There are two constants in June: seeing Lebron James in the NBA finals and Apple hosting a massive conference for developers. While the former may fade eventually, the latter is showing no signs of slowing down. WWDC is an annual event that sees nearly 6,000 attendees fall upon the shores of California to witness advancements in Apple software along with valuable time with Apple engineers. What’s often lost during this event is the business ju-jitsu played by the Cupertino collective to further their agenda.
Facebook is as free a service as a free iPhone on contract. That is to say, it isn’t free at all. You have access to a set of services in exchange for your personal information, which is then categorized and packaged for advertisers. The goal is to create an extremely attractive platform that people love to spend time in and leverage that attention for ad sales. Many people were sceptical of this model, citing Google’s dominance in the market, but they’ve been all but squashed since the company went public. Facebook has grown and grown, swallowing up other large companies in the process. So with the Cambridge Analytica scandal, are we going to see this tech giant spiral down into a much smaller version of itself? Hell no.
Spotify will be going public next week. While this may great news for most companies, it may not have a fairytale ending for the streaming giant. Despite being the market leader in music streaming today, among their major competitors, Spotify is the only company that derives their entire revenue stream from this business. That’s not a good thing. Furthermore, their biggest competitor, Apple, is spending over $1 billion in bolstering their streaming service with original video content. So in this hotly contested market, with intense competition, how does Spotify continue their steady growth? Well, maybe they don’t.
Tomorrow, Samsung will release the latest addition to their Galaxy line of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S9. This release marks the beginning of a new year in mobile technology which will be capped off with new hardware from Apple and Google. It’s important to note though, the latter two companies have truly gone beyond the definition of smartphones. What they offer to consumers are hyperphones.
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