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

9 hours, 46 minutes ago · · News

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 · · News

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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.

Petition Demands Samsung Improve Factory Conditions, 40K Signatures

2:21 PM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · · News

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.

Netflix Adds Post-Play Feature to Apple TV

9:50 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · · News

Netflix's Post-Play feature arrived on Apple TV on Monday without any fanfare, making it even easier to stay on the couch and watch your favorite shows. Post-Play automatically starts the next episode in a series a few seconds after the one you're currently watching wraps up.

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It's far too easy to keep watching shows with Post-Play enabled, so you better have a comfy couch.

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

8:44 PM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · · News

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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.

Apple Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit over iPhone 5 Speech Recognition

10:16 AM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · · News

The patent holding company Cedatech Holdings hit Apple with a lawsuit last week alleging the iPhone 5's speech recognition technology infringes on a patent it owns. The company filed its lawsuit in Federal Court in the Eastern District in Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls -- and the case's wording makes it clear Cedatech can't even keep up on who it is suing.

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If you're suing several companies for patent infringement the least you can do is get their names right in your boilerplate filings.