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Wednesday July 27

09:00
Microsoft Pix promises to improve iPhone photography...

Microsoft on Wednesday released Pix, a new photo application that utilizes the company's machine learning skills with a computational photography implementation intended to improve the quality of photos shot on an iPhone 5s or newer.

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09:00
Hands-on: Channels for iOS – a beautiful live local...

If you’re a cord cutter who owns a 4th-generation Apple TV, then it’s highly likely that you’re already intimately familiar with Channels. Fancy Bits’ well-received app lets Apple TV 4 owners, who own an HDHomeRun device and an antenna, watch, pause, and rewind live TV.

Although a tvOS version launched earlier this year, Channels has been conspicuously missing from the iOS App Store. Today, that all changes, as an iOS version of the app has been released on the App Store for $14.99. more…

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08:56
Microsoft Pix for iOS

Take better photos without extra effort! Microsoft Pix has serious intelligence behind the lens, so it can automatically tweak settings for each shot, and immediately enhance your photos, to help people and scenes look their best. Now you can just enjoy the moment, instead of struggling to capture it! Point. Shoot. Perfect.

This sounds really interesting—I’ll give it a try. Designed for iPhone and iPad

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08:39
Xiaomi launches Mi Notebook Air, targeting Apple...

Best known for its smartphones, China's Xiaomi on Wednesday revealed the Mi Notebook Air, its first laptop, apparently designed to take on Apple's MacBook and MacBook Air.

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08:37
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature Space Black color...

The next-gen iPhone could feature a capacitive Home button as well as a Space Black color option.

A new report from Macotakara which cites supply chain sources states that the iPhone 7 will feature a capacitive Home button with support for 3D Touch. This means that the home button would not actually be a moving part, though users would still feel as if they were pushing a button thanks to haptic feedback similar to that of the Force Touch trackpad on recent MacBooks.

The updated Home button would also be flush with the front of the iPhone. This, paired with the removal of the headphone jack, would go a long way towards seeing that the next-gen iPhone was even more sealed and waterproof.

The switch to a capacitive Home button would also take...

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08:35
Apple Pencil Could be Your Next Gaming Device

If Apple’s latest patent is any indication, your next Apple Pencil will be more than a pointing and drawing accessory for your iPad Pro. It’ll also be a pointing device for your Mac, and a joystick for gaming.

The post Apple Pencil Could be Your Next Gaming Device appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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08:25
Upthere cloud service reveals pricing & storage...

We’ve been following Upthere since it was simply a secret cloud startup from ex-OS X chief Bertrand Serlet back in 2012. After years of development and a closed beta period that started last fall, Upthere is officially launching today as it reveals pricing and storage details and drops the beta label. There’s also a three-month free trial period for new users…

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08:20
Rumor: Apple to adopt USB Type-C in another upcoming...

A new supply chain rumor suggests that Apple will bring USB Type-C ports from its 12-inch MacBook to another notebook in the lineup. The most likely candidate: the MacBook Pro. Here's why.

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08:14
Apple Maps adds enhanced parking space info,...

Apple Maps is getting enhanced data for parking spots as Parkopedia today announces a deal to provide Apple with its database of parking services worldwide. That means that Apple Maps is now gaining enhanced data for the 40 million parking spots currently tracked by Parkopedia across 75 countries in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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08:12
Apple veterans take on iCloud, Dropbox

Upthere, a little-known startup founded by former Apple software gurus, thinks it can do far better than Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Box, and others when it comes to quickly storing, organizing, and searching digital photos, videos, and more.

This new company was co-founded by Bertrand Serlet, the former Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Apple. This is going to be really fun to watch. I would not count these guys out.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:57
Firefox 5.0 for iOS Gets Speed, Battery Improvements...

Mozilla has pushed out version 5.0 of Firefox for iOS to the App Store, and along with it comes a slew of new features. Chief among those are both speed and battery life improvements as well as the ability to add custom search engines to the browser. When searching for something in Firefox, you’ve long had the option of tapping the icon of an alternative engine to perform your search there. Now you can add your own custom engines by simply going to any website, putting the cursor in the website’s own search box, and then hitting Firefox’s magnifying-glass-with-a-plus-symbol icon. That’ll add it to the top of your alternatives list and you’re good to go!

The post Firefox 5.0 for iOS Gets Speed, Battery Improvements and Custom Search appeared first on The Mac...

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07:51
∞ BB King breaks a string in the middle of a song...

BB was so great. This is also one of my favorite songs.

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07:46
News: Adobe launches new Lightroom viewer for Apple...

Adobe has created a new version of its Lightroom app for Apple TV, with abilities limited to viewing photos edited and saved in the corresponding iOS and desktop apps. Whereas those versions are geared toward editing, the Apple TV version includes a simplified interface that only supports browsing through collections. Photos and their applied edits saved on the Creative Cloud can be synced automatically for viewing on the bigger screen. The download…

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07:38
Nintendo's hotly anticipated Pokémon Go Plus...

You gotta catch ‘em all in Pokémon Go, but right now that’s hard to do. Unless you’re looking at your phone 24/7 or willing to jump out of your running car, you might miss out on a rare Pokémon.

It looks like you won’t be getting any help with that before the fall. Nintendo recently announced via Twitter that the Pokémon Go Plus wearable won’t be released until September. The wearable was originally expected to roll out in July.

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07:30
Daily Deal: A domain name and one year of web...

Ever wanted to start up your own website, but got turned off by the cost of getting a domain name and good hosting? This Daily Deal from Apple World Today is just for you! We're featuring the A2 Hosting Swift Plan, with a year of web hosting, pro services, and resources plus a free domain name registration for only $14.99.  

A2 Hosting is well-known for its amazing speeds and uptime, and has a 4.5/5 rating from WhatIsHostingThis.com. Features include: 

  • Get top-notch hosting for an unlimited amount of websites & databases
  • Receive unlimited storage & transfer for your data
  • Use...
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07:30
News: Australian banks team up to push for other...

Australia’s three largest banks have lodged an application with anti-trust regulators, requesting approval to negotiate with Apple on installing their own electronic payment apps on iPhones, Reuters reports. Apple currently doesn’t allow third-party payment apps to be loaded onto the iPhone, ostensibly because they would compete with its own Apple Pay system. Australian banks have notoriously resisted signing deals to use Apple Pay and…

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07:10
Apple's Cook, Maestri bullish on short- and...

Apple's 4-inch iPhone SE is attracting switcher and new-user sales in an otherwise slow period between major iPhone releases, and supply of the sought-after model is just now catching up with demand, leaving room for future growth, according to Apple executives.

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07:04
News: Report: iPhone 7 may feature 3D Touch home...

The new iPhone 7 may do away with the standard home button in favor of a touch-sensitive 3D Touch home button, Macotakara reports. The speculation echoes a report from last week that the new device will use haptic feedback to mimic a click rather than relying on an actual button press. Unnamed supply chain sources said the improved home button is flush with the body and will not actually depress when pushed, even though users will feel the sensation…

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07:01
Consumers will likely look for advanced driver...

Although the Apple Car — which, remember, Apple has never even confirmed — reportedly won't roll out until 2021, according to IHS Automotive forecasts, 55% of annual global new vehicle sales in 2020 will be vehicles that are connected.

 

At that time, nearly half of the global fleet of vehicles in operation will be connected. Findings from a new IHS Automotive global consumer survey indicate that new advanced technologies and increased connectivity are driving consumer preferences as they consider new vehicles. More than 4,000 vehicle owners intending to purchase a new vehicle within the next 36 months were surveyed, representing four key automotive markets – the U.S., China, Germany and the United Kingdom. 

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are the most desired feature among global...

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06:48
Microsoft’s new iOS camera has no settings but...

Microsoft is taking on Apple’s own camera app with an iOS app it claims is smarter. Microsoft Pix has no user controls, but is instead controlled by AI software, which attempts to work out what you are photographing and automatically adjust the settings to give the best results. It also automatically enhances your photos, and shows you the before-and-after to allow you to pick the version you prefer.

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06:47
Parkopedia to provide parking services in Apple Maps

Parkopedia, a global parking services provider, says it’s providing its parking services to Apple Maps on OS X and iOS devices. Apple Maps users will be able to view key information about parking garages and lots around the world.  

In addition, users will have the option to click through to Parkopedia's website and iOS app to view more detailed information including pricing, user reviews, special offers and real-time space availability. They will also be able to make reservations.

Parkopedia is used by millions of drivers and organizations such as BMW, Ford, Garmin, Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, Toyota, Volvo, and VW. It provides static information on 40 million parking spaces in over 150,000 facilities across 6000 cities in 75 countries — including real-time parking space availability information in over 500 cities in 30 countries.

The service allows drivers to find the closest parking to their destination...

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06:42
Apple supplier LG Display spends another $1.75B on...

LG Display on Wednesday announced plans to spend 1.99 trillion won -- about $1.75 billion -- on a new flexible OLED production line, which could potentially help the company vie for Apple iPhone orders.

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06:41
External Link: Apple Music No Longer Counts Against...

While T-Mobile users have been able to stream music from Apple Music for the past year without it counting against their mobile data caps, the mobile carrier has now added Apple Music to its Binge On program, meaning that video from Apple Music will no longer count against the caps. This exemption includes music videos, as well as future video content on Apple Music, such as the upcoming “Carpool Karaoke” series from CBS.

 

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06:40
External Link: Apple Music Scores “Carpool Karaoke”...

First, there was “Planet of the Apps,” and now Apple continues its foray into original content by nabbing CBS’s upcoming “Carpool Karaoke” series, a spinoff of the popular “The Late Late Show with James Corden” bit, in which he drives celebrities around as they sing songs. Although it doesn’t sound as if Corden will host the new show, it is, nonetheless, a pretty big “get” for Apple Music.

 

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06:38
Happy Hour Podcast 077 | Carpool Karaoke, iPhone 7...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ purchase, the rumored iPhone 7 release date in context, and Apple’s latest earnings report. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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06:38
News: Apple turning ‘Carpool Karaoke’ into an Apple...

Apple is turning James Corden’s popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment into its own series, set to air as an Apple Music exclusive, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The series will expand on the current format, with celebrity guests singing along to their favorite songs and surprising fans during the ride, but will likely feature a host other than Corden. The 16-episode series will be released weekly on Apple Music, but no premiere date…

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06:36
Apple opens at $103, up 7%, after the company...

Following the earnings report yesterday, Apple company stock has popped 7% as investors were pleased with Apple’s guidance for the September quarter and total revenue drop for fiscal Q3 was lower than anticipated.

This means Apple stock is back into triple digits, after fleeting the $101 mark briefly last week. The stock opened this morning at $103, up significantly from yesterdays close os ~$97

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06:10
Apple is working on its first retail store in Mexico

Apple plans to open its first retail store in Mexico later this year at the Centro Santa Fe mall, reports AppleInsider

“The Santa Fe location is expected to feature a ‘next generation’ design language with space for a Genius Bar, custom wooden cabinetry for accessories, iconic wooden tables and an ample sales floor,” the article adds. “Whether the outlet will rate the 37-foot, custom built TV display Apple has been installing as part of larger U.S. and international Apple Store renovations is unknown.”

Apple is also planning its first retail store in Taiwan. With the opening of these stores, Apple will have 486 retail stores in 20 countries and an online store available in 39 countries. What’s more, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reportedly clearing the way for Apple to open its first retail store in that country....

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06:08
∞ iCloud Tabs not working in your macOS Sierra beta...

While my macOS Sierra beta has been pretty rock solid, there is one feature that has stopped working for me. If I click the iCloud Tabs button (the icon of two overlaid squares in the upper-right corner of the Safari window), Safari should open a view that shows all the Safari tabs in my current window, as well as the Safari tabs in my other nearby iOS devices.

For me, the macOS tabs show up just fine, but the iCloud tabs do not appear. I depend on this feature, so I dug around the net to find a workaround while I waited for the Sierra beta that fixed this problem. […]

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06:05
Australia’s three biggest banks want their apps...

Australia's three biggest banks, including the top lender, National Australia Bank, have lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones, reports Reuters.

Apple, which operates its Apple Pay mobile payment service, doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the smartphone. The banks are seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple's phones without themselves being accused of violating anti-competition law, according to Reuters.

On a related note, last November banks in Australia said they weren’t too keen on the idea of giving Apple a bit of the US$2 billion they earn annually from interchange fees, noted the Sydney Morning Herald. In the US, Apple earns close to 15¢ on every $100 of...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset for only $76.99 — that’s 48% off the regular price. Boasting patented transducers that use bone conduction technology to convey crystal clear sound directly to your inner ears, these futuristic headphones allow you to fully hear your surroundings and talk with friends while you listen to your music. A sealed design with IP67 water resistance and…

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05:55
AAPL breaks $100 in after-hours trading, as analysts...

Update: That $103 price is holding steady in early trading this morning.

While Apple’s earnings weren’t fantastic, with particularly bad news in China, the market view appears to be that the numbers were better than feared. The stock price climbed sharply in the first hour of after-hours trading, jumping from $97.34 to more than $103, and has so far maintained this new level.

Business Insider did a roundup of analyst reactions, and found that with the single exception of Deutsche Bank, which rates the stock a Hold, all the...

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05:53
The tireless, automated bots that will play Pokémon...

One of the first things I thought of when I first experienced Pokémon Go was how dependent the game was on location and how easy that would be to spoof. It didn’t take long for developers to bring that idea to life:

A new wave of PC-based Pokémon Go “bots” take the hacking a step further, spoofing locations and automating actions to essentially play the game for you while you sit in the comfort of your own home.

There are a number of competing bots out there, from the open source Necrobot to the pre-compiled Pokébuddy to MyGoBot, which recently started charging $4.99 for its automation tool following a three-hour free trial. All of them work on the same basic principles, sending artificial data to the Pokémon Go servers to simulate an extremely efficient, entirely tireless player.

This same sort of thing happened in the early days of World of Warcraft. It took some time, but the folks at Blizzard figured out how to tell if robots were playing for you and took a...

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05:45
Apple’s employee number one

Craig Cannon, interviewing Apples’ first employee (beyond Steve Jobs and Woz), Bill Fernandez:

Craig: So at what point do Woz and Jobs come together and decide that they want to start working on Apple?

Bill: Okay, well during this Hewlett-Packard period when Woz and I were both there, Woz in the after hours designed his own Pong game. Pong was the first really popular, you know, video game that bars and pizza shops and restaurants could buy and put it in stores and people would come and put quarters in and play. So he built his own circuitry and used it with a small black and white TV set as the display.

Then a couple of things happened. He started working on building his own computer and he started attending the Homebrew Computer Club that was happening at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, SLAC.

So all of those things happened at the same time and then as his computer came together he would take it and show it off...

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05:36
Recode’s Kara Swisher: The New York Magazine...

This is a terrific interview. Some of it is inside baseball (anecdotes about the politics of tech journalism), but all of it is readable and fascinating. Feels like no punches were pulled.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Australian banks demand access to NFC chip on iPhone...

Australia’s three biggest banks are claiming that Apple is in breach of antitrust laws by not allowing third-party mobile payment apps to use the NFC chip used by Apple Pay for contactless payment.

Reuters reports that the banks have initially requested permission from regulators to jointly negotiate with Apple – ironically, because they might themselves be in breach of antitrust laws if they clubbed together to negotiate without clearance to do so …

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05:26
Motorola confirms that they will not commit to...

Ars Technica:

When we recently reviewed the Moto Z, we said that the device would not be getting Android’s monthly security updates. Motorola doesn’t make this information officially available anywhere, but when we asked Motorola reps at the Moto Z launch event if the company would commit to the monthly updates, we were flatly told “no.”

And:

Motorola has clarified the update situation of the Moto Z and Moto G4, calling Android’s monthly security updates “difficult” and deciding not to commit to them.

Tough to say no to an update that patches a known security vulnerability.

From Moto:

We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it’s difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient for us to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade.

That delay is no small...

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05:17
Top Australian banks pursue collective boycott of...

Graham Spencer, writing for MacStories:

In a rather extraordinary move, four of Australia’s largest banks have written to Australia’s competition regulator requesting permission to join together in a collective boycott whilst they negotiate with third-party mobile wallet services including Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay.

And:

At the heart of their request is the claim that third party wallet providers have the power to “impose highly restrictive terms and conditions”. The banks point out that 90% of smartphones sold in Australia run iOS or Android, and Samsung is the leading manufacturer of Android phones. Therefore, they claim, Google has significant bargaining power over Android, Samsung over Galaxy phones, and Apple over iPhones. But it is Apple that the banks say “has particularly significant bargaining power in negotiations relating to Apple Pay due to its control of both a key operating system and key mobile hardware”. They point out that in...

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05:00
Google Beefs Up Phone App's Spam-Fighting Skills


Google on Tuesday released an updated version of its Phone app for Android with a new spam protection feature that warns users when an incoming call is likely to be spam. It also lets them block numbers and report spam. The app is available on Google Play.
The spam warning feature works on Nexus and AndroidOne devices on the T-Mobile USA, Project Fi and Orange France networks. "For me, mobile spam calls are a nightmare," remarked Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

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04:50
First Singapore Apple Store looks set for November...

The first Apple Store in Singapore looks set to open in November, according to a construction works plate on the site. The plate says that the anticipated completion date of the additions and alterations to the building is 31st October, suggesting that it is likely to open sometime the following month …

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04:30
Horcrux makes it a breeze to backup, migrate email...

By Aaron Lee

Questions about data sovereignty, data security and cloud computing are important issues are important for every person who has an email account — and that includes you. Technichor's Horcrux Email Backup for Mac users lets you automatically keep you data rather than surrendering it to third party services.

The data stored with some email providers actually belongs to the provider, not to the user. As a result, some folks have been surprised to discover that they've lost access to their data without any recourse.

Horcrux is a background app that takes daily snapshots of email account states similar to the way Apple's Time Machine works with your Mac. The app allows you to browse the emails and undelete specific emails. In case you accidentally delete an important email, you can undelete it with a click.

Another feature of Horcrux is the option it gives people to change email providers without losing all prior data. Horcrux...

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04:18
Apple’s Chinese revenue falls 33% as local brands...

While most of the numbers announced yesterday were broadly in line with analyst expectations, there was one particularly disappointing element: revenue from China. This was down 29% on the previous quarter, and a full 33% year-on-year – from $13.2B in Q3 2015 to $8.8B the same quarter this year.

CEO Tim Cook pointed to slowing growth in the Chinese economy as a factor, but there are two other factors at play …

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04:06
Apple remains optimistic after a tough Q3 2016

Another quarter brings with it Apple financial results–nearly $8 billion in profit this time, despite a whole lot of tough year-over-year sales and revenue comparisons. But as a part of the results we also get the chance to hear directly from Apple’s executives, in the quarterly ritual of the conference call with analysts. There’s always good stuff to be gleaned from this call, and this quarter was no exception. Here’s what we learned.

Optimism about the iPhone buying cycle

Combine the changes to the way people buy smartphones (especially in the United States) with the sales fall-off from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s, and a lot of people are worried that the buying cycle of the iPhone is going to be elongated. In other words, while your average smartphone buyer might have purchased a new phone every two years in the past,...

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04:00
Tractica: the future looks bright for combos like...

Digital payments using wearables devices such as the combination of Apple Pay and the Apple Watch will drive more than $500 billion in transaction volume annually by 2020, according to Tractica. That will be up from $3.1 billion in 2015.

The market intelligence firm anticipates that, by 2020, wearable payments will represent approximately 20% of the total mobile proximity transaction volume and about 1% of total cashless transactions in retail.

“Wearable payments are just getting started,” says research director Aditya Kaul. “Apple Pay for the Apple Watch is the first big effort at enabling payments with the wrist.”

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00:20
Xiaomi's first laptop is the $750 Mi Notebook...

It wouldn't be a Xiaomi event if it was just announcing one product. In addition to the new Redmi Pro smartphone, the Chinese company threw in a huge surprise by launching its first-ever laptop line, the Mi Notebook Air, running on Windows 10. It com...

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00:13
Nintendo's lack of breakthrough games hits...

Despite Nintendo's attempts to lower expectations ahead of announcing its financial results, its latest quarterly earnings aren't good. At all. Net sales are down 31 percent compared to the same quarter last year, down to 62 billion yen ($587 million...

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Tuesday July 26

23:50
Xiaomi's Redmi Pro does OLED and dual camera on...

Just because Xiaomi is selling Segways, drones, bicycles and rice cookers these days doesn't mean that it's forgotten what it started off with years ago: mobile phones. Today, the Chinese company announced the Redmi Pro which is the latest smartphone...

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23:18
3D imaging helps map tiny connections in the brain

Mapping brain connections is tricky -- chemicals can destroy the very structures you're trying to map, and an electron microscope can only tell you so much. MIT researchers aren't daunted, however. They've developed a new 3D imaging technique that le...

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22:53
Apple preps first Mexican Apple Store ahead of push...

While Apple's growth, or lack thereof, in Greater China grabs headlines, work continues on a planned expansion into untapped markets like Mexico, where the company is poised to open its first retail store later this year.

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22:28
Check out Lockheed Martin's robotic blimp...

Lockheed Martin's hybrid airships are as big as a football field, and it's a huge challenge making sure their surfaces are don't have tiny pinholes in them. That's why the company developed a robot called Self-Propelled Instrument for Damage Evaluati...

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21:55
Solar-powered machine turns urine into drinkable...

Scientists from a Belgian university have built a solar-powered machine that can turn urine into drinkable water. They deployed it at a 10-day music and theater festival in central Ghent, Belgium. The experiment was a success as the scientists were a...

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21:21
Australian banks say Apple Pay is anticompetitive,...

Three of Australia's major banks on Wednesday filed a joint application with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to force Apple into negotiations over the installation of third-party mobile payments software on iPhone.

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21:21
LG Display invests $1.75 billion for flexible OLED...

The South Korean-based LG Display announced it will be investing $1.75 billion in an attempt to meet the growing demand for flexible OLED displays, which are expected to replace LCDs for smartphones and other similar tech in the future.

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20:40
'Destiny' splits off from PlayStation 3...

If you're still playing Destiny on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, today's update is the last you'll see. That's aside from any emergency fixes, according to a post on Bungie.net. The patch also addresses a number of minor glitches involving loot, gear a...

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19:29
Porsche will hire over 1,400 employees to build its...

Porsche first unveiled its electric car, the Mission E, last December as a luxury model fit to compete with Tesla's Model S. 1,000 new jobs would be created to bring the concept vehicle to life, but today they increased the total to more than 1,400,...

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19:08
Apple services will be size of Fortune 100 company...

Apple CEO Tim Cook during a quarterly investor conference call on Tuesday said he expects his company's services sector, which continues to exhibit growth despite slumping iPhone sales, to generate revenues equivalent to that of a Fortune 100 company next year.

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18:39
EPA findings should lead to caps on aircraft...

It's no secret that aircraft contribute to harmful emissions like road-going vehicles, and the Environmental Protection Agency is one step closer to keeping that pollution in check. It recently finalized findings showing that some aircraft produce a...

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18:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook Is High on ‘AR,’ Says It Will Be...

Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company is “high on AR.” During Apple’s quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts, he demurred from saying augmented reality will be the next so-called platform, but said, “regardless, [AR] will be huge.”

The post Apple CEO Tim Cook Is High on ‘AR,’ Says It Will Be Huge appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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17:53
Venmo opens up third-party app support to all

After allowing a limited number of customers to try out a special beta offering Venmo support with third-party apps in January, Venmo is now allowing all its users to pay for things in the same manner. In fact, starting tomorrow, July 27th, you'll be...

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17:27
Apple earnings call transcript

iMore did their usual transcript of the earnings call, which is always good.

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17:25
iPhone 7 again rumored to feature Force Touch Home...

Earlier today, we shared a handful of videos that gave perhaps the best look yet at the upcoming iPhone 7. Now, a new report from Macotakara reiterates a few features that the iPhone 7 could very well feature, including a capacitive Home button.

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17:21
Runkeeper's Running Groups keep you motivated

If you have running buddies, you know the advantages they bring -- they'll encourage you to run when you'd otherwise slack off, or when you just have to one-up a friend. And Runkeeper knows it. The Asics-owned developer has updated its Android and...

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17:10
Apple Q3 Earnings: iPhone Sales Continue To Slide,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: Apple on Tuesday announced fiscal third-quarter earnings of $1.42 per share, or $7.8 billion in net income, on sales totaling $42.4 billion. That compares to a net profit of $1.85 per share in the same quarter last year, while revenue slid from the Q3 record of $49.6 billion that Apple set in fiscal 2015. Ahead of Apple's report, analysts were expecting EPS to come in at $1.39 while revenue was seen dropping to $42.1 billion, right in the middle of Apple's guidance of between $41 billion and $43 billion. iPhone sales in fiscal Q3 2016 totaled 40.4 million units, down from the 47.5 million iPhones the company sold during the June quarter last year, which was also a third-quarter record. Wall Street's consensus for this past quarter was 40 million units. The company said it expects between $45.5 billion and $47.5 billion in sales for the fiscal fourth quarter. The only part of Apple's business that's really growing is its mobile apps and...

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16:59
'Second Life' removes support for Oculus...

When Second Life patched in support for the Oculus Rift, Linden Lab was cautious to pitch its online world as a haven for virtual reality. "We're trying not to make too big of a deal out of it," Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg said in 2014. "It's still e...

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16:40
The best Pokémon Go map grabs data directly from the...

If you want the best Pokémon Go map, why not use the game’s servers to tell you where to find Pokémon? That’s the aim of Pokévision, which claims to use the the game’s own API to discover the Pokémon in your midst.

Pokévision’s premise is simple: It taps the game’s API to provide a real-time “cheat sheet” pointing to the locations of the nearest Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Each Pokémon location comes with a timer; when that timer expires, the Pokémon de-spawns and disappears. 

“Find all Pokémon near you (or a selected target location) in real time for Pokémon Go. Pokémon nearby will be marked along with their appearance timer on the map,” the Pokévision site claims. “These are real-time Pokemon locations, meaning they are currently live and can be found exactly at the marked spots.”

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16:32
Apple CEO Tim Cook bullish on augmented reality,...

During Apple's quarterly conference call for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed investments into augmented reality solutions, saying the nascent platform holds "huge" potential.

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16:17
Tesla parts ways with chipmaker behind its Autopilot...

In the wake of a fatal Tesla Model S Autopilot accident in Florida, the all-electric automaker has announced it is parting ways with Mobileye, the company behind the image recognition hardware that powers the semi-autonomous system. As Recode reports...

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16:08
Apple Scores Exclusive Deal for CBS Carpool Karaoke...

Carpool Karaoke, the wonderfully fun segment on The Late Late Show where host James Cordon sings in his car with celebrities, is getting its own spin-off series streaming exclusively on Apple Music. The deal shows Apple’s growing interest in original content, and could draw more subscribers to its streaming music service.

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16:01
Tim Cook: ‘Think of Apple TV as a Foundation for...

It might be tempting to think about the Apple TV as a hardware device, and its associated revenue combined with apps that deliver content and the associated revenue collected by Apple. But, during Apple’s 2016 Q3 earnings report, CEO Tim Cook said that we should think about the Apple TV in a different way.

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15:44
Milky Way's spinning 'halo' helps...

Out beyond our solar system are billions of other planets, starts, moon rocks and solar systems. Beyond that, however is an enormous, hot, gaseous halo of matter. It stretches for hundreds of thousands of light years, and could be the key to sorting...

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15:42
Why hackers love health apps

WASHINGTON—That handy health app on your phone—the one with access to your medical history, your doctor’s name, even your home address—may be vulnerable to hackers. Technology experts discussed the risks at a House hearing July 14 with the Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

The fast growth of information technologies in the health care sector has outpaced the industry’s efforts to safeguard them. A report by IMS Health, a research and service provider for health care professionals, showed that more than 165,000 mobile health (or mHealth) apps were available in 2013. Many of the apps offer access to users’ electronic health records from doctors or hospitals. 

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15:30
AWT News Update: July 26, 2016

Apple CFO Luca Maestri. Photo via Apple

It's Apple quarterly earning report day, and we have a short summary of everything you need to know -- basically, things weren't that great, but the expectations for next quarter are much better and the share price has actually gone up in after-hours trading:

  • Find out more about the Apple Q3 2016 Earnings Call
  • Some rumors about the iPhone 7/iPhone 6SE or whatever it will be called

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 26, 2016.

Apple released its third-quarter 2016 earnings statement this afternoon, and while the numbers...

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15:19
Gadget Ogling: Pretty Printers, Bargain Smartwatches...


Paper, designed by Ludwig Rensch, is sadly a concept for now. It holds a ream of paper to make loading the printing material easier than shuffling with a stack of loose leafs. It can scan documents and send them to your phone if you desire. It can make copies. There's a string of LEDs to show how much ink is left for each color, and there's even a handle on top to make the compact printer easy to move. At first glance, it seems abundantly easy to use. The design is clean, though I'm a little disappointed there are no anthropomorphic elements.

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15:08
Cook: the fourth gen Apple TV is a foundation on...

During a conference call about Apple’s latest financial results, CEO Tim Cook was asked about the Apple TV and its plans regarding the larger streaming TV/video content scenario.

“We think of the new Apple TV as the foundation for what we can do in the space,” he said. “I don't want to be more specific than that. Just don't look at what's there today and think we've done what we want to do. We've built a foundation that we think we can build something bigger off of.”

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15:06
Mac sales down year-over-year, but up 5% from the...

Mac sales for the fiscal 2016 third quarter that ended June 25 were down, but the news wasn’t all bad. Apple sold 4.25 million units during the period, down from from 4.8 million units in the year-ago quarter. However, Mac sales were up 5% from the previous quarter and revenues were up 3% sequentially. 

“It was a challenging quarter for personal computer sales,” says Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri. “We faced a very difficult quarter with Macs compared to the year-ago quarter when we launched a new MacBook Pro and iMac.”

Mac sales could revive later this year with the release of macOS Sierra. Especially if we see new MacBook Pros and revamped Mac desktops.

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15:03
Electro-Harmonix brings '80s synth sounds to...

The likes of Korg and Moog have their own synthesizer apps for iOS devices, and now there's a new option for loading up a virtual instrument on those mobile devices. Electro-Harmonix has released a version of its Mini-Synthesizer EH-1600 for iPad and...

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14:56
Apple announces $42.4 billion in revenue, $7.8...

You know, in most businesses, a quarterly profit of $7.8 billion would be considered a good thing.

In Apple’s frame of mind, this isn’t that stellar.

In today’s Q3 2016 conference call, representatives from Apple cited revenues of $42.4 billion, a profit of $7.8 billion with a margin of 38 percent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook cited the successful launch of the iPhone SE, wherein demand outstripped capacity at first. Additional capacity was brought online to handle this.

Cook cited an 8 percent decline in iPhone sales from Q3 2015.

Cook also cited a 19 percent growth in services with App Store revenue up 37 percent to an all-time high.

During the conference call, representatives lauded exceptionally strong iPad Pro sales, Cook, citing the very...

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14:49
Unit iPad unit sales down slightly (again), but...

However, though unit sales were down 3% from the previous quarter, revenues were up 10% thanks to the iPad Pro. About half of iPad Pro buyers are purchasing them for work, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

“It’s the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users,” he says. “And it’s the ultimate replacement device for customers switching from PC laptops.”

What’s more, the average selling price of an iPad prose from $430 to $490 due to the higher priced 9.7-inch iPad Pro compared to the previous iPad Air 2.

Among U.S. consumers planning to purchase a tablet in the next 6 months, 63% plan to purchase an iPad, says Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri. Most of those folks plan to buy a pro model, he says.

Cases For The Brand-new iPhone SE Are Now Available at OtterBox.com!

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14:46
The good news and bad news about iPhone sales…..

When it comes to the iPhone, there’s good news and bad news. Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones during the fiscal 2016 third quarter that ended June 25. Unit sales were down 21% from the previous quarter and 15% down from the year-ago quarter.  

However, that’s slightly better than the 40 million than Wall Street predicted. Switchers from Android and other platforms accounted for the highest percentage of iPhone buyers than ever before during the quarter, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. And the iPhone SE demand outstripped supply through the entire June quarter, he added.

On the other than, the average selling price (ASP) of an iPhone declined to $595 from $642 last quarter, due mainly to the iPhone SE. However, according to Cook, the iPhone installed base in China grew 34% over the past year, andiPhone sales in India were up 51% year-over-year in the first three quarters of this year.

Finally, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri says the iPhone continues...

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14:45
News: Notes from Apple’s Q3 2016 earnings call

Kicking off Apple’s investor conference call following the company’s announcement of quarterly numbers for Q3 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook reported that while the earnings numbers are slightly down from last year’s quarter, the results reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than Apple anticipated 90 days ago, and that there are several encouraging signs. Cook noted that revenue was near the high-end of Apple’s…

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14:42
Apple Pay exceeding expectations with 400 percent...

During Apple's quarterly financial results call for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, CEO Tim Cook shed more light on Apple Pay's adoption and growth with purchasers and retailers.

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14:39
Apple services to be the size of a Fortune 100...

Apple App Store revenue was up 37% to an all-time high in the fiscal 2016 third quarter that ended June 25. Also, the average amount spent per customer was the highest ever measured. Apple expects its services category to be the size of a Fortune 100 company by next year, says CEO Tim Cook.

Services — Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and Apple Care service plans, Apple Pay, etc. — now account for 11% of Apple's overall revenue. That’s up from 8% in the year-ago period.

Speaking of Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment services is now live in nine markets, including six of Apple’s top 10 markets. Cook says that three of four contactless payments are now made with Apple Pay. More than 11 million contactless locations/points of sale have been tallied in all participating Apple Pay countries.

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14:34
Apple's China revenue dives 33% amid iPhone...

Apple on Tuesday announced a steep decline in Greater China revenue for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, but CEO Tim Cook is optimistic about the region's future, one of the company's most important.

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14:32
World’s first autonomous suitcase

With all due respect to my esteemed colleague Dave Mark, I think “rideable luggage” is a silly idea. Now, luggage that follows you around like a puppy? I’d buy that. But this is yet another Indiegogo campaign I don’t expect to be delivered on schedule or, for that matter, delivered at all.

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14:31
Apple’s profit fell 27 percent in Q3 2016, but...

Sales of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus haven't been as stellar as the 6 and 6 Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple's quarterly profit fell 27 percent in Q3 2016, to $7.80 billion from $10.68 billion a year ago, but the company's shares rose today as the earnings beat analysts' expectations. Quarterly revenue was $42.36 billion, down from $49.60 billion in the year-ago quarter, a drop of 14.6 percent.

The third quarter results "reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter," CEO Tim Cook said. When Apple announced its previous results three months ago, the company said it expected to make between $41 and $43 billion in revenue in the third quarter of...

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14:23
More expensive iPad Pro helps boost Apple Q3...

Revenue-wise, the iPad Pro appears to have helped Apple make the iPad its only growing hardware segment during the June quarter, despite the category actually registering yet another drop in sales.

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14:15
The Week in iOS Accessories: Hear your music better...

Crystal clear

This week’s roundup includes “the world’s lightest micro-amplifier”—a gadget that’ll help your iPhone music sound better. Read on!

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Aqua ($80 MSRP) is billed as “the world’s lightest micro-amplifier”—it pairs with a regular pair of headphones to create a high-fidelity audio experience when listening to music on your iPhone or iPad.

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14:12
Apple's so-so Q3: $7.8 billion profit, but...

After Apple’s disappointing second quarter in which iPhone sales slipped for the first time ever, the company had some making up to do. And while iPhone sales continued to decline in the quarter ending June 25, from 47.5 million units in Q3 of last year to 40.4 million this year, the quarter was stronger than both Apple and analysts had expected.

Apple was expecting the slip, as were analysts, though it wasn’t as bad as originally feared. Apple reported a profit of $7.8 billion on $42.4 billion in revenue for the third quarter, which is better than the $42 billion estimated. To compare, Apple raked in $49.6 billion in revenue during Q3 of last year. It was unclear whether the iPhone SE, which was released in March and...

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14:03
Notes of interest from Apple's Q3 2016...

Apple's sales continue to decline across its three major platforms --?iPhone, iPad and Mac --?but the year-over-year losses weren't quite as bad as the market had expected. After reporting the results of its June quarter, Apple executives gave commentary and fielded questions, and notes of interest from the conversation follow.

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13:58
Apple Beats Estimates, Sees iPhones Sales Decline

Apple on Tuesday reported revenue of $42.4 billion for the June quarter, the company’s 3rd fiscal quarter. That included earnings of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 earning per share (EPS). Those results were down from the year ago quarter of $49.6 billion in revenue and $10.7 billion in earnings. It was within Apple’s own guidance of $41 to $43 billion, and earnings beat analyst expectation.

The post Apple Beats Estimates, Sees iPhones Sales Decline appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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13:52
Aquila Test Flight Carries Facebook's Internet...


Facebook has carried out the first full-scale test flight of Aquila, a high-altitude solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed to provide Internet access to remote regions. The company had flown a one-fifth scale version of the airplane for several months. The full-sized craft has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 but reportedly weighs less than 900 pounds fully laden, thanks to the carbon fiber materials used in its construction. The goal of last week's test flight was to verify Facebook's operational models and the overall aircraft design.

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13:43
Live blog: Apple’s fiscal year Q3 2016 earnings call

Just minutes ago, Apple released its official Q3 2016 earnings and as usual, the earnings release will be followed by a live conference call. Typically, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri give a deeper look into the results, while questions will also be taken from analysts and investors.

In case you missed it, Apple reported $42.4 billion in revenue and $7.8 billion in operating profit. Contributing to those results were sales of  40.3 million iPhones, 9.9 million iPads, and 4.2 million Macs. As usual, Apple did not break out sales of the Apple Watch, which it says is for competitive reasons.

As usual, we’ll have live coverage of Apple’s earnings call in this post. The call will begin at 2PM ET/5PM PT. Tim Cook will likely speak first, followed by Maestri. The Q&A session will round out the call.

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13:40
Apple's Q3 beats expectations with $42.4B in...

Though Apple's sales continue to decline year over year, the company's June quarter came in ahead of Wall Street expectations, with the company posting $42.4 billion in revenue and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion.

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13:38
∞ Apple reports $7.8 billion profit for third-...

Apple on Tuesday announced its fiscal third-quarter results. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, down from the $49.6 billion revenue and profit of $10.7 billion reported in the year-ago quarter. […]

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13:34
Apple announces Q3 2016 revenue of $42.4b: 40.4m...

Apple has officially reported its Q3 2016 earnings results with $42.4 billion in revenue and $7.8 billion in profit from the April to June quarter.

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 25, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Here’s Apple’s breakdown of iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales from the quarter:

iPhone: 40.4 million units
iPad: 9.9 million units
Mac: 4.2 million units

Apple CEO Tim Cook:

“We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we...

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13:34
News: Apple Q3 results: $42.4B revenue, 40M iPhones...

Apple reported its third quarter 2016 financial results today, with 40.4 million iPhones and 10 million iPads sold. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. In Q3 2015, Apple had revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent a year ago. International sales contributed to 63…

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13:31
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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13:30
No charges filed in alleged gun threat involving...

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed that rapper, producer, and key Apple employee Dr. Dre was temporarily detained without charges while police investigated an alleged gun threat.

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13:29
Apple Q3 2016 Earnings Summary

Apple just released its Q3 2016 earnings statement and quarterly revenue was down year-over-year for the second quarter in a row. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and a quarterly net income of $7.8 billion. Those compare to $49.6 billion and $10.7 billion in the year-ago quarter. 

The bright spots? Services grew 19 percent year-over-year, and App Store revenue was at its highest level ever. The company returned $13 billion to investors as part of the share repurchase and dividend programs, completing almost $177 billion of the expected $250 billion capital return program. 

It's obvious that the iPad Pro is having an effect on revenues -- although unit sales were down 3 percent from the previous quarter, revenues were up 10 percent. But iPhone numbers were bleak -- unit sales were down 21 percent of the previous quarter and 15 percent down...

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13:27
Mobile Data Management Bundle: $9.99

Check out the Mobile Data Management Bundle, a deal for Leawo iOS Data Recovery and Leawo iTransfer.  Leawo Data Recovery allows you to restore 12 types of data from your devices, iTunes, and iCloud backup when you suffer a lost or broken device. And Leawo iTransfer allows you to transfer files between iOS devices, and backup your iPhone, iPad, and iPod data to a Mac. You can get both products for $9.99 through our deal.

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