Lenovo BlackBerry Merger Rumor

New rumor claims Lenovo will try to buy BlackBerry as soon as this week

By on October 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

New rumor claims Lenovo will try to buy BlackBerry as soon as this week

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before — or actually, don’t bother because we know you’ve heard this one before. One of Benzinga’s sources claims that Lenovo is once again looking to buy Canadian smartphone pioneer BlackBerry, despite the fact that such talks reportedly went nowhere last year due to security concerns raised by both the Canadian and American governments. More →

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Apple Ads Compilation

Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s

By on October 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM.

Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s

Before actor John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman turned the PC into a laughable dope, before dancing silhouettes convinced you to buy an iPod and before George Orwell’s novel came to life in a 60-second spot during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple made posters.

The history of Apple’s advertising campaigns is almost as interesting as the history of the products it advertises. On Sunday, The Loop’s Dave Mark stumbled upon an article from 2009 on Web Designer Depot which contains an extensive collection of Apple’s ads, from Apple II posters to commercials for the iPhone 3G.

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Apple Earnings Q4 2014

Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12B in revenue

Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12B in revenue

By on October 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM.

Apple shares have dipped along with the rest of the market over the past few days, though things certainly picked up during Monday’s session ahead of Apple’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report; shares closed at $99.76 on Monday, up 2.14%. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were on sale for just 12 days in the September quarter, but Wall Street is still expecting the launch to impact Apple’s results in a huge way. Of course, that notion obviously isn’t very far-fetched, considering Apple sold more than 10 million new iPhones just through the end of their first weekend on sale. More →

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Apple Q4 2014 Earnings Preview

Apple is expected to crush its Q4 earnings record today

By on October 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Apple is expected to crush its Q4 earnings record today

For a company that’s “doomed,” Apple sure seems to make a lot of money. Fortune has put together a survey of several analysts’ projections for Apple’s soon-to-be-announced fourth quarter earnings and literally every single one of them expects Apple will post a record Q4. More →

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Apple vs GTAT: iPhone Sapphire

Newly uncovered internal documents show how hard it is to work with Apple

By on October 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM.

Newly uncovered internal documents show how hard it is to work with Apple

Contrary to rumors and speculations, neither the iPhone 6 nor the iPhone 6 Plus came with a sapphire display on board, and soon after Apple launched its 2014 iPhones, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) filed for bankruptcy. Apple appeared to be surprised by the news, as GTAT should have provided sapphire for Apple’s devices, but GTAT seems to indicate Apple’s draconian contract is to blame for its downfall.

At the same time, the leaked parts of the contract show Apple intended to make sure it’ll have a steady supply of sapphire from its partner, having considered this material choice more than two years ago. They also show how difficult it can be to work with Apple. More →

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Google Q3 2014 Earnings

Google posts solid Q3 earnings, still misses expectations

By on October 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM.

Google posts solid Q3 earnings, still misses expectations

Google on Thursday reported earnings of $6.35 per share on revenues of $13.2 billion, thus missing the consensus estimate of earnings of $6.53 per share on revenues of $13.22 billion. That’s not the only bad news for the company either: Google also reported that its cost-per-click — a key metric used to determine how much money Google can charge for advertisements — declined by around 2% year-over-year from Q3 2013. Nonetheless, this was actually better than what Wall Street was expecting, as the consensus estimate was that cost-per-click on the quarter would decline by 4% year-over-year. More →

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Google Oculus Rift Rival Presentation

Google is investing in a virtual reality company that could be even cooler than Oculus

By on October 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Google is investing in a virtual reality company that could be even cooler than Oculus

The Oculus Rift has become a name that’s synonymous with virtual reality gaming, but Google hopes to also get in on the action with a new investment in a company called Magic Leap. Originally reported by Re/Code, Magic Leap is calling its technology “cinematic reality,” and Google is planning to invest millions of dollars to make this virtual reality an actual reality. More →

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Amazon Apple U2 Songs of Innocence

Amazon trolls Apple for forcing U2′s new album on its users

By on October 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM.

Amazon trolls Apple for forcing U2′s new album on its users

On Monday, Apple finally wrapped up its U2 “Songs of Innocence” album giveaway for iTunes customers. The release led 26 million iTunes users to download the album, and 81 million users to “experience” it. Now, Amazon is picking up the album and giving it to Amazon Prime subscribers through Amazon Prime Music.

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Google Express Shopping

Here’s why Google wants to know everything about you

Here’s why Google wants to know everything about you

By on October 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

Google doesn’t just want you to search for products you want to buy anymore. It wants you to buy them with help from Google.

In a post on its official blog, Google announced that it is expanding its same-day shopping service, now known as Google Express, to Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C., adding another 7 million people to the 12 million people who have access to the service in Northern California. More →

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T-Mobile Illiad Merger News

Yet another carrier has given up trying to buy T-Mobile

By on October 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Yet another carrier has given up trying to buy T-Mobile

Is the “Un-carrier” unsellable? Bloomberg reports that French carrier Illiad has now given up its bid to buy T-Mobile from parent company Deutsche Telekom, thus making it the second carrier to fail at acquiring the scrappy mobile operator this year. Apparently Illiad decided to withdraw its bid after upping its offer to $36 per share to acquire 67% of the company, which was a boost from the $33 per share it offered to acquire 56.6% of the company this past summer. Despite this higher offer, Deutsche Telekom apparently remained uninterested in the proposal. More →

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Apple Vs. Finland Credit Rating

Contrary to popular belief, Apple has not singlehandedly killed Finland

By on October 13, 2014 at 6:03 PM.

Contrary to popular belief, Apple has not singlehandedly killed Finland

In an interview with CNBC, Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb jokingly said that Apple was responsible for killing off Finland’s two big economic “champions”: The once-mighty Nokia and its paper industry.
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iPhone 6 Release Date

These are the iPhone 6′s next major steps toward world domination

By on October 13, 2014 at 5:34 PM.

These are the iPhone 6′s next major steps toward world domination

On Monday, Apple announced that it will continue its rollout of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to an additional 36 countries this month. This will bring the total number to 69 countries. The latest round of launches will begin with China, India and Monaco on October 17th, and then progress to Israel on October 23rd.

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