Apple Reversed Its iPhone Slump. But What's Next?

Apple has snapped out of the first sales slump in the iPhone’s decade-long history, although the modest upturn doesn’t mean that it has broken out of its innovation funk.

If anything, the numbers Apple released Tuesday highlight the company’s growing dependence on the iPhone, whose sales tower above Apple’s other current offerings. The company hasn’t managed to come up with another breakthrough product since its chief visionary, Steve Jobs, died in 2011.

Meanwhile, Apple’s rivals have been rolling out new products in other promising fields such as augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Apple currently trails in those areas, although many analysts believe the company may try to catch up with products featuring those trendy technologies later this year.

No matter what’s coming down the pike, the iPhone remains a huge moneymaker. Its success is the main reason Apple boasts a market value of $640 billion — more than any other company.

The iPhone is also driving the rapid growth of Apple’s services division, which makes money from fixing devices, selling music streaming subscriptions and commissions on sales of mobile apps. Apple’s services revenue surged 18 percent to $7.2 billion in the past quarter, putting it on pace generate enough annual revenue by itself to rank among the world’s largest companies.

iPhones on the Rise Again … Barely

But selling more iPhones has been getting tougher as more people hold on to older models for longer periods and competitors such as Samsung and Google entice customers with sleek devices running on Android software. The trend led to three consecutive quarters in which iPhone sales fell compared to the prior year, causing Apple’s total revenue to sag as well.

Apple bounced back in the quarter ending in December, buoyed by a positive response to the late September release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. That device…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Moon Hoon and his Legacy of Art Fusion with Architecture: The Owl House

South Korea, known for their korean novels, fast food, beautiful places and high regards for technology, South Korea also has great taste in terms of design. They are more on the modern minimalist kind of architecture,and functionality tops their list. One korean architect named Moon Hoon placed quite a unique twist to his own creations.…
Source: Mobile Magazine

Nintendo Promises More Smartphone Games

Nintendo Co. President Tatsumi Kimishima told reporters Wednesday the company is committed to delivering more content for smartphones, noting that the success of “Pokemon Go,” a smartphone augmented-reality game, boosted sales of other Pokemon games and of 3DS machines.

That helped Kyoto-based Nintendo, which creates Super Mario games, report a better-than-expected October-December profit of 64.7 billion yen ($569 million), more than twice its same-period profit in the previous year.

Investors were unimpressed, sending Nintendo stock sinking 2 percent in Tokyo trading. The stock had already slipped when the price for the Switch was announced earlier this month.

The Japanese video game maker also kept unchanged its original target of selling 2 million Switch consoles in the first month after its launch, despite speculation it might aim higher because of brisk pre-orders.

The Switch, the first major hybrid console-and-hand-held game device, goes on sale March 3. It costs $299.99, more expensive than many had hoped.

But Kimishima said the company did not want to go into the red.

Game makers often keep prices low, even taking a loss on each machine sold, in hopes of boosting sales and making up for the loss later with game software sales.

Also Wednesday, Nintendo said production of the Wii U home console had ended for all markets. The company had said earlier it planned to end Wii U production but had not given a date.

Nintendo said that to sustain profitability it will deliver a steady rollout of various games, including games for cellphones, at two to three a year.

Kimishima said interest was growing for Pokemon among young children, including those who had never played the game before but were now playing with parents who grew up with Pokemon. Making Nintendo games available on smart devices was also wooing younger players, he said.

“Whether we can get them to buy the second or…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

The Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s Make or Break Smartphone

As of today, Samsung has finally revealed its new make or break Galaxy S8 beyond the leaks and rumors. The two expected models – with 5.8 inch and 6.2 inch AMOLED screens – definitely shows what rumors could now confirm, that the larger model has no home button. The two new models are notably and…
Source: Mobile Magazine

Too Bad You Can’t Buy These Tech Yet and They’re Really Useful

When you browse through crowdfunding projects in sites such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter, occasionally you’ll find some really good startups worth their salt in effort and, well, usefulness. After all, isn’t that the point of all technology? When you invent something it has to be useful, and something we need or will need to use…
Source: Mobile Magazine

Facebook Makes More Tweaks to News Feed

Facebook this week outlined several changes it is making to its News Feed in order to improve the quality and timeliness of stories. The goal, says Facebook, is to deliver the most relevant stories to everyone. In order to do this, Facebook is first incorporating new signals to help it identify and rank authentic content. For example, it will view likes, shares, and comments as signals of authenticity, but look at pages that are often spammy or hidden as clues against the content’s authenticity. Second, Facebook is employing a new set of tools to help it predict and rank in real-time when posts might be most relevant to users. In order to do this, it will look at engagement, such as comments from friends or lots of shares, as signs that the page or content might be of interest. Facebook says the updated News Feed behaviors are rolling out now.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Snapseed for Android and iOS Adopts Curves

Google has added several features to its Snapseed photo editing app for Android and iOS devices. The primary new tool is called curves, which allows people to precisely control brightness levels within their photos. Snapseed also improves face detection, adds the ability to force line breaks within text, and improves grain clarity in black and white images. Snapseed is free to download from the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Fancy a ZTE Blade A512 ? It’s now available on Vodafone

Fancy a ZTE Blade A512 ? Its now available on Vodafone

Got £79 and fancy a ZTE device with Android 6.0 and a 13 megapixel camera? Powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, this is the ZTE A512 and it’s now available on Vodafone Pay As You Go.

It features a 720×1280 pixel screen, Android 6.0, 16GB of on-board storage, 2GB RAM and a microSD slot. There’s also a front-facing 5 megapixel shooter and it has a 5.2″ 720 x 1280 HD screen. WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS feature but, if we’re honest, this isn’t a phone we’ve had chance to play with so we don’t know a great deal about it.

Fancy a ZTE Blade A512 ? Its now available on Vodafone

If you’ve got one, do let us know your thoughts.

Fancy a ZTE Blade A512 ? Its now available on Vodafone
Fancy a ZTE Blade A512 ? Its now available on Vodafone

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