We are finally getting more solid release info on the Apple Watch. Meanwhile, Twitter is bringing in new features and Sony is letting go of many workers.
Apple had a lot to say during their latest quarterly earnings call. As expected, they did great and are making loads of cash. In fact, they posted their biggest quarterly profits ever, amounting to a whopping 18 billion. This is no news, though. We all know Apple is filthy rich.
What we do care about are some of the other details CEO Tim Cook gave us, and the most exciting was the fact that the Apple Watch will be released in April. This is especially exciting because Apple rarely makes announcements in such calls. I guess they had to celebrate, somehow.
Opinion: I also have to note that this may not be great news for everyone. I mean… Apple did previously say they would release the Apple Watch in “early 2015. April is not really considered “early”.
Twitter is a powerful social network, but it doesn’t do much. That’s because it doesn’t really need to do much, but today the social network is getting a couple features we have been begging for for many years.
These are group Direct Messages and native video sharing. Group DMs work as expected – you can message multiple people privately. The other feature allows you to capture, edit and share videos straight from the Twitter app. These videos can be up to 30 seconds long and are recorded straight from the app.
Opinion: I think 30 seconds is a bit too long, really. Especially for a social network that grew on limiting how much you can say.
Sony makes some amazing smartphones (some of our favorites, actually), but like everyone else, they are struggling to compete in the mobile market. The Japanese manufacturer aims to make a greater impact in the USA, as the Asian market is being swept by companies like Xiaomi.
How will Sony enter this competitive market, though? Well, they plan to shift their focus to the high-end market. In order to do this, they also have to fire a lot of people. Like… a lot. Sony let go of 1000 workers at the end of 2014, and they are starting the year byletting us know they will be letting go of another 1000 come October.
Opinion: It’s not easy keeping a company alive, especially with the mobile market in the state that it is. Sony’s mobile division will shrink down by 30%by March 2016! Those are a lot of jobs going down the drain.