Apple services are growing, hardware slowing

Apple posted quarterly results, and received a standing ovation: the stock rose 7% at the opening this morning. What’s intriguing is that the numbers show lower sales of iPhone (down 15% compared to last year), Mac (down 10.5%), and iPad (down 8.3%). But Apple has pulled off some hand jive, and drawn attention to what may be the future of its growth engine: services. In the release, Luca Maestri — Apple’s CFO — wrote ‘our Services business grew 19 percent year-over-year and App Store revenue was the highest ever, as our installed base continued to grow and transacting customers hit an all-time record’. As I mentioned earlier this week (see What’s going on in Phoneland?), the market had already priced in the negatives coming in Apple’s quarterly results. As others — like Chris O’Brien — have pointed out, Apple has done a great job managing Continue reading "Apple services are growing, hardware slowing"

Facebook search tools take aim at Twitter’s relationship with news

Facebook is updating its search tool to make it easier for users to find things that interest them among the 2 trillion items archived by the company’s index. The update boasts personalized search suggestions, the ability to search through public posts in addition to those made by friends or family, and a new tool that allows people to view public conversations around news stories. That last item is by far the most interesting — and the one most likely to worry Twitter. Twitter often bills itself as a forum for public conversations. Unless someone makes their entire account private, every 140-characters-or-fewer missive is indexed and can be found by anyone using the service’s search function. This makes it relatively easy to find and participate in active conversations — especially when used in conjunction with hashtags, Twitter’s defining mark. Facebook has basically just recreated one of the most useful parts of Twitter. I doubt this will
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Facebook search tools take aim at Twitter’s relationship with news

Facebook is updating its search tool to make it easier for users to find things that interest them among the 2 trillion items archived by the company’s index. The update boasts personalized search suggestions, the ability to search through public posts in addition to those made by friends or family, and a new tool that allows people to view public conversations around news stories. That last item is by far the most interesting — and the one most likely to worry Twitter. Twitter often bills itself as a forum for public conversations. Unless someone makes their entire account private, every 140-characters-or-fewer missive is indexed and can be found by anyone using the service’s search function. This makes it relatively easy to find and participate in active conversations — especially when used in conjunction with hashtags, Twitter’s defining mark. Facebook has basically just recreated one of the most useful parts of Twitter. I doubt this will
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Apple eyes the office with new iPad Pro, its tablet workhorse

We may have known it was coming, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting.

Just after a quick update on Apple Watch during Apple’s live event, CEO Tim Cook announced what he called “the biggest iPad news in iPad since iPad.”

iPad Pro's screen measures 12.9 inches diagonally

iPad Pro’s screen measures 12.9 inches diagonally

iPad Pro. Apple’s Phil Schiller gave us a rundown of the new addition to the iPad line.

Predictably, it’s bigger. A lot bigger.

At 12.9 inches, the width of the iPad Pro’s display is the same as the height of the iPad Air 2’s display. In fact, that kind of screen real estate brings iPad Pro’s display awfully close to that of a 13-inch Macbook Pro (obviously).

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Side-by-side of iPad Air 2 and the new iPad Pro

So, what’s Apple doing with all of that room?

Well, for starters, they’re putting a new chip behind it.

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An illustration of the inside of the Apple Pencil.
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Would Apple really stick a USB port on an iPad?

Yesterday’s Bloomberg report on big iPad delays seems to have gotten a few people in Apple’s supply chain talking. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal and Digitimes both followed up with their own stories on the rumored “iPad Pro” with a 12.9-inch screen. However, some of the details in […] Would Apple really stick a USB port on an iPad? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.
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Sounds as if the big iPad isn’t launching any time soon

An unannounced Apple product has been delayed, according to Bloomberg, which is reporting that production of the long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad is scheduled to start in September. This news makes it even unlikelier that Apple will introduce its “iPad Pro” at its Apple Watch event in San Francisco […] Sounds as if the big iPad isn’t launching any time soon originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.
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Screen sharing could be a future Apple FaceTime feature

Apple’s FaceTime service is currently just a method of two-way personal communication, but it could become much more. A patent granted to Apple shows how FaceTime would work as a collaborative productivity tool, complete with data and app sharing. AppleInsider noted the new patent grant on […] Screen sharing could be a future Apple FaceTime feature originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.
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Screen sharing could be a future Apple FaceTime feature

Apple’s FaceTime service is currently just a method of two-way personal communication, but it could become much more. A patent granted to Apple shows how FaceTime would work as a collaborative productivity tool, complete with data and app sharing. AppleInsider noted the new patent grant on […] Screen sharing could be a future Apple FaceTime feature originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.
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Soon non-developers will be able to try beta versions of iOS

If you want to check out what Apple’s cooking up in the next update of iOS, you currently have to sign up for its $99 per year developer program or give your device UDID to a sketchy service in order to install public beta builds on your iPhone or […] Soon non-developers will be able to try beta versions of iOS originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.
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Microsoft adds digital ink and search in OneNote for iPad

Did someone declare this to be “let’s all make the iPad better with stylus support” week and not tell me? First we had Astropad, a $50 app that turns Apple’s slate into a graphics tablet, and now Microsoft is bringing of digital handwriting support to the iPad. announced the […] Microsoft adds digital ink and search in OneNote for iPad originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.
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Astropad turns your iPad into a graphics tablet for your Mac

For years there have been options to add a drawing pad and stylus to a computer, a way for graphic artists to create digital media and drawings. Turns out if you have an iPad, you have another option. Astropad is an app that lets you draw […] Astropad turns your iPad into a graphics tablet for your Mac originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.
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iMessage just got secure: Apple expands iCloud two-factor authentication

Since the embarrassing revelation that iCloud’s two-factor authentication didn’t actually cover many of Apple’s online services, partially responsible for a rash of leaked celebrity photos last year, Apple has been gradually adding the security setting to many of its other services. On Thursday, users with iCloud’s two-factor authentication enabled will need […] iMessage just got secure: Apple expands iCloud two-factor authentication originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.
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ESPN’s flagship iOS news app now works on both iPhone and iPad

ESPN pushed a big update to its flagship news app for iOS on Thursday. Now simply called ESPN — ditching the “Sportscenter” appellation — the app sports a new look, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio integration, and importantly for iPad-toting sports fans, it is a universal app that […] ESPN’s flagship iOS news app now works on both iPhone and iPad originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.
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Report: Apple won’t sell iOS accessories designed on leaks

It’s not uncommon for next-generation iPhone cases to appear before actual new iPhone models. That’s because accessory makers often jockey for position to be the first to have products ready for new iPhones. And Apple may have had enough of that mad dash. According to 9to5 Mac, Apple will […] Report: Apple won’t sell iOS accessories designed on leaks originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.
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Google advisory council: Right to delist should only apply in EU

To help it handle the EU ruling that forces it to delist certain results about people, Google assembled a team of expert advisors that travelled the continent, seeking out various opinions on how best to implement Europeans’ data protection rights. On Friday that advisory council published its report, providing recommendations for the way forward. The Google advisors’ report (embedded below) makes for a fascinating read, but the highlights are its assertion that the delisting should only apply in Europe, and its nuanced discussion of when publishers or webmasters should be notified of delisting. The ruling was about data that’s inadequate, irrelevant or excessive – it’s a fundamental right in Europe that people can have such data deleted, and the Court of Justice of the European Union decided last year that this data protection right can be applied to search engines.

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The advisors’ call for a limited
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Google advisory council: Right to delist should only apply in EU

To help it handle the EU ruling that forces it to delist certain results about people, Google assembled a team of expert advisors that travelled the continent, seeking out various opinions on how best to implement Europeans’ data protection rights. On Friday that advisory council published its report, providing recommendations for the way forward. The Google advisors’ report (embedded below) makes for a fascinating read, but the highlights are its assertion that the delisting should only apply in Europe, and its nuanced discussion of when publishers or webmasters should be notified of delisting. The ruling was about data that’s inadequate, irrelevant or excessive – it’s a fundamental right in Europe that people can have such data deleted, and the Court of Justice of the European Union decided last year that this data protection right can be applied to search engines.

The global question

The advisors’ call for a limited
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Twitter beats on earnings but misses on user growth

Twitter’s stock rose slightly today after the company announced its fourth quarter earnings. It beat by a significant amount, although it missed in terms of what analysts expected for user growth. Here are the numbers:

Revenue:

Analysts expected — $453.1 million

Twitter actual — $479.08 million

Earnings per share (Non-GAAP):

Analysts expected — $0.06

Twitter actual — $0.12

MAUs:

Analysts expected — 295 million

Twitter actual — 288 million

Twitter’s growth is slowing. It only grew 1.4 percent from the third quarter to the fourth quarter, which is its slowest user growth quarter-over-quarter in the history of it being a public company.

The mixed bag of earnings results come after a month straight of Twitter developments. The company executed on some of the new products it previewed during Analyst Day in November: Instant, algorithmically curated timelines for new users, group private messaging, and “while you were away” updates. It made small

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Twitter beats on earnings but misses on user growth

Twitter’s stock rose slightly today after the company announced its fourth quarter earnings. It beat by a significant amount, although it missed in terms of what analysts expected for user growth. Here are the numbers:

Revenue:

Analysts expected — $453.1 million

Twitter actual — $479.08 million

Earnings per share (Non-GAAP):

Analysts expected — $0.06

Twitter actual — $0.12

MAUs:

Analysts expected — 295 million

Twitter actual — 288 million

Twitter’s growth is slowing. It only grew 1.4 percent from the third quarter to the fourth quarter, which is its slowest user growth quarter-over-quarter in the history of it being a public company.

The mixed bag of earnings results come after a month straight of Twitter developments. The company executed on some of the new products it previewed during Analyst Day in November: Instant, algorithmically curated timelines for new users, group private messaging, and “while you were away” updates. It made small

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Goodlatte revives Innovation Act to curb patent trolling

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) has reintroduced a patent reform bill, known as the Innovation Act, that enjoyed bipartisan support last year, but was killed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt). The prospects for the bill, which would undercut the business model of so-called patent trolls, are bright since Republicans now control both House of Congress and President Obama has long opposed patent trolling. Once again, though, the real action is expected to take place in the Senate — where influential figures like Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Jon Cornyn (R-Tx) are likely to again offer their support. On the other side, trial lawyers and the patent trolls are expected to push to water it down, in part by warning that it will threaten “innovation.” (See “5 key questions for patent reform in 2015” to see how this might all play out.
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