Wall Street Pummels Apple After Weak Q2 Earnings Report

Apple shares were trading at around $95 as of mid-day Thursday in the wake of the company’s disappointing Q2 earnings report. That was even lower than Wednesday’s opening price, which was down more than $8 from Tuesday’s $104.35 at market close. The company’s second-quarter performance was dismal. The iPhone recorded its first drop in sales — to 51.2 million units, down from 61.2 million in the year-ago quarter — and sales of other products also were down.
Overall sales fell 13 percent to $50.6 billion, and profits were down 22 percent year over year, to $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share.

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Samsung beats Apple in customer satisfaction for handsets

With its smartphone-related profits coming under increasing pressure, and a disappointing consumer response to its flagship Galaxy S5 handset following lukewarm reviews for the device, it’s been something of a difficult year for the South Korean tech behemoth.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/12/31/samsung-beats-apple-in-customer-satisfaction-for-handsets/

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Windows 8 Start menu should return in August, thanks to new, faster release cycle

Windows 8.1, future update that brings back the Start menu and windowed Metro apps
Microsoft, recognizing the disappointing truth that iOS and Android aren’t going to being chivalrous and slow down while it fixes Windows 8, is planning to speed up its release cadence yet again. The original plan was to push out a large update every 12 months, rather than releasing a whole new operating system every three years. Now, however, it seems the next major update will arrive as soon as August or September, just a few months after the release of Windows 8.1 Update 1. Yes, this means that, after a very odd 18 months in limbo, the Start menu will officially return this summer.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/181203-windows-8-start-menu-should-return-in-august-thanks-to-new-faster-release-cycle

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