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Why is Apple TV no longer a 'hobby'? 20 million reasons!

During the Q2 2014 conference call today, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, was asked about the Apple TV and why it was no longer being saddled with the "hobby" label from Apple.

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Cook confronts analysts on iPad sales

No sooner did Apple announce its second quarter 2014 financial results than financial analysts and reporters called it a miss, because iPad sales were lower than analysts' expectations. In his preamble during the conference call to discuss those results, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a moment to address the discrepancy.

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Angela Ahrendts joining Apple next week

We've known for a very long time that Angela Ahrednts would be joining Apple in 2014. She's been the CEO of Burberry since 2006, but is joining Apple as SVP of Retail. Just last week we reported that Ahrendts was stalling her move to Apple to get a larger payout. Right now during during Apple's Q2 2014 earnings call we learned that Ahrednts is joining Apple next week.

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Apple announces Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads, 4.1 million Macs sold

Apple today announced their Q2 2014 financial results and highlights include 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads, 4.1 million Macs sold. Quarterly revenue was $45.6 billion and quarterly net profit was $10.2 billion. It's not the holiday quarter, which is Apple's typical powerhouse, and it's roughly half a year since the last big product announcements, so there's been nothing to jumpstart numbers.

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HBO shows coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO Go coming to Amazon Fire TV

HBO and Amazon have struck up a multi-year agreement which makes Amazon Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription service for HBO's shows. As a part of the deal, the recently-launched Fire TV will get HBO Go by the end of the year.

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Apple launches 'Powerful' new iPhone 5s ad

Apple has released a new iPhone 5s ad called "Powerful". It's set to the song Gigantic by the Pixies, the ad highlights the iPhone 5s' utility with several kinds of musical instruments and vocals, as a connected controller for lighting, gaming, and rocket launching, for slow motion video, videography, live translation, blood pressure measurement, and finishes with the line — "You're more powerful than you think".

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Apple updates app ratings and content descriptions - here's what is new

Apple has sent out a note to developers about changes to app ratings and content descriptions. They note that these changes may affect the current rating of any applications in the App Store, then give a little insight about what has changed.

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Apple updates iTunes Connect with new content descriptions, territory restrictions, Brazilian game rankings

Apple has made some updates to iTunes Connect, the backend that lets developers manage their apps, that seem to address several long standing pain points. Among them, there's a new "unrestricted web access" description that might help apps with built-in browsers from presenting as adult/porn apps to the unfamiliar, and compliance with Brazil's games rating system, which has caused a lot of frustration for everyone over the years. Here's the full list of updates:

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AT&T posts $17.9 billion in revenue, adds 625,000 postpaid customers in Q1

AT&T reported its first quarter 2014 results, showing impressive growth in revenues, handset sales and customer acquisition for the quarter. While AT&T operates businesses outside of its wireless division, we're going to focus on this portion. For the quarter, AT&T posted $17.9 billion in revenue including handset sales, up 7 percent year-over-year, leading to $5.1 billion in operating income, up 8.1 percent.

On the customer side, AT&T added 625,000 postpaid customers, its largest first quarter gain in five years. It also added 693,000 "connected devices," but saw prepaid customers dip overall in the quarter mostly due to the loss of over 200,000 reseller subscribers. Of those additions, 311,000 were for postpaid smartphones, while 313,000 were tablets.

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iOS 7.1.1 makes sure you know which apps have in-app purchases

Now you can see which apps have the dreaded in-app purchases in the latest update right from the App Store's Top Charts section.

This comes as part of the iOS 7.1.1 update, and it's a great addition under that button that says "FREE."

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