Apple iPhone sales grow again, pushing profits above expectations
- Apple Inc. on Tuesday reported sales and profits for the holiday shopping quarter above Wall Street expectations, powered by a rise in iPhone sales for the first time in a year and soaring demand for add-ons such as AirPods wireless headphones.
- But even though Apple executives set a new target of 600 million paid subscribers on its platform by the end of calendar 2020, the company’s closely watched services business, which includes its new Apple TV+ streaming offering, missed Wall Street’s targets.
- The company forecast US$63.0 billion to US$67.0 billion in revenue for the quarter ending in March, ahead of estimates of US$62.4 billion, showing it believes that its phones and other devices such as AirPods wireless headphones will continue to sell well during what is often a slow time of year.
- For the quarter ending in March, Apple forecast gross margins of between 38.0 per cent and 39.0 per cent, compared with analyst estimates of 38.2 per cent.
London to deploy live facial recognition to find wanted faces in crowd
- Officials at the Metropolitan Police Service of London announced last Friday that the organization will soon begin to use "Live Facial Recognition" (LFR) technology deployed around London to identify people of interest as they appear in surveillance video and alert officers to their location.
- And the Metropolitan Police is no stranger to the technology —in 2015, while now-Prime Minister Boris Johnson was mayor of London, the police service asked for access to Transport for London's automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) camera system to perform real-time facial recognition of motorists entering London.
- And as the New York Times' Kashmir Hill reported earlier this month, some US law enforcement organizations are using a service from a company called Clearview (a startup backed by Peter Thiel and co-founded by a former mayoral aide to Rudolph Giuliani) to perform facial-recognition searches against images scraped from social media and other sources.
YouTube nabs exclusive streaming rights for Activision Blizzard's global esports competitions
- While deal terms are unknown, it's a safe bet that YouTube spent big on these rights: Twitch previously held exclusive rights to Overwatch League, for which it paid about $90 million over two years, per Sports Business Journal.
- Twitch continues to dominate esports viewing among live-streaming platforms, but it's showing some vulnerability: Its market share in terms of hours watched shrank to 61% in December 2019, down from 67% in December 2018, per StreamElements and Arsenal.gg.
- The ability to attract live audiences at greater scale on esports content should help YouTube Gaming attract marketer attention more easily, including from brands that haven't yet waded into the fast-growing space: In the US alone, the esports audience is set to reach 46.2 million by 2023, up from 34.8 million in 2020, per eMarketer estimates.
Linux on laptops: Ubuntu 19.10 on the HP Dragonfly Elite G1
- This is because the Dragonfly Elite G1 uses Secure Boot; a "virgin" Ubuntu installation can pass Secure Boot without any fiddling, but if you want to taint it with proprietary drivers, you need to convince the UEFI firmware that everything's on the up-and-up.
- The Ubuntu side of things is fine—the installer asks if you'd like to be able to install third-party drivers and explains that if you do, you'll need to configure Secure Boot, by entering in a password now and entering it again when you reboot—but the Dragonfly Elite's UEFI firmware isn't so friendly.
- Clicking the bluetooth icon in the upper-right corner of the Ubuntu desktop drops down a system menu, from which you can select "Bluetooth settings." The stylus isn't visible yet, but pressing and holding the "eraser" button for two seconds puts it into pairing mode, and then it shows up as "HP Active Pen G3" in Ubuntu.
Can We Not Ruin Steins;Gate by Taking the Anime to Hollywood?
- Now it seems like one of the best anime out there, Steins;Gate, is next up on the chopping block.
- There has never been a well-made Hollywood anime adaptation.
- Steins;Gate – and pretty much all anime – is a product of the culture that made it.
- When Hollywood gets their hands on these sorts of properties, they just seem to try and do the same cliched things with them.
- That’s not what happens when an anime is adapted into a Hollywood production.
- Typically Hollywood tries to tell the same story but makes it more American.
- Let’s just hope that when Steins;Gate fails, it stops the Hollywood ripoff machine from working for a while.
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There's a 'Pro' version of every major Apple gadget except for the Apple Watch. It's time for that to change.
- But while more recent models offer impressive technologies that have turned the Apple Watch into a more comprehensive health monitoring device, such features aren't necessarily critical to the overall Apple Watch experience.
- Apple could easily launch a "Pro" model that includes these more specialized features alongside a standard version with simpler capabilities.
- The Series 3, which Apple still sells alongside the Series 5 for $200, offers similar performance when it comes to running apps and can handle almost any task the Series 5 can — except for taking an ECG, measuring a hard fall, and showing information on the watch's screen even when the display is turned off.
- Other important new features, like the ability to download apps to the watch straight from your wrist without turning to your iPhone and monitoring activity trends over time, also launched on the Series 3 through software updates.
Boeing Stock Has a Much Bigger Problem Than the FAA
- Unfortunately for enthusiastic BA bulls, pleasing a federal agency is going to be a cakewalk compared to winning back the public's trust.
- Boeing stock recovered sharply on Friday to close the week on a positive note as the FAA called U.S. airline executives to inform them the 737 MAX could be set to return to service sooner than mid-year.
- Unfortunately for enthusiastic BA bulls, pleasing a federal agency is going to be a cakewalk compared to winning back the public’s trust.
- As further issues have emerged with the MAX, it’s clear the FAA failed in their job to correctly protect the consumer, as Boeing employees admitted to covering them up.
- But, if the public indicates it doesn’t want to fly on the 737 MAX, then good luck sticking a new name on the side and convincing the much more skeptical modern consumer that it’s a new plane.