Former Apple and Samsung employee dishes dirt on rivals’ innovation

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Samsung's method of innovation is way different than Apple's.
Samsung's method of innovation is way different than Apple's.
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Apple and Samsung are bitter rivals in the tech industry that make a lot of the same type of products, but when it comes to innovation, the two are complete opposites.

Arno Lenior is one of the few people on the planet who’s worked at both companies, and while Samsung gets a bad rap for copying Apple’s products, the former Apple marketing director reveals that in many ways, Samsung takes innovation just as seriously as they do in Cupertino, otherwise it would have never been able to go from a company that sold rice nearly 100 years ago, to transforming into one of the world’s top TV and smartphone manufacturers.

Now that Lenior left Samsung back in May, MarketingMag sat down with the Australian marketer to get his viewpoints on innovation and how it’s become part of the mindset at Apple.

Apple vs. Google: Which titan will crumble first?

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Who's your money on?
Who is your money on?
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Like every other company, Apple and Google have had their share of highs and lows in the past — but one thing that’s for sure is that neither of them can keep going from strength-to-strength indefinitely; they’ll both stumble at some point in the future.

Friday-Night-Fights-bug-2But which will be the first to take a tumble?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight between Cult of Android and Cult of Mac as we battle it out over that very question!

Kahney’s Korner: Apple’s 5 most important products of all time

Leander Kahney counts down Apple's greatest hits.
Leander Kahney counts down Apple's greatest hits.
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What vaulted Apple from its humble Silicon Valley origins to the absolute top of the business world? From its first desktop computer in 1976 to today’s category-crushing Apple Watch, the company is intensely focused on creating technology that will delight the masses.

That vision is best exemplified by Apple’s five most important products, which I’ve rounded up in this week’s edition of Kahney’s Korner. Some made the list for reasons that might surprise you.

Watching kids react to the original iPod will make you feel old

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"1,000 songs in your pocket" might as well have been written in hieroglyphics to these kids.
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In my mind, the original iPod basically came out yesterday. Which is why it’s more than a little surreal — yet strangely amusing — watching kids who weren’t even born in 2001 react to it like they’re archeologists uncovering the relics of a bygone civilization.

Does it make calls? Does it have external speakers? And surely it’s got to have a touchscreen somewhere, if you can only work out which button to press. No, no, and no are the answers, as these grade school kids learn over the course of an amusing video. Check it out below:

Apple unveils new iPods in six colors

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iPod, therefore I am.
iPod, therefore I am.
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After a short amount of time offline, the Apple Online Store is back up and running — selling a refreshed line of iPods, featuring some feature upgrades, and a nifty new gold color option.

Apple has released new iPod shuffle, nano, and touch devices, representing the first major upgrade for the product lines since way back in 2012. While the shuffle and nano both get the new gold color — alongside five other color options — the biggest upgrade is reserved for the iPod touch.