OS X Yosemite Public Beta Coming July 24

10:52 AM EDT, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple will release the promised public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday, July 24. The beta will be in line with the version developers are currently using, at least for now, but devs will get updates at a faster pace.

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Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.

Wells Fargo: AAPL Q3 was Meh, but the Future Looks Bright

9:40 AM EDT, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple reported US$37.4 billion in revenue for its third fiscal quarter and 35.2 million iPhones sold, coming in below Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um's expectation of $38.2 billion. That may be disappointing, but it doesn't spell certain doom for Apple because Mr. Um sees the upcoming fall product launches as a big boost for the company's performance.

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iPhone sales were up for the quarter, but not up enough to please analysts. But Q4 will reportedly include new iPhone models and maybe the iWatch, so maybe Tim Cook can make them happy this time.

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

8:04 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · 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

6:20 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · 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.