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Apple $1 trillion milestone: Here’s why it matters

Apple $1 trillion milestone: Here’s why it matters

Apple is officially the first American company to hit a $1 trillion valuation. The company reached the milestone today when its stock exceeded $207.04 per share, ultimately reaching an all-time high of more than $208. The achievement comes a day after the company announced its third-quarter earnings, which blasted past analyst expectations with more than $53 billion in revenue.

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Apple’s affiliate program app removal sees some backlash

Apple’s affiliate program app removal sees some backlash

It's the service that gives money to websites and social media stars for directing followers to iTunes-centric purchases. That's the iTunes Affiliate Program. Before now, it included everything on the store - music, movies, books, TV episodes, apps, and in-app purchases. Starting October 1st, 2018, that program will remove apps and in-app purchases. Some affiliates are not pleased by this move.

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WhatsApp won’t be free for all, soon

WhatsApp won’t be free for all, soon

To make WhatsApp a better place for users - and for the company to actually make a profit - there'll be some money involved, soon. The WhatsApp Business announcement released this week suggested that the WhatApp Business app will soon cost cash to use - for businesses, but not all businesses. The company suggested that sone businesses will have to pay to send "certain messages" - but not all.

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Apple is killing its App Store Affiliate Program for apps

Apple is killing its App Store Affiliate Program for apps

App stores are a convenient way to find great and presumably safe apps for devices. But even with a search function, looking for that perfect app is like searching for the metaphorical needle in a haystack. Apple has utilized its affiliate program to encourage web sites and writers to bring more users to its App Store with a little monetary incentive. Starting October, however, that will no longer be the case and some such news sites are fearful for their survival.

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iOS 12 icon reveals new iPad design without notch, home button

iOS 12 icon reveals new iPad design without notch, home button

A small icon spotted in iOS 12 beta 5 may reveal major design changes set to arrive with Apple's anticipated iPad Pro update. The existing models feature large bezels at the top and bottom, as well as the same home button found on other iPad models. The newly discovered icon, though, shows slim bezels on all sides, the elimination of the home button, and one surprising absence.

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Snapchat lenses Voice Control list : Activated today

Snapchat lenses Voice Control list : Activated today

A set of new Snapchat lenses were released today - if all went as planned - with voice controls embedded within them. As Snapchat already had permission to use your smartphone's microphones when prompted, it was simply a matter of using voice recognition software to set off different effects in the Lens universe. Snapchat revealed that these lenses will hopefully be released by the end of the day today.

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The iPhone price gamble is looking more and more prescient

The iPhone price gamble is looking more and more prescient

Apple's grand strategy to coast through the smartphone slowdown by selling more expensive phones has paid off, with Q3 2018 proving there's more to the bottom line than raw device numbers. The Cupertino company prompted consternation in the run-up to the iPhone X launch, amid rumors - which turned out to be true - that its most expensive model would start at $1,000.

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littleBits Avengers Inventor Kit lets kids create their own super gauntlet

littleBits Avengers Inventor Kit lets kids create their own super gauntlet

Last year, littleBits launched its very awesome Droid Inventor Kit. The kit aimed to get kids interested in STEAM fields by allowing them to create and code their own astromech droid from Star Wars. Giving kids the ability to build and customize their own R2D2 while at the same introducing them to STEAM concepts was certainly a cool idea, and today, littleBits is back with a new Inventor Kit - this time with a Marvel spin.

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Huawei surpasses Apple as second largest smartphone vendor

Huawei surpasses Apple as second largest smartphone vendor

The US government has started to close in on Huawei and, more recently, ZTE over national security concerns. Perhaps in retaliation, Huawei has seemingly been limiting the availability of its smartphones in the US. Now the Chinese company may be showing its true power, which could give the US even more reason to be worried. According to IDC, Huawei has just overtaken US-based Apple as the world’s largest smartphone vendor. It may be temporary but still proves the growing strength of Huawei’s brand.

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iPhone and iPad unit sales plateau again in Apple Q3 2018

iPhone and iPad unit sales plateau again in Apple Q3 2018

In Apple's Q3 2018 earnings report, the company revealed that unit sales of both the iPad and the iPhone were almost identical to last year at this time. Sequentially, iPhone sales revenue and unit sales took a real dip - which is pretty standard for this time of year. Let's compare this quarter's hardware sales data to last year's at this time and see what we make of it.

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Apple reveals best June quarter ever with $53 billion in revenue

Apple reveals best June quarter ever with $53 billion in revenue

Apple has announced its third quarter 2018 financial results, revealing a quarterly revenue of $53.3 billion. This was the company's best June quarter ever, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who cites strong iPhone, Services and Wearables sales as the driving force for Q3. As well, Apple boasts that this was its fourth consecutive quarter seeing double-digital growth in revenue.

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Dual SIM iPhones tipped in iOS 12 beta 5

Dual SIM iPhones tipped in iOS 12 beta 5

Though Dual SIM phones have yet to really take off here in the US, they're pretty popular in other regions of the world. This is especially true in places like Europe and Asia, where people are more likely to visit other countries frequently. A lot of manufacturers offer dual SIM variants of their flagship phones in some regions, but one company that doesn't is Apple.

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