Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Apple’s Q1 2015: Ridiculously high iPhone sales, 18% drop in iPad sales [Updated] [feedly]

Apple’s Q1 2015: Ridiculously high iPhone sales, 18% drop in iPad sales [Updated]
// Ars Technica

Apple's earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 is here, and as usual the numbers for the holiday quarter are looking pretty good. iPhone sales are way up, and account for over two-thirds of Apple's revenue. Macs continue their more modest but still impressive growth, while iPads have seen their sharpest year-over-year decline.

Let's get the numbers out of the way first. Apple broke quarterly records with $18 billion in profit and $74.6 billion in revenue, compared to $13.1 billion in profit and $57.6 billion in revenue in Q1 of 2014. It maintained a healthy profit margin of 39.9 percent. These results firmly beat Apple's guidance for the quarter, which predicted revenue between $63.5 billion and $66.5 billion and profit margins between 37.5 and 38.5 percent.

Apple managed to increase revenues across the board in all territories, and the Americas continue to account for the bulk of that revenue. However, China is clearly Apple's fastest growing market—revenue increased from $9.5 billion to $16.14 billion, a year-over-year increase of nearly 70 percent. Apple's deals with Chinese carriers and increasing focus on the Chinese market appear to be paying off.

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Find: Tim Cook: The Apple Watch ships in April

Tim Cook: The Apple Watch ships in April
// Ars Technica

Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped a rare bit of product news on the company's Q1 2015 earnings call: the Apple Watch begins shipping in April.

The Apple Watch will start at $349 for the aluminum Apple Watch Sport model, though starting prices for the more expensive stainless steel and gold models haven't yet been revealed. To use the watches, you'll need an iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, or 6 Plus, and the watch's NFC chip will enable Apple Pay support for the phones that don't support it natively.

A new update to iOS, version 8.2, will also be required to use the watch—it's currently in its fourth developer beta. Some of those betas have already outed some Apple Watch features, and like Android Wear it looks like the watch relies on your phone for the majority of its functionality.

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Fwd: User Interface Design Research

If you feel like pitching in on developing a development tool....
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From: Ashley Friedman <ashley.friedman@duke.edu>
Date: Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 1:13 PM
Subject: User Interface Design Research
To: bwatson@ncsu.edu <bwatson@ncsu.edu>

Hi Professor Watson,
I hope this email finds you well.

My name is Ashley Friedman, and I am currently a first year MBA student at Duke. I am participating in Duke’s Program for Entrepreneurs (P4E). My team is building a software prototyping/wireframing tool targeted towards user interface designers. Since there are a lot of tools on the market that can be used for design, we are currently gathering input about what people like and don’t like about what is available on the market.
We wanted to see if there was any way of reaching out to current Computer Science graduate students or faculty who may have professional experience designing user interfaces. We would like to send out a brief survey to gather information about their experiences with other tools or invite them to a focus group. Here is a link to the survey: http://ift.tt/1LfhkZv
Please let me know if you would be amenable to sending this to your students or how we could go about contacting students. Please also let me know if there are others within the department that we may want to reach out to for advice.
Thanks in advance!
Ashley Friedman
Rethinking the Boundaries
Ashley Friedman
Candidate for MBA, Class of 2016
Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
Tel +1.303.903.6071

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Find: This concept turns old phone parts into a supercomputer

This is a good idea. Here's hoping it actually happens. 


// The Verge - All Posts

One of the selling points for modular smartphones like Project Ara or the Puzzlephone is that they reduce waste. But little has been said about how discarded modules could be put to use. Finland's Circular Devices, the company developing the Puzzlephone, has now revealed its answer to that question: it's called the Puzzlecluster, and it's a scalable supercomputer.

Reuse and reduce

The concept is pretty simple: when a Puzzlephone owner inevitably decides to upgrade their modular phone's "brain" (read: processor unit), the old module can be repurposed to power a versatile computer. With many different outdated smartphone CPUs combined, the cluster should have enough processing power to make the Puzzlecluster a useful addition to...

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Reminder: bring in your old devices

We'll do some show and tell.

Panasonic's incredible cameraphone is coming to America, Leica lens and all [feedly]

Panasonic's incredible cameraphone is coming to America, Leica lens and all
// The Verge - All Posts

In September, Panasonic made waves at Photokina by using a camera show to announce a smartphone. But the Lumix CM1 isn’t just any smartphone: it has a 1-inch sensor, the kind you’d find in high-end point-and-shoot cameras, plus an f/2.8 Leica lens that you’d be lucky to find on a high-end point-and-shoot. Along with a 20-megapixel sensor, this phone is designed to basically reinvent the wheel when it comes to smartphone cameras.

It also has a 4.7-inch, 1080p display, a Snapdragon processor, Android 4.4, and 2GB of RAM. We liked it a lot at Photokina: it’s fast, full of useful camera software, and surprisingly manageable in size given what’s inside.

This is the kind of phone that never comes to America, the spec monster that...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Find: Watch Microsoft's HoloLens in action

Watch Microsoft's HoloLens in action
// The Verge - All Posts

Microsoft's event this afternoon may have focused on Windows 10, but the biggest news out of it was HoloLens — a headset that lets its wearer augment their world with apps, games, and other information. Since that's a difficult experience to convey on stage, Microsoft first presented its vision for what'll be possible with HoloLens in a pair of videos, both of which it's now published onto YouTube. You can watch the glasses' introduction above and an additional video speculating about their potential below. In case you haven't caught on, Microsoft has huge ambitions here: "This is the next generation of computing," one person says. "This is the next PC."

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