Apple’s Huge Q4: $42.1 Billion In Revenue, $8.5 Billion In Profit

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apple-earnings-green 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

Indie-rock trio Sleater-Kinney are back and as great as ever

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At this point, Carrie Brownstein is probably best known as a comedian, she being half of the wildly successful Portlandia duo. But prior to Portlandia, Brownstein rocked out hard in the band Sleater-Kinney, a trio of women who released seven incredible albums during the ’90s and 2000s before amicably splitting up to work on other projects. If you’re following any music blogs, you’ve probably already seen the news: Sleater-Kinney are now back together, they have a new album coming out, and they just released its first single. The best news? That it’s as good as ever.

Sleater-Kinney started out as part of the ’90s riot grrrl scene, a feminist punk movement with some awesome songs and screeched lyrics like, “All girls should have a real…

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iMac With Retina 5K Display Review: Meet The Best Desktop Computer Available

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imac-retina Apple’s newest iMac has the best display ever on a computing device. Let’s just get that out the way right at the start: You won’t find a better screen anywhere else, period. The 27-inch, 5120×2880 screen has a PPI of 218, or roughly equivalent to that of the MacBook Pro with Retina display, but the specs on paper, while impressive in their own right, can’t convey… Read More

Here’s What You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Cloud Event

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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 7.03.43 PM Today in San Francisco, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and his lieutenant Scott Guthrie detailed the status of their company’s cloud efforts, breaking out a few growth metrics, and announcing several new features that they hope will spur growth. Microsoft is hellbent to be a winner in the cloud space. With self-claimed $4.4 billion in yearly cloud run rate  — expect a… Read More

Really, Congress? Comcast won’t protect net neutrality if the best you can do is ask nicely

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Here’s what’s happening right now on net neutrality:

The FCC’s comment period is over and 3.7 million people weighed in — that means even more people are concerned about net neutrality than Super Bowl XXXVIII: Wardrobe Malfunctiongate. And, yes, America, it’s totally reasonable and appropriate to be mad at the FCC. It has screwed up on net neutrality for years from cowardice and simply by using the wrong words. But Americans who want to protect net neutrality should also start being mad at Congress.

Americans who want to protect net neutrality should start being…

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What You Need To Know To Get Started With Apple Pay

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apple-pay Apple Pay is now available for anyone to use, provided they’ve got all the prerequisites, both for physical stores and for online transactions. But you can’t just walk up to your local brick-and-mortar store and wave your iPhone and walk out with whatever you want – that would be theft. Instead, you’ll need the following to be in place to have a happy Apple Pay… Read More

CloudCannon Raises $500K To Make Designing Static Websites Simpler

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cloudcannon_homepage CloudCannon, a simple CMS for web designers and their clients aimed at offering simple visual editing without the need for an advanced technical skillset, is today launching globally from TechCrunch Disrupt: London’s Startup Alley. The company is also announcing $500,000 in new funding, and a partnership with domain name registry Rightside. The additional capital comes from New… Read More

Awesome! “Epic” is declining in use (except at CNN)

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Good news! The most overused word of 2013 is clearly in decline. Epic became synonymous with dudebro culture thanks to web phenomena like Epic Meal Time and epic fail, leading marketers to pounce on the word in hopes of reaching the demographic. That explains why CNN has it twice on their front page this morning, like a dad trying to connect with his son. Read the rest

Ooyala Buys Euro Video Ad Startup Videoplaza In Its First Acquisition

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videoplaza Ooyala, the video company that was acquired by Telstra earlier this year, has now made an acquisition of its own. It has bought Videoplaza, a UK-based video advertising startup. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but we are trying to find out. It’s potentially a very valuable deal when you consider the reach of Videoplaza. The company says that more than half of all the broadcasters… Read More

The Cosmic Tourist: Visit the 100 Most Awe-Inspiring Destinations in the Universe

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Open the pages of Cosmic Tourist and journey across the universe with 100 thrilling pit stops along the way. Your itinerary starts with Planet Earth, makes stops on the moon, the sun, a comet, Mercury, resting spots through the asteroid belt, and many other cosmic sites until you end up 13,700,000,000 light years away at “Infinity and Beyond.” Each stop offers spectacular photography and fascinating outer space facts that are written by the BBC’s “Sky at Night” astronomers Patrick Moore, Chris Lintott, and Brian May (who also happens to be the guitarist and founding member of Queen).

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Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay

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Apple’s iOS 8.1 update is now available to download. The biggest addition is the new Apple Pay service which goes live today alongside iOS 8.1. Apple Pay will allow iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 owners to pay for goods within compatible apps by simply swiping a finger with Touch ID. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners will also be able to use their phones to tap card readers in participating stores to pay for goods using a combination of Touch ID and NFC. Apple Pay integrates into the existing Passbook feature on iOS 8.1, allowing you to setup and store credit and debit cards.

Apple Pay is available in the US today, and is expected to be made available in additional countries next year. More than 220,000 stores in…

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FKA twigs made using Google Glass look like stepping into the Matrix

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Up-and-coming singer FKA twigs is using Google Glass to inspired, if somewhat unsettling, effect. For her latest conceptual video #ThroughGlass, twigs dons the headset and suddenly bursts into dance, seemingly inspired by the video streaming directly into her eyes. And then things get trippy. After showing off her own well-renowned skills, we see her toggle through other dance styles, which summons twigs doppelgängers who all perform and mug for the camera while twigs herself is left overwhelmed. The choreography here is set to a remixed and completely appropriate track off her debut release LP1, “Video Girl,” with elements from the unreleased track “Glass & Patron.” All in all, the video is really a look into a technologically-enhanced…

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Microsoft Wants You To Doodle As You Scoot

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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 4.53.45 PM If you own a Windows Phone, and you use Skype, and you are willing to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone, and you want to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone so that you can use the new Skype for Windows Phone feature, today is a pretty good day.
Well, it is if you want to draw inside your newly updated Skype app on your Windows Phone device. Read More

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