Instagram Feeds Now Available on The Web

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Instagram Feeds Now Available on The Web

Instagram Feeds Now Available on The Web

Since its inception in 2010, Instagram has almost remained an entirely mobile-only experience. That changed when the service was acquired by Facebook and they brought the profile page. Now, the company announced the ability to view the service feed on the web; by logging to your profile you will be able to view the latest photos posted by the people you follow as well as you can like (and double click to like) and comment on them.

“In fact, our focus on building out a mobile-only experience is a unique path that we’ve chosen for many reasons, the most important of which is that Instagram, at its core, is about seeing and taking photos on-the-go. However, to make Instagram even more accessible to our growing community, at the end of last year we started to expand to the desktop web, giving you the ability to see profiles from instagram.com. To continue that path, as of today, you can now browse your Instagram feed on the web – just like you do on your mobile device”

Apple Q1 2013 Results: $54.5 Billion Revenue, 47.8 Million iPhones, 22.9 Million iPads, 4.1 Million Macs

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Apple Q1 2013 Results: $54.5 Billion Revenue, 47.8 Million iPhones, 22.9 Million iPads, 4.1 Million Macs

Apple Q1 2013 Results: $54.5 Billion Revenue, 47.8 Million iPhones, 22.9 Million iPads, 4.1 Million Macs

Apple has just posted their Q1 2013 financial results for the quarter that ended in December 2012. The company posted revenue of $54.5 billion ($13.81 per diluted share), with 22.9 million iPads, 47.8 million iPhones and 4.1 million Macs sold. Apple sold 5.3 million iPods. The company reported quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion.

We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.”

“We’re pleased to have generated over $23 billion in cash flow from operations during the quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “We established new all-time quarterly records for iPhone and iPad sales, significantly broadened our ecosystem, and generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever.

Compared to last year’s Q1, Apple sold a record 47.8 million iPhones in the quarter, compared to 37 million in the year-ago quarter. It also sold a record 22.9 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Macs fell short of consensus estimates at 4.1 million units, down from 5.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 12.7 million iPods in the quarter, compared to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter.

Notes from the call:

– Tim Cook: We’ve sold well over half a billion iOS devices including a staggering 10 per second in the last quarter alone.

– 3.7 million iPhones per week, compared to 2.6 million per week year-over-year

– iPhone sales doubled year-over-year in China

– iPhone 5 in over 100 countries by end of December 2012, fastest iPhone rollout ever

– The App Store is now available in 155 countries

– 2 billion+ iMessages are sent per day

– Apple ended the quarter with 401 stores, 150 outside US

– Apple retail: $6.4 billion in revenue ($16 million per store)

– Notification Center sent more than 4 trillion notifications

– Game Center has 200 million registers users

– iMessages has sent roughly 450 billion iMessages—or about 2 billion per day

– App Store is at 40 billion downloads

– Apple sold 2 million Apple TVs during the quarter

Inferno: The New Robert Langdon Thriller By Dan Brown

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Robert Langdon's New Thriller: Inferno

Robert Langdon’s New Thriller: Inferno

Dan Brown, one of the world’s bestselling authors, will publish his sixth novel on 14 May, in a press release the publishers announced that Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor, will come back in a new adventure  through the “heart of Europe” this time round and centers on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces, Dante’s Inferno..

The title – Inferno – was revealed soon after the announcement by readers, who had been invited to use social media posts to help expose a digital mosaic. By posting on Facebook, or tweeting using the hashtag #DanBrownToday, readers’ profile images were added as tiles in a web graphic, with the title – alluding to Dante’s 14th-century poem – becoming clear as more images were added.

“Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn’t until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante’s work on the modern world,” Brown said.

Read the full press release below:

New York, NY (January 15, 2013)— Dan Brown, author of the #1 international blockbusters The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code, recently completed work on a new novel, Inferno, that will be published by Doubleday in the U.S. and Canada on May 14th.  The announcement was made today by Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor in Chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.  Inferno, featuring the return of renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, is set in Italy and centers on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces, Dante’s Inferno. The book will have a first printing of four million copies.  It will be published simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada and also be available as a Random House Audio and ebook.

“Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn’t until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante’s work on the modern world,” said Brown. “With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm…a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways.”

“Dan Brown is a masterful storyteller” said Mehta, “his ability to fuse codes with well-researched history has helped to make his novels some of the most popular works of all time.  With Inferno, Dan has taken a literary classic and animated it in a way that only he can.”

Brown’s longtime editor, Jason Kaufman, Vice President and Executive Editor at Doubleday said, “When we turn the first page of a new Dan Brown novel, we step into a world that seamlessly infuses fascinating history, art, symbols and puzzles.  This is Dan’s unique ability.  In Inferno, we have the added excitement of following Robert Langdon back to the heart of Europe, where he becomes entwined in a mystery that has global ramifications…tied to the ominous and truly mesmerizing details of Dante’s masterful work.”

The Da Vinci Code, published by Doubleday on March 18, 2003, spent 144 weeks on The New York Times Hardcover Fiction bestseller list, 54 of them at #1—the position at which it debuted. The novel has been translated into 51 languages.  The Da Vinci Code is the bestselling adult hardcover of all time with 81 million copies in print worldwide.  It is also one of the top ten most read books in the world along with The Bible, Harry Potter and Gone with the Wind.

The Lost Symbol was a #1 international bestseller with 30 million copies in print worldwide.  It was translated in into 48 languages.

Following the publication of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s earlier novels, Digital Fortress, Deception Point and Angels and Demons have all gone on to become multi-million copy international bestsellers.

Inferno will be published in the U.K. on May 14th by Transworld Publishers, a division of The Random House Group who has published all of Brown’s novels.

Dan Brown is represented by Heide Lange at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.

Doubleday is an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. whose parent company is Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGAaA. For more information about Doubleday please visit our website at http://www.doubleday.com. For more information about Dan Brown please visit www.danbrown.com.

Introducing ‘Graph Search’: A New Search Engine By Facebook

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Facebook Unveils Graph Search

Facebook Unveils Graph Search

In a press conference at its California headquarters, Facebook has unveiled “Graph Search,” a search engine allowing users to search for content on Facebook such as news posts, status updates, photos, locations and more. The service does make sense for the network massive base of 1 billion users, 240 billion photos, and 1 trillion connections. Graph Search is currently in closed beta.

“Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page, when you search for something, that search not only determines the set of results you get, but also serves as a title for the page. You can edit the title – and in doing so create your own custom view of the content you and your friends have shared on Facebook.”

“Graph Search and web search are very different. Web search is designed to take a set of keywords (for example: ‘hip hop’) and provide the best possible results that match those keywords. With Graph Search you combine phrases (for example: ‘my friends in New York who like Jay-Z’) to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that’s been shared on Facebook. We believe they have very different uses.”

Users can sign up for the Graph Search beta on Facebook’s website.

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