Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer may be best known for his role in the quarterly earnings calls. He is always on hand to explain money to investors and let the world know just how good the company is doing, financially. Today, Apple announced that Oppenheimer is retiring at the end of September to be replaced by current corporate controller and VP of Finance, Luca Maestri. This change over has been in the works for at least a year now and the future CFO appears to be following the same path that his predecessor did nearly 20 years ago.
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Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. On the celebration of his birth, 110 years later, Oceanhouse Media, creator of more than 50 Dr. Seuss iOS apps, is offering a huge discount on all titles by the children’s book author. The sale lasts until Thursday, March 6.
In addition to reducing the price of many Dr. Seuss books, Oceanhouse Media has also launched a promotional give-away for fans of the Cat in the Hat to win 10 Dr. Seuss digital book apps of their choice by entering either on Facebook or Instagram.
In December of 2013, Apple collaborated with Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records for exclusive rights to be the first to launch Beyonce’s fifth studio album “Beyoncé” on iTunes. The digital download became the fastest selling album ever on iTunes with more than 825,000 albums sold in the first three days. Apple wants more.
According to Billboard, Apple music chief Robert Kondrk has been “pressuring” major labels to release more exclusive albums on iTunes, leaving services like YouTube and Spotify behind and increasing download sales for the company.
Well, it finally happened. By the end of 2013, according to Gartner, Android captured the market share of tablets, surpassing iOS significantly with 61.9 percent versus Apple’s 36 percent. Analysts were claiming that the iPad would loose its crown sometime soon and they were right. Apple still maintains the lead in tablet sales by vendor, although Samsung is nipping at the heels of the iPad’s popularity.
With the introduction of iOS 7, Apple added a new feature that was still in the works, but has already been talked about extensively in the tech world. The in-car feature, originally dubbed “iOS in the Car,” is an in-dash system only available in select new cars that allows users to connect their iPhone to the vehicle’s built-in controls and display. Apple and car manufacturers are officially rolling out the feature this year under the new nomenclature, “CarPlay.”
I like to keep things clean on my iPad. I close unused apps in Multitasking every day. I delete apps that I don’t think I’ll use on a regular basis, and I keep my Safari browser tabs to a minimum. However, there are times when I’ve been doing a lot of Web browsing and have a dozen or so tabs open in Safari. Yuck.
Sure, I could tap the “X” button on each, individual page to close tabs one at a time, but thanks to a clever tip from Mac OS X Hints, there is a quicker way to close all tabs at once.
Strategy games are thriving in the App Store. Traditionally, the genre has been most popular on desktops, but developers are constantly coming up with new titles that are fun, engaging, and great for wasting time on a rainy day. Apple’s Editor’s Choice for this week is a tower defense style strategy sequel. Royal Revolt 2 lets you explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate your neighbors to become the king of all lands.
The ball is rolling. Accessory makers and game controller companies are on the move. It took a while to get started, but we are now spotting more and more iOS 7 controllers in the wild. Even more exciting is that companies aren’t narrowing their options to just the iPhone anymore. MOGA had a hit on their hands with the iPhone-only gamepad, “Ace Power.” The company is already working on their second submission to the market and this one will be compatible with both iPhone and iPad.
It is possible that Apple is preparing to move old stock to make room for a new version of Apple TV. Today, the company has launched a special deal that would essentially make the set-top box only $75, brand new. The discount comes in the form of a $25 iTunes gift card, which you could use to stock up on movies for your new Apple TV.