Apple’s iOS 12 Update Set To Improve 911 Emergency Calls

Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”

iOS Help On The Way

With Apple’s new iOS 12 update, set to come out later this year, iPhone users in the U.S. who call 911 will automatically have their location data securely shared with first responders in an effort to reduce emergency response times in an effort to improve the overall outcome.

Nearly 80% of 911 come from mobile devices, and with landline-era infrastructure still in place, accurately locating a mobile caller’s location can be difficult for 911 centers. In 2015, Apple launched HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) which uses cell towers and on-device data sources such as GPS and WiFi Access Points to estimate a mobile 911 callers location, in order to help improve the challenge. Looking to improve 911 response time, Apple will now also use emergency technology company RapidSOS’s Internet Protocol-based data pipeline along with HELO to improve the 911 centers response time.

What’s “Cookin’?”

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO stated, “Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal. When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance.”

With these improvements, Apple is keeping a focus on privacy so that user data will not be used for any non-emergency purpose. The 911 responding center will only have access to the user’s location during the duration of an emergency call.

FCC Likes?

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman from 2013 to 2017 stated, “This new functionality is an example of how companies and first responders can use technology to dramatically improve public safety. Lives will be saved thanks to this effort by Apple and RapidSOS.”

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Learn More About The Preview of Apple’s iOS 12 Update

Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”

iPhone and iPad users have much to look forward to in the upcoming months. Apple is set to release is iOS 12 update this coming Fall, the latest of the version of the company’s mobile operating system. iOS 12 looks to make communication more fun and colorful with new features with the Memoji and Group FaceTime. Then new update will also introduce Siri Shortcuts that allow Siri to work with any app.

The new update by design will make tasks on the iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive thanks to performance improvements made across the system. iOS 12 will bring improvements to more devices than any previous update, ranging from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone X.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering stated, “We’re very excited about the new communications features we’re bringing to iPhone and iPad with Memoji, a more personal form of Animoji, fun camera effects and Group FaceTime. With iOS 12, we’re enabling new experiences that weren’t possible before. We’re using advanced algorithms to make AR even more engaging and on-device intelligence to deliver faster ways to get things done using Siri.

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“Kicking Off Summer” Vista Partners FREE Weekly Market Update 5-26-18

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“Little Russell Rules The Week” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 5-19-18

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“On The Rebound?” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 5-12-18

Vista Partners has published “On The Rebound?” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 5-12-18 and is accessible on our Newsletters Page. Each issue is written by Managing Director, John Heerdink and speaks to the activities of the market, influencers and specific featured stories from Vista’s Coverage Universe that spans the Dow 30, International and Select Emerging Growth Companies & Now “Investor Picks”, where we have begun to selectively add those companies/ideas that we are receiving from investors around the world.

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Tech Giant Apple Exceeds Q2 Estimates

Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”

Market analysts predicted Apple to sell 52.3M iPhones, in the company’s Q2. The company kept in line with the estimate, selling 52.2M iPhones. Estimates also called for $2.64 earnings/share, and the technology company exceeded expectations with reported earnings of $2.73/share. Revenue was reported at $61.1B, beating analyst estimates of $60.9B.

Many investors who were concerned about the soft sales of iPhone X because of its high price can find relief in Apple’s quarter 2 earnings. While iPad sales were down this quarter, the YOY sales of the product were up. However, the Mac division of Apple saw sales decrease not only this quarter but in YOY comparison with only 4M sold in quarter two, less than the 5.1M from  Q1 and the 4.2M from Q2 2017.

Apple’s Board of Directors also approved a $100B share buyback as well as a 16% increase in its quarterly dividend.

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How Would $1 Million Work for You This Year?

Bloomberg reported that a Japanese firm called Today Co., which operates a popular online fashion shopping site Zozotown, posted new job offerings recently seeking up to seven “genius” tech experts. What is amazing is that they are willing to pay nearly $1 million or 100 million yen for each tech expert per year in the fields of artificial intelligence, cryptography and robotics, according to a blog post.

This story hits close to home as I live in the San Francisco  Bay Area where tech workers are also in extremely high demand with the likes of Alphabet, Google, Apple, Facebook, etc. and countless startups continuously fighting for tech talent causing a similar escalation of income as well as real estate prices. Real estate prices in the bay area have gained value YOY for a record 70 straight months, according to real estate data firm CoreLogic.

It will be amazing to see how this race to acquire tech workers will play out over the next few years and what will be produced as well. What is clear is that all should be acquiring these skills and understanding in the tech field in these rapidly changing times and that you will be paid well. If you are not headed in this field of work, then it would seem smart to try and find good investments to capitalize on these trends from real estate to tech and back.

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Japan Heads Toward $1 Million Salaries in Battle for Tech Talent

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Bloomberg Reports That Apple Seeks to Use Own Chips in Macs Instead of Intel’s By 2020

Dow 30 component, Apple Inc. (AAPL), has announced its plan to use its own chips in its Mac computers hopefully as early as the year 2020. Currently, Apple uses processors from Intel Corp. (INTC).

Apple’s Kalamata, as this initiative is called according to Bloomberg’s report, is only in the early stages of development, but comes as part of Apple’s overall strategy to make their devices work together more seamlessly.

Apple has been using Intel’s chips for its Mac computers since 2005, but the company has been working to design its own chips for all of its devices for years now. Many believe that this goal of phasing Intel out by 2020 may prove to be a bit aggressive and that other pc makers will not follow Apple’s lead with regard to this initiative.

We can push the envelope on innovation. We have better control over timing, over cost and over quality.” -Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri

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Apple plans to replace Intel chips in Macs with its own: Bloomberg

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel Corp (INTC.O), Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter…

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Music Innovator Spotify’s Direct IPO & CEO Daniel Ek’s Newsletter

Spotify, a music service innovator, is due to go public today under the ticker SPOT on the NYSE via a direct listing. It is not raising capital via this share offering and it has chosen not to pay the fees to Wall Street’s “IPO machine” or the “traditional way” of going public as continues on its innovative path.

CEO Daniel Ek offered the following newsletter which helps explain their situation and which is found within Spotify’s F1A filing with the SEC :

LETTER FROM DANIEL EK

Our Path—A Note from Daniel Ek, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman

From the age of four, my life was about music and technology—never one without the other. Over time, I realized that by combining my two passions, I could create a new paradigm, one that helped fans and the creative community—singers, songwriters, bands, everyone in the creative process—chart a new course for an entire industry.

Spotify is the manifestation of those dreams. Music was too important to me to let piracy take down the industry. There had to be a way to give people access to the music they loved while allowing creators to get paid for their work, and to expand their creativity.
So I built a company based on a core set of values: innovation, passion, collaboration, transparency, and fairness. These values drive how we work with the creative community and how we treat our users. They’re why we’re committed to a diverse workforce in an open, trusting company culture.

Today, Spotify is one of the largest drivers of global music revenue. We’ve helped restore a rapidly shrinking industry to growth, and connected over a million artists with hundreds of millions of fans.

People constantly tell me how music has helped them through life’s biggest moments—birth and death, euphoria and heartbreak. At Spotify, we want to enrich, strengthen, and extend those moments and connections. So while some companies rely entirely on data, we take a different approach. We start with human creativity, augment it with our expertise and understanding, and then leverage it with the efficiency of algorithms.

Music has just been the beginning. We’re an audio first platform—as a top provider of podcasts, we’re also connecting audiences to the conversations that we think will shape the future.

And we have even bigger aspirations. We envision a cultural platform where professional creators can break free of their medium’s constraints and where everyone can enjoy an immersive artistic experience that enables us to empathize with each other and to feel part of a greater whole. But to realize this vision, professional creators must be able to earn a fair living doing what they love, where monetization is at the core of a creative proposition and not an afterthought. We care deeply about our creators and our users and we believe Spotify is a win-win for both.

That’s our mission—to unlock the potential of human creativity—by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it.
Everyone who partners with us—employees, users, the creative community, brands, investors—should understand what our mission means to us, how we make decisions, and why.

We know that if we’re going to succeed as a company and as an industry, we have to think, build, plan, and imagine for the long-term.

To build a better world by unlocking human creativity, we are committed to creating a better experience for users—and to enabling more creators to live off their work. We firmly believe that in the long run, these priorities will provide greater returns to all of our stakeholders.

That’s because the future is markedly different from the past.

The old model favored certain gatekeepers. Artists had to be signed to a label. They needed access to a recording studio, and they had to be played on terrestrial radio to achieve success. Today, artists can produce and release their own music. Labels, studios, and radio still matter, but in a cluttered landscape, artists’ biggest challenge is navigating this complexity to get heard. We believe Spotify empowers them to break through.

With access to unprecedented amounts of data and insights, we’re building audiences for every kind of artist at every level of fame and exposing fans to a universe of songs. In this new world, music has no borders. Spotify enables someone in Miami to discover sounds from Madrid. It links immigrants in Boston to songs back home in Bangkok.

We’re working to democratize the industry and connect all of us, across the world, in a shared culture that expands our horizons.

With a catalog that grows by tens of thousands of new creative works every day, Spotify is like a flywheel. Creators and consumers engage and react to each other, building momentum. These reactions generate even more buzz, which we believe, in turn, fuels even more creativity. Now, we are going to take the lessons we’ve learned in music and apply them across culture. In the future, Spotify will strive to more meaningfully connect people to the cultural experiences they care about—or don’t yet know they care about—to fit the mood and moment they’re in.

Today’s creators can collaborate with audiences across time zones. They incorporate video and interactive technology to create new and inspiring art, and more. They release their own work and directly make and reach fans. As we evolve, Spotify will meet creators where they are and empower them with even more tools to do what they love in their own authentic way, and reach even more people. What started out as an application and grew into a platform must now become a global network—one that recognizes and nurtures the interdependent relationships between creators, producers, publishers, labels, fans, and everyone in between.

To get there, we need transparency. We need discovery. We need new tools of creativity.

Artists’ greatest barriers to success are achieving exposure and earning money. That’s why Spotify wants to create a fair and open market, where fans can support the artists they love and creators can understand how they’re paid and earn a living.
Musicians, for example, compete against the entire history of music and a daily flood of new content. The central paradox for fans is that access gives you everything—but everything isn’t enough. Discovery is hard without a compass. Unprecedented choice at an affordable price must come with effective personalization to help audiences navigate a sea of content, and to help artists directly reach a sea of listeners. With the right mix of data insights contextualized by human experts, Spotify reunites fans with old favorites, and lets them discover new ones.
We intend to give the creative community the data, technology, and connections to not only make a living but also accelerate the exposure of their work. We believe that these tools we’re building will go far beyond music, building bonds between creators and consumers across every genre and form.
And when we get there, the possibilities for culture will completely change. Again.

Today, art has an even greater opportunity to be a transformative cultural force. And culture is the force that binds us all—no matter who we are or where we’re from—in a shared human experience. It’s what helps us understand one another across differences. It’s what breaks us out of isolation and brings people together.

That’s why, everywhere I go around the world, I see artists finding inspiration across oceans, drawing on sounds born in one part of the world and making them their own—from punk music in Myanmar to rap in Mongolia.

This is the future we envision; where artists cross genres and cultural boundaries, creating ideas that propel society forward; where fans can discover something they never would have otherwise; where we’re all part of a global network, building new connections, sharing new ideas, across cultures.
We really do believe that we can improve the world, one song at a time.

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Vista Partners Publishes March 2018 Macroeconomic & Investment Newsletter

Vista Partners (“Vista”) has published March’s FREE Macroeconomic & Investment Monthly Newsletter, “Strong Economic Growth Predicted Despite Volatile Stock Market.

Vista’s monthly newsletter contains investment considerations for Banks, Biotech, Cloud Services, Energy, Fintech, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Materials, Real Estate, SaaS, and Technology.

Vista Partners centers its Coverage on the Dow 30 Components, Select Emerging Growth Companies & Vista’s Featured Companies, with exclusive, broad-based commentary from Managing Director, John F. Heerdink, Jr.

In March’s edition of the Macroeconomic & Investment Newsletter, Mr. Heerdink states, “The bottom line is that the economy is in good shape. What’s not to like? Well, more immediate concerns….” Read full newsletter.

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