The Russian Ministry of Communication denies it's blowback from the crisis in Ukraine.
FORTUNE -- Yes, the Russian government has dropped its American-made Apple (AAPL) iPads in favor of Korean-made Samsung tablets.
But no, the change -- spotted by reporters covering the Kremlin -- has nothing to do with the invasion and annexation of Crimea, the freezing of Russian assets or the threat of further sanctions against Vladimir Putin's government.
That's the word out of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 27, 2014 8:06 AM ET
Makes Greg Christie, whose name is on the slide-to-unlock patent, available to the Journal.
FORTUNE -- Apple's (AAPL) rules for dealing with reporters are pretty simple: Say absolutely nothing on the record. And if you have to say something, craft a statement that gives nothing away, then repeat it as often as necessary.
So you know something is afoot when the company allows the Wall Street Journal -- whose reporters cover Apple like a blanket and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 26, 2014 9:46 AM ET
The magic, says Benedict Evans, may be not on the wrist, but in the application interface.
FORTUNE -- Google (GOOG) may have done Apple (AAPL) a favor when it posted two promotional videos (attached below) for what it's calling Android Wear: A new extension to the Android operating system released last week to developers.
The videos are very good -- both for their production values and for showing what can be done on a wrist-based touchscreen connected wirelessly to a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 25, 2014 9:28 AM ET
Clearing the way for Steve Jobs' new "spaceship" headquarters.
FORTUNE -- Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) U.S. workforce had shrunk to 304,000 by 2010 when the company announced that it would be shutting down its Cupertino campus -- then only 60% occupied -- and consolidating its operations in Palo Alto.
The offices it left behind stood vacant for more than two years. Then, in February, they were torn down to make room for Apple's (AAPL) new headquarters, designed to hold MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 25, 2014 7:28 AM ET
With the $45.2 billion Time Warner Cable merger facing antitrust scrutiny, why now?
FORTUNE -- The Wall Street Journal was getting a lot of echo-chamber play in the tech press Monday for its report that Apple (AAPL) is in talks with Comcast (CCV) about building an Apple TV-type Internet set-top box that would get special treatment on Comcast's rapidly growing cable network.
Has everybody forgotten what happened last month?
On Feb. 12, the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 24, 2014 9:15 AM ET
Like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and, it's likely, most other major webmail providers.
FORTUNE -- Microsoft (MSFT) is not the only company that reserves the right to break into its customers' e-mail accounts. According to The Guardian's Alex Hern -- who actually read the user agreements that most of us blindly accept -- Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) do as well.
The issue came to light last week when Alex Kibkalo, a Russian-born former Microsoft MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 23, 2014 6:05 AM ET
Why would Apple put its music on Google's platform?
FORTUNE -- Billboard reported Friday that Apple (AAPL) was "thinking about" about adding an iTunes App for Google (GOOG) Android phones. Some of the instant analysis on Twitter was pretty smart. A few one-liners that caught my eye:
@stroughtonsmith: iTunes won because it made owning easier than piracy. Subscription services will invariably win because they're easier than owning.
@reneritchie: I'd much rather have iTunes for MORE
A Web ad network's analysis of 2013 see shifts in momentum in the smartphone wars.
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) and Samsung are both expected to launch new flagship smartphones in 2014. To get some baseline numbers in advance, the folks at the Chitika ad network have done a fresh analysis of iPhone and Galaxy usage in 2013.
Their report, issued Friday morning, is based on Apple and Samsung mobile ad impressions in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 21, 2014 9:40 AM ET
How customers buy and use iPads affects the device's long-term prospects, says CIRP.
FORTUNE -- For Apple (AAPL), the iPhone is a sale that keeps on giving -- at least in the U.S. Once a customer has bought one, he or she is likely to come back for another, usually within two years, when that contract expires.
The iPad is a like a big iPhone in some respects. The two devices share MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 21, 2014 8:22 AM ET
The British actor who played Batman is reportedly top pick for Aaron Sorkin's screenplay.
FORTUNE -- Money and talent are no guarantee that a Hollywood movie won't stink. (See Ashton Kutcher's 'Jobs': What the critics are saying.)
But for the Sony Pictures (SNE) project based on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, the pieces are starting to fall into place.
Aaron Sorkin, whose credits include The Social Network and The West Wing, has reportedly finished MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 21, 2014 7:02 AM ET
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