Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for July 23, 2014:
- Apple announced 3rd-quarter earnings yesterday, reporting solid iPhone sales and weak demand for the iPad. Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones, which is 12.7 percent over the same quarter of last year, and 13.2 iPads, which is 1.4 million fewer than the same period last year. Mac sales also made a surprisingly strong showing. The company reported revenues of $37.4 billion for the quarter, and $7.7 billion in profit. Read more at wsj.com.
- Microsoft also announced earnings... that's following its big layoffs last week. Earnings were mixed. The company's revenue reached $23.4 billion, a year-over-year increase of almost 18 percent. But Microsoft came in below profit estimates. We know Satya Nadella -- who took over in February as CEO -- has big plans for the company.... but that's yet to be seen in the earnings. To talk Microsoft we're joined by Alex Willhelm, Writer at TechCrunch. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- News outlets are reporting that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced or confirmed yesterday that the company plans to merge the currently separate versions of Windows into a single, unified version of Windows that will run on devices of all screen sizes. But that’s not really what’s happening, according to Paul Thurrott. Read more at winsupersite.com.
- A drone might have saved a life. A relief in Wisconson after an amateur drone pilot helped find an 82 year old man who went missing for three days last week. The man was found alive and unharmed. Read more at vice.com.
- A company called Alohar Mobile launched a product called PlaceUs for iOS. The app uses phone sensors to enable families to track family and friends in real time. The app uses what the company calls artificial intelligence to figure out context from each phone’s GPS, network ID, accelerometer, compass and camera sensors. It tries to figure out not only where you are but what you’re doing. Read more at gigaom.com.
- A Tumblr blog called the Apple Campus 2 exists for posting drone pictures of Apple’s “Spaceship” campus under construction. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the individual components of the campus are being permitted separately. For example, the permit to lay the concrete foundation for the main round quarter-billion dollar building was issued May 13th, while the permit for the site’s underground bunker-like theater where future Apple products will be announced has not yet been issued. Read more at campus2.tumblr.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for July 23, 2014.