Today after the bell, Apple reported its fiscal fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $42.1 billion, and earnings per share of $1.42. Analysts had expected Apple to report profit of $1.31 per share, on revenue for the period of $39.85 billion. During the fiscal quarter, Apple had net profit of $8.5 billion, up 13.3% from $7.5 Billion in the same quarter last year. Compared… Read More
After recently managing to stuff two feet into his mouth at the same time, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stopped by CNBC for a wide-ranging interview covering not only his recent comments on women in the workplace, but also his company’s bets on the cloud, and how Microsoft has long had an implicitly freemium business model. Read More
Use email? Own an Android device? Not a fan of Gmail? There’s good news coming your way.
Google is preparing a major update for Gmail for Android that will, among many things, finally handle email accounts from other service providers, such as Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo and AOL [mandatory disclaimer: AOL is, of course, the owner of TechCrunch]. That’s according to the sleuths at… Read More
If Gamergate teaches us anything — beyond, of course, vastly obvious observations about the toxicity of certain Internet demographics (which is hardly new news) — it’s that algorithms and formulaic behaviour can and are being gamed. Read More
Update: Microsoft pulled it off, and at the time of writing (2:45 pm London, 9:45 am New York), Microsoft is worth more than Google. We’ll check back in at the end of the day: – Google and Microsoft are currently locked in a dogfight to be the second-most valuable technology company in the world. Following Google’s less-than-awesome earnings report, combined with a… Read More
Samsung’s Chromebook 2 released in May had all the ingredients of a winner: a sleek design and a good keyboard and trackpad. If only it wasn’t saddled with a slow processor designed for smartphones and tablets
Oops? Let’s just pretend that model didn’t happen, okay?
That’s exactly what Samsung wants you to think. The refreshed Chromebook 2 is more or less the same Chrome OS-powered laptop, but with a processor that’s actually powerful enough to do several things at once. It’s also $70 cheaper at $250.
Packing Intel heat
Samsung’s Chromebook 2 might look and feel virtually identical to its predecessor — it’s still a plastic wedge with its fake leather lid and stitching, and it still weighs 2.65 pounds — but fear not, it’s a different beast thanks to its new brain. The slow Samsung-built Exynos octa-core processor designed for smartphones and tablets is no more Read more…
retroworks writes WSJ blog reports on Austin, the third city to get fiber-optic high speed internet networks laid down by Google (Kansas City and Provo, UT were the first and second). The service averages 1 gigabit per second, about 100X the average US household speed, and costs $70-120 per month (depending on television). Google promotes the roll-outs by holding “rallies” in small neighborhoods. The sign-up process starts in December, focusing on south and southeastern parts of Austin, a Google spokeswoman said Wednesday. It was announced that fiber was coming to Austin back in April.
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Googles stock tumbled in after hours trading after the company missed Wall Street estimates for revenue and earnings in the third quarter
The search giant reported earnings of $6.35 per share on revenue of $16.52 billion for the September quarter, coming in slightly below the consensus estimate among analysts for earnings of $6.53 per share on revenue of $16.57 billion.
Both classes of Google stock — the company split its stock in April — dipped by as much as 5% in after hours trading Thursday following the news.
The average cost-per-click, a closely watched metric for the company, declined by about 2% year-over-year as the company continues to struggle with ad prices amid the shift to mobile. The number of paid clicks increased by about 17%, a slower rate of growth than some analysts had expected and decelerating from a year earlier Read more…
Google’s Eric Schmidt has held the line against extending European search de-listing requests to Google’s .com domain. As it stands successful requests made by private individuals under the ruling for information to be de-indexed by Google in a search associated with their name are only implemented by Google on European sub domains, such as Google.co.uk or Google.de, not on Google.com. Read More
An anonymous reader writes In addition to Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google today also announced the first devices running the new version of its mobile operating system: the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. The former is a phablet built by Motorola, and the latter is a tablet built by HTC. The Nexus 6 is going up for pre-order on October 29, starting at $649. The Nexus 9 meanwhile is going up for pre-order this Friday (October 17), and you’ll also be able to get it in stores on November 3.
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