“Ladies and Gentlemen, now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for” – Ed Sullivan
It’s official – Windows 10 was released as a free upgrade in 190 countries as of yesterday. The question is, do the words of Pulp Fiction’s Ed Sullivan hold true as they did when W7, or even when W8 was released?
While we didn’t expect Tim Cook to bare all with the Apple Watch sales, there were some indications in the quarterly earnings call that shed some light on the wearable’s performance. Although the Watch revenue has been part of the Other Products category, Cook did mention that ‘It would not be an inaccurate thing to look at the sequential revenue, the year-over-year change and assume that was the total watch revenue.’ Apple CFO Luca Maestri clarified this by stating that ‘The contribution from Apple Watch accounted for well over 100% of the growth of the category’, thanks to declining sales of the iPod and accessories.
NFC payments in the UK have received a long-awaited fillip in the form of the launch of Apple Pay. The July 14 launch, coming some 8 months after the service made its US debut, had a few predictable hiccups – there was considerable confusion about which cards and banks were accepting the service, and which retailers – but it is likely that the scale of UK activity should exceed that in the US, at least in the short term.
Satya Nadella has announced that Microsoft will be laying off 7,800 workers in a reshuffle, accompanied by a $7.6 billion write-off related to the acquisition of Nokia. This is despite Lumia sales that have been showing steady increases throughout 2014, although they do not come close to the likes of Samsung, Apple or even LG.
June 16th saw the return of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, widely regarded as the key conference for game enthusiasts and developers alike, with leading industry players including hardware vendors such as Sony and Microsoft, and games companies like Ubisoft and EA in attendance.