Anything from starting a business to working in a corporate environment.
Apple sold over 75 million iPhones in the last three months, for combined sales of over $18 Billion in profit, a 40% profit margin, the largest in history. Apple also has over $142 Billion in cash. Most of that has been transferred to accounts overseas in order to avoid taxes. So while they have that much money, it's not exactly liquid in the US.
Apple just posted the best quarter in corporate history (CNN)…
Sony Pictures Entertainment is now attempting to take disrupt downloads from sites that have its leaked data through Denial of Service attacks. Its using hundreds of computers in Asia to accomplish this.
A class action lawsuit against Apple is ongoing over the iPod and an old sync feature. The suit is all about the fact that Apple iTunes would erase an iPod if it wasn't recognized by the computer. The lawsuit represents 8 million users for about $350 million, of which half will go to lawyers, of course. That leaves everyone else with a settlement of about $0.50 a piece.
A class action lawsuit has been taking place against Apple regarding non-iTunes music stored on iPods between 2007 and 2009. Apple had been deleting non-iTunes music from user iPods. Apple was able to present evidence that the iPod one of the plaintiffs bought was not in the time frame covered by the lawsuit. The other plaintiff may also not have purchased an iPod between the necessary dates, and is struggling to gain credibility.
Black Friday proved to be very profitable for retailers, both online and brick and mortar, with sales up 20%. But what Leo finds more interesting is that nearly one third of all sales this year were from tablets or mobile phones. This really indicates the shift into the mobile world.
It used to just be the day after Thanksgiving, but now Black Friday has expanded. It's not only happening *on* Thanksgiving, but Amazon is having Black Friday sales all week! Leo says that while people are fighting over the marked down deals, a good price on a TV often isn't a great deal. They're usually limited in quantity and often not the best models.
Music Deals, an App for Windows 8, is giving away 50 really good albums for free, with box sets for just $2. You download the 320kbps songs through the app and then you can use them anywhere.
President Obama this week came out in favor of Net Neutrality by regulating Internet Service Providers as common carriers, giving the FCC the power to prevent paid prioritization. This means Internet Service Providers would not be allowed to charge extra for faster access to customers.
Net Neutrality: President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet (WhiteHouse.gov)…
Skip has a business that he runs off of a dedicated PC and he wants to help a friend start a similar business. He wants to be able to clone his hard drive and ship it to him so he can run it as well. Would that work? Leo says yes and no.
The makers of the OnePlus One Android smartphone have cancelled a controversial campaign in which it asked women to submit photos of themselves with the OnePlus One logo on them. The photos were to be judged by staff, and invites would be given to the top 50 women. The invite doesn't even get you a phone, however -- it only allows you to buy a phone at full price.
Microsoft is expanding its store presence, and this week it announced it would be opening a Microsoft Store in Manhattan...just down the street from the Apple Cube store. Leo says it'll be a challenge for them to take on Apple since Apple stores make more profit than Tiffany's. But if it brings competition, Leo's all for it.