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Apple WWDC14: Safari DuckDuckGo

June 3, 2014

Apple builds path to future with WWDC software refresh

Some Apple WWDC14 Keynote highlights included:

  • OS X Yosemite
  • Continuity
  • iOS 8
  • HealthKit
  • HomeKit
  • Swift
Safari DuckDuckGo Privacy WWDC14

Safari. Apple

 

Executive Craig Federighi – (a.k.a. “Hairforce One”) – also stressed privacy and security features several times.

 

Per Apple’s website, Safari will include a DuckDuckGo option:
 

“Safari now gives you more control over your privacy on the web. You can open one Safari window in Private Browsing mode — which doesn’t save your browsing history — while keeping others in regular browsing mode. So while you do your online banking privately in one window, your browsing history is still being saved while you surf in another. You can also now search the web using DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track you.”

 
 
 


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Apple’s Intriguing Hints

May 29, 2014

Apple Intriguing Hints Ahead of WWDC

Seen Apple’s WWDC 2014 App?

You should.

Apple’s events are teasingly, secretly, playfully intriguing:

 

Apple WWDC Secret Hints

“This is Our Little Secret”

 

“Shhhh, Can’t Tell You Yet”:

 

Apple WWDC Secrets Confidential

“This One is Sealed.” And: “It’s Confidential.”

 

“You’ll Find Out in a Few Days”:

 

Apple WWDC Secrets Hints

“No Comment Yet.” And: “Our Lips Are Sealed on This One.”

 

Plus, Star Wars:

 

Apple WWDC Star Wars

“Star Wars Past, Present and Future.” And: “You’ll Never Guess.”

 

I don’t know what’s coming.

Can’t recall Apple being so open about its secretiveness.

Like it.

Apple will stream WWDC’s Keynote presentation “live” at 1 p.m. EST, June 2.

At that time, much more will be revealed.

Got a hunch.

This could be next-era good.

Update – Here’s what I do know. Apple’s stock is ripping:

 

Apple stock pops ahead of WWDC.

$APPL above 8, 21, 50MAs. Very bullish.

 

Apple is up $21 this week. Some 3.46 percent.

Riding above key technical moving averages.

Ahead of WWDC, investors like what they see.

 

 


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Google’s Fountain of Youth?

April 20, 2014

Geneticist Cynthia Kenyon is heading to Google

Kenyon will join Calico – Google’s mysterious health venture.

Stephanie M. Lee writing in The Chronicle:

“Google has revealed little about Calico since the search giant formed the independent company in September, except that it wants to slow aging and fight age-related diseases. As Google CEO Larry Page once put it, Calico is truly a ‘moon shot.'”

Cynthia Kenyon Geneticist Google Calico

Cynthia Kenyon, Ph.D. Credit: UCSF

Kenyon is a pioneer in the genetics of aging.

Her role at Google’s Calico? Not detailed.

Her background may provide some clues, quoting:

“‘Age is the single largest risk factor for an enormous number of diseases,’ she explained to The Chronicle in 2005. ‘So if you can essentially postpone aging, then you can have beneficial effects on a whole wide range of disease.'”

Calico is collecting scientific heavyweights.

Its CEO is Arthur Levinson – the board chair of Genentech and Apple.

Sounds like a health “Skunk Works.”

Fountain of Youth-like stuff.

One more thought from reporter Lee about Kenyon:

“So deep is her dedication that she avoids bread and sugar – except dark chocolate – because studies show they speed up aging.”

 

 

 


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Apple WWDC 2014

April 6, 2014

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 2 at Moscone West in San Francisco

One more day to apply for a ticket:

“The opportunity to buy tickets to this year’s conference will be offered by random selection. Register now through April 7 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to attend.”

Apple WWDC 2014 San Francisco

Apple’s WWDC 2014 will sell out.

 

Is there a more popular and influential technology event in the world?

 


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Tesla: Apple’s Next Thing?

February 17, 2014

Apple exploring cars, medical devices to reignite growth

Elon Musk may have met with Apple M&A Chief Adrian Perica.

Thomas Lee and David R. Baker writing for The San Francisco Chronicle:

“A source tells The Chronicle that Perica met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Cupertino last spring around the same time analysts suggested Apple acquire the electric car giant.”

Why would Apple and Tesla “dance”?

Analyst Andrea James, (whose $200 price target on Tesla was spot on,) said:

“‘They’d get access to deep pockets, but Tesla’s got access to Wall Street right now,’ said Andrea James, who covers Tesla for the Dougherty & Co. investment bank. ‘I could see a partnership more than a takeout.'”

Tesla Weekly Stock Chart

For now, it appears communications lines are open.

Listen.

Hear that?

Sounds like, innovation ahead.

Update – Analyst James raised her price target to $325, after Tesla’s 4Q earnings report on Feb. 19, 2014, soundly beat Wall Street estimates.

Apple Got "New"

July 23, 2013

New Apple Products in Months

CEO Tim Cook, in the firm’s strong 2Q earnings statement:

“‘…we are laser-focused and working hard on some amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014.’”

Apple also announced sales of 31.2 million iPhones.

Investors liked what they heard:

Apple’s stock popped after hours

So, what’s coming: a new iPhone, Apple TV, an iWatch?

Don’t know. Do know we’ll know “new,” soon.

In months.

And over months.

Steve Job’s Widow

May 17, 2013

Laurene Powell Jobs … Less Private

In a story by reporters Peter Lattman and Claire Cain Miller, this quote:

‘She’s been mourning for a year and was grieving for five years before that,’ said Larry Brilliant, president of the Skoll Global Threats Fund who is an old friend of Mr. Jobs. ‘Her life was about her family and Steve, but she is now emerging as a potent force on the world stage, and this is only the beginning.’

Philanthropy, Boards, issues.

Family.

World’s ninth wealthiest woman.

Doing it her way.

Coffee with Tim Cook

May 15, 2013

Apple CEO Raises $610K in Charity Auction

Eight-six bidders.

One really, snarky tech blog post.

  • Blogger Mike Cassidy … doubt you’ll be invited.

Me? It’s a good cause.

And I’m a well-behaved guest.

Plus, a long relationship with the firm; back to the Apple IIe.

It changed my world: used it to write my master’s thesis.

My shoe on Apple lawn last week

Disclosure: Recently enjoyed lunch at Apple.

But coffee would be great, too.

And, as you can see, I wear shoes.

Great manners, indeed.

Very strong case for coffee with Tim Cook.

More CEOs should do this.

Leadership.

It’s cool.


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