Lenovo’s just announced its Q4 and full year 2012/13 financial results, and all the indices point to good news for the Chinese company. It earned $ 127 million on $ 7.8 billion in revenue for the quarter and $ 34 billion for the full year, both records for the company, while netting $ 635 million in profit for the full year — another all-time high. The only sore spot for Q4 was Lenovo’s laptop business, which dropped two percent over last year to $ 4.2 billion, but that’s a far milder plummet than many PC makers saw — thanks to a 74 percent revenue growth in China. Otherwise, desktop PCs held flat for the company at $ 2.4 billion during an otherwise down period, and it held firm as China’s number two smartphone manufacturer, seeing shipments grow at 206 percent year-over-year, double the average rate. It remains to be seen if Lenovo can continue to buck the downward PC trend that’s continued unabated with the release of Windows 8 — but if not, maybe we’d finally see some of its smartphones over here.
Source: Business Wire
Internet radio site Pandora is launching a new station called “Pandora Premieres.” Unlike its regular service, which creates custom radio stations based on your preferences, Premieres will preview upcoming album releases from “upcoming and established artists” in their entirety before they go on sale. The model is similar to that of iTunes, which recently streamed both Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and the new David Bowie album free of charge prior to their release. The main difference between the two services is Apple’s iTunes previews are presented as a continuous stream, whereas Premieres allows users to play any track in any order.
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With all of the recent chatter about the rise of Bitcoin, a number of theories have been put forth as to how the “digital gold” achieved its status. In this week’s issue of our slate mag, we examine whether the so-called virtual currency is the prototype for a digital economy or if the anonymity that it carries will lead to black market dealings. As far as reviews go, HP’s ElitePad 900 and Sony’s Xperia XP both get extended time in the hands of our editors. Eyes-On takes to the streets of San Francisco with Stealth’s Bomber, Hands-On tackles the latest from Google I/O and Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinksi offers up his thoughts on next-gen gaming. The weekend is almost here, so we’ll let you get right to it via the usual download links that follow.
Cutting through all the Google I/O news is this update from Apple: today, Cupertino released iTunes version 11.0.3. This isn’t just an incremental refresh, as several new features are on board, including an improved Songs View and the ability to view multi-disc albums as a single album. The update also brings enhancements to the MiniPlayer, such as a new album artwork view and a progress bar. Of course, those changes are accompanied by the usual performance improvements and bug fixes. You can get iTunes 11.0.3 now through Software Update.
The end of April suddenly became very stressful for Netflix subscribers, as it was widely reported that nearly 1,800 titles would be disappearing from its Watch Instantly service in the US. Unfortunately, it likely caused a lot of tension in Los Gatos as well and tonight the company revealed it’s changing its policies. Quickly dubbed “Streampocalypse,” some blamed it on competition like Warner Archive Instant, despite many of the listed titles actually being related to Netflix’s agreement with Epix. As we now know, on May 1st the sun rose once again and there are still some movies and TV shows to watch on Netflix streaming, but for just a few hours you might have thought that would not be the case.
The list came from the third-party site InstantWatcher, which we’ve long recommended to help users sort selections in ways not supported by the official page and apps including by year, Rotten Tomatoes rating or New York Times Critics’ Picks. Starting today however, that will not include the ability to list “expiring soon” titles. As Daniel Jacobson posted to Netflix’s API developer blog, it will stop including expiration dates in the public API. While we’re sad to see the amount of data available to the public reduced and are still peeved over the public API being shelved entirely, after last week’s incident we can certainly understand why. Netflix did not directly reference the incident in its statement (available after the break), but one can certainly connect the dots — read on for more information.
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