000 http://www.macrumors.com/2016/03/31/ge-passed-on-apple-buyout-for-2b/ The New York Post about his book The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks.

Back in 1996, when Apple was struggling ahead of Steve Jobs' return, then CEO Michael Spindler, who took over after John Sculley was ousted, was "practically begging" General Electric to buy Apple.

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"The stock price was $20, and [Spindler] was explaining he couldn't get the company moving fast enough and the analysts were on his case," Wright told The Post in an interview on Tuesday. "He was sweating like mad and everybody said, 'We can't manage technology like that.' We had a chance to buy it for $2 billion."
A purchase by General Electric would have radically changed the company's history and it's questionable whether Apple would still be around as a brand today had that happened. Later that same year, after GE declined to make the purchase, Apple bought NeXT for $427 million and Steve Jobs returned to lead the company in 1997.

One of Jobs' first major projects was the iPod, which launched in 2001 and set the company on its current path. The iPhone followed in 2007, the iPad came in 2010, and the Apple Watch, Apple's newest product, launched in 2015.

As of today, Apple is worth more than $600 billion, while General Electric is worth less than half of that. In fact, Apple holds more than two thirds of the value of General Electric in cash, with over $215 billion on hand.
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Make massive mechanizations with Minecraft’s Overworld update http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/make-massive-mechanizations-with-minecrafts-overworld-update/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/make-massive-mechanizations-with-minecrafts-overworld-update/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:41:00 +0000 http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/10/make-massive-mechanizations-with-minecrafts-overworld-update/ Following on from last fall's update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition, which saw the introduction of basic redstone components, Microsoft today announced that the game's next update will deliver even more advanced m...]]> http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/make-massive-mechanizations-with-minecrafts-overworld-update/feed/ 0 Nearly One-Third of iPhone Users Still Have 4-Inch Screens http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/nearly-one-third-of-iphone-users-still-have-4-inch-screens/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/nearly-one-third-of-iphone-users-still-have-4-inch-screens/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:04:28 +0000 http://www.macrumors.com/2016/02/04/mixpanel-4-inch-iphone-stats/ Mixpanel shows that approximately 32.22% of active iPhone users still have a 4-inch screen. That is the same screen size as the so-called "iPhone 5se" that Apple is expected to announce at its rumored March 15 event.

Apple has released three iPhone models with 4-inch screens since 2013, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s, and some customers still feel these smartphones have the best screen size for pocketability and one-handed usage.

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Apple's newest 4-inch smartphone, the iPhone 5s, represented just under 20 percent of current iPhones in use, trailed by the iPhone 5 at 7.53 percent and the plastic-backed iPhone 5c at 5.66 percent. The numbers fluctuate slightly in real time.

In the company's latest earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that 60 percent of older-generation iPhone users have yet to upgrade to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, or iPhone 6s Plus.

Right now, customers that want a 4-inch iPhone have to settle for the over two-year-old iPhone 5s's outdated tech specs, and the smartphone also lacks many new features such as Apple Pay, 3D Touch, and Live Photos.

For that reason, the "iPhone 5se" with a rumored 4-inch screen, Apple's newest A9 chip, Live Photos, and purported price of around $500 may prove to be a more popular option among prospective iPhone buyers.
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Instagram Testing Multiple Account Support on iOS http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/instagram-testing-multiple-account-support-on-ios/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/instagram-testing-multiple-account-support-on-ios/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:01:30 +0000 http://www.macrumors.com/2016/02/04/instagram-testing-multiple-account-support-on-ios/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/instagram-testing-multiple-account-support-on-ios/feed/ 0 Square’s Latest Reader Available At Apple http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/squares-latest-reader-available-at-apple/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/squares-latest-reader-available-at-apple/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:00:04 +0000 http://techcrunch.com/?p=1272131  Square’s latest payments reader is coming to an Apple store near you, the company tells TechCrunch. The devices will retail for $49 and be available online and in-store throughout the U.S. Launched last fall, Square’s new contraption is NFC-enabled and works with Apple Pay. Now the standard in many countries, it accepts EMV chip cards, which are more secure than credit cards… Read More]]> http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/squares-latest-reader-available-at-apple/feed/ 0 Microsoft is reportedly buying SwiftKey http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/microsoft-is-reportedly-buying-swiftkey/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/microsoft-is-reportedly-buying-swiftkey/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:22:00 +0000 http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/02/microsoft-reportedly-buying-swiftkey/ Microsoft has made a habit out of acquiring significant mobile app makers, but its next deal may cut particularly close to the bone for smartphone fans. The Financial Times' sources understand that Microsoft is on the cusp of acquiring software keyb...]]> http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/02/microsoft-is-reportedly-buying-swiftkey/feed/ 0 Apple Expands Lower App Store Pricing Tiers to Canada and New Zealand http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/01/apple-expands-lower-app-store-pricing-tiers-to-canada-and-new-zealand/ http://blog.christianebuddy.com/2016/01/apple-expands-lower-app-store-pricing-tiers-to-canada-and-new-zealand/#respond Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:40:53 +0000 http://www.macrumors.com/2016/01/27/app-store-lower-pricing-tiers-canada-nz/ Apple today followed through with plans to expand its lower pricing tier options for the App Store to Canada and New Zealand. Introduced in 2014, alternate pricing tiers A and B allow developers to charge lower prices in countries like China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, and Australia.

With the new pricing tiers, apps in Canada and New Zealand can be priced as low as $0.99 (CAD and NZD). Apple first announced upcoming Alternate Tier A and Tier B pricing options for Canada and New Zealand just over a week ago, when it raised App Store prices in the two countries due to exchange rate fluctuations.

On January 18, the Tier 1 minimum App Store price was raised to $1.39 CAD in Canada and $1.49 NZD in New Zealand. For reference, Tier 1 pricing in the United States is set at $0.99, meaning apps and in-app purchases priced at $0.99 in the U.S. cost $1.39 in Canada and $1.49 in New Zealand. With alternate pricing tiers, developers will now be able to charge $0.99 in the United States while charging a lower price in Canada, New Zealand, and the other countries listed above.
Lower price tiers, Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B, now let you offer paid apps and In-App Purchases at $0.99 (CAD) and $0.99 (NZD). Existing apps that already use these price tiers have been automatically updated.
App Store pricing was also raised in Israel, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa, with several of those countries already able to take advantage of lower Tier A and Tier B pricing.
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