October 25, 2012

Apple is set to discuss its Q4 2012 earnings on a conference call at 5PM EST. We’ll be following along below, where Tim Cook and co. are expected to talk numbers, iPhone 5 sales, overall company momentum, and more about the iPad Mini, among other topics. The call starts at 2 PM PST /5 PM EST. Apple will throw up the numbers at 4:30 after the market closes. Additionally, we will be covering all the announcements from the financial results call on 9to5Mac.com’s earnings hub. Apple also has an audio stream of the call available on its website. Update: the call has concluded, check out the archive below.

Archived below:

Amazon just released its earnings report ahead of Apple. It is reporting a net loss of $274 million last quarter, but it claimed the $199 Kindle Fire HD is “the No. 1 bestselling product across Amazon worldwide.” With the launch of Apple’s $329 iPad mini to be the Kindle Fire’s biggest competitor in the months to come, Amazon is comparing the two devices spec by spec in its press release today.

In the press release, Amazon claimed the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has 193 percent more pixels (2,304,000 pixels vs. 786,432 pixels). It also said the 7-inch model (a more accurate comparison) has 30 percent more pixels (1,024,000 vs. 786,432 pixels), while noting the 8.9-inch boasts 56 percent more pixels-per-inch than the iPad mini (254 vs. 163). The 7-inch has 33 percent more pixels per inch (216 vs. 163), Amazon further added.

Amazon also claimed it has better audio, with “with dual stereo speakers and Dolby Digital Plus.” If that isn’t enough, it noted the 8.9-inch model costs $30 less than iPad mini and the $199 7-inch model is $130 less.

Amazon’s full comparison is below:

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Just ahead of Apple’s Q4 2012 earnings call, Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is preparing an online radio service to rival Pandora in 2013. Bloomberg alleges that executives from Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group Corp, and Sony Corp’s music division recently met with Apple at the company’s Cupertino headquarters to discuss radio plans.

Talks are centered in part around how to share ad revenue and a deal could be reached by mid-November, with Apple starting a service within the first three months of 2013, said the people, who asked not to be named because discussions are still in progress.

According to Bloomberg: “With sales of music downloads slowing, Apple and record companies are seeking new ways for customers to discover and buy digital music.”

This is, of course, is not the first time we heard this, but the time frame finally seems to be in place.

Pandora’s stock price is reacting slightly to the news:

Now, how about iTunes 11 already!?!? expand full story


Parallels for Mac virtualization software has been getting major updates this year with the recent release of version 8, making it even easier to run Mac and Windows apps side by side. In version 7, it made it a lot easier to upgrade and buy copies of Windows directly from within the app, and we even had a Windows 8 developer preview up and running. Unfortunately, with today’s launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8, Parallel’s is warning Mac users that the app is not ready to update to the new OS.

In a support document on the company’s website, it issued a “critical and urgent Windows 8 service advisory” telling customers it should wait before upgrading from an existing installation of Windows to Windows 8: expand full story

Bad Piggies version 1.1.0: Rovio has updated its new Bad Piggies title with 15 new levels today, as well as a new free sandbox level. The update also includes its biggest sandbox level yet, called “Field of Dreams”, as an in-app purchase.

 The Bad piggies finally did it — they finally got the eggs! But can they hold on to them with the Angry Birds in hot pursuit? Even under the cover of darkness, they’ll need all of their best machines to stay ahead! 

-Fly through 15 tricky new levels with the birds on your tail!
-Take cover in a brand new moonlit theme!
-Unleash your creativity on a free new sandbox level!
-Introducing the Field of Dreams: Our biggest sandbox level yet, now available for purchase!

National Geographic Magazine version 2.1: With this update the free app is now available to National Geographic subscribers on the  iPhone:

• Now available for iPhone!

Kindle version 3.4: A nice update to the Kindle iOS app comes following Apple releasing new features for iBooks. The app now supports Japanese with vertical text & Manga, an option to read books in the publisher suggested font, and a new “Caecilia” font choice. Also included is X-Ray for Textbooks:

X-Ray for Textbooks gives you instant access to all the most important terms and concepts in a book, with glossary definitions, links to relevant textbook pages, and related content from Wikipedia and YouTube (available on many of the most popular print replica textbooks)

Cut the Rope version 2.0: Popular Chillingo title Cut the Rope is getting updated today with new levels, iPhone 5 and Game Center support, and more. The HD iPad version gets the same updateexpand full story


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