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Apple and Samsung Tied as World's Largest Smartphone Makers in Q4 2014
The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple tied Samsung during Q4 2014 to become the worlds largest smartphone maker based on global shipments. According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones during the three-month
Following Apple's Record Quarter Announcement, Samsung Reports Profit Drop
On the heels of an earnings call that saw Apple announcing record earnings, rival phone maker Samsung today announced its own results for the October to December period, reporting a 27 percent year-over-year decline in profit. Samsung saw net profit
FTC Levies $40M Fine Against TracFone for Throttling Unlimited Data Customers
In recent months, the Federal Trade Commission has taken a significant interest in carrier throttling practices and today handed down a ruling that could have future ramifications for carriers who throttle
Sony's 'Music Unlimited' Service Shutting Down After Failing to Emerge as Viable iTunes Alternative
Sony announced on Wednesday that it will be shutting down its Music Unlimited on-demand streaming music service ahead of launching Spotify on PlayStation Music. Music Unlimited will shut down in all 19 countries it operated on March 29, 2015, with
Marissa Mayer Says Yahoo Would 'Welcome the Opportunity' to Become Default Safari Search Engine
Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, during the companys quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, expressed interest in Yahoo becoming the default search engine in Safari. Mayer recognized the significance that getting
Quad-Core 2012 Mac Mini Mysteriously Reappears on Apple's U.S. Online Store
Apple today has mysteriously added back a 2012 model Mac mini to the Apple Online Store for $699. The over two-year-old machine still has the same hardware specifications as it did in 2012, including a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Brought More Android Switchers, New Customers Than Prior Models
During todays earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the sales split between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. He declined to provide specific numbers on the
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Apple's stylus receiver concept would improve the precision of digital pen-based input
As recent rumors have suggested Apple could offer a simple stylus to enhance a larger iPad model, a new patent application shows what kind of improved pen-based input technology the company has been working on behind the scenes.
More Android-to-iPhone switchers coming from international markets - report
Apple revealed this week that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus attracted more Android users than ever before. But new data suggests that the rate of Android switchers in the U.S. was steady last quarter, implying
More Android-to-iPhone switchers coming from international markets - report
Apple revealed this week that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus attracted more Android users than ever before. But new data suggests that the rate of Android switchers in the U.S. was steady last quarter, implying
Apple, Samsung now tied for the title of world's largest smartphone maker
The 74.5 million iPhones sold over the last three months of 2014 didnt just help Apple report the highest quarterly profit of any publicly-traded company in history, they also propelled the Cupertino giant into a first-place tie with Samsung as
Samsung's mobile profits plunge 64.2% after Apple's iPhone 6 devastates premium Galaxy sales
Samsung Electronics reported overall Q4 operating profits of 5.29 trillion won ($4.9 billion)--a 36 percent year-over-year drop--but its Mobile division suffered a 64.2 percent drop in profits, falling from $5 billion in the year ago quarter to $1.8 billion in
TracFone will pay $40 million to settle unlimited data beef with the FTC
Consumers who have previously signed up for pre-paid wireless plans advertised with unlimited data from TracFone now have the right to claim a refund, as the company has agreed to a $40 million settlement over charges that it throttled or
Qualcomm lowers revenue forecasts as Apple squeezes its best customers
Chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday revised its revenue forecast downward for 2015, lopping nearly $1 billion off of its high-end estimate and seemingly blaming the change in part on Apples annexation of market share with the iPhone 6.
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Legion Meter review: Check up on your USB chargers
Charging is an integral part of life. No matter where I go I’m forever scouting outlets and lugging around expansion packs to make sure I have enough juice to get through the day. My battery percentage is constantly on my
Drop review: An iPad-connected scale for beginning bakers
I love to bake, but it can be such a finicky process. Add too much baking soda? Your cookies are ruined. Try to substitute regular milk for buttermilk? Disaster. It doesn’t allow for interpretation the same way cooking does. That’s
Drop Kitchen Scale makes baking a piece of cake
Audio Hijack 3's improved interface makes capturing audio a breeze
Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack Pro has been a longtime favorite of many who wish to capture sound routed through their Mac—whether from apps or audio input devices. Inventive and powerful though the app was, however, its interface could be challenging
Five apps for hitting the slopes and playing in the snow
In some parts of the country, the ski season is in full swing—and if you want to take advantage of all of this glorious powder, you’ll need more than just a basic weather forecast to get the most out of
Anypass review: This app mimics AirDrop between non-AirDrop capable Macs and iOS devices
As you may know, the power-duo of Yosemite and iOS 8 make moving documents between your Mac and iOS devices a piece of cake thanks to AirDrop, Apples cool and useful peer-to-peer file sharing service. But AirDrop comes with a
Molecules for iOS review: This interactive science book brings learning to a whole new level
When the iPad made its debut in April 2010, the first Touchpress app—The Elements: A Visual Exploration—was right there with it. The app was actually an ebook in disguise, with stunningly beautiful and interactive 3D illustrations, and it seemed almost
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How to play Windows games on your Mac without Windows
If you want to play the latest games on your Mac...
Five ways Apple can improve Apple TV right now
Apple TV is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated devices Apple has ever made...
Apple joins Elvis and McDonald’s in the ‘billion sold’ club
Apple Inc. has become one of just a handful of enterprises that have singlehandedly sold...
New ‘cybersecurity’ rules in China smack of protectionism, says U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies...
Apple just ‘tied’ Samsung without even trying
Apple Inc. captured the top spot in China’s smartphone market...
Apple takes top luxury gifting spot in China
Apple in first place was followed by...
The most amazing thing about Apple? It still looks cheap
espite another blowout quarter, Apple shares are still trading...
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Hands On: Gravity Ghost (OS X, Windows)
Indie games have seen a lot of success in recent years, and with good reasons. Now that game design has become more accessible due to the wide availability of tools, and publishing has
Apple, Samsung effectively tied for lead in global smartphone market
Apples surge during the last quarter and Samsungs respective slump put the two corporations in a dead heat in terms of smartphone marketshare, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm estimates that the
Pointers: 10 Fast Tips for Safari (OS X)
You hear more criticism of Safari than you do of any other browser on OS X -- but you would. Its the one that comes on your Mac and if nobody criticised it,
Samsung fourth-quarter, fiscal year 2014 results shows drop in profits
Samsung released its Q4 and FY 2014 results today, and as expected, the news was not good. The past three years have resulted in growth for the company, but fiscal 2014 shows an
China to require backdoors, audits for foreign enterprise sales
At the end of last year, the Chinese government approved a 22-page set of regulations for the sale of computer equipment to Chinese banks, but that will ostensibly apply to all enterprise sales.
Microsoft releases Outlook preview, ships Office for Android apps
Microsoft has made its Office apps available to all Android users, following the limited preview release and the . The apps, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, are accompanied by a new preview of
Hands On: Comic Zeal (iOS)
There are a lot of reasons to make the leap to digital formats when buying comics. For one, its a lot easier to carry a digital collection of comics around, and for another,
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CloudConvert easily converts hundreds of file types on your iPhone and iPad
Usually, when you have a video file on your iPad or iPhone, the file can play on that device—why else would it be there? But occasionally you’ll run into a need to convert a video file, like I did recently,
Mac Pro Vault stuffs 48 top-of-the-line Macs into one cabinet
What do you get when you stick 48 Mac Pro units in the same spot? A data center cabinet from CyberLynks Mac Pro Vault that is near pornographic in the amount of raw Apple computing power it can hold.
How Facebook is using autoplaying videos and ad tech to make billions
Scrolling slowly through News Feed, you’ll see a slew of videos. Some are from your friends. Others are ads from brands you like. All of them play automatically. Facebook now sees 3 billion video views a day, a fun fact
The Week in iOS Accessories: Keyboards, guitars, golf, and more
Keyboards, guitars, golf, and moreThis weeks roundup shows off the versatility of your iOS hardware—for use in writing, making music, playing sports, and a whole range of lifes activities. Read on.Blast Motion
Freemium Field Test: Candy Crush Soda Saga can get expensive fast, but its appeal is undeniable
Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play
Where to get the perfect custom iPhone case
Your iPhone case says a lot about you—a Speck CandyShell, for example, tells the world that you’re fun, bright, and quirky-yet-practical when it comes to protection and usability. TwelveSouth’s BookBook, on the other hand, says you love books—even fake books.So,
The 6 things you need to know about Apple's best quarter ever
Apple made all the money last quarter—its $18 billion in profit is not only the best quarter Apple’s ever had, it’s the best quarter any company has ever had, and a jaw-dropping 74.5 million iPhones sold is a big reason
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Microsoft Outlook now available for iOS
Just in time for TUAW parent company Aol to migrate all of its employees from Microsoft Outlook to Gmail this weekend, Microsoft today launched Outlook for iOS (free). The universal app is essentially a scaled-down version of the
Rumor Roundup: BREAKING - March and April not same month
AAPL earnings will come in well above upper end of companys guidance, say analysts, at $68.3B (9to5 Mac)Source: Some analystsChance its true: NoneAnalyst consensus of Apples performance was off by billions of dollars. You know, like always...
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them
Sundance hit Tangerine was shot on iPhone 5s with a $8 app and some accessories
Given the spread of affordable high-quality video cameras in the modern world, theres probably never been a better time to be an amateur filmmaker. You dont even need more than a nice smartphone if Tangerine is any indication.
Set healthy goals with iHydrate
Despite the numerous studies about how drinking more water keeps us focused and energized and does things like help us fight off colds and stave off migraines, most of us fail at drinking the recommended eight glasses of
Now that YouTube has jumped to HTML5, here's what Steve Jobs said about Flash
Today, YouTube announced it will now default to HTML5 when a video is loaded rather than using Flash. For years, Apple has been criticized for not allowing Flash on its iOS devices, leading Steve Jobs in April 2010
Daily Deals for January 28, 2015, Get 11 TB Of Military Grade Storage & Backup For 79% Off
Its time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.All prices are USD and subject to change.
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Mega-investor Carl Icahn says buying AAPL is a “no-brainer”
Apple just had a killer quarter. In fact, it was the most profitable quarter for any company in history. As such, Apple stock is up 5% since Wednesday trading. But has Apple peaked? Not according to legendary investor Carl Icahn,…Read
How to get rid of the predictive text suggestions on your iPhone
iOS 8 brought with it a couple of keyboard changes — adding support for predictive text suggestions when you’re using the built-in iOS keyboard. This is pretty great stuff, unless it bugs you to have three words or phrases at…Read
The FTC goes after TracFone for “unlimited” data throttling
Although unlimited data was a promise that carriers like AT&T once used to lure potential customers to their network, it doesn’t really exist anymore. Even if you have an unlimited data contract, carriers will throttle your connection once you push…Read
Will flying cars ever get off the ground?
The first airplane was in flight for 12 seconds and flew 120 feet. But it was enough to send imaginations airborne.   Not long after Kitty Hawk, aviators were trying to figure out how to fly a car. Glenn Curtiss…Read
Visualize Apple’s historic earnings with this awesome web app
Yesterday, Apple announced that it had a monster quarter. In Q4, it sold 74.5 million iPhone sales to go along with $74.6 billion in revenue and $18 billion in profits. Not only that, but it broke the record for the…Read
Microsoft’s new Outlook app will change the way you do email
Back in December, we noted that Microsoft had acquired the popular iOS and Android email app Acompli, which offered a more task-oriented approach to email, with the ability to schedule meetings, edit your calendar, and in your most important emails…Read
eBay is planning an Apple Watch app
At least one of the big boys is planning on developing an app for the Apple Watch. eBay has posted an ad listing, looking for a developer to help them come up with a bidding app for Cupertino’s new smartwatch.…Read
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Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014. The company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare
App Store Rings in 2015 with New Records
The first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store. Apple customers worldwide spent nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever
Developers Start Designing Apps for Apple Watch
Apple has announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to easily create experiences designed specifically for Apple Watch. Developers can now begin developing WatchKit apps before the watch becomes available. “Apple Watch is our
Apple Introduces iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3
Apple has introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. The new iPad features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in
Apple Reports Fourth-Quarter Results
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue
OS X Yosemite Now Available as a Free Upgrade
Apple has announced that OS X Yosemite, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available as a free upgrade for Mac users from the Mac App Store. Yosemite delivers a fresh, modern look
Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display
Apple has unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring the world’s highest-resolution display — with 14.7 million pixels. At this resolution, text appears sharper than ever, videos are more lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail
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