Need a laugh? Vern Seward points out 3 iOS apps that'll have you knee slapping in no time in this week's Free on iTunes. Comedy Central, Comedy Central Standup, and WitStream.
Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple could report lower iPhone and iPad sales for its second fiscal quarter, but that downswing will be offset by better than expected gross margins. Apple will announced its Q2 2014 earnings this Wednesday after the market closes.
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Just because iPhone and iPad sales figures may be down doesn't mean Apple has to report lower earnings. There's a lot that plays into company profits, but regardless of how good those numbers are, it's a safe bet everyone will key in on the expected decline is iPhone and iPad numbers.
Larry O'Connor is the president of Other World Computing, legedary for sales of Apple storage, upgrades and Mac and iOS device acessories. We thought it would be interesting to get Mr. O’Connor’s take on Apple’s WWDC announcement of the new Mac Pro. Here are the hottest questions that were on on our mind in a Skype chat.
Scott Morrison was teaching high school computer science when he decided he needed a hobby. So he decided to learn Objective-C as a hobby. One thing led to another, and soon he was creating mail plug-ins for OS X 10.3 Jaguar's Mail app.Mr. Morrison quit his job with some trepidation, worried about the isolated life of a developer, and started his software business. He told his story to TMO's Dave Hamilton at WWDC.
Eight years ago, Dave Teare and his business partner were developing websites with Ruby on Rails. They were working with forms and had to constantly enter user names and passwords. That was tiresome, so they eventually developed a tool that allowed them to enter that data with a click. It was to be a one month project. Eight years later, 1Password is going strong on OS X and iOS. And Windows. And Android.
Alf Watt attended MacWorld New York in 1999 and saw Steve Jobs launch AirPort in the first iBook and base stations. A geek at heart, he immediately wanted to understand this new technology, and iStumbler for Mac OS 9 was the result. Later, he headed a team at Apple working on Wi-Fi technologies. Basically, Mr. Watt has spent ten years making an invisible technology, indistinguishable from magic, very visible. The story of how that turned out includes fascinating technical tidbits about how Wi-Fi works.
Life at Bjango for Marc Edwards started with OS X widgets, but widgets aren't really a big thing anymore on the Mac. Even so, 30 million downloads provided a sense that something good was going on. Later came iStat Menus and an evolving family of products. But after he viewed the WWDC Keynote, his reaction was "what just happened?"
Kevin Hoctor was looking for a great money management tool for the Mac. After experiencing the dreary life of being a Windows developer, he decided to learn Cocoa and Objective-C and discovered the joys of writing for the Mac. His first major release was MoneyWell, and it went fabulously. Now he's working on the iPad version. Mr. Hoctor has never looked back.
Dave Peck, Peter Sagerson and Nick Robinson were all doing freelance work in Seattle. They would gather at one of the many coffee shops there, getting caffeinated and doing their work. Then one day, Dave Peck realized they were using all these open wireless networks, completely non-secure, and doing sensitive client work. Then they realized they needed one of those VPN clients. Except, they were all so bad. The rest is history.
Bruno Virlet started his first iOS app while in college at the University of Illinois. One idea led to another, and now his app, Genius Scan, is a big seller on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Mr. Virlet tells how it all started and how he's feeling about geting his app ready for iOS 7.
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