The father of Android has reportedly cancelled his next big smartphone and might sell the company after raising $300 million (GOOG, AAPL)

Essential — the startup founded by Android creator Andy Rubin — plans to sell itself, according to a new Bloomberg report.  The hardware company released its first product, the Essential Phone, last year. But plans have now been scrapped to release a second device.  Essential has raised $ 300 million to date and has been […]

Microsoft is reportedly planning a new $400 tablet to compete with the iPad (AAPL, MSFT)

Melia Robinson/Business Insider Microsoft is reportedly working on a new, lower-cost Surface tablet, according to a report from Bloomberg.  The new tablet would start at $ 400 and have a 10-inch screen, about nine hours of battery life, and USB-C charging.  Microsoft has dabbled in more consumer-friendly tablets in the past, but has shifted focus […]

Apple CEO Tim Cook encourages Duke graduates to be ‘fearless’ like the women of #MeToo and the Parkland shooting survivors (AAPL)

YouTube/Duke University Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a commencement speech to new graduates of Duke University on Sunday. He says that despite major issues like inequality, climate change, and political division, technology has made this ‘the best time in history to be alive.’  Cook also encouraged Duke grads to be ‘fearless,’ like the women of […]

Apple’s retail boss will be joining Ralph Lauren’s board of directors (AAPL)

AP Photo / Eric Risberg Apple’s head of retail, Angela Ahrendts, will be added to Ralph Lauren’s board of directors in August.  Ahrendts heads up Apple’s retail presence, but before joining Apple, she served as Burberry CEO and held executive-level positions at Donna Karan and Liz Claiborne.  Ralph Lauren, who serves as executive chairman and chief […]

Apple just fueled everyone’s biggest fear about how companies will use their extra tax-reform cash (AAPL)

Reuters Apple announced as part of its quarterly earnings report on Tuesday that it would buy back another $ 100 billion of its stock. When Congress passed the GOP tax law last year, there were fears that companies would use the cash saved to enrich shareholders rather than employees — and Apple’s announcement would seem […]

Apple made a controversial change in 2016 — but now all of Silicon Valley is playing catch-up (AAPL, FB, GOOG, GOOGL)

Apple Apple changed the design of the gun emoji into a squirt gun back in 2016. At the time, it was a controversial choice, but tech companies have since followed suit. The latest companies to redesign their gun emojis are Facebook and Microsoft, which announced the upcoming changes this week. A small decision that Apple […]

Here’s why Apple’s ‘Portrait Mode’ feature only works on some iPhones and not others (AAPL)

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider When Apple introduced the iPhone 7 Plus in 2016, it contained a new camera feature that quickly became one of the most talked about — and copied — in Apple’s lineup: Portrait mode.  Portrait mode uses the phone’s dual cameras and Apple’s software to mimic the quality you would get from a […]

Apple’s HomePod is too expensive, too limited, too late to market, and few people are buying it (AAPL)

Apple / BI Apple has cut manufacturing orders for HomePod. The smart speaker is more expensive than its rivals but has fewer functions. Apple missed the expected Christmas launch date, and now Amazon and Google’s speakers are leaving it in the dust. Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is too expensive, its functions are too limited, and […]

Saudi Arabia’s millennial crown prince got a rare tour of the inside of Apple’s new $5 billion campus (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)

mofa.gov.sa Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been visiting with Silicon Valley leaders and top tech executives during his American tour.   He met with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Google founder Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, venture capitalists Marc Andreessen and Peter Thiel, and other key players […]