Posts Tagged ‘apple’

Apple Beats Fiscal Q4 Earnings Estimates, as Wall Street Eyes Huge iPhone Sales Pipeline

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple handily topped analyst expectations for its September quarter, as the tech giant reported sales of 39.3 million iPhones — and Wall Street anticipates an even bigger surge for the smartphone business during the 2014 holiday shopping season. The company posted revenue of $42.1 billion and earnings per share of $1.42 for fiscal fourth quarter of 2014, which ended Sept. 27. Financial... Read more

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Fox’s Maria Bartiromo Follows Everyone From Matt Damon to Matt Drudge on Twitter

September 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Maria Bartiromo Claim to fame:

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Amazon Chops Price of Fire Phone to 99 Cents Ahead of iPhone Launch

September 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

After poor reviews and lackluster sales, Amazon is essentially giving away its recently launched Fire Phone for free to customers who commit to a two-year service contract — a move coming 24 hours before Apple is expected to bow next-generation iPhone models. The ecommerce giant in June launched the Fire Phone, touting whiz-bang features including a 3D-like display... Read more

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The Parents Television Council Is Already Upset About What Nicki Minaj Will Do on Sunday

August 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Really, you wonder if the Parents Television Council is secretly letting MTV write their press releases. Nicki Minaj's butt-heavy video for her new single Anaconda (why, yes, it does sample Sir Mix-A-Lot) dropped today, and the hip-hop artist's outfits and dance moves already have the PTC outraged about the VMAs, despite the fact that the broadcast is several days away. "Given the explicit video," said a statement from the group, which included a helpful link to a site hosting the video, "the Parents Television Council said that if her performance at the VMAs is anything like her new video, then the show must be rated TV-MA." The VMAs will probably be rated TV-14, as usual. MTV had no comment. The rating of the VMAs is a particular bee in the PTC's collective bonnet this year: earlier this week Tim Winter issued a statement demanding that MTV "commit publicly" to a statement authored by the PTC saying they wouldn't show "explicit sexual content," apparently as defined in relationship to Miley Cyrus's much-discussed twerking performance last year, in addition to agreeing not to violate its own standards, as the PTC claims it did in '13. So why is the PTC getting bent out of shape over this? Well, partly because the organization has logged something of a precipitous decline in donations over the last few years (the most recent form 990 available has the organization bringing in $2.7 million in total for the year 2012, with a little more than $2.5 million coming from donations. As recently as 2008, the organization was seeing

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Julia Stiles Dumps New York City Duplex

August 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SELLER: Julia Stiles LOCATION: New York City, NY PRICE: $2,700,000 SIZE: 2,081 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: We’ve received an unexpected but welcomed covert communiqué from ever-congenial and long-time Big Apple informant Polly Wannacracker who — among other tidbits and morsels — let Your Mama know that New York City born... Read more

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Millennial Women Are not Cutting the Cord

July 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A new report from the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau says that millennials, women 18-24 in particular, are not cutting the cord as quickly as previously thought. In fact, TV's share of viewing hours grew from 84 to 88 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 (data in the study was sourced from the Nielsen Cross-Platform Report), from 129 total hours out of

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Apple Smartwatch Set for Fall Launch: Report

June 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple is gearing up to enter the smartwatch market with a wearable device to monitor health data set to debut in October, Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported. The tech giant plans to produce 3-5 million smartwatch device per month — more than the total 2013 sales worldwide of watch-like devices, according to the Nikkei report, citing anonymous sources.... Read more

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How PTA Wants to Reinvent the Travel Channel

May 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Michael Shimbo isn’t going on the right journey when he navigates the Internet. The former Apple and Live Nation executive who turned his love for music into Concert.TV, has hit the road with PlanesTrains+Automobiles, a digital streaming network that has launched with six original series. It’s the latest venture to bypass a traditional carriage deal with... Read more

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FTC Chair Edith Ramirez Fights for Data Security and Privacy Rights

May 27, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

One year into her tenure as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez is putting the agency front and center as the nation’s leading enforcer on privacy and data security. Through cases like Snapchat, which lied to its users about its privacy practices, and Trendnet, which failed to secure users’ private video feeds, the FTC is setting precedent for how the marketing industry should balance the need to collect consumer data with the need to protect consumer privacy. It never occurred to Ramirez that her law degree would take her to Washington, D.C., let alone run the FTC, at a time when technology has made privacy and data security the defining issue for business and consumers. Her career path was set the minute she met fellow Harvard law school student Barack Obama. She says, “We knew he had an interest in politics, and I knew he would do important things.” Befitting her role as the nation’s privacy arbiter, Ramirez is a no-nonsense individual, not prone to jokes or pleasantries. It’s all business all the time for the San Clemente, Calif., native. Her speeches are precise, carefully worded pronouncements, all assets for the leader of an agency being transformed by privacy and data security issues.

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Apple Close to Buying Beats Electronics for $3.2 Billion

May 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple could be close to making its biggest acquisition in the company’s history, offering $3.2 billion to purchase headphone maker Beats Electronics, which recently launched a streaming music service. Should the deal close, it would mark a major payout for Beats founders and music industry icons Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, who launched the Santa... Read more

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