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  1. monctezuma

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    Foster’s Apple Headquarters Exceeds Budget by $2 Billion © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple The estimated cost of Apple’s Cupertino City headquarters has escalated from an already hefty price of $3 billion to $5 billion (more than $1,500 per square foot), reportedly pushing back the original completion date to 2016. According to Bloomberg, Apple is working with lead architect Foster & Partners to shave $1 billion from the “ballooning budget”. Most of the cost is seemly due to Steve Job’s “sky-high requirements for fit and finish”, as the tech legend called for the 2.8 million square foot, circular monolith to be clad 40-foot panes of German concave glass, along with its four-story office spaces be lined with museum-quality terrazzo floors and capped with polished concrete ceilings. Although lambasted for his ambitious plans and “doughnut-shaped” design, Steve Jobs wanted to create a masterpiece that looked as good as it functioned, just like his products. During a 2011 presentation to the Cupertino City Council, Jobs stated, “This is not the cheapest way to build something… there is not a straight piece of glass in this building.” He continued, “We have a shot… at building the best office building in the world. I really do think that architecture students will come here to see it.” © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple The spaceship-like headquarters, as Jobs would describe, is intended to accommodate more than 12,000 employees. It will be one of six visible structures planned for the 176 acre parcel - including the headquarters, a lobby to a 1000-seat underground auditorium, a four-story parking garage near Interstate 280, a corporate fitness center, a research facility and central plant - all of which will be accessed by a network of underground roads and parking lots, hidden by 6,000 trees. In addition, Jobs envisioned the campus to achieve “net-zero energy” by offsetting energy use with 700,000 square feet of rooftop solar panels (enough to generate 8 megawatts of power), along with additional contracts for solar and wind power, climate responsive window dressings, and more (additional project information, including plans and images, can be found here). © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple Despite the cost, Bloomberg states, “There’s no indication that Apple is getting cold feet.” Site excavation is planned to commence in June. In related news, Facebook’s quarter-mile-long West Campus by Frank Gehry was just awarded approval from city council. All the details here. Reference: Bloomberg
  2. Y a-t-il quelque chose de plus effrayant pour les actionnaires d'Apple que de penser au départ éventuel de Steve Jobs ? Probablement pas, et le titre perd 5%. Pour en lire plus...
  3. Le géant a fait fi du contexte économique difficile pour rapporter des résultats au quatrième trimestre qui ont surpassé les attentes. Le iPhone a notamment fait des malheurs. Pour en lire plus...
  4. http://www.canoe.com/techno/nouvelles/archives/2008/07/20080710-130035.html Selon la compagnie O2 L'Angleterre en pénurie d'iPhone Canoë - Sophie Montminy 10/07/2008 13h00 La rumeur est confirmée, les citoyens d’Angleterre auront de la difficulté à se procurer le nouveau iPhone 3G, ce vendredi. Le site web O2 a confirmé cette rumeur aujourd’hui, disant que les quantités de iPhone 3G sont écoulées sur le site web et qu’elles seront minimes dans les magasins le 11 juillet. Lundi le 7 juillet, le site web de la compagnie O2 était soudainement hors d’usage, en raison de la trop grande demande en ligne du iPhone 3G. Les clients ne pouvaient plus l’acheter en prévente , alors que quelques jours auparavant, la compagnie avait envoyé un courriel à tout ses clients, pour leur offrir le iPhone 3G. Le site web de la compagnie O2 affiche maintenant un message qui dit que seuls les clients déjà existant de Apple pourront se procurer un iPhone. O2 remercie les clients pour leurs intérêts envers le téléphone, mais dit qu’elle a reçu une trop grande demande pour le cellulaire et qu’elle est incapable de répondre aux besoins de tous les clients. Elle assure que chaque client pourra se procurer le iPhone d’ici la fin de l’été, mais que les quantités seront très limitées en magasin le 11 juillet. La compagnie O2 est en pourparler avec Apple pour avoir plus de iPhone 3G en magasin, mais pour l’instant, O2 aura à sa disposition une douzaine de cellulaires dans chaque magasin, par semaine. Les quantités sont déjà épuisées sur le site-web. O2 suggère aux clients qui ont déjà un iPhone, d’aller chercher la mise à jour 2.0 qui donne quelques nouvelles options que l’on retrouve dans le iPhone 3G. Malheureusement pour les fans inconditionnels du nouveau cellulaire, il sera impossible de se procurer le iPhone 3G blanc en Angleterre. Notons que Apple n’a jamais sorti de cellulaire d’une autre couleur que le noir.
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  6. Microsoft to Open Stores, Hires Retail Hand By NICK WINGFIELD Microsoft Corp. said it hired a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive to help the company open its own retail stores, a strategy shift that borrows from the playbook of rival Apple Inc. The Redmond, Wash., company said it hired David Porter, most recently the head of world-wide product distribution at DreamWorks Animation SKG, as corporate vice president of retail stores for Microsoft. In a statement, Microsoft said the first priority of Mr. Porter, who is also a 25-year veteran of Wal-Mart, will be to define where to place the Microsoft stores and when to open them. A Microsoft spokesman said the company's current plans are for a "small number" of stores. [microsoft store and retail concept] Microsoft In a warehouse near its Redmond, Wash., campus, Microsoft created mockups for how Microsoft products might be displayed either in its own stores or in a retailer's. [microsoft store or retail concept] Microsoft It remains to be seen whether the effort can add some pizzazz to Microsoft's unfashionable image, which Apple has sought to reinforce with ads that mock its competitor. Mr. Porter, in a statement, said there are "tremendous opportunities" for Microsoft to create a "world-class shopping experience" for the company's customers. "The purpose of opening these stores is to create deeper engagement with consumers and continue to learn firsthand about what they want and how they buy," Microsoft said in a statement. The move is a sign of the deeper role consumer-technology companies are playing in the retail business, despite the many risks of straying from their traditional businesses of making hardware and software. Apple, of Cupertino, Calif., encountered widespread skepticism when it first began opening its own retail stores in 2001. Eight years later, though, Apple's chain of more than 200 stores around the world are widely credited with helping the company boost sales of its Mac, iPod and iPhone product lines. The Apple stores, with their eye-catching architecture, highly-trained sales staff and "genius bars" that provide technical support, gave Apple a way to showcase its products in an environment where they weren't lumped in with a gamut of other electronics items. Sony Corp. and Bose Corp. also operate their own stores. At the same time, some large electronics retailers have fallen on hard times amidst the weakening economy. CompUSA Inc. last year closed most of its retail stores, while Circuit City Stores Inc. is in the process of shutting down all of its stores and laying off more than 30,000 employees. Microsoft has long flirted with the idea of doing its own store, even as it has tested ways that retail partners can better sell Microsoft products. In a 20,000-square-foot warehouse near its campus in the suburbs of Seattle, Microsoft has tested various retail concepts, complete with shelves displaying Xbox games and big computer monitors with touch-sensitive screens. Key details about Microsoft's retail plans still need to be worked out, though. Microsoft said the stores could feature a range of products from personal computers running its Windows operating system to cellphones running the company's Windows Mobile operating system to its Xbox videogame console. One of Mr. Porter's tasks will be to figure out whether to actually sell computers rather than merely show off their features. Any decision that favored some PC makers and left others off store shelves could anger some hardware partners. Stephen Baker, an analyst at NPD Group Inc., which tracks retailers, said Apple doesn't face the dilemmas Microsoft will in the retail business because Apple makes the hardware and software for its products. "That's going to be a big challenge for Microsoft," Mr. Baker said. A spokeswoman for Hewlett-Packard Co., one of Microsoft's biggest hardware partners in the PC business, declined to comment on Microsoft's retail strategy. Spokesmen for Dell Inc. didn't respond to requests for comment. Microsoft's store plans could also irk existing retail partners like Best Buy Co., on whom Microsoft is especially dependent for sales to consumers. Best Buy representatives didn't return calls requesting comment. Microsoft said it will share the lessons it learns from its own stores with other retailers. The failures of other stores opened by technology companies will loom over Microsoft as it launches its stores. In 2004, computer maker Gateway Inc. shuttered a network of more than 188 company-owned retail stores after weak sales. Microsoft itself operated a Microsoft store inside a movie-theater complex in San Francisco beginning in 1999, but two years later shut down the store -- which showcased, but didn't sell, Microsoft products.
  7. Apple Inc. offrira toute sa musique par le truchement de son site iTunes sans protection anticopie et la compagnie proposera des prix variables selon les pistes. Pour en lire plus...
  8. Parions que les dirigeants d'Apple espéraient une meilleure réaction: le titre de l'entreprise plonge mardi au Nasdaq sur des craintes liées à sa décision de larguer sa participation au MacWorld Expo. Pour en lire plus...
  9. « IMAGINÉ AU QUÉBEC » LP MAURICE Je me rappelle encore quand j’ai déballé mon premier iPhone. C’était en 2007 et j’habitais à l’époque aux États-Unis. J’ai eu accès au iPhone 1, un produit qui allait changer ma vie (et le monde entier), avant même qu’il ne soit accessible au Canada ou ailleurs. Je me rappelle encore ce qui m’avait frappé le plus en ouvrant la boîte, soit une courte phrase très visible sur le côté de la boîte : « Designed by Apple in California ». Même si l’iPhone est assemblé et fabriqué majoritairement en Asie, Apple avait jugé bon de rappeler à ses utilisateurs que ce produit avait été imaginé par son équipe de talentueux ingénieurs en Californie. Récemment, j’ai vu une publicité imprimée pour le service Téo Taxi, une nouvelle entreprise pilotée par l’entrepreneur en série Alexandre Taillefer. L’annonce affiche en gros caractères le slogan suivant : « Imaginé et créé par des gens d’ici ». En plus d’une photo d’un taxi blanc et vert, on y lit seulement une autre phrase en plus petits caractères : « Imaginer, explorer, douter… jusqu’à l’épuisement. Recommencer, passionnément, intensément, jusqu’à devenir réel. » Wow ! Comme Apple, Téo a jugé bon de mettre de l’avant fièrement son processus créatif et son caractère local. Pourquoi nous, les entrepreneurs d’ici, ne ferions-nous pas de même plus souvent ? Dans le passé, on a souvent parlé du « fabriqué au Québec ». Il y a même eu quelques efforts déployés afin de créer des programmes pour favoriser l’achat de produits locaux faits au Québec. Mais l’économie a changé. Avec la mondialisation, nous sommes entrés davantage dans une économie de savoir que de production. Et si nous parlions plutôt de « imaginé au Québec » ? FIERTÉ En me baladant à San Francisco récemment, j’ai aperçu dans une vitrine le symbole d’arbre vert de la start-up montréalaise Breather, qui offre des espaces de travail sur demande. Fierté immédiate. En conduisant sur l’autoroute dans Silicon Valley, j’ai vu une affiche pour le spectacle québécois Cavalia. Fierté. Quand j’étais à Toronto, j’ai vu les vélos de ville style BIXI exploités par PBSC Urban Solutions établie à Longueuil. Fierté. Un préposé d’une boutique indépendante à New York m’a servi avec une tablette propulsée par Lightspeed, une entreprise montréalaise de commerce électronique. À Los Angeles, il y a le nouveau terminal d’aéroport LAX animé par la magie de Moment Factory. Toutes ces expériences ont été imaginées au Québec. Ces marques laissent savoir au monde que nous sommes là, nous innovons, et que nos produits sont de classe mondiale. Quand j’ai démarré le site Busbud avec mes cofondateurs en 2011, nous avons fièrement apposé l’inscription « Built in Montreal » au bas de notre page d’accueil. Presque cinq ans plus tard, c’est pratiquement la seule partie de notre site web qui n’a pas changé. Aujourd’hui, des millions de voyageurs de plus de 50 pays qui utilisent notre site chaque mois pour réserver leurs billets d’autocars voient cette mention sur chaque page. Ils voient un produit imaginé au Québec qui a une portée mondiale. Nous gardons cette inscription avec fierté à ce jour. ARGUMENTS ÉCONOMIQUES C’est une question de fierté, mais c’est aussi une question économique. Le Québec est capable de bâtir des entreprises qui sont des modèles d’innovation, qui peuvent à la fois servir le marché québécois et se démarquer à l’international. Celles-ci créent des emplois ici et, à long terme, une plus grande fraction de leurs revenus, taxes et impôts restent au Québec, vis-à-vis des entreprises étrangères. C’est bon pour notre économie. Ces entreprises peuvent s’appuyer sur un avantage local pour se différencier. Par exemple, une infrastructure d’hydroélectricité bien développée au Québec peut aider Téo pour l’électrification de ses transports. Ces entreprises peuvent aussi mieux servir les besoins spécifiques de la clientèle locale, possiblement via des partenaires locaux. Le modèle d’affaires de Téo innove en apportant notamment une valeur sociale et écologique. Avec le temps, certaines entreprises deviendront même capables de sainement concurrencer les géants mondiaux. Continuons de miser sur notre créativité pour développer des concepts originaux. En tant que consommateurs, supportons ensemble ces innovations « imaginées au Québec » en votant avec notre portefeuille quand il est logique de le faire. Entrepreneurs, affichons fièrement nos couleurs. Ici, et partout au monde. http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/d1ab8908-e9a9-4ccc-8eb9-75b1a3c6a2b4%7C_0.html
  10. Copier-Coller du Site AppleInsider.com Apple Inc. is finalizing plans for its first Canadian flagship shop, a spacious multi-story retail outlet to be located in the heart of Montreal, a source tells AppleInsider. The Cupertino-based gadget maker is reported to have secured some 9,300 square feet of space along the 1300 block of Rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, where it plans to heavily alter -- but not raze -- an existing structure. According to a set of initial design plans, the company has proposed that the ground floor of the building be raised and that existing column structures on the property be relocated. Plans also call for the building to receive a new roof and stainless steel facade. On the interior, Apple's proposal calls for two stories of retail sales space to be joined by a trademark glass staircases, similar to the one found at its SoHo, New York and Regent Street, London locations. Office space, a back-end stock room, and bathroom facilities will consume a portion of the 9,300 square feet, trimming the retail sales area to approximately 8,000 -- leaving the Montreal location a couple thousand square feet short of Apple's Manhattan-based shops. Although Apple presently operates four retail locations in Canada, none of the stores are designated as flagship locations. Montreal would represent just the 10th high-profile location for Apple, joining its eight existing flagships spread across the U.S., U.K., and Japan, as well as a ninth under development in Manhattan's Meatpacking district. Apple's flagship shops have been strategically placed in the world's most densely populated shopping districts and are conceived as projections of the Apple brand with their architecture and interior design. Each year, the company spends an undisclosed sum on marketing costs for the the high-profile locations, ranging up to $10 million. Unexpected delays withstanding, Apple hopes to begin operating out of the Montreal location during the summer or early fall of next year, according to the source.
  11. êtes-vous fatigués de ces conneries: IMPERATIF FRANCAIS - Apple, une pomme de discorde - La pollution des ondes Le "MacBook Air" MONTREAL, le 1er fév. /CNW Telbec/ - Avez-vous vu et entendu la publicitédéfrancisante d'Apple sur son nouveau portable "MacBook Air" diffusée sur lesondes de plusieurs médias? Une publicité presque entièrement en anglais pour le marché québécoisbien qu'Apple écrit dans son site que "le nouveau "MacBook Air" s'inscrit dans la démarche écologique permanente d'Apple". Sauf qu'il est évident à voir,mais surtout à entendre sa publicité, que sa "démarche écologique" n'inclut pas le respect de l'écologie culturelle et de l'environnement linguistique dumarché québécois qui est de langue et de culture d'expression française! De plus, Apple se vante dans son site Web d'avoir produit "le portable leplus mince au monde...". Ce qui est surtout mince chez Apple dans ce cas-ci, nous dirions même très mince, c'est le respect de l'identité et de ladifférence québécoise. Si la société Apple prétend se soucier de l'écologie comme elle l'affirme, elle doit retirer cette publicité des ondes de nos médias. Vous pouvez voir cette publicité irrespectueuse d'Apple à partir de sonsite Web à www.apple.com/ca/fr Renseignements: Jean-Paul Perreault, Président, Impératif français,Recherche et communications, (819) 684-8460, www.imperatif-francais.org
  12. Les actions des géants évoluant dans secteur des technologies remontaient la pente après leur journée de misère de lundi. Apple prenait 4,60%, RIM 6,70% et Google était en hausse de 7,65$. Pour en lire plus...
  13. Le directeur général du groupe informatique américain Apple Steve Jobs a annoncé mercredi qu'il prenait un congé médical jusqu'à la fin juin. Pour en lire plus...
  14. Apple supprime le verrou électronique des chansons offertes sur iTunes et abandonne son tarif unique pour des tarifs modulés. Pour en lire plus...
  15. Big Apple starting to crumble Janet Whitman, Financial Post Published: Thursday, November 06, 2008 NEW YORK -- The Big Apple is losing its shine. After years of benefiting from consumer bingeing on everything from luxury lofts to US$99 hamburgers, New York is seeing a dramatic turn in its fortunes as Wall Street stumbles. Investment banks and other financial-services firms here have cut tens of thousands of high-wage jobs and many more pink slips still could be on the way as they grapple with the deepening credit crisis. This year's Wall Street bonus pool, which makes up the bulk of the pay for high-flying financial executives, is forecast to be chopped in half to US$16-billion. Businesses are already feeling the pinch. Revenue at some high-end Manhattan restaurants are down an estimated 20% this year and the once sizzling real-estate market is cooling fast. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this week that the big drop in tax revenue collected from financial firms is forcing him to renege on planned US$400 property tax rebates for homeowners and to mull a 15% income tax hike. Economists said yesterday that the downturn could resemble New York's financial crisis in the early 1970s, when the city nearly went bankrupt and crime rates skyrocketed. "Compensation is going to be way down and that's going to weigh on restaurants and retailers and the housing market as well," said Mark Vitner, senior economist at Charlotte, N.C.-based bank Wachovia Corp. "We're going to have a very difficult climb back out of this. The recovery might begin in the middle of next year, but that just means things will stop getting worse." Mr. Vitner said it could take at least three years before New York starts to see strong growth and five years before the city gets back to normal. After the dot-com bust in 1999 and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, New York soon roared back, fueled by Wall Street's recovery. But the city can't depend on Wall Street this time around. "The flavour is different," said James Brown, a New York state Department of Labor regional analyst who focuses on New York City. "It's not clear how much growth we can expect from our financial sector in the next upturn. We don't know to what degree they may not be as profitable and able to lavish the same high salaries in the next boom as they have in the past booms." With the U.S. government looking to avoid sowing the seeds for a future financial crisis by cracking down on executive bonuses and limiting how much financial firms can wager, Wall Street's recovery could be slow. That's bad news for New York State, which depends on the financial sector for 20% of its revenue. The state already is facing its biggest budget gap in history, at US$47-billion over the next four years. The crisis last week prompted New York State Gov. David Paterson to ask U.S. Congress for billions of dollars in federal assistance. New York City has been particularly hard hit. For every Wall Street job another three or four will be lost in the city. Despite the doom and gloom, Mr. Bloomberg assured New Yorkers at a press briefing this week that the city wouldn't return "to the dark days of the 1970s when service cuts all but destroyed our quality of life." The mayor, who is seeking a third term to guide the city through the crisis, said New York is in much better fiscal shape than it was then and won't make the same mistakes. Still, he warned, it could be as many as five years before financial companies have to start paying city or state taxes again because of the half a trillion dollars in write-downs they have taken, which will offset future profits.
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