Daily Tech Briefing: July 24, 2014

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-07-24 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apple Sold 35.2M iPhones in Q3, Despite iPhone 6 Expectations; Black Hat Pulls Talk on Breaking Tor Privacy Network; Sprint Courts the Enterprise With Google Apps for Business; and more.

 
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Despite the fact that all signs point to Apple releasing the new iPhone in September, the company announced it sold 35.2 million units of current and older iPhone models in the June quarter.

Apple also saw revenue of $37.4 billion, a net profit of $7.4 billion and its earnings per share grow to their highest level in seven quarters. Even the iPhone 5C, the lower-cost phone that has generally been thought of as a rare swing-and-a-miss for Apple, sold well during the quarter.

Apple CEO Tim Cook described Apple as "extremely happy" about the growth rate of the 5C.The company's fourth-quarter guidance is for revenue of $37 billion to $40 billion.

The Black Hat USA security conference is no stranger to controversy, since part of its allure is hackers talking about, and demonstrating how to defeat computer security systems.

This has led to many vendor threats and canceled talks. The upcoming 2014 event that starts on Aug. 2 will be no exception. A scheduled talk regarding the Tor anonymous network was set to be delivered by CERT/Carnegie Mellon researcher Alexander Volynkin.

Black Hat explained that the talk was canceled when it was revealed that the materials Volynkin would be speaking about have not yet been approved by CMU/SEI for public release.

Sprint announced the addition of Google's cloud-based productivity tools to its portfolio beginning Aug. 18. The company explained that Google Apps for Business increasingly makes sense for smaller companies and those needing to better support employees who want—and need to work from anywhere.

John Tudhope, Sprint director of product marketing, explained that while anyone can sign up for Google Apps for Business, companies that sign up through Sprint can take advantage of several value-added services.

Cisco is introducing a software developer program designed to encourage ISVs, customers, system integrators and channel partners to build applications capable of running in Cisco-based data center environments.

Through its new DevNet community, Cisco plans to give programmers everything they need to build the software, from open APIs and software-development kits to tutorials, developer sandboxes and a channel through which to communicate with each other.

 
 
 

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