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Apple has just posted its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings, with a massive $45.6 billion in revenue. From that, there is $10.2 billion in net profit, providing $11.62 per share. When comparing it year-over-year, Apple is up 4.6% in revenue, and 15.2% in EPS.
Analysts have said that the company has faced a flat quarter, with flat revenue, flat gross margin, flat net profit - flat everywhere. This is due to a slump in iPad sales, but it would've been worse if it wasn't for increased iPhone sales - a slight increase at that. But, even then, Apple performed better than analysts' expectations. Why? China.
During the three-month period, Apple sold 43.7 million iPhones, 16.4 million iPads and 4.1 million Macs. Compared to the same quarter of last year, iPhone sales increased by 16.8%, but iPad sales actually declined by 15.9% - a big jump. Apple CEO Tim Cook said: "We're very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services. We're eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market".
Google is first thought of as a search firm by many of us, but it has fingers in so much more than search alone those days. Google is really big into green projects and renewable energy and has announced an interesting offer for homeowners. Google and SunPower have teamed up to offer homeowners the opportunity to lease solar panels for the roof of their home.
Google has chipped in $100 million for the fund and SunPower added in $150 million. The money in the fund is being used to buy solar panels outright that Google will then lease out to homeowners. The panels will be installed on the home and provide green electricity.
I've been in a few of the world's fastest elevators, where I was impressed with the Taipei 101's elevator that flies up at 38mph - which feels insane. It is a Toshiba built elevator, but Hitachi will become the new speed king in 2016.
Hitachi has been tasked with building two lifts inside China's Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, which will be capable of scooting along at 45mph. This means you can go from the ground floor, all the way up to the 95th floor (of 111 floors total) in just 43 seconds. Hitachi has said that passengers' ears and bodies will be safe from the sheer speeds of its upcoming elevators, thanks to the lifts being made from heat-resistant materials, and more.
With Microsoft closing its acquisition deal with Nokia this week, HTC has began eyeballing some of the Nokia-owned assets that will not be transferring over in the deal. A new report from CNET says that HTC is looking to purchase Nokia's manufacturing facility located in Chennai, India. The news comes from HTC's CFO, Chialin Chang, who said that his company was looking into a possible purchase of the facility.
Unfortunately for HTC, the plant has been mixed up in a tax debate in which the Indian government says Nokia owes $500 million in back taxes on the facility. This is one of the major reasons that Microsoft has no interest in the facility, and has expressly avoided adding it into its acquisition deal with Nokia. This could turn out to be a major win for HTC though as the Indian Government could seize the facility and sell it to HTC for pennies on the dollar.
A report is making the rounds that the police in Compton, California carried out a secret experiment in 2013 that involved the use of surveillance drones. The drone aircraft was equipped with a HD video camera and allows operators to zoom in on any point within the municipality. Compton spans about 10-square miles.
The demonstration was conducted by a company called Persistence Surveillance Systems and one of its workers named Ross McNutt says, "We literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people."
Apple wants to make the world a greener place, and plans to provide free e-recycling of all its used products when consumers decided to upgrade. In addition, the company also is using renewable energy in its offices and data centers to help cut back on pollution.
"What the company wants to do is use all of our innovation and all of our expertise to make the planet more secure and make the environment better," said Lisa Jackson, Apple VP of environmental initiatives, told the AP.
Apple issues gift cards to recycled products which can be resold, though this offer is for products that don't have resell value - instead, customers are able to turn in the device so Apple can foot the bill for it to be properly disposed of.
Today GitHub announced that its co-founder and president, Tom Preston-Werner has resigned his position with the company after accusations of discrimination proved to be untrue. In March, a former female enginner, Julie Ann Horvath, accused GitHub of gender discrimination, and claimed that the work environment was centered around a "boys club" that she could not seem to join. GitHub hired a third-party company to hold an independent investigation into the claim. No evidence of any discrimination was found.
"The investigation found no evidence to support the claims against Tom and his wife of sexual or gender-based harassment or retaliation, or of a sexist or hostile work environment," GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath wrote in a blog post. "However, while there may have been no legal wrongdoing, the investigator did find evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment."
In just four days, one of the biggest names in mobile communication will cease to exist as we know it for ever. Today Nokia announced that it would be finalizing the acquisition deal with Microsoft on April 25th. This deal began back in September of 2013 when Microsoft announced that it had begun the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division for $7.2 billion, and would take over Nokia's mobile phone business in 2014.
"The completion of this acquisition follows several months of planning and will mark a key step on the journey towards integration. This acquisition will help Microsoft accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones. In addition, we look forward to introducing the next billion customers to Microsoft services via Nokia mobile phones," Microsoft said in a statement.
LinkedIn continues to grow, where it has just announced a massive milestone: 300 million members. A more surprising nugget of news from the company is that most of this massive growth comes thanks to mobile.
Mobile users are expected to represent 50% of all global traffic later this year, showing that mobile is unstoppable. LinkedIn took to its blog to show that members in regions like Costa Rica, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom already use the service more on their mobile devices, than they do on their desktops or notebooks.
Each and every day LinkedIn is seeing an average of 15 million profile views, 1.45 million job views, and 44,000 job applications throughout 200 countries on mobile alone. Out of the 300 million LinkedIn users, 100 million of those are based in the US. These figures represent registered users, and not monthly active users.
Iowa is quite the hot spot for data centers, with the state attracting Microsoft yet again to build its new data center in West Des Moines, a spot where the company already runs a data center.
The investment is costing $1.1 billion, with the project being one of the largest in the history of the data center industry. The new facility will be spanned across 1.2 million square feet of space, on a massive 154-acre property. This data center has been a mystery for a while now, something that has been known as Project Alluvion.
On Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved a $20.3 million sales tax rebate to Microsoft on the project, something that will be made available until 2021. This is on top of the $18 million in incentives that the company has been promised by West Des Moines. Microsoft will be pumping around $8 million a year in property taxes back into the city, as well as creating 84 jobs when its fully built up. 66 of those jobs will have hourly wages of $24.32.