It's the end of July and looking at the news last week surrounding Apple and Wall Street and one could think that the investors are just being greedy. What we're seeing is why guidance, the method of providing where a company expects to be at the end of the accounting work for the quarter, and how the analysts interpret that is much like the sports oddsmakers predicting who will win the SuperBowl. And, when Apple outperforms on revenue but says that sales of iPhones will slow down, the company gets dinged after turning a massive profit.
What people need to realize is all of the iPhones out there KEEP bringing in money to Apple. First there's AppleCare, the add on warranty that used to be warranties that were sold by the mobile operators and third party companies. Has anyone looked at the money that is now going in the direction of Apple and not AT&T or Verizon?
Then there's the revenue for apps sales and content sales in the App Store and iTunes Store. Apple gets 1/3 roughly of all the money that comes through the stores and that's recurring revenue. The fall brings new television programs and more movies, so all those prior buyers of iPads and iPhones, not to mention those who consume content on their PCs (Macs and Windows) are also going to be spending again.
Then there's the Apple Watch. It's the first edition, so it's more like the first iPod or iPhone or even iPad. Just the start. If you look back at how Apple innovates on top of their innovation, and how the sales of each successive model rises you'll begin to question the analysts reaction.
This is especially obvious in light of what comes next with the Apple Watch. It's called MASS MARKET.
The Apple Watch will be available at stores of Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, starting Aug. 7. The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models will be sold at more than 300 Best Buy stores in time for the holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman for Apple Inc said.
Online fantasy sports leader DraftKings has raised $300 million with most of it coming from Fox's investment arm and a large portion of it committed to be spent with Fox Sports. Fantasy sports are hotter now than ever online, and with football, basketball and hockey seasons just a few months away, not to mention baseball in full swing, Fox's bet on DraftKings may play out.
Attention sports fans: Prepare to see a lot more DraftKings advertising over the next few years. DraftKings, one of the top daily fantasy sports companies, has raised $300 million in new funding led by 21st Century Fox's Fox Sports unit.
"Good morning Mr. Phelps...." was a line many fans of the Mission Impossible TV series will remember or "Good Morning Mr. Hunt.." of the movie series with Tom Cruise as the star..and you'll also recall the lead usually ended with "this message will self destruct in five seconds." Well now anyone can be The IMF leader sending messages that will self-destruct with Dmail.
Have you ever regretted sending an email, and wished you could take it back? Or maybe you've worried about sending confidential information over email - especially after seeing the damage a large-scale email hack can cause, like the one that hit Sony Pictures last year?
VC's and the corporate world have had a long history. The tie ins provide everything from a hedge against being made irrelevant to simply making money on the investment. Today more and more corporate venture is at play, and they're putting money in earlier rounds as well as their historical later rounds as the always have.
Since 2010, Kleiner Perkins has completed 29% of its deals with a corporate venture unit. NEA and Andreessen Horowitz round out the top three. In 2014, corporate venture capital or CVC groups participated in nearly one-fifth of all VC activity. But certain VC firms are syndicating a much larger percentage of their deals with corporate venture units than others.
Is Amazon going retail? Sure the Apple store is a hit, but lots of lessons are out there of online brands flaming out at retail. One that comes to mind was Gateway and their failure with Gateway stores. Microsoft hasn't done well with
For decades, drive-thrus have served up everything from coffee to prescriptions to dry cleaning - not to mention burgers and fries. Now Amazon.com Inc. wants to add another item to the list: Your groceries.
Google Inc., the company that brought order to the Internet, has set its sights on doing the same for the flocks of commercial drones expected to someday clog the skies. The search-engine pioneer is joining some of the biggest companies in technology, communications and aviation -- including Amazon.com Inc., Verizon Communications Inc.
Slack and your Google Calendar are now able to be linked. This means when a new item is added, you can notify yourself or others. The big feature is if you create team calendars for projects, add todo's the calendar and need to track everything in one place. This also means that as your calendar items "pop-up" they are also alerting you via Slack.
As a user of Slack, you're organized, you're on the ball, and you're well connected to your team. Every once in a while though, something falls through the cracks and you forget a meeting. Or you didn't know the meeting location, or the time changed, and that messed up your whole day.
Telling stories through pictures has always been an art form. Now a company out of Israel is turning it into a whole business where they take data and convert it into visual news stories that go well beyond the concept of infographics.
How Dadaviz is bringing you the news, visually
In December the U.S. Senate report on the C.I.A.'s "enhanced interrogation" program was released and news organizations found creative ways to report on the findings. Dadaviz, a data visualization outlet, also moved quickly to analyze the report and publish a different angle to the story.
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