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Fire phone review: Amazon’s phone is a solid first try, but the magic tricks are a little much

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Look closely at Amazon’s new Fire phone and you’ll notice four sensors, one in each corner on the front of the device. These are cameras and infrared LEDs that detect the position of your head relative to the phone in real time. This lets the Fire phone pull off some pretty amazing technological tricks. Move the phone around in your hand to view different parts of a 3D scene from various angles. Tilt the device to bring up different menus. Swivel to access a set of quick commands. And slightly angle the device to reveal extra tidbits of information on the screen. But do these high-tech features actually make... Read More on GeekWire

Apple CEO still optimistic about the tablet market, despite Wall Street’s skepticism

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For the second quarter in a row, Apple posted iPad sales that were below Wall Street estimates. The company sold 13.2 million iPads in its fiscal third quarter, a nine percent decline from the same period a year ago and below analyst expectations. But Apple CEO Tim Cook said on today’s earnings call that he is still “bullish about the future of the tablet market.” Much like last quarter, Cook offered a number of explanations for the decrease in iPad sales, including reductions in channel inventory and overall tablet sales declines in the U.S. and Western Europe. But he also said... Read More on GeekWire

Tech Moves: Urbanspoon names CEO; Bsquare CFO to depart; Ian Lurie returns as Portent CEO; and more

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?Eight months after joining Urbanspoon, Keela Robison has been promoted to CEO from SVP and general manager. She is the first to hold the title in several years, following the Seattle company’s acquisition by IAC. Robison will draw heavily on her background for the job, given the restaurant review site’s investments in mobile. Most recently, Robison was VP of GameHouse, a division of RealNetworks, but prior to that she was at Amazon, where she oversaw a group of 30 employees working on the Amazon Fire Phone. She also has held positions at WhitePages and T-Mobile. Urbanspoon also confirmed that Mindy Shaw, the... Read More on GeekWire

Microsoft mum on Xbox One sales; notes 1.1M ‘Xbox consoles’ shipped in past 3 months

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Microsoft hasn’t reported Xbox One sales statistics for quite some time, and that didn’t change with today’s quarterly earnings report. The company noted that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles to retailers worldwide in the past three months ? that’s counting both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. It’s unclear how many were actually sold to consumers. Even with the Xbox One launching this past November, Microsoft only sold 100,000 more Xbox consoles compared to the same time period last year (when just the Xbox 360 was available). In Microsoft’s previous financial quarter, it reported 3.2 million Xbox consoles sold, including 1.2 million Xbox... Read More on GeekWire

Apple posts mixed quarterly financial report with $37.4B in revenue, EPS of $1.28

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Apple announced today that it made $37.43 billion in revenue during its fiscal third quarter, up more than 6 percent year-over-year. That’s on the high end of Apple’s guidance from earlier this year, but missed high analyst expectations of $38 billion in quarterly revenue. The company also beat expectations with earnings of $1.28 per share, up more than 19.6 percent from the year-ago quarter. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had predicted earnings of $1.23 per share. ?Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving... Read More on GeekWire

Microsoft revenue up 18%, beating expectations, but profits come up short

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Microsoft posted $23.4 billion in revenue for the June quarter, a 17.5 percent increase, but its earnings of 55 cents a share fell short of analysts’ expectations as the company reflected the acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business on its financial statements for the first time. Companywide profits (net income) fell to $4.6 billion, a 7 percent decline from the $4.9 billion in profits the same quarter a year ago, as the company absorbed the unprofitable Nokia business. In a news release announcing the results this afternoon, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella pointed to the company’s progress in providing cloud services to business. Microsoft said its commercial... Read More on GeekWire

Food on demand: We tested 7 meal delivery services, and here’s who came out on top

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The process of delivering food isn’t rocket science, nor is it novel. Someone orders a meal, and another person delivers it. But for whatever reason, there seems to be a food delivery bubble expanding nationwide ? and particularly in Seattle. Caviar. Munchery. Postmates. Peachd. Lish. Bitesquad. Eat24. GrubHub. If you’re craving food but don’t want to leave your house or office, these are just a few of the food delivery options available in town right now. We’ve spent the past few months testing several services and tried a little bit of everything: Three new startups that just launched in Seattle this month; two companies that have... Read More on GeekWire