The CEO of a social media firm valued at $1.8 billion has a plan to survive the mar-tech consolidation thanks to big-name clients like McDonald's and Microsoft

10-year old Sprinklr wants to be one of a handful of marketers' platform of choice for handling social media and messaging. While investors' interest in social media management firms has waned, CEO Ragy Thomas views its software as a service (SaaS) model as well-positioned. Sprinklr is on track to hit between $250 to $300 million in revenue this year and is preparing to go public. Sprinklr has turned the firehose of social media content into big business. Valued at $1.8 billion, the firm has ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Adobe, Microsoft, China, Ipo, Trends, Salesforce, Johnson, Sap, United Airlines, Sprinklr, Thomas, McDonald, Marie Kondo

NBCUniversal Planning a Streaming Subscription Service, May Take Back ‘The Office’ from Netflix

If you thought there were already too many streaming subscription services out there, you’re not going to like what NBCUniversal has planned for their library of TV shows and movies from NBC and Universal Pictures. Joining the likes of the forthcoming Disney and Warner Bros. streaming subscription services, media conglomerate NBCUniversal is creating their own ad-supported direct-to-consumer streaming subscription service that would be full of shows from NBC and movies from Universal Pictures, ...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Movies, Nbc, Office, Disney, Netflix, United States, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Starz, Dreamworks Animation, Universal, Warner Bros, Nbc Universal, Hulu

Apple's $24 million chip executive is reportedly on Intel's short list for new CEO, but it's not clear if he'd be willing to make that jump (INTC)

It's been six months and Intel still hasn't found a new CEO. Intel has reportedly put Apple senior VP of hardware technologies, Johny Srouji, on its wish list. If Intel could convince Srouji to become its new CEO, it would be a big win for the company. But that's a big if. If there's one sure-fire way for Intel to turn the fiasco of its six-month vacant CEO slot into a big win for the company, it's this: lure Apple senior vice president of hardware technologies, Johny Srouji, into becoming th...
Tags: Apple, Motorola, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Israel, Trends, Bloomberg, Intel, Chicago, Tim Cook, SEC, Qualcomm, James, Johny Srouji, Brian Krzanich, Angela Ahrendts

Roku welcomes conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Infowars

Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars rantathon channel have been turfed out of virtually every major platform due to his love of violent rhetoric, racial hatred and general bigotry. Welcome to Roku, Alex! Roku may have given itself a brand safety issue. The streaming service has added Infowars, the live show hosted by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as a channel. Jones was in the news on Jan. 11 for losing a legal battle to Sandy Hook shooting victims’ families, forcing his...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Post, News, Mistakes, Roku, Sandy Hook, Hate, Jones, Amazon Fire, Alex Jones, Infowars, Roku Alex Roku

Leaked memo spells out Facebook’s new ‘ground rules’ restricting employee discussions about politics and religion (FB)

Facebook is bringing in new rules about how employees can discuss politics and religion internally. In an internal memo obtained by Business Insider, CTO Mike Schroepfer said the company had drawn up new guidelines for internal discussions. Much of the rules apply to Workplace, Facebook's internal communication app, and the company is investing in stronger moderation tools for it. The changes comes amid falling employee morale and some employee criticism of Facebook's political culture. You ca...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Workplace, Trends, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Signal, Cnbc, Anthony Harrison, Don, Schroepfer, Mike Schroepfer, Cambridge Analytica, Business Insider Facebook, Workplace Facebook, Brian Amerige

Everyone's favorite flip phone from the early 2000s is getting a 2019 makeover — with a foldable display

Lenovo is reportedly planning to release a new Motorola Razr phone with a foldable display as soon as February. The new Motorola Razr will cost about $1,500, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Motorola's fabled Razr flip phone that was first released in 2004 is getting a 2019 makeover with a foldable display, according to The Wall Street Journal. The 2019 model is the result of an exclusive partnership between Lenovo — Motorola's parent company — and Verizon. Only 200,000 units of the...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Motorola, Samsung, Trends, Xiaomi, Lenovo, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Lenovo Motorola, Motorola Razr, Royole

Sharon Stone and Cynthia Nixon Join Ryan Murphy’s Ratched

Sharon Stone and Cynthia Nixon join Ryan Murphy’s Ratched Ryan Murphy’s Ratched continues to add to its already impressive cast. According to Deadline, Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Harriet Harris, Hunter Parish, Amanda Plummer, and Corey Stoll. They will join Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock and Jon Jon Briones in the Netflix series. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRef...
Tags: Apple, TV, Movies, Jack Nicholson, Netflix, TV News, Ryan Murphy, Sarah, Douglas, Cynthia Nixon, Murphy, Jacob Epstein, Sharon Stone, Romansky, Netflix Hulu, Paulson

Here's why Apple's China situation is at 'code red,' and why it needs to take dramatic action to plug up a key weakness in the business (AAPL)

Apple needs to cut the price of its iPhone XR in China by as much as 20%, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a research note Monday. The phone costs about $960 in the country, an example of Apple's "pricing hubris," he said. The danger for the company is that iPhone customers there will buy cheaper phones from rivals instead, Ives said. Apple needs to maintain its customer base to drive sales of its services, he said. When it comes to China, Apple might be facing a "code red" situation and may ...
Tags: Apple, Google, China, Trends, Tim Cook, Aapl, Wedbush, Ives, Gene Munster, China Apple, Coca Cola Here, Longtime Apple, Dan Ives

What Apps Do You Want Us to Test?

If there’s something you need your phone to do, there’s probably an app for it. In fact, with more than 2 million apps available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play store, there are probably too many apps for it. So how do you choose the right one?Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Google Play, Productivity, Apps, Technology, Phone, App, Lifehacks, App Store, App Directory

Report: Apple may abandon Lightning for USB-C (and bring back the iPod Touch)

A new report suggests Apple “might” make the switch to USB-C in 2019 on both the iPhone and iPad. The report, from supply chain blog Macotakara, claims Apple engineers are working on the USB-C transition but haven’t yet reached the reference design stage — meaning, it could miss the 2019 cut-off, pushing it to 2020. Macotakara, for those unfamiliar with the blog, has a sound track record, although not a perfect one. Take any rumors coming from a supply chain blog with a grain of salt. In other n...
Tags: Apple, Startups

Apple Maps Gooses DuckDuckGo In Search Privacy Partnership

Search engine DuckDuckGo now displays location information from Apple Maps in its search results. "DuckDuckGo now uses Apple Maps both for small maps in location-related search results and for larger, interactive search results that appear in a separate maps tab," reports CNET. "That replaces a combination including MapBox, OpenStreetMap and homegrown technology." From the report: The top reason DuckDuckGo argues you should try it is that it doesn't keep any personal information on you and what ...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Apple Maps, Cnet, MapBox OpenStreetMap

I'm Phoebe Judge, Host of 'Criminal' and 'This Is Love,' and This Is How I Work

The true crime podcast Criminal and the human-interest podcast This Is Love are two of the most popular podcasts in existence right now, according to Apple’s charts. Phoebe Judge hosts and co-creates both of these independent, highly produced shows. We talked to her about her radio background, how she creates new…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Work, Career, Podcasts, Interview, Podcasting, Lifehacks

How the new VR screen could end the smartphone

Philip Rosedale Contributor Philip Rosedale is co-founder and CEO of High Fidelity. A smartphone screen is a wonder of the world. It’s not just that it’s bright and colorful and sharp. In some ways, it’s as good as human biology allows. We’ve packed so many pixels into such a small space that any more would be lost on us. We can’t make the screens themselves bigger, because then they’d become too large to hold. The only way to get more information from a smartpho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Column, Tech, Bloomberg, Virtual Reality, Magic Leap Avegant, Philip Rosedale Contributor Philip Rosedale, Apple Microsoft Google HTC, Carmelo Geraci, Hoxton Paul Bradbury, Apple Microsoft HTC Google

AirPlay Is Coming to Smart TVs. Here’s How It Works

Smart TVs are now integrating Apple’s AirPlay 2 technology. That was one of the big stories of CES 2019, where many TV manufacturers simultaneously announced AirPlay was coming to their TVs. Some are even updating existing TVs with AirPlay. What Is AirPlay 2? Apple’s AirPlay 2 standard lets you use Apple devices to control media playback, stream audio, mirror your screen, or do other similar things. It’s built into Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Think of it a bit like Apple’s v...
Tags: Apple, Google, Crafts, Netflix, VideoLan, VLC Media Player VLC

Whipped on the Rope Watch

Plenty of people are rooting for Apple to release of round smartwatch this year. This design, dubbed the Rope Watch, by Dongwook Yoon explores what we might expect if our shared daydream becomes reality.The device features a simplified strap design that highlights the new round form. The lasso-style strap is effortlessly attached to the wrist in one swift motion. No buckling, no major adjustment mechanisms – simply choose your size, slip it on, and snap it off. Which would you be more stoked for...
Tags: Apple, Design, Technology, Watches, Product Design, Dongwook Yoon, Rope Watch

Apple introduces Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Apple has introduced new Smart Battery Cases designed for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. The design of the cases is similar to the past battery case option Apple offered for the iPhone 7 with a bump to add the extra battery pack and each offer varied battery life depending on the device.  The iPhone XS Battery Case offers up to 33 hours of talk time, up to 21 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback. The iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case offers up to 37 hours of talk time, up to...
Tags: Apple, News, Blogging, Qi, Iphone Xs, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs Max

Apple iPhone 2019 with triple rear cameras, small notch surfaces in new renders

Apple is en route to launch three new iPhones in 2019 and it is already known that the high-end model is expected to pack triple-rear cameras at the back. Adding to the existing rumors, a new set of leaked renders showcase the 2019 high-end iPhone variant with the triple rear cameras that are arranged horizontally instead of vertically.  Based on the renders of the iPhone (2019); the device could retain a similar front body as the current iPhone but will have a smaller notch and slightly thin...
Tags: Apple, Blogging, Rumors, Iphones

Apple's cheap iPhone battery replacements were wildly popular — 10 times as many people replaced their battery as normal (AAPL)

In 2018, Apple offered iPhone users a new battery for $29, down from the previous $79 price.  Apple replaced 11 million batteries through the program, up from the 2 million it normally would, according to remarks made by Apple CEO Tim Cook reported by Daring Fireball.  It shows that more people would replace their phone batteries if the price was lower.  Apple's $29 battery program is over, but it has quietly reduced the price for battery replacements: To replace the battery on an iPhone that ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Cook, Trends, Tim Cook, Gruber, John Gruber, Apple Stores

First Apple Original Movie Will Be a Sofia Coppola A24 Film Starring Bill Murray, Rashida Jones

Sixteen years have passed since Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray got lost in the neon-lit streets of Tokyo, but now the director and her Lost in Translation star are reuniting for Apple’s first original film. Coppola will be directing Murray and Rashida Jones in On the Rocks, a father-daughter drama that will mark the first project under the pact between indie studio A24 and Apple. Apple is starting its original content era strong with an A24 feature film directed by Sofia Coppola and starring ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Movies, Drama, New York City, Netflix, Bill-Murray, Tokyo, Hulu, A24, Murray, Rashida Jones, Apple Apple, Sofia-Coppola, Coppola, New York Jones

TSMC's $39 Billion Wipeout Will Only Get Worse, Analysts Say

TSMC will struggle to plug the hole left by Apple Inc.’s declining smartphone orders in 2019, according to Sanford C. Bernstein’s Mark Li, who has told clients to prepare for the firm’s first annual profit drop in eight years. CGS-CIMB Securities’ Peter Chan, whose recommendation in October to sell the shares proved prescient, says TSMC’s still-high valuations will spook tech investors into owning cheaper alternatives in Asia and the U.S. instead. While a downturn is widely expected after Appl...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Science, TSMC, Apple Inc, Sanford C Bernstein, Mark Li, Peter Chan, CIMB Securities

Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks

Bill Murray to star in Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, St. Vincent, Ghostbusters) will be teaming up again with Oscar and Golden Globe-winning Lost in Translation writer and director Sofia Coppola for the upcoming movie On the Rocks, Deadline has confirmed. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStand...
Tags: Apple, New York, Movies, Oscar, Bill Murray, Murray, Marie Antoinette, Sofia, Golden Globe, Sofia Coppola, Coppola, Steve Zissou, ComingSoon, Movie News, On The Rocks, Best Sofia Coppola

Everyone's favorite flip phone from the early 2000s is getting 2019 makeover — a foldable display

Lenovo is reportedly planning to release a new Motorola Razr phone with a foldable display in February 2019. The new Motorola Razr will cost around $1,500. Motorola's fabled Razr flip-phone that was first released in 2004 is getting a 2019 makeover with a foldable display, according to the The Wall Street Journal.  The 2019 model is the result of an exclusive partnership between Lenovo — Motorola's parent company — and Verizon. Only 200,000 units of the new Razr will be made, and the Journa...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Motorola, Samsung, Trends, Xiaomi, Lenovo, Journal, Lenovo Motorola, Motorola Razr, Royole

WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has reportedly made millions of dollars by leasing office space to his own company

WeWork CEO Adam Neumann reportedly made millions of dollars by renting office space in buildings that he partially owns back to the company, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday.  In a filing for prospective investors last year, WeWork reportedly disclosed that it paid $12 million in rent between 2016 and 2017 to buildings “partially owned by officers" of WeWork. Investors tell the Journal that they're concerned that the situation creates a conflict of interest — if those ...
Tags: Apple, Softbank, New York City, Trends, Xiaomi, WeWork, Wall Street Journal, Journal, San Jose CA, Neumann, Adam Neumann, WeWork Investors

Apple launches battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR at $129

Apple is now selling battery cases to help you avoid running out of juice with your iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, at $129 a pop. The cases are available in black and white silicon finishes, and support wireless charging. The company hasn’t specified the cases’ battery capacity, but it claims you’ll get an additional 21 hours of internet use on the XS, 20 hours on the XS Max, and 22 hours on the XR. As with previous Apple-designed battery cases, you’ll be able to see how much power these have left i...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Notification Center, Plugged

Apple Replaced 11 Million iPhone Batteries in Its $29 Program

Apple's $29 battery replacement program may have seriously dinged sales of its 2018 iPhone models. From a report: The company replaced 11 million iPhone batteries under the program, John Gruber of tech-focused blog DaringFireball reported Monday, citing Apple CEO Tim Cook at an all-hands meeting. Typically, the company replaces 1 million to 2 million batteries each year, DaringFireball noted. Cook cited the program's negative impact on Apple's revenue in a Jan. 2 sales warning to investors but d...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Tech, Tim Cook, John Gruber

Daily Crunch: Snap CFO departs

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Snap CFO Tim Stone is resigning This marks Snap’s second CFO departure in the last 12 months. In a memo to employees, CEO Evan Spiegel said Stone’s departure is not related to any disagreements pertaining to company finances. “Tim has made a big impact in his short time on our team and we are very gratef...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, Roku, Evan Spiegel, Apple Maps, Coo, App Annie, First Data, Tim, Stone, Fiserv, SPIEGEL, Frank Bisignano, Infor, Infowars

CEO Satya Nadella didn't think it was worth celebrating when Microsoft became the world's most valuable company: 'That’s just not stable' (MSFT)

2018 was a fantastic year for Microsoft shareholders. But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told journalists Monday that the price of Microsoft's shares, or its stint as the world's most valuable company, wasn't the kind of metrics that thrill him. Instead, Nadella says that it's more instructive to measure the impact that Microsoft has on the economies in which in participates.    2018 was a standout year for Microsoft shareholders. But that success wasn't a focus for Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, India, Satya Nadella, Trends, Bill Gates, Idc, Nadella, Amazon Nadella

Disappointing photos show what living in San Francisco on a tech salary really looks like

Tech workers come to Silicon Valley in droves with dreams of working for one of the world's biggest tech companies, like Google or Apple, or with hopes of founding their own startup. Such a position entails a comfortable salary, but having a tech salary in the nation's most competitive real estate market doesn't always promise a life of luxury. Here's what working in Silicon Valley's tech sphere really looks like. The dream of working for one of Silicon Valley's many tech behemoths, along wit...
Tags: Apple, Google, San Francisco, Trends, Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Bay Area, Bay Area Though

Netflix To Raise Prices On All 58 Million U.S. Subscribers

Netflix to raise prices on all 58 million U.S. subscribers It was announced today that the streaming giant Netflix will be raising prices on every single one of its streaming plans, which will impact all 58 million subscribers stateside. Per a report from The AP, the most popular plan will jump from $11 a month to $13. The basic plan of $8 a month jumps to $9, and the premium plan, which offers 4K streaming on select titles, will go from $14 a month to a whopping $16 — a dollar more than the...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, TV, Movies, Disney, US, Netflix, Warner Bros, Hulu, ComingSoon, Streaming News

Tencent take Siri on with their own voice assistant

Watch out Siri, you may be about to launch in China in the shape of Apple’s smart speaker but Tencent are looming with their own artificial intelligence on the way. As Apple build up to the launch of their HomePod speaker in China this week on the 18th, native tech giant’s Tencent have announced the readying of their very own powerful artificial intelligence. China’s most notorious tech company Tencent have revealed that they are preparing the launch of their own smart-assistant called Xiaow...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Music, China, US, Siri, Tencent, Alexa, Baidu Inc, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, China Tencent, Xiaowei, Mini Programs Mini Programs

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