Tim Cook faced insurrection, Iran getting hacked again, Tapbots expands their portfolio, Facebook allows you to pay to feature and CliffyB quites Epic Games.
Arguably Apple’s biggest resource is the fantastic leadership team that they have available to them. When it was announced earlier this year that the Senior Vice President Bob Mansfield would be retiring apparently caused an internal uproar at Apple. Tim Cook was apparently approached by several of the senior engineers who proceeded to voice frustrations at having to report to Mansfield’s replacement Dan Riccio who they said was “unprepared for the magnitude of the role”. Tim Cook’s response was apparently to get Mansfield back with a rumoured salary package of $2mil a month. Tim Cook has changed quite a few things since arriving at Apple, but whether he is as in control of the gargantuan beast as much as his predecessor was remains to be seen,
According to the High Council of Cyberspace secretary of Iran, Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi, the country has been under a sustained cyber attack that had the sole purpose of to undermining Iran’s data, nuclear and oil infrastructures. Apparently there was a surge in activity which culminated in a major assault on Tuesday that slowed down local internet access to a crawl. It is entirely possible that the western allies are indeed attempting to slow down the government programs in Iran, it is also possible that there are some serious bandwidth hogs surfacing in Iran, downloading anti-government videos on YouTube.
Tapbots, the makers of the wildly popular Tweetbot for iPhone and iPad have tweeted that the long awaited Tweetbot for Mac has been submitted to the Mac App Store for approval. Along with this announcement they also stated that they’re introducing a new app called Netbot for iPhone and iPad to use as an easy tool to manage your App.net account.
According to Facebook only 12-16% of your friends will see any one given update, until now that is. With the introduction of Promoted Posts, US users will be allowed to increase the visibility of a status update for the small price of $7. If used correctly this can help people who do fund raising or have significant announcements to make ensure that their message reaches more of their friends, or it could mean that some obnoxious person could spend money on maintaining prime position in the timelines of those around them. Considering that Facebook’s ARPU (avg revenue per user) last year was around $7, they could double their earnings by just having every person doing this once in a 12 month period.
After nearly 20 years at the forefront of the gaming industry and with titles like the Gears of War and Unreal franchises behind his name, Cliff Bleszinski is leaving the gaming industry for what he terms is a “much needed break”. CliffyB, as he is affectionately knows as, is one of the most loved characters in the gaming fraternity world wide and will be missed.