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Handicapping Apple’s quarterly earnings and revenue: Q2 2014 – Fortune (blog)

Average estimate: $10.32 per share on sales of $43.5B. Apple’s guidance: $42 to $44B. Click to enlarge. FORTUNE — Apple’s (AAPL) share price got clobbered in after-hours trading three months ago when the company announced its earnings for the Christmas quarter. The problem was not the record sales of Macs, iPads and iPhones — although the iPhone numbers came in a bit lighter than expected. No, what knocked nearly $45 billion off Apple’s market cap that night was Apple’s “guidance” for the March quarter — the sales and profit margin numbers it suggested investors could look forward to later this week, when it reports its second fiscal quarter results of 2014. If Steve Jobs were still running the company, Wall Street might have discounted those forward looking statements, knowing that Read More

Apple Store logos and employee uniforms go green for Earth Day – Apple Insider

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:01 am PT (03:01 am ET) By AppleInsider Staff In commemoration of Earth Day, Apple Stores around the world have changed the color of the iconic Apple logo’s leaf section green, while employees were given special green t-shirts to wear for the day. Flagship Apple Store at Hong Kong’s International Finance Centre. | Source: AppleInsider staff photo A number of Apple Store customers and passersby have posted to Instagram and Twitter pictures of the specially decorated Apple logos. Additional photos, retweeted by ifoAppleStore’s Gary Allen, show employees from outlets where the local time is already Tuesday (Earth Day) sporting green shirts emblazoned with the green-leafed icon. As seen in the above photo from the Apple Store Read More

Guess who’s making the big money in the Apple-Samsung case? Witnesses – PCWorld

Jurors in the Apple v. Samsung case have heard a lot of big numbers in the past few weeks. Some of the most impressive were those of the expert witnesses, who were asked to disclose how much they were being paid for their work. The first to disclose his rate, computer scientist Andrew Cockburn, said he was getting just under $500 per hour from Apple. That seemed like a lot, but it turned out it was a relative bargain. A few days later when MIT computer scientist Martin Rinard took the stand, he said Samsung was paying him $950 per hour for his work. Just as impressive is the amount of time the experts have spent on the case. Rinard Read More

Microsoft gets Motorola Solutions to pay for lawsuit protection for Android use – PCWorld

Microsoft has extended its controversial yet successful crusade to extract licensing fees from vendors that use Google’s Android and Chrome operating systems, adding Motorola Solutions to the list of vendors agreeing to patent deals. The license gives Motorola Solutions “worldwide coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio” for its devices running Android and Chrome OS. At issue is Microsoft’s claim that the Google operating systems contain Microsoft patented technology. Vendors that don’t strike a licensing deal with Microsoft risk being sued. “Microsoft prefers licensing to litigation, since licensing is a more effective way to share technology and accelerate the pace of innovation,” said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, in Read More

IPhone 6 Concept Shows Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Competitor – Gotta Be Mobile

A brand new iPhone 6 concept borrows fantasizes an iPhone 6 Pro that would be in direct competition with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and better yet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 that is rumored for release in the second half of the year. It’s still early in the year but already, we’re hearing rumors about two of the biggest unannounced devices of 2014. The first, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, a device that is supposedly going to replace the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in the second half of 2014 and possibly deliver a number of brand new features including a three-sided display. The other, the iPhone 6, Apple’s rumored Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 competitor that will likely Read More

Five Excellent Android Camera Apps You May Have Missed – Yahoo News

Disclaimer: Yahoo Tech and Flickr are both owned by Yahoo, so we won’t be including Flickr’s fine Android camera app in this list. Google recently launched its Camera app in the Play store. The app, previously exclusive to Nexus and Google Play smartphones and tablets, finally brings the unadulterated Google take on camera software to Samsung, HTC, and LG owners. But there’s one problem with this slick new app: Google Camera in the Play store is compatible only with Android 4.4 devices. According to Google’s own figures, this leaves about 95 percent of Android owners out in the cold. Fortunately, Google Camera isn’t the only high-quality camera app there is. If you are itching to switch things up from the Read More

Here’s The Truth About The iPhone And Carrier Subsidies – Business Insider

AP The Wall Street Journal has written a story about carrier subsidies for the iPhone.  The basic gist: Carriers could end subsidies and that would hurt Apple’s iPhone business. In the U.S., consumers pay $0 to $400 for a new iPhone with a two-year contract at a carrier. The prices vary depending on the phone model.  While a consumer might get an iPhone for free, the carrier is actually covering the cost that drops it to $0. Apple’s average selling price for an iPhone is $637. The carriers are covering $400+ of the cost of the phone.  As a result, every so often, we get stories like today’s from the Wall Street Journal that the carriers are Read More

Leaked Memo Reveals Nokia Will Rebrand as Microsoft Mobile – Mashable

A recently leaked memo indicates that as part of its acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft plans to rename Nokia Oyj to Microsoft Mobile Oy. The memo, discovered by a site called NokiaPowerUser, appears to be sent by Nokia and addresses its existing devices and services business suppliers. See also: Nokia Shareholders Approve $7.2 Billion Microsoft Acquisition The relevant name change passage states: Please note that upon the close of the transaction between Microsoft and Nokia, the name of Nokia Corporation/Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Microsoft Mobile Oy is the legal entity name that should be used for VAT IDs and for the issuance of invoices. For those unfamiliar with the names, in Finland oyj and oy are types Read More

Microsoft will close Nokia acquisition on Friday – GigaOM

Microsoft and Nokia have jumped through of all the regulatory and financial hoops and ironed out all of the last-minute transactional details. On Friday, Microsoft will officially complete its acquisition of Nokia’s handset group, Microsoft announced in its blog on Monday. The $7.17 billion deal was announced last September, though hold-ups prevented the companies from meeting their first-quarter closing deadline. Nokia is effectively splitting in two. It’s storied, but recently struggling, handset division, will become Microsoft’s mobile device group. Meanwhile, Nokia’s telecom infrastructure group Nokia Solutions and Networks, or NSN, and its location, commerce and connected car group, called Here, will continue on as a separate company. Nokia also confirmed the deal was set to close this week in a Read More