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Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in Q1 2015 — their best quarter ever

Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in Q1 2015 — their best quarter ever

What did you expect from Apple? Analysts were hopeful Apple would have a very good quarter to start their fiscal 2015, but Apple did them one better. After reporting $18 billion in profit, their stock is ticking upward at a steady clip. How Apple got to these impressive figures isn’t mysterious — it’s hardware sales, advertising, and wetting their beak in sales of apps. With regard to hardware, Apple moved an astonishing 74.5 million iPhone during Q1 2015, which is the most they’ve ever sold in one quarter.

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Apple Earnings break records for Q1 2015

Apple Earnings break records for Q1 2015

Earnings for Apple's 2015 Q1 include the last three months of the calendar year 2014, ending on December 27th. Today's earnings announcement from Apple includes a record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion USD. Apple also announced a record quarterly net profit of $18 billion USD. That's brings on a cool $3.06 USD per diluted share for investors. Apple's gross margin was 39.9 percent this quarter - this compares to a 37.9 percent gross margin this same time one year ago. Apple is doing quite well and investors are quite happy, needless to say.

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Apple Pay deal will bring mobile payments to vending machines

Apple Pay deal will bring mobile payments to vending machines

Apple Pay is coming to the vending machine. In a deal struck with USA Technologies, Apple Pay will be available for around 200,000 self-serve payment terminals, including vending machines. Among the things you might find Apple Pay used with are coffee brewers, unmanned kiosks, laundry machines, pay-to-park terminals, or “other self-serve appliances”. The feature will be immediately available on machines running USA’s ePort cashless payment point-of-sale system, while others will need to be retrofitted with the proper hardware to accept Apple Pay.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update fixes bugs, has archived cloud storage

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update fixes bugs, has archived cloud storage

Now that iOS 8.1.3 is out, Apple also pushed an update for OS X Yosemite. Now at 10.10.2, Apple’s desktop update brings with it some bug fixes we’re happy to find. The update isn’t massive, but fixes a series of things users have been wanting Apple to fix for some time, now. Apple has addressed a WiFi bug that caused disconnections, and resolved a few issues with Safari; most notably one that caused webpages to load slowly. There is also an interesting new feature for iCloud Drive.

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Apple rolls out iOS 8.1.3, requires less open memory for updates

Apple rolls out iOS 8.1.3, requires less open memory for updates

Apple has just released iOS 8.1.3, their third iteration on the release of iOS 8. After a series of errors surrounding iOS 8 upgrades, this one fixes some minor problems. We’ll now need less space to update an iPhone or iPad device over the air, and iOS 8.1.3 fixes an issue where Spotlight failed to display app results. Thankfully, Apple also fixed their frustrating multitasking gestures bug on iPad (five-finger pinch to close, among others). The update is rolling out now.

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Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

OS X Yosemite brought with it a new Spotlight; one that’s a bit smarter, more contextual, and exceedingly more useful than its predecessor. It’s not quite the one-stop monster some want, though, and for that there’s Alfred. The Spotlight replacement app takes what Spotlight does and gives it a Red Bull. With some configuration, you can set up keyboard shortcuts for just about any task or series of tasks. Now, Alfred is coming to iOS, and wants to be your second-screen taskmaster.

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Apple shuttering TestFlight’s standalone service, moves it in-house

Apple shuttering TestFlight’s standalone service, moves it in-house

When Apple quietly acquired Burstly to better wrangle TestFlight into their App Store beta testing mix, it was seen as a positive move forward. Apple didn’t yet have an effective way to encourage more testing of their apps, meaning what you ended up with was largely imagined and realized in-house from the Developer(s). TestFlight provides a solid, known platform for Developers, but it’s shifting under their feet. Apple will now take TestFlight’s beta wholly in-house, shutting down it’s original platform altogether in February.

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Apple Pay comes to the PGA this weekend in Phoenix

Apple Pay comes to the PGA this weekend in Phoenix

Apple Pay has a growing legion of users thanks to the rise of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. the NFC chipset found inside those devices is there solely for use with Apple Pay, where iPhone owners can simply tap and pay using credit cards associated with the service. You’ll find it used at stores like Whole Foods or Walgreens, and now Apple Pay is hitting the links. At this weekend’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, Apple Pay can be used at various concession stands.

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1Password gets even better, now has easier login creation

1Password gets even better, now has easier login creation

For the security-conscious among us, 1Password has proven itself an indispensable tool. The app — available for iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X — both manages and generates secure passwords for you, and their new TouchID features are promising. An update, rolling out for iOS users today, brings in the ability to generate one-time passwords as well as some new features for their app extension. Sync is also improving , as is 1Password’s language support, in what the AgileBits team calls their ‘awesomesauce’ update.

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iPhones sales in China likely trump USA

iPhones sales in China likely trump USA

When it became clear that Apple was going to be able to enter China to grow their worldwide smartphone sales market, it was expected that this would be a major expansion. What we're hearing today is that Apple's sales of iPhones in China this quarter very likely surpassed those here in the United States. Estimates come from UBS and Creative Strategies, both analyst groups suggest that Apple's next quarterly earnings run-down will be a bit of a shocker.

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