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Jan 29 2015 3:02AM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
The story of how a large-phone-averse editor came to slowly accept them, and maybe even like them.






Jan 29 2015 1:15AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner's TWX.N HBO is preparing to sell a standalone service over the Internet for the first time, in one of the most closely watched moves in pay TV history. Yet the road to the launch has been far from an easy one - marked by changes in strategy, deadlines, and the departure of its chief technology officer along with two of his lieutenants.

Jan 29 2015 12:32AM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
This works even if a found phone is locked. But there's something you should know about this feature.






Jan 28 2015 11:57PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

According to Standard and Poor's, Apple made history yesterday when it released its quarterly earnings report as all those iPhone sales resulted in the most profitable quarter in history. Elsewhere, YouTube finally gives in and goes full HTML5, and Universal Pictures releases the final cast list for the Steve Jobs biopic.

Apple Just Had the Most Profitable Quarter in History

According to credit ratings leader Standard & Poor's, the big numbers cited in Apple's quarterly earnings report yesterday weren't just a big deal by Apple standards. By S&P's reckoning, Apple's net profit of $18 billion means it had the most profitable quarter in history, and by such a wide margin that the Cupertino company's record is well ahead of ExxonMobil's $15.9 billion reported in 2012.

As 9to5Mac notes, people all across the Internet have been trying to put these numbers in perspective. A Reddit user going by the name of Cal00 points out that Apple made more from its iPhone sales than Microsoft and Google made from their entire product lines. TechCrunch calculated that Apple made a profit of $8.3 million per hour.

As expected, Apple's massive success during the quarter springs mainly from the sale of 74.5 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, each featuring the larger screens that users had been wanting for years.

 

YouTube Dumps Flash in Favor of HTML5

In the early years of the iPhone, you didn't have to pay much attention to know that Steve Jobs had some serious issues with Flash, and that he steadfastedly refused to allow it on the newborn iOS. In 2010, he even wrote a well-known memo about it. At the time, many people called Jobs and Apple stubborn, if not backwards. But yesterday YouTube made the jump from Flash to Jobs's beloved HTML5, proving once again that the Apple co-founder's ideas were ahead of their time, not behind them.

From now on, YouTube will start playing videos with HTML5 regardless of whether you have Flash installed or not. The key advantage of HTML5 is that you can play it on almost any system, while Flash requires a plugin made for the specific operating system it's running on. In its announcement, Google acknowledged Apple's contributions to the dominance of HTML5 in a statement to VentureBeat:

"These advancements have benefited not just YouTube’s community, but the entire industry," said YouTube. "Other content providers like Netflix and Vimeo, as well as companies like Microsoft and Apple have embraced HTML5 and been key contributors to its success."

 

Universal Pictures Releases Cast List for Steve Jobs Biopic

Today Universal Pictures announced the cast list for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic directed by Danny Boyle, putting an end to scores of rumors that have popped up over the past few months as the project lost and gained both actors and directors. Most of the casting decisions were more or less common knowledge as of yesterday, but there are still some surprises in store (via Cult of Mac). For instance, we finally know which part Kate Winslet is playing.

Above: Michael Fassbender 

Michael Fassbender of X-Men: Days of Future Past fame will play Steve Jobs, while Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak. Michael Stuhlbarg of Boardwalk Empire will portray Andy Hertzfeld, Jeff Daniels took the role of Apple CEO John Sculley, and Adam Shapiro will be Avie Tevanian. Kate Winslet will play Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman (a key figure in promoting the first Mac), and the relatively unknown Sarah Snook will play PR personality Andrea Cunningham. Three actresses — Makenzie Moss, Ripley Sobo, and Perla Haney-Jardine — will play Jobs's daughter Lisa as she ages from 5 to 19.

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Jan 28 2015 11:54PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is closer to losing its crown as global smartphone leader after posting a plunge in quarterly mobile earnings on Thursday, a day after rival Apple Inc reported the biggest profit in corporate history.

Jan 28 2015 11:52PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - U.S. business lobbies have called for "urgent discussions" with the Chinese government over new cybersecurity regulations that would force technology vendors to Chinese banks to hand over secret source code and adopt Chinese encryption algorithms.

Jan 28 2015 8:23PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales.

Jan 28 2015 7:27PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday reported its first annual earnings decline in three years, as strong chip earnings failed to make up for weakness in the South Korean giant's smartphone business.

Jan 28 2015 7:22PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales.

Jan 28 2015 7:01PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Seven years after the original iPhone, mobile search remains a must-have feature. Although there are an expansive number of options available, one of the original third-party apps, first launched in 2008, continues to be at the top of its game with this latest version.

Where To? 7.0 is more than a glossy upgrade with iOS 7 good looks. Although previous users will need to repurchase (the last paid update was five releases ago), the sheer number of new and improved features make it well worth buying again.

The changes range from the modest (separating Reviews and Photos details onto their own tabs) to the long overdue (sharing options like emailing places as vCards). But our definite favorite is the addition of a free Pebble companion app. Tap an icon, and directions appear on your wrist, while vibrations alert users to upcoming turns, Apple Watch-style. It’s pretty neat, and keeps the iPhone tucked safely away in a pocket while walking.

Although Where To? is capable of serving up navigation (via Apple Maps), the app can summon other installed routing options with just a tap, or help find popular third-party solutions from the App Store. The app can also now be used with BMW ConnectedDrive vehicles for seamlessly transferring destinations from iPhone to the car’s dashboard.

The bottom line. Where To? 7.0 continues a remarkable tradition as one of the best ways to find places around town, and new Pebble integration puts an end to staring at your iPhone while navigating the sidewalk.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

Where To? 7.0 

Company: 

FutureTap GmbH

Contact: 

Price: 

$2.99

Requirements: 

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later

Positives: 

Still a great way to find interesting locations, now with lots of new features. Pebble support.

Negatives: 

Existing users have to pay again.

Jan 28 2015 6:53PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - China will force companies which sell computer equipment to banks to hand over secret source code, undergo sensitive audits and set up research and development centers in the country, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Jan 28 2015 6:34PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Cloud-computing software maker Citrix Systems Inc said it would cut about 700 full-time and 200 contractor jobs as part of a restructuring to improve operational efficiency.

Jan 28 2015 6:33PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc reduced its outlook for fiscal 2015, saying it expects its newest Snapdragon mobile chip will not be used in a major customer's flagship smartphone, sending its shares lower.

Jan 28 2015 5:47PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Boosted by hot iPhone sales, the company tops the $15.9 billion earned by ExxonMobil in the second quarter of 2012, says Standard & Poor's.






Jan 28 2015 5:35PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc accelerated its efforts to win over corporate clients on Wednesday by announcing an email and scheduling service that will compete with Microsoft Corp and Google Inc .

Jan 28 2015 5:32PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Boosted by hot iPhone sales, the company tops the $15.9 billion earned by ExxonMobil in the second quarter of 2012, says Standard & Poor's.






Jan 28 2015 5:26PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Cloud-computing software maker Citrix Systems Inc said it would cut about 700 full-time and 200 contractor jobs as part of a restructuring to improve operational efficiency.

Jan 28 2015 5:20PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales.

Jan 28 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Need a great sounding speaker that can go just about anywhere? Then check out the Boundless S3 Bluetooth Speaker, a powerful wireless speaker that can play your music loud and clear no matter where you are. Get it on sale for just $59.

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