Tim Cook breaks ground on Apple’s new data center

One of Apple’s most important data centers is about to get a $1 billion expansion. Apple CEO Tim Cook was on hand today for the groundbreaking ceremony of the expanded Reno data center that is used to power services like FaceTime, iMessage and iCloud. “Reno plays an incredibly important role in the products and services […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Apple employees get big bonus thanks to Trump

Donald Trump’s new tax law is doing great things from Apple employees’ wallets. Apple told employees today that it plans to give all of its employees $2500 worth of restricted stock thanks to the revised tax law that goes into effect this year. News of Apple’s payout to employees comes the same day it revealed […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Google Says Bug Fix for Chromecast WiFi Issue On the Way

Responding to reports of poor WiFi performance in homes with Chromecast devices, Google plans to issue a patch that should resolve the issue. "We’re aware of an issue where Chromecast built-in devices may be affecting WiFi network performance," said Google. "In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact WiFi networks."…

Apple shuttle buses come under repeated attack

The shuttle buses that ferry Apple’s employees from San Francisco to Cupertino are coming under fire. Not from anti-gentrification protestors but from some unknown person that keeps shattering bus windows as they’re cruising the freeway. At least four separate buses have suffered broken windows in the last few weeks. Apple has reportedly been forced to […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Google to Use Mobile Site Loading Times to Peg Search Rank

Google says it plans to down-rank mobile web sites that deliver slow loading times. The search giant hopes to improve how mobile search behaves on devices and will prioritize mobile web sites that load quickly over those that do not. Google is calling this the "Speed Update" and it will apply to all web pages, no matter the technology used to build the site. The company is encouraging those who…

FTC to Investigate Broadcom's Business Practices

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today said it is investigating potential anticompetitive negotiating tactics used by Broadcom. Of note, the FTC believes Broadcom has altered its practices by requiring some customers to buy a certain percentage of its production items, rather than an absolute number or quantity. This can lead to companies overbuying. The FTC has issued subpoenas seeking more information from Broadcom on the matter. In a brief statement,…

9 ways to strengthen your Apple products

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Apple Plans Major Investment in U.S., Says 20,000 Jobs On Deck

Apple today outlined plans to contribute up to $350 billion to the U.S. economy across various avenues over the next five years. The company will invest some $30 billion in capital expenditures by opening a new campus and creating 20,000 new jobs. Apple already employs about 84,000 people in the U.S. The new Apple campus (location to be announced at a later date) will house technical support for customers. The…

Google Debuts 'Bill Protection' – Effectively Unlimited Data – for Project Fi

Google today rolled out a new plan for its Project Fi wireless service that lets people use more mobile data at a lower cost. Since launch, Project Fi has charged $10 per gigabyte, pro-rated so people pay for exactly the amount of data they use. For example, those who consumed 2.3 GB in a given month were charged $23. This system works well for those who use data sparingly, but…