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Fitbit’s IPO to help them keep pace with Apple, Jawbone

Fitbit’s IPO to help them keep pace with Apple, Jawbone

Fitbit is probably never going to command the wearable space. Even if their hardware is better than Jawbone’s (and it is), Fitbit now has Apple Watch, Microsoft, and Android Wear to contend with. Fitbit also doesn’t seem interested in playing nice with Apple, now the largest company in the wearable space. Fitbit doesn’t work with Apple’s HealthKit, and Apple has stopped selling Fitbit in their company stores. In filing for their IPO, Fitbit laid out some strategic plans, and they may have a lot to do with Jawbone and Apple.

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Apple could use ResearchKit to collect DNA for medical studies

Apple could use ResearchKit to collect DNA for medical studies

iPhones can track a myriad of data from your everyday life. From your footsteps to your heart rate, we relay a lot of data without ever having to opt-in. Apple is looking to gather a new type of information from its users--DNA. Apple is planning to release apps, using its new ResearchKit developer tools, to help hospitals and research teams conduct clinical trials and other medical research from their iPhones, and genetic testing is just another piece of that puzzle.

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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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Apple pressures labels to end Spotify deals, in preparation for Beats

Apple pressures labels to end Spotify deals, in preparation for Beats

Apple is doing what it can to end freemium music services, opening up a bigger piece of the pie for it to step in with its incoming Beats music service. Meanwhile, Spotify is currently the king of the music streaming industry, with 60 million listeners. From that number, only one-fourth are paid subscribers. YouTube also a threat to Apple, as the video service provides viewers with free access to music and music videos that Apple would love to charge users to see.

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Apple Watch torture tests include liquid nitrogen, .50 cal bullet

Apple Watch torture tests include liquid nitrogen, .50 cal bullet

There are certain things to be expected when a new notable product is launched -- there will be fanfare and critics and coveting and all sorts of things, and at some point once the product rolls out there will be destruction. Lots and lots of destruction. The Apple Watch is no exception, of course -- we've seen products get cooked and blended and shot and dropped and smashed and just about every other "torture test" you can think of, and now it's the Apple Watch's turn.

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Apple, IBM deal will bring iPads to Japan’s elderly

Apple, IBM deal will bring iPads to Japan’s elderly

Apple and IBM have entered an agreement with Japan Post to bring iPads to the elderly. The move is a technological step for Japan Post’s ‘Watch’ service, which leverages postal employees to check in on the elderly now and then. Watch currently costs 1,000 Yen/month ($8.50 or so). Japan Post is government-owned, and operates roughly 24,000 post offices in addition to a large bank. Japan Post is also one of the nation’s largest insurers, and hopes iPads will both scale their Watch service as well as make it easier on everyone involved.

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IDC: Samsung, Apple on top, but for very different reasons

IDC: Samsung, Apple on top, but for very different reasons

Samsung, who recently bounced back successfully with their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones, are once again the top smartphone OEM, according to IDC. Despite a year-over-year drop in overall volume and market share, Samsung holds a 24.5% market share so far in 2015 on the back of 82.4 million smartphone shipments. Second to Samsung is Apple, naturally. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handset maker now has an 18.2% market share, having shipped 61.2 million smartphones last quarter.

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Apple Services may soon beat hardware

Apple Services may soon beat hardware

It's Apple's Q2 2015 and one category stands out to me above all others: Services. While the iPhone has had a 40% growth over this time last year and the Mac has had 10% growth year over year, it's the Services category that I'm most interested in. Why? Because it contains Apple Pay and all of Apple's software stores. Because its growth has been far more tempered than any other category on Apple's basic Product Summary list, and because it's about to break past two categories for the first time in a long time: iPad and Mac.

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Apple’s Q2 financial report reveals “best March quarter results ever”

Apple’s Q2 financial report reveals “best March quarter results ever”

Apple has released its financial report detailing the company’s second quarter ending on March 28. Among the details, we see that Apple pulled in $58 billion in revenue during the quarter, something that worked out to $13.6 billion in net profit. Both numbers are excellent for the company, showing a substantial year-on-year increase — during the same quarter last year, Apple brought in $45.6 billion in revenue and $10.2 billion in net profit. Says Apple, 69-percent of Q2’s revenue was from international sales.

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