AppleMagazine #306

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video streaming player pioneer roku seeks $100m in ipo

Video streaming player pioneer Roku is going public, hoping to raise money to expand into more households and fend off competitive threats from bigger technology companies. Roku listed a $100 million fundraising target in a last Friday (01) regulatory filing. But that figure is likely to change after its investment bankers gauge the demand for its initial public offering of stock. Companies typically complete their IPOs two to four months after filing then getting approval from government regulators. The documents provided the first peek at Roku’s finances and other previously confidential information. Like many young tech companies, Roku is still unprofitable. Last year, it lost nearly $43 million on $399 million in revenue. Since its 2002 inception, Roku has amassed $244 million in losses. The Los Gatos, California, company boasted 15 million active users…

big sellers like toyota camry, ram getting updates in 2018

After seven straight years of growth, U.S. sales of new vehicles could be hitting their peak. That’s putting extra pressure on automakers to update their vehicles and hang on to their market share. Some important vehicles are getting revamps for the 2018 model year, including the Toyota Camry, which has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for 15 years. Two of the Camry’s archrivals, the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata, are also new for 2018. The Ram pickup - a consistent best-seller - will also be getting an update. So will the Jeep Wrangler. There’s a heavy focus on SUVs, which are popular with both Baby Boomers and Millennials in an era of low gas prices. There are several new full-size SUVs, including the Lincoln Navigator, Chevrolet Traverse and Volkswagen Atlas.…

samsung note 8 gives its stylus some style-for a price

A stylus might seem, well, out of style in the tap-and-type world of smartphones. Yet it’s what sets Samsung’s Note phones apart from the competition. That’s significant as Apple prepares to launch what’s expected to be a super-premium phone next week, one that will match many of the features in the new Note 8 phone. Though not its pen. I was skeptical at first, but the stylus grew on me. Still, the Note 8 isn’t going to be for everyone. Most people will be fine with Samsung’s S8 phones for a few hundred dollars less. The Note 8 is more for “power users” - those who use their phones a lot more than the average consumer. The Note 8 starts selling in the U.S. next week for $930 to $960, depending on the…

tech firms slam trump for ending immigrant protections

Technology companies and executives of other industries criticized the Trump administration for its plan to undo protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and called on Congress to help them. President Donald Trump said he will dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era initiative that allowed young people who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children to work legally in the U.S., shielding them from deportation. Winding down the program could put the immigrants at risk of being sent back to the countries of their birth. The administration says Congress has six months to come up with a fix. Tech companies have pushed back against efforts to curb immigration, which they see as vital to their industry. Immigrants make up about one-quarter of the U.S.…

angry birds maker rovio plans initial public share offering

Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish maker of “Angry Birds” and other popular mobile games, says it plans an initial public offering and a listing of its shares on the Helsinki stock exchange. Chief Executive Kati Levoranta says the company “is stronger than ever” and well-positioned in the fast growing mobile gaming market with a diversified games portfolio. Levoranta added Tuesday that recent launches - Angry Birds Evolution, Battle Bay and Angry Birds Match - have been doing well. He called the share listing “an important milestone in developing Rovio into an even stronger games-first entertainment company.” The company, based in Espoo, Finland, didn’t give an estimated share price or company value.…

apple park: a masterpiece of architecture

Steve Jobs might have passed away nearly six years ago, but his influence on Apple - and, by extension, the tech industry - has long lingered. A fantastic case in point is Apple Park - theCupertino firm’s new “spaceship” corporateheadquarters at which the “iPhone 8” - or “iPhone Edition,” as it could be called - is expected to be officially announced. Jobs was heavily influential on its design, which ties together many of the company’s firmly-held values. PREPARATIONS FOR A SPACESHIP’S ARRIVAL Jobs’ last public appearance before his death was in July 2011 - when, at a meeting with Cupertino City Council, he argued a case for the new headquarters. While construction of the premises did not start until 2013, Jobs had worked on the concept years before his death. He cited…