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Apple Q3 2013 conference call highlights

Apple has just announced their Q3 2013 financial results and now they're doing the conference call. There'll be a lot of boiler plate, repeated, and some interesting questions from analysts, typically answered with more boiler plate. But, there could be some sparks as well. We'll update with highlights as the come up!

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Apple announces Q3 2013 earnings: 31.2 million iPhones, 14.6 million iPads, 3.8 million Macs

Apple has just announced their Q3 2013 financial results and the highlights include 31.2 million iPhone, 14.6 million iPads, 3.8 million Macs. That's on revenue of $35.3 billion and with a net profit of $6.9 billion. In the release, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook said:

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Apple praises Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage

Apple, has released a statement in support of this morning's rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, which effectively banned same-sex marriage in the state of California. Speaking with All Things D, and Apple spokesman praised the decisions, calling marriage a civil rights issue.

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Overall device shipments to increase 5.9% as smartphone and tablet markets start to shift

Combined worldwide shipments of smartphones, tablets, and traditional computers are set to grow 5.9% this year, almost completely on the strength of tablets and smartphones, both of which are seeing users trend towards less-expensive devices. Shipments of traditional PCs, desktops and notebooks, will continue to decline as those of mobile devices, particularly smartphones, pick up steam.

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This summer, Apple Camp turns 8-12 year olds into filmmakers

Apple is gearing up for another Apple Camp this summer at its retail stores in the United States. The program teaches kids ages 8-12 how to use Apple software. It's free.

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Debug 16: David Gelphman from Adobe to General Magic

David Gelphman, former graphics and imaging engineer at Apple, talks to Guy and Rene about working on Postscript at Adobe, his time at General Magic, and how to avoid inverting bug fix prognostication equations. (Part 1 of 2)

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Apple releases public statement on customer privacy, over 4,000 requests in a six month period

Apple has gone public with a statement on how they handle requests for customer data from Government agencies. Reiterating their stance first and foremost that a court order is required for any data to be handed over, the release goes on to say that Apple received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests for customer data over a six month period to May 31 2013.

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Apple's signature, its meaning, and its promise

This was Tim Cook's WWDC, not only headlined by a risky, heavily skeuomorphic, deeply gamified iOS 7, but wrapped in messaging that elaborated on their core beliefs, and re-affirmed a promise to the people who use their products. From the opening video to the closing words, Apple repeated that message, and a few things came to mind as I watched the video and the event:

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Why we can't have nice apps and how Apple could fix it

Yahoo! just bought my favorite camera app for iOS, Kitcam, and removed it from the App Store. It's not the first time a great third party app has been been bought. Google has bought many apps, from the Slide apps to Nik Software apps (including Snapseed) to Sparrow. Facebook has bought Instagram, the Sofa apps, and Push Pop Press. Hell, Apple bought Siri and many others themselves. Not every third-party app that gets bought gets removed from the store, even if it's bought by Apple's biggest software competitor, Google, or an up-and-coming ones, like Facebook. (Yahoo! hasn't announced a mobile OS competitor, and may not be in the organizational shape to do so any time soon, but would be crazy not to have a project ongoing.)

This is why we can't have nice apps. And this is what Apple could do about it...

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Apple named world's most valuable brand for third year running

Apple continues its streak as the most valuable brand in the world, outperforming Google, IBM, McDonald’s, and Coca-Cola, with Google surpassing IBM to become the second most valuable brand.

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