November 5, 2014

The latest evidence of the continued trend away from music downloads toward streaming services was provided by Kobalt, a company that collects music royalties on behalf of thousands of artists, reports TechCrunch. Income from Spotify overtook that from iTunes for the first time in Q1 of this year, putting Spotify 13% ahead of iTunes.

While Kobalt operates only in Europe, there is no reason to believe that the trend would be different in the U.S. …  expand full story

October 28, 2014

Following an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook last night at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJD Live conference, today videos of the event have made their way online. Cook talked about a number of subjects during the interview including the upcoming Apple Watch, stats related to the Apple Pay launch, why the iPod Classic was recently discontinued, and talks regarding a possible partnership with Alibaba.

A video of the full interview isn’t yet available, but WSJ has posted the clips above and below showing Cook’s take many of the topics noted above.

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Apple’s annual report, filed today, confirmed the obvious: music sales through its iTunes Store have declined. The company did not give a figure, noting only that the drop was more than compensated for by growth in app sales, but a recent WSJ report put the decline as high as 14%.

Growth in net sales from the iTunes Store was driven by increases in revenue from app sales reflecting continued growth in the installed base of iOS devices and the expanded offerings of iOS Apps and related in-App purchases. This was partially offset by a decline in sales of digital music.

The fall in music downloads was of course the primary motivation behind the company’s largest acquisition, the purchase of Beats, as it moves towards a full music streaming service of its own. Apple is expected to rebrand Beats Music as an Apple product, with a rumored launch in February of next year …  expand full story

October 27, 2014

With Apple Watch official and expected early next year, it’s likely too little, too late for Fitbit, but the company is finally moving beyond simple fitness bands to a fully-featured smartwatch in the form of the $250 Fitbit Surge.

The Surge is the company’s first device to display text messages on-screen, as well as the ability to control music on your iPhone. The move may explain rumored Apple plans to remove Fitbit from its stores (something which hasn’t yet happened), though these may also reflect the lack of Health app integration …  expand full story

October 16, 2014

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If you have an iPad you may be considering selling it if you want to upgrade to the new iPads which we now know will be announced on October 16th. You may be wondering when you should start looking into selling your old iPad to help offset the cost of buying the latest and greatest from Apple. Device values drop over time but you have options to help you make the best decision when selling your iPad. The list that follows will help you find the best place to sell your iPad (iPad Air prices are shown).

Sell Your iPad with eBay or Craigslist

eBay:

Payout Amount: $345 – $540 (asking prices)

Payment Options: PayPal, Check, Money Order, and others

Fastest Payment Option: PayPal or other Electronic Payment Options (Once Buyer Pays)

Price Lock: Not Offered

Reasons to Use: eBay will net you more money than most other options but requires the most work. You must have an eBay account and hope to have feedback to help entice buyers to purchase from you. In addition to that, you must arrange and pay for shipping with the money you receive from the sale. If using PayPal you will need an account with them as well. eBay charges a listing fee as well as a final value fee which equal to about 10% of the sale price. If you are being paid through PayPal, there will be fees taken out from that as well. You also may need to wait 21 days to receive your funds from your PayPal account if you are a newer seller.

Craigslist:

Payout Amount: $409 – $675 (asking prices)

Payment Options: Cash, Check, Money Order

Fastest Payment Option: Cash, Check, Money Order (Once Buyer Pays)

Price Lock: Not Offered

Reasons to Use: Craigslist will give you the best opportunity to make the most cash and get it in your hand quicker than eBay, all with no fees. Be advised that you must list the item and describe it, as well as arrange a meeting with the buyer to sell it. You will have to deal with many emails from people asking different questions and at times will ask you to adjust your price. When it comes time to actually meet the buyer, be sure to meet in a safe place like a coffee shop or bank to lower your chances of being scammed.

Trade-In Your iPad/ Buyback Options

UpgradeSwap:

Payout Amount: $230 – $380

Payment Options: PayPal, Check

Fastest Payment Option: PayPal (Same Day)

Price Lock: January 1, 2015

Reasons to use: UpgradeSwap pays out high prices and offers features that no other company has. One option is their 2015 Price-Lock Guarantee for payment by check. This is the industry’s longest price-lock and can help make those upgrading feel at ease when the time comes to send in their device. Another unique feature is their same-day payment option. They will pay you the same day you list your device if all requirements are met. The same-day payment option doesn’t have a price-lock guarantee so you won’t be able to take advantage of that. A free shipping box and return label are included with every order placed. Lastly, UpgradeSwap is throwing in a $25 Amazon Gift Card with each iPad sold using the check option.

Gazelle:

Payout Amount: $230 – $335

Payment Options: PayPal, Check, Amazon Gift Card

Fastest Payment Option: PayPal / Amazon Gift Card (Approximately 7 Days)

Price Lock: December 31, 2014

Reasons to use: Gazelle is probably the most popular buyback company. Gazelle makes it simple to sell your device and will give you a quote quickly just like the other buyback sites. Gazelle is offering an December 31st Price-Lock Guarantee. You can choose multiple payment options but if you choose PayPal, remember fees will be involved. A free shipping box and return label is included. Gazelle is also offering a $20 credit for all iPads sold.

uSell:

Payout Amount: $232 – $340

Payment Options: PayPal, Check

Fastest Payment Option: PayPal (Approximately 7 Days)

Price Lock: Varies by Seller

Reasons to use: uSell has also been in business for some time. uSell takes an approach which involves comparing different buyback companies to give you a list to choose from when wanting to sell your device. You can choose to get paid by PayPal or check. PayPal fees will be involved if you choose that payment method. A free shipping box and return label is included.

Nextworth:

Payout Amount: $230 – $385

Payment Options: PayPal, Check, or Target Gift Card

Fastest Payment Option: Target Gift Card (Same Day In Store)

Price Lock: 30 Days

Reasons to use: Nextworth has been a big player in the recommerce space for many years and offers a quick way to sell your device. Quotes are valid for 30 days and free shipping and insurance is always included. Target has partnered with Nextworth so you can go into a store and trade-in your device on the spot for a Target gift card. Nextworth is offering a $10 credit for all iPads sold (promo code OCTIPAD10).

No matter what method you use to sell your old iPad, there’s plenty of ways for you to sell it to offset the cost of buying the new iPad. Some options will give you a bigger return but will involve more work on your part while others make it fast and easy if that’s what you prefer. As always there are choices, that’s what makes it nice.

September 6, 2014

We first told you about the Nova wireless flash for iPhone last fall when it was merely an idea on Kickstarter having just collected enough funding to ship. The campaign successfully raised over $85,000 and the wireless flash for iPhone is now available for purchase with an iOS app available on the App Store. I recently had the chance to test out the Nova wireless flash for iPhone, and below I’ll share a few insights from my experience.

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August 20, 2014

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With Feelings app takes the shot of the landscape, and you can capture your expression, using the front face camera. 

The two photos are mixed automatically: the real subject of the picture appears in the background, and a smaller image of your emotions will appear in the corner. 

° * ° * Create funny collages with your best selfie and send them to your friends! ° * ° * 

Edit your pictures with amazing filters. Adjust Brightness, Saturation, and much more or set up a special filter to give your pic a unique twist. 

Save and share your photos with your friends! And do not forget to use the #feelings hashtag :) 

With this app you no longer need to add emoji on your photo; now, EMOJIFY YOURSELF! 

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August 19, 2014

Parallels Desktop has been with the Mac almost as long as it has run on Intel hardware.

Today, the company announced the 10th major release of its industry-leading virtualization software for Macintosh and mobile. It has more of what makes Parallels so special: Performance, integration and features.

Parallels has an important place in Apple history because it allowed many people who needed a few Windows applications over the last decade to buy and enjoy the Mac OS. In effect, it helped deal with Microsoft’s monopoly on software in the desktop era.

For many people that continues today. Microsoft still makes its Office suite a little bit handicapped on the Mac. Gamers know that to get a wider variety of games you need to run Windows. Developers need different environments, browsers and OSes to test their software on. And, probably most painful, many companies still require Windows to run proprietary apps or connect to antiquated network servers.

Speaking of Windows, Microsoft has made it harder for Parallels to integrate the Windows installation so you’ll have to do it yourself from with a Optical media or a USB port.  In v9 of Parallels, you could buy the image from Microsoft and then install from an image in a matter of minutes.

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The new Parallels 10 offers the following performance improvements:

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July 25, 2014

Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty says that an analysis of Apple’s recent SEC filing strongly suggests that the company has not only made a big bet on the success of the iPhone 6, with large advance orders, but also that it is likely to launch the long-awaited iWatch this quarter.

The graph, obtained by Business Insider, shows the historical correlation between off-balance sheet commitments – the technical financial term for money invested in things like tooling, component purchases and manufacturing contracts – and quarterly revenue. Essentially, if you know how much Apple is investing in new products in one quarter, you can pretty accurately predict its revenue in the following quarter …  expand full story

July 22, 2014

In May, we broke the news that Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant spent the day in Cupertino, California with Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive. Today, in an interview with Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman, Bryant confirmed the meeting with Ive and shared some details behind the discussions. Kobe said that he has been calling up leaders across industries to learn more about their processes. He says he asked Ive what goes into the product creation process as Bryant moves to develop his own products as his basketball career winds down.

Bryant says that Ive also asked him how he prepares for basketball games, and Bryant compares his own work to the process of developing gadgets. Just like Ive has an end goal for a product and works to piece all the components together to reach that goal, Bryant says he has a goal for each basketball game that he takes many steps to work toward. We previously reported that Apple is partnering with Bryant and other athletes to test the company’s upcoming fitness and health wearable, but Bryant did not address those reports in this interview.

You can watch the interview with Bryant regarding Apple below:

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May 28, 2014

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Rossenblatt Securities analyst Brian Blair is citing supply chain sources in Taiwan in stating that the iWatch has a round display, and is similar in design to the Moto 360 smartwatch shown above in a Motorola teaser image, but with a slimmer profile, reports Business Insider.

According to his supply chain sources, the iWatch will have a round face. Many people were expecting it to have a rectangular face, but Blair’s sources tell him it’s going to be round, like a normal watch

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May 16, 2014

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From 9to5Toys.com:

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lm-tile-refurbipad_LANG_ENThe Apple Store just got filled with refurbished iPad Airs in a few varieties starting at $419 for 16GB and $509 for 32GB in both Space Grey or White. That’s $80/$90 off the new price and the lowest price we’ve seen for iPad Airs with Apple’s 1 year AppleCare warranty (we saw them new for $430 last week). Apple certified refurbished products look and act like new, come with all manuals and accessories, a new outer shell batter and come in a new white box.

Walmart still has refurbished iPad Airs for $399 but with a more dubious 90-day non-Apple warranty. Meanwhile, if you are after new iPad Airs, Staples currently has them for $50 off across the board.  expand full story

March 10, 2014

There are a lot of very silly iPhone 6 concept images and videos around, from convex curves that maximize reflections and vulnerability to damage, to completely transparent phones (invisible batteries and circuit boards are the new black, apparently). This concept by Sam Beckett isn’t terribly exciting, but it is likely reasonably close to what we might expect Apple to do …  expand full story

January 28, 2014

When Touch ID was first rumored, there had been much speculation about whether the iPhone 5s would act as an electronic wallet, with payments to retailers authorized by fingerprint. While that hasn’t yet happened, it does now seem clear that it’s on the way.

Asked about mobile payments during yesterday’s earnings call, CEO Tim Cook gave what is, in Apple terms, a surprisingly direct response.

The mobile payments area in general is one we’ve been intrigued with. It was one of the thoughts behind Touch ID […] it’s a big opportunity …  expand full story

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November 20, 2013

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Apple executives have reached out to employees today in a company wide email urging them to review Apple’s Business Conduct Policy, a document describing how employees should conduct themselves in and outside the company while representing Apple. An email from Apple’s SVP and General Counsel Bruce Sewell (below) was accompanied by a new version of the policy available to employees in iBooks format and a video from CEO Tim Cook discussing the policy.

It’s unclear if there was a situation at Apple that could have prompted the email and video from Apple executives to employees. Apple notes that the policy “explains in very clear terms how you are expected to conduct yourself with our customers, business partners, government agencies, and fellow employees.” The document also covers legal principles  “like antitrust and anti-corruption laws” that all employees are expected to follow.

In the video, Tim Cook quotes Martin Luther King Jr saying “The time is always right to do what is right” and urges employees to speak up about other employees not following the code of conduct. Cook’s full quote from the video below:

As Dr. Martin Luther King once said, the time is always right to do what’s right. At Apple, we do the right thing. Even when it’s not easy. If you see something that doesn’t meet our standards, speak up. Whether it’s a quality issue or a business practice, if it affects Apple’s integrity, we need to know about it. expand full story

October 31, 2013

Asymco’s Horace Dediu has put together a couple of charts showing that while the number of visitors to Apple’s retail stores continues to climb, the rate of growth is flattening off.

The underlying reason appears to be a slow-down in the rate at which Apple is opening new stores, as the average number of visitors per store has remained stable for the past three years …  expand full story

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