It was a busy week in tech as Apple announced its earnings for the most recent quarter. Here’s a look back at the week that was.
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Apple’s bad quarter
For the first time in more than a decade, Apple notched a quarterly drop in revenue. In the second fiscal quarter of 2016, which ended on March 26, Apple recorded $50.6 billion in revenue and $10.5 billion in profit. That’s compared to $58 billion in revenue and a $13.6 billion profit in the same quarter last year.
On Wall Street, Apple suffered its worst week since 2013.
The FBI gains new hacking tools
A new rule change approved by the U.S. Supreme Court could make it easier for law enforcement like the FBI to surveil computer networks.
The high court approved a change that would allow judges to issue search warrants to access computers located in any jurisdiction. Previously, magistrate judges could only allow searches in their jurisdiction that usually includes just a few counties.
Apple’s CareKit launches
The latest stage in Apple’s mission to improve healthcare across the world, CareKit, is now rolling out to patients across four brand new iOS applications. The new apps utilize CareKit in order to improve pregnancy, depression medication, and diabetes-tracking.
After launching HealthKit and ResearchKit, Apple last year announced CareKit: a new framework designed to help developers and medical professionals give patients control over their own care. It’s completely open source and was expected to become available this month; now, the first iOS applications to use CareKit have launched.
On the App Store
AppAdvice’s AppLists are popular. These lists are now being updated through a series of posts. Among the lists revealed during the past week: Test Your Vocabulary With These Great Word Games, Run, Shoot, and Swing for the Best iOS Sports Games, and Keep Your Family on Track With These Great Apps. Expect more lists in the coming weeks and months.
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The number of Smart Connector-enabled accessories is growing once again thanks to Logitech. Its new Logi Base charging stand is compatible with both the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
Either iPad Pro model is placed into a great landscape media viewing angle on the charging stand. Magnets in the charging cradle help guide the tablet quickly into place.
You can also place an iPad Pro in a vertical position on the stand, but it won’t charge since the Smart Connector is located on a horizontal edge.
Powered with the included Lightning cable, the base is made with anodized aluminum and should look great with either tablet.
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