Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Apple Sees First Revenue Decline in 13 Years

Lance Ulanoff of Mashable and Scott Martin of United Advisors break down Apple earnings.

Apple's stock was down 5% aftermarket after Apple reported the first revenue decline in 13 years. Apple's momentum is maintaining a slow decline because of its strong ecosystem, but Tim Cook is simply riding on Steve Job's innovation from years ago. Analysts talk of incremental innovation, but a lack of any stellar innovation. Analysts are saying that Apple no longer develops the game-changing products it used to produce.

 Consider that while the innovation has stalled at Apple, the company still manages to abuse its customers by failing to support older equipment with planned obsolescence. Apple often lags in memory availability and even recently made their Mac Mini non-expandible by soldering RAM memory, which prohibits customers from expanding their computer's memory capacity when their budgets allow them to fund expansion. Apple iPhones have no memory expansion slots, and entry level iPhones barely have enough memory to function.

 Operating system upgrades to Apple iPhones frequently slow them down to the point of being inoperable, and the upgrades often come with bugs because Apple failed to thoroughly test upgrades before releasing them to the public. With the amount of wealth that Apple has accumulated, they could fund a team that keeps older operating systems secure and viable. Along with the lack of innovation, perhaps the word is getting out that Apple cheats its customers. Apple needs to come up with innovative products that make replacing their obsolete products worthwhile. MakeOffice Chief Marketing Officer Shana Glenzer on the future of innovation for Apple as Stuart Varney asks "where is the innovation" and says that Tim Cook looks to be a failure as the successor to Steve Jobs.

After a big rollout and an announcement about the "revolution of TV" Apple didn't even mention AppleTV or tvOS in their quarterly earnings report. Apple's revenue dropped roughly 13 percent decline compared to $58.01 billion in the comparable year-ago period. The drop indicated the first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003. The tech giant said it saw fiscal second-quarter earnings of $1.90 per diluted share on $50.56 billion in revenue. Wall Street expected Apple to report earnings of about $2 a share on $51.97 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters. CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports on Chinese entrepreneur and LeEco CEO, Jia Yueting, calling out Apple over its innovation, as well as his company's new smart car to take on Tesla.

  See also ... CNBC Rotten Apple: Stock plunges 8% on earnings, revenue miss
[Tim Cook] has yet to buy anybody to grow the business. He could buy Sonos, he could by Pandora, he could buy Tesla, he could by NetFlix; and he's done nothing. And they've got to do something. -- Ross Gerber, Gerberkawasaki CEO
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tim Cook's Letter to Apple Customers About Privacy, Encryption and Security

February 16, 2016 A Message to Our Customers
The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.

This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.

Answers to your questions about privacy and security

The Need for Encryption
Smartphones, led by iPhone, have become an essential part of our lives. People use them to store an incredible amount of personal information, from our private conversations to our photos, our music, our notes, our calendars and contacts, our financial information and health data, even where we have been and where we are going.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

9to5Mac Review: USB-C to Lightning Cable - A Must-Have for the 12.9" iPad Pro

9to5 Mac recommends 12.9" iPad Pro owners invest in Apple's USB-C to Lightning Cable and USB-C Power Adapter.

Apple's USB-C to Lightning Cable and USB-C Power Adapter means faster charging. Of course, Apple should have shipped with the better adapter.

Friday, March 18, 2016

How to Delete Multiple Photos from an Apple iPhone -- and Videos, Too

Here is an easy method to delete multiple photos on an Apple iPhone. CAUTION: Once you delete photos or videos from an iPhone you cannot retrieve the photos or videos (without extreme forensics tools).

Open the Photos App

Choose the "Photos" tab it it's not selected by default

Use your finger to browse to the group of photos or video clips that are organized by date

When you see the group, tap on the Select button at the top-right of the iPhone. All of the photos and/or video in the date-categorized group are selected. If you don't want specific photos or videos deleted, you can tap on the photo or video to unselect the item singularly. Items set for selection are indicated with a checkmark -- toggled on or off.

Tap the TRASH icon in the lower right to delete the bulk photos.

Confirm and Tap "Delete XX Photos" to perform irreversible delete process.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

SKYSCAN Atomic Clock with Outdoor Wireless Temperature Model 86722 Operating Manual, Fix, and Alternate Products

The battery contacts can become insecure. Bend them out or extend them out using a pliers to make better contact with the batteries.

To get the outdoor temperature display to work again. Pull the batteries out of the outdoor temperature transmitter and clock and leave out for at least 30 seconds.  Prepare battery installation for both clock and transmitter. Place batteries in clock, then immediately place batteries in transmitter (install batteries in transmitter before manually setting clock). Outdoor temperature should display immediately but can take up to four minutes.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Microsoft 10 and Big Uses For Tiny Computer: Raspberry Pi 3 | Tech Bet | CNBC

The Raspberry Pi 3 could help power your smart home. The new Raspberry Pi 3 chip is fast, smart, and can help contribute to the Internet of Things, robotics, and the overall tech sector.

A credit card-sized computer board has been used for education, but may start to be used for home-control Internet of Things type of functions.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Facebook: This content is no longer available The content you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired

When sharing a photo, photo album or a post, Facebook delivers the following message ...

This content is no longer available
The content you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.

Usually, the message expected would be a confirmation message that says the message has been successfully shared.

In fact, even though the message says the content is not available, it has been successfully shared.

Some people are likely to make several attempts after getting the failure message. Instead they end up posting the "share" several times.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Can You Remove Sidebar and Have Full-Width for Specific Pages in Blogger?

The answer is, YES!  Thanks to the experts at MYBLOGGERLAB, there is a tweak available that involves CSS code placement in the HTML mode of the specific page or a post. Designers don't even have to tinker with the TEMPLATE, the LAYOUT or the EDIT HTML function.

For the complete details, see ... How To Create a Full Width Page and Remove Sidebar in Blogger

Here is their excellent code addition for modification of specific pages to full-width:

1. Go to >> Add NEW Page/Post
2. Now select HTML TAB on Blogger Post Editor
3. Paste the following CSS and XML Code:

#sidebar-wrapper, #midsidebar-wrapper, .gapad2, .blog-pager, .post-header-line-1, .post-footer { display:none !important;} #main-wrapper { width:98%!important;} .post { width:98%!important; }

If you want to use pixel width, you can replace "width:98%" with width:1000px"  -- for example.

If you don't want the page title displayed -- for example, if it takes up space or is redundant -- you can use the following code.

.post-title, .post-labels, post-icons, post-author {display:none!important;}

Full width in specific pages or posts is useful for publishing embedded spreadsheets, large maps, or large pictures or embedded YouTube videos.