Apple officially names Steve Dowling as Vice President of Communications


Apple named Steve Dowling as its new Vice President of Communications

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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.

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comScore: Android still market leader with 52.8% of mobile OS share

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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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You can quote me on this: “Have Fun and Do Great Things.”

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.


         Have Fun and Do Great Things

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.

New Apple Store front display for Apple Watch, new gold model details revealed


Some interesting insight into Apple’ merchandising strategies for the new #AppleWatch

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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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House Members Announce New Congressional Payments Technology Caucus

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.

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: “Global technology is growing and changing at a rapid pace and has a dramatic effect on our consumer payment systems and cyber security. The formation of the CPTC will help keep members up to date on industry changes, serve as an invaluable resource for information, and provide a panel for discussion on future legislation. Georgia is a leader in this industry and I look forward to representing the interests of Georgia on this caucus.”
Rep. Randy Neugebauer: “Innovative payments technology continues to expand opportunity for individuals and families in the 19th District of Texas and across America. Many of these new technologies will help address some of our most pressing financial services challenges such as cyber and data security. Today’s launch of the CPTC, and our bipartisan group of members, will elevate the dialogue and better equip Congress to address the issues that matter the most to American consumers.”
Rep. David Scott: “As a member of the Financial Services Committee, I have learned that the payments industry is a large, diverse industry that touches every segment of our financial economy. Most electronic transactions in the US pass through Georgia-based companies. Yet, many of our colleagues in Congress are not as aware of the many challenges and benefits facing the payments sector. The new caucus will increase the awareness of the industry and help address major issues such as security and consumer protections.”
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema: “Innovative payment technologies help Arizona small businesses and entrepreneurs grow and succeed.  The CPTC brings members from both parties together to highlight the importance of developing new payment technologies and protecting consumer privacy and security. I look forward to working with the CPTC to foster innovation, protect consumers, and support small businesses.”
The CPTC has been supported by the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), a leader in consumer payment technology advocacy: “This new caucus is important for the payments industry, American consumers and our economy,” said Jason Oxman, CEO of ETA. “As the trade association of more than 500 U.S. payments technology companies, ETA applauds the leadership of Representatives Westmoreland, Scott, Neugebauer, and Sinema and look forward to working with caucus members to advance deployment of payments technologies that grow our economy while improving the lives of all Americans.”
Source:  Representative Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)

Quote of the Day: “What problem is it solving for our guests?”

From Alan Wizemann, VP of product at 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.”