Apple Acquires LearnSprout Education Software Company

6:39 PM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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Apple has acquired education software company LearnSprout, according to Bloomberg. LearnSprout's software runs on Mac and Windows and is currently used in more than 2,500 school districts in 42 states in the U.S. Despite that kind of reach, LearnSprout is considered a startup, having raised more than $4 million dollars from VC firms including Andreessen Horowitz and Formation 8.

Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand: $34.99

4:37 PM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand

Check out the Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand. This device serves as an infinitely flexible stand for your iPhone, iPad, or other device because you can shape it to fit any given terrain. It comes with a disc you attach to your device, and it then sticks magnetically to the unipod. You can get it for $34.99 through our deal.

Apple Recalls Power Adapters in Australia, Central Europe, More

10:21 AM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple recalls faulty two-prong charger adapters

Apple announced a voluntary recall in several countries for two-prong AC wall adapters and world travel adapter kits on Thursday over concerns they make break and cause electrical shocks. The affected adapters are for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

Oracle puts Java Browser Plug-in on Death Row

9:16 AM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Oracle ending support for Java browser plug-in

The Java Web browser plug-in just got its death notice. Oracle announced it's deprecating the browser plug-in this fall with the release of JDK 9, and removing it completely in a later release.

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Odds are Oracle's announcement is drawing more "There's a Java plug-in?" comments than "Oh no! I'm screwed!" comments. Good on Oracle for giving everyone an heads up now on their Java browser plug-in plans.

Satechi USB-C Hub is Small & Has Pass Through Power

4:30 PM EST, Jan. 27th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

Satechi USB-C Hub with pass through power

The owners of the 2015 12-inch MacBook have a small problem. There is only one USB-C port and no USB-A ports. The assumption has been that 3rd party hubs would solve that problem, and now, post CES, new ones are shipping. The Satechi USB-C Hub with pass through power and two USB-A ports is small, light, and does a specific job very well.

Refurbished 4th Gen Apple TVs from Apple Store

3:52 PM EST, Jan. 27th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

4th Gen Apple TV and Remote

The Apple Store has refurbished 4th generation Apple TVs, the new models introduced this past fall. Apple has 32GB units for $129 and 64GB units for $169. They tend to go fast once we post them, so if you're interested, jump on it fast.

Report Claims iPhone 7 Plus to get Dual Cameras

9:58 AM EST, Jan. 27th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

The iPhone 7 Plus may sport dual cameras

When Apple updates the iPhone line this fall the larger display iPhone 7 Plus could include two rear-facing cameras. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the dual camera system will let iPhone 7 Plus users snap significantly higher quality photos by combining data from both lenses and may even include an optical zoom feature—something that hasn't been available on the iPhone before.

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Going dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus seems plausible, especially since Apple bought the camera sensor tech company LinX last year. It's too bad Apple likely won't include the new camera system on the iPhone 7, but it isn't a surprise since it doesn't offer optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.

Apple’s Tim Cook Jumps on Slowing iPhone Bandwagon

8:35 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Reports that iPhone sales growth has slowed have been gathering steam for the last few months, and now even Apple CEO Tim Cook is jumping on the bandwagon. During Tuesday's quarterly conference call with analysts, Mr. Cook said he expects iPhone unit sales will decline during the March quarter. If so, it would be the first such decline in iPhone history.

Tim Cook’s Strategy: ‘We believe in investing in downturns’

6:50 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Apple & downturns

In Apple's fiscal Q1'16 Earnings Report, Apple CEO Tim Cook made frequent references to the worldwide macro-economic downturn since 2014. Most companies would retrench and cut back in R&D and other investment in a such a downturn. Not Apple. Apple's strategy is very different. In fact, we've see it work before. Mr. Cook spelled out his formula, again, for all to hear.

Apple Hints at Strong Q1 Apple Watch, Apple TV Sales

5:56 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Q1 2016 Apple Watch and Apple TV sales were probably pretty good

Apple doesn't break out quarterly Apple Watch and Apple TV sales, but based on the big jump in its "other" category—up 43 percent since the previous quarter—it's a safe bet both sold well through the holiday season. CEO Tim Cook also dropped a couple hints to back that up during the company's 2016 first fiscal quarter earnings conference call Tuesday afternoon.

Apple: We Have 1 Billion Active Devices

5:25 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

There's a billion active Apple devices in the wild

Apple announced a big milestone during its 2016 first fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday: a billion iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs are currently in use. That's actively used devices, not simply devices sold, and represents more than 25 percent growth year over year.

Apple Reports Record December Quarter Earnings. Again.

4:45 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

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Apple Inc. turned in another record quarter Tuesday, with December quarter revenues of $75.9 billion and record earnings of $18.4 billion, or earnings per share of $3.28. The company just edged out revenues of $74.6 billion from the year ago quarter—missing consensus estimates in the process—but solidly beat year-ago EPS of $3.06. Gross margins came in at 40.1 percent.