Recent Articles By Bryan Chaffin [RSS]

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

8:04 PM, 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 Posts Record June Quarter and 20% EPS Growth [Update]

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

$AAPL

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.

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

2:37 PM, 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, 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.

‘Stickers’ Apple Commercial Highlights User Love for MacBook Air

12:36 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple launched a new commercial on Monday called "Stickers." The spot is a rare one in that it solely features Mac hardware, and it shows some of the many ways that people decorate their MacBook Air laptops. It uses the tagline: "The notebook people love." All I know is that I love this spot. For one thing, it rings true. People do love decorating their MacBook Airs (and their Pros, for that matter). For another, it's great to see the Mac being promoted on TV. iOS, iPhone, iPad, and the iPod before it have long dominated Apple's advertising. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but, you know, yay Mac!

Apple Reportedly Orders 70-80 Million Large Screen iPhones for Q4

8:44 PM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

$AAPL

Apple has ordered between 70 and 80 million next-generation iPhones for delivery by December 30th, according to unnamed sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. The orders are for a mix of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, which has been dubbed iPhone 6 in the media. If true, it would be a record number of iPhone units for any quarter, well above the 51 million iPhone record holiday quarter in 2013.

The Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle: $69

5:21 PM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle: $69

We have a broad developer course for beginners today, the Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle. This package of training videos and course material has 64 hours of content that covers everything from HTML, HTML5, JavaScript, C++, C#, CSS, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, XCode, and Objective C. You'll also learn how to use GameSalad, Construct 2 and Unity3D, and it's all taught by developer John Bura. That's a lot of learning, and through our deal you can get it for $69 (regularly priced at $499). There are more details on the deal listing.

Get Free Bitcoins with 41 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

9:48 PM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Bitcoin Faucets

I've gathered 41 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 41 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.