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PS4 boosts Sony to first full-year profit in three years | Ars Technica
PS4 boosts Sony to first full-year profit in three years | Ars TechnicaSony shipped 17.7 million PlayStation 4 consoles over the fiscal year ended March 31, bringing the total number of consoles shipped to an impressive 40 million. The strength of the PS4 helped Sony to reach its first full-year profit in three years, bringing in ¥ 147.8 billion (£936 million, $1.36 billion).
Their entertainment division, which is actually quite frugal, is also profitable. May they live on to make more top notch television! Nothing worse than big networks that make crappy content.
Dell spinoff SecureWorks' Wall Street debut didn't provide much hope for stalled tech IPO market - Silicon Valley Business Journal
Dell spinoff SecureWorks' Wall Street debut didn't provide much hope for stalled tech IPO market - Silicon Valley Business JournalLast week's tepid SecureWorks IPO didn't provide a sense of security for other tech companies who hope to go public this year.
Except of course, that secure computing is more or less a necessary requirement for the future of everything. Like Wall Street knows anything except churning clients for commission.
iPhone sales fall to 51.2M, Apple earns $50.6B in revenue in disappointing March quarter
iPhone sales fall to 51.2M, Apple earns $50.6B in revenue in disappointing March quarter Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016 officially marks the first time ever that iPhone sales saw a year-over-year decline, as the company shipped 51.2 million handsets on its way to $50.6 billion in total sales.
I suppose it's never too late to go after Windows on the desktop. Plenty of cashmoola in that pile. It's easy to get distracting wasting time squashing Flipboard like a bug when you're having trouble competing with Microsoft.
Labels: mac vs. ios, mac vs. windows
Review: The 2016 Retina MacBook is a faster version of the same machine | Ars Technica
Review: The 2016 Retina MacBook is a faster version of the same machine | Ars Technica: "The growing number of USB Type-C accessories and peripherals can also help partially mitigate the port problem. Acer, for instance, will sell you a monitor that can pass power, USB data, and a display signal to your MacBook through a single cable."
Sounds elegant, or, nobody will ever need more than 640KB of RAM.
Labels: macbook vs. surface
Apple taps Touch ID, 4K video in new iPhone 6s ads
Apple taps Touch ID, 4K video in new iPhone 6s ads: "While one is fairly straightforward and informative, the other is kind of … out there. We’re not entirely sure what to do with it, really. The entire Cult of Mac staff just watched it and had no words. But we really can’t stay mad at Neil Patrick Harris, who shows up at the end."
I'm for anything by Neil Patrick Harris who used the golden buzzer for PIFF, indicating his classy tastes and extremely good judgement.
A year with the Apple Watch: What works, what doesn’t, and what lies ahead? | Ars Technica
A year with the Apple Watch: What works, what doesn’t, and what lies ahead? | Ars TechnicaAbout a year ago, Apple announced and released its first Apple Watch. The long-rumored product was Apple’s first all-new product category since the iPad and its first under CEO Tim Cook. To say that expectations were high would be an understatement.
Labels: apple watch
Siri & Liam star in Apple's new Earth Day TV ad
Siri & Liam star in Apple's new Earth Day TV adMarking Earth Day, Apple on Friday debuted a new TV commercial, using Siri to promote its custom-designed recycling robot — Liam — and its branding as an environmentally-responsible company.
Born, as they were, in the North Sea.
Labels: liam, siri
'Silicon Valley' EP Alec Berg Tells How Ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Made the Show Even Better
'Silicon Valley' EP Alec Berg Tells How Ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Made the Show Even BetterThis year, one of those people was ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo — “a fan of the show,” Berg said — who actually sat in on the writer’s room one day a week. He kept the guys honest, which is usually good, though sometimes bad.
The only mistake twitter made was trying to be Instagram.
Labels: twitter vs. instagram
Amazon expands $50 Fire tablet lineup with new colors, offers 16GB model for $70
Amazon expands $50 Fire tablet lineup with new colors, offers 16GB model for $70: "Amazon has expanded its budget-priced tablet lineup, offering the $50 Fire in new magenta, blue and tangerine colors, and also launching a 16-gigabyte version priced at $70 [updated]"
Selling razor blades (content), not razors (devices) may actually be the killer tablet app.
Labels: ipad vs. kindle