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This week’s topics
- Ever heard of Huawei? They’re in China.
- Justin Long, the
face of Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaign for three years, is
now starring in ads for Huawei phones.
- Huawei is now the third-biggest smartphone maker in the
world, behind only Apple and Samsung. It shipped 44.9 million
handsets last quarter to grab a 10.2 percent of the global
- The company is now trying to break into Western markets,
with a big focus on the U.S.
- What better way to do that than with the face of Apple’s
famous “Get a Mac” campaign?
- Its new Switch console is right around the corner, but
Nintendo won’t be losing its focus on Android and iOS. The
Japanese firm today confirmed that it plans to release two to
three mobile games every year.
Super Mario Run attracted a staggering 40 million
downloads in just four days when it landed on iOS. According
to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, it
has already made Nintendo more than $50 million.
- Nintendo’s announcement comes a day after it disappointed
investors by slashing a third off its operating profit forecast
for 2017 — despite the upcoming release of the Switch, which
already has support from more than 70 game makers developing
over 100 titles.
- Surprise! Apple sold more iPhone units than ever before
- With total revenues of $78.4 billion bringing in a profit
of $17.9 billion, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he is “thrilled” with
- Apple only expected to sell between 76 million and 78
million iPhones in the quarter, but it managed to move 78.3
- Cook told investors that he still views the smartphone
market as being in the “early innings.”
- MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was the most pre-ordered MacBook
- The iPad lineup sold 13.1 million units, down 19 percent
from the year-ago quarter.
- Apple raked in $7.2 billion in revenue from services last
quarter, including $3 billion in App Store purchases in
December alone — the biggest month ever. Apple Pay users
tripled in the past year, with transaction value increasing 500
- Selling apps, music, movies, iCloud storage and AppleCare
has now become Apple’s second-largest moneymaker. In fact,
Apple expects revenue from services to swell to the size of a
Fortune 100 company by the end of the year.
- Apple launched the latest generation of its flagship
product in September. Some critics saw the iPhone 7 series as
not enough of an upgrade from the 6s line. Some, especially
music lovers, initially hated the absence of a headphone jack.
Fave N Rave Picks
- Stealth Sling Strap from Cub and Company
- Parrot Bebop Drone
- Monowear Ceramic watch band
- 3DR Solo Drone
- JETTech Milanese Loop