Apple Buys 29 Companies (plus Beats) in 21 months, 5 Since March

9 hours, 45 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Ch-Ching!

Apple has purchased some 29 companies since the beginning of fiscal 2013 (October of 2012), and five just since the end of the of the March quarter of 2014. If you throw in Beats, which hasn't closed yet, that makes 30 companies and a clear indication that Apple is becoming more aggressive in buying outside firms.

Apple: iTunes is the Fastest Growing Part of Our Business

11 hours, 29 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

iTunes billings are up 25 percent year over year and Apple says its little music, movie, and mobile app sales through the iTunes Store made up the fastest growing part of its business over the past three fiscal quarters. That includes the 75 billion App Store downloads the company previously announced earlier this month.

Apple to Shareholders: You get 47 Cents!

5:23 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple shareholders will be getting a dividend this quarter, according to company CFO Luca Maestri, to the tune of US$0.47 per share. Mr. Maestri shared that little tidbit during the iPhone and iPad maker's third fiscal quarter earnings report Tuesday afternoon.

Apple Posts Record June Quarter and 20% EPS Growth [Update]

4:35 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

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Apple announced results for its third fiscal quarter Tuesday, reporting record revenue of US$37.4 billion, with earnings of $7.7 billion (earning per share (EPS) of $1.28 per share). Apple said its EPS growth was 20 percent year-over-year, its highest rate of EPS growth in the last seven quarters. iPhone and Mac sales drove growth.

MacSparky Field Guide: Presentations Released

3:27 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Call them talks or sessions or whatever you want, but when you sit and watch someone stand at the front of a room using slides (Keynote or…otherwise) and conveying information, it's a presentation. If you have to make them, Mac Power User David Sparks has written the Presentations Field Guide, the latest in his Field Guide series, a wonderful line of books for tech-savvy folks looking to level up. As a lawyer, David makes his share of presentations, so he knows of what he speaks. Field Guide titles come with loads of supplemental material including interviews and screencasts and other video, and I can't recommend them highly enough. You can get the Presentations Field Guide either from the iBooks Store or as a PDF from David (via PayPal). Check out the trailer for it below:

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Universal Car Mount w/360 Degree Adjustable Fit for $14

2:37 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Universal Car Mount w/360 Degree Adjustable Fit for $14

We have a very practical deal for you today, a universal car mount for your iPhone or Android smartphone. This unit has a swivel mount that allows you to rotate your device a full 360 degrees. It has a ball joint for angling your device just so, too. Plus, it's only $14 through our deal, less than half the retail price of $29. It's made of ABS thermoplastic.

Petition Demands Samsung Improve Factory Conditions, 40K Signatures

2:21 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Working Conditions

A petition at The Petition Site is being circulated that demands Samsung improve working conditions at its Chinese factories. The petition targets Boo-Keun Yoon, CEO of the Samsung Group, and accuses the company of operating or contracting with scores of factories that have unsafe working conditions. 40,000 people have signed the petition so far.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-22

1:33 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple has reportedly ordered a metric butt-load of big screen iPhones -- more than it's ever sold in a single quarter. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer some perspective on Apple's big numbers, plus they also take a look at the differences between Apple and Samsung marketing tactics.

Samsung’s Ad Message: It’s Time for New Marketing Tactics

11:16 AM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Samsung has a new commercial out touting its Galaxy S5 smartphone as a better choice than Apple's iPhone, but the real message behind the ad is that Samsung is afraid of a phone that's still nothing more than a rumor. When your ad says "please don't buy an iPhone," there's a problem with your marketing.

AAPL Q3 2014 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon

10:18 AM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's third fiscal earnings report for 2014 is scheduled to start this afternoon at 5PM eastern time after the market closes. The conference call for analysts and investors will include the company's quarterly revenue and profit numbers, as well as sales figures for the iPhone, iPad and Mac product lines. The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage, so be sure to check in with us for the latest on Apple's revenue and product sales numbers.