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Apple Earnings Q2 2014

Apple posts Q2 results: Profit crushes estimates, revenue climbs despite lack of new launches

Apple posts Q2 results: Profit crushes estimates, revenue climbs despite lack of new launches

By on April 23, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Earnings season is now in full swing and as always, Apple’s are the most hotly anticipated results in the technology sector. This time around, however, it’s not because industry watchers want to see how impressive the company’s most recent quarter was, but because the world wants to see how Apple is doing after not having released a notable new product since this past November. Last year, CEO Tim Cook promised new launches in “exciting new product categories” across 2014, and he will undoubtedly promise exciting new products again on Wednesday’s earnings call. But so far, we’ve seen exactly nothing new or exciting from Apple in 2014.

Were last year’s iPhone 5s, iPad Air and Retina iPad mini launches enough to carry Apple in the March quarter? The numbers are now in and we can finally answer that question. More →

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Apple Recycling Program

New Apple recycling program will pay you for your old gadgets

By on April 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

New Apple recycling program will pay you for your old gadgets

Apple cares about the environment and it really, really wants the world to know it. The company is making its renewed efforts to be more environmentally conscious known and in the process, Apple launched a new website and a used gadget recycling program. More →

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AT&T Q1 2014 Earnings

T-Mobile’s ‘Uncarrier’ attacks don’t stop AT&T from posting strong earnings in Q1 2014

By on April 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM.

T-Mobile’s ‘Uncarrier’ attacks don’t stop AT&T from posting strong earnings in Q1 2014

AT&T has come under a constant barrage of criticism from rival T-Mobile over the past year but so far it hasn’t affected the carrier’s bottom line. In its Q1 2014 earnings report released Tuesday, AT&T reported earnings of $0.71 per share on $32.5 billion in revenue, which beat the consensus estimate of $0.70 per share on $32.41 billion in revenue. What’s more AT&T also posted a net addition of 625,000 postpaid subscribers on the quarter, which the carrier says represents its best Q1 for net postpaid additions in five years. Including prepaid subscribers, AT&T added more than 1 million net subscribers on the quarter. More →

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Video

Video: Tim Cook explains how Apple will make everything ‘better’

By on April 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Video: Tim Cook explains how Apple will make everything ‘better’

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t have the same reputation as a “visionary” that late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs had but that doesn’t mean he won’t try to be inspiring. In a new video released on Monday, Cook describes how Apple’s overarching goal with everything it does is to make things “better,” whether it’s through products such as smartphones and tablets or through its use of more environmentally friendly power sources. More →

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Apple Ad

Apple takes a huge shot at Samsung in latest print ad

By on April 22, 2014 at 8:25 AM.

Apple takes a huge shot at Samsung in latest print ad

Over the past few years, Samsung built a smartphone empire by creating a massive handset portfolio spanning all sizes and price points, and by spending billions to promote its devices. Of course, a healthy chunk of that cash has been spent on the many, many Samsung ads that spend more time bashing Apple than they do showcasing Galaxy phones. Apple is no stranger to attack ads — its “I’m a Mac” campaign helped put Mac on everyone’s radar — and now the company has finally taken a shot at Samsung in its latest print ad. More →

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Galaxy S5 Price

Galaxy S5 price already slashed in world’s third largest smartphone market

By on April 21, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Galaxy S5 price already slashed in world’s third largest smartphone market

Samsung’s brand new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is barely a week old but it has already seen a substantial price cut in the third largest smartphone market in the world. The new Samsung hero phone recently went on sale in India at Rs. 51,990 ($860) off contract. When HTC’s new HTC One (M8) launched in India on Monday for 49,990 ($827), however, the cost of Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 was immediately slashed as a result. More →

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Apple Campus 2 Video

Video: Apple introduces ‘the best office building in the world’

By on April 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Video: Apple introduces ‘the best office building in the world’

Apple is taking innovation to the office space with Apple Campus 2, a development that will house some of the tens of thousands of Apple employees that live in and around Cupertino, California. In the latest video, Apple proclaims that it has “a shot of building the best office building in the world.” The mothership, as the circular building is colloquially know, was designed with Stanford in mind, another campus that Steve Jobs visited frequently and remembered fondly. More →

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Comcast-TWC Merger Netflix

Netflix officially comes out against the Comcast-TWC merger

By on April 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM.

Netflix officially comes out against the Comcast-TWC merger

In addition to news on possible price increases, Netflix on Monday also officially took a stance against the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In its letter to shareholders released Monday, Netflix said that a combined Comcast and TWC would “possess even more anticompetitive leverage to charge arbitrary interconnection tolls for access to their customers.” To back up its reasoning, Netflix said that the decline of DSL has made cable Internet the default broadband technology for most Americans and claimed that if the merger were approved then many American households would have “Comcast as the only option for truly high-speed broadband” that offers service of 10Mbps or higher. More →

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Microsoft Nokia Acquisition April 25th

Fall of an icon: Nokia’s device division to be officially acquired by Microsoft on Friday

By on April 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Fall of an icon: Nokia’s device division to be officially acquired by Microsoft on Friday

The end of an era is fast approaching. Microsoft announced on Monday that it will finalize its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division on Friday, April 25th, thus marking the end of the line for Nokia smartphones. Nokia, an iconic Finnish company that was instrumental in making mobile phones a staple gadget throughout the world, will now focus primarily on making telecom equipment while Microsoft will use Nokia’s engineering talent to make its own smartphones and tablets. Microsoft will not retain the Nokia branding for its mobile devices and will instead rename the division “Microsoft Mobile.” Microsoft also says that “this acquisition will help… accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones” all while “introducing the next billion customers to Microsoft services via Nokia mobile phones.”

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Apple CEO Sculley Interview

Ex-Apple CEO Sculley admits the very obvious: Forcing Jobs out was a mistake

By on April 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Ex-Apple CEO Sculley admits the very obvious: Forcing Jobs out was a mistake

It’s safe to say that former Apple CEO John Sculley has some regrets in his career. In an interview with The Times of India, Sculley admits that ousting Apple cofounder Steve Jobs as CEO way back in 1985 was “a mistake” that cost the company dearly and set it on the path toward near-oblivion. However, Sculley says that the decision was much more justifiable at the time it was made because Jobs’ always-difficult personality was even tougher to rein in during his younger years. More →

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HTC Hires Samsung Marketing Chief

HTC scores a major coup against Samsung, hires the man behind its killer ad campaigns

By on April 18, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

HTC scores a major coup against Samsung, hires the man behind its killer ad campaigns

Is HTC finally, at long, long last, going to get a decent marketing campaign? The Wall Street Journal reports that HTC has officially brought on Paul Golden, Samsung’s former U.S. marketing chief, to be a consultant to HTC chairwoman Cher Wang. During his time at Samsung from 2008 through 2012, Golden was instrumental in establishing the company’s Galaxy brand as the main alternative to Apple’s iPhone through a series of first-rate ads that often took humorous shots at Apple fans’ expense. What this means for HTC’s future marketing efforts is unclear but we can bet that there won’t be any more horrendous Robert Downey Jr. spots or ads about Hipster Troll Car Washes going forward.

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Why Should I Buy Apple Stock

Why now is the time to buy as much Apple stock as you can

By on April 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Why now is the time to buy as much Apple stock as you can

Apple’s stock has been stuck in the doldrums for some time now, as people lament the death of Steve Jobs, the supposed lack of innovation, and concerns that the company just isn’t the same as what it used to be. However, if one key indicator proves to be a tell, now may be the time to buy. More →

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