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Apple on Tuesday updated its iTunes Store with new promotions on movies and other content. Among the deals are biopic films like The Wolf of Wall Street and Raging Bull, as well as hits like The Fighter and I, Robot. Check out the full list below.

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A $320 Million Ice Wall Still Can’t Contain Radioactive Water Near Fukushima

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Last year, Japan’s central government completed a 35 billion yen (approximately $ 320 million) underground ice wall. Over 38 meters (100 feet) deep and nearly 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) long, the structure is meant to stop groundwater from mixing with the radioactive water leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was severely damaged in 2011 by an earthquake and tsunami.

While an idea seemingly plucked from a comic book, this wall of human-made permafrost was criticized for being too complex and potentially ineffective. Negative suspicions were confirmed when an investigation commissioned by the Japanese government found that while the wall is helping reduce the leakage of contaminated water, stronger measures are needed.

Seven years later, radioactive materials from Fukushima’s damaged reactor still contaminate groundwater and rainfall, undermining efforts to decommission the plant. The state of the reactor also made it extremely difficult to identify the position of the melted uranium trapped in the plant, which was captured on camera only last year.

Even robots sent to investigate and clean up the site have not been able to withstand the radiation, exacerbating the crisis as the plant continues to contaminate groundwater and rainfall.

According to the latest figures released by the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the ice wall is reducing the amount of contaminated water inside the reactor’s buildings to 95 tons per day, while before the structure was built nearly 200 tons would collect inside the plant every day. Overall, the plant still contaminates about 500 tons of water daily, of which 300 are pumped out and stored away to be purified.

“We recognize that the ice wall has had an effect, but more work is needed to mitigate rainfall ahead of the typhoon season,” said Yuzo Onishi, panel chairman and Kansai University civil engineering professor, speaking to

The ice wall was expensive to build and costs about 1 billion yen ($ 9.5 million) a year to maintain and operate. But, while it is not a perfect solution, it has stabilized groundwater flows, and reduced the amount of water that needs to be pumped out to keep the situation stable.

As clunky as a massive ice wall may seem, the Japanese government still doesn’t have a more elegant solution to a problem that long after the disaster remains as urgent as ever. And while the project may be far from ideal, it is imperative that Fukushima holds as little contaminated water as possible.

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Review: VogDuo 30W Travel Wall Charger

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I have a new travel companion. VogDuo has delivered what is perhaps the ideal travel charger. The VogDuo Charger Pro 3-Port USB Wall Charger ($ 49.99) is thin, powerful, and adaptive. And my evaluation unit is cherry red, just like Elon Musk’s car heading out to the asteroid belt.

Related: Review: Griffin’s Best Portable Chargers for iPhone

The most important feature is the three Type-A USB ports that are all capable of charging a tablet. This means that it can essentially charge any three things at the same time: cameras, phones, Bluetooth headsets, etc.

The foldable, swiveling AC prong brings the second best feature. Unlike chargers that just fold the prongs and then extend them at 90-degrees, the VogDuo charger tilts 270-degrees as needed to accommodate almost any socket configuration, including conference table power centers, overfilled power strips or space challenged wall sockets.

Finally, it’s thin. It will fit into bags without adding bulk. It’s just a little thicker than an iPhone so it will fit into many of the pouches in backpacks and briefcases designed to hold phones and cables.

And its already ready for international use (with an adapter, not included) as its ready to convert up to 240V AC.

My only complaint? The plastic in the packaging wasn’t labeled with recycle logos so it went to the landfill rather than the recycling center. I continue to encourage all manufacturers to adopt fully recyclable packaging.

Final Verdict

The Charger Pro 3-Port  USB Wall Charger is thin, powerful (charges three tablets at a time), and adaptive (270 degrees of swivel). It charges fast and looks good. It’s not a cherry red Tesla, but its as close as a portable charger will likely ever come.


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Endless OS Helps Tear Down Linux Wall

The Endless OS is a distro with its own adapted desktop environment based on Gnome 3, and with an even simpler and more streamlined user experience. Although it looks and feels a lot like an Android shell running on a PC, Endless OS is a fully functional Linux distro designed to be easy to install and very simple to use. The latest version’s features include automatic updates, improved launch speed for applications, and some Flatpak programs from the Flathub community repository rather than Endless’ custom repository.

Review: Portable Wall Charger & Battery Pack for iPhone & Other Devices

Over two years ago, I reviewed the original ReCHARGE+ charger from Thinium. At CES, I met with the representatives from Thinium and had the opportunity to try the new model, the ReCHARGE+ 2.0 ($ 69.99). What sets the ReCHARGE+ apart from other chargers is the integrated A/C prongs that fold flat, along with the phone charging port that also folds flat. Thinium has improved on the original in several key ways.

Related: Griffin’s Best Portable Chargers for iPhone

Whereas the original model was just for Lightning devices, the ReCHARGE+ 2.0 accommodates Lighting, microUSB, and USB-C through add-on adapters—just make sure you don’t lose them. The new model also has a built-in kickstand and an optional magnetic plate to secure the connection.


  • Accommodates Lighting, microUSB, and USB-C devices
  • Integrated A/C prongs
  • Built-in kickstand
  • Folds flat for travel
  • 3,000 mAh of power


  • Doesn’t use Qi wireless charging
  • Adapters are easy to lose

Final Verdict

The new ReCHARGE+ 2.0 from Thinium improves on the original, making it a valuable part of your travel gear. 

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iDevices debuts HomeKit-compatible Instant Switch wireless wall switch

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Smarthome accessory maker iDevices expanded to its range of HomeKit-connected hardware on Friday with Instant Switch, an easy to mount wall switch that connects to and controls most iDevices products.
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Snap had a tough year on Wall Street. Now it needs to flip the narrative.

Snap’s first year as a public company wasn’t very good, but there’s still hope things will turn around.

Snap’s first year as a public company hasn’t been very good.

Ever since the company behind Snapchat publicly unveiled paperwork with plans for a $ 20 billion IPO almost exactly a year ago, concerns have surfaced about Snap’s long-term viability.

It turns out Snap doesn’t have the user growth or business growth that everyone initially expected. Snap stock is down over 43 percent since its first day of trading in early March and the company looks a lot more like the next Twitter than it does the next Facebook.

The thing that makes Snap so compelling, though, is the idea that it’s still early. Those perceptions about its growth could change on Tuesday when Snap reports Q4 earnings after markets close.

The hope is that Snap will grow into its expectations. Its ad business, for example, is still young. And while its user growth has slowed, the company hadn’t made that a priority just yet.

At the same time, the big announcement during Snap’s last earnings report was CEO Evan Spiegel’s admission that the service is too hard to use, meaning the company is at least thinking about trying to get new people to use the service.

After three straight disappointing earnings calls in a row, Tuesday will be key in keeping that feeling of hope alive. Once a company develops a narrative — Twitter’s reputation that it can’t grow, for example — it can be tough to shake.

Here’s what we’ll be looking for:

  • Snap first unveiled plans for a big redesign on its last earnings call in early November. Then it showed off that redesign to the media later that month. The redesign is still not broadly rolled out, and Snap has said little about why. Where is it? And how is the rollout going?
  • Snapchat’s user base isn’t growing the way analysts once hoped. The company added just 4.5 million new daily users last quarter, down from the eight million analysts were looking for. (One year earlier, it had added 10 million in the same quarter.) Wall Street expects Snapchat added six million new users in Q4.

  • Wall Street is looking for revenue of $ 253 million, or a 52 percent jump over last year. That would also put Snap’s yearly sales at $ 793 million, almost double the $ 404 million it brought in in 2016. That sounds solid, but remember: Before the IPO, many close to the company expected Snap to be a $ 1 billion revenue business in 2017. It’s nowhere close to that right now.
  • Snap spends a ton of money and the company is still not profitable. Snap lost $ 443 million last quarter, almost the same amount it lost in Q2 and up considerably from the $ 124 million it lost in Q3 the year prior. Some of those costs are due to expensive cloud services deals with Google and Amazon that once signaled that Snap was bracing for an explosion of user growth. That growth never happened, but the costs are still there. How will Snap manage its spending in 2018?
  • Snap recently unveiled a new in-app merchandise store, so there’s a clear interest in testing the waters when it comes to in-app purchases. But the company’s bet on Spectacles has been expensive, costing the company $ 40 million last quarter for “excess inventory.” What are Snapchat’s commerce plans? We’d love an update.

Snap will report earnings after the markets close. It will hold an investor call with analysts and reporters at 5 pm ET.

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How Apple’s iPhone X can be the world’s best-selling phone and a Wall Street disappointment

As the world’s most valuable company, Apple faces unusual scrutiny when it comes to earnings. The company is tight-lipped in the best of times, so every utterance during its quarterly public earnings call is carefully dissected for the most minute of clues.

This time around, the bottom line is that the bottom line rocked: Apple posted record revenues for the holiday quarter. But it was the fate of the iPhone X that had analysts and journalists sifting the tea leaves to try to resolve a growing disconnect: On the one hand, reports had pegged the iPhone X as the world’s best-selling smartphone in the holiday quarter; on the other hand, numerous reports indicate that Apple was ramping down production of the device for the current and future quarters.

Which of these is true?

The answer, unsatisfying in a world that craves instant judgement, is that they are likely both true. And to make the muddled verdict even worse, it probably doesn’t really matter in terms of the company’s overall health.

Speaking generally, Apple’s earnings report for the recent holiday quarter was highly unusual and complicated. iPhone sales were down, but with an asterisk: This quarter had 13 weeks, rather than 14 weeks like last year. Yet … revenues still fell short of analysts’ expectations. Yet … the company still saw a big bump in iPhone revenue and average selling price. What we’re left with is multiple arrows all pointing in different directions.

Naturally, CEO Tim Cook offered a very straightforward analysis. The iPhone X is a huge hit. End of story.

He told analysts: “iPhone X was the best-selling smartphone in the world in the December quarter, according to Canalys, and it has been our top-selling phone every week since it launched,” adding that the “iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus rounded out the top three iPhones in the quarter. In fact, revenue for our newly launched iPhones was the highest of any lineup in our history, driving total Apple revenue above our guidance range.”

No doubt this is 1,000 percent true. But still, what does it really mean for a device to be Apple’s best-selling phone? Less than it would appear at first glance.

Apple’s introduction of new iPhones this year was unique. First, because it introduced two new flagship phones, the iPhone 8 generation, and the iPhone X. But also because rather than trimming its lineup to 3 generations of phones, it decided to continue selling the iPhone 6s generation, along with SE, iPhone 7 generations, and of course, the new ones. With deeper discounts on older versions, Apple was offering some stellar deals on phones that are far from out of date.

This means a couple of things. First, iPhone sales are spread across a wider range of versions. That lowers the bar to being the best seller a bit. In addition, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus went on sale in September, and so the initial rush of demand for the versions would have subsided by the time the iPhone X went on sale in early November.

No doubt, Apple still sold a lot of iPhone X units, the main factor in driving up the average selling price. The company said iPhone ASP increased to $ 796 from $ 695 a year ago in the holiday quarter. But with some versions going for more than $ 1,200, it wouldn’t take a gigantic number to skew that figure up.

Another nugget worth noting: Cook said supply has already caught up with demand.

“The team did a great job of getting into supply demand balance there in December,” Cook said. The question, of course, is whether that means Apple fixed any manufacturing issues, or whether demand just slacked off. Cook also said iPhone X continued to be the best-selling phone throughout January. But Apple doesn’t have a backlog of demand as it heads into the current quarter.

What about the stories floating around about how production of the iPhone X going down? In part, that’s a natural phenomenon. The big rush of sales for a new version normally tapers off after the holidays. This year, given no backlog, that will be even more true.

In addition, Apple CFO Luca Maestri explained that sales of the iPhone X will see the biggest slowdown this quarter, along with the iPhone 8s, which means the average selling price is going to take a bigger hit than usual.

“As we reduce inventories of these newest products, the overall ASPs for iPhone in Q2 will naturally decline sequentially by a higher percentage than we have experienced historically,” he said.

The result is that Apple guided to between $ 60 billion and $ 62 billion in the quarter, below analysts’ estimates of $ 65 billion. That means Apple’s revenue might only grow up to 17 percent from the same quarter a year ago — a “problem” literally every company on the planet would love to have.


Depending on the actual ASP Apple expects, that could also mean the number of iPhones Apple sells in the quarter remains flat or even drops from the 50.76 million it sold last year.

In Q2 2017, iPhone sales represented 63 percent of total revenue. Assuming this held true for the current Q2 2018, that amounts to $ 39 billion for iPhone revenue out of the projected $ 62 billion revenue.

For Q2 2017, ASP for the iPhone was $ 655. That could put the low-end of iPhone sales this quarter at 56 million units. If Apple was still close to the $ 796 ASP from last quarter, that would imply 46 million iPhones sold.

Of course, the number is more likely to be in the middle, or just around the 50.76 million units from last year.

And this is likely what is throwing Wall Street analysts. The number of iPhones Apple has sold has been roughly flat over the past two years. Analysts had convinced themselves stretching back a year that the rumored iPhone X would trigger a “super-cycle.” This was what happened in fiscal year 2015, when Apple introduced the iPhone 6 generation, with its bigger screens.

The number of units the company sold in the holiday quarter that year soared 46 percent. It was such a rocketship that the iPhone 6s year would see the company’s first annual dip in iPhone sales. Things improved with iPhone 7, but revenue and units were still below the magic of 2015.

It’s clear Apple is going to see revenue go up for the current fiscal year 2018. But iPhone shipments may be roughly flat, or even down a bit, which has analysts, who love to love Apple, rationalizing new definitions of “super-cycle.” Maybe the super-cycle is not a one-year thing, but a three-year thing?


But what’s also likely is that there isn’t really any rumored catalyst in the near-term pipeline that would boost the number of iPhones sold. Surely the cost of the iPhone X will drop in the coming months, and that may tempt more buyers. But smartphones also last longer, so the rush to upgrade to new versions doesn’t have the same immediacy it did a few years ago.

The final twist in all of this is that none of it may matter to Apple.

The company’s making more money from selling the same number of smartphones. It’s seeing strong growth in services, as the economic leverage of its ecosystem continues to kick in. It owns the smartwatch market, such as it is. And it’s got the HomePod coming soon. The result is that the company continues to print more money than it knows how to spend.

The only real drama is whether shareholders will find that story satisfying and continue to ride. My guess is that with growing dividends and share buybacks and steady revenue increases, Apple won’t to be hearing too many complaints from investors for years to come.

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Here’s how Wall Street reacted to Apple’s Q1 earnings

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Apple’s fiscal first-quarter earnings report was the very definition of a mixed bag. On one hand, the company managed to rake in record revenue totaling $ 88.3 billion. Apple also confirmed that its new flagship iPhone X has been the best-selling iPhone model each week since its release in November. In fact, the phone has been such a success that Apple managed to increase total iPhone revenue compared to the year-ago quarter despite selling 1 million fewer units. But that brings to the flip side of Apple’s first-quarter performance — profits were down and sales of the iPhone, Apple’s bread and butter, declined on year despite the launch of Apple’s first completely redesigned smartphone since 2014. Apple’s second-quarter guidance was also far lower than the Street’s consensus, giving analysts even more cause for concern.

There are plenty of negative takeaways from Apple’s report on Thursday evening, but there were also plenty of positives. And beyond the company’s first-quarter performance, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said the company’s “target over time is to take that $ 163 billion down to approximately zero,” suggesting that the company plans to spend the entirely of its repatriated overseas cash hoard into increased dividends, share buybacks, and even large acquisitions.

That’s exciting news, but there’s no telling what Apple plans to do with all that cash. In the meantime, the details found within Apple’s first-quarter report give analysts plenty of clues about what lies ahead. Here, we’ve rounded up reactions from many of the top analysts who currently cover Apple.

Daniel Ives, GBH: The main event of tonight’s earnings is around the much anticipated March guidance cut with iPhone X demand weaker than expected, especially out of China and the US to a lesser extent hurting the company’s near-term outlook. March revenue guidance and gross margins were better than feared with total revenue of $ 61 billion better than the feared $ 59 billion to $ 60 billion whisper numbers that bears were clawing to and below the Street at $ 65.4 billion, with a guidance cut already well telegraphed through supply chain data points out of Asia.

Walter Piecyk, BTIG: As we previewed in our note last week, FQ2 revenue guidance was $ 60 billion compared to a consensus estimate of $ 68 billion just a week ago. The consensus estimate implied a sequential rise in ASP in FQ2, but CFO Luca Maestri poured cold water on that theory during the call. We now estimate a 6.5% q/q decline in ASP in FQ2 versus our prior estimate of a 3.9% decline and yet CFO Luca Maestri appeared to be guiding to an even lower ASP… We are not changing our 2018 CY EPS estimate of $ 12.00 or price target of $ 198 as a lower tax rate assumption of 15% vs prior estimate of 19% was offset by lower gross margin estimates and lower contribution from Other income and expenses… The $ 796 iPhone ASP was higher than we expected in the quarter… As a result, we are bumping up our FQ2 iPhone ASP by $ 25 to $ 745 and lowering our unit estimate by 1 million to 52 million, which lifts our FQ2 total revenue estimate by $ 500 million to $ 60.9 billion, the mid-point of the guidance range of $ 60-$ 62 billion.

Aaron Rakers, Wells Fargo: Apple reported iPhone channel inventory was: (1) at the low-end of targeted forward looking 5-7 week range, and (2) channel inventory grew less than 1 million compared to the December quarter a year ago (note: this compares to the historical disclosure of channel inventory increase / decrease on a sequential basis). This leaves us to estimate a >3.5M seq. iPhone channel inventory increase, or the highest q/q channel inventory increase Apple has historically seen. Apple did note that F1Q18 channel fill should be considered vs. what is typically a March quarter event – thus resulting in lower March 2018 results vs. historical seasonality as the company reduces channel inventory; revenue impact also higher due to iPhone X ASP increase.

Michael Olson, Piper Jaffray: Apple reported revenue and EPS ahead of the Street, with March qtr guidance below consensus, as expected. For the Dec. qtr, EPS and revenue were both 1% above consensus, driven by the launch of the new iPhones, which shipped a total of 77.3M units (consensus was 80M). While iPhone units missed consensus, ASP was higher due to a strong mix of iPhone X. Services revenue was $ 8.47B (Street at $ 8.67B) and gross margin was 38.4% (consensus was 38.3%). Guidance for the March qtr is below consensus, but the company expects double digit iPhone revenue growth. Despite potential for ongoing uncertainty around iPhone X demand, we recommend owning AAPL on potential for a strong “super-long” cycle, which we expect will include a wider array of “X-gen” devices in the fall.

Tim Long, BMO Capital Markets: Apple reported strong December quarter results, but we believe focus should be on the big guide down for March. The Street had expected $ 65.4B, and guidance came in more than $ 4B light at the midpoint. While we previously thought iPhone X demand would be strong into March given the late launch, we now see units lower. The better tax rate and expected capital return will help earnings, though we believe this masks the underlying challenges in the model.

Amit Daryanani, RBC Capital Markets: AAPL continues to execute impressively & its print/guide shows more than just iPhone units can drive sustainable revenue and EPS upside as current performance is driven by impressive growth in services (18% y/y, 27% adjusted for extra week), strong acceleration in ‘other’ driven by Watch & AirPod (36% y/y, ~42%E adjusted for extra week) and 15% y/y uptick in iPhone ASPs. Finally, AAPL’s target to over time have a net cash position implies it could return ~$ 163B of cash to shareholders, in addition to returning the $ 60B+ of annual FCF it generates.

Gene Munster (former Apple analyst), Loup Ventures: We attribute the after-market reversal in shares of AAPL to investors getting a handle during the call on Apple’s long-term opportunity. Tim Cook went out of his way to reinforce Apple’s massive and growing active device base. To summarize: 1.3B active devices including 240M Services subscribers. Couple this with the iPhone ASP increase of 15% y/y and the Apple story remains very compelling. We’ve updated our Apple model, available here. Apple sold 77.3M iPhones, below Street estimates at 80M. So, we were wrong; Apple didn’t nail the 2017 iPhone launches. We think it was partly due to the more complex buying decision between iPhone 8 and iPhone X and partly due to the iPhone X’s limited availability in the quarter. However, iPhone X has been the top-selling iPhone every week since it launched, which drove iPhone ASPs up 15% y/y to $ 796 vs. the Street at $ 756. Herein lies Apple’s long-term opportunity: a growing active device base coupled with increasing revenue per device.

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Wall Street wowed by iPhone X performance, but cools off on expectations of an Apple ‘super cycle’

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Apple delivered record revenue in its holiday quarter, but went about it in a way different than investors expected, leaving analysts to rethink their so-called "super cycle" predictions for iPhone X unit sales growth. But with the average selling price of new iPhones soaring to unexpected highs, analysts remain bullish on the company’s prospects in the months to come.
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