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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

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

Apple Sales Numbers Show iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling – Wired

Even the slender frame of the iPad Air couldn’t convince folks to buy new iPads. Photo: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED For the first time, analysts, investors, and the public widely expected Apple to post a drop in iPad sales numbers during its second quarter earnings today. And the numbers didn’t lie: The public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to. Analysts projected iPad sales would reach 19.7 million, an only marginal increase from the 19.5 million iPads sold during the same time period in 2013. In fact, Apple sold 16.35 million iPads, a drop of roughly 16.4 percent since last year. Sales of the iPhone, while lower than last quarter, were up almost 18 percent over the same quarter last Read More

iOS 7.1.1 on iPad Air: Impressions and Performance – Gotta Be Mobile

Earlier this month, it became apparent that Apple was indeed working on a brand new iOS 7.1 update in the form of iOS 7.1.1. And just a few days after the rumor mill started churning, Apple released the iOS 7.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. After spending some time with the new iOS 7.1 update on the iPad Air, we want to offer up our impressions and a look at its performance. In September, Apple released iOS 7, a major overhaul to the iOS operating system. The update delivered hundreds of new features in addition to a brand new redesign that completely changed the look of iOS and the company’s stock applications. iOS updates typically last a year Read More

iOS 7.1.1 update released, amid Apple’s likely earnings slowdown – Christian Science Monitor

iOS 7.1.1 update hints at future Apple product features that may ameliorate a slow quarter for revenue. By Karis Hustad, Staff Writer / April 23, 2014 A staff member sets up iPhone 5S handsets for a display picture at Apple Inc’s announcement event in Beijing, September 11, 2013. The iPhone 5S runs iOS 7, the new Apple mobile operating system. A second update to the operating system was released this week. Reuters Enlarge Attention iPhone users: have you been having issues with a lagging fingerprint scanner or your Bluetooth keyboard? Skip to next paragraph 10 essential iOS 7 tips and tricks Smart phones 101: What you need to know before buying your next phone 40 iPhone tips and tricks everyone should Read More

The iPad Still Dominates Tablet Market, but Samsung and Others Are Inching Up – Re/code

It has been four years since the iPad made its debut, and, despite the debut of many rivals, it continues to be the tablet of choice. A new study from online ad network Chitika, being released later on Wednesday, finds that the iPad generates 77.2 percent of North American tablet Web traffic. However, Samsung and others are starting to make their presence felt. Apple’s share is down four percentage points from a year ago. Samsung, meanwhile, has seen its usage share grow to 8.3 percent, up from 4.7 percent a year ago. Amazon had the second largest Web share at 6.1 percent, but that’s down more than a percentage point from a year earlier. In terms of market share — Read More

Now You Can Travel Through Time on Google Maps – ABC News

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google’s digital maps. The new twist on time travel is debuting Wednesday as part of the “Street View” feature in Google’s maps, a navigational tool that attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month. Street View snapshots will now include an option to see what neighborhoods and landmarks looked like at different periods in the last seven years, as Google Inc. has been dispatching camera-toting cars to take street-level pictures for its maps. Google Inc. intends to keep adding pictures to the digital time capsules as its photo-taking cars continue to cruise the same streets gathering updates. “As time goes by, many of these images are going to become vintage,” predicted Vinay Read More

Google reportedly wants to make email encryption easier, but don’t hold your … – PCWorld (blog)

Still responding to the National Security Agency surveillance revelations, Google is reportedly preparing to help users beef up Gmail security with end-to-end encryption. The search giant is working on a way to make Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption easier to use for Gmail fans, according to a report by Venture Beat. The idea that Google would be working on email encryption is surprising since that would threaten the company’s ability to scan email messages for keywords to insert ads—a fact the Venture Beat report acknowledges. Perhaps the company merely wants to make PGP easier to use for the small sliver of people who might actually want more privacy with their email. But as a regular feature for all? Not likely. Read More

Death E-mails Google – New Yorker (blog)

My Wikipedia page states that I am called the Grim Reaper. I guess that’s accurate, but it seems so formal. It makes me sound unapproachable and gloomy, like if you asked if I wanted to watch “Scandal” I’d say no. Of course I wouldn’t say no. The entry also says that from the fifteenth century on I can be seen wearing a black cloak with a hood. Obviously, things have changed a lot since then. I really try to keep current: I wear skinny jeans now just like everybody else. I’m very adaptable. You should have seen me in the sixties. I had such long, flowing hair taped to my skull. Speaking of fashion, have you done a Google Images Read More

Google is bringing targeted mobile app install ads to YouTube and Search – The Next Web

Google is testing a new favoriting service for its Chrome browser. Called Google Stars (although the Google Collections name has also been used in the past), the new option appears to still in very early testing, but it does let users star “items” on the Web as well as add them to folders. Once saved, these “items” are called stars, and they can be searched for as well as shared with others. The new addition was first discovered by Google+ user Florian Kiersch. He found the following strings in “the source code of the Google Collections modules in web search” (Google Search): Here are some of the strings that reveal a bit about the feature: Use the star in the Read More