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Comcast earnings, revenue up; subscriber losses slowing

Company loses only 25,000 customers in the quarter versus 66,000 YAQ

Joining the chorus of quarterly earnings reports, Comcast has released its own figures. The company is reporting consolidated revenue for the second quarter increasing 3.5 percent to $16.8 billion, with earnings per share at $0.76, a a 16.9 percent increase from the $0.65 reported in the second quarter...


AT&T misses revenue guidance, blames customer transition to AT&T Next

Company still rolling in cash, pulls down $5.6 billion in income

Communications giant AT&T has released its quarterly earnings report for its second quarter of the fiscal year. AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $32.6 billion, up 1.6 percent versus the year-earlier period. Compared with results for the second quarter of 2013, operating expenses were $27.0 billion...


Verizon FiOS receives upstream bandwidth boost matching download speed

Free upload speed upgrades on Verizon FiOS over next few months

Verizon is updating its bandwidth tiers for FiOS, by giving customers higher uploading speeds. Starting from today onward for new and existing Verizon FiOS residential customers, the Internet provider will be upgrading lines at no extra charge, with subscribers being able to upload data at approximately...


Hasbro works with Shapeways to sell 3D-printed models from artists

SuperFanArt sells Hasbro-authorized prints from 3D models of Hasbro brands

The 3D printing industry has received a new and unlikely ally, with toy producer Hasbro working with Shapeways to offer printed models. The new site, SuperFanArt, will allow prospective designers to submit 3D models of Hasbro licensed characters for sale, in turn taking a cut of the profits, with Shapeways...


Dell starts accepting Bitcoin for online computer puchases

Dell works with Coinbase to enable Bitcoin payments

Dell is following the lead of other online retailers, in allowing US customers to buy computers with Bitcoin. The notebook and server producer will now accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment on its website, with chief executive Michael Dell proclaiming that the move makes Dell the "world's largest...


Google adds Google Earth aerial photos to Maps for Business imagery

Google Earth aerial images can be purchased, previously only viewable with API

Google opened up a new path for businesses looking for aerial photography this week, with an addition of Google Maps for Business imagery. The service now grants customers the ability to purchase aerial photos used in Google Earth from the continental United States, reducing the need for business to...


Report: Apple could debut payments system, e-wallet with iPhone 6

May build on iBeacons, Passbook, Touch ID and partners to create truly seamless, secure system

A new report is claiming that Apple is accelerating its plans for a grand "digital wallet" mobile payments system, which could even be ready to debut in the same time frame as the expected "iPhone 6." The company is said to be in talks with Visa to create a partnership agreement that would allow consumers...


Microsoft updates Skype for Android, reveals Amazon Fire Phone app

Skype update allows linking of phonebook with Microsoft account

Microsoft has made a few changes to Skype for Android, adding the option to connect the smartphone's address book to the service. At the same time, Microsoft has revealed it is releasing a version of the messaging app client for Amazon's Fire Phone, one which will take advantage of the smartphone's home...


FCC reminds broadband providers that they can't lie to customers

Notice on Open Internet Transparency Rule tells ISPs to give accurate service information

In a public notice to Internet service providers, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reminded business that they cannot lie to consumers about the services they offer. The notice informs business and the general public that "every provider of broadband Internet access in the United States" is...


Apple document attempts to explain alleged backdoors in iOS

Tools intended strictly for diagnostics, file capture, company says

In another step to address concerns of possible backdoors in iOS, Apple has published a newdocument explaining what three services are intended to do. The first, com.apple.mobile.pcapd, is said to support "diagnostic packet capture from an iOS device to a trusted computer," something useful for "troubleshooting...


Cook: Apple has made 30 acquisitions thus far in fiscal 2014

Most remain undisclosed, but details on Beats buyout rationale emerge

Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed during Tuesday's conference call with analysts that Apple had acquired 30 companies and/or their talent over the course of the past nine months, back to the beginning of the fiscal year which began last October. Of these, less than half have been publicly revealed -- though...


Cook: iPhone 5c, not 5s, was fastest-growing phone in June quarter

Colorful iPhone model continues to be among best-selling smartphones

One of the most surprising things analysts heard on Tuesday in Apple's quarterly earnings conference call that was low on surprises was that year-over-year growth of the iPhone 5c is strong -- so strong, in fact, that its share gain outpaced that of its previous-year rival in the mid-tier "slot" in Apple's...


Cook blames second quarterly drop in iPads on anticipation

Larger markets waiting on next iPad, sales in developing markets are way up

For the second time in as many quarters, Tim Cook has had to explain away drops in iPad sales. Last quarter, the iPad saw a 16 percent drop from the year-ago quarter, but Cook detailed a credible explanation that channel inventory from the holiday season had overstuffed retailers and that the drop was...


Goodwill investigating possible data breach, could date back to 2013

Company says no breach confirmed, but continuing investigation with authorities

Goodwill Industries International, the business entity behind the popular nonprofit second-hand stores, announced this week that it is investigating a potential data breach involving credit card data. The breach was said to occur in selected stores within the United States, but Goodwill has offered no...


Wacom's Bamboo Paper app now available for Android, Windows 8

Previously released for iOS in August, turns tablets into notebook, sketchpad

Those looking for a note taking solution or a sketchbook for Windows 8 and Android-based tablets have a new option to look at today. Wacom expanded the availability of Bamboo Paper, adding tablets beyond the iPad, including the Kindle Fire, Surface 2 and Galaxy Tab 4, to the mix. Bamboo Paper was originally...


Amazon Wallet app for storing gift cards, store cards surfaces

Mobile app from Amazon stores retailer card details, no mobile payments by card yet

Amazon has quietly launched an app to help people manage gift cards and loyalty cards with stores. The Amazon Wallet app for Android and the Fire Phone is able to store membership cards for retailers on the smartphone, allowing shoppers to digitally carry all of their store cards and gift cards without...


Netflix passes 50 million subscribers in US, posts $212 million profit

Company planning mass European expansion in September

Netflix is the latest company to release its quarterly financial results. Touting expansion to 50 million subscribers in the US, the company reports $1.15 billion in revenue from streaming, adding 1.7 million subscribers in a quarter. Profit came in at $212 million, nearly triple that of the second quarter...


Verizon posts $7.7 billion income, first wired profit in seven years

Despite lack of expansion, FiOS driving wired gains

Verizon Communications has released its second quarter 2014 financial results. The company reports its sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage growth in operating income and earnings per share, with $31.5 billion in revenue, a 5.7 percent increase from a year ago, with income of $7.7 billion,...


New commercial debuts for MacBook Air, entitled 'Stickers'

Offbeat ad shows human affection for MacBooks, 'the notebook people love'

An new ad by Apple that debuted on Monday takes something of a different approach than the company's recent iPhone and iPad commercials -- both in that it features a Mac (in this case the MacBook Air) and that shows off clearly-used equipment featuring user's methods of customizing their Air models mostly...


Several backdoors included on every iOS device, researcher says [U]

May enable collection of private data by Apple, governments

[Updated with rebuttal from Apple] Apple's iOS platform contains several backdoors that may allow for Apple and/or governments to collect private data, according to a forensic scientist, Jonathan Zdziarski. Presenting at the recent Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference, Zdziarski said that that...


WSJ claims Apple preparing 70-80M 'iPhone 6' units for fall launch

Compares to 50-60 million units ordered for iPhone 5s/5c launch last year

A new report citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" claims that Apple has put in orders for its largest-ever initial iPhone run, asking suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron to produce between 70 million and 80 million units for the devices' debut in the fall through the end of the year. Claiming...


Briefly: 'Post-Play' for Apple TV Netflix, Curio 9.1

Netflix updates Apple TV channel, adds 'Post-Play' feature

Television and movie streaming service Netflix is updating its integrated app for Apple TV. Its popular web and iPad feature "Post-Play" has been brought to the Apple TV, allowing users a brief countdown once a show's credits begin rolling, followed by automatic playing of the next episode in a series...


Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy,' cloud needs zero knowledge

NSA whistleblower points to board member, companies should have no access to data

In an interview with UK newspaper The Guardian last week, fugitive American whistleblower Edward Snowden made it clear that he opposed cloud companies that had access to user data. He specifically pointed out Dropbox as being "hostile to privacy" for a number of reasons, including a board appointment...


Apple announces 2014 iTunes Festival lineup, ticket lottery

Blondie, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer among artists

Apple has revealed some of the lineup of its iTunes Festival 2014, which will again take over London's Roundhouse for 30 days and nights this September, and feature more than 60 bands. The month-long event, which is streamed live over a dedicated Apple TV channel, the iTunes Festival app on iOS devices...


Briefly: BlackMagic Design's new Apple ProRes formats, Typinator 6.1

Blackmagic Design adds Apple ProRes file formats for Camera 1.8.2 software

Video software maker Blackmagic Design has announced the availability of Camera 1.8.2 software, adding three new Apple ProRes file formats for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. The new Apple ProRes file formats include ProRes 422, ProRes...


Freeway Pro, Cocktail, MacFamilyTree

Daylite 4.1.4

Daylite is a productivity suite that allows businesses to share calendars, contacts, tasks, projects, notes, and more. The software also allows projects and tasks to be delegated among users, and includes a smart lists feature for quickly organizing related data. A problem that prevented customers from...


Bean, Color Splash Studio, Great Plain Text

Color Splash Studio 1.4

Color Splash Studio is a photo editing utility that includes a number of tools for adjusting grayscale, brightness, contrast, and blur parameters. Version 1.4 includes an enhanced painting brush, touchpad integration, and an updated interface. Additionally, MacPhun has teamed up with CanvasPop to allow...


iCash, Studiometry, PDF Studio

SixtyFour 1.0.5

SixtyFour is a memory optimization tool that allows users to force 64-bit apps to open in a 32-bit mode. The v1.0.5 release includes a number of new features and has been fully tested on Mac OS X Lion. In addition, the software is currently being sold on a donation basis, allowing customers to choose...


Presto, NetShade, Voila

Presto 1.2

Presto uses head tracking and image-matching technology to help simply the process of creating and editing videos. After importing a video and presentation slides into Final Cut Pro, the utility automatically creates a timed slide track that is displayed beside the presenter in the video. A free update...


ScreenFlow, Undercover, Power Manager

Power Manager 4.1

Power Manger allows users to create ergy saving schedules for their computers, as well as automate a number of tasks. Version 4.1 adds improvements for enterprise customers, including an updated self-signed certificate implementation, the ability to self-repair authorization rights, and the ability to...


Sticky Notes, ContaxCRM, eMail Bouncer Handler

ContaxCRM 2.2

ContaxCRM allows users to store, view, and communicate with customers and suppliers easily. With the new 2.2 upgrade, additional security options, incoming e-mail options, and reports have been added. Additionally, the default screen size now fits better in Macbook Air, and support is included for Online...


Jade Plug-in, ReelNQ, ScreenFlow

ScreenFlow 2.1.5

ScreenFlow is a screen capture tool that is capable of recording the contents of an entire desktop at the same time as a stream from a video camera. In v2.1.5 the YouTube publish feature will now upload content longer than 15 minutes for customers with accounts that allow it. The capture resolution of...


TotalFinder, Delegate, Kiwi

YouSendIt Express 2.7

YouSendIt Express can be used to send and receive files from a computer's desktop. The software sends files through YouSendIt's online file sharing service and includes features for automatically packaging files into a ZIP archive. Other features include password protection, certified delivery, and file...


Bug Reporter Kit, The Unarchiver, TrackTime

MBS REALbasic Bug Reporter Kit 1.0

The MBS REALbasic Bug Reporter Kit is a cross-platform bug reporting engine that allows developers to collect bug data from their customers. The software is capable of catching Windows System Exceptions, Signals on Mac OS X and Linux, and unhandled C++ exceptions. Developers are also provided with access...


Black Hole, AppDelete, iStat Menus

HotSale 1.4.9

A new 1.4.9 version of HotSale, a point-of-sale management utility that can be used to keep track of inventory, sales, customers, and rented items, has been released. The upgrade offers an enhanced automatic e-mail feature and extends e-mail functionality to support all reports. A printing error has...


ArtOptimizer, CheckUp, rubiTrack

SerialMailer 7.0

SerialMailer 7.0 allows companies and individuals to communicate with a large group of customers or friends without having to rewrite e-mails for each person. The new version adds a database manager for simpler organization, as well as the ability to send personalized attachments to individual users....


Youtube Converter for Mac, Tidy Up!, Graph Paper Maker

Blue Moon App 1.0

Chiaro Software has unveiled a new Mac-based customer management utility, Blue Moon App. The program can be used to browse and edit customer databases and to password protect stored information. A search field is provided for locating specific customers by name, and support is included for importing...


Nisus Writer Pro, Tidy Up!, RbApp

Nisus Writer Pro 1.4

Nisus Writer Pro is an entry level multilingual word processor with features such as table of contents, indexing, bookmarks, cross references and text wrap. Version 1.4 includes several new built-in menus that provide better integration with Sonny Software's Bookends applications. Customers will need...


Freeway Pro, Cocktail, MacFamilyTree

Daylite 4.1.4

Daylite is a productivity suite that allows businesses to share calendars, contacts, tasks, projects, notes, and more. The software also allows projects and tasks to be delegated among users, and includes a smart lists feature for quickly organizing related data. A problem that prevented customers from...


Bean, Color Splash Studio, Great Plain Text

Color Splash Studio 1.4

Color Splash Studio is a photo editing utility that includes a number of tools for adjusting grayscale, brightness, contrast, and blur parameters. Version 1.4 includes an enhanced painting brush, touchpad integration, and an updated interface. Additionally, MacPhun has teamed up with CanvasPop to allow...


iCash, Studiometry, PDF Studio

SixtyFour 1.0.5

SixtyFour is a memory optimization tool that allows users to force 64-bit apps to open in a 32-bit mode. The v1.0.5 release includes a number of new features and has been fully tested on Mac OS X Lion. In addition, the software is currently being sold on a donation basis, allowing customers to choose...


Presto, NetShade, Voila

Presto 1.2

Presto uses head tracking and image-matching technology to help simply the process of creating and editing videos. After importing a video and presentation slides into Final Cut Pro, the utility automatically creates a timed slide track that is displayed beside the presenter in the video. A free update...


ScreenFlow, Undercover, Power Manager

Power Manager 4.1

Power Manger allows users to create ergy saving schedules for their computers, as well as automate a number of tasks. Version 4.1 adds improvements for enterprise customers, including an updated self-signed certificate implementation, the ability to self-repair authorization rights, and the ability to...


Sticky Notes, ContaxCRM, eMail Bouncer Handler

ContaxCRM 2.2

ContaxCRM allows users to store, view, and communicate with customers and suppliers easily. With the new 2.2 upgrade, additional security options, incoming e-mail options, and reports have been added. Additionally, the default screen size now fits better in Macbook Air, and support is included for Online...


Jade Plug-in, ReelNQ, ScreenFlow

ScreenFlow 2.1.5

ScreenFlow is a screen capture tool that is capable of recording the contents of an entire desktop at the same time as a stream from a video camera. In v2.1.5 the YouTube publish feature will now upload content longer than 15 minutes for customers with accounts that allow it. The capture resolution of...


TotalFinder, Delegate, Kiwi

YouSendIt Express 2.7

YouSendIt Express can be used to send and receive files from a computer's desktop. The software sends files through YouSendIt's online file sharing service and includes features for automatically packaging files into a ZIP archive. Other features include password protection, certified delivery, and file...


Bug Reporter Kit, The Unarchiver, TrackTime

MBS REALbasic Bug Reporter Kit 1.0

The MBS REALbasic Bug Reporter Kit is a cross-platform bug reporting engine that allows developers to collect bug data from their customers. The software is capable of catching Windows System Exceptions, Signals on Mac OS X and Linux, and unhandled C++ exceptions. Developers are also provided with access...


Black Hole, AppDelete, iStat Menus

HotSale 1.4.9

A new 1.4.9 version of HotSale, a point-of-sale management utility that can be used to keep track of inventory, sales, customers, and rented items, has been released. The upgrade offers an enhanced automatic e-mail feature and extends e-mail functionality to support all reports. A printing error has...


ArtOptimizer, CheckUp, rubiTrack

SerialMailer 7.0

SerialMailer 7.0 allows companies and individuals to communicate with a large group of customers or friends without having to rewrite e-mails for each person. The new version adds a database manager for simpler organization, as well as the ability to send personalized attachments to individual users....


Youtube Converter for Mac, Tidy Up!, Graph Paper Maker

Blue Moon App 1.0

Chiaro Software has unveiled a new Mac-based customer management utility, Blue Moon App. The program can be used to browse and edit customer databases and to password protect stored information. A search field is provided for locating specific customers by name, and support is included for importing...


Nisus Writer Pro, Tidy Up!, RbApp

Nisus Writer Pro 1.4

Nisus Writer Pro is an entry level multilingual word processor with features such as table of contents, indexing, bookmarks, cross references and text wrap. Version 1.4 includes several new built-in menus that provide better integration with Sonny Software's Bookends applications. Customers will need...


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