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Google could miss out on $50 million following Fortnite snub

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Fortnite isn't top of the list, but there's a catch.
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Google could miss out on a $50 million payday this year alone as a result of Epic Games’ decision not to distribute Fortnite for Android through the Play Store.

Android users must download the game directly from Epic‘s own website instead. This allows the company to sidestep Google’s 30 percent cut of all revenue.

Apple shares fall after iPhone chipmaker cuts sales forecast

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I wanted a Galaxy S10, but I'm stuck with iPhone.
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Apple shares fell 3 percent this morning after iPhone chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) cut its revenue forecast for the second quarter of 2018.

The company and industry analysts point to weak demand for high-end smartphones as the main reason for the poor guidance. This likely has something to do with the fact that iPhone X sales have been in the gutter since early hype quickly died out late last year.

Apple Watch Series 3 will bring big boost for one supplier

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Apple Watch Series 3 needs to be special.
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One Apple supplier is expected to enjoy a significant boost from Apple Watch Series 3.

Quanta Computer is likely to see strong revenues during the second half of 2017 ahead of an Apple Watch refresh this fall — despite the addition of Compal Electronics, another manufacturer, being added to the supply chain.

2017 App Store revenue crushes Apple’s entire 2007 earnings

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Business is booming for the App Store.
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Apple is making more revenue off the App Store alone in 2017 than it did in all of 2007, according to a new study that analyzed Apple’s money-printing app empire.

When the iPhone launched in 2007, Steve Jobs absolutely refused to let third-party apps on his beloved device. Fast forward ten years later and not it’s not just hard to imagine the iPhone without the App Store. It’s hard to imagine Apple being as profitable without it.

Devs reveal the good, bad and ugly about Mac App Store

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The email app BlueMail finds itself on the outside of the "closed garden."
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For users, the Mac App Store makes finding, purchasing, and downloading new software a breeze. But is the experience as enjoyable for the developers behind that software?

Setapp surveyed over 700 macOS developers to find out what they really think of Apple’s marketplace. The results give us an interesting insight into the challenges they face when choosing the Mac App Store, whether life is better without it, and how Apple has improved.

The Apple Watch business is way bigger than you think

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Apple Watch Series 3 needs to be special.
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Apple Watch gets a lot of stick for being a “me-too” product, and people who don’t see the need for a smartwatch assume the business is a bust. There’s this crazy perception that Apple Watch is just not selling — but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The Apple Watch, alongside other Apple wearables, is now raking in billions of dollars every year. The business is huge. So huge, in fact, that it would be a Fortune 500 company all by itself, outselling supposed smash hits like Microsoft’s Surface tablets and the Amazon Echo.

Here’s why Apple Watch isn’t the flop you think it is.

Apple expected to announce record revenues today

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Apple's earnings call will take place later today!
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Apple has its first quarter earnings call for fiscal 2017 today, and if you’re an investor — or just an Apple fan — signs point to it being a great one.

With revenue having declined year-on-year for the past three quarters, investors expect today’s announcement to reveal that Apple is rebounding.

Pokémon GO raked in almost $1 billion last year

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Pokémon GO made $800m faster than any other game.
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Pokémon GO raked in almost $1 billion in 2016, despite being available for only half of the year.

Niantic’s hit was downloaded over 500 million times in a few short months after making its debut last July, and it made $600 million faster than any other mobile game, according to the experts at App Annie.