Affordable first drones and the perfect minimalist camera strap, this week on The CultCast

Affordable first drones and our favorite gadgets on The CultCast!Affordable first drones and our
favorite gadgets on The CultCast!
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This week on
The CultCast
: Astounding facts and figures from
Apple’s newest earnings report; Nintendo promises a bunch of
new iOS games; how to get the best deal in cloud storage;
affordable options for your first drone; the perfect minimalist
strap for your mirrorless camera; and we pitch you our favorite
gadgets in an all-new Fave N Raves!

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‘I’m a Mac’ star Justin Long becomes new face of Huawei

  • 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?

Nintendo promises at least 2 new mobile games every year

  • 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.

Apple shatters records with blockbuster Q1 2017 earnings

  • Surprise! Apple sold more iPhone units than ever before
    last quarter.
  • With total revenues of $78.4 billion bringing in a profit
    of $17.9 billion, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he is “thrilled” with
    the results.
  • 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.

iPhone 7 snaps Apple’s losing streak

  • 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