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

5:02 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · News

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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, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · News

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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.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, Camera Roll, More

1:19 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · News

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Apple released iOS 8.1 Monday afternoon. The update includes the launch of Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S., the return of the Camera Roll in Photos, the launch of iCloud Photo Library "as a beta service," the ability for Messages users to send SMS and MMS text messages from their Macs and iPads, and several bug fixes.

Spotify Announces Family Plans

11:49 AM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · 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, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · 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, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · 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.

Apple’s New iPad Air 2 Available for Online Order

11:20 AM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · · News

Apple promised the iPad Air 2 would be available for purchase on Friday after unveiling it at a special media event yesterday. The company kept its word and added the new tablet model to its store late Friday morning.

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You can buy a brand new iPad Air 2 now, but without a firm release date we won't see long lines outside Apple's retail stores like we have with previous iPhone and iPad launches.

Apple Drops Mac mini Server from Product Lineup

11:05 AM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · · News

Goodbye, Mac mini server. Apple quietly discontinued the server-ready version of the Mac mini on Thursday as it rolled out updates for its other Mac mini models.

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The end of the server package isn't a big deal considering you can now buy a new Mac mini for even less and install the server software package through the Mac App Store.

GT Advanced Laying Off 727 Employees, Delisted on NASDAQ

10:32 AM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · · News

GT Advanced looks to be deep into its death spiral after its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing from earlier this month. GTAT is laying off 727 employees from the factory where it made sapphire glass for Apple, and has been delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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GTAT is in a world of hurt and it's looking less likely that investors will see a happy ending out of this.

Twitpic to Shut Down on Oct 25 After Failed Buyout Effort

9:42 AM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · · News

Twitpic, the Twitter-based online photo sharing service, will be shutting down on October 25 following a failed move to find a buyer for the company. Twitpic chose to close its business after the social network service Twitter threatened legal action over what it saw as a trademark violation in the company's name.

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It's sad to see a company like Twitpic go, and it would've been nice if they'd chosen an option that didn't involve shutting down their business to resolve the trademark issue.