In its third quarter report, Apple has posted 12% growth in profit along with strong sales of the iPhone 5. However, iPad sales slunk for the company. The company said that they sold 35.2 million iPhones in the quarter ended June 28, up 12.7% from the same period last year. However, it is a little lower than analyst expectations. While most of their sales were in the United Sales, BRIC markets–Brazil, Russia, India and China–also showed higher sales for the iPhone. Higher iPhone sales led to greater Q3 profit at $7.75 billion, up from $6.9 billion in the same period last year. Revenue rose 6% to $37.4 billion. This is the second quarter of double-digit percentage growth in iPhone sales for Apple.
US-based tech giant Google has joined hand with Novartis in order to its smart lens project a reality, offering measurements of a user’s blood glucose levels constantly. The company announced about its smart contact lens in January that would have the capability to measure blood glucose levels. This will help the people suffering from diabetes, enabling them to constantly measure their glucose levels throughout the day. The results will be displayed on their mobile phones, allowing them to monitor and manage their condition in an easier and more convenient manner. The lens makes use of non-invasive sensors that would analyze tear fluid in the eye in order to give the aforementioned measurements. Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez has been quoted saying that “We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our intensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs. This is a key [+more]
Google is all set to expand the horizons of car driving. The search giant is reportedly working on an innovative concept of self-driven cars, which will be sans steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals. The much ambitious project is speculated to make way for a self-driving small electric car, which will seat two passengers. The project is still in the ongoing stage and Google has built prototypes in partnership with automotive suppliers and manufacturers. “Google aims to build up to 200 such cars in the near term and hopes the vehicles will be available in various cities within a couple of years”, Firstpost quoted the Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Google has been keen to make waves in the automotive industry since 2009. They have been testing several concepts of self-driving cars including laser sensors and radars. Interestingly, the self-driving cars could be used to pick up passenger and has [+more]
If you are looking for a way to make your presentations more engaging and awesome, PowToon’s soon-to-be-released presentation software, #Slides, will can be the solution to your problem. We dig a little deeper into the company, and its latest offering, in a top secret conversation with PowToon’s CEO and Co-founder, Ilya Spitalnik. Legend has it that a few years ago a group of renegade scientists banded together to fight a huge problem that was taking over both the business and academic world: Boring Presentations… In fact, PowToon was born out of Ilya’s own needs and desires to make presentations both more fun, and all together awesome and engaging. PowToon’s first “antidote” for the boring presentation problem was a software focused on creating animated short video clips, or “Powtoons” as they have come to be known, which took the world by storm, amassing over 1 million users in a mere 18 [+more]
Social media giant Twitter has announced on its blog that they will be redesigning the website to organize tweets better. The new design will offers users with a larger profile photo and the option to customize their header. This means, one will now be able to show off their best Tweets. With the new design, Tweets will be better organized and users will know which of their tweets attracted the most activity. The tweets will now look larger and one will also be able to pin favorite tweets to the top of the page. Interestingly, users will also be able to tag their friends in pictures, something that has not been available so far. This update has been devised for iOS and Android users of Twitter. Also read: S.E.L.F.I.E. Mirror to Capture Your Photo and Posts it on Twitter
Microsoft’s Vice President for Windows Web Services Antoine Leblond seems to be on his way out of Microsoft after spending almost 25 years there. Re/Code has reported that Leblond sent an email to his colleagues which said, “After almost 25 years, I’ve decided it’s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer.” It is being said that this is an aftereffect of CEO Satya Nadella joining Microsoft. Leblond was working on the Microsoft Office suite for almost 20 years alongside Steven Sinofsky. Leblond was also incharge of development of Office 2010. However, lately he was working on Windows 8 store and cloud services.
Bharti Airtel has announced the introduction of a new mobile application, which is known as the Airtel Pocket TV for digital television subscribers. This application is known to be available in the form of a free download on Google play store for such devices that run on Android 2.1 and above. The iOS version is also known to arrive soon. Initially, the company had only the application for the sake of scheduling of the recording on the set top boxes. But now, it will be replaced by Airtel Pocket TV app. According to Airtel, subscribers will be able to watch live content and also their preferred television programs easily on the go with the help of this application. This is just the thing you can carry when you travel. Airtel Pocket TV will be equipped with more than 150 live television channels and it offers more than 10,000 hours of [+more]
Apple Inc. has made small adjustments to its present range of iPhone and iPad series with inventive and cost effective alternatives in the developing markets. As per Piper Jaffray managing director & senior research analyst Gene Munster, the iPad 4 and iPhone 5c sold at $399 will cast a slight positive impact in the coming two quarters for the company. In his investor’s note, Munster stated that the 8GB iPhone 5c will work for the betterment of the company. As per the Blair, Apple may have experienced a bad first quarter, however nothing is confirmed till it displays its Q1 fiscal years for 2014 earnings. Apple Earning Per Minute is $71,523 As per a graphical illustration of earnings of the companies, Apple earned $71,523 per minute and $1192 per second in 2013. Samsung follows Apple by earning a gross profit of $55,184 per minute. Microsoft stands the third position with $44,220 [+more]
The world’s most visited file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has completed their research undertaken with Sweden’s Lund University Internet Institute to study user behavior on their site. The research happened between 25 February and 27 February 2014 on the latest file-sharing system today, which has also become the largest one ever used in the history of the World Wide Web. Called the Research Bay, this study looks at the habits and behavior of people who share files here. It also takes a look at how they react to increased censorship, online monitoring and strict laws. Towards this, The Pirate Bay even changed its name to The Research Bay to support the Lund University Cybernorms research group. The partners have said that this study will help in ‘Understanding online norms and values is essential to developing relevant and effective laws and policies’. For this project, The Pirate Bay also changed its [+more]
Aeroplanes maker Boeing has worked on a phone that has qualities of an undercover agent and it’s rightly called Black. The company has also filed with the FCC seeking permission to make phones for people who are in the business of secrets such as spies, astronauts, scientists and more. Boeing’s Black smartphone is self destructive. This means each time someone tries to open the casing of the phone, it becomes inoperable. It’s a 5.2” X 2.7” handset that runs on Google’s Android operating system. This phone is loaded with interesting features that make this phone so useful for people who are in the business of secrets. To start with, it’s a dual SIM phone that gives people access multiple networks. It will also be possible to connect this phone to biometric sensors and satellites. Little is known about the manufacturers Boeing is working with but this phone will work on [+more]