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Apple CEO Tim Cook made $9.2 million in 2014 as new retail chief & other execs increase earnings

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Apple CEO Tim Cook pulled in a total of $9.2M during Apple’s fiscal 2014, over double his 2013 earnings, according to numbers in Apple’s just released proxy statement. The filing details executive compensation and new board member nominations, among other items of business, ahead of Apple’s upcoming annual shareholders meeting.

According to the report, Apple CEO Time Cook made a total of $9.2 million during the year including $1.7 million in salary and the rest in additional forms of compensation. Cook comes in behind new retail chief Angela Ahrendts with $73 million, which includes $400K salary, a $500k bonus, and the rest in stock and other forms of compensation that she picked up when joining the company. 

Other executives listed include Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue and Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams who both made a total of $24 million during Apple’s fiscal 2014 after stock awards and additional compensation beyond salaries. For Cue and Williams, that’s a big increase from the roughly $2.6 million total both made in 2013 and mostly comes from stock awards and additional compensation in addition to relatively minor salary bumps.

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Apple’s former CFO Peter Oppenheimer made $4.5 million total, including stocks, as he exited the company and current CFO Luca Maestri made $14 million including stock awards.

Apple is also making changes to its board as it nominates new members to be voted on at its upcoming annual shareholders meeting scheduled for March 10.

Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings call will take place on January 27 to report earnings for the three months ending in December of last year. Apple’s fiscal 2014 year ended September 27.


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Apple details HomeKit compatibility with competing home automation platforms, rules out rival Wi-Fi gear

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Apple will allow its upcoming Siri-controlled HomeKit platform to work with certain existing, non-HomeKit home automation products, including ones using competing protocols such as ZigBee or Z-Wave, but there are many limitations. According to sources briefed on the new specs, the latest Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program specifications detail the types of home automation products other than HomeKit that Apple will permit to interact with its platform.

During the 2014 WWDC, Apple briefly mentioned the possibility of connecting rival home automation products to HomeKit using a hardware “bridge,” but only in recent weeks has clarified the types of accessories that will and will not be allowed.

HomeKit will primarily focus on newly-released Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories that have been certified by Apple and built with the HomeKit protocol to directly connect to iOS devices.

By comparison, a bridge accessory is built to connect iOS devices to certain non-HomeKit accessories. It will communicate with iOS devices using the HomeKit protocol, while communicating with non-HomeKit accessories using other wireless/transport protocols such as ZigBee, Z-Wave or other proprietary technologies. The bridge will allow the non-HomeKit accessories to be controlled using HomeKit (Siri) commands on iOS devices. 

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Homekit accessories with Siri voice commands demoed by Incipio at the CES 2015

There are restrictions on which accessories can be bridged to HomeKit. For starters, Apple will not allow home automation accessories connecting over Wi-Fi, such as a Nest Thermostat, to be bridged. Those will have to go the HomeKit protocol route and become licensed MFi products.

Apple will allow some Bluetooth LE accessories to be bridged, but only those that don’t offer users control of the home. For example, a non-MFi Bluetooth lightbulb product must not be bridged. Instead, like Wi-Fi products, it would have to go through the HomeKit protocol and get MFi certification. Apple’s restrictions on bridged accessories appear to be at least partially security-related. The company also notes, for instance, that any accessory regardless of how it connects cannot be bridged if it allows physical access to a home, such as a door lock.

That doesn’t leave a lot of products that will work with a HomeKit bridge, but Apple will permit bridging of Bluetooth products that don’t provide control of the home and only provide data to HomeKit, such as a reading from a sensor. In addition, accessories that use alternative transports like ZigBee or proprietary RF sensors can be bridged, so long as they use an MFi-certified HomeKit bridge. All others wanting to support the platform will have to go through Apple’s MFi program, which will require manufacturers follow Apple’s usual long list of guidelines for connecting to the platform, use only Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and include a MFi authentication chip. 

Apple’s specs will also allow bridges to connect to other bridges, and each can connect up to 100 accessories, according to Apple’s specs. Allowing an accessory to connect a HomeKit bridge will require a MFi product approval, which means accessories that work with bridges will have to be approved first by Apple.

Controlling accessories remotely with Siri (when outside your home network) will notably require an Apple TV to be on your home network. We’ve confirmed that Apple will also allow bridged accessories to be controlled remotely.

It looks like products using HomeKit are about to hit the market: Apple started accepting product plans for HomeKit accessories in November and many were on show during CES earlier this month.


Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Tagged: Accessories, Apple, BRIDGE, Hardware, Home automation, homekit, MFi, specs, Z-Wave, ZigBee

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How to watch NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX live stream on desktop & iPad, Verizon’s stream to smartphones

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NBCUniversal announced today that it will offer a free live stream of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 to all desktop and tablet users to promote its TV Everywhere service.  For smartphones, Verizon has exclusive rights to stream the event to users through its own mobile app. 

The stream will be available in the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets (and NBCSports.com/liveextra on desktop), which normally requires users to login using a cable subscription. However, for the 11-hour event scheduled to include pre-game festivities, the game itself and, for the first time, the halftime show, NBC will open the app to all:

The special access event kicks off at noon ET with NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage and concludes with The Blacklist, which follows post-game coverage at approximately 10 p.m. ET. Consumers accessing NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC.com during “Super Stream Sunday” will not be prompted to log-in with their cable/satellite/telco credentials; however, as part of this special access, they will receive consistent messaging in and around the experience about the ease in authenticating after the end of The Blacklist.

The app is only available for users in the US and offers up to 1080p video for Retina iPads, but it doesn’t usually offer video over HDMI or AirPlay due to rights restrictions. 

Variety notes that NBC doesn’t have rights for the stream on smartphones, however, as Verizon will have that locked down through its NFL Mobile app. Verizon and the NFL will also have a Super Bowl Stadium app that will include “exclusive in-stadium video content including commercials and replays from four different camera angles.”

The NFL will be forwarding users through its channels to the NBC and Verizon apps as its official stream. NBC said it hopes the event will “help raise overall awareness of TV Everywhere by allowing consumers to explore our vast TVE offering with this special one-day-only access.”


Filed under: Apps, General, iOS Devices, Mac Tagged: AirPlay, app, Football, how to, iPad, live stream, NBC, NFL Mobile, Sports, stream, Super Bowl, super bowl sunday, Super Bowl XLIX, Verizon, Watch

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How to watch NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX live stream on desktop & iPad, Verizon’s stream to smartphones

Super-Bowl-XLIX

NBCUniversal announced today that it will offer a free live stream of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 to all desktop and tablet users to promote its TV Everywhere service.  For smartphones, Verizon has exclusive rights to stream the event to users through its own mobile app. 

The stream will be available in the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets (and NBCSports.com/liveextra on desktop), which normally requires users to login using a cable subscription. However, for the 11-hour event scheduled to include pre-game festivities, the game itself and, for the first time, the halftime show, NBC will open the app to all:

The special access event kicks off at noon ET with NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage and concludes with The Blacklist, which follows post-game coverage at approximately 10 p.m. ET. Consumers accessing NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC.com during “Super Stream Sunday” will not be prompted to log-in with their cable/satellite/telco credentials; however, as part of this special access, they will receive consistent messaging in and around the experience about the ease in authenticating after the end of The Blacklist.

The app is only available for users in the US and offers up to 1080p video for Retina iPads, but it doesn’t usually offer video over HDMI or AirPlay due to rights restrictions. 

Variety notes that NBC doesn’t have rights for the stream on smartphones, however, as Verizon will have that locked down through its NFL Mobile app. Verizon and the NFL will also have a Super Bowl Stadium app that will include “exclusive in-stadium video content including commercials and replays from four different camera angles.”

The NFL will be forwarding users through its channels to the NBC and Verizon apps as its official stream. NBC said it hopes the event will “help raise overall awareness of TV Everywhere by allowing consumers to explore our vast TVE offering with this special one-day-only access.”


Filed under: Apps, General, iOS Devices, Mac Tagged: AirPlay, app, Football, how to, iPad, live stream, NBC, NFL Mobile, Sports, stream, Super Bowl, super bowl sunday, Super Bowl XLIX, Verizon, Watch

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Chrome for iOS gets Material redesign, OS X Handoff support, iOS 8/iPhone 6 optimizations

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Google is today rolling out Chrome 40 for iOS and with it introducing a redesigned UI, OS X Handoff support, and optimizations for iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Google is giving the entire app for both iPhone and iPad an overhaul based on its new “Material Design” design language introduced with its latest Android release. That includes “bold graphics, fluid motion, and tactile surfaces,” according to Google, as pictured in the iPhone screenshots above.

Here’s a look at the redesigned app on iPad:

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The updated app also gains support for Apple’s Handoff feature, which allows users to pick up where they left off in one app in another on OS X. The Chrome iOS app now supports “handoff from Chrome to your default browser on OS X,” allowing users to jump from Chrome on iOS to Safari or any other default browser on a Mac (pictured below):

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Version 40 of Chrome for iOS also brings optimizations for iOS 8 and the larger screens of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The updated Chrome app for iPhone and iPad is rolling out to the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 40.0.2214.61

• New look with Material Design bringing bold graphics, fluid motion, and tactile surfaces
• iOS 8 optimizations and support for bigger phones
• Support handoff from Chrome to your default browser on OS X
• Stability improvements and bug fixes


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T-Mobile USA CEO responds to ‘unsustainable’ claim in typical Uncarrier fashion

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What does T-Mobile US CEO John Legere have to say about comments from parent company Deutsche Telekom this week calling his “Uncarrier” approach unsustainable?

“Its total bullshit,” according to a brief response from Legere referring to comments made by Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges in an interview earlier this week.

According to Re/code, Höttges “admitted that T-Mobile’s current approach is not sustainable” during the interview: “The question is always the economics in the long term … and earning appropriate money,” Hoettges said. “You have to earn your money back at one point in time.”

Höttges also noted that he was “intrigued by the idea of having a combination with Sprint and being the ‘super-maverick’ in the market,” referring to T-Mobile’s plans for a merger with the company that fell through last year.

On sustainability, Höttges claimed T-Mobile’s aggressive discounts and Uncarrier approach would not work long-term as the company invests approximately $4-$5 billion each year to keep up with the other carriers.

Despite disagreements on sustainability, Höttges did briefly attempt to praise Legere’s work during the interview: “His management style will never be adaptable to Germany,”Hoettges said, although he added that Legere’s competitive nature and desire to win are very much in line with the company’s culture. “I like people being disruptive… I like people who are brave. He is very much fitting to our DNA, how we want to be, even if he is very American in his approach.”


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T-Mobile USA CEO responds to ‘unsustainable’ claim in typical Uncarrier fashion

Happy Holidays from T-Mobile CEO John Legere - YouTube 2014-12-22 15-08-26

What does T-Mobile US CEO John Legere have to say about comments from parent company Deutsche Telekom this week calling his “Uncarrier” approach unsustainable?

“Its total bullshit,” according to a brief response from Legere referring to comments made by Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges in an interview earlier this week.

According to Re/code, Höttges “admitted that T-Mobile’s current approach is not sustainable” during the interview: “The question is always the economics in the long term … and earning appropriate money,” Hoettges said. “You have to earn your money back at one point in time.”

Höttges also noted that he was “intrigued by the idea of having a combination with Sprint and being the ‘super-maverick’ in the market,” referring to T-Mobile’s plans for a merger with the company that fell through last year.

On sustainability, Höttges claimed T-Mobile’s aggressive discounts and Uncarrier approach would not work long-term as the company invests approximately $4-$5 billion each year to keep up with the other carriers.

Despite disagreements on sustainability, Höttges did briefly attempt to praise Legere’s work during the interview: “His management style will never be adaptable to Germany,”Hoettges said, although he added that Legere’s competitive nature and desire to win are very much in line with the company’s culture. “I like people being disruptive… I like people who are brave. He is very much fitting to our DNA, how we want to be, even if he is very American in his approach.”


Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: CEO, Deutsche Telekom, John Legere, Sprint, T-Mobile, Timotheus Höttges, uncarrier, unsustainable

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