Pebble Chief Sees Apple's (AAPL) Smartwatch as 'Lacking' Mar 3, 2015 02:44PM

Pebble, which saw its Time smartwatch become the most funded Kickstarter project on record today, announced a version of the next-generation smartwatch encased in metal: the Time Steel.

With the announcement, CEO Eric Migicovsky fired a few shots at Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and its upcoming Apple Watch. Migicovsky commented to TheNextWeb:

Obviously Apple is coming into the space and they seem like they’re interested… It says iPhone, Mac, Watch [at the top of Apple’s... (continue reading...)


NYSE (ICE) Member Firms Post 33.5% Gain in Post-Tax Q4 Profit Mar 3, 2015 12:26PM

New York Stock Exchange -- of IntercontinentalExchange Group (NYSE: ICE) -- member firms that conduct business with the public reported a fourth-quarter 2014 after-tax profit of approximately $2.8 billion and revenues of approximately $39 billion, compared with a $1.9 billion after-tax profit on revenues of about $38.5 billion in the third-quarter of 2014.

Comparative financial results are reported in the table below:

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SIA Reports Record Chip Sales for FY14 and Jan. 2015 (TXN) (SNDK) (KLAC) (BRCM) Mar 3, 2015 11:50AM

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.5 billion for the month of January 2015, the industry’s highest-ever January total and an increase of 8.7 percent from January 2014 when sales were $26.3 billion. Global sales from January 2015 were 2 percent lower than the December 2014 total of $29.1 billion, reflecting normal... (continue reading...)


Apple Pay Now Accepted at 100 Financial Instituions (AAPL) Mar 3, 2015 11:36AM

Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) Apple Pay is making some big leaps forward with adoption. Currently, the service is being accepted for use by about 100 financial institutions.

The following is a current list of banks/institutions and retailers that accept Apple Pay for payments:

  • A+ Federal Credit Union
  • Affinity Federal Credit Union
  • Alliant Credit Union
  • Altra Federal Credit Union
  • Amegy Bank of Texas
  • America First Credit Union
  • American Express
  • Andrews Federal Credit Union
  • Associated... (continue reading...)

Apple (AAPL) Outpaced Samsung in Q4 Smartphone Sales; Android Gains More Market Share - Gartner (GOOG) Mar 3, 2015 10:49AM

Worldwide sales of smartphones to end users had a record fourth quarter of 2014 with an increase of 29.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 to reach 367.5 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. Samsung lost the No. 1 spot to Apple in the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2014 (see Table 1). Samsung had been in the top spot since 2011.

In 2014, sales of smartphones to end users totaled 1.2 billion units, up 28.4 percent from 2013 (see Table 2) and... (continue reading...)


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