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Free iPhone 5s Deal Proves Apple Isn’t So Special – Wired

Photo: Ariel Zambelich/WIRED Well, that didn’t take long. Little more than six months after Apple tried to rev up a more diversified market for its iPhones by releasing a “premium” model (the 5s) and a “cheap” model (the 5c), the supposedly fancier phone is now available for free. RadioShack is offering a free 5s to anyone who trades in a 4s model and signs up for a two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. Without the trade-in, the 5s will cost $100–half its original subsidized price when it was released in September. Discounts for a not-so-new phone model wouldn’t normally be news, except that Apple for so long has refused to play the pricing game that is otherwise common in Read More

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5: What We Know Right Now – Gotta Be Mobile

As we head deeper into 2014, we’re beginning to hear more about what Apple has in store for consumers in 2014. Its plans supposedly include a brand new iPhone, or iPhones, dubbed iPhone 6. With demand increasing by the day, we want to take an updated look at how the rumored iPhone 6 currently matches up with the iPhone 5, Apple’s former flagship, and a device that many consumers will be looking to replace later on this year. Back in 2012, Apple introduced the iPhone that many consumers had been waiting for. The company’s iPhone 5 replaced the iPhone 4s and it did so with a number of features that had been sitting on consumer wish lists for Read More

GOP as the "iPhone party" – CNN (blog)

(CNN) – “Imagine your government as your iPhone.” That was the message from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, in the GOP’s weekly address Saturday. In a call for free markets and open platforms, Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple, Inc. – working to give private citizens the means “to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life.” Follow @politicalticker It’s an idea that “Republican enablers” have fought for for years and that “Democrat mandators” have prevented, he said. “Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party.” Specifically, he cited House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s JOBS Act, which passed in 2012 with bipartisan support and was signed by President Obama. It eases the rules Read More

Samsung slugs it out with Apple for consumers – USA TODAY

A Samsung factory worker examines Galaxy S5 smartphones.(Photo: Samsung) SEOUL — In the South Korean industrial town of Gumi, about a 45-minute helicopter ride southeast of here, Samsung Electronics factory workers, nearly all of them young women, are methodically applying the finishing touches on Galaxy S5s. The launch of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone on April 11 was a little over a week away, and though most of the Galaxy S5 manufacturing process in the factory is automated, workers on this day were putting the backs of AT&T Galaxy S5 phones on or manually removing the stickers on certain tiny components. Not far away on the Gumi campus, Samsung’s very first mobile phone, the SH-100, is on display. A monstrously large Read More

Loch Ness Monster Reportings on the Rise After Sighting on Apple Maps – ABC News

Images of what is reportedly the infamous monster of Scotland’s Loch Ness has spawned a spate of copycat sightings since the mythical creature was supposedly captured on Apple Maps by amateur Loch Ness Monster spotters last year. Photos of what appears to be a creature roughly 100 feet in length floating under the surface of the North End of Loch Ness, a large freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands, has recently gone viral in media reports and online forums. Glen Campbell, 49, the founder and president of The Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, which has been studying the images for months, told ABC News he’s received at least two more reports of similar sightings of the elusive plesiosaur known Read More

First Generation Apple TVs Unable to Connect to iTunes – Mac Rumors

A total misquote and the reason why the down one button needs to come back 1. Apple neve said their stuff is issue proof, especially using that phrase 2. You are talking about a nearly full seven year old device, running ages old software. Time to move on from it and stop expecting it to act like it should be running just as well as when it was new. Why not should a seven year old device work as it did ever so well only a few days ago? I like my first gen Apple TV. Why? Local storage! Something the newer models lack. Just because some device is older than average, doesn’t make it useless. Plenty of Read More

Investors eye more Apple share buybacks – Financial Times

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How much revenue did iTunes generate for Apple last quarter? – Fortune

Estimates range from $4 billion to nearly $5 billion, but growth continues to slow. Click to enlarge. FORTUNE — Apple’s (AAPL) No. 4 revenue stream – after the iPhone, iPad and Mac – is a line item the company calls iTunes, Software and Services. The category is something of a hodgepodge – a grab bag where the company tosses, to quote from a footnote in its SEC filings, ”revenue generated by sales on the iTunes Store, the App Store, the Mac App Store and the iBookstore, plus revenue from sales of AppleCare, licensing and other services.”  Everything, in other words, that you can’t drop on the floor. Let’s call it iTunes, for short. You can think of iTunes as Apple’s answer to Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB) and the rest. And in that respect there’s Read More

Android Nokia X: A Windows Phone in disguise – Rappler

MANILA, Philippines — Once a dominant force in the world of mobile phones, Finnish cellphone manufacturer Nokia stands in the shadow of its former glory because of decisions made in the past. The landscape would have been different had Nokia adopted Android as its smartphone operating system (OS). Instead, it cast its bets on Windows Phone, a smartphone OS beleaguered by a growth-stunted app ecosystem. With Lumia, Nokia continues a time-honored tradition of excellence in design dating back to the candy bar 5110 of the late nineties – even the fashion-savvy, problem solving gladiator Olivia Pope picks the Lumia as her phone of choice. But one can’t sell smartphones on design alone, and with Windows Phone at its core, Read More

General Mills Backtracks on Legal Policy After Angering Facebook Users – Mashable

General Mills inadvertently shocked social-media users everywhere this week after an update to its legal policy was interpreted as preventing customers from suing the company if they Like any of its brands on Facebook. Now, the food company is reversing the change to its legal policy in response to the controversy. “Those terms -– and our intentions -– were widely misread, causing concern among consumers,” Kirstie Foster, General Mills’ director of external communications, wrote in a statement online. “So we’ve listened –- and we’re changing them back to what they were before.” See also: General Mills Legal Policy Change Spooks Facebook Fans The controversy started after The New York Times published an article on Thursday noting that GM “quietly added Read More