Apple limits performance on older iPhone
Recently Apple issued a statement clarifying that the speed of older iPhones was reduced to keep the devices from unexpectedly shutting down. What? Yes, Apple admitted that they purposely slowed down older model iPhones. The Internet became angry and soon calls were made to sue Apple over their actions. Apple has issued a statement that they have lowered the price of battery replacement down to $29. Whether that will be enough to make the millions of users happy after having upgraded and then slowing their iPhones will remain to be seen.
Amazon to reduce staff in Seattle
It has been reported that Amazon is looking to reduce staff by a few hundred in Seattle. The number of workers in the Seattle areas has been increasing by thousands per year as the company filled out positions through traditional hiring and acquisitions. Currently Amazon has over 500,000 staff. The number of cuts and departments will be announced within a few days. The staff facing layoffs will be given the chance to move to other Amazon units.
GoPro to Layoff Staff
GoPro will reportedly lay off 200 to 300 employees from its aerial division who are responsible for the Karma drone. The Karma was GoPro's attempt at moving into the largely expanding and lucrative drone market which failed to garner any appreciable amount of market share. The Karma was a large drone, which was capable of carrying a GoPro camera for aerial filming. A full Karma drone package and batteries would cost someone close to $2,000 (USD) while offerings from competitors could be obtained for $1000.
Microsoft to cut 3,000-4,000 jobs
Yesterday Microsoft announced that they were planning layoffs that would cut 3,000-4,000 employees. The majority of the cuts will come from locations abroad and center on sales and marketing jobs. The company has over 120,000 employees globally.
Microsoft has made a push to enter into the could based computing, where software as a service earns substantial amounts of revenue for Google, IBM and Oracle. The move will allow Microsoft to shift focus into the lucrative market.
Nintendo SNES Classic Edition
Last year Nintendo released a small version of their classic NES console that came with built in games and a controller. The NES Classic was a high demand sought after product for the 2016 holiday season. While many wanted to purchase the NES classic, shortages were present leading to an increase in the price.
Nintendo had a high demand product on their hands and then suddenly they announced that production would cease. Nintendo has now released another small hand held unit based upon the SNES. The new SNES will retail for $80 and be available at the end of September.
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