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Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Amazon is not having a great afternoon. After reporting an operating loss of $544 million this most recent quarter, Amazon is suggesting that one big reason they're headed into the hole is the Amazon Fire Phone. During their earnings conference call for investors, Amazon representatives suggested that they'd be taking a $170 million charge. This writedown would be "primarily related to Fire phone inventory" as well as "supplier commitment costs."

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Surface drives nearly billion dollar revenue for Microsoft in Q1

Surface drives nearly billion dollar revenue for Microsoft in Q1

This quarter is a rather good one for Microsoft's Surface tablet lineup, that's for certain. Their financial crew reported Microsoft Financial 2015 Q1 results today, showing the Surface Pro 3 to have driven Surface revenue up to $908 million for the quarter. Microsoft's Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96 billion overall, while total Xbox console sales were 2.4 million, growing a cool 102%. Xbox One also launched in 28 new markets in these past three quarters alone.

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Amazon loses big, but the worst is yet to come

Amazon loses big, but the worst is yet to come

It's not looking especially good at Amazon right this minute for investors. While operating loss was $25 million USD in Amazon's Q3 of 2013, this quarter (one year later), they've reported operating loss at $544 million. Net loss, on the other hand, was $41 million at this time last year and $437 million this quarter. On a more positive side, Amazon introduced several new products this quarter and increased net sales 20% to $20.58 billion this quarter compared to $17.09 billion one year ago. It may be time for a fire sale, nonetheless.

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Police Alerts NOT new on Google Now

Police Alerts NOT new on Google Now

So you'd like to keep an eye on your local police department's doings, yes? Lucky you, there's a new Police Alerts segment being added to Google Now as we speak. This isn't brand new, on the other hand - it's all part of Google's team-up with Nixle earlier this year. If you don't see anything on your Google Now app now, you might also just be lucky - this isn't just a way to see what your local cops are up to, but a way for your local cops to inform you of emergencies.

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Apple looking to keep Sapphire hopes alive

Apple looking to keep Sapphire hopes alive

The Apple and GT Advanced partnership might be dead, but the Sapphire plant in Arizona could still live on. Apple is reportedly seeking a way to keep the plant alive, possibly even producing Sapphire glass as planned. Though GT won’t be involved, Apple is reportedly looking into how they can reap benefits from their sizable investment. GT, which owns the equipment and is selling it off to pay Apple back the $439 million paid via a loan in their partnership agreement.

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Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps

Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps

Apple has announced their TestFlight Beta program, which allows Developers to seed beta builds of their apps to users, is now live. Registered Apple Developers can now distribute up to 1,000 copies of their app to testers, using the iTunes Connect portal to email invites. It’s a pretty new scheme for Apple, but falls directly in line with their prior beta work with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. With TestFlight, those Developers and companies that aren’t Apple can now do exactly the same.

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Facebook launches Rooms, a forum for everyone

Facebook launches Rooms, a forum for everyone

Facebook has introduced Rooms, a new app adding yet another layer to social connections. Rooms isn’t like Facebook, nor is it a skinned version of like Paper. Rooms is a new way to connect and interact, where users create rooms based on interests. Though Facebook is looking back to the early days of the web as inspiration, we’d be remiss not to point out Rooms is a lot like another social service, form a different social provider. It also answers Facebook’s critics on one important front.

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Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Over in Japan there's a trend in smartphone cases where real rabbits are used to protect their iPhones. The rabbits used for these cases range in size and shape and breed, but for the most part they're just about the right size for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to fit neatly on their tummies. Of course once they decide to flip over, it all goes to heck. And no, it's not a particularly slow day for news, it's just an awesome day to see bunnies holding smartphones.

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Here’s why Ikea BEKANT has standing desk fans frantic

Here’s why Ikea BEKANT has standing desk fans frantic

Ikea’s new BEKANT standing desk is quite the marvel. It raises and lowers with the push of a button, and is height adjustable to just about any standing or sitting height. It’s also Ikea’s first foray into the truly adjustable desk realm, whereas previous submissions were static once assembled. The Ikea faithful are really, really excited about BEKANT. With Ikea no longer selling previously popular standing desk models, and the competition not offering one important thing BEKANT does, here’s why Ikea’s desk is so popular right now.

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Etsy Credit Card Reader released for your smartphone this Autumn

Etsy Credit Card Reader released for your smartphone this Autumn

The team behind Etsy's success know good and well there's quite a bit of money transferring hands between citizens of the Etsy community. Because of this - and because they want to continue to grow with great success - they've decided to get into the credit card business. Not creating credit cards, mind you, but reading them. In comes the "Sell on Etsy Reader" and Etsy Seller app, users will be able to sell their wares on the web and in real life with ease.

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