Mac sales are seriously suffering despite Apple’s rosy overall revenue

In its latest financial results Apple witnessed its best revenue ever in the June quarter – and hit double-digit growth for the fourth consecutive quarter – with strong iPhone and ‘services’ sales, but the company’s desktop computers slumped in terms of the money they’re bringing in.

In fact, as ZDNet observed, in Q3, Mac sales dropped to 3.72 million units, which is  a seven-year low. That has to be a worrying statistic for Apple, and it represents a 13% slide compared to the same quarter last year.

The previous two quarters, looking at them comparatively to the same time last year, pretty much held levels of sales where they were (although Q2 did drop slightly).

As we’ve observed previously, looking at last year, there were certainly blips in Mac sales, but overall Apple’s desktop computers hit their highest revenue total ever in 2017.

Mac action

So why might computer sales be flagging now? Well, the Mac range hasn’t seen much action of late, and while Apple did wheel out a pair read more

Subscription startup Kidbox launches its own clothing lines

Kidbox, a subscription clothing box similar to Stitch Fix – but aimed at parents who dislike kids’ clothes shopping (aka all of us) – is now launching its own private label kids’ brands. At launch, the three clothing brands – Miki B., Kid’s Club, and Baby Basics – will join the startup’s over 130 existing brand partners, such as Adidas, DKNY, 7 for All Mankind, Puma, Jessica Simpson, Reebok, Diesel and others.

The company had said earlier this year that it would soon be branching out into its own brands with the arrival of its fall 2018 back-to-school box.

Having sent out its first box of clothing during the back-to-school shopping season in 2016, Kidbox now has two years of data under its belt to inform its designers what kids clothing is selling. Its boxes, similar to Stitch Fix, are put together after parents fill out a profile. The offer their kids’ sizing information, age, and what sort of styles, colors and patterns, they like and hate. Kidbox then preps a box accordingly, read more

Snapchat’s new Lenses respond to your voice not your face

Today, Snapchat announced that it is rolling out a new set of Lenses that will respond to your voice. There’s no need to make a facial gesture, like an eyebrow raise or sticking your tongue out, to activate these. Simply say one of the recognized English words, like “Hi,” “Love” or “Wow,” and the Lenses will animate. These Lenses will begin appearing today in a global rollout.

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Goodreads and the Crushing Weight of Literary FOMO

Consuming pop culture is my job. Well, writing about it is my job, but that makes keeping tabs on movies, television, podcasts, Twitter/Instagram feeds, and everything else a professional necessity. Yet, there’s one high-protein item that always seems to be missing in my media diet: books. It’s not that I don’t read them—I’ve got two to three going at any given time—it’s that I feel like I don’t read them enough.

How do I know this? Fucking Goodreads.

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I hardly remember joining Goodreads, but according to my account it happened in April 2010. Back then, before every social network felt like a data breach waiting to happen, it seemed easier to join any hot read more

Huawei overtakes Apple in smartphone shipments

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is now the second biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world according to new reports from IDC and Canalys, as The Verge initially spotted.

In IDC’s latest report, the firm says that the overall market has shrunk by 1.8 percent in Q2 2018. But the biggest surprise is that Huawei now has a 15.8 percent market share with 54.2 million smartphones shipped in Q2.

It doesn’t mean that Apple is performing poorly. The company is shipping slightly more smartphones this year compared to last year. Apple also has a slightly bigger market share with 12.1 percent of the market.

Samsung is shipping 10.4 percent less smartphones but still remains the leader with 20.9 percent market share, or 71.5 million smartphones. In other words, many Samsung buyers are now buying Huawei devices, or other Android devices.

Canalys confirms this trend with the same order — Samsung, Huawei and then Apple. But the firm also highlights that Apple suffers from seasonability read more

Samsung and LG phones with rear second screens show up in new plans

Fancy a screen on the rear of your smartphone? If the latest patents from LG and Samsung are anything to go by that could well become reality.

The patents, filed at the American patent office, were spotted by Dutch site Mobielkopen and included sketches of handsets with large displays on the front, and smaller displays on the rear.

Samsung’s second screen design (filed in December 2016) is the larger of the two, taking up about half the space on the rear of the phone. There’s no sign of a fingerprint scanner though, so either it’s planned to be built into the display, or this handset will rely solely on face recognition.

It also appears to be the thinner handset, with power and volume keys on one side, a USB-C port on its base and no sign of a headphone jack.

Meanwhile the LG design (filed in June 2016) features a smaller second display on the back, which sits above a camera block and what appears to be a centralized fingerprint scanner.

The overall design of the phone looks read more

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The other shoe dropped.MoviePass is raising the price of its standard plan

MoviePass announced that in the next 30 days, its standard one-movie-per-day plan will increase from the current $10 per month to $15 per month. Additionally, tickets to first-run movies opening on at least 1,000 screens will be limited for the first two weeks. Last but not least, “MoviePass will begin to limit ticket availability to blockbuster films.” In a press release, the company spun it as a way to limit burning up its remaining cash (true) and an attempt to “empower” smaller films (laughable).

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Make use of that big battery.Tesla ‘party and camper mode’ turns EVs into tailgating machines

Elon Musk teased the future addition of a “party & camper mode” that will read more

Top Stories in July 2018: How 3-D Gun Printing Became a First Amendment Case

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Sorry guys, even Elon Musk can’t fix MoviePass…

Well, Elon Musk sure had a good run at fixing the world’s pressing problems. Stuff like climate change — with those fancy electric sports cars, built in a fancy tent. Or those fancy solar roof tiles. (Fancy rockets aren’t really a ‘fix’ at this point but he’s thinking about the extraterrestrial future of humanity, okay.)

There was also that kid-sized sub he hastily put together this summer to try and save boys trapped in a cave in Thailand (that endeavor didn’t end so great for Musk though).

He’s even offered to fix Flint’s polluted water.

But it appears that even a well-greased God Complex knows its limits. Because the problem that Musk himself has said is too big for Musk to fix is, well, cash-strapped MoviePass.

At least that’s what Musk said to BuzzFeed reporter Samir Mezrahi via twitter….

So, sorry movie lovers. Musk and his billions might have been your only hope — against price read more

Windows ‘Your Phone’ app gives you access to Android files on a PC

Microsoft first announced the drag-and-drop experience earlier this year during its annual Build developer conference in Seattle. It will eventually be available for iPhone users, but only in a limited capacity, particularly to send the webpage you’re viewing on mobile to a computer so you can continue watching videos or reading text on a bigger screen.

Your phone must be running Android 7.0 and above to be able to use the experimental feature. Simply fire up the Your Phone app and then download the corresponding mobile application. Once you’ve set things up, keep an eye out for a desktop pin rolling out in the next few weeks. It will give you even quicker access to the photos on your mobile device.

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