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22:20
World's fastest camera can capture rapid...

Those high-speed cameras that capture over million or even over a billion frames per second have got nothing on Lund University's creation. The Swedish University's invention can film at a rate equivalent to five trillion images per second -- that's...

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20:10
Apple Pay adds support for 21 U.S. banks, HSBC in...




Overshadowed by Apple's earnings call for the second fiscal quarter of 2017, Apple Pay on Tuesday officially added support for 21 new U.S. financial institutions, as well as HSBC for Australian customers.

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20:02
Google Chrome will automatically migrate to 64-bit...

If you can use the 64-bit version of Chrome you probably should, for memory management, graphics performance and security reasons, but some people might not be on it yet. As of Chrome version 58, Google says that Windows users with a 64-bit OS and ov...

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18:46
Hands-on: Mantiz Venus – a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU +...

Mantiz’s Venus is an upcoming eGPU box and docking station for Thunderbolt 3-enabled laptops like the 2016 MacBook Pro. The Taiwanese-based company is working on bringing two eGPU boxes to market — the eccentric-looking Saturn, and the more subdued-looking Venus.

The friendly folks at Mantiz agreed to send over a Venus eGPU/docking station, allowing me to take it for a quick test drive when paired together with my 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro. Featuring an all-aluminum outer shell with classic Mac Pro cheese grater-inspired perforated design, the Venus is one of the more attractive eGPU solutions that I’ve seen thus far. Have a look at our hands on video walkthrough inside for more details. more…

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18:39
Senate bill would make it harder to delete...

It has only been a bit over 100 days, but the Trump administration is already known for making previously available date harder to find. Within just one month, it not only decided to hide the White House's visitor logs, but also to shutter the Open.g...

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18:02
Friday Labs ships crowdfunded smart lock, adds...




Two years after a successful funding round on Indiegogo, startup Friday Labs on Tuesday said it began shipping its HomeKit-enabled Friday smart lock to backers, while at the same time opening pre-orders to new customers.

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17:59
Major apps pull support for Apple Watch




After going largely unnoticed for weeks, AppleInsider discovered a few major companies like Google and eBay recently pulled their dedicated Apple Watch apps from the App Store. AppleInsider takes a closer look at the quiet removals and what it means for watchOS in this video.

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17:12
Apple Watch, AirPods, Beats sales hit Fortune 500...

Apple Watch sales, along with AirPods and Beats headphones have hit Fortune 500 level, which means they’re bringing in over US$5 billion to Apple’s “other products” category. Company CEO Tim Cook shared that detail during the company’s second fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday.

I know some people question whether these products are successful or not, but come on, That’s an incredible amount of sales. I vote successful.

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17:10
China increases restrictions on internet news outlets

The Chinese government has been ramping up tighter control of its internet in the past year. The latest set of new restrictions released by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) adds more limitations on what news can be created and distributed...

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16:50
Numbers from Apple’s Q2 earnings release: China...

Apple earlier today reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2017, offering up a variety of different looks at the company’s performance over the last three months. While we’ve already offered up a variety of details related to the release, there are always a few tidbits that get lost in the craziness…

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16:44
In-stock alert: Apple AirPods ready to ship for...




Shoppers can order Apple AirPods from AT&T Wireless for delivery in two to five business days depending on the shipping method selected, beating Apple's reported 6-week wait.

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16:18
Kobo's latest waterproof e-reader is sized for...

Kobo's Aura One e-reader was potentially the dream device for anyone who likes to read in the bath or at the beach, but it had some catches. Its big 7.8-inch screen didn't make it the most portable device around, and that $229 price could be off-put...

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16:15
Apple increases R&D spend to nearly $2.8B in...




Apple increased its research and development budget to nearly $2.8 billion during the second fiscal quarter of 2017, meaning the company spent a almost $5.7 billion on the line item over the past six months.

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16:11
Friday Labs unveils new minimalist & easy-to-...

As HomeKit continues to expand in popularity, a pair of new smart locks have been introduced that both embrace the platform. Friday Labs has introduced the new Friday Lock, while Danalock has unveiled a new V3 smart lock.

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16:09
∞ Vintage Oil Can Guitar

This is actually a nice sounding guitar.

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15:56
Transcript of Apple’s quarterly earnings conference...

In case you wanted to read Tim’s comments on this quarter’s earnings.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:53
Apple's Tim Cook says increasing pace of '...




Some of Apple's problems with iPhone sales can be traced to more rapid leaks posted on news sites, CEO Tim Cook claimed during a quarterly results call on Tuesday.

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15:27
Proterra wants to build autonomous vehicles for...

The company that built an electric bus capable of driving 350 miles before needing a recharge wants to take public transit to the next level: autonomous driving. Working with the University of Nevada, Proterra has launched an autonomous driving progr...

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15:26
AWT News Update: May 2, 2017

Today Apple announced its earnings for the second fiscal quarter of 2017 ending April 1, 2017. Rather than parrot back all of those results to you, we're inviting you to do two things:

  • Visit the Apple World Today site for more posts and information on topics from the earnings call
  • Watch the one-hour Facebook Live show we did today discussing the earnings and questions asked by analysts

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 2nd, 2017.

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15:16
Tim Cook: Apple is ‘investing aggressively’ in the...

In a press conference with analysts, CEO Tim Cook said that Apple saw “great” Mac results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. Revenue grew 14% to set a new March quarter record. Unit sales were up 4%.

Cook said that Apple gained market share thanks to strong response to the new MacBook Pro models introduced late last year. Macs have generated over $25 million in past four quarters. Overall laptop growth was up 10%.

Macs now account for 11% of Apple’s revenues. The iPhone accounts for 63%, Services (iTunes, iCloud, Apple Music, Apple Pay, etc.) accounts for 13%, and the iPad accounts for 7%. The “other” category (Apple TV, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, AirPods, etc.) accounts for 5%.

Cook says Apple is keen on the Mac platform and is "investing aggressively in its future.

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15:13
Active installed base of iPhones grew by double...

The active installed base of iPhones grew by double digits year-over-year for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. During a press conference with Apple Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said that iPhone sales in line with expectations

The average sales price (ASP) for the smartphone was $655. That's up from $642 in the same period a year ago.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company made a mistake in its estimates for the iPhone 7 Plus. 

“One of the things we didn't get right was the mix between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus," he said. “Demand was much stronger towards iPhone 7 Plus than we expected. It took us a little while to adjust all the way through the supply chain and to bring iPhone 7 Plus into balance — which finally occurred early in this quarter. Every time we launch something, we learn something, and we apply everything we learn for the next time.”

Maestri cited surveys that showed a 96% satisfaction among iPhone 7...

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15:11
Despite shrinking sales, the iPad has 81% of U.S....

iPad sales continued to shrink in Apple's fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017, but sales came in ahead of Apple's expectations, according to Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri in a press conference with analysts.

He added that the iPad remains very successful. Maestri says that recent data from the NPD research group shows that the Apple tablet has 81% share of tablets priced above $200 that are sold in the U.S. What's more, 451 Research reports a 95% customer satisfaction rate for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 100% customer satisfaction rate for 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

CEO Tim Cook added initial reaction to the new $329 iPad has been excellent.

“iPad results were ahead of expectations,” he added. “We believe we gained share during the March quarter in a number of major markets, including the U.S., Japan, and Australia. The iPad remains the world's most popular tablet, and it's the primary computing device for millions of customers around the...

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15:06
Apple Watch sales nearly double year-over-year

Apple Watch sales nearly doubled year-over-year in Apple's fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. CEO Tim Cook says it’s “the best-selling and most-loved smart watch around the world,” though the company won't report unit sales.

However, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 1% annually to hit a record 8.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016. Apple Watch drove growth and dominated with 63% global smartwatch marketshare, while Samsung maintained second position, adds the research group.

According to Canalys, another research group,Apple set a new quarterly shipment record in in the fourth quarter of 2016, contributing to total smartwatch shipments exceeding nine million units,. This global market figure was largely driven by Apple’s six million shipments, representing year-on-year growth of 12%. Canalys estimates that Apple cumulatively shipped 11.9 million Watches in 2016, holding market share...

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15:00
Apple Q2 Earnings: iPhone Sales Fall Flat

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Apple Inc reported a surprise fall in iPhone sales for the second quarter on Tuesday, indicating that customers had held back purchases in anticipation of the 10th-anniversary edition launch of the company's most important product. Apple sold 50.76 million iPhones in its fiscal second quarter ended April 1, down from 51.19 million a year earlier. Analysts on average had estimated iPhone sales of 52.27 million, according to financial data and analytics firm FactSet. However, revenue from the smartphones rose 1.2 percent in the quarter. Expectations are building ahead of Apple's 10th-anniversary iPhone range this fall, with investors hoping that the launch would help bolster sales.


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14:59
Apple Services sees its highest revenue ever for a...

Apple’s Services business -- which includes, among other things, Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud and iTunes — saw its highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter in Apple's fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017.

App Store revenue grew 40% year-over-year for an all-time quarterly record. There was double-digit revenue growth from Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud storage subscriptions. Paid subscriptions now exceed $165 million.

CEO Tim Cook says that Apple Pay is experiencing “phenomenal traction." Its now live in 15 countries. Apple’s mobile payment services now account more than 20 million contactless-ready locations, including more then 4.5 million the U.S. alone. Transaction volume was up 450% over last 12 months.

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14:59
Apple's growing cash hoard surges to $256.8...




As of the end of the March quarter, Apple held $256.8 billion cash on hand, with the vast majority of it held overseas awaiting possible repatriation tax reform -- if the U.S. government is inclined to cooperate.

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14:52
PGA Tour will livestream a single iconic hole in VR

Golf officials are building out their 4K broadcasts and even starting to livestream smaller events in VR, but the sport's biggest tournaments are taking awhile to try out the new broadcasting tech. After testing the waters with a handful of virtual r...

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14:45
AirPods demand significantly exceeding supply, Apple...

During its Q2 fiscal earnings call today, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that demand for the company’s cord-free AirPods headphones is significantly exceeding supply. Cook also said that revenue from sales of Apple Watch along with AirPods and Beats products is now the size of a Fortune 500 company, hinting that those products have driven growth of its “Other Products” category this quarter.

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14:31
'Code Vein' blends anime vampires with...

Towering enemies? Check. Moody atmosphere? Check. Slow, methodical combat? Check. Bandai Namco has released the first trailer for its upcoming action RPG Code Vein, and it wears its Dark Souls influence on its bloody sleeve.

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14:30
iPhone holds steady while Macs and services keep...

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released its earnings report for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, which runs from the beginning of January to the end of March. So far, Apple is back to modest growth in 2017: iPhone unit sales are down just a little, and iPad sales continue their precipitous slide. But iPhone revenue is actually up, and the Mac, the Services division, and the Other Products divisions all posted solid growth.

Apple made $11 billion in profit and $52.9 billion in revenue, compared to $10.5 billion in profit and $50.6 billion in revenue in Q2 of 2016. The company's gross margin was 38.9 percent. These results were toward the upper end of Apple's guidance for the...

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14:22
Apple Pay adds support for 20+ banks and credit...

Apple today added over 20 additional banks and credit unions to its list of those that officially support Apple Pay. The new additions follow over 20 added a couple of weeks back for users in the U.S. and China.

Today’s update includes 23 banks and credit unions in total for the US, and brings support for HSBC in Australia with both MasterCard and Visa credit cards supported.

Apple typically adds support for new banks and credit unions every 2-3 weeks and keeps track of supported institutions for all regions where Apple Pay is available on its website.

In addition to the U.S., the service is now available in Canada, France, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong...

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14:15
Apple services, "Other" revenue sources...




In a strong second fiscal quarter performance, both services and the "other" categories stand out, with 18 percent and 31 percent growth versus 2016, respectively.

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14:09
Dubai is the first city to design its own Microsoft...

It's not as flashy as having the world's tallest building, but the city of Dubai can now claim a new achievement -- it's the first to create its own Microsoft font. The Dubai Font, which combines Latin and Arabic texts, can be accessed globally throu...

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14:08
Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2017...




After returning to growth for the holiday quarter, iPhone sales dipped once again in the March frame, though Apple's revenue grew to $52.9 billion. Following the news, the company held a conference call with media and analysts, and notes of interest follow.

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14:05
Apple to boost capital return program by $50B,...




Despite revealing mixed quarterly results on Tuesday, Apple simultaneously announced plans to extend its capital return program by $50 billion and a full year, reaching the $300 billion mark by March 2019.

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14:02
Apple in Q2: Sold fewer iPhones than last year, but...

Fresh off a record-breaking $78.4 billion first quarter, Apple reported a decidedly more muted Q2 of fiscal year 2017: a profit of $11 billion, or $2.10 per share, on revenue of $52.9 billion.

The quarter ending April 1 saw no new flagship iPhones, though there was a refreshed iPhone SE and a special edition red model. But Apple usually sees a decline from Q1 to Q2. And the results are better than the year-ago Q2, which saw profit of $1.90 per share on $50.6 billion in revenue.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company saw “continued robust demand for iPhone 7 Plus” and “strong momentum of our services business, with our highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter.”

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13:57
Mac sales are up year-over-year, while iPhone and...

Mac sales are up year-over-year, while iPhone sales are down in units but up in revenue for Apple’s fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017.

Apple sold approximately 4.2 million Macs during the period. That’s up from just over four million in the second fiscal quarter of 2016. 

The company sold about 50.1 million iPhones during the fiscal 2017 second quarter, compared to just over 51 million in the year-ago period. However, smartphone revenue rose 1% year-over-year.

iPad sales were down again. In the fiscal second quarter 2017, Apple sold approximately 8.9 million tablets compared to 10 million in fiscal quarter 2016.

A note of interest for those who think the iPad is replacing the Mac. For Apple’s most recent fiscal quarter, the latter brought in about $5.8 million in revenue compared to $3.9 million for the former. Of course, the iPhone dwarfs both of them in terms of revenue with $33 million for the fiscal 2017 second quarter.

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13:48
iPhone sales continue their slow and steady slide

Apple just released earnings details for the last quarter, and the company couldn't quite keep iPhone sales growing for the second quarter in a row. The company sold 50.8 million iPhones in the last quarter, down a scant one percent from the 51.2 mil...

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13:47
Apple falls just shy of expectations with $52.9B in...




Apple on Tuesday revealed the results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2017, earning $52.9 billion in revenue and posting year-over-year growth, but once again saw iPhone sales shrink from the same period a year ago.

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13:44
Apple posts quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion,...

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. The tech giant posted quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10. 

These results compare to revenue of $50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.90 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65% of the quarter’s revenue.

In a press release Apple CEO said the “strong March quarter” saw revenue growth accelerating from the December quarter and continued “robust demand” for the iPhone 7 Plus. He added that there had been “great” customer response to both models of the new iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition.

“We’re thrilled with the strong momentum of our Services business, with our highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter," said Cook. “Looking ahead, we are excited to welcome attendees from around the world to our annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month in San Jose.”

Apple also...

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13:44
Live blog: Apple’s fiscal year Q2 2017 earnings call

Apple just announced its earnings for Q2 2017, reporting profits of $11.03 billion on revenues of $52.9 billion. The company sold 50.7 million iPhones, 8.92 million iPads, and 4.19 million Macs. Next on today’s schedule is Apple’s quarterly earnings call, which will kick-off at 2PM PT/5PM ET and we’ll have live coverage right here.

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13:38
∞ Apple reports second quarter results

Apple on Tuesday reported its fiscal second quarter results. According to the company, it had quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10. These results compare to revenue of $50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.90 in the year-ago quarter.

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13:33
Apple announces Q2 2017 revenue of $52.9 billion: 50...

Apple has announced its latest quarter results including $50.6b in revenue with $11.03b from 50.7m iPhones, 8.92m iPads, and 4.19m Macs sold. In terms of new products, the quarter includes launch day sales for the cheaper $329 iPad and Product RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

FY17 Q2 results compare to the previous quarter’s $78.4 billion in revenue, $17.89 billion in profit, 78.3 million iPhones, 13 million iPads, and 5.3 million Macs. In the same quarter a year ago, Apple reported $50.6 billion in revenue, $10.5 billion in profit, 51.1 millions iPhones sold, 10.2 million iPads sold, and 4 million Macs sold.

Full press release after the break, and stick around for our earnings call live blog at the top of the hour:

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13:30
Surface Laptop vs. the competition: Back to basics

Microsoft finally built a real laptop -- not a tablet with a keyboard, or a machine with a detachable display. Just a solid traditional laptop, though one with an incredibly slim build, smooth touch and the stripped down Windows 10 S along for the ri...

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13:28
Apple’s Q2 2017 Financial Results Show Slight Growth

Apple saw yet another quarter of growth in Q2, but just barely, and most of that came from strong performances from the Mac, Services, and Other Products categories.

 

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13:16
Australian cops broke data law while checking a...

There's a good reason why privacy and civil rights advocates object to far-reaching data collection laws: even if most police and spies are well-meaning, it's all too easy for others to abuse their power or make mistakes. And the Australian Federal...

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13:14
ParkerVision extends its lawsuit against Apple

Another day, another lawsuit. Well, at least an extension of an existing lawsuit. As noted by AppleInsider, a company called ParkerVision, who has sued Apple for patent infringement, is extending the lawsuit.

In 2015 the RF technologies research and development firm sued the tech giant, as well as Samsung, LG and Qualcomm, for allegedly infringing upon four wireless networking patents. The ITC complaint asked for an embargo on imports and sales of infringing products, while the lawsuit seeks as-yet-unspecified damages. For Apple, the list of named devices at the time included iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2 and "many other products." Now ParkerVision wants to add the iPhone 7 to the list.

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13:00
Apple AirPods Customers 'Satisfied' With...

Columnist Ben Bajarin, writing for TechPinions: The big story is customer satisfaction with AirPods is extremely high. 98% of AirPod owners said they were very satisfied or satisfied. Remarkably, 82% said they were very satisfied. The overall customer satisfaction level of 98% sets the record for the highest level of satisfaction for a new product from Apple. When the iPhone came out in 2007, it held a 92% customer satisfaction level, iPad in 2010 had 92%, and Apple Watch in 2015 had 97%. Bajarin notes that the site surveyed 942 AirPods customers.


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12:54
The Strong Museum's latest addition digs deep...

Video games are a unique, nascent art form and it makes sense to preserve them. While efforts by the Internet Archive have been underway for a while, it hasn't been a priority for the gaming industry to archive their own products. Most archival proje...

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12:32
NYPD faces lawsuit for withholding info on facial...

A think tank is suing the NYPD over its failure to reveal details about its secret facial recognition program. Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology (CPT) alleges that the department hasn't complied with New York state's Freedom of...

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12:20
Ask Slashdot: What Is the 'Special Appeal...

Reader dryriver writes: As someone who comes from MS-DOS/Windows PCs background, I've never quite understood the appeal of Apple's products. I don't think Apple's products are terrible or anything, but I just fail to see what is so special and different about Apple's electronics that many Apple users would never dream of switching to a non-Apple product. Where does the 'special appeal' of Apple products reside? And why are Apple users so very loyal to Apple products, even though with Apple's pricing policy, you rarely get the best bang-for-the-buck in a product?


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12:17
ParkerVision extends RF tech patent lawsuit against...




After a successful patent battle with Samsung, RF chip designer ParkerVision heats up its legal battle with Apple, adding the iPhone 7 to a list of infringing devices in lawsuits underway both in Germany and in the U.S.

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12:10
You can fix the HTC Vive's sub-par headstrap on...

Despite hitting the market before the Oculus Rift with motion control, room-scale virtual reality support and more connectivity options, the HTC Vive has always trailed behind Facebook's VR headset in one incredibly important regard: comfort. The Viv...

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12:09
Malwarebytes researcher discovers variant of new OSX...

Macs usually aren't the targets of malicious hackers, but a researcher at Malwarebytes discovered a new variant of the new OSX.dok Trojan that is installing a powerful, previously unknown backdoor malware on Macs. Adam Thomas of Malwarebytes found the variant and it was featured on the Malwarebytes blog yesterday

The Trojan is delivered via a zipped app named "Dokument.app" that is allegedly a document. It's signed with a revoked certificate, and after copying itself to /Users/Shared/AppStore.app, it displays an alert claiming that the app is damaged:

After clicking the OK button, the app closes and deletes itself after about a minute. However, in the meantime the OSX.dok Trojan delivers an open-source backdoor malware named Bella. What does Bella do? It allows surreptitious stealing of iMessage and SMS cat transcripts, location...

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12:00
∞ How a Zippo lighter is made

I still remember the very first Zippo lighter I ever got. My dad was stationed on the HMCS Iroquois, a Canadian Navy destroyer and I went on a deployment with him. He gave me a Zippo branded with the ship’s crest that only the ship’s sailors could buy. I treasured it for years.

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11:53
Microsoft's lie-flat Surface Arc mouse is a new...

Microsoft didn't just limit its latest hardware introductions to the Surface Laptop -- there's a new (if familiar) mouse as well. The Surface Arc Mouse is an evolution of the well-established Arc Touch Mouse that takes advantage of several years of p...

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11:50
Sheeple is now an official word – but iPhone fans...

Screw you, Merriam-Webster.

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11:48
Study Finds Gender Bias in Open Source Community


Gender bias affects contributions to the open source community, according to a paper published Monday. Female programmers' suggestions for code changes in open source projects -- called "pull requests" -- were accepted more often than those of their male counterparts when gender was unspecified. However, that changed when the gender of a pull request's author could be identified. Authors who could be identified by name or a profile picture as women had lower pull request acceptance rates than those who could be identified as men.

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11:38
Theranos' financial troubles are starting to...

Theranos has been having an awful time of it lately, mostly of its own making, with several lawsuits in place, including ones from Walgreens and hedge-fund Partner Fund Management (PFM). The company that promised investors a revolutionary blood-testi...

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11:20
Apple added three million new users in the last...

New data from Verto Analytics finds that Apple continued to grow its user base last quarter. CEO Hannu Verkasalo says the tech giant quietly added three million new users in the last quarter to its overall user base for Apple related web sites, online services, apps, in the U.S. 

Some of Apple’s services can be easily used also on Windows devices, or Android smartphones, even though a bulk of Apple related usage is driven by its own devices and proprietary operating systems. In December 2016, Apple had 114.8 million users in the US, and grew to 117.1 million users in March, according to Verto Analytics. In total, users spent an average of 7 hours and 51 minutes in March interacting with Apple related digital services and content.

 “Apple’s services business also experienced a bump. In March, Apple’s App Store had 88.1 million users – a three million user increased from December’s 85.3 million total users,” says Verkasalo. “...

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11:20
WSJ: Facebook rejects female-authored code more...

Facebook has been accused of issues with bias before, but that was about suppressing conservative political views. Today's allegations run into sexism territory. But rather than being something surface-level seen explicitly by its users, the Wall Str...

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11:14
New Elevation Lab BatteryPro charging kit contains...




Accessory manufacturer Elevation Lab has launched a battery pack with a built-in Apple Watch charging base, eliminating the need to buy Apple's charging cable for use with the device.

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11:11
New video from the drone-filled skies over Apple Park

First it was Matthew Roberts and Duncan Sinfield, reporting monthly from Apple Park with enticing aerial footage of the construction in progress. Now it's possible to visit YouTube and see much more drone footage from seemingly anyone in the Bay Area who has a drone. But the best footage is always from the first two videographers, and today we have a May update from Matthew Roberts

Oddly enough, Roberts is no longer including the helpful captions that he put onto his videos that named each building and what was new or different. But it's still impressive footage, especially when views in 4K. 

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11:10
Facebook's revamped Marketplace goes after...

Last year Facebook relaunched its online classifieds, Marketplace, as a way to take on Craigslist. Now the social network is giving the system a makeover, TechCrunch noticed. There are dedicated sections for categories of for-sale items including too...

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10:52
Obsolete: The last polycarbonate MacBook

Yesterday, Apple placed a few MacBook and MacBook Pro models on the growing list of "obsolete" and "vintage" hardware. Among the sad, discarded few was the 2010 13-inch MacBook, which was the last MacBook to use a polycarbonate outer shell instead of Jony Ive's beloved "aluminium". 

My obsolete 2010 13-inch MacBook... Long may it continue to run Linux!

The 13-inch MacBook had two distinctions. When it was introduced in 2006 to replace the iBook, it was the last of Apple's laptops to move from PowerPC processors to Intel processors. Secondly, it was made from polycarbonate in two available colors -- white and black. The last 13-inch MacBook was sold at retailers in 2011, while educational institutions could purchase them until 2012. 

The models declared obsolete (or vintage in California and Turkey) are:

  • MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010) 
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009) ...
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10:43
Facebook goes head-to-head with iMessage in Instant...

Facebook has begun rolling out its Instant Games on Messenger to worldwide audiences today. Today’s rollout also means that Messenger will be seeing many of the new features announced at Facebook’s F8 conference. The Messenger features will allow developers to create deeper gameplay experiences utilizing the newest APIs within the platform.

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10:41
Dell's excellent 24-inch U2415 UltraSharp...

Branding isn’t always an indicator of quality, but Dell’s UltraSharp line is popular for good reason. These monitors come with beautifully crisp IPS panels, a variety of ports, adjustable stands, and the ability to swivel between portrait and landscape orientation.

They’re so good that you can buy an older model and still benefit from the quality—which brings us to today’s deal. Amazon is currently selling the 24-inch, 1920x1200 U2415 for an all-time low of $226. It’s a great price for this late 2014 model, and the best deal we’ve seen in awhile.

If you lack an Amazon Prime membership or don’t want to hassle with shipping, you can also pick up this display in-store at Walmart for a similar price. (It’s $5 more than Amazon if you choose to have it shipped instead.)

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10:22
T-Mobile announces nationwide plan for 5G coverage,...

T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere has shared the company’s plans for brining true 5G coverage to its customers in a new video. However, before sharing details about T-Mobile’s strategy, Legere takes some time to point out AT&T and Verizon’s recent Q1 results and shares ideas on why he believes their 5G claims are misleading and their plans flawed.

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10:04
Nintendo Drops New Portable on Market as Switch...


Nintendo last week introduced a new contender in the increasingly hot portable gaming competition. The New Nintendo 2DS XL will make its debut on July 28 at a mid-range price of $149.99. It will slot in as the company's third portable gaming system, right between its entry-level 2DS and more robust 3DS XL. The 2DS XL has the same large screen as the 3DS XL and can play all the games made for the Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS; however, it will display them in 2D. The device is smaller than the 3DS XL, but it has the same amount of power and provides built-in NFC support for amiibo cards as well as figures.

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09:53
Analysts: Apple eyeing ‘major acquisition’ of a...

In a note to clients — as noted by 9to5Mac — Barclays analysts Mark Moskowitz and Daniel Gaide opine that Apple is eyeing a major acquisition of a media company. They say such move could allow Apple to achieve its services growth goals that could otherwise slow alongside iPhone sales.

Perhaps hedging their bets, the analysts says the tech giant could scoop up a cloud services company instead of a media company. During its holiday quarter earnings report in January Apple said it plans to double services revenue— which includes all its revenue from sources like the App Store, iCloud, Apple Pay, Apple Music, etc— over the next four years. Moskowitz and Gaide think that purchasing a media and/or cloud firm would make those goals more achievable.

Past rumors have pegged Apple as buying Disney (which, come to think of it, is still a rumor making the rounds...

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09:45
Join us on Facebook this afternoon for a Apple Q2...

This afternoon at 2 PM PDT/5 PM EDT, Apple will host its quarterly earnings call for the second fiscal quarter of 2017. We'll have a number of posts here on the site that will go into detail on the announcements made by Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri, as well as something new -- a Facebook Live livestream with analysis of the earnings report. 

To watch, simply visit the AWT Facebook Page starting about 10 minutes ahead of the event when we'll have a first look at the numbers. I'll be listening in on the call and will pass along information and commentary as it comes in.

 

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09:45
Google Maps and Amazon discontinue Apple Watch apps...

Google, Amazon, and eBay have left the Apple Watch App Store in recent weeks, as have Target and TripAdvisor. While this could be a sign that the developers consider the watch a failed platform, there might be more to the story.

The disappearing apps, spotted by AppleInsider, were, frankly, not that great. Google’s Maps app was a half-hearted attempt at providing directions on your wrist and no match for Apple’s native Maps app (though perhaps that’s an unfair comparison, given that the watch is such a new platform and Apple obviously knows its use cases best).

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09:41
In two-pronged attack, Microsoft intros low-end...




Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Surface Laptop, a new PC aimed at the educational market, despite having a $999 base price tag with 4 gigabytes of non-upgradeable RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage.

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09:34
6 ways to make the most of 1Password for iOS and...

I’m a huge fan of 1Password on the Mac but don’t use it on my iPhone. These tips might just get me started.

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09:32
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09:32
Logitech intros the SLIM FOLIO keyboard for the 5th-...

Logitech SLIM FOLIO

The new 5th-generation 9.7-inch iPad has a new best buddy. Today, Logitech announced the SLIM FOLIO (US$99.99) which is an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and case for the new device. 

Using Bluetooth LE to connect to the iPad, the SLIM FOLIO automatically turns itself on when it the iPad is put into the typing position. There's a smart power management system built-in, which allows the SLIM FOLIO to last up to four years on replaceable coin cell batteries -- no recharging required!

As with many of the other Logitech tablet keyboards, the SLIM FOLIO features an outer cover of technical fabric that resists spills and adds grip to the device when it's being carried. A full row of iOS shortcut keys is located at the top of the keyboard, placing important functions right at your fingertips. 

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09:28
Lunch with CEO Tim Cook at Apple Park

Apple has been doing this for several years and will raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Group.

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09:18
Microsoft introduces Windows 10 S for classrooms and...

Microsoft held a media event in New York City today focused on a new version of Windows, a new laptop line, and how it all relates to education. Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Microsoft’s operating system geared for students and educators. The Microsoft Surface Laptop is a new line of MacBook Air-like notebooks with up to 14.5-hour battery life.

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09:10
Liveblog: Apple’s Q2 2017 earnings call happens May...

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Apple will host its earnings call for the second quarter of its fiscal 2017 this afternoon at 5pm Eastern (10pm UK), and we'll be liveblogging the call and the analyst Q&A session to give you all the information, along with our insights and charts.

Apple's numbers were down year over year for most of 2016, the first time that has happened in recent memory. The drop was due in part to the outsized success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, a success the iPhone 6S couldn't replicate. Apple returned to growth in Q1 of 2017...

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08:45
Apple cruises past old market capitalization record...




As the NASDAQ opened on Tuesday morning, Apple's stock price at the opening bell drove it's market capitalization above historical highs, with $800 billion in sight and possibly reachable before the quarterly earnings report.

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08:43
Charitybuzz auctions lunch with Tim Cook at Apple...

Now's your chance to have lunch with Tim Cook and get to visit Apple's new headquarters at Apple Park. As in past years, Charitybuzz is auctioning off a lunch with the Apple CEO benefiting Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. For the first time, the venue will be a bit different -- Apple Park.

Usually the auctions tend to attract the more well-heeled. This year's lunch has an estimated value of $100,000, and at publication time six bids -- with a top bid of $65,000 -- had been placed. By the time the auction closes at 3 PM EDT on May 16, the bids may be as high as they were in 2013 which generated a whopping $610,000 for the charity. 

If an Apple World Today reader wins the auction, please be sure to send us photos from your lunch with Tim for an exclusive!

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08:04
Analyst: Apple could use ‘major acquisition’ in...

Ahead of Apple’s fiscal Q2 earnings call later today, a note from Barclays analysts points to chatter among investors that Apple is eyeing a major acquisition of a media company.

The report from analysts Mark Moskowitz and Daniel Gaide claims that the move could allow Apple to achieve its services growth goals that could otherwise slow alongside iPhone sales, and that an acquisition of a company in the cloud services as opposed to media is also a possibility.

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07:59
New charity auction offers lunch with Tim Cook at...




A new Charitybuzz auction benefiting Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is, as in the past, offering lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook -- this time however at the company's new headquarters, Apple Park.

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07:55
LG intros new 43-inch 4K FreeSync display that...

From 9to5Toys:

Ever since Apple made the decision to leave the display game (and subsequently return), we’ve seen an abundance of new releases from brands like Philips, LG and others trying to fill the void. Today, one of those major players is returning with another fresh announcement.

LG has quietly unveiled a new 42.5-inch 43UD79-B 4K IPS monitor with its FreeSync technology. Designed as a...

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07:53
iPhone factory worker describes facial recognition...

NYU Grad student Dejian Zeng last month gave us an inside view of the life of an iPhone factory worker when he took a summer job at Pegatron, and now Business Insider has asked him about the security measures taken to try to guard against leaks …

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07:45
AWT TV: Episode 6

Last night's AWT TV was the Steve & Marty show, as Dennis was attending his daughter-in-law's grad school graduation! The topic of the show -- What do you dislike about Apple? From a fanboy perspective, there are a lot of things to like about Apple, but there are also annoyances. Those are what we talked about...and if you want to find out what our big concerns were, you'll have to watch the show! Marty also demonstrates one of our favorite iOS games -- Monument Valley

Sorry about the darkness on Steve's side of the screen...as Marty said, "He's on the Dark Side"...

If you like the show, be sure to give us a "thumbs-up" on YouTube and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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07:39
Twitter swings for the streaming fences with new 24/...

When Twitter made a deal with the NFL to broadcast live Thursday Night Football games last season, it seemed like an odd pairing. As it turns out, however, it was just a warm-up to the big show.

Twitter has announced a new 24/7 free streaming video service that will broadcast an array of sports, news, and entertainment programming to its users as it looks to expand beyond 140-character comments. The MLB, the NFL, the PGA, BuzzFeed, Bloomberg, The Verge, Live Nation, and IMG Fashion are among the dozen partners Twitter announced for the new around-the-clock service, which will provide exclusive content, live games and events, and breaking news.

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07:31
App Store price increases mandated by Apple now in...




Apple has made good its promises to increase App Store pricing in the European Union, with pricing including a pair of new low-cost tiers in effect since Tuesday morning's refresh.

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07:25
Tim Cook auctioning lunch meeting at Apple Park for...

Every year Tim Cook and Charitybuzz partner to auction off a lunch meeting with the Apple CEO for charity, and this year there’s a new perk for the highest bidder: a ticket to Apple Park. The campaign is valued at $100,000 to raise money for the RFK Human Rights group, and this year the meeting will take place at Apple’s brand new campus.

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06:56
Apple and the Hackintosh

Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica:

Thanks to more modern PCs, a wider install base for Intel Macs, and dedicated enthusiast communities and forums like TonyMacx86, it’s not too hard for anyone comfortable with PC building to assemble a Hackintosh using off-the-shelf parts. Community-developed apps and tools streamline the process of creating install media and setting up drivers, and while you’re probably going to have to do a little bit of Terminal work getting everything to function perfectly, most major setup problems are easy enough to overcome for anyone who has been building and maintaining their own PCs for a while.

And:

At this point I should mention this article is in no way intended to be an install guide or an endorsement of Hackintoshing. Today, as has always been the case, installing macOS on non-Apple hardware is a violation of Apple’s licensing agreement.

And:

Apple has done surprisingly little to shut down the Hackintosh community....

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06:44
∞ Apple releases new iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode ad...

[VIDEO] A lovely ad, full of romance, focused on the iPhone 7 Plus and Portrait mode. Video embedded in the main Loop post, along with link to the song in the ad.

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06:39
KGI: Apple likely to announce ‘home AI’ Siri Speaker...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has published an industry report today claiming that Apple will likely announce a Siri Speaker product (branding unknown, Kuo calls it ‘Apple’s first home AI product’) at WWDC in June. The device will compete with the Amazon Echo and go on sale in the second half of the year.

Kuo says Apple’s product will feature ‘excellent’ sound with seven tweeters and a subwoofer, and will be positioned as a more premium product than the Echo … with a higher price tag to match.

KGI’s report is not definitive about the launch timeline. It says that they believe Apple has a more than 50% chance of announcing the Siri Speaker product in June. This leaves some wiggle room in case plans change or the launch is pushed back.

Will I be able to order stuff from Amazon on the Siri Speaker? Send roses? Order pizza? Will Siri evolve from the current model, or will this be the existing Siri capabilities in my kitchen/living room?

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06:38
Twitter adds 11 more streaming offerings in live...




Shortly after annnouncing a 24/7 streaming news deal with Bloomberg, Twitter has revealed another 11 video offerings, covering not just news but sports, music, and other fields.

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06:33
Teens split video time 34% to YouTube, 27% to...

Hulu came in at 4%, Amazon at 3%. From the article:

In a recent survey of US college students, commissioned by LendEDU, only 8% of respondents said they didn’t have a Netflix account. This doesn’t mean young people actually pay for Netflix, as 54% said they use a friend’s or family member’s account. But at 92%, that is still an astonishing level of audience penetration.

Very interesting numbers. This is an audience that Apple covets. Going to be interesting to see how they progress in this space.

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06:27
With Apple’s Q2 financials expected to be on-track,...

Analysts appear to be expecting Apple to announce that its Q2 2017 earnings were in line with the guidance it gave last time – albeit with revenue around the top end of the predicted range.

When tuning in to the earnings report conference call, here are the numbers Apple needs to match or beat to be on-track …

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06:25
Take Control Books acquired by Joe Kissell and...

Congrats to Joe Kissell and Morgen Jahnke for the acquisition, and to Adam and Tonya Engst and the rest of the TidBITS team for the sale.

New chapters for everyone.

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06:20
∞ Apple’s strong earnings, possible supercycle

Apple will announce earnings for 2017Q2 this afternoon at 1:30 PT.

Interested in specifics? Start with this MacRumors post.

Apple projected their revenues to be between $51.5 billion and $53.5 billion. Analysts project revenues between $51.7B and $55B.

From this CNBC article:

Apple investors are excited by the prospect of a “supercycle” in its next fiscal year, driven by the next generation of iPhones, and it appears the market for people who want to upgrade their devices could be over 300 million.

In a note released Monday, former Apple analyst turned venture capitalist Gene Munster, estimates that...

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06:15
Global Payments announces support for Apple Pay in...

Global Payments, a worldwide provider of payment technology services, is now offering merchants in Taiwan the ability to accept credit and debit card payments via Apple Pay. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with more than 8,500 employees worldwide, the company is a member of the S&P 500 with merchants and partners in 30 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil.

Apple Pay is currently available in 14 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.  It also works in macOS Sierra.

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05:48
Apple wants to help you eat healthier — and perhaps...

Apple wants to help you eat healthier. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,640,088) for “electronic tag transmissions of custom-order nutritional information.”

It involves a computer-implemented method for encoding radio frequency identification (RFID) electronic tags to represent custom-order nutrition variables that could communicate with your iPhone or Apple Watch. At an electronic vendor device at a check-out counter, a custom food order can be identified. At the device, a nutrition variable based on the custom food order can be determined. At the electronic vendor device, an RFID electronic tag can be encoded to store the nutritional variable.

In the patent filing, Apple says that restricting particular types of consumption can be advantageous, such as restricting calories, fat consumption, salt intake and/or sugar intake. What’s more, consuming at least a threshold quantity of vegetables, fruits, dairy, healthy fats, vitamins, water and so on are...

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05:47
Following App Store price increases in Europe, Apple...

Following Apple’s decision to increase the prices of App Store prices in Europe, Italian site iSpazia reports that the company appears to be allowing developers the option of more flexible pricing. Instead of having to choose one of the standard tiers, they would be free to select alternatives – including a starting-point of €0.49 …

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