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Apple CEO Tim Cook Lauds Office On iPad, Chides Microsoft For Not Delivering It Earlier

TechCrunch - 5 hours 31 min ago
 Apple CEO Tim Cook took time to answer a question about Microsoft Office for iPad arriving this past month, and his answer was surprisingly long. “I do see that Office is a very key franchise,” he said, and also added that he “wholeheartedly welcome[s] Microsoft to the App Store.” Cook admitted that Apple’s “customers are clearly responding in a good way that… Read More
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Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing

Slashdot - 5 hours 38 min ago
sciencehabit writes "Many people with profound hearing loss have been helped by devices called cochlear implants, but their hearing is still far from perfect. They often have trouble distinguishing different musical pitches, for example, or hearing a conversation in a noisy room. Now, researchers have found a clever way of using cochlear implants to deliver new genes into the ear — a therapy that, in guinea pigs, dramatically improves hearing (abstract)."

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Facebook’s Standalone App Plan: Launch Betas, If They Work Grow To 100M Users, Then Monetize

TechCrunch - 5 hours 42 min ago
 Facebook plans to launch more standalone apps, and today on its Q1 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg laid out a blueprint for picking which ones to throw the company's weight behind. First, its Creative Labs initiative will build apps with specific purposes. If they resonate with users, Facebook will push to grow them to 100 million users. If that works, only then will it try to earn money off them. Read More
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New FCC rules would allow payments for speedier traffic

Computerworld News - 5 hours 55 min ago
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will propose new net neutrality rules Thursday that will allow broadband providers to charge companies like Netflix for preferential traffic management, according to a news report.
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The Witcher 3</em> and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Slashdot - 5 hours 59 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "This article goes into the making of upcoming fantasy title The Witcher 3. The studio, CD Projekt Red, reveals that, unusually, it'll be releasing the game as a DRM-free download. 'We believe that DRM does more harm to legit gamers than good for the gaming industry, that's why the game will also be completely DRM-free,' says the game's level designer, Miles Tost. The game will build on the strengths of The Witcher 2 while attempting to broaden its scope. 'We want to combine the strong pull of closed-world RPGs story-wise, with a world where you can go anywhere and do anything you want.'"

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Apple Acquired 24 Companies In The Last 18 Months

TechCrunch - 6 hours 1 min ago
 Apple’s pace of acquisition has seemed to be picking up lately, and Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed just how many the company has been making of late. Cupertino has nabbed 24 companies over the course of the past year and a half, which is a pace that observers recently noticed actually outpaces the recent acquisition habits of Google. Typically, Apple doesn’t make any official… Read More
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iTunes Now Has Nearly 800 Million Accounts, Most With Credit Cards Attached

TechCrunch - 6 hours 5 min ago
 In June of last year, Apple announced that over 575 million accounts had been created for iTunes 10 months later, they've grown that number by nearly fourty percent. On the Apple earnings call today, Tim Cook announced that they were just about to surpass their 800 millionth iTunes account. Read More
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IPhone sales drive strong Apple earnings in Q2

Computerworld News - 6 hours 11 min ago
Apple's iPad shipments declined, but iPhone sales were strong as the company reported a hike in profit and revenue during the second quarter of 2014.
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Apple’s New Retail Leader Angela Ahrendts Officially Steps Into Her Role Next Week

TechCrunch - 6 hours 11 min ago
 Apple’s new retail chief Angela Ahrendts is going to start officially at the company officially beginning next week, CEO Tim Cook revealed on the company’s earnings call today. Ahrendts comes from Burberry, and her move to Apple was announced in October of last year, but she hadn’t yet begun in her new role yet. A report from last year suggested that Ahrendts might be delaying… Read More
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Michigan FIRST Robot Championship Bout for 2014 (Video)

Slashdot - 6 hours 21 min ago
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, AKA FIRST, holds annual robot challenges, in which student teams build robots, then operate them to the cheers of an adoring crowd. Slashdot watched the Dexter Dreadbots build their 2014 contender. (The Dreadbots are Slashdot's home team.) And we've watched other FIRST competitions before, but this is the 2014 Michigan state championships. The next step after the state finals is an appearance at the National Championship Competition, which starts today, April 23, in St. Louis, although the first day is speeches and such, not actual competition. Keep an eye on to see who wins. And before that, you can watch the matches themselves, streamed live courtesy of NASA. (Alternate video link.)

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Some notable social media gaffes, missteps

A feel-good Twitter request by the New York Police Department asking for pictures of people posing with officers quickly turned ugly when hundreds instead posted shots of baton-wielding cops battling protesters and taking down suspects. Other recent examples of Twitter gaffes:...
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Privacy jitters derail controversial K-12 big data initiative

Computerworld News - 6 hours 24 min ago
Unrelenting privacy concerns finally derailed a controversial big data initiative that promised to deliver more individualized instruction to public school students in the U.S.
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Apple’s Stock Surges In After-Hours Trading Following Earnings Beat, Promise To Return More Cash To Investors

TechCrunch - 6 hours 25 min ago
 The market likes what Apple reported today, sending its share up more than 7% in after-hours trading. The company reported an earnings beat today, with $45.6 billion in revenue, $10.2 billion in net profit, or $11.62 in earnings per share. Analysts had expected Apple to report $10.18 in profit per share, and revenue of under $44 billion. Read More
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Apple’s Greater China Revenue Grew Sequentially In Q2 As iPhone Growth Impresses

TechCrunch - 6 hours 26 min ago
 Apple’s earnings are out, and the iPhone’s 17 percent growth was likely the most noteworthy number in its hardware results. That’s a big increase for a device that analysts expected to perform pretty much on par in terms of Q2 last year. One probable reason: growth in Greater China, where Apple saw 5 percent increase in revenue sequentially between Q1 and Q2, versus a pretty… Read More
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Facebook Q1 sales leap as mobile ad business grows

Computerworld News - 6 hours 29 min ago
Facebook reported a nice 72 percent boost in sales for the first quarter, as the company continues to make strides expanding its advertising business on mobile devices.
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Parchment Launches College Recommendation Engine So Applicants Can Hedge Their Bets

TechCrunch - 6 hours 43 min ago
 Hello, high school juniors. Stressed about graduation next year? Nervous about getting into college? Well Matthew Pittinsky, co-founder of the online education giant Blackboard and current chief executive at Parchment, has some advice for you: Treat your college applications like you would a stock portfolio and hedge your bets. And you can even use a new tool from Parchment to do so. Read More
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Apple Announces 7 For 1 Stock Split, Boosts Its Dividend 8%, Adds $30B To Its Buyback Program

TechCrunch - 6 hours 48 min ago
 As part of its earnings cycle today, Apple announced that it will increase its dividend 8 percent, add $30 billion to its share buyback program current to a total of $90 billion, and split its stock 7 for 1 in June. The company's dividend will also now rise yearly. Apple is incredibly cash-rich, and has been under pressure to utilize its vast financial resources to reward its investors.… Read More
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Fewer college students use tablets; may be a sign device doesn't boost productivity

Computerworld News - 6 hours 52 min ago
How much real work can one get done on a tablet? Or are tablets mostly designed for entertainment? The questions arise as a recent survey of college students showed a small decline in tablet ownership.
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Apple Sold 44M iPhones, 16M iPads And 4M Macs In Q2 2014

TechCrunch - 6 hours 52 min ago
 Apple shared its quarterly earnings results today, and for fiscal Q2 2014, the company moved 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads and 4.1 million Macs. That compares to 51 million iPhones sold during the first fiscal quarter, along with 26 million iPads and 4.8 million Macs, but that was a holiday quarter, so a dip is to be expected. Last year during the same quarter, Apple sold 37.4 million… Read More
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Apple Beats In Q2 2014 With $45.6B Revenue, $10.2B Profit And $11.62 EPS

TechCrunch - 6 hours 52 min ago
 Apple has just released its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings, reporting $45.6 billion in revenue, $10.2 billion in net profit representing $11.62 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 4.6 percent in revenue, and 15.2 percent in EPS. According to Fortune, the consensus among analysts was for Apple to report earnings of $10.22 per share on $43.45 billion in revenue, with… Read More
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