Mark Gurman

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14 Feb 2019 | 1:11 PM

Apple’s autonomous cars need much more human help than its rivals

Apple Inc’s autonomous test vehicles are relying on significantly more human intervention than Alphabet Inc’s Waymo or General Motors Co’s Cruise cars, an indication the iPhone maker may lag well behind on the technology.

While Apple’s results suggest the company may be a straggler, its self-driving cars haven’t been involved in significant reported accidents. — AFP
14 Feb 2019 | 12:42 PM

Apple invites Hollywood stars to video service launch

Apple Inc is planning to unveil video and news subscription offerings next month, the first major new digital services from the company since 2015.

The iPhone maker invited Hollywood stars, including Aniston (pic), Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and director JJ Abrams, to attend the launch of the service, sources said. — Reuters
12 Feb 2019 | 1:21 PM

Apple taps iPhone executive to be first head of marketing for AR

Apple Inc assigned a longtime iPhone executive as its first head of marketing for augmented reality, demonstrating the importance of the technology to the company’s future.

The decision by Apple to name its first head of product marketing for AR underscores the technology’s importance to the company’s quest for major new products. — Bloomberg
11 Feb 2019 | 11:47 AM

Facebook acquires visual shopping startup to bolster AI work

Facebook Inc said it acquired visual shopping and artificial intelligence startup GrokStyle Inc in a move to bolster the social-media company’s own AI work.

Facebook could use the underlying AI technology and GrokStyle’s employees to bolster its own efforts in the AI field. — AFP
17 Jan 2019 | 1:05 PM

Apple plans to cut back on hiring due to iPhone sales struggles

Apple Inc will cut back on hiring for some divisions after selling fewer iPhones than expected and missing its revenue forecast for the holiday quarter, according to people familiar with the matter.

16 Jan 2019 | 6:26 PM

Apple releases cases with built-in batteries for latest iPhones

Apple Inc on Jan 15 released rechargeable battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR that add several hours of battery life to the smartphones.

The cases cost US$129 (RM530) and come in white or black. — Apple
8 Jan 2019 | 12:44 PM

CES 2019: Samsung shows off robots for health care and retail stores

Samsung Electronics Co showed off robots at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas, including one for retail stores and another in the health-care space.

4 Jan 2019 | 12:37 PM

Apple priced itself out of shrinking Chinese smartphone market

Apple Inc’s falloff in demand for iPhones in China shows the company’s flagship product is hurt by its high price and the rise of cheaper, more comparable rival devices in the world’s biggest market.

3 Jan 2019 | 4:24 PM

Here’s Tim Cook’s memo to employees about iPhone sales slowdown

Apple Inc chief executive officer Tim Cook told employees he won’t blame “external factors” for selling fewer iPhones than anticipated during the holiday quarter.

In a memo obtained by Bloomberg News, Cook expressed his disappointment after Apple cut its revenue outlook for the first time in almost two decades. — AFP
3 Jan 2019 | 12:35 PM

Apple’s Cook faces toughest test yet navigating iPhone slowdown

Apple Inc’s Tim Cook confirmed Jan 2 that the latest iPhones, his flagship product, are not selling up to expectations. The news exposes his toughest challenge since taking over as chief executive officer from the legendary Steve Jobs: how to take the company forward when its top product has lost lustre with consumers.

Cook plans to address Apple staff about the situation on Jan 3 at an all-hands meeting where he will take questions from workers, according to a person familiar with the matter. — Reuters