Apple Earnings Smackdown Ranks Analyst Predictions

9:43 AM EDT, Oct. 21st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Each quarter, Philip Elmer-Dewitt gathers analyst predictions on Apple's performance and ranks them in the Apple Earnings Smackdown. Tuesday he released the results for Apple's latest earnings report.

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I'm not sure what the difference is between amateur and professional analyst, but it's interesting to see how accurate (or not) each group is overall.

Here’s What Apple Wants to Achieve With Apple Pay

7:45 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Analysis

In Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Shannon Cross of Cross Research what Apple's business model is for Apple Pay and whether it will, over time, become a standalone business, like iTunes. Or is it just incremental revenue? It was a great question, but it's neither of those. Here's what Tim Cook told Ms. Cross.

Apple Teases Future Plans for Beats

5:16 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has plans in store for Beats now that it owns the company, and an announcement is coming about what's in store, but for now CEO Tim Cook isn't saying what we can expect. Mr. Cook shared his little tidbit during the company's fourth fiscal quarter earnings report on Monday afternoon.

Apple Posts a Record September Quarter - $42.1 Billion Revenue, $8.5 Billion Earnings

5:02 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

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Apple posted another record quarter Monday, when the company announced results for the September quarter, Apple's 4th fiscal quarter. Apple had record revenue of US$42.1 billion, with record 4th quarter earnings of $8.5 billion (earnings per share of $1.42). The company said that strong iPhone, Mac and App Store sales drove both revenue and earnings.

How-to Set Up and Add Credit Cards to Apple Pay

4:45 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

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Apple launched Apple Pay Monday, a service that allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners to conduct credit card transactions through NFC at participating retailers. Apple Pay was included in iOS 8.1, which was released to consumers earlier on Monday, and it's pretty easy to set up—if you know that it's in Passbook, that is. Here's how to get it going.

Spotify Announces Family Plans

11:49 AM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Spotify has announced Spotify Family, a way to add additional Spotify users to a single account and yet keep all the recommendations and playlists completely separate.

How To Get Ready For iOS 8.1 [Update]

9:59 AM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple has announced iOS 8.1 will be released Monday, presumably with the usual fixes for security and usability issues. Also part of this release will be Apple Pay, enabling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to wave their phones in stores and pay for things.

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I want to believe Apple is totally going to get this right, but I also didn't think Apple would get it so wrong as to remove the ability to make phone calls from your phone, so for now I'm sticking to my 24 hour rule and waiting to see how others do before upgrading myself.

Dropbox Releases iOS Update 3.5, Includes Touch ID

9:02 AM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Dropbox has released its latest iOS version, which now includes Touch ID as an alternate method of accessing Dropbox data.

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It's good to see Touch ID get more widespread use all the time, so this is a welcome update.

MGG 524: Cool Stuff Found & Yosemite Notes

11:54 AM EDT, Oct. 19th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

John and Dave have been attending all sorts of press events lately, collecting and researching for Cool Stuff Found. That combined with everything sent in by you and fellow listeners makes for a pretty fun list! Plus, Yosemite went live this week and your geeks are here to get you started down the path, too!

Eek! How Did I Ever Live With an iPhone 5s?

5:50 PM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Editorial

It didn't take long. Right after John Martellaro reviewed the Amazon Fire Phone, he knew that the 4.7-inch smartphone size would be perfect. So he bought an iPhone 6. Then, handling a hand-me-down iPhone 5s confirmed the diagnosis:  How did he ever use such a small iPhone?

Apple Posts Full Video for October Media Event

5:15 PM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted the full video for its "It's Been Too Long" media event, which was held Thursday, October 16th.  The company announced iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina 5K display, new Mac mini models, launch dates for Apple Pay, the release of WatchKit SDK, and the release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1. It has a running time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 8 seconds, and it's embedded below.

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