Will You Be One Of The First To Get Apple’s New iPhone Xs?

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.”

Apple revealed its new line of iPhones this week, a highly anticipated moments for both its consumers and investors. The flagship model of this line the iPhone Xs, which will be available in stores September 21, will cost $999. Also available September 21, the larger model, the Xs Max will cost $1,099 and the “budget” model will sell for $749.

Will you be one of the first to get one?… I will be waiting but I am always amazed at how many are willing to stand in line to be the first.

The new iPhone Xs, which is the same size as the current iPhone X, will be very similar to the iPhone X but will boast a faster processor, more dynamic display, and an upgraded camera. The new model will be available in gold, silver, and space gray.

The larger model, the iPhone Xs Max will be released as the largest iPhone ever with a screen of 6.5 inch. Both Xs models will be more splash and water-resistant with the ability to withstand up to six and a half feet of water for 30 minutes. The new line will also debut with features like better speakers, faster FaceID, improved display, and cameras that have new, larger sensors, bigger pixels, and faster processors.

“A12 Bionic” is the new processor for the phone line that will boost speed to 5 trillion operations per second. Along with all the new hardware updates, the new iOS, 12, promises to be nine times faster and use only a tenth of the energy.

The new iPhone Xs battery life adds an extra 30 minutes to the X and the Xs Max adds 90 minutes to the battery life.

iPhone Xr, the budget model, uses aluminum instead of steel and features a 6.1-inch LCD screen instead of an OLED screen which is more expensive and is what is used on the higher end iPhone models.

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United Technologies Accelerates Global Digital Strategy with Acquisition of Predictive Analytics Software Company, Predikto

Dow 30 component United Technologies Corporation (UTX) creates smart, sustainable solutions that are used to provide high-technology systems and services to both the building and aerospace industries.

United Technologies Corp. recently announced its acquisition of Predikto, Inc. Predikto is a predictive analytics software company based out of Atlanta, GA. The software company is known for is a proven cloud-based predictive health maintenance solution that allows customers to predict and improve their asset reliability with stronger confidence. The acquisition emphasizes United Technologies’ global digital strategy- make strategic business investments that will better the company’s capability in delivering new forms of value to its customers, employees and shareholders.

What makes Predikto unique in its sector is its technology platform. It can take hundreds of divergent industrial asset data-sets and automate up to 80 percent of the analysis process and quickly deliver ready-to-go insights for taking pre-emptive steps in issue avoidance, which in turn increases asset uptime.

Predikto’s current CEO, Mario Montag, will take on the role of Chief Data & Analytics Officer for United Technologies. He will have a presence in both Atlanta, GA and Brooklyn, NY.

Mario Montag, CEO, Predikto stated, “Predictive analytics and data science have the power to change the way today’s businesses run, especially in complex asset-intensive industries. Predikto’s approach and technology has been demonstrated globally across the aviation, rail and shipping industries where unplanned downtime and unscheduled maintenance can be costly. There is great opportunity for additional applicability to many of United Technologies’ products and services. We are beyond excited to join the team and begin making an impact.”

The terms of the acquisition have yet to be disclosed.

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Apple Acquires AR Firm Akonia Holographics

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Apple announced Wednesday this week that it had purchased Akonia Holographics, a small company from Colorado that makes lenses for augmented-reality glasses. The Colorado-based company not only makes displays, but it holds over 200 patents related to holographic technology and has raised $11.6 million in funding.

It was reported last year that Apple could potentially release an augmented-reality headset in the year 2020, and in June of this year, the company announced that its next mobile operating system, iOS 12 would have new AR capabilities.

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“Star-Studded” Online Polling Firm SurveyMonkey Files for IPO

SurveyMonkey, an online-polling company, filed for a U.S. initial public offering on Wednesday this week under its official name Svmk, Inc., claiming that it has over half a million paying customers. The initial offering size is $100 million, but typically the placeholder amount will most likely change.

The company plans to use the proceeds to pay down income tax obligations that are related to a restricted stock unit settlement, technological investment, and for working capital and general purposes.

The San Mateo, California-based company, is reported to have boasted more than 16 million users in the past year with over 600,000 of its total users paying for its services.

In the first half of 2018, SurveyMonkey’s net loss increased to $27.2 million compared from $19.1 million of the same period last year. The net loss total of 2017 was $24 million on revenue of $218.8 million. 2016 showed a net loss of $76.4 million on $207.3 million.

The largest stakeholder in the company, Tiger Global Management LLC holds 29 percent of the stock prior to the IPO. 10 percent stake is held by The Sheryl K. Sandberg Revocable Trust.

SurveyMonkey enjoys and interesting “star-studded” board that is both obvious & puzzling in some circumstances.  Facebook’s CEO Sheryl Sandberg sits on the company’s board, and her late husband, David Goldberg, was the CEO of the company. Serena Williams, a tennis champion, and Intuit Inc. CEO Brad Smith both joined the board in 2017. SurveyMonkey has applied to list on the Nasdaq Global Select Marker under SVMK, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. are leading the offering.

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Check out the Programmable Shape-shifting Metal

Scientists at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have created a programmable, shape-shifting metal. Sounds unreal? The unreal sounding breakthrough is very real! Scientists use electrical charges, apply to liquid metal, and coax it into 3D shapes. This new, extremely promising material can be programmed to alter its shape.

Electric fields are used to shape the liquid and the areas are created using a computer so both the position of the metal and it’s form can be manipulated dynamically.

Professor Sriram Subramanian, head of the INTERACT Lab at the University of Sussex stated, “Liquid metals are an extremely promising class of materials for deformable applications; their unique properties include voltage-controlled surface tension, high liquid-state conductivity and liquid-solid phase transition at room temperature. One of the long-term visions of us and many other researchers is to change the physical shape, appearance, and functionality of any object through digital control to create intelligent, dexterous and useful objects that exceed the functionality of any current display or robot.”

Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have also created a new metal alloy by marrying indium and gallium. The metal alloy exists in a liquid state at room temperature and can capacitate liquid metal transistors, flexible circuitry, and hopefully self-repair circuits in the future.

These new molten metals, which are being referred to as “electronic blood”, have the potential to completely change computing to generations to come. IBM has also joined in the development of electric sustenance with is REPCOOL or Redox flow electrochemistry that is used for power delivery and cooling. The project is based on the structure and power supply of the brain where the blood capillary system cools and supplies energy to the organ. They believe that in using electronic blood, the same effect can be applied to overheated computers.

The first applications of Electronic Blood are expected to take place in 2030.

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Apple’s New Low-Cost Laptop Set Up to Refuel Mac Sales

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.”

In an effort to increase the sales of Apple, Inc.’s longest-running line of devices, the company is set to release a new, low-cost laptop as well as a professional-focused upgrade to the Mac mini desktop. Similar in looks to the MacBook Air, the new laptop will feature thinner bezels around the screen, a 13-inch display, and include a higher-resolution “Retina” version that the company uses on its other products.

The MacBook Air, which has not seen any major overhaul is several years, is currently Apple’s only laptop without a high-resolution screen and costs $1,000. Launched in 2015, the 12-inch MacBook was supposed to be seen as the replacement to the MacBook Air, but with a starting price of $1,300, the product was out of reach for many consumers. The new MacBook Air will be focused towards consumers searching for a cheaper Apple computer and school that buy laptops in bulk.

With more than 11 percent of Apple sales the last fiscal year, the Mac has proven to be a steady seller, even ahead of the iPad. Despite its steady sales, loyal Mac users have voiced complaints that recent updates have not reached their professional needs. The company has worked to address these concerns with the release of a high-end iMac Pro and a new MacBook Pro that feature an updated keyboard and faster processor options.

Currently, Apple falls behind other companies in the education market, with Chromebooks, a cheaper laptop that runs Google Chrome’s operating system, dominating the market and accounting for 60 percent of devices shipped to K-12 institutions in the U.S.

Apple is also working on the first upgrade to the Mac mini in almost four years. The Mac mini is a Mac desktip that does not include a screen, keyboard, or mouse in the box and costs $500. The mini computer is popular with app developers, server farm managers, and with those running home media centers. The focus on the upgrade will primarily be on these pro users and new storage and processor options. The upgrade will most likely make the computer that is favored for its low price more expensive.

Along with its new Mac models, Apple is preparing for the launch of macOS Mojave, which is a new version of its Mac operating system that includes new file sorting features and the ability to run iPad apps. Apple has also stated that it is working on a new version of the Mac Pro. Three new iPhones, Apple Watches with larger screens, and new iPad Pros will be debut later this year as well.\

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Have You Checked Out Intel’s “Ruler” SSD…? The Densest Drive Ever!

Intel Corporation (INTC) seeks to expand the boundaries of technology to provide the most amazing experience possible while designing, manufacturing, and selling integrated digital technology globally.

The age of the spinning hard disk drives that hum and run warm and require fans and expensive cooling systems and often unexpectedly crash is quickly disappearing. The Intel SSD DC P4500, which is roughly the size of a ruler and has storage of 32 terabytes, is Intel’s newest solid-state drive set to replace the traditional spinning hard-drive. To put into perspective the major change of this, the solid state drive has storage that can hold triple the amount of the entire printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress and draws just one-tenth of the power of a traditional hard drive.

It is the densest drive ever and is built using the Intel 3D NAND technology that stacks memory cells on top of one another in extremely thin layers instead of one single layer. In the P4500 the memory cells are stacked 64 layers deep.

The largest cost in today’s data centers is air conditioning used to keep disk drives cool. This cost is driving some of the biggest data companies in the world ( IBM, Microsoft, Tencent) to switch to the new “ruler” SSD. This new SSD features no-moving-parts and can be line up 32 side-by-side to hold up to a petabyte in a single server slot. The “ruler” only requires half of the airflow of a traditional SSD to keep cool and only takes up one-twentieth of the space.

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Microsoft Announces Fiscal Year 2018 and Q4 Results

Microsoft Corp. announced their fiscal Q4 results on July 19, 2018. Revenue was reported at $30.1 billion, a 17% increase from the corresponding period of the last fiscal year. Operating income increased 35% at $10.4 billion. Net income was at $8.9 billion GAAP and $8.8 billion non-GAAP. The diluted earnings per share were reported at $1.14 GAAP and $1.13 non-GAAP.

Overall Fiscal Year 2018, which ended June 30, 2018, was also announced and compared to the previous fiscal year. Revenue saw a 14% increase at $110.4 billion, and operating income also rose 21% with $35.1 billion. Net income was reported for the year at $16.6 billion GAAP and $30.3 non-GAAP. Diluted earnings per share were $2.13 GAAP and $3.88 non-GAAP.

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft stated, “We had an incredible year, surpassing $100 billion in revenue as a result of our teams’ relentless focus on customer success and the trust customers are placing in Microsoft. Our early investments in the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are paying off, and we will continue to expand our reach in large and growing markets with differentiated innovation.”

A webcast discussing the financial results is available for replay at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/investor.

A more complete breakdown of Microsoft’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 financial results can be found here.

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Cloud Services Provider Fusion Secures Automotive Industry Win

NYC based cloud services provider Fusion (FSNN) has secured a $5.4 million, five-year cloud solutions contract with a leading distributor in the automotive industry. The companies cited Fusion’s productivity-enhancing cloud communications and collaboration solutions, integrated cloud connectivity with Quality of Service guarantees, experienced, live technical support and an exemplary reputation for providing a superior customer experience. As part of the Agreement, Fusion reported that it delivered multiple offerings from its comprehensive portfolio of single source cloud solutions, including network connectivity, cloud access, and voice services. Fusion’s cloud solutions were apparently selected to ensure a seamless customer experience, through one online portal and with services delivered through a single, integrated sales, implementation and support team. Fusion further confirmed that by extending feature-rich solutions and applications across the enterprise, Fusion mobilized a rapid deployment team to deliver its cloud solutions quickly and efficiently to over 70 geographically dispersed locations. The solution has been engineered and provisioned with the potential of incorporating IoT applications in the future to increase efficiencies for the customer’s rapidly expanding network of delivery drivers.

Russell P. Markman, Fusion’s Chief Operating Officer, stated, “Fusion’s proprietary, advanced cloud services platform enabled us to rapidly develop and deliver a solution that supports the customer’s applications over a very large geographic footprint. We continue to win business by providing simple solutions to our customers’ highly complex challenges, especially where the highest level of customer service is paramount.”

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The Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB Project Chooses Cisco As Founding Member & Innovation Partner

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other communications technology.

The Walt Disney Studios has selected Cisco to be a founding member and an Innovation Partner of Walt Disney Studios’ StudioLAB, which will be located on The Walt Disney Studios Lot in the town of Burbank, CA.

The initiative of the StudioLAB is to focus on using cutting-edge technology to design, reimagine, and prototype the capabilities of entertainment and production in the future.

The 3,500 square foot facility will use Cisco’s hardware and software solutions to extend its services spanning network, storage, collaboration, and orchestration. The areas of focus will be on enhancing the collaboration experience for creatives and studio leadership, offering a more coherent, secure connectivity for filmmakers, the studio, and other parties, and allowing both efficient and reliable ways to deliver production data from the set to the cloud.

David Ward, senior vice president, CTO and chief architect, Cisco stated, “Cisco and Disney are helping to drive innovation in the entertainment industry, combining our expertise, skills, content, technology and passion. This partnership is a game changer for the media industry, and we are excited for the opportunity to work closely with The Walt Disney Studios team to prototype, develop and showcase new technology at StudioLAB. This will be the place where true innovation comes alive in media entertainment.

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