Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A tough week for tech giant Apple. First the announcement that its developer site was shut down because of a hacker attack. And Wall Street analysts expect it to report a pretty miserable quarter Tuesday after the closing bell. Apple hasn't unveiled any big new products in the last few months and smartphone sales have slowed. Experts expect a 22 percent drop in profit for the quarter. But a bad quarter for Apple is a dream for just about any other company, it's expected to post a $6 billion dollar profit.
Apple is reportedly exploring larger touchscreens for iPhones and iPads. The Wall Street Journal, citing officials at Apple's suppliers, reports the company is currently testing them out. According to the Journal, Apple has asked for designs of smartphone screens larger than the four-inch version of the iPhone 5 and tablet screens measuring just under 13 inches. It is not clear when, or if, the new screens will hit the market. There has been no comment from Apple.
Netflix released its second quarter earnings and experts call the results, "Pretty good." the company reported revenue of nearly $1-point-1 billion. The video streaming service added about 630,000 new subscribers thanks in part to the May release of "Arrested Development." The show was canceled on Fox in 2006, but Netflix brought the comedy back for a fourth season. "Arrested Development" is one of four Netflix exclusive series.
Child-proofing your gadgets could help you keep your sanity. Young children and toddlers are curious and nimble, a combination that can spell doom for a tablet or PC. So consider disabling the power button on your PC, so your little one can't shut you down mid-document. Use a power strip cover to protect plugs and keep him or her safe. Set a pin or password on all devices, and make it a strong one. Lock devices when you walk away, and sign "out" of shopping services, so junior doesn't buy a car.
Now you can get your favorite potato recipes online. The Idaho Potato Commission announced the launch of a new and improved recipe database which will feature over 900 ways to prepare the potato. The revamped site will also introduce new categories, search and social media sharing functions. The improvements were designed to meet consumer demand and introduce creative new ways to prepare everything from summer salads and heart-healthy desserts, to gluten-free dishes and easy-to-make appetizers. Frank Muir, President & CEO, IPC, “Since the launch of www.idahopotato.com in 1997, recipes have been one of our most popular features. Approximately half of all visitors to the site are now actively searching for recipes and staying 69% longer than the average website visitor. We are excited about the new content and visual improvements to the site, which will make it easier for visitors to research and share new ways to prepare Idaho potatoes.”