Pebble update ensures your watch will work when services die

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Pebble might be dead, but your watch isn't.
Pebble might be dead, but your watch isn't.
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Apple will reveal Q2 2017 earnings on May 2

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Will Apple reach its own targets for Q2?
Will Apple reach its own targets for Q2?
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Apple has confirmed that it will reveal its Q2 2017 earnings during a conference call on May 2.

The company’s results for the second fiscal quarter of this year will reveal the state of demand for iPhone 7 almost eight months into its cycle, and whether there is still plenty of excitement for the new MacBook Pro.

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It’s not just you, iCloud is down now for some users

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iCloud is down.
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10 key takeaways from Apple’s historic earnings call

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Apple made a ton of money. What more do you need to know?
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Liveblog: Apple hits new highs with doubleplusgood Q1 2017 earnings call

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Get ready for Apple's most exciting earnings call of 2017.
Get ready for Apple's most exciting earnings call of 2017.
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Apple is set to reveal its first quarterly earnings report of 2017 and, if Wall Street’s estimates are any indicator, it could be Apple’s biggest quarter ever.

After multiple quarters of declining revenues, today’s call could see the company return to growth, lifted by strong iPhone sales over the holidays and a burgeoning services business that has quickly become Apple’s second-biggest moneymaker.

Tim Cook and Luca Maestri are scheduled to hold an open call with investors today at 2 p.m. Pacific. As usual, Cult of Mac will be here liveblogging and analyzing all the action. Get prepped for the call with our guide on what to expect, and join the fun in the liveblog below.

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Apple stops swinging for the fences

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Apple's 'new hit product' mindset is demoralizing for employees.
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The days of Apple busting out hit new products every few years may be over. According to one of the best Apple analysts, Apple has been trying to de-emphasize the “home-run” mindset that made it the most enviable company in tech.

Speaking at the recent UBS Tech Conference, Horrace Dediu claimed Apple’s cultural identity is undergoing a dramatic shift.

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Apple rakes in $9 billion in profit during Q4 2016

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Yep, Apple made a bunch of money, again.
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Apple today revealed its results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016. While the company made as much revenue as expected, it still posted its first annual revenue decline since 2001.

The good news for investors is that Apple is projecting a lot of iPhone growth next quarter. In Q4 2016, Apple earned $46.9 billion in revenue and $9 billion in profit, but in Q1 2017 Apple predicts it will rake in $76 billion to $78 billion.

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Microsoft more profitable than Apple at $1 trillion milestone

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Lumia's failure hasn't hit Microsoft too hard... yet.
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Apple may have quaffed all the champagne at the $1 trillion in revenue party before Microsoft even got its invite, but the Windows maker rocked up in a bigger limo.

Last quarter, Microsoft finally reached the major milestone that Apple celebrated back in 2015, and it currently boasts even more profit.

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