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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, 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.
Apple's R&D spending shoots up 42% year-over-year, hit new $1.9B record in Q1
Apple does not appear to be resting on its laurels despite record sales of its iPhone and Mac, as the company spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more
China to demand source code access, backdoors in some tech products
Chinas central government has introduced new procurement regulations that would force technology companies wishing to do business with the countrys banks to submit source code for review and build government-accessible backdoors into their products, according to a Wednesday report.
Sony to shutter iTunes & Beats Music competitor Music Unlimited, partner with Spotify
Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sony has conceded defeat the digital music market, announcing on Wednesday that it will close its cross-platform Music Unlimited service at the end of March and refer customers to another iTunes & Beats Music competitor, Spotify.
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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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The most amazing thing about Apple? It still looks cheap
espite another blowout quarter, Apple shares are still trading...
Apple’s ASP and the difference between cost and value
Theres an incredible difference between what something costs and how much value...
Why Apple is so routinely underestimated by so many
Last year, the level of stupidity surrounding Apple was best exemplified by...
Tim Cook on Apple Watch: ‘I’m using it every day and love it and can’t live without it’
Apple plans to start selling its highly anticipated Apple Watch in April...
Apple’s iOS ecosystem is huge, and growing fast
Last quarter, Apple sold iPhones at the rate of nine units per second...
Universal Pictures announces full cast of ‘Steve Jobs’ as biopic begins shooting
Principal photography has begun in San Francisco on the Steve Jobs biopic...
How to watch Super Bowl XLIX live on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV
Super Bowl XLIX with the Seahawks vs. the Patriots...
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Apple's Q1 certified as best quarter for any company ever
In addition to being the best quarter in the companys history, Apples Q1 results also blew away quarterly revenue and profit figures for any company ever, according to credit rating analysts Standard &
Remote Desktop server v3.8 updated with Yosemite support, more
On Wednesday, Apple updated its Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) server/administrator software to version 3.8, the first major upgrade in well over a year. The new version primarily spruces up the app for OS
TracFone settles with FTC over 'unlimited' plan throttling complaints
A carrier has settled with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over complaints it offered mobile phone contracts that claim to have unlimited data, but turn out do not. TracFone was accused by
Documents show Apple paid just A$80.3M in Australian taxes for 2014
Apple paid about A$80.3 million in taxes to the Australian government last year, despite pulling in A$6 billion in revenues in that country, according to documents filed with the Australian Securities and Investments
Briefly: Snapchat adds Discover feature, new 4C compact Das Keyboard
Temporal media-sharing platform, Snapchat, has debuted a new Discover feature, allowing users to see branded content from accounts such as ESPN, CNN, Vice and Warner Music. Stories collected in this section of the
Universal publishes full cast for upcoming Jobs biopic
Universal Studios has published the complete cast list for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, tentatively titled just Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender has been confirmed as Jobs, while Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak.
Apps: Alfred, Duet, RapidWeaver
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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
The Week in Mac Apps: Updates from LastPass and 1Password, and more
Updates from LastPass and 1Password, and moreIn this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find apps that keep your data private, help you organize your pictures, and help you manage your finances without
Apple sells record number of iPhones in blockbuster holiday quarter
Record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales helped Apple bring in $74.6 billion in revenue last quarter, up from $57.6 billion a year earlier. The companys next new product, the highly anticipated Apple Watch, will start shipping in April, CEO
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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.
Apple Remote Desktop updated with Yosemite support
Apple has released a new update for Remote Desktop which will come as a godsend for administrators and users who found the app no longer working after updating to OS X Yosemite. The update fixes that issue, along
The Lowdown meetings app for iOS is now free and improved
Lowdown (free) is an intriguing business app that provides briefings on participants and companies you are meeting with, helps you get to the meeting with location information, and tells you when others arrive.When you start you can integrate
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One of Sundance’s hottest films was shot on an iPhone 5s
Tangerine has been a breakout hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The indie flick is drawing crowds thanks to a plot that features transgender prostitutes, Hollywood, meth addicts, pimps, and beat cops. But the craziest thing about director Sean…Read
Sentient-toast simulator I Am Bread kneads its way on to iOS
Yeah, you read that right – this is a video game where you play as a piece of bread on an epic journey to become an actual piece of toast. I Am Bread has been out on Steam Early Access…Read
Don’t worry about malware, just enjoy your Mac (and maybe win a MacBook Air)
This post is brought to you by Bitdefender. Macs are not immune to cyberattack and viruses. Though the threats are real, leading antivirus maker Bitdefender doesn’t use scare tactics to warn people about malware targeting Macs. Instead, Bitdefender is running…Read
Yahoo really wants to replace Google search in Safari
The idea that Apple could dethrone Google from its perch as default search provider in Safari is nothing new. Since Apple removed Google Maps in iOS 6, it’s been clear that Google’s services aren’t necessarily something the iPhone maker feels tied to.…Read
Meet the official cast of the Steve Jobs movie
Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie has been down a hard road on its way to production. Disasters like fickle actors and directors have plagued the project, but filming is finally underway in San Francisco as we speak, and for the…Read
Enter to win a pair of wireless Beats by Dre studio headphones
Look totally fashionable while getting superior sound quality with a pair of Beats by Dre headphones. You could win your own pair of Studio Beats with The Beats by Dre Giveaway, which is open to all Cult of Mac Deals…Read
Photos for Mac might be delayed for a while
Let’s face it: iPhoto sucks. It’s slow. It’s buggy. It’s hopelessly burdened by skeuomorphic elements. It’s just behind the times. That’s why we were excited when Apple said last year it would phase out iPhoto for a brand new app…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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