For the Second Time, Howard Schultz Is Stepping Down as Starbucks’ CEO
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down next year, the company announced on Thursday.
Schultz will be replaced by Starbucks' president and COO, Kevin Johnson, effective April 3. Johnson has been a member of Starbucks' board of directors for seven years.
Schultz will be appointed executive chairman. According to the company, he will shift his focus to Starbucks' higher-end Reserve line and the company's social initiatives.
Sabra Recalls Nearly All Hummus Products Over Listeria Concerns
Sabra Dipping Co. has issued a recall for nearly every one of its hummus products due to Listeria contamination concerns.
The recall includes 57 varieties of the popular hummus brand, which covers everything it makes except for Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips.
Apple Will Charge Less to Fix iPhones Afflicted by "Touch Disease"
Apple announced on Thursday that it will fix certain issues with iPhone 6 Plus phones for $149, a significant discount from the $329 service charge the company had been offering users.
The company wrote in a service document:
"Apple has determined that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.
"If your iPhone 6 Plus is exhibiting the symptoms noted above, is in working order, and the screen is not cracked or broken, Apple will repair your device for a service price of $149."
More Than 400 Million User Accounts Exposed After Hookup Site AdultFriendFinder Is Hacked
Friend Finder Networks, the company behind adult dating site AdultFriendFinder has been hit with a massive hack — exposing more than 400 million user accounts.
The news comes via LeakedSource, a site that monitors data breaches, which has obtained a copy of the stolen user accounts.
The New Gmail App Lets You Quickly Unsend Emails
Netflix Is Coming to Cable Boxes
Netflix is coming to your cable box.
Earlier this year, Comcast and Netflix announced a deal that would put Netflix on millions of X1 cable boxes in the U.S. Now the companies have confirmed that this will happen next week (though one tipster said Netflix had already arrived on his X1 box).
"X1 customers with Netflix subscriptions will be able to easily browse and access over the internet the extensive online collection of Netflix TV shows and movies alongside the live, on demand, DVR and web programming included with their Xfinity TV subscription," the companies wrote in a statement.
Why is this a big deal?
Microsoft Just Launched a Work-Chat App to Compete With Slack
The worst-kept secret in tech is out of the bag: After months of leaks and speculation, Microsoft has officially launched Microsoft Teams, a new work-chat app for its Office 365 suite across PCs, smartphones, and tablets.
Microsoft Teams is a direct competitor with Slack, the $3.8 billion Silicon Valley darling that Bill Gates reportedly talked Microsoft out of buying for $8 billion. It's available in a preview program today, officially launching to everybody in 2017.
Apple Is Getting Rid of the MacBook’s Iconic Startup Chime
Apple is killing off one of its most iconic features: its startup chime.
The \ company is removing the distinctive noise that Macs make when they boot up, starting with the new MacBook Pro announced last week.
The change was first spotted by Pingie.com, which tested out one of the new laptops and confirmed that the noise was no longer made.
And a FAQ page that mentions the chime (referred to as the "startup sound") for older MacBook models makes no mention of it for the new laptop.
Apple has used startup chimes in its Mac computers since the 1980s, settling on the most recent chime with the iMac G3, released in 1998. But now it is finally being retired.
An Apple representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the change has most likely been made because of the way the new MacBook Pro turns on. It doesn't come with a power button, instead turning on whenever it is opened (as long as it is charged)—so there's no need for a noise to indicate to the user that it is booting up.
You Can Now Text Your Turkey Dilemmas to the Butterball Help Line
For the first time ever, struggling Thanksgiving hosts can contact Butterball's iconic help line via text with questions about preparing turkey.
Butterball, which sells roughly 1 billion pounds of the bird a year, has been helping people cook turkey since 1981 when it began hosting a help line you could call. This is the first year you'll be able to contact the help line by sending a text message to 1-800-BUTTERBALL. The text line will be open 24/7 from November 17 through November 24.
Some MLB Owners Are Laying Down Serious Cash This Campaign Cycle
Major League Baseball owners have made nearly $3 million in political contributions during the 2016 campaign cycle—and a handful have accounted for nearly all of that total. According to a new study from the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, no ownership group is more politically engaged at the donor level than the Ricketts family, who happen to own the Chicago Cubs—currently battling the Cleveland Indians for the World Series title.
And the family—which has a member, Peter Ricketts, serving as the Republican governor of Nebraska—has a huge ideological divide.