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Apple named Steve Dowling as its new Vice President of Communications
Originally posted on 9to5Mac:
Apple has officially named long time director of public relations Steve Dowling as its new Vice President of Communications, as noted on the company’s executive bios webpage. Dowling succeeds former Apple Communications head Katie Cotton, who left Apple in 2014 following Apple CEO Tim Cook choosing to take Apple in a new direction PR-wise. Dowling has led Apple’s Communications division for several months following Cotton’s departure, and he was internally named interim head of PR last October. Following the departure of Cotton, Apple’s PR strategy has been more open, with the company commenting more frequently on various news matters and seeding product review units to more news organizations. Dowling has been seen alongside Cook at various media appearances across the world. Last year, we published an extensive profile of Apple’s PR, Communications, and Marketing department, noting that Dowling would likely become Katie Cotton’s official successor in the near future.
Originally posted on 9to5Google:
ComScore has released its latest report today, detailing the market share of the major smartphone OEMs and their platforms. Unsurprisingly, Apple is still leading in terms of handsets shipped with 41.7% of smartphones shipped, while Android is still leading the mobile operating system market with 52.8% of the market.
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Lets face it, I’m probably not the best boss in the world. I’m kind of cranky at times. I am demanding. I expect the best from my team. I get irritated when I see people not performing at the level I think they are capable of. I get bored with the same ‘ol same ‘ol. I’m anxious to see what’s around the next corner.
But the one thing I encourage everyone around me is to make it a point to “have fun and do great things” in their work. That’s because life is too short. Jobs are too tenuous. Clients are too fickle. Acquisitions and mergers upset the status quo. And so it goes on and on. Everything changes in too quick an instant, sometimes for the good, other times not so.
My simple plea to my team is to have fun in your job. It doesn’t matter what your job is, just make a point to have fun doing it. Because if you’re having fun doing it, chances are, you might be setting yourself up to accomplish some great things.
Come to work whistling and with a determination to be the best you can be. Don’t do it for me. Do it for you. Find the fun in your job and you’ll accomplish something great.
Tax Return Cash on Electronic Cards Frozen For Some, Says ABC News
ABC News’s Rebecca Jarvis reports the latest on pre-paid Green Dot debit card complaints.
Some interesting insight into Apple’ merchandising strategies for the new #AppleWatch
Originally posted on 9to5Mac:
Apple will begin dressing up the front of its stores with a new Apple Watch-themed promotion on April 10th to coincide with the beginning of in-store Apple Watch try-on appointments. The new, unique display will be shown at all Apple Stores with glass front windows and it is themed akin to the application icon arrays on the Apple Watch’s Home screen. According to the source who provided the above rendering, each circle is packed with Mac mini-powered LED lights that will show off different colors, patterns, and effects throughout the day. The new front of store visuals will continue to stay live after the Apple Watch launches on April 24th as Apple can simply remove the “Coming Soon” label shown on the above render…
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Representatives Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03), Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), David Scott (GA-13), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) of the U.S. House of Representatives have announced the formation of the Congressional Payments Technology Caucus (CPTC).
The mission of the CPTC is to explore the new and innovative technologies in the payments industry, as well as answer questions about data security, unbanked users’ access to electronic payments, and more. Each founding member also serves on the House Financial Services Committee and has a strong interest in educating fellow members and the public on consumer protection when it comes to electronic payments. Below are statements from each founding member.
From Alan Wizemann, VP of product at Target.com and mobile: “There is a lot of emerging technology, but the first thing we ask is, ‘What problem is it solving for our guests?’ We ask that it not introduce anything into their usual behaviors in stores or introduce a new behavior that can be detrimental to the shopping experience.”