San Francisco, Feb 2 : Apple overtook Samsung to become the largest mobile phone vendor in the US in the fourth quarter of 2012, a report said Friday.
In its latest report, research firm Strategy Analytics estimated that Apple shipped 17.7 million mobile phones in the US for a record 34 percent share of the market in the fourth quarter of 2012, making the tech giant the No. 1 mobile phone vendor by volume in the US for the first time ever.
Samsung, Apple's arch-rival, shipped 16.8 million handsets for a 32 percent market share in the country, reported Xinhua.
San Francisco, Jan 24 - Apple Wednesday reported flat earnings in its most recent fiscal quarter, and the result slightly beat analysts' estimates.
In its fiscal 2013 first quarter that ended in December 2012, Apple posted a net profit of $13.1 billion, the same as the year-ago period, reported Xinhua.
Earnings per share were $13.81, compared to $13.87 in the same quarter of the previous year.
Apple's revenue in the quarter reached $54.5 billion, representing an increase of nearly 18 percent year on year. (IANS)
San Francisco, Dec 7 : Apple plans to manufacture some of its Mac computers exclusively in the US, according to Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook.
Cook made known the move of the tech giant company in an interview with the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) anchor Brian Williams. A preview of the interview is available on the website of NBC.
"We've been working for years on doing more and more in the United States. Next year, we'll do one of our existing Mac lines in the United States," Xinhua quoted Cook as saying.
San Francisco, Dec 5 - Social networking giant Facebook has rolled out its new messenger app, allowing mobile phone users without Facebook account to sign up the service with a phone number.
With no Facebook account and email address required, app with the new feature will be first available to users of phones running on Google's Android platform in India, Indonesia, Australia, Venezuela and South Africa, reported Xinhua citing the company.
The sign up option using phone number will be rolled out globally and its version for users of Apple's iPhone as well as other smartphone platforms are also under way, said Facebook.
San Francisco, Nov 20 - Microsoft will build an experimental biogas-powered data center in the US state of Wyoming in March 2013, in an effort to enable its data centers to be less reliant on the traditional power grid, US media reported.
The data center will be powered by a 300kw fuel cell that uses biogas from a waste water treatment plant and will be "the first zero carbon data center", Sean James, Microsoft's senior research project manager, told technology news website GigaOM in an interview.
New Delhi, Nov 20 - The new service tax regime will have a significant positive impact on cross-border transactions, global audit and consulting firm BDO has said.
Under the tax regime that came into effect in India from July 1, 2012, all services, except 17 activities listed in what is known as the "negative list", are taxed. The "negative list" covers services provided by the government, the Reserve Bank of India, foreign diplomatic missions and those related to essential commodities or the service sector like agriculture, education, healthcare, sports and entertainment.
San Francisco, Nov 17 : Computer maker Dell has announced that it has acquired Gale Technologies, a provider of infrastructure automation software.
Gale Technologies offers software that can help customers turn discrete compute, network and storage resources into integrated solutions featuring self-service and automation, reported Xinhua.
Without disclosing the financial terms of the deal, Dell said it plans to keep Gale Technologies' employees and will continue to invest in additional engineering and sales capability.
San Francisco, Nov 6 - Apple announced Monday that it sold three million iPad mini and fourth generation iPad when the products went on sale this weekend.
Apple didn't disclose how many of the three-million sales were for the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad. CEO Tim Cook said the smaller iPad were almost sold out.
"Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad," Xinhua quoted him as saying.
"We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We're working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand," Cook said in a statement.
San Francisco, Oct 26 : Apple reported its latest quarterly results as the company beat analysts' expectations on revenue but fell short on profit.
For the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter ended Sep 29, Apple posted quarterly revenue of $36 billion and net profit of $8.2 billion or $8.67 per diluted share, reported Xinhua.
Analysts had expected the company to report $8.75 per share in profit on $35.8 billion in revenue.
According to Apple, it sold 26.9 million iPhones in the quarter, an increase of 58 percent year over year. A total of 14 million iPads were sold during the quarter, a 26 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
San Francisco, Oct 16 - Microsoft has unveiled Xbox Music, which combines free music streaming, music subscription and purchasing into an all-in-one service.
The company said it will first roll out the service Tuesday on its Xbox 360 video game console and later in October on personal and tablet computers and smartphones.
Xbox Music will come pre-installed as the default music player for the Windows 8 operating system that is to be officially launched Oct 26, Xinhua reported Monday.
With the new service, users can listen to streaming songs for free, from a catalog of over 30 million titles, on PCs and tablets running on Windows 8.
San Francisco (U. S.), Oct. 8 : The city of San Francisco will play host to the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) 2012 National Conference from October 12 to October 16.
This year's event will focus on the theme "Bridging The Gap".
A significant feature of this event will be the presence of Shabnam Asthana, an Indian, among the distinguished panel of speakers.
San Francisco, Oct 4 - Mass production of a smaller and cheaper version of Apple's iPad tablet computer has started, media reports said Wednesday.
Asia-based LG Display and AU Optronics have already began manufacturing the LCD screens for Apple's new device in September, Xinhua quoted The Wall Street Journal as saying.
Apple has kept the screen size of its iPad unchanged at 9.7 inches since the product debuted in January 2010.
In comparison, a smaller Apple tablet will feature a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display with a lower resolution than the latest iPad, according to the Journal.
San Francisco, Sept 18 : Google has announced that it has acquired Nik Software, a German software company behind the popular photo application Snapseed on Apple''s iOS platform.
"We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone," said Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra in a post on Google''s social networking service Google+.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
San Francisco, Sep 18 - China's efforts to be a global innovation leader offers opportunities to foreign companies like Microsoft, a senior executive of the software giant said.
"We're committed to continue our partnership with China as we look towards the future, which promises a new era of computing and new opportunities to create continued positive growth and change," Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, told Xinhua.
"As the country (China) continues to strengthen its position as a global innovation leader, we believe the future will happen here," he said.
San Francisco, Sep 18 - Google has announced that it has acquired Nik Software, a German software company behind the popular photo application Snapseed on Apple's iOS platform.
"We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone," said Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra in a post on Google's social networking service Google+.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Xinhua reported Monday.
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