Apple (AAPL) Will Open OS X Beta Program on July 24th Jul 23, 2014 03:51PM

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is giving one million Mac users access to OS X Beta Program on Thursday.

What is the OS X Beta Program? Apple said, OS X Yosemite will be available this fall. The OS X Beta Program lets you take part in shaping it by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think. Your comments will help us make OS X better for all Mac users. Sign up today, and the beta software will be available for you to install soon.

Learn more about the program here. Shares of Apple are up 2.7 percent in late trading Wednesday.


With Pesky Q3 Results Out of the Way, All Eyes Focus on Apple (AAPL) iPhone Refresh and All-Time Highs Jul 23, 2014 12:34PM

Despite seemingly ho-hum third quarter results after the close, shares of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) are jumping 3% in mid-day trading Wednesday as investors look to bigger and better things.

Namely, with the results in the rear view mirror, investors will now narrowly focus on the upcoming iPhone 6 refresh. Every single Wall Street analyst that weighed in on the stock today put more emphasis on the refresh catalyst than last night's Q3 numbers. The reason in simple - histrionically, Apple refreshes have presented an an opportunity to buy the stock into the event.

The numbers speak for themselves - Apple's stock has historically outperformed by 1100 bp and 560 bp on a relative basis in the two-month and one-month period preceding iPhone announcements, respectively, according to Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi.

Current expectations put the iPhone refresh about two-months away. In the two months prior to the iPhone 5S launch, Apple shares surged 18.7%. If Apple has the same performance this time around, shares could move to over $112.43 per share based on last night's close. This would be equal to $787 pre-split (7-for-1), easily surpassing the September 21, 2012 all-time high of $705.07 ($100.72 post-split).

Any way you slice it, it looks like Apple is on the fast track to $100 per share and then to new all-time highs.


Microsoft Launches GoPro (GPRO) Channel on Xbox One Jul 23, 2014 11:18AM

The following was posted to Microsoft's (Nasdaq: Xbox news site today:

A few short months following the launch on Xbox 360, the GoPro (Nasdaq: GPRO) Channel is now available* on Xbox One. GoPro on Xbox One gives Xbox Live members around the world access to epic action-adventure videos on the TV and is celebrating its launch with no less than four exclusive videos just for Xbox! The GoPro Channel also offers access to on-demand GoPro content, the ability to share videos and purchase cameras and equipment directly through the app channel.

To date, GoPro on Xbox 360 has been immensely popular and received nearly half a million downloads with users watching an average of 18 minutes of GoPro videos per viewing session worldwide and 30 minutes per viewing session in the U.S.

Not only are people watching videos, but GoPro owners are generating tons of content to share their stories and experiences with the world. User-generated content is huge on Xbox and is expected to continue to grow as GoPro joins other popular apps like YouTube and Twitch. The Xbox-GoPro relationship helps support GoPro’s initiative to grow content distribution and expand community reach worldwide, and we’re very excited to participate in these efforts with the launch on Xbox One.

We caught up with an athlete behind one of the Xbox exclusive videos to check out what he has to say about the launch on Xbox One below.

"Hi everyone, I'm Eli Gibson, a martial artist, a GoPro user, and an Xbox One fan from Portland, Oregon USA. As a child growing up in a Kung Fu family, I was an avid practitioner of spears, swords, staffs, and nunchuks, as well as a huge Hong Kong kung fu film fan. Though my focus in the martial arts and cinematic interests may have matured, when I got my first GoPro camera earlier this year I couldn't help but relive the passions of my youth; I simply attached my GoPro camera to a bamboo staff with a pole mount and, returning to my old weapons skills, shot my own version of a Kung Fu movie.

I'm stoked to be a part of the Xbox One GoPro Channel launch. GoPro cameras make shooting exciting, awesome videos easy for a regular guy like me, and the addition of this new platform makes viewing these fun clips all that more accessible. I look forward to all the amazing GoPro videos the Xbox community will be sharing here in the future.”

Here’s a tease of Eli’s kung fu skills in action.


Facebook (FB) Widens Lead as Leading Social Login Platform Jul 23, 2014 10:07AM

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) social login is said to have improved in Q2, placing more distance between itself and names like Google+ (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO).

According to the latest data from Gigya, Facebook's recent changes made to Facebook Login has caused perception behind the social network to improve and place it as a key identity provider for businesses and websites.

You can check out more data with the infographic below:



Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Names New SE Asia Chairman Jul 23, 2014 09:04AM

Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has named a new chairman of its Southeastern Asia market.

According to Reuters, Tim Leissner will assume the role as Goldman looks to strengthen investment banking relationships in the region.

The role was last held by L. Brooks Entwistle, who retired in 2012.

Leissner will retain his duties as vice chairman of investment banking in Asia, excluding Japan.

Shares of Goldman are flat in early trading.


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