Apple shares hit high for 2013 on holiday hope

Apple products are not only hot selling items this holiday, they are also popular online buying tools

The first customer of the tablet iPad in an Apple Store in Amsterdam
The first customer of the tablet iPad in an Apple Store in Amsterdam
 Apple shares rose to the highest level this year as investors bet products like the latest iPads and iPhones will be hot sellers this holiday, helping the consumer technology giant kick-start earnings growth again.

The stock climbed 1.9% to $556.07 Friday. Earlier in the day, it touched $594.59, a 2013 high.

Apple unveiled two new iPhones earlier this year and more recently launched the new iPad Air and an upgraded iPad mini.

The iPad mini was among top sellers at Walmart on Thanksgiving, while Target said the iPad Air was a hot item at its stores. On eBay.com, one iPad was selling every second as of midnight on Thanksgiving.

"Apple products should be the holiday gift of choice this year," said Brian Marshall, an analyst at ISI Group. "The company has a great product cycle currently, the stock is cheap and we expect $600 within the next several months."

Apple gadgets are also popular shopping tools. Mobile devices running on the company's iOS operating system -- basically iPads and iPhones -- made up more than a quarter of all online traffic to major retail websites early on Black Friday. These devices also accounted for 18% of all online sales in the period, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.

Apple shares have lagged technology sector rivals and the broader stock market this year on concern about a lack of earnings growth and a slim pipeline of new products.

However, investors have recently become more confident that earnings growth will resume in 2014, according to Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG.

There's also hope that China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in that country, will soon start selling Apple products, he noted.

Japan's largest carrier, NTT Docomo, recently started offering iPhones and that helped Apple grab 76% of smartphone sales in the country in October, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

"We would attribute the recent jump [in Apple shares] to a combination of renewed China Mobile speculation and strong product positioning heading into the holidays, including much improved iPhone supply," said Will Power, an analyst at RW Baird.

Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, checked 60 Apple stores recently and found that 90% of iPhone 5s models were available on average. That was up from 31% two weeks earlier and 10% at the beginning of October.

"We view the improvement in supply as an encouraging sign that Apple has begun to catch up to demand," Munster wrote in a note to investors.

source:  usatoday.com

Early iPad Walmart Black Friday 2013 Deals Offer up to $150 Off

When it comes to the iPad Black Friday 2013 deals, Staples is taking an early lead with up to $80 off the current iPads and a special Black Friday deal that takes up to $150 off the last generation iPad 4.

Hands down, if you are looking at the Walmart Black Friday 2013 iPad mini deal or the Best Buy Black Friday 2013 iPad 2 doorbuster, stop and check these out for a good alternative that offers more choice and will let you enjoy Thanksgiving with your friends or family.

Unlike the Walmart Black Friday 2013 deals, these iPad deals at Staples include more than just the 16GB models and even include LTE models on AT&T and Verizon.

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Staples offers a collection of iPad Black Friday 2013 deals.


These iPad Black Friday deals are available online right now, allowing shoppers to avoid the long lines and crowds that can make even a guaranteed in stock iPad mini at the Walmart Black Friday shopping event a hassle that some will pass on.

When it comes to the iPad, we don’t see deep discounts on the new models through the year. While some retailers are discounting these more often, Black Friday iPad deals will offer some of the best savings of the year.

The early Staples Black Friday 2013 deals include the iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad 4. There is no discount on the new iPad mini with Retina Display that Apple just launched in late October. Still, thanks to the LTE options, higher capacity models and online purchasing options, these deals are better than the limited Walmart Black Friday 2013 doorbuster iPad deal.

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There are already a collection of iPad Black Friday 2013 deals at Staples that beat Walmart and Best Buy.

 Here’s a quick rundown of the discounts available as part of the early iPad Black Friday deals at Staples.
  • iPad mini – $80 off all models
  • iPad Air – $50 off all models
  • iPad 4 – $150 off all models
While the iPad Air is a tempting update, the iPad 4 offers the best iPad Black Friday deal we’ve seen so far, and there is no need to wait for Black Friday to buy it. With this deal shoppers can buy the 16GB iPad 4 for $349.

That’s $150 off the previous retail price and just $50 more than the best iPad 2 Black Friday deal we saw at Best Buy. For the extra $50 shoppers get a higher resolution display, newer processor and the promise of a longer overall life and support for updates.

These are not the only iPad Black Friday 2013 deals we will see this year, but with deep discounts online, ahead of any possible sell outs or other madness, these are the very good deals. If you are looking to spend between $300 to $400 on an iPad this holiday season, this looks to be the most hassle free way to get the most value for your cash.

The next best bet would be the iPad Air deals at Target that offer a $100 gift card with the purchase, dropping the price as low s $380. That’s a great deal, but only available in limited quantities, which means many shoppers will go home empty-handed.

source:  gottabemobile.com

Xbox One launch day hardware issues abound, but fortunately no sign of the red ring of death yet

Xbox 720 red ring

After the absurd and complicated roller coaster ride of the Xbox 180 pre-launch debacle, the Xbox One is finally finding its way into the living rooms of consumers. 

While many users are happily channel surfing and playing with their Xbox Ones, some users are hitting major issues. From faulty Blu-ray drives to unexplained buzzing to iPhone-like scuffs, the Xbox One launch is far from perfect. Hopefully, these failures don’t turn out to be an issue on par with the Xbox 360′s now-infamous red ring of death.

By far, the Xbox One’s most obnoxious day-one issue is the broken Blu-ray drives shipped to a number of consumers. When a disc is inserted, you’re not greeted with a nice loading screen or even a sad-faced error message. Instead, all you get is a shrill clicking noise announcing to the world that your shiny new console is broken. It’s almost as if the drive itself is mocking you, really.

 

Not to be outdone, this video shows an Xbox One making an eery buzzing noise without any explanation. Did something come loose inside the case? Is the fan scraping something? Nobody knows for sure quite yet, but I know I couldn’t stand to listen to this YouTube video for more than a few seconds before I had to shut it off.

 

Some forum denizens over at Neowin have reported that some Xbox One models are being received with noticeable scuff marks. Long streaks, missing hunks of plastic, and ugly dings leave the console looking like it lost a fight in a pub parking lot. Actually, this seems very familiar to Apple’s iPhone 5 “scuffgate,” so it’s not hard to believe that a high-profile device like this could ship in such a banged-up state.

Xbox one scuffgate

 Infuriatingly, some users have had problems connecting to the servers to pull-down the Xbox One’s day-one patch. While this hasn’t been directly attributed to a hardware issue, it’s quite frustrating nonetheless. This time last week, I couldn’t connect to PSN at all on my PS4, so my console was effectively useless for a few hours. Connectivity issues will vary wildly based on network setup and server load, but we can expect this problem to solve itself after launch-day traffic dies down.

 

Keep in mind, it’s still too early to tell how wide-spread these issues are. Some failures are absolutely unavoidable for a consumer electronics launch of this scale, but we have a valid reason to be wary. After the huge number of broken units last generation, Microsoft is being watched under a microscope. Worse, I’ve heard reports of Microsoft support phone queues extending past two hours today, so getting help will be a real chore if you do run into a problem. These issues aren’t reason enough to panic just yet, but holding out on your next-gen purchases for a few months wouldn’t be a terrible idea.

source: extremetech.com

Microsoft In Talks To Buy Shoutcast And Winamp From AOL

Winamp
Winamp
Looks like the llama may not get off so easily after all. AOL yesterday announced that it was shutting down Winamp, media playing software for Windows and Android devices that it picked up through its 1999, $80 million acquisition of Nullsoft in 1999. But today Techcrunch has learned that AOL is talks with Microsoft to sell Winamp, along with Shoutcast, a media streaming service also developed by Nullsoft. We have also learned that AOL has been planning to announce the closure of Shoutcast next week.

AOL has declined to comment for this story, and we are still waiting to hear back from Microsoft with a response. From what we understand, the deal is not yet finalized, with AOL and Microsoft still working out the price. It could also be very wishful thinking from those intent on trying to save both services.

AOL did not give any guidance yesterday on what would happen with Shoutcast.

If this is correct, it would represent an interesting, and strange, twist in the story.

On the AOL side, it’s fairly clear why AOL is closing down Winamp and Shoutcast, and it makes sense why it would want to sell both
.
As an owner, AOL has never given much of a strong direction to the products, at a time when other digital music companies have been building up audiences and evolving technologies (although, as we pointed out earlier this week when writing about Rdio layoffs, the digital music business is tough). It has already shuttered and sold off other music assets as part of a bigger strategic shift to focus resources as a web publisher (it owns TechCrunch, Engadget, Huffington Post and a number of other bloggy properties), and as a rich-media advertising network operator across those and third-party sites, with an increasing focus on ad-tech to improve how those ads are delivered and measured.

Yes, music properties could very much fit into that mix, but not without a lot of financial and strategic investment in them.

On the Microsoft side, the Windows giant has had its own setbacks in music (RIP Zune). But it has more recently thrown a lot of eggs into the Xbox Music basket, which works on the Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8,iOS and Android devices, offering free, ad-supported streaming, subscriptions, and downloaded music.

Where would Winamp or Shoutcast fit into that mix? While I’m still trying to figure out what Microsoft would do with Winamp, Shoutcast has a platform that acts as a portal to over 50,000 radio stations. This could be one area that Microsoft might want to add to the Xbox Music
 platform, and which it currently lacks, to complement its Pandora-style personal radio feature.

Source: techcrunch.com

Google, Microsoft modify web searches to exclude a lot of porno results


Google, Microsoft modify web searches to exclude a lot of porno results


Google and Microsoft have declared plans to censor search results that might direct users to porno, responding to pressure from British authorities.

Users exploitation a 100,000 search terms and phrases can not receive content associated with the regulatory offense of youngsters on the companies’ English-language search engines, Google and Microsoft same.

Google and Microsoft also will provide bootleg footage distinctive identifiers so those pictures may be mechanically deleted whenever they seem, the businesses same. YouTube engineers ar performing on an identical identification method for videos, per Google, that owns the video service.

In a column printed within the Daily Mail newspaper Sunday, Google government Chairman Eric solon same that some search terms associated with porno can still come results, however British users can see a warning at the highest of the search results page. The warning can note that the search came probably bootleg results and direct the user to charities dedicated to fighting porno.

The efforts come back when a serious push from British politicians to impose stricter limits on web porn. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-led government pushed for a quelling on web porn when the rape and deaths of 2 young women at the hands of men believed to be obsessed with porno.

This fall, Cameron had known as on search-engine operators like Google and Microsoft to create it tougher to search out porno on the web.


Schmidt directly tied the new policies to Cameron’s remarks. “We've listened, and among the last 3 months place over two hundred folks to figure developing new, progressive technology to tackle the cause,” he said.

Schmidt same the changes are going to be enforced in additional than a hundred and fifty languages, though he failed to say once that will happen.

Microsoft failed to discuss whether or not it'd expand its effort.

According to a report from the BBC, Cameron same that he welcomes the action by Google and Microsoft however that the businesses should move quickly, or he can bring legislation on the matter.

There is some doubt that removing this content from broader search engines can get to the center of the matter. per Brits kid Exploitation and on-line Protection Center, searches through business search engines account for a “very small” share of creative activity transactions.

As a part of the government’s push against web porn of any kind, British web service suppliers ar compelled to put in family-friendly filters automaically on web service, and British customers should additionally tell their suppliers whether or not or not they require access to any on-line porn. The push has junction rectifier to some dialogue over whether or not the measures ar leading the country into a area on the correct balance between on-line censorship and free speech. there's very little argument that bootleg content, significantly porno, ought to be blocked from the net. The question is however narrowly corporations ar ready to focus their efforts.

Jillian dynasty, director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, same that Microsoft encompasses a smart record for removing bootleg content from its computer program. however once those efforts ar extended to different languages, she said, the firm has finished up obstruction over it supposed. A censorship block on the word “breast” in its Arabic search, as an example, prevented anyone from obtaining data on carcinoma.

“It’s a matter of obtaining the implementation right so there’s no casualty,” she said.

A new iPhone 6 "Air" thought emerged online and included Moto G's new customizable feature

The new thought image is made by brightknight08. The iPhone 6 "Air" options an all-new style with a iPad Air-like body and has customizable colors. There are new buttons likewise, together with a backlit proximity device in situ of the house button and a silent button featured at the highest that conjointly functions because the iPhone's power button. Moreover, brightknight08 packs a four.6 in. Full HD screen show with 450 ppi within the iPhone 6 "Air".

A new iPhone 6 "Air"

The recently discharged Moto G conjointly boasts customizable feature that permits users to vary the colors of the French telephone. Moto G turned the heads of the many shoppers because the smartphone prices $179 for its 8GB variant.

According to the most recent rumours, the coming iPhone 6 options could embrace a star wireless charging feature. one in every of the foremost common complaints on iPhones is quick depleting battery capability. This feature aims to supply answer to the aforesaid drawback.

This feature is supported by a patent filed by Apple back in Gregorian calendar month. Apple secured a patent for the utilization of star panels in moveable devices. This integrated bit device and star assembly would involve integration social cells into barely screen by victimisation electrodes that may pull double duty as a photovoltaic cell and barely device.

Another rumoured feature that's creating the rounds is that the use of a very sturdy Sapphire glass for the smartphone's screen show. Apple already used the technology on the duvet of iPhone 5S and bit ID home button. Sapphire glass is roughly two.5 times stronger than the glass presently utilized in smartphones, several of that use pongid Glass from Corning.

Rumours claimed iPhone six can escort larger screen show with a variety of four.8 to six inches. several analysts foretold that Apple can finally pack a much bigger screen on the iPhone six. Also, consecutive Apple flagship smartphone could keep the iPhone 5S' 64-bit A7 processor, M7 graphics chip and also the fingerprint device. consecutive generation of iPhone may additionally embrace options close to Field Communication and bigger internal storage that were skipped within the current French telephone.

iPhone six unharness date continues to be unconfirmed . there have been speculations that the disclosing can happen january 2014. However, reports claimed that Apple is adding additional suppliers to extend the supply of iPhone 5S because of its sturdy demand.

What would I say?: The App that generates Facebook statuses so you don’t have to

App that generates Facebook statuses


New game takes inspiration from your old statuses – and was invented ‘just for fun’ at a US hacking summit

Ever wanted you may instantly appear on Facebook as your
usual funny, sacred and urbane self while not the trouble of truly
coming up with the words?

A team within the North American nation has fancied a replacement app that, thankfully, takes all the total of posting a standing on the social media website.

It works by accessing each previous post a user has ever done, mix all of them up then regurgitating bits of them in associate degree order that (roughly) is sensible.

And it's the dubious another bonus of sounding a bit like you – or a minimum of however you encounter to alternative Facebook users.

“What would I say?” is that the product of a team of techies United Nations agency got along for the Hack Princeton 2013 “hackathon” even over the weekend, an area wherever element and package developers meet to figure on real-life, sensible comes.

“Technically speaking,” the specialists aforementioned of their app, “it trains a Markov larva supported mixture model of written word and unigram possibilities derived from your past post history.”

They conjointly confident users: “Don't worry, we do not store any of your personal info anyplace. In fact, we do not even have a database! All computations square measure done shopper facet, thus solely your browser ever sees your post history.”

Speaking to the New Yorker, the app’s creators – all graduate students at Princeton – said: “We drank lots of occasional and Red Bull and thought of fun things we tend to might program that we tend to might truly complete in an exceedingly day and a 0.5.”

The team behind “What would I say?” didn’t eff to form cash – “This was only for fun,” Ugne Klibaite explained – however once links to the positioning started flooding Twitter feeds they set to place up one in every of their own.

Access Most Google Drive Commands With One Keyboard shortcut

Google Drive may be a pretty strong word processing system by itself, however it may be a little frustrating making an attempt to seek out wherever all of the functions you would like are. However, you'll be able to notice everything with one shortcut: hit Alt-/ and search.

Google Drive Commands


The Alt-/ shortcut will pull up a groundwork box that you just will use to seek out any command hidden in any of Google Drive's menus. If that command has its own, quicker road, you'll be able to see it listed there moreover. Users of apps like Launchy would possibly notice the motions acquainted, however it ought to be helpful to anyone who's ever questioned wherever the euphemism the page margin settings are.