Apple Financial Results — FY Q3 2016 →

July 26, 2016 · 23:34

Apple PR:

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 25, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple sold:

  • 40.4 million iPhones (47.53 million in FY Q3 2015)
  • 9.9 million iPads (10.93 million in FY Q3 2015)
  • 4.2 million Macs (4.8 million in FY Q3 2015)

Verizon Buys Yahoo for $4.8 Billion →

July 25, 2016 · 13:37

Michael J. de la Merced:

The board of the Silicon Valley company has agreed to sell Yahoo’s core internet operations and land holdings to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion, according to people briefed on the matter, who were not authorized to speak about the deal before the planned announcement on Monday morning.

After the sale, Yahoo shareholders will be left with about $41 billion in investments in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, as well as Yahoo Japan and a small portfolio of patents.

I wonder what this will mean for Flickr.


Elon Musk’s Master Plan — Part Deux →

July 25, 2016 · 09:48

Elon Musk:

So, in short, Master Plan, Part Deux is:

Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage

Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments

Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning

Enable your car to make money for you when you aren’t using it

There’s no way I would let someone else drive my car. This may or may not change in the future, but I doubt it.


How to Crack Android Full Disk Encryption on Qualcomm Devices →

July 25, 2016 · 09:39

Mohit Kumar:

Android users are at severe risk when it comes to encryption of their personal and sensitive data.

Android’s full-disk encryption can be cracked much more easily than expected with brute force attack and some patience, affecting potentially hundreds of millions of mobile devices.

And the worst part: There may not be a full fix available for current Android handsets in the market.


WebKit on Safari, the Web, DCI-P3, and sRGB →

July 25, 2016 · 09:38

Dean Jackson:

The past few years have seen a dramatic improvement in display technology. First it was the upgrade to higher-resolution screens, starting with mobile devices and then desktops and laptops. Web developers had to understand high-DPI and know how to implement page designs that used this extra resolution. The next revolutionary improvement in displays is happening now: better color reproduction. Here I’ll explain what that means, and how you, the Web developer, can detect such displays and provide a better experience for your users.

This will seem a hassle until multiple profiles can be included in one image. I can see only photographers caring for this in the meantime. But it’s great that this is finally coming to the web.


Nintendo Shares Plummet After Investors Realize It Doesn’t Make Pokémon Go →

July 25, 2016 · 09:35

Sam Byford:

It appears that Nintendo’s huge stock bump, which took the company past Sony in market capitalization, was fueled by investors with the misguided belief that Pokémon is wholly a Nintendo creation. Nothing that Nintendo said in its announcement on Friday was new information — there isn’t a Nintendo logo to be found anywhere within Pokémon Go itself, and the status of the game’s ownership has been clear since it was announced last year.

Sometimes I wonder if these guys have any clue what they’re doing.


Nexus, iPhone or Bust →

July 1, 2016 · 12:31

David Ruddock:

So, am I sitting here telling you buy a Samsung, or a Xiaomi? I mean, I’m not telling you not to. Both companies make good products. But of all the world’s smartphone makers, there’s only one that I truly know of that is all but wholly disinterested in selling you a phone: Google. Google wants to sell you a portal to advertisements. And cellular service (in America). And cloud storage. And email (with ads). And they want the experience upon the phone which you are served those ads to be good. Fast, simple, uncluttered, and enjoyable. Because if I hate my phone, I’m less likely to use it to consume those ads, and that would obviously be bad. Nexus phones have transformed from the developer and enthusiast bleeding-edge into pretty usable consumer devices. In fact, I pretty much exclusively suggest the 6P today, because it’s the only phone I can suggest in good conscience that is produced by a company that isn’t out to make money selling you a phone. Google even publishes end of life support dates for Nexus phones now – what other smartphone manufacturer does that?

Perhaps it’s cynical of me, perhaps it’s just me being risk-averse and boring, and perhaps it’s simply that I’m drinking the Nexus kool-aid. But I’m tired of reading about phones that don’t get updates, that are bogged down with sponsored bloatware, or that have all the customer support of a plastic spoon. I’m tired of having freaking trust issues with a smartphone. I want a decent phone with a decent warranty with decent software and support. And I’m willing to pay for that. I don’t want the best value at the expense of support. I don’t want the best support at the expense of affordability. I don’t even want the best phone at the expense of either of the previous two things. I just don’t want to feel like I’m getting screwed for the sake of a low price tag or a specification sheet. Increasingly, it feels like I don’t have many options that aren’t a Nexus.

Personally, I don’t have the time nor the desire to waste my time looking for a smartphone that might not frustrate me. That is the main reason I go with the iPhone — because it’s one less thing that I have to worry about.


App Store Deals — 1/07/2016

July 1, 2016 · 12:27

The big news today is of course Tweetbot 4 for iOS and Tweetbot for Mac — make sure to get them as soon as possible if you don’t want to pay the full price. They really are worth every penny.

Cloud Chasers – A Journey of Hope – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €0.99
CSV Split – Mac – Utilities – €2.99 > €0.00
Door Kickers – iPad – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
Dungeon of Madness – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Empire – Mac – Games – €4.99 > €0.00
FACIE – iOS – Photography – €3.99 > €0.00
Goo Saga – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
Hidden Wonders of the Depths (Full) – iPhone – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Hidden Wonders of the Depths HD (Full) – iPad – Games – €2.99 > €0.00
Hitman: Sniper – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Into Mirror – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.99
Mimpi Dreams – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
NetSpot Wi–Fi Reporter – Mac – Utilities – €49.99 > €0.99
OddPlanet – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €0.00
SampleTank – iOS – Music – €19.99 > €0.00
Sketchpad – Mac – Graphics & Design – €2.99 > €0.00
Toca Builders – iOS – Education – €2.99 > €0.00
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter – iOS – Social Networking – €9.99 > €4.99
Tweetbot for Twitter – Mac – Social Networking – €9.99 > €4.99
VOX – Music Player for FLAC & MP3, SoundCloud, YouTube – iPhone – Music – €5.99 > €0.00
World Clock App – Mac – Travel – €2.99 > €0.00