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AppleMagazine #353

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8 Min.
doen deal: what disney’s fox acquisition means for the industry

WHAT DISNEY’S FOX DEAL MEANS FOR THE INDUSTRY With Disney and 21st Century Fox’s $71.3 billion merger now approved by shareholders, it seems all but certain that the deal will be confirmed in the coming months. Two of the world’s biggest and most powerful media giants are joining forces to expand their international reach and fight off competition from new players like YouTube and Netflix. Today, we pull back the curtain and take a look at the short and sweet history of one of Hollywood’s most dramatic bidding wars, explore Disney’s upcoming Netflix challenger, and look at how competitors in the entertainment industry are planning to retaliate to a Disney/Fox attack. A NAIL-BITING BIDDING WAR Whether you’re on the side of the Mouse and the Fox, or you’re against the idea of a merger…

4 Min.
iowa education backers hope to extend sales tax for schools

As they call for more money for classrooms, Iowa school advocates hope legislators will extend a sales tax levy that pours millions of dollars each year into infrastructure and technology for the state’s public schools. Bipartisan negotiations over the past couple years have resulted in a plan to extend a statewide 1 cent sales tax for another 20 years to fund school infrastructure projects while limiting the need for schools to issue bonds that drive up property taxes. The efforts have been underway as funding for school aid remains a hot-button issue with regular partisan clashes. A bill was overwhelmingly passed by the Iowa House last spring to reauthorize the sales tax, known as the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education program, but the Senate never voted on it. Legislative leaders indicated…

4 Min.
at stem camp: binary coding, cybersecurity, programming

Gathered around a road map laid across the tiled classroom floor, children watched robotic cars navigate the twists and turns of a street. With one final day to perfect their codes, the young computer programmers analyzed every command to drive forward, turn and reverse. “I’ve really liked learning how to program robots. I like working as a team. When we mess up, we work together to fix it and find a solution,” said 11-year-old Quiyah Harris, of team QTSSS. Harris and 29 other rising sixth-graders will present the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills they learned during Decatur-Morgan County Minority Development Association’s inaugural STEM Camp at West Decatur Elementary. “One of the passions I have is to make sure our minority students have exposure to some of the things that I had exposure…

6 Min.
macs: innovation & sales leading industry

The Beatles v The Rolling Stones; The Yankees v The Red Sox; Muhammad Ali v Smokin; Joe Frazier – Nobody can truly claim to be the undisputed champion of anything if they haven’t had an equal and opposite power to fight against and ultimately overcome. Whether it’s the struggle to match up to and eventually beat the opposition or the motivation provided by a nemesis breathing down their neck that has inspired so many organizations and individuals to higher plains of achievement and excellence. It’s an undeniable theme throughout history and various industries. So, what are Apple and Mac fans to make about the resurgence of their biggest rival in recent times? The PC market recently grew for thefirst time in six years. Bucking the trend of six years of decline is certainly…

2 Min.
samsung electronics misses forecast on lower phone sales

Samsung Electronics Co. reported a lower-than-expected gain in the second-quarter earnings this week, indicating an end to its streak of record-breaking financial results as sales of smartphones and display panels slowed while memory chip profit stabilized. The South Korean tech giant said that its April-June net income stood at 10.98 trillion won ($9.8 billion), up 2 percent from 10.80 trillion won a year earlier. The result fell short of the analyst consensus of 11.14 trillion won, according to financial data provider FactSet. Sales fell 4 percent to 58.48 trillion won ($52.3 billion) while operating income advanced 6 percent to 14.87 trillion won ($13.3 billion), in line with its earnings preview earlier this month. The latest results indicate an end to Samsung’s streak of record-breaking financial results that stunned investors. Samsung, the world’s largest maker…

2 Min.
apple shares rise on pricey iphones; no tariff impact yet

Apple made more money from higher priced iPhones in the latest quarter, even as the number of phones it sold did not change much. The sluggish unit growth means Apple is no longer the second-biggest smartphone maker behind Samsung. Huawei took that spot, research firm IDC said Tuesday, with 54.2 million phones versus Apple’s 41.3 million. The company’s earnings were announced amid escalating rhetoric around tariffs between the U.S. and China. CEO Tim Cook said that while the company’s products hadn’t been hurt by tariffs imposed so far, Apple is still examining the impact of proposed U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Cook said he’s “optimistic” the countries will work out their differences. “Each country can only prosper if the other does,” he said. Despite the trade war, China remains…