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Forget cracking the US: Microsoft and Nokia have more important things to … – ZDNet

Nokia’s X range: key to its emerging markets future? Image: CNET The sale of Nokia’s devices and services business to Microsoft will be completed this week. First announced in September last year and supposed to close in the first quarter, the deal is now all but done: Nokia will carry on as a Helsinki-based networking and patents company, and the handset business passes to Redmond. The last few years have seen Microsoft and Nokia facing a similar challenge — how to maintain their dominance in markets they once defined, but which have since moved on without them. In Microsoft’s case, the desktop OS market that made its fortune is being eroded by the rise of Read More

Digital Mapping May Be Nokia’s Hidden Jewel – New York Times

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Apple shares soar on increased buyback – CNNMoney

Apple increased its buyback and posted a strong second quarter, sending shares soaring. Shares of Apple soared more than 8% Thursday, one day after the company upped its share buyback and dividend. Apple also handily beat Wall Street’s profit and sales estimates for the past quarter. Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) said it will increase its share repurchase program to $130 billion, up from $100 billion. The company also announced an 8% dividend increase to $3.29 per quarter, up 24 cents from the previous $3.05. Apple also announced a seven-to-one stock split, which will take effect on June 9. That would make the price of a single share of Apple significantly cheaper, paving the way for the company to possibly be Read More

Apple lifts Nasdaq; Ukraine drags on broader market – Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Nasdaq rose modestly in choppy trade on Thursday as Apple’s shares rallied a day after the iPad maker’s strong results, though tensions in Ukraine held back the broader market. Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N) shares jumped nearly 2 percent and helped limit the Dow’s loss after the world’s largest maker of earth-moving machinery reported earnings that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. The three major U.S. stock indexes had opened sharply higher, with the Nasdaq initially climbing more than 1 percent before turning negative in the first half-hour of trading. Wall Street bounced off session lows with gains again concentrated in the Nasdaq, but stocks remained well off earlier highs. Much of the volatility was driven by comments from Read More

Apple Boosts Buyback, Splits Stock to Reward Investors – Wall Street Journal

Apple Inc., in a nod to restive shareholders, added $30 billion to its stock-buyback plan, raised its dividend about 8% and declared an unusually large 7-for-1 stock split Wednesday as it reported strong iPhone sales that defied expectations of a slowdown. The pending stock split—Apple’s first since 2005—and the stronger-than-expected results reported by the gadget maker drove its stock up 8% in after-hours trading to its highest… Apple Boosts Buyback, Splits Stock to Reward Investors – Wall Street Journalhttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNG0KB8g0yQCmVNe1gtdk1pv9USeow&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=SW5ZU6CwJMbOmAK_lwE&url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303834304579519880474287074.html

iOS 7.1.1 brings huge battery life improvements for iPhone users – BGR

Good news, Apple fans! It looks like Apple’s recent iOS 7.1.1 update has plenty more to offer than just a few bug fixes and Touch ID accuracy improvements. According to some reports, Apple’s latest mobile software update also has a huge positive impact on iPhone battery life. Apple released iOS 7.1.1 for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models this past Tuesday, and the change log was pretty lackluster: – Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition – Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness – Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled As it turns out, however Apple may have also snuck in some sizable software optimizations, because ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says that the update has had Read More

Opera’s Coast browser arrives on iPhone – CNET

Opera Coast for iPhone autocompletes Web addresses, offers custom backgrounds, and relies on a gesture controls. Opera Software After debuting on iPads in 2013, Opera Software’s Coast browser is now available for iPhones as well. The Norwegian company sees Coast as a fresh start, an browser designed to give those using Apple’s iOS mobile operating system a cleaner user interface and features to help people with some time to kill when out and about. Now with the iPhone version, Opera said Coast is thumb-friendly, too. “Getting an iPhone version is the first thing that people ask us,” said Huib Kleinhout, Coast’s creator. “I believe it will be used more on iPhone than on iPad because there are more iPhones.” That Read More

Apple Earnings: Has The iPhone Maker Got Its Mojo Back? – Forbes

Apple’s quarter came in well ahead of expectations on strong overall revenues and iPhone sales. With the company forecasting modestly higher earnings in the coming quarter and expectations that the iPhone 6 could be a blockbuster come September, Apple’s stock soared to levels not seen since the end of last year. Still, CEO Tim Cook thinks the company’s shares are cheap. In announcing Apple will pump an additional $30 billion into a repurchase program, Cook said: “We believe our current stock price does not reflect the full value of the company.” A deeper dive into Apple’s numbers suggests Cook’s beliefs could be reasonable, but there are still important questions facing the company down the road. Here’s a look at some Read More

Apple’s Profit Still Climbs, but Pressure is Growing – New York Times

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Why Apple Can’t Quit Steve Jobs – ABC News

Despite Steve Jobs’ advice to never think about what he would do, the ghost of the visionary founder still rules at Apple two and a half years after his death, according to industry watchers. The late CEO’s voice is heard at the beginning and end of a video showing off Apple’s eco-friendly and futuristic-looking office space that gained renewed attention online this week — just another reminder of the inextricable link between Jobs and the brand he built. “Despite having been gone for two and half years already, we are still waiting to see what Apple will be like without him,” Eric Slivka, editor-in-chief at MacRumors, told ABCNews.com. “[Jobs'] legacy has carried on within the company and its executives are Read More