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eBay refreshes mobile apps and homepage to tell stories, create community

EBay is rolling out of a mobile update and is refreshing one of its online experiences today in hopes of creating a customer experience it describes as hunting for treasure and being part of a connected commerce community. For frequent eBay users, the updates may appear minor, but the language being used by eBay’s President Devin Wenig hints at where… Read More

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Apple smashes estimates with revenue of $45.6 billion, earnings of $11.62 per share

Apple reported today that it brought in $45.6 billion in revenue during the second quarter of its fiscal year, up more than 4.5 percent year-over-year. That beat analyst expectations of $43.6 billion in quarterly revenue, which is a positive sign for the company. The company beat expectations with earnings of $11.62 per share, up more than 15… Read More

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Analysts project flat March quarter financials from Apple

Apple is going to announce its quarterly earnings tomorrow, and investors are skeptically watching the company to see what’s new. Last quarter, Apple’s stock fell following its earnings release after the company announced guidance for this quarter that showed a year-over-year revenue decline, in part because of some changes in accounting practices. But while the drop… Read More

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Apple, Google — and now Amazon — offer game publishers top app store placement for exclusivity

Video game publishers are no strangers to signing exclusive deals with platforms, and now that practice is becoming apparent in the mobile gaming industry. A Wall Street Journal report this morning notes that Apple and Google are now offering mobile game publishers highly-coveted placement within their app stores in exchange for exclusivity. As a classic example, WSJ notes… Read More

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Researcher’s 1991 video could torpedo Apple’s key ‘slide to unlock’ patent

A video from a researcher could spell curtains for one of the key patents in Apple’s ongoing litigation against Samsung. The 1991 video, entitled “Touchscreen Toggle Design,” features University of Maryland researcher Catherine Plaisant showing off a number of ways to model a touchscreen toggle that users can control. One of the toggles (shown at… Read More

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Apple developer conference ticket lottery opens today

Apple announced today that it is opening a lottery for developers interested in purchasing tickets to the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The lottery will run from today until April 7, in a stark contrast to previous years, when tickets have sold out in under two minutes. The Microsoft Build conference, taking place this week… Read More

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A dirty cloud? Amazon and Twitter receive failing grades in ‘green Internet’ report

Facebook, Google and Apple are considered leading innovators when it comes to deploying renewable energy to power its data centers and cloud-based technologies, while Amazon and Twitter are “stuck in a dirty energy past.” That’s the latest finding from Greenpeace’s report: Clicking Clean: How Companies are Building the Green Internet. The report, released today, details how… Read More

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Undeterred by Office for iPad, Apple updates iWork suite

Apple rolled out some significant across-the-board updates to its iWork productivity suite on iOS, Mac and web today. The new features make Apple’s office suite, which includes word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software, a more compelling alternative to Office, even as Microsoft rolls out a version of its popular productivity apps for the iPad. All three… Read More

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Apple lands patent for bayonet-mounted iPhone lenses, similar to Seattle startup’s approach

Want to attach a 100mm lens to an iPhone? A new Apple patent suggests that official detachable lenses may be coming soon. The Cupertino-based company has won a patent that governs “Bayonet attachment mechanisms” for connecting an external lens to a smartphone. Most modern cameras with interchangeable lenses use bayonet mounts, which use a pair of… Read More

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Geek on the Street at Macworld: Here’s what Apple fans think about Office for iPad

SAN FRANCISCO–As Satya Nadella kicked off his presentation announcing the much-anticipated release of Microsoft Office for iPad, Apple fans were getting their day started at the annual Macworld/iWorld convention held a few blocks away in the City by the Bay. GeekWire stopped by the gathering of Mac- and iOS-heads yesterday afternoon to see how the… Read More