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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?
MojoKid writes: A couple of weeks ago, Futuremark began handing out copies of PCMark for Android to members of the press, in an effort to get its leaderboards filled while the finishing touches were being put on the app. That might give you pause in that the results, generated today, are not going to be entirely accurate when the final version comes out, but that's not the case. Futuremark has encouraged publication of results generated with the benchmark. What makes PCMark for Android useful benchmark is that it not only tests for performance, but also for battery-life and performance combined. As such, you can easily figure out which devices sacrifice battery-life for performance and which ones have a good blend of both. The HTC One M8 really stands out, thanks to its nearly balanced performance/battery-life ratio. A result like that mi
10/20/2014 6:50:00 PM
Australia's Oldest Prime Minister Dies at 98
SYDNEY — Gough Whitlam, the long-lived 21st prime minister of Australia, died on Tuesday aged 98. Whitlam was the only prime minister to be alive in the lifetime of all 27 Australian prime ministers. The first prime minister of Australia, Edmund Barton, died in 1920, while the second, Alfred Deakin, passed away in 1919. Young Whitlam graced the world with his presence in 1916.
Australian politician, Gough Whitlam with singer Little Pattie, wearing t-shirts announcing 'It's Time', for his Labour election campaign.
Image: Graeme Fletcher / Getty Images
He was the second oldest prime minister in the world — beaten only by the Netherlands' Piet de Jong, who turned 99 this year Read more...More about Australia, Us World, Politics, Gough Whitlam, and Australia Prime Minister
10/20/2014 6:42:37 PM
China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud: blog
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials and other information, a cyber security blog charged on Monday, saying it believes the country's government is behind the campaign.
10/20/2014 6:35:16 PM
What's on your HDTV: World Series, 'Boardwalk Empire' and Wyatt Cenac
This week baseball fans tune into their championship series as two once-unlikely contenders do battle for the crown. If you prefer your drama on stage and screen however, you'll probably be saying goodbye to HBO's Boardwalk Empire this weekend as it...
10/20/2014 6:32:00 PM
Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: October 19th – October 25th
It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new content on Netflix for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock. MORE NETFLIX: Your guide to new titles on Netflix Instant this week: October 12th – October 18th ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ (2013) — Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. A surprisingly better sequel to The Hunger Games that follows the
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10/20/2014 6:30:30 PM
Uber and Lyft can both offer rides to San Francisco International Airport now
Today Lyft and Uber both announced that their car services are allowed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The two companies join Sidecar which announced last week that it would be delivering and... Keep reading →
10/20/2014 6:28:24 PM
New Satellite Images Show Dramatically Changed Landscape in Battle for Kobani
A new series of satellite images of the northern Syrian town of Kobani before and after Islamic State (ISIS) militants moved into the town shows the massive scope of the refugee crisis caused by the battle for the strategic location Since the end of September, the town has been under siege by ISIS militants. Kurdish fighters have led the defense of the town, located just yards from the Turkish border, resulting in a fierce, ongoing battle. The front-line Kurdish forces, along with U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, have prevented the capture of the town, but the violence has taken a deadly toll on the civilian population Read more...More about Syria, Us World, Us, World, and Kobani
10/20/2014 6:26:20 PM
Market focus shifts to China, Europe
Apple's good news should be a positive for stocks Tuesday, but global growth woes remain in the background as traders watch China and Europe.
10/20/2014 6:24:00 PM
Bits Blog: Facebook Sues Lawyers for Pressing Dubious Ownership Case
The company says the former lawyers for Paul Ceglia, who claimed that Mark Zuckerberg had given him a large stake in Facebook, continued to argue his case despite knowledge that his evidence was fabricated.
New York Times
10/20/2014 6:19:04 PM
Following Sidecar, Lyft and UberX also gets approval to operate at San Francisco’s airport (updated)
Update at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time: Uber has also announced that it’s gotten permission to operate at SFO. The next time you need a lift from San Francisco International airport (SFO), look for a pink mustache — or a sleek and subtle UberX car. Ride-sharing service Lyft just announced that it has struck a deal with SFO to […]
10/20/2014 6:15:02 PM
Have People Stopped Upgrading Their iPads? (AAPL)
To the surprise of few Apple watchers, the company delivered its
third straight quarter of declining iPad sales
The reason why sales are shrinking appears to be pretty obvious. There isn't a good reason to own three Apple gadgets — a Mac, iPhone, and iPad — when a combination of just two of them will do. And now that iPhones come with larger screens, there's even less of a reason to buy an iPad along with it.
This is not to say the iPad is a bad tablet. It's a wonderful tablet, the best you can buy. And it's likely the primary computer for a lot of people who don't need to do much beyond checking Facebook and some light emailing. But keep in mind the modern tablet space is only four and a half years old. We're still learning how people use them and
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10/20/2014 6:13:14 PM
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Shows Why Azure Is A Serious Threat To Amazon And Google (MSFT)
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has always been vocal about his “cloud-first” strategy, and on Monday, made it clear that Azure, Microsoft’s cloud service platform, is a serious player in the field.
At a press event held in San Francisco, Nadella gave a bunch of figures that show Azure’s rapidly growing business. He said more than 80% of Fortune 500 companies use Azure, resulting in a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4 billion.
Although the revenue run rate is not the actual sales amount — but what it would get if it extrapolated its current sales over 12 months — it’s still a good indication of where the business is headed in the future. Just to put that in perspective, Salesforce.com, which is one of the largest cloud softw
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10/20/2014 6:08:45 PM
China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts
New submitter DemonOnIce writes: According to The Verge and original report the site that monitor's China's Great Firewall activity, China is conducting a large-scale attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts using its government firewall software. Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise as they are directed to a dummy site designed to like an Apple login page (or a Microsoft one, as appropriate). Read more of this story at Slashdot.
10/20/2014 6:08:00 PM
IBM struggles to reinvent itself in an age of cloud
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When IBM Corp CEO Ginni Rometty was asked recently for her tips on how to transform companies, she spoke of "relentless reinvention" and not protecting the past.
10/20/2014 6:02:16 PM
Cramer Remix: Investors circling Apple
Cramer called bottom on Friday, investors now circle back to Apple and leaving IBM behind. Cramer also recommends additional winners for the long run
10/20/2014 6:02:00 PM
Your New Winter Hat Should Express Your Brain Waves Like a Neon Sign… Just Saying
We’ve seen a few cool hacks for mainstream commercial EEG headsets, but these are all a tad spendy for leisurely play or experimentation. The illumino project by [io] however, has a relatively short and affordable list of materials for creating your own EEG sensor. It’s even built into a beanie that maps your mental status to a colorful LED pompom! Now that winter is around the corner, this project is perfect for those of us who want to try on the mad scientist’s hat and look awesome while we’re wearing it. How does all the neuro-magic happen? At the heart … Read the rest
10/20/2014 6:00:49 PM
ConvenientPower and Qualcomm collaborate on the magic of wireless charging
The duo hopes to bring standards and other benefits to wireless charging products.
10/20/2014 6:00:24 PM
Costs of solar key to growth: SunEdison CEO
The falling cost of solar energy is key for a long growth trajectory, Ahmad Chatila, CEO and president of SunEdison, says.
10/20/2014 6:00:00 PM
Costs of solar are key: SunEdison CEO
The falling cost of solar energy is key for a long growth trajectory, Ahmad Chatila, CEO and president of SunEdison, says.
10/20/2014 6:00:00 PM
Cast your net and catch Bottom Feeders on the App Store
As a fisherman on rough seas, players must trawl for a variety of fish while avoiding enemies that cost players' nets in Bottom Feeders (free with in app purchases). There are a few power-ups players can use to help them get all of the fish in each...
10/20/2014 6:00:00 PM
Apple to require 64-bit support from all iOS apps starting in February
In an announcement made through its developer Web portal on Monday, Apple informed app makers that their wares must include 64-bit support and be built with the latest iOS 8 SDK starting Feb. 1, 2015.
10/20/2014 5:57:02 PM
Vice President Biden Touts Plan to Improve NYC's 'Third-World' Airports
NEW YORK — Vice President Joe Biden, who infamously dubbed New York City's outdated LaGuardia Airport "a third-world country," joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a news conference Monday to discuss plans to improve the region's airports. Biden, the White House's loudest voice on the need to update the nation's crumbling infrastructure, was gently teased by Cuomo, who announced a design competition to modernize John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports as well as two lesser-known suburban airports. See also: The Best Airline Seat That $21,000 Can Buy Cuomo offered a mock quiz about who said, "If I took you and blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you must think, 'I must be in some third-world country,'" asking if it was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, comedian Jay Leno, celebrity developer Donald Trump or "None of the above
10/20/2014 5:56:37 PM
Australian Bees Engage In Warfare Over Territorial Disputes
MELBOURNE — When not busy fighting off deadly snakes, killer sharks and venomous spiders, residents of Brisbane, Australia, may have noticed the odd swarm of bees floating around engaging in fierce and deadly battles And as the bodies pile up, researchers have started to wonder: what exactly is creating all the buzz? Could it be related to the bees' mating habits? Are the battles sparked by a parasite attack? See also: Horrifying Puppy-Sized Spider Will Fling Butt Hairs in Your Eyes As it turns out, the reason for these rolling death-matches is something straight out of ancient Rome. In a study published on Saturday, researchers have demonstrated that various species of stingless Sugarbag bees place a pretty high premium on territory Read more...More about Australia, Bees, Us World, and Brisbane
10/20/2014 5:53:35 PM
The ugly number in Apple's earnings
Not all is rosy in the land of Apple. Despite a stellar Q4 and impressive iPhones sales, the company still struggles to sell iPads.
10/20/2014 5:51:00 PM
Apple’s Tim Cook spends a long time explaining poor iPad sales
The official story is that Apple reduced its iPad channel inventory at the end of June in anticipation of the new iPad Air 3 and Mini 2. But does that sound truthy?
10/20/2014 5:50:03 PM
Hands-on with Apple Pay: An easy mobile wallet with poor documentation
Alongside Monday’s release of iOS 8.1, Apple activated its new Apple Pay service for in-app and retail payments. We tried it out to see if it lives up to the... Keep reading →
10/20/2014 5:48:00 PM
New rumor claims Lenovo will try to buy BlackBerry as soon as this week
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before — or actually, don’t bother because we know you’ve heard this one before. One of Benzinga’s sources claims that Lenovo is once again looking to buy Canadian smartphone pioneer BlackBerry, despite the fact that such talks reportedly went nowhere last year due to security concerns raised by both the Canadian and American governments. RELATED: Why a Lenovo BlackBerry buy looks like a nonstarter Benzinga’s source claims that Lenovo could make an official offer as early as this week and that “Lenovo’s first offer would be $15.00 per share, with a deal ultimately getting done around $18.00 per share.” BlackBerry’s shares have been trading in the $9 range recently, so an offer for $18
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10/20/2014 5:45:14 PM
Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding stories, from Bitcoin to ad-tech
Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. We learned over the weekend that venture capitalists have already invested more in the first three quarters of 2014 than they did in all of 2013. Let the good times roll, […]
10/20/2014 5:43:20 PM
iPhone 6 demand continues to outstrip supply, may not see balance before 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Monday that supply and demand for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are "not on the same planet" and may not reach a balance until next year.
10/20/2014 5:34:19 PM
This Wizard of Oz-inspired wearable lets you click your heels to order a taxi or text your friends
We’ve all found ourselves trapped in an awkward dinner situation where we want nothing more than to be rescued by a “important call.” A new device called Dorothy might be... Keep reading →
10/20/2014 5:33:14 PM
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says Company Pays Men and Women Equally
Verifying the lack of a pay gap is difficult, however
10/20/2014 5:30:43 PM
GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today
New submitter Shade writes Well over one and a half years in the works, the latest and greatest release of GNU Emacs was made officially available today. Highlights of this release include a built-in web browser, improved multi-monitor and fullscreen support, "electric" indentation enabled by default, support for saving and restoring the state of frames and windows, pixel-based resizing for frames and windows, support for digitally signed ELisp packages, support for menus in text terminals, and much more. Read the official announcement and the full list of changes for more information. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
10/20/2014 5:26:00 PM
Apple wants all iOS apps to use 64-bit code starting in February
Apple may have only introduced 64-bit computing to iPhones and iPads a little over a year ago, but it's already preparing for the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good. The Cupertino crew is now telling developers that their iOS apps must...
10/20/2014 5:25:00 PM
An ode to Apple's fading iPod: It begat the iPhone
The iPod has been relegated to the non-material "other" revenue bucket for Apple starting next quarter. But its DNA lives on in the iPhone, iOS and App Store.
10/20/2014 5:21:05 PM
Swipe right if you’d like to pay for this ‘romantic’ match on Tinder
Tinder, the fun, flirty, and free dating app, is introducing a paid service next month. Tinder co-founder and chief executive Sean Rad said that the company will launch a premium service in early November that gives users more capabilities, he said on stage at the Forbes Under 30 event in Philadelphia today. Tinder, which launched […]
10/20/2014 5:21:02 PM
Facebook sues lawyers for pursuing dubious Ceglia lawsuit
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg have sued several lawyers who represented Paul Ceglia, claiming they helped the upstate New York entrepreneur pursue a fraudulent lawsuit to extort a 50 percent stake in the social networking company.
10/20/2014 5:20:58 PM
New Microsoft CEO pay tops $80 million with big stock awards
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's new Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology industry's biggest earners, with a total compensation package worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Monday.
10/20/2014 5:18:49 PM
And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And PhotoMath
Over 1,500 people have walked through door at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference in London. We had everyone from Elvis impersonators to people dressed up as chickens participate, as one does at a tech conference. Highlights included watching our boss Tim Armstrong chat with Josh Constine about the high growth future of Aol, and what he learned after the mistake of firing… Read More
10/20/2014 5:18:28 PM
AbbVie: $55B Shire deal is dead
AbbVie will pay Shire a $1.64 billion breakup fee for walking away from the deal.
10/20/2014 5:18:00 PM
Bits Blog: Amazon Kindle Voyage, a High-End E-Reader That Beats Hardcovers
Amazon’s latest Kindle, the Voyage, is better than a printed book.
New York Times
10/20/2014 5:17:44 PM
Audi's High-Performance Driverless Car Hits 140 MPH — And Crashes The Audi Website
Audi's RS7 driverless concept car turned its first hot laps on a German racetrack over the weekend. The event was so popular that the live broadcast crashed Audi's website. The RS7 equipped with Audi "Piloted Driving" technology uses a series of sensors, cameras, and GPS to precisely maneuver the car — accurate down to the centimeter, the carmaker claims. This is no Prius. Audi mounted its driverless technology inside of a 560hp sports sedan, powered by a twin-turbocharged V8. The test car, nicknamed "Bobby" — perhaps after former Indy 500 winners Bobby Rahal or Bobby Unser — took to the track as German soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger waved the green flag. Bobby reached speeds upwards of 140 mph on its fastest lap and concluded the demonstration by stopping centimeter-perfect in a predetermined parking spot. A second RS7 Piloted Dri
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10/20/2014 5:17:04 PM
NFL Star Taunts Raiders Fans in MVP Troll Performance
Arizona Cardinals star defensive end Darnell Dockett was injured for his team's game in Oakland on Sunday, meaning he had to stand in street clothes on the sideline while Raiders fans hurled insults at him and his teammates all afternoon Dockett, however, got the last laugh — and then some See also: All of Peyton Manning's NFL-Record 509 TDs in 1 Infographic The Cardinals won, 24-13, to drop the hilariously pathetic Raiders' record to 0-6. Raiders fans are the only ones whose NFL team hasn't gotten a win yet this season, and Dockett used a whiteboard and marker to remind them of this sorry fact in the game's closing moments Read more...More about Nfl, Entertainment, Sports, and Watercooler
10/20/2014 5:16:58 PM
Satya Nadella Unveils New Initiative for Ebola Research
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seems like an unlikely player in the fight against Ebola But Microsoft's top executive unveiled a new Azure-powered research initiative aimed at furthering Ebola research along with other updates to its cloud platforms during a press event in San Francisco on Monday. See also: Hands On With the Windows 10 Preview During the enterprise-focused event, Nadella again reiterated Microsoft's commitment to being "cloud first and mobile first," which has become the CEO's mantra since taking over Microsoft earlier this year. "Mobility comes about because of the cloud," Nadella said. "It’s very important to us that we support every business in every industry in every geography.” Read more...More about Microsoft, Tech, Office 365, Apps Software, and Apps And Software
10/20/2014 5:15:44 PM
Bits Blog: Amazon Strikes Deal With Simon & Schuster
Amazon has reached a deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the Big Five publishers, while the retailer’s battle with another publisher, Hachette, grinds on.
New York Times
10/20/2014 5:14:30 PM
Trinity faces $525M in damages
A federal jury found the company liable on Monday for failing to tell a highway agency about changes it made to a guardrail system.
10/20/2014 5:13:00 PM
Apple's iPhone sales beat Street but iPad volumes slide
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc forecast a strong holiday quarter after a better-than-expected 16 percent jump in iPhone sales, and the strongest growth in Mac computer shipments in years helped the company surpass Wall Street's targets.
10/20/2014 5:12:47 PM
Tim Cook Says iPad Sales Slump is a 'Speed Bump'
Apple's iPad sales have fallen in the past three quarters — but CEO Tim Cook doesn't see that as a sign that the product line is doomed "To me, I view it as a speed bump, not a huge issue," Cook said during a fiscal 2014 fourth-quarter call with analysts on Monday Cook pointed out that if you compare fiscal 2014 iPad sales with those from fiscal 2013, sales are only down 4%. "That said, we want to grow," Cook said. "We don't like negative numbers on these things." See also: The iPad Mini Is the New iPod Touch Cook also challenged the "popular view" that the market for iPads was saturated. Citing internal Apple data, Cook said in the top six countries in terms of revenues, more than 50% of people who were buying iPads were buying them for the first time. Sometimes, he added, the figure is as high as 70% Read more...More about App
10/20/2014 5:11:27 PM
Cramer: IBM's misery is Apple's win
Jim Cramer discusses Apple and IBM, two polar opposite companies, to find out where IBM went wrong and why Apple is the leader of the techie pack.
10/20/2014 5:11:00 PM
TIM COOK: Here's What We Think Of The iPad (AAPL)
Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the third straight quarter of declining iPad sales during the company's earnings call Monday.
Apple sold 12.3 million iPads during the September quarter, which is down 13% from a year ago. Cook repeated the argument that Apple has sold more iPads in four years than iPhones sold during the first four years. He also said Apple reduced channel inventory for iPads in anticipation of the new models (iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3) that were introduced last week. Still, Cook said he recognized the declining sales and wanted to reverse the trend. "I view it as a speed bump, but not a huge issue," Cook said. "That said, we want to grow. We don't like negative numbers." This chart from Business Insider Intelligence shows how iPad sales have declined: He also doesn't think the iPad
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10/20/2014 5:10:00 PM
Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s
Before actor John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman turned the PC into a laughable dope, before dancing silhouettes convinced you to buy an iPod and before George Orwell’s novel came to life in a 60-second spot during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple made posters. The history of Apple’s advertising campaigns is almost as interesting as the history of the products it advertises. On Sunday, The Loop’s Dave Mark stumbled upon an article from 2009 on Web Designer Depot which contains an extensive collection of Apple’s ads, from Apple II posters to commercials for the iPhone 3G. It’s a fascinating look back through the annals of electronics advertising. In the beginning, text was king. Posters would be covered text describing the product in detail, occasionally without even
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10/20/2014 5:09:00 PM
Bryan Cranston Tweets Perfect Response to Mom Who Wants 'Breaking Bad' Toys Banned
Bryan Cranston tweeted the perfect response to a mom in Florida. Last week, Susan Schrivjer started a petition to get
action figures banned from Toys R Us stores, claiming the toys were a bad influence on children. Imagine that. “It's about drugs, you're selling it in a children’s toy store,” Schrivjer said to FOX 4 News See also: 15 Totally Concerning Toys From Your Childhood The toys, it seems, are only marketed to kids 15 and older — which raises the other important point of why Toys R Us is selling products for teenagers. Regardless, Schrivjer has clearly not thought about how her actions will impact Cranston's career. How will he earn a living without the kickbacks from these action figures? Read more...More about Toys, Tv, Watercooler, Conversations, and Breaking Bad
10/20/2014 5:08:23 PM
Apple Q4: Cook talks Apple Pay; IBM deal; Mac-iPad convertible?
Apple's fourth-quarter earnings blew Wall Street's expectations away. After the second-half release of products and services, Apple executives explain a few things.
10/20/2014 5:04:05 PM
Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses The iPad’s Continued Lack Of Sales Growth
During today’s earnings call for Apple’s fiscal Q4 2014, CEO Tim Cook took time to address the iPad’s performance at length. Cook referred to a lot of the general kinds of negative feeling around iPad performance circulating around media and analysts, and brought up his own perspective on the product category. “I take a step back on iPad,” he said. “I know… Read More
10/20/2014 5:03:06 PM
9to5Toys Last Call: iSmartAlarm smart home system $125, best iPad Air 2 trade offer, RBI Baseball for iOS $2, more
Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: iSmartAlarm smart home system $125 shipped (Reg. $200) Best Buy trade offer is the best way to jump from iPad 2 to iPad Air 2 R.B.I. Baseball 14 for iOS/Android $2 (Reg. $5) iPhone 5 factory […]
10/20/2014 5:01:15 PM
Daily Deals for October 20, 2014, featuring Build Your Own iPhone Game For FREE!
It's 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. Some deals may expire quickly....
10/20/2014 5:00:00 PM
In Oakland, A Sign of Some Very High Times
How bad is the commercial real estate crunch in San Francisco and Silicon Valley? Uh, bad? So bad that that prices per square foot are roughly where they were around the first dot-com boom. So bad that Uber decided to go in, buy its own piece of land and build its own headquarters from scratch. So bad that Doug Shorenstein, part of the storied multi-generational family of San Francisco… Read More
10/20/2014 4:58:13 PM
Beware Apple's long-term risks: Colin Gillis
Risks remain in Apple stock, despite a strong earnings beat, Colin Gillis of BGC Financials says.
10/20/2014 4:57:00 PM
How Nigeria and Senegal Halted Ebola When Other Countries Failed
On July 20, the Ebola outbreak that had been simmering in West Africa for months, growing more out of control by the day, arrived in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country. It came in the form of a Liberian-American airline passenger named Jonathan Sawyer, who had left a treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, against medical advice, and flown through Ghana and Togo to get to Lagos, Nigeria's capital Lagos is a city of 21 million, yet the nightmare scenario of a fast-moving, out-of-control Ebola outbreak in a city with extensive transportation ties to the industrialized world never came to pass. In fact, Nigeria stopped the outbreak in its tracks, as did Senegal, which had a much smaller imported outbreak around the same time Read more...More about Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Us World, and Us
10/20/2014 4:56:10 PM
Tim Cook: Apple Pay is a ‘killer’ feature that will sell phones
Cook the other executives on the call didn't say much about Apple Pay, until an analyst asked about Apple's motivations for doing it in the first question of the question and answer session.
10/20/2014 4:55:48 PM
Apple may not break out Apple Watch, iPod and retail sales starting Q1 2015
During its quarterly conference call for the fourth quarter of 2014, Apple announced it will introduce new financial reporting methods that lump Apple Watch and iPod with Apple TV and other accessories, with CEO Tim Cook suggesting the move is a good way to shield details on the upcoming smartwatch from competitors.
10/20/2014 4:55:00 PM
IBM ditches 2015 operating EPS target, shares slump 7 percent
(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp reported a marked slowdown in business in September and abandoned its 2015 operating earnings target on Monday, as weak client spending and a slumping software sector weighed down quarterly revenue.
10/20/2014 4:54:50 PM
Amazon Strikes Deal With Simon & Schuster
Amazon has reached a deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the Big Five publishers, while the retailer's battle with another publisher, Hachette, grinds on.
NY Times bits
10/20/2014 4:52:51 PM
Apple’s Growth Stays Strong in Latest Quarter
Tech giant reports beat analyst expectations with strong sales of iPhones and Mac computers. Sales of iPads fell, however
10/20/2014 4:50:13 PM
Weak Results at IBM as Its Strategy Shifts
The chief executive called the results disappointing as the company said it would pay $1.5 billion to shed its chip-making unit.
New York Times
10/20/2014 4:49:26 PM
Texas Instruments posts solid 3rd-quarter results, says business healthy
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Texas Instruments Inc posted third-quarter results above expectations and its CFO said business was healthy, in contrast to recent concerns on Wall Street about a possible slowdown in chip demand.
10/20/2014 4:48:49 PM
Apple's 2014: By the (Ridiculously Large) Numbers
Apple had quite a fiscal 2014, introducing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay — not to mention its a high-profile acquisition of Beats Electronics. It also put up some impressive financial numbers on Monday, once again beating expectations for its fourth quarter earnings that ended Sept. 28. See also: How to Use Apple Pay: What You Need to Know So what about the whole year of 2014? Here are the big numbers:
iPhones: 169.2 million
Apple sold a total of 169.2 million iPhones in its 2014 fiscal year. Its fourth-quarter sales were up by 13% to a record 39.3 million devices With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus having only been out for a few weeks, the strong fourth-quarter could portend a huge few months for Apple. Read more...More about Apple, Earnings, Iphones, Business, and Gadgets
10/20/2014 4:48:34 PM
FINALLY: You can preorder the OnePlus One on October 27th
It’s been a long, winding road to reach this point, but the OnePlus One is finally going to be available to the public next Monday. OnePlus has kept its promise to offer preorders in late October, specifically October 27th at 11 a.m. ET, which is when anyone will be able to place an order for a OnePlus One. Here’s the catch: the preorders will only be available for one hour. As long as you place your order within that hour, you will be guaranteed a OnePlus One smartphone. The shipping date will be determined by your place in line. You might get your phone next month, you might not get it until January — it all depends on how many people order
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10/20/2014 4:47:53 PM
More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10
jones_supa writes Microsoft is expected to release a new build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the very near future, according to their own words. The only build so far to be released to the public is 9841 but the next iteration will likely be in the 9860 class of releases. With this new build, Microsoft has polished up the animations that give the OS a more comprehensive feel. When you open a new window, it flies out on to the screen from the icon and when you minimize it, it collapses back in to the icon on the taskbar. It is a slick animation and if you have used OS X, it is similar to the one used to collapse windows back in to the dock. Bah. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
10/20/2014 4:47:00 PM
Citrix has bought e-signature startup RightSignature
Enterprise software company Citrix said today that it’s acquired RightSignature, one provider of technology that lets people sign files digitally on desktop and mobile devices. It sounds like the acquisition won’t make a huge difference to current RightSignature customers. “Our team is committed to fulfilling our original vision,” the startup’s founder and chief executive Daryl […]
10/20/2014 4:46:08 PM
Amaya Gaming to explore sale of Cadillac Jack subsidiary
TORONTO (Reuters) - Amaya Gaming Group Inc, which has pivoted to focus on the fast-growing online gambling market, said on Monday it is exploring a sale of its Cadillac Jack subsidiary that makes slot machines and electronic bingo games for casinos.
10/20/2014 4:41:39 PM
Leagues sue over NJ sports betting
The NFL and other sports leagues filed a lawsuit against New Jersey to fight sports betting in the state.
10/20/2014 4:38:00 PM
Engadget Daily: Kindle Voyage review, Disney's 'Big Hero 6' and more!
If you're a germophobe, Kindle user or Disney fan, this issue of the Engadget Daily is for you -- and really, everyone else is invited too. Read on for all our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including Dyson's germ-zapping humidifier,...
10/20/2014 4:37:00 PM
Dock Selfie Goes Horribly Wrong on Live TV
Dock 1, Guy 0. Remember that time a stranger busted you while taking a selfie? This is significantly worse than that.
GoPros and Drones Are Taking Selfies to New Heights
10/20/2014 4:35:13 PM
Apple's Mac surges on back-to-school, emerging markets
The larger question is whether Apple can keep the Mac momentum going. The short answer is that Apple can probably keep the good times rolling with product updates and emerging market strength.
10/20/2014 4:34:05 PM
We May Never Find Out How Many Watches Apple Sells (AAPL)
Apple announced during its earnings call Monday that it will change the way it reports product sales moving forward.
Instead of its own category, devices like Apple TV, iPods, and Apple Watch will be lumped together in one category. Apple will continue to report iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales separately. That's pretty shocking, especially because it means we may never know how many Apple Watches Apple ends up selling after the launch in early 2015. The Apple Watch will be the first major Apple product to launch under CEO Tim Cook. In a way, it'll be a test for whether or not Apple can make innovative new products people want to buy following the death of Steve Jobs. But now, we may never know the answer to that critical question. On a call with analysts, Cook said he doesn't want to report Apple Watch
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10/20/2014 4:32:00 PM