Among a raft of positive notes on Apple (AAPL) today is one from Cowen & Co.’s Timothy Arcuri also reiterates an Overweight rating today, and raises his price target to $155 from $135, after assessing the setup for a forthcoming “iPhone X,” and concluding “Street ests remain WAY TOO LOW for C2H:17 and C2018 as an aging base (esp in China) forms a powder keg for this launch.”
Apple stock today is higher by $1.07, or 0.8%, at $141.07.
As far as the stock, in Arcuri’s view, the discount to the broader market’s valuation multiple, given the rise in the S&P to about 18 times forward earnings, means Apple stock has gotten relativley cheaper than three years ago. Hence, “While we are not arguing for a ton of multiple expansion from here, we believe estimates are still way too low AND there is still probably a little juice left in the multiple.”
Part of Arcuri’s outlook is just the existing iPhone 7: he thinks the thing is doing better than some might expect. He raises his estimates for thi..
Home AppsApps News Rishi Alwani, 20 March 2017 Highlights The Indie Game Showcase is a permanent part of the App Store
This could solve discoverability issues for many an indie developer
At the moment the Indian App Store only has a section for top indie games A large part of Apple’s success in mobile gaming during its early years was due to the many independent developers that took a chance on the Cupertino-based company’s then fledgling storefront. And while that bet paid off in spades, the App Store of late has been tough on smaller game makers what with the influx of free-to-play experiences and big budget titles.
With discoverability being a problem for smaller studios, it appears that Apple wants to rectify this with the Indie Game Showcase. It’s a permanent spot on the App Store for games from indie creators. At the time of writing this, it's live on the US App Store, with sections dedicated to new titles, deeply discounted ones, those with good stories, and gameplay to name a few. The only section the Indian App Store has at the moment is for the top 25 indie games.
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This is a smart move from Apple, as many developers these days live and die by being featured on the company’s App Store. Granted this doesn’t solve that issue completely, but ensures a larger number of games gain prominence. More so when you consider that the likes of Google courting indie developers appears to be restricted to the Indie Games Festival rather having a permanent section for them, at least on the Indian Google Play store.
Discoverability has always been a hot button topic for developers. While the likes of Valve retooling Steam Greenlight to accommodate the influx of titles, and even Nintendo opening its doors to indie developers, things just might be looking up for smaller game makers.
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The iPhone 7 has only been on sale for a while, but all we seem to be hearing are rumours about the iPhone 8. We think Apple might well be holding back some major updates and improvements for the iPhone 8 or 'iPhone Edition', which – if the rumours are true – will be launched on the 10th anniverary of the first iPhone. Here we round up the rumours about the iPhone 8 release date, price, features and specifications. See also: Best phones 2017.
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Home GamesGames News Rishi Alwani, 20 March 2017 Highlights Sony's Japan PlayStation website has stated the PS3 will be discontinued
A Japanese retailer has suggested that production will end in March
Indian game stores have not been getting stock since November The PS3 has been around since 2006 and while Sony made good on its 10 year plan for the console, it seems like its time is finally coming to a close.
According to the official PlayStation Japan website, “shipments are scheduled to end soon” for the 500GB PS3, which is, incidentally, the only remaining PS3 in production in Japan.
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Although an exact date is yet to be revealed, a retailer in Japan seems to have suggested in a tweet that it received notification that production will end in March.
As for India, several retailers speaking to Gadgets 360 have confirmed that the 500GB PS3 has been unavailable for the better part of a year, while the 12GB variant has also been tough to get a hold of.
“We haven’t received any PS3 stock since November, and the demand hasn’t been there either. Not for the console nor the games,” says an independent game store owner based in Delhi.
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What’s more is sources in the supply chain claim that Sony India’s focus has been squarely on the PS4 with the goal to double its sales on that console. So much so that the PS3 has not shown up on order lists that the company sends to game stores on a monthly basis.
For its part, Sony India hasn’t replied to our request for comment yet. Though, we won’t be surprised to see the axe fall on the PS3 officially at the beginning of the next financial year in April.
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Home AppsApps News Tasneem Akolawala, 20 March 2017 Highlights WhatsApp rolls out Text Status feature for all users
This new feature can be seen in the About section
iPhone users should also get this feature soon WhatsApp introduced the revamped Video Status feature a few weeks ago, and users provided mixed feedback over the Snapchat Stories lookalike. Most users wanted the old Text Status feature back, and WhatsApp soon started testing its return in Android beta. The company also later confirmed its arrival last week, and now, the old text Status feature is now available via Google Play and rolling out to all Android users officially, and you can check manually if it's activated for you or not.
The WhatsApp Text Status feature on the stable version for Android (v2.17.107), will work just in the same way as it was seen on Android beta version 2.17.95.
Click the three-dot menu on the top left, then, head to Settings, and in the About and phone number section you will see the old status option back. It comes with the old default options of 'Available', 'Busy', 'At school', 'At the movies', etc, and more importantly does not disappear in 24 hours. Your contact list will be able to see the Status message by opening your contact, when starting a new chat thread, or viewing group info.
As mentioned earlier, all WhatsApp users on Android will only get the feature now; however iPhone users should also get it soon. Also, it may be the rollout is gradual, so you may not see the feature immediately, but it should arrive on your Android device in a few days.
Separately, WhatsApp is also testing the GIF support on Google's Gboard keyboard app in the latest version of Android beta, Android Police reports. While WhatsApp introduced full-fledged GIF support a while ago, it didn't work if the user opted to use Google's Gboard instead of the in-app keyboard. However, in the latest beta, you can search for GIFs, choose one, and send it to a WhatsApp thread using Gboard just like the way you did it with the in-app keyboard.
If you wish to try this feature immediately, you must sign up for the beta program, and be on the latest beta version 2.17.110. Furthermore, you can alternatively download it directly from APK Mirror as well.
While the old Text Status is back, it is important to note that the new WhatsApp Status stories feature isn't going anywhere and will remain a constant in a separate tab. You can add photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, just like Snapchat. The tab also lists all the new updates from your contacts in the same format as you see on Snapchat. Unfortunately, there's no way (yet) to disable this WhatsApp feature completely.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Indo-Asian News Service, 20 March 2017 Apple Inc.s Chief Executive Tim Cook defended globalisation in a rare public speech in China, as his company faces political pressure in the US to bring back factories.
Cook also said data privacy was one of the company's values, although he stopped short on Saturday of criticising decryption demands from governments as Apple has previously in the US, reported the Wall Street Journal.
It was his first time speaking at the China Development Forum, an annual conference sponsored by the Chinese government.
During his speech, Cook said globalisation “in general is great for the world,” but noted socio-economic gains may not be evenly distributed within or between countries. Despite globalisation's shortcomings, countries should not shy away from such development, he said.
“I think the worst thing would be to, because it didn't help everyone, is to say it's bad and do less of that,” Cook said. “I think the reality is you can see that countries in the world…that isolate themselves, it's not good for their people.”
The subject is a contentious one for Apple, a US company that farms out a bulk of its manufacturing operations to China.
President Donald Trump recently called for Apple to bring iPhone production to America, a move that would stimulate the domestic economy. Trump has asked the same of many US multinationals in attempts to repatriate overseas jobs, said the report.
Cook also touched on cyber-security and user privacy, both highly sensitive subjects in China.
Parroting past statements on the matter, Cook said Apple employs end-to-end encryption to protect its customers from nefarious actors.
He fell short of taking a stand against Chinese cyber-security policy that requires companies to furnish authorities with technical assistance in investigations and data gathering operations, reported the Journal.
Cook tiptoed around the subject of data privacy, saying, “We think that an individual should own their data and should be able to control their data.”
He is in China to bolster relations with the country's central government. Apple's top executive is slated to speak with Xu Lin, director of the Cyberspace Administration of China, in a private meeting on Monday.
Cook also said that Apple Inc will be setting up two more research and development (R&D) centres in Shanghai and Suzhou, following Beijing and Shenzhen.
iPhone 6 32GB Now Available via Apple India-Authorised Offline Retailers
Home MobilesMobiles News Gadgets 360 Staff, 20 March 2017 iPhone 6 32GB, which popped up on Amazon India earlier this month, is now available via Apple-authorised offline retailers as well. Retailers in Bengaluru have been selling the smartphone since Friday, and others across the country have started receiving their units as well.
The iPhone 6 32GB carries an MRP of Rs. Rs. 30,700 but was available via Amazon India at Rs. 28,999 at launch. Gadgets 360 understands offline retailers are selling it around the same price.
The iPhone 6 had originally launched only in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options, but the new 32GB variant in Space Grey colour (only) showed up in India and a few other countries recently. Last year, Apple discontinued the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus models after the launch of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus smartphones.
Apple partners in India have been offering plenty of cash backs and discounts recently, with a Rs. 5,000 cash back on the iPhone SE the latest such offer. The 4-inch iPhone SE is available at an effective price of Rs. 19,999 for the 16GB model, with the 64GB variant available at a net price of Rs. 25,999. These prices are part of an ongoing offer where customers are being offered Rs. 5,000 cash back on purchase of the iPhone SE using a credit or debit card.
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