MobileIron Posts Lower-Than-Expected FQ3 Loss Of $0.20 Per Share Off Revenue Of $38M

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mobileiron-earnings Following the bell, device management shop MobileIron announced its fiscal third quarter financial performance, including revenue of $38.0 million, and adjusted profit of negative $0.20. Using normal accounting techniques, the company lost a stiffer $0.30 per share.
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SolarCity Beat Revenue Expectations With $114 Million In Q3 2015 Earnings

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tc-solarcity-rooftop Analysts expected the solar energy company SolarCity’s revenue to hit $111 million in the third quarter, 2015. But the company beat expectations with a near $114 million bump in revenue announced in earnings today. That’s a 95.2 percent year-over-year increase, beating estimates by $2.43 million. This was “driven by increased installations and high system performance in… Read More

Is the new Apple TV any good?

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Reviews of the app-capable, Siri-equipped new Apple TV box are filtering in, and the consensus is that it’s … OK.

Walt Mossberg writes that it’s a much “smarter” box, but one that lacks vision—and has UI flaws.

I don’t know when, if ever, Apple will reinvent TV. But this isn’t the moment. I can say that, if I were buying a streaming box right now, this is the one I’d buy, if only for the promise of lots of apps.

By making the set-top box a part of its giant app and services ecosystem, the company is moving Apple TV into a future that’s much broader and bigger than Roku’s or Amazon’s. And that makes the case. In effect, while it may not have reinvented all of TV, Apple has reinvented the streaming set-top box.

The Wall Street Journal calls it “a giant iphone for your living room,” though, and likes it a lot.

Ultimately, the Apple TV’s advantage is that it isn’t tied to the idea of channels, live TV or even streaming. It’s the place where developers are able to do the most cool interactive stuff for the widest audience. There’s already a workout show on the Apple TV that’s smart enough to know if you’re really working out.

The TV of the future needs to be as powerful and easy to use as an iPhone, and this Apple TV is the first box—and the first Apple TV—to achieve that.

Siri is now present, but she’s not the Siri you’re used to. Nilay Patel likes the new box, but…

…limitations are everywhere. Only a small handful of apps work with Siri search right now — iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime — so finding something in, say, the ESPN or CBS apps isn’t possible. Siri can’t find you a funny YouTube video, which seems like a shame. Tim Cook says a Siri search API is coming, but I get the feeling Apple wants Siri search to be a differentiator for the more premium services, so we’ll see how wide open that API is when it gets here.

Rounding up the competition, CNET provides all the details you could ever want on what you can watch on each box.

The New York Times‘ Brian X. Chen reports “a plethora of innovations.” Of the options, available, it’s his favorite, but here comes the “but…”

… there are some weaknesses.

Setting it up can be tedious. When you install streaming apps like Hulu and Netflix from the App Store, you type in your login credentials by swiping left and right with the remote to select letters of the alphabet one at a time — you have no option to do this by speaking into the microphone or using a keyboard on a smartphone.

The Apple TV may also not be the best streaming device for everyone because of one missing feature: the ability to stream content available in Ultra HD 4K TV, the latest high-definition resolution supported by some of the newest TV sets.

Apple TV is $149 for the 32GB version, and $199 for the 64GB model.

Triumph’s 2016 Thruxton R

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It took 40 years for someone to make a motorcycle that looks nearly as pretty as BMW’s R90s. Enter Triumph’s 2016 Thruxton R!

What do I find most exciting about these new Triumph models? SI like is the dual disc brakes up front. That sexy fairing and sleek seat are deliciously re-envisioned ’70s styling, but Triumph excels at making motorcycles that are fun to ride! You’ll want the extra stopping power, as they also make bikes that are heavy, and usually come stock with terrible suspensions. My reliable bike is a 2013 Scrambler, I’ve “had to” modify it quite a bit.

If the new entries in Triumph’s modern classic line are anything like the old, there will be a wealth of aftermarket parts and mods available for these as well. Sadly, I believe this generation of the Bonnieville sees the end of air/oil cooling and introduces liquid to the equation. Perhaps you should let someone else can buy the first years model.

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Look at the new Triumph Thruxtons, and you see thoroughly updated modern classics, machines that embrace the appearance and aesthetics of café racers that were new a half-century ago. But if you look hard enough, you can also see something else: The new Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, John Bloor’s Triumph, embracing the heritage of the defunct Triumph Engineering Company, the original Triumph, in a way that it has never done before.

Ctrl-Walt-Delete: is the Apple TV the future of television?

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The new Apple TV came out this week, and both Walt and Nilay wrote reviews. Will they finally disagree? And can anyone crack the TV puzzle? It’s all up in the air, or in the cloud, or wherever stuff goes now, in 2015. Join us, but not on your new Apple TV, which lacks a podcast app for some reason. Airplay. Use Airplay.

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TrueFacet, A Marketplace For Pre-Owned Jewelry, Relaunches With New Texting Feature

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brand_0001_ If you were to collect all of the designer-label jewelry and watches in the world and throw them in a pile, TrueFacet cofounder and CEO Tirath Kamdar tells TechCrunch, over 40 percent of the pile would be counterfeit. Knowing that, buying pre-owned pieces of jewelry or a watch from another individual, or even one of the many jewelry stores across 47th street in NYC’s Jewelry District,… Read More

Slack Introduces User Groups, Allowing Larger Teams To Collaborate Way More Effectively

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slack-large A great deal of enterprise messaging service Slack’s success has come from their product’s ability to allow companies to communicate internally in a fluid and transparent manner. Now Slack is looking to enhance the experience of how larger organizations function through the introduction of User Groups.

Their new feature allows notification to be specifically sent to separate… Read More

Sprint’s new ‘unlimited’ data plan is garbage

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Sprint would like to redefine the word “unlimited” for you. See, in Sprint’s eyes, if you buy one of its new low-cost “unlimited” data plans for only $20 per month, you get unfettered LTE data access for the first 1GB. After that, you’ll be forcefully slowed to a 2G connection for the remainder of your billing cycle. That’s 2G as in second generation or, you know, the mobile data speed that first launched in Finland 24 years ago. In other words, you’ll be stuck using the speed tier that is in the process of being phased out worldwide so telecom companies can repurpose those portions of the spectrum for technology people actually use.

This is more a marketing problem than anything else. Sprint tries to compare its plan to those offered…

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Porch Acquires Mobile Advice Marketplace Fountain

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porch The Seattle-based online home services platform today announced that it has acquired Fountain, a service that connects Internet users with doctors, lawyers, mechanics, tech support and other experts through video chats, texts and annotated photos. Fountain was co-founded by Aaron Patzer, who is best known for founding and leading Patzer, who was also Fountain’s CEO,… Read More

Facebook Launches Video-Esque Ad Unit “Slideshow” For The Developing World’s Slow Connections

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Facebook Slideshow Facebook has hit user saturation in its core developed world markets, so to boost revenue, it needs to make ads work in emerging markets with older technology. But video, the hottest ad format, takes too much data for people with low bandwidth connections to watch. So today Facebook announced Slideshow, an ad format that fades several photos into each other to create what looks like a video,… Read More

Microsoft Integrates Skype With Office Online, Rolls Out An Office Chrome Extension

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office-online-skype Microsoft today announced its plans to extend the social features of Office by integrating Skype into Office Online, allowing users to communicate by voice and video chat within Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Online documents, as well as in With the integration, users will be able to see and chat with Skype contacts right from within their file, which Microsoft says will… Read More

Upthere is a new cloud storage service that wants to make file syncing a thing of the past

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A defining technology of our age is the sync. Keeping your files synchronized between devices, whether by Dropbox or Google Drive or iCloud, is the starting point for so much of our work. Syncing is also a chore: it can create multiple copies of files, which must then be reconciled. It can fail to work automatically, forcing you to sync manually (looking at you, Evernote). Or it simply fails to work, leaving you without an important file at the moment you need it.

The drawbacks of syncing were not lost on Bertrand Serlet, the former senior vice president of software engineering for Apple. Serlet spent eight years at Steve Jobs’ NeXT and 14 more at Apple following its acquisition, and in those years Apple made a cautiousthen…

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Office Online gets Skype voice and video integration

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Microsoft is making its Office Online web apps a little more social next month. The software giant is planning to build Skype voice and video integration directly into Office Online. It’s an update that will allow Skype users to chat while they’re working on a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document. Any instant messaging history remains connected to the document so you can talk to a co-worker or friend to make changes and pick up the conversation later on. Microsoft says the integration will go live worldwide to Microsoft accounts in November.

Alongside the update, Microsoft also has a new Chrome extension for Office. It simply sits alongside Chrome’s address bar and acts as a really quick and useful way to access Office documents. There’s…

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VSCO Takes On Instagram’s Boomerang With Its New GIF Creation App DSCO

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dsco VSCO, one of the few apps to give Facebook’s Instagram solid competition with a photo editing application aimed at more serious mobile photographers, is today releasing its next new creation. DSCO, as the just-launched spin-off is called, takes advantage of VSCO’s imaging technology to allow users to create short, looping GIF images which can be shared to VSCO’s user… Read More

DSCO is a new GIF app from the makers of VSCO Cam

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Photo-editing app VSCO Cam has gained millions of users thanks to its tasteful filters and effects. Its influence can even be seen in how Instagram has developed its new editing tools and filters over the past year or so. But VSCO as a company is much more than just VSCO Cam — in the past two years, it’s built a community, launched publishing tools, and funded various artist initiatives.

Today it’s releasing its first new app since VSCO Cam for Android in 2013: a GIF creation app called DSCO. The new app, which is available for the iPhone today, lets you create short GIF animations (up to 2.5 seconds long), add a basic filter, and then share it to your VSCO account. (It can then be shared to other social networks, and DSCO will save…

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Giphy updates its iOS app so you can share GIFs anywhere

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Giphy wants you watching and sharing more GIFs from your phone, so it’s launching a new version of its app today to make that happen. The app is called Giphy, and it’s basically a mobile version of Giphy’s website, a place to browse and search through its many, many GIFs. The difference is that Giphy’s app plugs into the other apps on your phone, so you can tap a share button and send a GIF to Facebook or Twitter, into a text message, or wherever else supports both sharing and GIFs.

The Giphy app is a revamp of last year’s Giphy for Messenger, which only integrated with Facebook Messenger. Its design has been updated here and there, but the real improvement is the ability to share to any platform — essentially, it’s now a lot more…

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