Opinion: Seven reasons why the IBM partnership could be a pretty big deal for Apple

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Wall Street seemed pretty unmoved by Apple’s announcement of its partnership with IBM, the pre-market share price barely twitching, and analysts pointing to the high level of existing iOS usage in the enterprise sector, suggesting that only trivial gains would result.

Part of the reason for that impression is the hype Apple has given to the penetration level of  iOS devices in enterprise. Back in January, Tim Cook described the numbers as “unbelieveable,” stating that the iPhone is used in 97 percent and of Fortune 500 companies and the iPad in 98 percent.

It doesn’t sound from these impressive figures that there’s much room for growth. But I think the reality is somewhat different … 

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Y Combinator May Be Worth One Billion Dollars. Here’s The Math

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Y Combinator’s president Sam Altman dropped some big stats about his prestigious startup accelerator today. But there’s a few he left out that can be estimated based on his announcement that the combined market cap of all YC companies exceeds $30 billion. Specifically, you can use that number to approximate how much YC’s stake is worth. The ballpark answer? Around $1.05 billion. According to adtech sorcerer Antonio Garcia Martinez, here’s how the math shakes out:

First, Altman’s stats. Y Combinator has funded 716 companies. They have a combined total market cap of $30 billion based on their funding round valuations, and have raised a total of $3 billion. Three of the companies are valued at over $1 billion: Airbnb, Dropbox, and Stripe.

Before this batch, YC would typically get 7% of each in exchange for a $17,000 seed investment and admission to the program. It’s invested a total…

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eBay Reports Mixed Q2 Results With Revenue Of $4.366B, Non-GAAP EPS Of $0.69

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Today after the close of regular trading, eBay announced its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $4.366 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.69.

Its revenue tally for the period was up 13 percent year-over-year. eBay’s second-quarter GAAP earnings totaled $676 million. It’s non-GAAP earnings were much higher at $868 million.

The company had mixed results. Analysts had anticipated eBay to earn $0.68 per share on revenue of $4.38 billion. It therefore beat on profits, but missed on top line. Ebay was slightly down in regular trading, and following its earnings report is up nearly 2% after hours.

In the sequentially preceding quarter, eBay reported revenue of $4.3 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.70. The company had a large one-time tax charge of $3 billion in that period that impacted its GAAP earnings.

In the second quarter — its most recent — eBay’s core marketplace gross merchandise volume…

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Google Wallet iOS app adds gift cards, invoicing, ability to send money from debit cards for free

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Google today announced new features for its Google Wallet app for both iOS and Android that makes it easier to manage gift cards and request and send from debit cards.

Like Google Wallet already allowed for loyalty cards, the app now lets users store, redeem, and check gift card balance:

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iPhone 5S the most popular smartphone worldwide in Q1, 8GB 4S hangs on to top 5

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ABI-smartphones-July-2014ABI Research is out with its latest report of the top 20 smartphone models sold worldwide with the 16GB iPhone 5s taking the top spot for Q1 2014. Apple and Samsung dominate the majority of the top spots, which is no surprise to anyone following smartphone marketshare numbers. All of the top 5 that ABI shared in its press release are made up of Apple and Samsung devices with variants of the Galaxy S4, S3, and the 8GB iPhone 4 following behind the iPhone 5s.

The report notes that Sony and LG also have models in the top 20 with Xiaomi making its first appearance and Huawei getting bumped out of the rankings:

“The presence of the Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB and iPhone 4s 8GB in the top five is testament to the enduring appeal of these models and the vendors strong brand, enabling a long and profitable…

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iOS 8 uses peer-to-peer connections for AirPlay to Apple TV, no longer needs a network

Shrinivas:

The peer-to-peer feature could come in handy in enterprise contexts, such as when doing a presentation in a meeting, as well as elsewhere.

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iOS 8 uses peer-to-peer technology to stream video to Apple TV, as described by Apple on a page highlighting enterprise features.

Today, AirPlay requires both devices connect to the same WiFi network before they can communicate.

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Adobe Makes Life Easier For Web Designers, Adds Easy Export From Photoshop To Edge Reflow

Shrinivas:

With Generator, all the designers have to do is give the assets they want to export a new name that ends with a common image file format like .png or .jpg and the assets are automatically generated and saved for further use.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Adobe is launching the latest update for Photoshop CC today. Besides numerous smaller feature additions, this new version adds a tool called “Adobe Generator” that is, among other things, deeply integrated with Edge Reflow, the company’s tools for creating responsive web designs. Using Generator, which is also available as an open source tool, designers can now easily take assets from Photoshop – and even complete websites they mocked up in Adobe’s flagship tool – and turn them into responsive sites. Any changes in Photoshop are automatically synced to Reflow in real-time.

Adobe product manager of digital imaging Stephen Nielson and senior product manager for Web Platform and Authoring Jacob Surber noted during a press event today that it’s still very common for designers to use Photoshop to mock up a site and then export these assets piece by piece to turn them into real websites. If anything changes, the…

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