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Jan 30 2015 3:53AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After years of giving investors the cold shoulder, Amazon.com Inc is starting to warm up to Wall Street.

Jan 30 2015 1:58AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Analysts and pundits are still realizing the larger implications of Apple's insanely profitable quarter, and new reports reveal how the Cupertino company has caught up with Samsung in a key race. In other news, there's a cool new wireless iPhone charging case in the works on Kickstarter.

Report: Apple Shipped As Many Phones As Samsung Last Quarter

More news about the wider significance of Apple's record-breaking quarter continues to roll in, this time from Security Analytics, who claims that Apple tied with rival Samsung to dominate smartphone shipments for the quarter.

According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter (although Samsung's still well in the lead as regards the annual total). As a result, at least for the quarter, both companies could claim a market share of 19.6 percent.

It's worth noting that Strategy Analytics's conclusions are partly based on informed guesses, as Samsung stopped reporting the numbers of its shipments a few years ago. (IDC, for instance, reported a couple of hours ago that Samsung shipped a slightly more impressive 75.1 million units.

The last time Samsung and Apple had a more or less equal share of the market was in Q4 2011. Samsung and Apple might be tied as regards shipments, but the news is much different on the profit scale. The Korean company's sales for the period ranging from October to December 2014 were down 27 percent from last year according to its own earnings report released today, and the company's mobile sales were down a whopping 64 percent year over year. (Its semiconductor business is positively booming, though, in part due to widespread demand for them from companies like, yes, Apple.)

'Ampere' Wireless Charging Case Turns Heads on Kickstarter

If you're the type of person who likes to charge your iPhone on the go but doesn't like to bother with cumbersome extra accessories, you should check out Novelsys' new Ampere sleeve on Kickstarter. It looks like most other leather sleeves for the iPhone, but the quirk here is that it comes with a 2,700-mAh battery tucked inside that charges your phone wirelessly.

There's a (literally) small catch for us iPhone users in that we'll have to stick a tiny Lightning receiver on the bottom of our phones to get it to work as intended. But that seems like a small price to pay considering the convenience involved.

Right now, the real price you'll have to pay is a $75 pledge to Novelsys's Kickstarter for the project, and that's just for the early bird pricing. (And you'll want to hurry, as there's only 30 of those left as of this writing.) After that, the price jumps up slightly to $79.

Plenty of people are taking notice. The team asked for $60,000, but the project's already earned $75,259 on the strength of just 373 backers and there are still 15 days to go.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Jan 30 2015 12:03AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Draft Chinese government regulation would force technology vendors to meet stringent security tests before they can sell to China's banks, an acceleration of efforts to curb the country's reliance on foreign technology that has drawn a sharp response from U.S. business groups.

Jan 29 2015 10:54PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - The National Basketball Association and Tencent Holdings Ltd said Friday the Shenzhen-based Internet giant will be the only company in China to stream the league's online content.

Jan 29 2015 9:47PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's revenue grew 15 percent in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and unfavorable foreign exchange rates.

Jan 29 2015 9:33PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After years of giving investors the cold shoulder, Amazon.com Inc is starting to warm up to Wall Street.

Jan 29 2015 7:50PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
The new app features a snooze button for e-mail messages; cloud-based attachment options; and some handy filtering tools.






Jan 29 2015 7:30PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

We're gonna leave behind the MacBook Air line and the lower powered 1.4GHz processors and focus on just the more powerful models in the world of refurbed Macs. This week, we're all about speed and power and just crushing it. So let's get right into these big beautiful Macs — and we'll see what kind of a hook up we can give you in the accessory category too.

Jan 29 2015 7:20PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc reported stronger than expected earnings on Thursday as North American sales surged during the crucial holiday quarter, sending its shares up 9 percent.

Jan 29 2015 7:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Tonality looks a lot like Intensify Pro but, in keeping with the monochrome tone, the entire interface is black and white, save for yellow highlights for selected tools and active banks of sliders. Like Intensify, it’ll happily edit JPEG and raw files with a 16-bit processing engine. Unlike its stablemate, however, the presets and sliders are geared towards one purpose. Open an image and it’s immediately rendered in black and white, the presets along the bottom of the interface showing thumbnails of the effects. 

Black and white photography is amenable to variations in contrast/texture, which can help viewers focus on composition and subject. Thankfully, Tonality has Adaptive Exposure and Smart Contrast settings to take the guesswork out of mono conversion, with the Micro Structure slider adding sharpness. Note: changes aren’t saved until you export the final image, so don’t worry about damaging your color originals.

A nice touch is the selection of virtual colored filters that match those used by black and white film photographers over their lenses. Aperture featured a similar system, and it’s nice to see a traditional technique replicated in new software.

Obviously, not every image is suitable for converting to black and white, and part of the skill of a successful conversion is in picking a photograph that will be enhanced. When you’ve played with Tonality for long enough you’ll realize the color info is there, it’s just that the saturation sliders are set to zero. This opens up one of the most powerful features of the software: the ability to set split toning and selective color effects. The app effectively becomes a custom Instagram generator, creating grainy, vintage-looking masterpieces with vignettes and frame — ideal for social media. Any collection of slider settings can be saved as a preset for quick application, but it will be a long time before you use up the 150+ presets, including film emulation, vintage looks, and HDR.

Tonality opens up into a flexible photo editing system that creates striking effects quickly and at no risk to your originals. It’s not a one-stop editing shop — you’ll want to pair this with Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, or Intensify Pro. But if mono’s your thing, this is a great addition.

The bottom line. A great app to complement your image editor, with many ways to achieve striking shots.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

Tonality

Company: 

MacPhun Software

Contact: 

Price: 

$24.99

Requirements: 

Mac running OS X 10.8 or later, 4GB RAM, 512MB video RAM

Positives: 

Runs fast. Many powerful tools. Non-destructive editing.

Negatives: 

Limited in scope.

Jan 29 2015 6:49PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Online music streaming service Spotify is working with Goldman Sachs for a new round of private fundraising which could potentially put off the initial public offering for another year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Jan 29 2015 6:34PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares fell more than 10 percent early on Thursday, wiping more than $25 billion of market value after third quarter revenue at the Chinese internet giant fell short of analysts' expectations.

Jan 29 2015 5:46PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in India's capital sued the online car service in U.S. federal court on Thursday, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.

Jan 29 2015 5:15PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Broadcom Corp posted fourth-quarter results on Thursday that exceeded Wall Street's expectations as the Apple supplier increased its focus on Wi-Fi and broadband chips, sending its shares higher.

Jan 29 2015 5:12PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's revenue grew 15 percent in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and unfavorable foreign exchange rates.

Jan 29 2015 5:08PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc reported stronger than expected earnings on Thursday as North American sales surged during the crucial holiday quarter, sending its shares up 9 percent.

Jan 29 2015 5:07PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government has no preferred model for consolidation of the country's telecom market, a source told Reuters on Thursday, leaving behind the days when Brazilian telecom company Oi SA was held up as a "national champion".

Jan 29 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Jan 29 2015 4:44PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Broadcom Corp posted fourth-quarter results on Thursday that exceeded Wall Street's expectations as the chipmaker increased its focus on Wi-Fi and broadband chips.

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