LightSpeed Launches The StoreMaster, A Real-Time Dashboard For Retail Data
LightSpeed, the retail software company that raised $30 million from Accel Partners last year, is launching a new Mac application today that it calls the StoreMaster — it's supposed to serve as a "command center," offering a real-time, customizable view of the latest sales and inventory data. The StoreMaster is the big piece of LightSpeed's version 3.8 upgrade. Founder and CEO Dax Dasilva told me that LightSpeed (which was founded in 2005) has recently focused on "front counter" tools, such as iPad apps that help salespeople show off different products. The StoreMaster, on the other hand, is more of a "back office" tool and an overhaul of the previous Mac experience.
Now With 3 Million New Users, Google Reader's Heir Apparent Feedly Relaunches On iOS & Android, Reveals How It Plans To Make Money
Feedly, the RSS feed-reading client which is rapidly becoming the one to beat following the planned Google Reader shutdown, is today launching new versions of its Feedly Mobile client for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android phones and tablets. This update, built in response to user feedback, is focused on improving search, productivity, discovery, and sharing. But the feature which is likely to appeal to ex-Google Reader users the most is the new "title only" mode, designed to make headline scanning more efficient.
Apple’s Q1 2013 Breaks iPhone And iPad Sales Records With 47.8M, 22.9M Units Sold Respectively
Apple just released its earnings report for Q1 2013, ending in December of last year, with a solid hardware quarter overall. The iPhone dominated with 47.8 million units sold in the quarter, up quarterly and yearly, with Apple also breaking records with 22.9 million iPads sold. The iPhone 5 saw its first full quarter of availability this period, as well as a nice holiday sales boost. Analysts had suggested earlier this month that iPhone 5 production orders had been cut on signs of weak demand. 22.9 million iPads sold is a solid increase from last quarter’s 14 million. It’s also an 33 percent YOY increase, up from 15.4 million last year. The iPad missed predictions last quarter. Though Apple doesn’t break out specific numbers on various models, it’s fair to assume the iPad mini, which was available for the majority of the period, played a part in the increased sales along with the holiday spike. And let’s not forget, Apple also introduced an upgraded 4th-generation iPad with Lightning ...
The iMac In A World Of MacBooks On The Brink Of iPads
Modern Apple owes pretty much everything to the iMac. Yes, it was the iPod and later the iPhone and iPad that took the company to new, almost unimaginable heights. But as everyone knows, the company was at death’s door when Steve Jobs unveiled the “Bondi Blue” iMac in 1998. The iMac saved Apple, giving the company the time to do everything else that followed. But as we enter 2013, the world is a much different place than 1998. Beyond the aforementioned iPods, iPhones, and iPads, in the “traditional” computing space, everyone seems to be using a laptop nowadays. In fact, something like three quarters of Apple’s Mac sales are now made up of their MacBook lines. And yet, the iMac still exists.
Samsung Terminates LCD Contract With Apple
An anonymous reader writes "Samsung has decided to terminate an ongoing contract with Apple to supply LCD panels for use in its growing range of devices. That means, come next year, there will be no Samsung panels used across the iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Mac range of devices. The reason seems to be two-fold. On the one hand, Apple has been working hard to secure supplies from other manufacturers and therefore decrease its reliance on Samsung. On the other, Apple is well-known for demanding and pushing lower pricing, meaning it just doesn't make business sense anymore for Samsung to keep supplying Apple with displays."
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