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Apple launches Beta Seed for OS X program for end users – Macworld

Ever dreamed of an opportunity to try out new versions of OS X before they’re released, but without having to pony up the $99 to become a registered developer? Well, that opportunity’s here: On Tuesday, Apple announced a new initiative, the OS X Beta Seed Program. As part of the Beta Seed Program, users can register to receive pre-release versions of OS X, starting with OS X 10.9.3, which is available beginning on Tuesday. By trying out the new software and providing feedback to Apple, users can help shape the direction of the company’s desktop computer OS. While a version of this program previously existed under the name “Appleseed,” that initiative was an invite-only affair that the company offered from Read More

iPhone 6 Size Compared to Galaxy S5 and Other Android Phones – Mac Rumors

Thanks, very nice to see them all side by side like that! :) I agree that last year’s One felt a tad too tall for its screen size. My initial reaction to the iPhone 6 here is similar, but I’m not as sure. The top bezel does look large but perhaps in combination with a really thin phone it would look good anyway. In any case I’m confident that the iPhone 6 will be a stunner to look at. (BTW if you feel like it, it would be awesome if you made the same comparison shots but with a 5.5″ iPhone too!) That’s what I’ve been thinking too. If it’s really thin, as in less than 7mm, it could Read More

Facebook Earnings: The Social Network Enters A New Era Of Slow Growth – Business Insider

Julie Bort Mark Zuckerberg Two seemingly contradictory things are happening at Facebook right now, we learned from the social network’s Q1 earnings call. The company is growing really fast — revenues were up 72%, and ad revenue was up 82%. But growth in key areas is slowing, or about to slow, dramatically. The desktop side of Facebook looks like it may have entered a terminal decline (forgive the pun). And the rate of ad revenue growth is about to decline precipitiously, CFO David Ebersman warned, due to tough comparable numbers from the year before. (Business Insider has been warning about this for a while.) The new “slow growth” era of Facebook will be compounded by the fact that both Read More

Apple Q2: iPhone blasts expectations, makes up for iPad decline – ZDNet

(Image: CNET/CBS Interactive) Apple’s cash-cow iPhone unit blasted analyst expectations, making up for one of the quietest three-month periods in the company’s recent history. Read this Apple Q2 preview: Can the smartphone cash-cow maintain momentum until iPhone 6 lands? Read more Apple reported on Wednesday fiscal second-quarter income of $10.22 billion on earnings of $11.62 per share (statement). Revenue was $45.6 billion, way past its outlook from its January earnings. Wall Street was expecting Apple to report earnings of $10.17 per share on revenue of $43.55 billion. In the three-months ending March 29, the company sold 43.7 million iPhones, up from the 37.4 million estimated by Wall Street. But the technology giant’s iPad line-up plummeted. iPads remain one of Apple’s main Read More

Apple Q2: Cook explains the iPad lag; Office for iPad; ramping up its … – ZDNet

(Image: CNET/CBS Interactive) Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook was forced to explain on the company’s fiscal second quarter earnings call Wednesday why the company fell down on iPad sales, which were significantly below Wall Street estimates. Read this Apple Q2: iPhone blasts expectations, makes up for iPad decline Read more But thanks to a 17 percent growth in its iPhone unit, that helped to offset the company’s iPad unit, which suffered a strong decline of 16 percent year-over-year.  By the numbers (you can read more on the breakdown here): iPhone year-over-year growth is up by 17 percent iPhone makes up 47.1 percent of Apple’s revenue; iPad makes up 19.9 percent iPad year-over-year growth is down 16 Read More

Purportedly ‘leaked’ iPhone 6 case compared with iPhone 5s, Nexus 5 and Note … – Apple Insider

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 07:07 pm PT (10:07 pm ET) By AppleInsider Staff A video published on Wednesday compares a case supposedly built to wrap Apple’s next-generation iPhone with Google’s LG-made Nexus 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 phablet, offering new perspective on the device’s possible size. Source: Unbox Therapy via YouTube After pictures of purported “iPhone 6″ cases made the rounds online last week, YouTube channel Unbox Therapy got its hands on the product for a closer look. As seen in the clip, the case is substantially larger than Apple’s current iPhone 5s, which boasts a 4-inch screen. According to Unbox Therapy’s Lewis Hilsenteger, the dimensions imply the product was made for a device with a large screen, including Read More

Facebook rides mobile ad sales to earnings of $885M – USA TODAY

The Facebook app will no longer include messaging.(Photo: Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook continued its magic carpet ride of mobile revenue on Wednesday with boffo results. The company reported first-quarter earnings of $885 million (34 cents per share) on revenue of $2.5 billion. Analysts expected a profit of 24 cents and $2.36 billion in revenue. A year ago, Facebook rang up a profit of 12 cents and revenue of $1.46 billion. What’s making a difference is mobile, where Facebook’s advertising business is in better shape than anyone would have imagined six months ago. Nearly 60% of the company’s ad sales come from mobile devices. When Facebook went public in May 2012, the figure was a rumor. More Read More

Apple to Microsoft: Better late than never for Office on iPad – PCWorld

Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks Microsoft could have benefitted from bringing the Office suite to iPads earlier, but it was better late than never. Microsoft introduced the collection of Office apps for the iPad in late March, and within nine days, downloads of the productivity apps totaled 12 million. “If it had been done earlier, it would’ve been better for Microsoft,” Cook said during a second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday. In the time Microsoft lost, Apple’s iWork and other productivity suites filled the gap. But Microsoft’s Office is critical software for the iPad, especially in enterprises, and customers are responding well, Cook said. “I do see that Office is a very key franchise in the enterprise,” Cook said. “I wholeheartedly Read More

Rumor: Apple’s ‘iPhone 6′ may sport curved edges, display glass – Apple Insider

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 04:29 pm PT (07:29 pm ET) By Mikey Campbell A report on Wednesday claims Apple’s next-generation iPhone may employ a curved chassis design and accompanying display glass, a vast departure from the substantially squared-off design used on existing Apple handsets. Squair’s “Curvaceous Bumper.” | Source: Squair Citing a “trusted source,” Japanese blog Mac Otakara reports the so-called “iPhone 6″ will sport “rounded” edges and a curved display glass much like the design seen on Samsung’s Galaxy S III. The publication’s sources have a decent track record in predicting future Apple product designs, especially regarding displays and screen tech. Aside from the Galaxy S III, Apple’s supposed iPhone design is akin to an existing iPhone bumper made Read More

April 25, Nokia Will Be Cash Rich, Shorn Of Its Money Losing Device Business – Forbes

Nokia Lumia 1020 Timing, as they say, is everything in life. That applies to corporations as well as to individuals.  Over the last decade, we have seen Motorola go from king of the mobile device hill to Gonzo.  It’s innovativeness was destroyed when Ed Zander became CEO and immediately started outsourcing those design aspects that allowed MOT to help invent mobile telephony in the first place and remain an innovator for decades. It’s hard to remember that at the turn of the millennium, Motorola was the phone everyone wanted and it was the company with the biggest, baddest market share.  Google bought Motorola for its patent position for about $13 billion. It has now sold MOT off for less than 25% of Read More