Apple announces better than expected fiscal Q2 2014 earnings

Apple announced its financial results for the fiscal Q2 of 2014. The Cupertino giant beat the expectations by posting net profit of $ 10.2 billion, or $ 11.62 per diluted share from $ 45.6 billion of revenue.

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The above results are higher than the $ 43.6 billion of revenue and $ 9.5 billion of profit for the same period last year. Apple’s gross margin was 39.3% – up from 37.5% a year ago. Two thirds of the company’s revenue came from international sales.

The strong financial results were achieved thanks to stellar iPhone sales. Apple moved 43.7 million smartphones in Q2 – up from 37.4 million for the same period last year.

Sales of the Apple iPad however didn’t fare so well. The company moved 16.3 million slates – down from almost 20 million sold in the same quarter in 2013. Mac and iPod sales were 4.1 million and 2.76 million respectively.

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Motorola Moto G – After The Buzz, episode 33 (Video)

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How does the Moto G fare after five months on the market? Is it still such a great bargain? Watch as we take a second look in our Moto G review update!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4: 7, 8, 10-inch Tablets Arrive May 1st

Today Samsung Electronics announced a trio of new tablets that will continue its trend of offering Android tablets of all sizes for consumers to choose instead of an iPad.

Following a mildly successful Galaxy Tab 3 series in 2013, this year Samsung has announced three brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 slates coming in 7, 8, and 10,1-inches, all starting at $ 199, and they’ll be available as soon as May 1st in the United States.

Galaxy Tab devices have traditionally been low-end devices for the budget crowd, instead of a top-tier tablet like Google’s own Nexus 7, but Samsung changed that with the Galaxy Tab PRO lineup earlier this year. Offering flagship impressive tablets with cutting edge specs, but for affordable prices. However, they didn’t forget about those on the budget, and the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is perfect for those looking for a good well-rounded tablet.

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Verizon Galaxy S5 owners experiencing camera failures

It looks like Verizon Galaxy S5 customers may be in a bit of trouble. Quite a few people who own the device are reporting camera failures, saying that the camera won’t open and instead presents a message that says “Warning: Camera Failed.” Meanwhile, third-party apps simply show a black screen and then force close. Any other app that tries to access the camera just crashes.

This bug seems to affect people randomly. Some ran into the problem close to the launch date while some owners are just now getting failures. Clearing the Verizon Galaxy S5′s cache, performing a factory reset and even reflashing its stock firmware have yielded no fix. It seems to be the device’s hardware that is failing.

What could be causing these failures? Did Verizon just ship a bad batch of devices or is there something seriously wrong with the Verizon firmware that’s causing the camera itself to break? No one knows at this point, but if you experience a failure, head back to the retailer who sold you the S5 and get an exchange. It looks like many retailers are performing multiple exchanges per day, so this isn’t a rare issue. Have you experienced this Verizon Galaxy S5 bug?

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What every phone maker could learn from OnePlus

So, the OnePlus One is out, and yes, you will need an invitation to buy one. Some have voiced their concerns about this novel method of purchase, while others have been outright in sounding their disappointment.

However, what amazed me the most is how many people are willing to whip out their credit cards and buy a phone they’ve never seen before, made by a Chinese company that’s barely five months old. Sure, there are some vocal naysayers, but it’s clear they are actually a minority, and the OnePlus One launch has been, all things considered, a success.

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How could this be? OnePlus doesn’t have a single commercial on television, nor any printed ads, not even banners on the websites that we enthusiasts frequent. Yet most self-respecting Android fans have probably been familiar with the One for months!

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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: Life in the fast lane

GSMArena team, 23 April 2014.

Introduction

This has been going on for a while now but, as both makers are keener than ever to outdo each other in the race to the Android top, their flagships are only getting more and more alike. The biggest difference is now in the timing, which is also part of the game – and that’s what’s made it actually more interesting to watch. The two rival Korean flagships are travelling in different orbits – only to meet on one’s way down and another’s way up.

Back when it launched, the LG G2 was the embodiment of LG’s determination to better the Samsung Galaxy S4 in every way possible. The HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z were reduced to collateral damage – the eyes of the LG G2 set on the main target alone.

Fast-forward a few quarters, and the G2 is on its way … out. We wouldn’t say down unless it’s down in history as one of the best things to come out of LG’s handheld labs for quite a while. And it sure is going to try and cash in one last time, especially now that it’s still in perfectly good shape and the new crop of flagships are charging big buck.

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Samsung will release Galaxy Tab 4 in United States on May 1

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Samsung has confirmed the pricing and availability of its Galaxy Tab 4 series for the American market. The Wi-Fi enabled 7-inch, 8-inch and the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 devices will be up for pre-order from tomorrow and will release nationwide on May 1 for $ 199.99, $ 269.99 and $ 349.99 respectively. Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon will offer LTE variants later this summer.

All the models have similar hardware feature set like 1280×800 WXGA resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat, 3MP and 1.3MP cameras, micrSD card slot, Galaxy Perks. The only difference between these models are display size and battery capacity.

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