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Tim Cook will be flying in private planes from now on
Apple's board of directors is requiring CEO Tim Cook to fly on private aircraft when he travels, whether for work or for pleasure.
"This policy was implemented in 2017 in the interests of security and efficiency based on our global profile and the highly visible nature of Mr. Cook's role as CEO," Apple said in a shareholder proxy statement released Wednesday afternoon.
The proxy statement says that any time Cook uses an Apple private jet for personal travel, the costs are considered extra compensation, on which he will have to pay taxes.
Apple says Cook racked up $93,109 in personal travel costs for the company this year "based on hourly flight charges and other variable costs incurred by Apple for such use, including variable fuel charges, departure fees, and landing fees."
Edmunds checks out new car-safety technology
We are entering a new era of car safety: The focus has shifted from reducing death and injury in a vehicle collision to preventing a crash from happening in the first place, according to a new report by Edmunds.
Safety features designed to avoid accidents are becoming increasingly common in new cars, and Edmunds takes a look at some of the new advances.
Among the top picks is forward collision warning. If you come up behind a slower or stopped vehicle and don't show signs of braking, the forward collision warning system will alert you that an impact is imminent.
Should you get it? Edmunds says yes. With distracted driving at an all-time high, this system can serve as an extra set of eyes to prevent an accident, the report says.
Apple led holiday device activations, but Samsung gained ground
Apple had a very good 2017 holiday season, once again holding the top place in smartphone and tablet activations, though it remained at 44 percent of total activations in both 2016 and 2017, according to Flurry Analytics.
By comparison, rival Samsung gained 5 percentage points over the same time period, jumping from 21 percent to 26 percent, which Flurry attributes primarily to weakness in Samsung’s 2016 sales attributable to the Galaxy Note 7 recall.
Interestingly, the highest percentages of Apple activations came from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 — the latter re-introduced as a budget model in certain markets — with the iPhone X close behind.
The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus similarly came in distant 6th and 7th places to older models. Flurry suggests that the sales of older iPhones demonstrate that “consumer concern for cost is still significant,” despite heavier marketing of flagship phones.
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