Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit form coalition to promote financial technology

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2015

Silicon Valley giants Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit have formed a coalition to promote the benefits of financial technologies in order to help the U.S. government better understand these technologies and ensure greater innovation in financial services, Re/code reported Tuesday.

The initiative is called the Financial Innovation Now and aimed at accelerating the pace of change in financial services, according to the official website. Read More


Apple to replace AT&T on the Dow on March 18

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

Apple of California will replace AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the close of trading on March 18, Reuters reported this morning. The famed Dow Jones Industrial Average is indicative of the overall market health so Apple joining and replacing the nation’s second-largest carrier on the index is certainly an encouraging sign for the economy.

Because the Dow is a weighted average of absolute stock price (unlike other indices), Apple was unable to join the Dow until its seven-to-one stock split, which took place in June of last year. Read More


UK banks RBS and NatWest now allow account access via Touch ID fingerprint identification

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

As reported Wednesday by BBC News, two banks in the United Kingdom will soon allow their customers access their bank accounts using Touch ID-based fingerprint identification technology, a UK first.

“RBS and NatWest customers must activate the feature with their security information, but would only need to use Apple’s Touch ID thereafter,” reports the BBC.

To protect their customers’ sensitive financial information and mitigate risk, the banks have put a number of restrictions in place to augment Apple’s existing Touch ID safeguards. Read More


1SecMoney review: record income and expenses right from Notification Center

By Lory Gil on Feb 9, 2015

How people keep track of finances is a personal preference. Some like complex, feature rich programs that allow them to connect and follow all of their income and expenses meticulously. Others are happy with simplicity.

1SecMoney is a simple finance-tracking app that lets you add daily additions and subtractions for your bank and credit card accounts. You can also input items directly from Notification Center using the Today widget. We’ve got a hands-on app review of 1SecMoney for you today. Read More


Yahoo redesigns Finance app for real-time

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2014

If you’re something of a number guy like Apple’s Time Cook, there’s no better way to catch up on the latest stock quotes, company trends and breaking financial news than Yahoo’s excellent Finance service, available on the web and mobile.

I mean, even Apple’s own Stocks uses Yahoo as a data source. Today, the Internet company has pushed a new update to its free Finance iOS app.

It’s got a brand new look, introduces real-time pre and after-market data, offers built-in financial news and more… Read More


Samsung blames sluggish tablet sales, increased competition for Q2 earnings miss

By Cody Lee on Jul 8, 2014

Samsung today issued its earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2014, and in somewhat of an odd move, it attached a note to the document explaining why it will fall short of estimates. The company expects to see its profits drop for the third consecutive quarter.

The note details a number of factors, including the improving strength of the Korean won making exports more expensive, and exceedingly sluggish tablet sales. It also explains that it is running into greater competition in China from low-end device makers like Xiaomi… Read More


Apple to release Q3 2014 financial results on July 22nd

By Sébastien Page on Jun 30, 2014

Apple just announced via its Investor Relations portal that the company will be discussing financial results of its third fiscal quarter on July 22nd, during a conference call starting at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m ET. Based on past behavior, it is safe to assume that Apple will be publishing a press release with all relevant financial information a few minutes prior to the call’s beginning.

During the conference call, Apple will discuss basic sales numbers and financials for its line of products, but don’t expect them to reveal anything about future products. We will of course be on deck to report any information that might be relevant to our readers… Read More


Spendbook is an elegant and useful personal finance tracker

By Lory Gil on Jun 17, 2014

We’ve reviewed a number of personal finance apps in recent months, especially since the launch of iOS 7. One complaint I’ve heard is that many of the new app designs look too cartoonish or childlike.

Spendbook – Personal Finance Tracker is a comprehensive budgeting app that doesn’t look like a candy shop. Instead of a white background with pastel colors, you’ll be tracking your spending with a dark themed app that won’t make you feel like you are looking at a coloring book… Read More


AAPL splits 7 to 1

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2014

As promised during Apple’s most recent earnings call, the Cupertino, California headquartered consumer electronics powerhouse is set to open on Monday at $92.22 a share as the company puts forth its plan to split stock, its fourth stock split to date.

All common stock owners will receive six additional shares for each share in existence. As a result, the value of each individual share will drop accordingly, but the value of their total holdings will not. Read on for the full reveal… Read More


The best expense tracking apps for iPhone

By Lory Gil on Apr 27, 2014

When you are self-employed, run your own business, or get sent out of town for work, keeping track of what you spend is very important. If you don’t report how much money you spent on a cup of coffee to keep you awake during that presentation, you won’t be reimbursed for it later.

Whether you file a 1099 each year, are a member of the Frequent Flier Club, or only travel once or twice per year, we’ve got a list of the best expense tracking apps for iPhone that are perfect for work-related travel and business-related finance… Read More


Strong demand for Apple products boosts Foxconn and Pegatron’s earnings

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2014

Demand for Apple’s latest products is as strong as ever, it would seem. After reporting sales of 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads during the lucrative holiday quarter, as a result Apple’s key contract manufacturers – Foxconn and Pegatron – are seeing a nice rise in their earnings, too.

Pegatron, the primary manufacturer of the iPhone 5c and iPad mini, last week reported a cool 22 percent annual rise in earnings attributed to strong demand for mobile products. Apple is responsible for as much as 40 percent of Pegatron’s business so the manufacturer’s fortunes are closely tied to the iPhone maker’s.

As for Foxconn, they reported a 13 percent rise in net profit today. Foxconn is the world’s top contract manufacturer and Apple’s lead supplier… Read More


As institutional investors side with Apple, Carl Icahn withdraws his buyback proposal

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2014

Controversial activist investor Carl Icahn continues to aggressively purchase shares of Apple while insisting that the company increase the size of its share buyback program. His proposal for a $50 billion buyback has been met with resistance by proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) which now recommends voting against the plan.

ISS argues that the Apple board has already returned the bulk of its U.S.-generated cash to shareholders through the company’s aggressive stock buybacks and dividends payouts. As a result of large institutional investors siding with Apple, Icahn has withdrawn his proposal… Read More


Apple to discuss holiday sales in January 27 conference call

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2014

According to the Apple Investor webpage, the company will hold a conference call on Monday, January 27, to discuss financial results of its first fiscal 2014 quarter. The call is scheduled at 2:00pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern Time.

Apple typically announces quarterly earnings via a press release issued half an hour ahead of these calls and we’ll be providing around the clock coverage to make sure you’re up to date on all matters concerning the company’s business metrics.

The upcoming earnings report should be interesting on many levels as it will cover the all-important holiday season sales data for the iPhone 5s/5c, the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display… Read More


The best personal finance apps for iPhone

By Lory Gil on Nov 27, 2013

Keeping track of finances may come easy to some people, but not everyone is great with money. Some of us need a little extra help to keep us from coming up short at the end of the month.

If you want to keep track of your finances and that old ledger book is just not cutting it anymore, check out our list of best personal finance apps for the iPhone. Read More


Yahoo Finance gets push notifications and all-new iOS 7 look

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2013

Since the iPhone’s inception, Yahoo has been Apple’s exclusive provider of weather and stock market data in iOS. While I’ve never been a big fan of Yahoo’s Finance app for the iPhone and iPad, I prefer to keep tabs on stocks on the Yahoo Finance website, as opposed to Google Finance.

I’ll be changing my mind, however, as the Internet giant has at last given the iOS app a thorough overhaul while adding new features such as notifications for stock price changes, so it now feels right at home in iOS 7… Read More


Shares 2 offers a ridiculously simple way to track your stocks

By Lory Gil on Oct 9, 2013

Keeping track of your stocks can be a burden if you are using Apple’s native Stocks app. You can see increases and decreases from the day’s opening, but figuring out how much you’ve made or lost takes additional time, and usually a calculator.

Shares 2 gives you a simple and elegant view of the companies you’ve invested in, plus gives you an overview of how much money you’ve made or lost overall… Read More


5coins helps you keep track of what you spend on a daily basis

By Lory Gil on Oct 3, 2013

Expense tracker apps are all the rage right now. I guess it is because they look so good on iOS 7, with their flat design and colorful accents. They sure do look better than my boring old checkbook ledger that I used to use.

5coins is a very simplistic expense tracker that helps you take note of your daily spending habits… Read More


Dollarbird review: personal finance meets calendar

By Lory Gil on Oct 2, 2013

Depending on the kind of person you are, keeping track of your finances is either as easy as tying your shoes, or harder than remembering your great aunt’s birthday.

Dollarbird makes it possible for you to plan your monthly budget and keep an eye on your daily spending to help you avoid the dreaded “overdrawn” letter from the bank… Read More


Expense Planner reminds you of future payments

By Lory Gil on Jul 31, 2013

If you have ever found yourself short on cash, or even worse, overdrawn, because you forgot about a recurring automatic payment, then you could use a friendly reminder to help you keep track of upcoming debits to your account.

Expense Planner does just that. You can add an upcoming expense, set a date to be reminded, and forget about it until later… Read More


Apple’s latest major acquisition: Apple

By Sébastien Page on Jul 25, 2013

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, writing for Fortune:

Last quarter, Apple finally made a major acquisition. And what did it buy?

It bought Apple.

By my calculation, the company spent $16 billion last quarter ($4 billion in cash, $12 billion through the so-called accelerated share repurchase program) to purchase 36 million of its own shares at an average price of just over $444.

For that amount, Apple could have bought three Nokias or three BlackBerrys… Read More

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