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May

Carl Icahn Still Believes in Apple HDTV as AAPL’s Market Share Surpasses $750 Billion [iOS Blog]


Activist investor and billionaire Carl Icahn, during an interview with CNBC today, expressed confusion over The Wall Street Journal‘s recent report claiming that Apple scrapped its plans for a full television set more than a year ago. Icahn and his investment firm Icahn Enterprises remain confident that Apple will enter the television and automotive spaces, even as analyst Gene Munster admits he was wrong.

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Icahn issued an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday in which he applauded the company for recently increasing its share repurchase authorization by $50 billion, and encouraged further acceleration of the stock buyback program. Icahn also valued Apple shares at $240 each and said the company will sell 55” and 65” ultra HDTVs in 2016 and introduce an Apple-branded car by 2020.

“After many years of rumors as part of Apple’s push into television and as we referenced previously, we expect in FY 2016 Apple will sell 55” and 65” ultra high definition television sets,” said Icahn in his open letter. “We forecast revenues of $15 billion in FY 2016 and $37.5 billion in FY 2017 on 10 million and 25 million units respectively with average selling prices of $1,500.”

The open letter also predicts that the iPhone will experience modest 2.3% revenue growth in the 2016 fiscal year, the iPad will rebound with a strong performance and revenue growth of 27.7% in FY 2016 and the Mac will continue to make gains over the next year. Icahn Enterprises predicts 10 million Apple Watch sales in the second half of 2015 and international expansion of Apple Pay.

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Apple shares are currently trading at just over $130 as of publication time, giving the company a market capitalization of over $753 billion. In the past twenty-four hours, Apple surpassed the $750 billion market cap milestone for the first time as AAPL shares have risen following the open letter. Icahn himself has earned about $3.4 billion since announcing his position in the company in August 2013.




19
May

Now, tweets to feature in search results in Google app


If you Google Kim Kardasian on your mobile browser the next time, don’t be surprised to see tweets in your search results. Google has announced today that a new update will let you find real-time content from Twitter right in the search results.

“Whether you’re interested in the latest from Taylor Swift, news about the #MadMenFinale, or updates on the NBA playoffs, you’ll have access to it directly from Google. Let’s use NASA as an example—just ask the Google app about NASA Twitter and in the search results, you’ll see Tweets from @NASA,” Google said in a statement on its official blog.

You can either ask the Google Search app or the browser to get relevant tweets along with news. It will help users get information about people, organizations and events as they unfold.

It’s a great way to get real-time info when something is happening. And it’s another way for organizations and people on Twitter to reach a global audience at the most relevant moments.

If you want to receive tweets in your search results, go to Play Store and update your Google Search app. Once the update is installed, you should be able to fins tweets in your search results.

Source: Google Blog

The post Now, tweets to feature in search results in Google app appeared first on AndroidGuys.

19
May

Samsung ships 10 million Galaxy S6 units within a month of launch


Samsung’s latest flagship models, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, are selling like hotcakes as the Korean conglomerate confirmed having shipped more than 10 million units worldwide within a month of its release.

“The sales of the Galaxy S6 series have already surpassed 10 million,” a top-notch Samsung official was quoted by the Korean Herald as saying.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have been receiving rave reviews for their top-notch hardware specifications and greatly improved Touchwiz UI. Both models share 5.1-inch Quad HD display, Exynos 7420/ Snapdragon 810 CPU, 16-megapixel rear snapper and 5-megapixel selfie camera and 3GB RAM.

These devices are available in 32/64/128 GB storage variants. While the S6 series only packs a 2,600 mAh battery, it comes with built-in wireless-charging option – making it quite a lucrative deal. Another USP of the Galaxy S6 Edge is its unique curved screen design that is attracting a lot of attention.

Considering the current sales trend, many industry watchers have forecasted that Samsung will easily be able to ship of 50 to 70 million units.

Source: Korean Herald

The post Samsung ships 10 million Galaxy S6 units within a month of launch appeared first on AndroidGuys.

19
May

[Deal] Motorola bundling Moto G with Moto 360 for $299 until 4:00PM ET


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Today, Motorola has a phone and smartwatch bundle that will save customers nearly $150. The Moto G (2014) and Moto 360 can be purchased together for $299 directly through Motorola. Simply add both items to your cart and the total will change to reflect the savings.

Better act fast, though, as the deal ends at 4:00PM ET.

Source: Motorola

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19
May

Samsung launches Flow, a direct competitor to Apple’s Continuity


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Another service from Samsung has launched as a direct competitor to an offering from Apple. Flow, which is a response to Apple’s Continuity, transfers activities between devices in real-time. Users can also use one device with the other. For example, hitting an address link on a tablet will bring the option to view a map on a phone. Information stays on one screen while the other device manages another task. Activities can be transferred or paused immediately with Flow.

The app, which is labeled as a beta, works with the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy Tab S.

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19
May

Droid Turbo will soon be available in three new limited edition metallic colors


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Although Motorola’s Droid Turbo was announced over 6 months ago, it’s still a perfectly capable piece of hardware. If you’d like to get your hands on one sometime soon, you’re in luck. Starting Thursday, May 28th, the Droid Turbo will be available from Verizon in Gray Ballistic Nylon with three new color options – Metallic Blue Accents, Metallic Orange Accents and Metallic Violet Accents. The new color variants will be available both online and in-store through Verizon Edge for $20.83 per month for 24 months, or for $499.99 if you’d like to go the off-contract route. The phone will also be available for $99 when you sign a two-year contract.

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If you need a refresher, the Turbo has a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560, a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, a big 3900mAh battery, 3GB of RAM and a 21MP rear camera. The device still runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but Verizon says the update to Android 5.1 Lollipop will be here “soon”. The phone also features Advanced Calling 1.0, which means call quality to other Verizon customers will be crystal clear.

Anybody out there interested in these new color options?



19
May

The first Apple Watch update arrives with faster app performance


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The Apple Watch arrived on the scene with at least a few rough edges, but the crew at 1 Infinite Loop is trying to smooth at least some of them today. The company has released a 1.0.1 update for the Watch that improves performance across the board, and should be a particular help with third-party apps hosted on your iPhone — many of which seemingly took forever to load in the original release. The difference isn’t dramatic in our experience, but it is there. Your wristwear should also do better jobs with Siri voice recognition and calculating fitness data (such as calories and distance), and the interface supports seven extra languages ranging from Brazilian Portugese to Turkish. This doesn’t include any of the big interface-level features hinted at in recent rumors, but it’s good to see Apple’s first wearable get some much-needed polish.

Filed under: Wearables, Mobile, Apple

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19
May

Instagram’s Layout collage app comes to Android


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You no longer have to use an iPhone to get creative with Layout, Instagram’s collage app — it’s now available for Android. As before, the software lets you cram up to nine photos into a single image, with options to shuffle and flip pictures if you’re aiming for a particular effect. It’ll automatically detect faces to help you find your friends, and you don’t need an Instagram account to sign up or share pictures. You will get an extra perk if you do use Facebook’s square photo app, though. Android-based Instagram users (iOS is coming soon) are getting Structure, an editing tool that emphasizes details and textures in your shots. However artistic you are, you’ll definitely want to swing by Google Play.

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Source: Google Play

19
May

JXE Streams: Slaying monsters with a vengeance in ‘The Witcher 3’


You’ve likely seen the infamous “sex on a stuffed unicorn” scene by now, but what’s the rest of The Witcher 3: WIld Hunt really about? That’s what I’m hoping to show you today on this latest edition of JXE Streams. The Witcher is kind of an anomaly, really: a long-running PC role-playing series (based upon Polish fantasy novels) with a dedicated fanbase, but when the console port The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings arrived on Xbox 360 back in 2012, not many people paid attention to it. Fast forward three years and its sequel is one of the most highly anticipated games of the month. We’re going to dive into some caves, fight some monsters and hopefully avoid any not-safe-for-work shenanigans so you don’t get into any trouble if the boss walks by your desk.

Join us here in this post, at Engadget.com/gaming or over on Twitch.tv/Joystiq for a solid 90 minutes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt starting at 3:30PM ET. How long will Geralt of RIvia’s beard grow by the end? We’ll find out together.

If you enjoy our streams, please follow us on Twitch.tv/Joystiq and bookmark Engadget.com/gaming.

[We’re playing The Witcher 3: WIld Hunt on Xbox One, streamed through an Elgato Capture HD via OBS at 720p.]

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19
May

Apple Watch Will Be Available in Apple Retail Stores Starting in June


During a recent visit to China, Tim Cook met with employees at Apple’s China headquarters and confirmed that the company is aiming to have the Apple Watch in Apple retail stores by June in multiple countries around the world, including China. In the meeting, details of which were shared by 9to5Mac, Cook reportedly told employees that the Apple Watch launch “could not be going better,” and joked that he wished the company had more operational staff for a smoother launch.

Apple’s plan to start selling the watch in stores by the end of the month of May was first hinted at by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who said in an employee memo in April that the Apple Watch would be available exclusively online through May.

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The Apple Watch’s launch was highly unusual for Apple, as it saw the company foregoing its traditional lines in favor of accepting orders entirely online. According to Ahrendts, orders were handled in that way to ensure customers had the best possible ordering experience without long in-store lines and wait times. Supply constraints were also a factor, with rumors suggesting Apple lost time due to faulty taptic engines produced by a supplier in China.

Ahrendts has promised that the Apple Watch ordering process is not representative of how all of the company’s product launches will be handled in the future. “We love our launches we do in stores,” she told employees. “Have absolutely no fear, this is a unique situation.”

Though the Apple Watch will continue to be available through Apple solely online until June, Apple has allowed some high-end fashion boutiques around the world to sell the Apple Watch to customers. In the United States, Maxfield in Los Angeles, California is the only retail location that has had the Apple Watch in stock, and customers continue to line up on a daily basis to attempt to get a device without needing to wait online.

Apple has been working hard to overcome supply issues and many Apple Watch orders have been shipping out ahead of their estimated delivery dates. Even the Apple Watches in shortest supply — the Link Bracelet, the Modern Buckle, and the Leather Loop — have begun shipping to consumers. It’s unlikely Apple will be entirely caught up on shipments by the time June rolls around, but for models that are more common, like the Sport, shipping estimates have been slowly improving, suggesting there will enough inventory to begin sales in stores in June.




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