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An incredibly significant group of consumers is NOT buying iPhone 6

It provides more evidence that the iPhone 6 is fundamentally different from previous iPhones because repeat Apple customers are NOT the main buyers of iPhone 6.<p>Rather, <i>everyone else is.</i><p>Previously, Apple was content to take about 15% of the global phone market for iPhone, and Android took the rest — …

Iceland's Secret Swimming Pool in the Valley

<i>T</i>his one wasn’t always in the guide books or on the tourist trail, but out there in the nowhere. Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, built into the …

Microsoft to stop producing Windows versions

<b>Windows 10 is going to be the last major revision of the operating system.</b><p>Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive, said in a conference speech this week that Windows 10 would be the "last version" of the dominant desktop software.<p>His comments were echoed by Microsoft which said it would …

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Big day for stocks shows why the bull market can keep running

U.S. stock markets finished strong Friday, with the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all rising more than 1% after the April jobs report beat economists’ …

Taylor Swift may have given us a huge clue about Apple's plans to hurt Spotify

We don't know exactly how this is going to work, so I asked a source who is an employee at Apple what was going on. My source told me to look at Taylor Swift. "Loads of big names left Spotify last year, and we all wondered why," my source says. Though Swift got all the headlines, my source points …

It's All Good News From The World's Travel & Tourism Industry For The Next 20 Years

From time to time, I like to tout the strengths of the world’s Travel and Tourism industry. I think most people know Travel and Tourism ranks among the most exciting and dynamic economic sectors on the planet. But, by any measure, 2014 was outstanding. The industry accounted for $7.6 trillion in …

The clone that won't disappear: 'Threes' vs. '2048' on Google Play

Google removed the quirky puzzle game <i>Threes</i> from the Play store on Tuesday. Its removal was unceremonious and sudden, but that's not exactly why <i>Threes</i> creator Asher Vollmer found the situation frustrating. That came down to two reasons:<p>A robot informed Vollmer that his game was removed from Google …

Apple's Secret Army Of Watch Evangelists

So far Apple's roll out of the Apple Watch has been par for the course, at least for an Apple debut. By that I mean, the Apple Watch is following a well-trodden, multi-stage path.<p>Stage 1: Apple introduces revolutionary product after teasing markets for months about the novel product.<p>Stage 2: …

Apple launches program for third-party Watch strap makers

There's already a number of Apple-made and third-party Watch bands out there, but Cupertino wants more -- and it wants products that follow its exact specifications. The company has launched a "Made for Apple Watch" program, which gives makers a list of design requirements to follow, similar to its …

Home Depot Quietly Drops Apple Pay, But Service Continues to Work at Many Stores

While not an official partner for Apple Pay, the presence of NFC terminals at many Home Depot locations across the country has enabled the contactless payment service to work as normal at select stores in the home improvement chain. Today, however, a user on Reddit received a response from Home …

We now know Angela Ahrendts isn't to blame for the Apple Watch launch screwups

But now, thanks to a report in the Wall Street Journal, we know what caused the issue— a serious technical fault with a key component from one of Apple's suppliers.<p>This suggests that Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was <i>not</i> to blame for launching the products even though Apple's stores had none to …

Apple Watch: the fashion verdict

Photograph: beyonce.com<p>Beyoncé with her gold Apple watch.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/28/1430245861383/798ad016-1a30-41c5-ba82-ee9280ecd2fa-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: beyonce.com<p>Beyoncé with her gold Apple …

Smartwatches

In praise of the ambitious, indispensible Apple Watch

Most early reviews of the Apple Watch didn’t do it justice. It’s fine, they said, but not for everybody.<p>Come on! COME ON!!!!<p>The Apple Watch is the most exciting gadget for years. Its ambition is huge. It does a ton of stuff. It’s not some silly smartwatch — it’s a computer for your wrist. And I’m …

Apple Checkmates Qualcomm, The 64-bit Move That Weakened Android

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC has not had the easiest of introductions. Some handset manufacturers have been reluctant to commit to it and depressed Qualcomm’s order book. Others looking to use the chipset have delayed production and set release dates later in the year. Major partner Samsung …

Look how similar red-hot Chinese startup Xiaomi's products are to Apple's designs

Xiaomi, founded by CEO Lei Jun, is often referred to as the "Apple of China," not least because of the famed devotion of its fans. The company holds worldwide flash sales for its customers and throws them parties in expensive nightclubs— and they love the company for it.<p>But Xiaomi is like Apple in …

If you missed the rally, then you probably just made the most classic mistake in investing

As you can see in the chart to the right from Oppenheimer's John Stoltzfus, we've had a couple had at least six decent sized sell-offs since the beginning of the year.<p>And once again, we've rallied right back to new all-time highs.<p>Because of the way our brains work, some of us probably worried about …

Doubling your money: The 'rule of 72'

How long does it take to double your money? You likely can have twice as much wealth in 10 years, if you invest it in stocks, or 72 years if it goes into a savings account. It pays to understand the math.<p>Everyone says you should invest because you'll grow your money, but let's back up a second and …

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

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Microsoft's Surface sales are on the upswing once again

After a very slow start, Microsoft's Surface finally seems to be hitting its stride. The company made $713 million from Surface sales last quarter, a 44 percent jump over last year, according to its latest earnings report. And yes, it's attributing much of that to the Surface Pro 3, which also saw …

Google grew both its revenue and profit in the first quarter of 2015

Google just released its earnings statement for the first quarter of 2015, and the company had another healthy financial period — albeit one that just missed Wall Street estimates. The company pulled in $17.3 billion in revenue, up 17 percent year over year, while operating income of $4.45 billion …

Apple Watch ships for most devoted buyers

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Apple Watch's first real test in the hands of consumers got underway Friday, alongside a display of Apple's strategy to cast the accessory as a luxury item.<p>Eager buyers who had gone online during the first weekend of preorders April 10 started to receive their Apple Watches …

Amazon posts smaller losses than expected as revenues jump

Strong demand for cloud services boosts company’s revenue, but Amazon reports loss of $57m in the first quarter of 2015<p>Strong demand for cloud computing services helped Amazon’s revenue jump 15% in the first quarter.<p>The company also reported a smaller quarterly loss than expected and its shares …

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iFixit Apple Watch Teardown Suggests No Internal Chip Upgrades

Today is Apple Watch D-Day for a speedy few early adopters, with Cupertino finally shipping the first batch of its debut wearable to buyers. That means it’s also the day that serial repairers/tenacious teardowners iFixit get to crack open Apple’s latest sealed box and peer inside so we don’t have …

Smartwatches

Traders have been 'spoofing' the market and now regulators are finally catching on

His charge: "spoofing."<p>Sarao's case is just the latest in a recent wave of spoofing investigations being conducted by the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators.<p>So what is it?<p>One person who would know is fraud attorney Celiza Bragança of Stoltmann Law, who …

A LOT of employees plan to buy a smartwatch for work

A lot of employees who already use mobile devices for work plan to buy an Apple Watch or similar device, according to a global survey by mobile device management company MobileIron.<p>It asked over 3,500 workers about their plans to buy a device like the Apple Watch.<p>42% percent said they either …

How the 'Internet of Things' will impact consumers, businesses, and governments in 2016 and beyond

For more than two years, BI Intelligence has closely tracked the growth of the IoT. Specifically, we've analyzed how the IoT ecosystem enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to, and control, their IoT devices in 16 environments, including manufacturing, the …

These 4 people get to see the jobs report the night before the market does

This is the premier data point on the US economic calendar and is viewed as the best overview of the most important part of the economy: the workforce.<p>The report comes out at 8:30 am ET, but there are 4 people who get the report beforehand so they know what's coming the next day.<p>On Barry Ritholtz's …

Wall Street bets on oil price rally

If the whims of speculators are anything to go by, then oil markets are poised for a rebound.<p>Data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission show that bullish positions on WTI have reached their highest levels in eight months. Speculators make bets on the price of crude – long or short – …