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A billion-dollar Apple data center in Ireland is currently on hold due to delays by the local environmental review board over concerns about the impact of the construction on local wildlife. Although the company received permission to build up to eight "data halls" or server buildings (approximately 263,000 square feet each) on the site, local residents registered concerns that the construction of the center will harm the local population of badgers, bats, and other animals. Local activists have called Apple's original environmental impact assessment (EIS) "inadequate," but the board (An Bord Pleanála) has been delaying a decision on the matter.
Apple is surely one of the most scrutinized companies in American business history, and that's only going to increase this year as it celebrates its fourth decade. We'll be marking the major milestones throughout 2016, but MacNN is also going through the whole 40 years to find the bigger picture by examining the smaller slices week by week -- and month by month.
Software is deeply personal and we form a connection with the tools that come to matter the most to us –– even if it's a $1 app. Every developer we're speaking to for this MacNN series has been chosen because we rate their products and because their software hasn't just got users, it has fans. It has evangelists. We're interested in how that bond forms, how developers create apps that matter, and how they then survive in a harsh market. Plus, each developer has been around for long enough that they've seen the changes in the software market, so they can give us their perspective on this rollercoaster business. This week, Keith Blount from Scrivener talked with us about the past, present, and future of app development, including some new details about Scrivener for iOS.
Despite missing the analyst consensus targets for both revenue and iPhone sales in Q1, as reported earlier Apple set all-time records in almost all areas of its business; it just didn't grow as much as Wall Street had anticipated, and the news about next quarter is genuinely tough, with a significant year-over-year drop in iPhone sales, the first for the company since it introduced the product nine years ago. Despite the various troubles Apple is dealing with even amidst record revenues, there were several bright spots that got overlooked, including an important milestone in the history of Apple: one billion active devices.
The business social media service has updated its iPhone app to LinkedIn 9.0.0, and even if you haven't ever used it, you already know exactly how it works. For this new update is a huge revamp that doubtlessly took the company a lot of work -- once they'd spent 10 minutes looking at Facebook. We all look at Facebook, but we don't make so many notes. Seriously: open the new LinkedIn app, and for a moment you'll think you've tapped on Facebook instead.
The technology industry is like every other business, but telescoped down: what took decades in the car trade took hours for computers. Consumer electronics are also a lot like show business, in how products must be launched and images must be produced. When things are going wrong, CEOs have to have great scripts to read from. With a bit of a holiday slow-down coming up, let us recommend some very good reading -- the best books about Apple, and the best about the technology world.
Every family has one member who's always on the road, either for business or personal travel. Whether it's your college-age kid backpacking around Europe, or your on-the-go brother who jet-sets to meetings around the globe. For the MacNN family, that guy is -- me. There's always a certain amount of tech we just have to bring along -- the trick is getting it all in there, yet keeping it light enough to not be a burden. In this Gift Guide, we'll take a look at some of my road-tested travel gear.
A local business paper is reporting that Apple has likely leased, or possibly purchased, space in a new 770,000 square-foot campus that will be only a short distance away from the company's expansive "spaceship" Campus 2 project, which is currently under construction. The "Central and Wolfe" site is across the street from Sunnyvale Crossing, a facility Apple is currently leasing to house nearly 1,500 workers.
Payment firm Square has introduced a new service and iOS-only app, both called Appointments, that is aimed at businesses that rely on client bookings, such as (for example) a cleaning service or landscaping firm. The iOS app is free, but the service costs $30 per month for one user, $50 per month for two- to five-person teams, and $90 a month for unlimited employees or owners. For those who use Square Register to accept credit-card payments, the service connects to that automatically.
Yes, let us have another social media platform: we do not have enough of them. Yet, even if Slack isn't as familiar or as ubiquitous as AIM, Skype, Twitter and the rest, we're still going to recommend it. This month sees updates for the iOS app to Slack 2.20 and OS X to Slack 1.1.3 –– and it also sees the second anniversary of the entire service. The company now claims over a million users of whom reportedly a fifth are paying. That doesn't mean four-fifths are pirating: Slack is a freemium kind of service with generous limits.