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iPhone 6 on Release Date Will Have These 10 Confirmed Feature Upgrades … – International Business Times AU

<!– Like us on Facebook –> Integrated apps Talks about the iOS 7 last year have suggested that Apple would love the applications found on the App Store to communicate with each other seamlessly. Data sharing between apps would make it easier for users to jump from one iPhone function to another. Or as Gurman puts it – the iPhone 6 cam will shoot a pic and immediately, Facebook or Twitter would pop out to suggest uploading the image. More likely, iOS 8 will finally present this functionality. Automatic message deletion To decongest the iPhone 6 message inbox, iOS 8 will usher an optional setting that will automatically get rid of ancient message exchanges. For Read More

Samsung Posts Second Straight Profit Drop on Lower Prices – Bloomberg

Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), the world’s biggest maker of smartphones, posted its second straight decline in quarterly profit as stalling demand lowers prices for Galaxy devices and components. Operating profit fell to 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) in the three months ended March from 8.8 trillion won a year earlier, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in a statement today. The result compares with the 8.3 trillion-won average of 29 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales of high-end products are slowing because of market saturation and the debuts of new Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhones, curbing earnings at the world’s biggest smartphone maker at the same time it focuses more on lower-priced devices. The marquee Galaxy S5 smartphone and an expanded Read More

Apple Knows ‘Consumers Want What We Don’t Have’, So Now What? – Forbes

The Apple Apple-Samsung patent trial, currently replaying its way through the courts right now, is mind-numbingly dull on the legal merits. But the rare insight it’s providing into the minds of Apple executives show a company that is well aware of the weaknesses in its core iPhone business. Apple’s smartphone has seen slowing unit growth even as the industry has continued to expand rapidly. At a company offsite last April, a corporate presentation concluded that all growth was occurring from large screens phones or models priced below $300 without subsidies. Apple offers neither, making it no wonder that iPhone had hit a wall. The title of the money slide was succinct: “Consumers want what we don’t have.” All is not Read More

Four Reasons To Avoid Apple Stock – Forbes

Apple Apple shares have lost 25% of their value since peaking in September 2012. In the first quarter of 2014, they’ve fallen 5%. This does not mean the shares are inexpensive — I see four reasons why investors should avoid the stock. Apple declined to comment. Apple has some strengths. For one thing, it has a market capitalization of $474 billion and $159 billion in cash. Moreover, despite an 11% drop in profit in the last year, it still sports a very attractive 21.3% net profit margin — meaning that $37 billion worth of its revenues dropped to its bottom line. But it is no accident that Apple stock keeps falling. What made Apple an icon was the return of Steve Read More

Jon Rubinstein as CEO of Apple? What’s that about? – Fortune (blog)

Global Equities’ Trip Chowdhry is obsessed with the idea that Tim Cook must go. Rubinstein with Palm Pre FORTUNE — If you follow the Apple (AAPL) sell-side analysts long enough you get to know their hobbyhorses. For Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster it’s Apple television. For Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi it’s Apple’s cash hoard. For Global Equities’ Trip Chowdhry, it’s Jon Rubinstein. Yes, Jon Rubinstein, whom Wikipedia calls the “Podfather” for his role in developing Apple’s portable music player. Since he left Apple in 2006, Rubinstein has had a hand in a series of high-profile products, including the Palm Pre and HP TouchPad. He currently sits on the board of Amazon (AMZN) and was, according to Chowdhry, instrumental in the development of Fire TV. Here’s the thing: Chowdhry wants Tim Cook out as Apple Read More

Apple Acknowledges Consumers Want Larger and Cheaper Phones – Mac Rumors

The latest internal documents coming out of the Samsung/Apple trial show some candid insight into Apple’s analysis of the future of the smartphone market. The documents posted by Re/code include an Apple slide deck from April, 2013 for 2014 planning. The document includes graphs showing that Apple’s growth rates are slowing quarter after quarter. The main reason for the decline amongst consumers? Consumers want less expensive and larger screen smartphones: In a further breakdown, Apple acknowledges that “consumers want what we don’t have” — which shows that the majority of smartphone growth is in both >4″ screen sizes and Apple has been heavily rumored to be introducing a larger iPhone 6 this fall. The size of the new iPhone has Read More

Apple’s U.S. Smartphone Market Share Holding Steady Against Every Competitor – Forbes

comScore comScore released its February smartphone survey results for the U.S. and it shows that Apple Apple’s share continues to hover around 40% to 41% which it has been doing since July last year. Google Google’s Android operating system share has been between 51.5% and 52.4% for the past year. Apple and Google combined have increased their share of the U.S. smartphone market from 90.6% a year ago to 93.4% in February 2014. (Note that my family and I own Apple shares and I have sold put options which is a bullish strategy). comScore has iOS gaining on Android comScore measures U.S. smartphone share on a rolling three month average. Its most recent survey has Apple as the largest vendor Read More

A new Nokia: Stephen Elop’s plans for Microsoft – Telegraph.co.uk

This Windows-maker is not just a parasite on Apple, however. Nokia has made a phone using Google’s Android operating system. While Microsoft’s Windows Phone software boss, Joe Belfiore, described it as a move he didn’t like, Elop is robust: “We’re not going to take Windows and run it on a €15 device, yet. “Microsoft has so many assets – if you’ve asked the head of the Skype team he could have said that there could be 100m new consumers amongst people that Microsoft has never talked to who all of a sudden create a Microsoft account [thanks to a cheaper Android device].From a broader perspective – a more complete view of the company – it can be a very powerful Read More

Nokia Asha update brings in MixRadio, camera improvement – India Today

Nokia is rolling out a new software update for its Asha devices. This essential upgrade is meant to re-energise Nokia Asha phones. The Phones being updated over-the-air (OTA) are Nokia Asha 500, 501, 502, 503 and 230, both single and dual-SIM variant. The update brings in MixRadio, better camera, re-tweets feature, Facebook likes function, parental control and OneDrive support. Nokia MixRadio: It enables the free, personalised music streaming service. Mixes can be either streamed through a data connection or downloaded and stored on phone for listening pleasure whenever you’re offline. Camera improvement: With the new imaging enhancements in the Asha update, it can now take selfie with voice-guided self-portrait Read More

Op-Ed: Nokia smartphones the undisputed megapixel champions of the world – DigitalJournal.com

Op-Ed: Nokia smartphones the undisputed megapixel champions of the world – DigitalJournal.comhttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFsB5u_z-Z02W9aZpFZHNqQ8FPBCw&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=43982370283551&ei=eARDU6iqM-jJmALZ8wE&url=http://digitaljournal.com/technology/review-nokia-lumia-1020-the-undisputed-megapixel-champion-of-the-world/article/379568