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Microsoft announced on Thursday that it has now completed its Hotmail to Outlook.com upgrade. Over 400 million active accounts are now using the service, with Microsoft having migrated 150 petabytes of email data in just over six weeks. Alongside the milestone, Outlook.com is getting two new features: SMTP send and improved SkyDrive integration.
Improved SkyDrive integration and SMTP send
SMTP send allows Outlook.com accounts to send email directly through another email account’s SMTP server. In the past Outlook.com has supported this by using a “send on behalf” feature, but now email will send directly to recipients. “We knew this was a pain point for some people,” explains Microsoft’s Dick Craddock. “So now we’ve made it so that…
Smartphone owners have no shortage of cloud-based safety nets, whether it’s Google’s services, iCloud or any number of file sync providers. Few of these come from the carrier, however, and Verizon is gambling that its now-deploying Verizon Cloud service will serve as a crutch for anyone replacing a phone on its network. The currently Android- and web-only release offers daily backups of the usual media libraries as well as call logs, contacts and messages. While that isn’t special in itself, Verizon is also promising cross-platform safeguards: both an iOS app (available “soon”) and future OS support should let customers fetch some of their data if they switch platforms. Just don’t count on Verizon Cloud as an alternative to established rivals unless you’re both loyal to Verizon and willing to spend. Users get a thin 500MB of space for free, and meaningful storage ranges from $ 3 per month for 25GB through to $ 10 for 125GB. Should there be little danger of leaving Big Red, though, Verizon’s service and a matching Android app update are available today.
Apple without a new product is like the Stones without a tour, reliant on an aging back catalog of old hits. But maybe CEO Tim Cook has a few of Mick Jagger's moves up his sleeve.
Via: The Rolling Stones, Mark Seliger / AP
This weekend marked the 10th anniversary of iTunes, and music offers a pretty good metaphor for Apple’s current position: The company has become the Wall Street equivalent of the Rolling Stones.
Despite posting better-than-expected second quarter earnings that included a profit of $ 9.5 billion and a plan to return $ 100 billion to shareholders over the next three years through dividends and stock buy backs, Apple shares ended last week at $ 417.20, up for the week but well below their 52-week high of $ 705.07. Analysts and investors who have gotten used to Apple devices such as the iPod and iPad dominating both the market and mindshare are increasingly worried that the company's well of hit products has gone dry. Its TV device has yet to take hold and reports that its next product could be a potential Inspector Gadget-like smartwatch don't seem all that inspired for a company that has revolutionized three industries — music, telecommunications, mobile computing — with its products.
“They did increase the share buyback, and that's a band aid,” Global Equities Research managing director Trip Chowdhry told Reuters. “The investor focus should be on, when are the new products coming? As soon as Apple launches new products, that's the key to the stock recovering. When that happens, the stock could go to all-time highs. But unless Apple comes out with new products, the stock will be going sideways.”
In that quote lies the similarity between Apple and the Rolling Stones. Strip out the words “Apple” and “product” and replace them with “Rolling Stones” and “tour” and Chowdhry sounds like your typical record executive. Here, let's try it: “As soon as the [Rolling Stones] launch a new [tour], that's the key to the stock recovering…. But unless the [Rolling Stones] comes out with a new [tour], the stock will be going sideways.”
Of course, the Stones don't have stock, but what Chowdhry — and many other analysts — are basically saying is that new products underpin Apple's stock in the same way that going out on tour underpins the Rolling Stones' finances.
Indeed, buying Apple stock used to be to investors what a Rolling Stones tour is to the band's members — a surefire money-maker. Now, however, investors look at Apple as the Rolling Stones without the tour, namely a company reliant on a back catalog of hits with no new ones to drive earnings on the horizon. Apple averaged annual earnings per share growth of 62 percent over the last five years, but its profit is now forecast to grow at just 4.5 percent a year for the next decade.
Never mind the fact that Apple sold 37.4 million iPhones, 19.5 million iPads, 5.6 million iPods and 4 million Mac computers last quarter. The raw numbers aren't important to investors — what's important is that those figures are down from the previous quarter and are expected to decline in subsequent quarters as products like the iPhone mature.
It's worth noting that while Steve Jobs was a big Rolling Stones fan, according to Walter Isaacson's biography the late Apple chief said that “somebody else could have replicated the Stones.” The same can be said about Apple's products. As much as Apple fans are loath to admit it, competitors such as Samsung, Google, and Amazon are making inroads against the company with lower-priced phones and tablets that can match Apple's technology if not its impeccable minimalist design aesthetic.
What's worse for Apple is that there is no way it can meet the astronomical expectations already built-in to its next product release. The odds are totally against the company. RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani told CNBC in February that he expects an Apple smartwatch to sell 40 million units and generate $ 9 billion in its first year. That's a lot of money for a product that hasn't even been confirmed yet!
Over the 10 year span from 2001-2010, Apple released the original versions and iPod, iPhone, and iPad, as well as their various updated iterations. That's a run of technological innovation and artistry equivalent to the string of groundbreaking albums the Rolling Stones released from 1968-1981, which began with “Beggars Banquet,” included “Let It Bleed,” “Sticky Fingers” and “Exile on Main Street,” and ended with “Tattoo You.”
The problem with those types of artistic runs is that fans (or in Apple's case investors) become conditioned to expect greatness every time out. But it's absurd to think every Rolling Stones album will match the greatness of “Exile on Main Street,” just as it is irresponsible for investors to think that the next Apple product will be as revolutionary as its past ones. The whiff of unmet expectations with which critics greeted “Dirty Work” when it was released in 1986 is tantamount to the disappointment the iPhone 4S with Siri received when it was released in 2011.
In the way that new Rolling Stones albums are ancillary to the band's tours, Apple can return its stock to some form of measured growth (the days of 60 percent earnings growth year-over-year are never coming back) with products that enhance its old gadgets in the absence of new ones. Writ large, products can take all forms, including software and services. Apple CEO Tim Cook alluded to “some really great stuff” coming in the fall and 2014, but he didn't specify what kind of stuff. It could be a smartwatch or a TV. It could be a refresh of its current product line with new features. Or it could be something entirely different, something that glams up and repackages its current hits to reinvigorate its older consumers, gain new ones and get investors excited about the stock again.
After all, the last full Rolling Stones tour in 2005-2007 wasn't about the album it was in support of, “A Bigger Bang.” No Rolling Stones tour in the last two decades has been about the album it was supposedly supporting. “Bigger Bang” was, like other Rolling Stones tours, about the past hits. And it was so successful, ranking as the second highest-grossing tour of all-time with $ 558 million, that the band is returning to the road for a new tour this year.
And maybe Tim Cook's product releases later this year will borrow as much from Jagger as they do from Jobs.
I roll up a character for Tim’s Lamentations game and get a pleasantly good roll!
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Even the appeal of piloting a remote control toy ball around your carpeting usually tends to diminish after a while. As such, Orbotix has been pushing the augmented truth element of its Sphero hardware pretty hard for the previous several months. Now the business is announcing the availability of a new AR SDK through Github, along with a Unity-based plug-in that lets developers construct games around existing 3D designs. The latter was created for iOS, with an Android version coming shortly. The business’s also announcing an “App Bounty” program, guaranteeing the gift of funds to developers who build genre apps that hit on “pre-determined requirements” from the company. Roll on past the break for even more details on all of the above.Com ments
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This is the custom D-20 engagement ring that Babelglyph had crafted to propose to her girlfriend after a Dungeons and Dragons gaming session. I was married before, have I told you that? Apparently I only rolled a two for ‘years before the strumpet leaves you for somebody else’. Best thing that ever happened to me.
When I hit on the d20 ring, I knew it would be perfect for her. She’s been a tabletop gamer for many years and she loves nerdy references. Plus, cheesy as it sounds, I do feel like I rolled a natural 20 when I started dating her.
That’s beautiful. When you feel like you rolled a 20 when you started dating someone you HOLD ON TO THAT PERSON. And if they ever ask you if you’d jump off a bridge if they did you better already be taking your shoes off.
Hit the jump for a couple more shots including the design sketch, chainmail ring box and a BONUS video of the actual proposal.
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Well, iOS 6.1 is still quite young, but 6.1.1 is currently hitting the airwaves. At least for some iPhone 4S owners that is. We’ve been able to confirm availability of the upgrade on multiple FOUR mobiles, but have actually not seen it yet on an iPod touch or an iPhone 4.
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Nokia has actually announced by means of its Conversations blog that the long-awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update, which brings a few of the attributes from Windows Phone 8 to older hardware, has actually begun presenting as promised to owners of Nokia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900 owners and will continue to doing this over the next few weeks through February, pending driver approval.
Attributes included in the update consist of the ability to resize Live (and inert) tiles on the home screen, new options for setting up the lock screen like fetching an altering day-to-day background image from Bing and child lock improvements, and added style colors, as well as new languages. It ’ s not a substantial step up, however it is a means to revitalize older items left out in the cold in the wake of Windows Phone 8 ′ s arrival, which might bring some comfort to buyers of items who were seeking something brand-new.
Owners of among the devices noted above should get alerted through their smartphones as soon as their provider has actually accepted the update and it ’ s offered to install. Notifications have to be on for this to happen, Nokia mentions, which is handled by means of “ Settings) Phone Update) Inform me when updates are discovered. ”
Nokia is the initial confirmed maker to reveal the rollout, however other OEM partners consisting of HTC are stated to be getting the update by month ’ s end too, so watch out if you ’ re running these older items.
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Would Frank in accounting rather have a $ 1,000 per-year raise, a $ 2,000 reward, some stock, or just some more free of cost time to spend with his household? What makes a worker pleased? Google’s People Workflow– “POPS” for brief– issues itself with such troubles. Slate’s detailed report reveals that the department has actually even gone so far about work with experts to help discover the very best means to manage a big firms. The researchers operating in POPS’ People & Breakthrough Laboratory, which obviously runs “dozens of experiments on workers” to figure out ways to optimize their happiness. It’s this kind of attention to specific that has seen the company leading Fortune’s 100 Best Business To Help list. Since, as long as you aren’t hung out to dry for hiring …
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Nokia’s latest Windows Phone 8 updates are starting to roll out to its Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 devices today. After HTC’s 8X started receiving an OS update earlier this month, Nokia is now pushing the same to its own devices. The Lumia 920 update includes some camera fixes to improve blurry daylight images, and also features the new “always-on” Wi-Fi change alongside the ability to reject calls with an SMS and other messaging improvements.
Nokia says the update will also include “more efficient and reliable” Bluetooth connectivity and enhancements to the battery performance of the Lumia 920. Nokia has also improved its start-up sequence for the Lumia 920 and made it more “reliable” according to the firms, likely due to a small number of…