MacTrast Daily Digest – January 30. 2014

MacTrast Daily Digest – January 30. 2014

Sapphire glass, Nintendon’t, Apple grabs some “.guru” action, Paypal begs for some of the action, and Q4 of 2013 was good to the iPhone. All this, and yeah… a little bit more, in today’s MacTrast Daily Digest.

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Apple Pushing to Take Arizona Sapphire Plant Live in February for ‘Critical’ Component
November saw an announcement from Apple that it would be opening a new manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona. Little information has leaked out since, except that it would be used to manufacture sapphire crystal for use in Apple devices.
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It’s Officially ‘Nintend-Oh-Hell-No!’ for Games on iOS
We reported earlier this week that Nintendo would not be releasing any of its games for the iOS or Android platforms. That is now Super Mario Brothers official.
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Apple Snags Multiple ‘.guru’ Domain Names on First Day of Availability
As the first of hundreds of new top level domains are made available this week, Apple has been busy snapping up domains related to its products and services.
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Paypal Wants a Piece of Apple’s Mobile Payments Action – If There is Any…
eBay-owned and operated payment service PayPal is reportedly sidling up to Apple, whispering sweet nothings in its ear. telling it that it’s just the company to help Apple bring their long-rumored payments initiative to a profitable reality.
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Apple Spent Over $500K on Acquisitions in Fiscal Q1 2014
While Carl iCahn continues to pressure Apple to buy back more of its stock from investors, they’ve been quietly going about the business of doing business, as the folks in Cupertino spent over a half-billion dollars last quarter acquiring companies.
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‘Father of the iPod’ and Nest Team to Become Google’s Core Hardware Team
It looks like Google will be keeping the Nest team intact inside the company. The new division will be working on hardware devices for the search giant, but not merely smoke detectors and thermostats…
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New iPhones Key Factor as Apple Regains Lead From Samsung in U.S. Smartphone Market
If you’ll recall, back in calendar Q3 of 2013, things were looking down for our hero, Apple. The company had fallen behind arch-enemy Samsung in the U.S. smartphone market with 35% of the market, compared to Samsung’s 38%.
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