If Verizon's latest numbers are any indication, Apple's iPhone shipments for the second quarter may be better than expected. Verizon reported Thursday that it activated 7.5 million smartphones during the second quarter, 51% of which were iPhones, or just under 3.9 million. That represents a more than 40% increase in iPhone activations from the same quarter a year ago. Apple is scheduled to report earnings on July 23. See also: Verizon to Announce New Devices on July 23 Overall, Verizon beat Wall Street's consensus estimates for earnings, with a profit of $2.25 billion, or $0.78 per share. Wall Street had expected Verizon to report earnings-per-share of $0.72. However, Verizon's revenue of $29.8 billion for the quarter came in a little below Wall Street's estimates of $29.83 billion. Verizon's stock was down by about 1.5% in pre-market trading following the report, while Apple's stock was up nearly 1%. Image: Getty/Spencer Platt … [Read more...] about Verizon Activates 3.9 Million iPhones in Second Quarter
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Google is planning to pump a lot of money into marketing Motorola's new flagship phone to ensure its success. According to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal , Google may let Motorola spend as much as $500 million to market the Moto X smartphone in the United States and abroad to compete with other smartphones on the market. The smartphone is expected to debut on the four major carriers this fall, according to the report. Motorola did not immediately respond to our request for comment. SEE ALSO: Motorola CEO: Flagship Moto X Smartphone Will Launch This Year Google released the first print ad for the Motorola phone earlier this month with the tagline, "Designed by you. Assembled in the USA." The ad appeared in several national publications, including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal . Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in mid-2011 in order to acquire the company's patents and hardware for its Android ecosystem. Image … [Read more...] about Google May Spend $500 Million to Market ‘Moto X’ Phone
Carrie Symonds 's Lulu Lytle-inspired makeover has caused uproar, but the 32-year-old apparently saw the lavish Downing Street overhaul as necessary to rid the Prime Minister's residence of the 'John Lewis nightmare' left behind by former occupant Theresa May , according to Tatler. It came as a painful blow to fans of Britain's favourite department store — and an unfounded one. For while the 157-year-old company may have a reputation for being safe and suburban, look closer and it offers plenty of chic, timeless pieces. Boris Johnson's girlfriend Carrie Symonds's Lulu Lytle-inspired makeover of Downing Street has caused uproar There are £2,000 sofas (a snip compared with the £20,000 three-seaters from Lytle's company Soane Britain), lamps for under £20 (not £12,000) and wallpaper for £9 a roll (not £500). RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Boris fears Carrie's No10 makeover may cost £200,000: PM's... Boris and Carrie's £12,500 secret … [Read more...] about Why would Carrie Symonds pay Lulu’s not-so-Lytle bills when John Lewis can mirror her designs?
Even though we can now use our beloved gadgets during flights, including takeoff and landings , phone calls are still not allowed. But that could soon change. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing new regulations that allow in-flight cellphone calls and use of data, except during takeoff and landing, the commission announced on Thursday. See also: JetBlue Shows First Moments of FAA-Approved Gadget Use on Flights "Modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably, and the time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules," said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement sent to reporters. "I look forward to working closely with my colleagues, the FAA, and the airline industry on this review of new mobile opportunities for consumers." Wheeler announced that he has circulated a proposal to modernize the rules and allow passengers to make phone calls and use cell data above 10,000 feet. The proposal will be discussed by … [Read more...] about U.S. May Allow Cellphone Calls During Flights
It looks like Google is playing up its "made in America" credentials just as Apple appears to be doubling down on a similar strategy. Google's Motorola unit is planning to break ads for its Moto X phone on July 3 in The New York Times , USA Today and The Wall Street Journal , according to Advertising Age . The ad, from Droga5 , bills X as the "first smartphone designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S." Tagline: "Designed by you. Assembled in the USA." SEE ALSO: 10 Great Android Multiplayer Games The "designed by you" is a reference to the phone's ability to be customized to fit each consumer's personality, VP-Global Brand and Product Marketing Brian Wallace told AdAge . Image courtesy of Google … [Read more...] about Google Breaks First Ad for Moto X Smartphone