October 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - With the tap of a finger, Christian Gastón Palmaz can use his iPad to remotely control one of the most sophisticated winemaking operations in Napa Valley. The apps Palmaz and his information technology staff created for the iPad tablet enable them to monitor and adjust the temperature in large tanks lined with sensors to more precisely control fermentation. With the iPad at its heart, the system has replaced a labor-intensive process that required a winemaker to constantly draw and test samples and then manually adjust the temperature.
October 16, 2013 |
Apple Inc. has hired Burberry Chief Executive Angela Ahrendts to run its retail division, hoping her background melding technology, fashion and commerce will be the right mix to navigate the future of the stores that have been a cornerstone of its success. Although not a household name in the U.S., Ahrendts is a superstar in Britain because she led a turnaround of the revered but aging retail chain. The Midwestern native was the highest-paid CEO in Britain, where her leadership and tech savvy combined with her status as a rare female running a public company have drawn comparisons to Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer.
October 15, 2013 |
Apple Inc. announced Tuesday that Burberry Chief Executive Angela Ahrendts will run its retail division, including online and retail stores. Ahrendts will become the only woman among Apple's top executive ranks , reporting directly to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook. "I am thrilled that Angela will be joining our team," Cook said in a statement. "She shares our values and our focus on innovation, and she places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience.
September 23, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Has Apple Inc. regained its cool factor? The company announced in a news release Monday that it sold 9 million new iPhones over the weekend. That number blew past its previous records, trounced nearly all expectations on Wall Street and sent its stock soaring. Apple also confirmed that users were downloading iOS 7, the newer version of its mobile operating system released last week, at a record clip. For legions of Apple loyalists, the extraordinary results provided more evidence that the Cupertino, Calif., company's grip on consumers' imaginations and wallets remained as firm as ever.
September 5, 2013 |
Apple Inc. is expected to announce new iPhone models next week, but could it also announce a new version of Apple TV? In August, the Cupertino-based tech giant received three shipments from one of its suppliers of set-top boxes, according to Panjiva , a company that organizes global trade and shipping data. Panjiva noted that these shipments could be for any number of things, including a new version of Apple TV, the long-rumored TV set by Apple. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far An Apple TV set -- the iTV perhaps?
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc., looking to tap into the exploding market for used phones, has launched an iPhone trade-in program at its retail stores. The move comes as the sale of higher-end smartphones is slowing, prompting gadget makers and wireless carriers to offer incentives to encourage customers to upgrade to the latest versions of their devices. "It's important to remember that the smartphone resale market is still relatively small," said Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG Research.