Apple Talks Up Its 2021 Services Successes

Apple now has over 745 million paid subscriptions with its App Store delivering over $60 billion in revenues in 2021. “Apple’s world-class portfolio of services proved essential in 2021, as people worldwide sought new ways to keep entertained, informed, connected, and inspired,” Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue said. “Apple…

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Amazon Has Sold Over 150 Million Fire TV Devices

Amazon announced today that it has sold over 150 million Fire TV devices to date, making it one of its best-selling products. And the firm has big plans for the platform in 2022. “Since we first introduced Fire TV our mission has been simple: to be the go-to destination for…

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Microsoft Announces More Game Pass Titles for December

Microsoft today announced what I assume are the final titles it will launch via Xbox Game Pass on console, PC, and cloud in the second half of December. And if you haven’t played Firewatch yet, I can recommend it. The new games are: August 15 Among Us (Cloud) [email protected] Coming soon to…

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Amazon Reports Record Black Friday Sales

Amazon said that it saw record-breaking sales during the Black Friday period, including Cyber Monday. And some sales are ongoing. “It was Amazon’s biggest kickoff to the holiday shopping season ever,” the firm reported. “Home, Toys, and Apparel were among the top-selling categories from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.” Getting…

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Spotify Disables Shuffle Play by Default for Albums

It sounds like a little thing, but it’s odd that Spotify defaulted to shuffle play for albums. That is, until Adele stepped in. “This was the only request I had in our ever-changing industry,” superstar musical artist Adele tweeted. “We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into…

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Microsoft Ignite: More News from the Show

Microsoft Ignite is the software giant’s biggest conference, and while it’s still virtual this time around, there’s a lot more to report. Here’s a quick overview of some of the other news from Ignite that I think will be of interest to readers. Windows 11. Microsoft’s latest client OS is…

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Microsoft Brings New Phone Features to Teams

Microsoft Teams is getting several new phone-related features for Microsoft 365 commercial customers, which the firm says builds towards its vision for the future of calling. “One-to-one calls are a critical way to get work done [and] nearly 80 million users in over 180 countries rely on Microsoft Teams Phone…

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RIAA: Streaming Drove Music Industry Growth in H1

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said today that paid music streaming accounted for over $6 billion in revenues in the first half of 2021, or about 84 percent of revenues overall. “New data released today shows just how deeply Americans continue to value and engage with recorded music…

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Microsoft Brings Reading Progress to Teams

Microsoft announced the global rollout of Reading Progress, a new Microsoft Teams app, today. It allows students to independently read aloud, record themselves, and improve their reading skills while helping educators to better support their students’ progress. “Reading Progress is a free tool designed to support educators in creating personalized…

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The $499 PlayStation 5 is Already Profitable

While Microsoft is looking to its cloud-based future for videogame profits, Sony has consistently found them in the console market. And it has done so, again—and quite quickly—with the higher-end PlayStation 5, according to disclosures it made during its quarterly earnings announcement. Sony earned a net income of $2.6 billion…

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