Apple turns out a boring fourth quarter ahead of its critical holiday season

tim cook All eyes are, officially, on the holiday season for Apple. Ahead of the Christmas retail season, Apple reported its fourth-quarter earnings that were basically directly in-line with what Wall Street was expecting. Almost everything came in line as the company stands in a basic holding pattern, waiting for the first full quarter of its next generation of iPhone sales to come in throughout… Read More

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Google Jamboard is a 21st-century whiteboard that’ll put you out of business

Because launching its own flagship phone, router system, home assistant, and 4K streaming stick this year wasn’t enough, Google has announced its upcoming and most expensive project yet: a whiteboard.

Enter the Jamboard, the latest hardware development in G Suite – Google’s Microsoft Office-esque series of applications formally known as Google Apps for Work, and home to such tools as Google Docs and Google Calendar.

What is the Jamboard, exactly? It’s a 55-inch, 4K resolution smart screen that functions as a combination whiteboard and collaboration tool, allowing up to 16 separate compatible devices to connect to the Jamboard to post drawings, images, sticky notes, reminders, and even web links.

Users can write on the ultra high-def display using a special stylus with the same ease as a regular dry-erase board, all without the need to pair the stylus to the screen or keep them charged – similar to styluses used with Wacom graphic tablets.

The Jamboard also carries the advantages of working in G Suite, such as cloud connectivity, saving to Google Drive so you don’t lose your work, and even using the HD camera and speakers for bringing in an absent team member through Google Hangouts.

Okay, let's talk about the price

Aiming for a 2017 release date, Google’s Jamboard could be seen as a must-have for any creative or collaborative department – especially any that are already using G Suite. However, get ready to write some hefty checks.

Google says the Jamboard’s price will be “under $6,000,” (about £4,920/AU$7,850). That may seem steep – and it is, compared to the cost of most standard dry-erase boards, 4K televisions, and/or tablets – but according to Google, the Jamboard is “competitively-priced.”

That claim isn’t entirely off-base, mainly because the Jamboard’s closest competitor is the Microsoft Surface Hub – a similar take on the digital whiteboard with a steep price of $8,999 (about £6,075/AU$12,450) for the standard model, and a whopping $21,999 (about £14,850, AU$30,435) for the massive 84-inch model.

While its competition is asking prices that could buy a car or even a full-time employee for a few months, time will tell if companies latch onto the Jamboard’s productivity features and ‘economical’ cost. 

In the meantime, you smaller startups and entrepreneurs out there may just want to kick it old-school with a regular whiteboard and some noxious-smelling markers.

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Pandora’s latest quarter disappoints investors

pandora-ios-icon In what has become a very competitive landscape for digital music, early pioneer Pandora is trying to remain a leader. The company reported third quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday, giving a glimpse at the current health of their business. Pandora has seen its revenue grow to $351.9 million, up by 13% from the same period last year. Yet analysts had been expecting $366.1 million.… Read More

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This is the new MacBook Pro with the Magic Toolbar mini display

ApplePaySplashSA@2x.png Apple has leaked its own big announcement with a hidden image in the macOS Sierra 12.1 update. MacRumors first noticed the image. Meet the new MacBook Pro.
As expected, the MacBook Pro features a second mini display above the keyboard. It replaces the function row and should change depending on what you’re doing. In the example, you can see that the display (probably called the Magic… Read More

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Iris AI drastically expedites research through the power of artificial intelligence

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-51-23-am There are more than 30 million research papers out there, and more than 3,000 papers are published every day. Put simply, you haven’t a chance in hell to read all of them. So what’s a poor researcher to do when set a challenge in a brand new field of research? Iris believes it has just the thing. The company launched a public beta to show off its technology this week. Read More

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