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Apple’s stock has taken down several major milestones in the past couple of days. Last Thursday, AAPL closed at an all-time high of $636.34 per share, and it has since surpassed its all-time high of $644.
Apple surpassed the record for highest market cap today, a title held by Microsoft since late 1999.
Realtime Search was, until last month, the search giant’s method of delivering relevant data from Twitter, Facebook and other social media services in real time. Whenever a major current event made headlines — such as Osama bin Laden’s death — Google Search would start displaying tweets and Facebook updates from users talking about the recent developments. It made Google‘s search engine more relevant during major world events, mashable says
It didn’t last, though. Google took Realtime Search down in July after it failed to come to an agreement with Twitter for continued access to Twitter‘s firehouse of data. Without a constant stream of tweets, the product was far less useful.
“The value the product was providing was not enough,” Google Fellow Amit Singhal said about the decision to turn off the feature during a search panel in Mountain View, California.
When asked about if or when Realtime Search would return, Singhal responded by saying the Google Search team is “actively working” on bringing the product back. He added that the team was experimenting with adding data from Google+ and other sources. It seems as if Google doesn’t believe it needs Twitter data to deliver a compelling real-time search offering.
HP’s TouchPad has received a $50 discount as well as a new version of their WebOS firmware.
As TechCrunch reports, WebOS 3.0.2 boasts some new features and will take advantage of the ‘over-the-air’ update system, meaning the tablet will download it automatically.
The latest firmware boasts a number of changes, but the discount is perhaps more enticing for new buyers. The reduced price will last until September 10th, and both versions of the device have been reduced by $50. The 16GB tablet now retails at $449, while the 32GB version retails for $549.
Social networking site Twitter has added the ability to filter NSFW tweets to its API, according to a new post on Twitter’s developer website.
As it stands, users will be able to tag their own tweets as “possibly sensitive” as well as filter out any incoming tweets with the same tag. Additionally, anyone else will be able to tag your material as sensitive which will send a notification to Twitter for further review.
Sensitive tweets won’t be removed from the site, but simply tagged with a warning to those who wish not to view such content.
The message to developers points out that only tweets containing a link will initiate the new field and as such, only the link itself may or may not be considered NSFW, not the actual content of the tweet. The feature is in the initial testing phase where the API cannot be relied upon for accuracy, as techspot report .
Apple has a ton of cash on hand. In fact, its latest financial results revealed that the tech company has a whopping $76.2 billion of the cold hard stuff sitting wherever that much money is stored. As we previously wrote, that means that if Apple wanted to, it could give $247 to each man, woman and child in the US. Now as members of the US House and the US Senate debate on whether or not to raise the country’s debt ceiling in order to avoid a default, the US government has revealed it now has less cash on hand than Apple , neowin report.
According to The Atlantic, the US Treasury has announced that as of Thursday it has a cash balance of just $73.768 billion. While the article does admit the two numbers can’t really be directly compared, it does show just how much money Apple does have to do, well, pretty much anything it wants. Indeed, even in the face of economic armageddon, Apple’s stock continues to go up. Earlier this week Apple’s stock reached and exceeded $400 a share. Its current stock price as of today is around $392.
After a running start, Google+‘s growth may be slowing down a bit. A report from Experian Hitwise found both traffic and users’ average time on the social network fell last week in the U.S.
Total visits to Google+ declined about 3% to 1.79 million in the U.S. for the week ending July 23 compared to the previous seven days, according to the research company. The site received 1.86 million visits the prior week. Average time on the site was down 10%, from 5 minutes, 50 seconds to 5 minutes, 15 seconds, mashable report
Matt Tatham, a rep for Experian Hitwise, was careful not to overplay the findings. “This is not a huge drop,” he says. The company extrapolates its figures from data from ISPs and from an opt-in panel of about 2.5 million users.
Popular blog hosting site WordPress has revealed several new features over the past few weeks, mostly aimed at enhancing the experience for Windows 7 users and today is no different.
In a post on Microsoft’s official Windows blog, it was revealed that WordPress users can now experience pinning and jump list support for all of their blogs. This is good news for the 20 million WordPress blogs out there as other websites that use these features saw more page views and averaged longer time on site for visiting users. For example, Hi5 saw a 200% increase in activity, and Huffington Post saw a 49% increase in time spent on their site. In a world where hits are currency, this feature that is now enabled across all the WordPress sites, is good news for website owners.
Following in Twitter’s footsteps, which quickly realized that brands and celebrities want a way to claim their identity on the service, Google plans to verify the identities of public figures on its social network, Google+, CNN reports.
According to Hollywood consultant Brett Schulte, Google is “very interested in having celebrities”, and is currently looking at several different methods for the verification process. The plan is unconfirmed by Google, but the company recently told brands and businesses not to create Google+ profiles just yet, as it works on a better experience for them.
The latest OEM to board the ol’ Android-QWERTY-Candybar Express: LG. This morning, they’re debuting two brand new pieces of hardware, both running Android v2.3 (Gingerbread). Techcrunch report
the Optimus Pro (getting dangerously close to “Optimus Prime” there, aren’t we LG?):
As the aforementioned QWERTY Candybar, the Optimus Pro is essentially LG’s stab at c
racking out something the BlackBerry expatriates might prefer. Despite what the “Pro” name might imply, we’re not exactly talking top of the line here: the screen comes in at just 2.8 inches (mostly due to the keyboard taking up nearly half of the face), and the processor clocks in at a relatively sluggish 800mhz. The Pro will ship in white, black, and something LG calls “titan” (alas, I have absolutely no idea what the hell color “titan” might be. Dusty yellow?)
the LG Optimus Net:
Oddly, LG’s main selling point with this one seems to be that it has “social networking portals” built in to a widget right on the homescreen. I say “Oddly”, of course, because this is something that pretty much every Android phone made in the last year or two has done in one way or another. At 3.2 inches, the screen on the Optimus Net comes in quite a bit bigger than that of the Pro — unfortunately, it’s spec’d at just 320×480. Like the Pro, the Net is clocked at 800mhz. Some of the Optimus Net models will be NFC-enabled, though it’ll vary region-by-region. It’ll ship in white and black. (What, no “titan”? Dang. I love titan.)
Microsoft’s COO, announced during his keynote that the company hopes to sell up to 100 million Windows Phone devices annually. “We have dreams and aspirations that we can get to 100 million units per year with that single deal,” he said.
The software giant plans to mainly lean on Nokia, which agreed to switch to Windows Phone as its primary platform. Nokia’s first Windows phone is codenamed Sea Ray. At the conference, Microsoft also showed off four unannounced Windows phones from Acer, ZTE, Fujitsu, and Samsung, techspot report
Windows Phone users should keep their eyes peeled for Windows Phone 7.5 (codenamed Mango), which is expected to begin rolling out this fall. Check out our preview of the update from last month.
the head of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 division says that prices will be going down by as much as half by 2012. Currently the average price of smartphones are around $200 (with a new two year contract). In a speech today at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Windows Phone president Andrew Lees predicted that by the end of 2012, ” … a smartphone that can run something like Windows Phone 7 will actually be down to $100 to $150. So, you’re seeing a dramatic price reduction.”
Lees also talked about having “a unified ecosystem” for PCs, tablets and smartphones, saying, “We are aiming to provide coherence and consistency across the PC, the phone, and the TV, particularly with Xbox. That’s through providing new types of scenarios, things like the way in which we make the user experience more common …”
Investors added $20 billion to Google’s market cap the first week after the launch of Google+ on June 28. A Morgan Stanleydowngrade on Friday, brought the total down to $15.8 billion because of doubts whether Google will indeed be able to capitalize on new products such as Google+. But somewhere in between there, give or take a few billion, is how much more the market thinks Google is worth than before the launch of Google+, as Techcrunch report.
On June 27 (the day before the announcement), the stock closed at $482.80. It rose to a high of $546.60 on July 7, for a $20.6 billion gain to its market cap (with 322.25 million hares outstanding). Then the stock dropped to $532 at Friday’s close.
The Next Web reports that a number of Google+ users on Saturday have received multiple email notifications, even when users have requested that those notifications be turned off. Some users have reported via Twitter that they have received as many as 50 notifications for just one friend being added to their Google Circle.
Later on Saturday Google’s Vic Gundotra, the head of the Google+ division, posted an apology about the multiple notifications on his Google+ page. He states, “For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes. We didn’t expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have.”
Mozilla has announced the release of Firefox 7 into the Aurora Channel.
the latest developer preview is “focused on delivering performance enhancements and optimizing memory utilization”, addressing a problem that long-time users of the open source browser have been complaining about for ages.
New in Firefox Aurora:
Performance Enhancements: Faster startup time on Mac, Windows, and Linux
Optimized Memory Use:
Improved memory management: For many users, memory use is reduced by 30 percent or more, responsiveness is enhanced
Firefox Sync: Bookmarks and passwords now sync instantly
Enhanced Font Rendering: Fonts are rendered clear and sharp
New platform features and developer tools:
Telemetry: Users can opt-in for automatic memory usage, performance testing and reporting to help improve future versions Firefox
Web timing spec: Measure performance characteristics of websites as users experience them
Azure Direct2D for Canvas: Canvas-based animations on the Web are dramatically faster
Support for CSS3 Text-Overflow: ellipsis: New and more elegant way to display text content that has overflowed its given layout area.