1,233.00 -3.13 (-0.25%)
Pre-Market: 5:47AM EDT
|Bid||1,224.72 x 1000|
|Ask||1,233.00 x 800|
|Day's Range||1,216.57 - 1,236.44|
|52 Week Range||977.66 - 1,291.44|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.17|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||28.28|
|Earnings Date||Apr 29, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||1,343.80|
Also, Nintendo is getting (back) into VR, and Comcast has an internet TV box. Aside from 4K, HDR and 60 fps, as well as game-loading times as short as three seconds (all from a link, no less), Google is already talking about one day streaming games in 8K and 120 fps on Stadia. Just days after launching Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft is bringing its anti-malware package to more platforms, starting with the Mac.
Frederic Chesnais of Atari Group weighs in on the impact of Google's Stadia on video games. He says gaming has evolved over the years, but players want content "first and foremost," and consoles are just a "conduit" for that.
Japanese users took to social media to complain about the sudden deterioration in the quality of Google Maps in the country, and pointed out that a previous copyright attribution to Zenrin has vanished from the fine print at the bottom of the screen. On March 6, Google announced on its Japanese blog it will roll out a new version of its maps for the country, but that post made no mention of Zenrin. A spokeswoman for Zenrin declined to comment, and no one was immediately available for comment at Google’s Tokyo offices.
Microsoft is working on a game streaming service of its own, called Project XCloud, and may have a few tricks up its sleeve as competition in the space heats up. Microsoft executives ran through several demonstrations on how to make games "cloud-aware" as well as adaptive to touch, which would be needed for the game to work on a phone or tablet. Not unlike Google's Stadia, the idea behind Microsoft's XCloud project is to make it possible to play any game on any device, with whomever you choose, all in a seamless experience amongst devices or surfaces.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S.
General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that Google "indirectly benefits the Chinese military" and is planning to meet with the company over the matter. The Pentagon official cited a Google AI lab that opened in Beijing in 2017 as a cause of concern. "In my judgment, us assisting the Chinese military in advancing technology is not in U.S. national interests," Dunford said on Thursday at an Atlantic Council event.
Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google unveils Stadia, its long-awaited browser-based video game streaming service that leverages cloud computing and YouTube.
It's become increasingly clear over the past few months that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) can no longer rely on the iPhone alone. That realization initially tanked Apple stock, which dropped nearly 40% between early October and late December. Of late, however, investors have become more comfortable with that pivot: AAPL stock already has gained nearly 20% so far in 2019.Source: Shutterstock The bull case for Apple stock, as Luke Lango argued this month, is that services revenue can offset hardware pressure. With Apple stock still cheap (it trades at less than 15x forward earnings), even modest growth is enough.Add in the fact that Apple still has more cash on its balance sheet than any company in history, and it doesn't take smashing success for AAPL to move higher.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe bear case, which I laid out in detail last year, is that the iPhone simply is too important. The product still drives 60% of revenue. And with Apple's market capitalization nearly $900 billion, what would be a hit for another company barely moves the needle for Apple. * 7 Beaten-Up Stocks to Buy as They Reverse Course The Apple Watch is an interesting microcosm of that bull/bear debate. And news this week of a landmark study involving the product adds an intriguing layer to the argument.From one standpoint, the Apple Watch could be a key part of the transformation of Apple and AAPL stock. From another, it hardly matters at all. The Apple Watch StudyOn Monday, researchers from Apple and Stanford Medicine released the results of a massive study involving the Apple Watch. Some 419,000 subjects participated over eight months. Those individuals wore the target smartwatches with the capability to detect abnormal heartbeats.The results aren't conclusive. Roughly 0.5% of the participants received notice of an irregular pattern. Unsurprisingly, the rate was higher in older patients.Of those who received a notice, only about 20% followed up by wearing a patch to confirm the diagnosis. Of that group, 34% received a confirmed diagnosis. But in a smaller group of subjects who wore both a patch and the Apple Watch, 84% of atrial fibrillation cases detected by the path were also picked up by the Watch.On the whole, the study does seem like good news for Apple (and for patients). There are concerns about false positives from the technology. However, the innovation is constantly improving and will benefit from further tweaking. As one cardiologist told CNBC, the results were "moderately good for a screening tool, but not amazing." That description could change over time, and more studies should give a better understanding of just how effective the Apple Watch is.The study doesn't prove that the Apple Watch can be a successful cardiac screening tool, at least not yet. A two-in-three false positive rate might be too problematic for some (or most) doctors. But at the least, the study does show that Apple might be on the right path in terms of developing life-saving -- and profitable -- technology. Does It Matter for AAPL Stock?From an investment standpoint, the question is whether even success here is enough. Again, this is a nearly $900 billion company. Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), whose smartwatch category the Apple Watch has taken over, has an enterprise value well under $1 billion.Apple hasn't broken out its smartwatch revenue. But sales of "other products" -- including Apple Watch, AirPods, Apple TV, Beats and other smaller lines -- in fiscal year 2018 were $17.4 billion, according to the 10-K. CFO Luca Maestri last year said AirPods and Apple Watch combined were driving over $10 billion annually in revenue.That's a big number. But the revenue from other products (now called "Wearables, Home and Accessories") still is about 7% of trailing-twelve-month revenue after driving 8.7% of first-quarter sales. Assuming its smartwatch revenue is $7-8 billion (roughly half of that category), it still drives maybe 3% of total corporate revenue. Even modest declines in iPhone revenue will more than offset growth in the Apple Watch. The Services Case for Apple StockSo it's easy perhaps to argue that the smartwatch division simply isn't enough. But where the story gets interesting is not just in hardware sales, but how the company can monetize the services side of the product. Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is joining in the next controlled study of the Apple Watch. And the product itself could be the tip of the spear in the company's healthcare strategy.Back in January, Dana Blankenhorn detailed that strategy and the ways in which AAPL stock could profit from healthcare services. Monitoring revenues could be large. DexCom (NASDAQ:DXCM) is a $13 billion company built off the back of a continuous glucose monitoring system for diabetes. Other tech giants, including Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), are looking to profit from the intersection of medicine and technology. However, the Apple Watch puts the company into millions of homes, a huge head start.I still question whether it's enough. Even the development of a DexCom-sized business adds less than 2% to Apple's market capitalization. But combined with efforts elsewhere in services, in content, and through share buybacks, there's an argument that Apple can keep profits intact in the near-term before eventually driving growth again.That's the strategy needed to keep AAPL stock moving higher, particularly with the year-to-date rally. How investors view the potential of the Apple Watch given recent developments might show how they will view the possibilities of Apple's larger pivot away from its reliance on hardware … and just how successful that strategy is going to be.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Specialty Retail ETFs to Buy the Industry's Disruption * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 3 Out-of-Favor Consumer Stocks to Buy Compare Brokers The post Here's What the Apple Watch Means for AAPL Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
EU lawmakers will vote next Tuesday on whether to endorse an overhaul of the bloc's two-decade old copyright rules as Google and internet activists stepped up their criticism of a requirement to install copyright filters. The European Parliament's approval is the final step in a process which the European Commission kicked off two years ago with a proposal to protect Europe's cultural heritage and ensure publishers, broadcasters and artistes get fair compensation from big online companies. The proposed rules would force Google and other online platforms to sign licensing deals with musicians, performers, authors, news publishers and journalists to use their work online.
The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote in April on a bill to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules repealed by the Federal Communications Commission under U.S. President Donald Trump. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a letter to colleagues on Thursday seen by Reuters that lawmakers will vote on the bill dubbed the "Save the Internet Act" during the week of April 8. The reversal of net neutrality rules was a win for internet providers like Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, but opposed by content and social media companies like Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc.
What's New in Tech: Instagram, Google, Waymo, Xiaomi, and More(Continued from Prior Part)Stadia will let players stream games from the cloud The fast-growing gaming industry is getting more competitive by the day. The latest company to double down
What's New in Tech: Instagram, Google, Waymo, Xiaomi, and More(Continued from Prior Part)Waymo is launching a new technical center in Mesa Alphabet’s (GOOGL) self-driving unit, Waymo, recently announced that it would be launching another technical
Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed over 3.4% in morning trading Thursday as buzz builds regarding the highly anticipated unveiling of its new streaming video service that hopes to challenge Amazon Prime (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), and Disney (DIS). The climb is part of a larger 2019 comeback, which begs the question is now the time to buy Apple stock?
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle.
The comments take a slightly different tack than Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her proposal to dismantle some of Silicon Valley's giants, but ultimately pit another Democratic 2020 candidate against the likes of Facebook and Google. Facebook, Google and Twitter have faced something of a reckoning in recent years, in light of revelations around foreign disinformation campaigns on the platforms. Warren's proposal to break up tech giants stemmed more from concerns around competition, while O'Rourke appears to be focusing on user privacy and abuse of ad-based business models.
Amazon has been beta testing the ads on Apple Inc.’s iOS platform for several months, according to people familiar with the plan. A similar product for Google’s Android platform is planned for later this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to share the information publicly. The brief video spots appear in response to search results on the shopping app, valuable space for advertisers since people searching for products on the app have a higher propensity to buy than those scrolling through Facebook or watching videos on Google’s YouTube.
Apple’s conundrum is that its three big gadget markets — smartphones, personal computers and tablets — are stagnating. To keep growing, then, the company has been trying to sell its existing device owners add-on hardware and services including Apple Music subscriptions, apps, the Apple Watch and its AirPods wireless headphones, a new version of which Apple announced on Wednesday. Revenue from Apple’s ancillary hardware plus its internet-related services and apps contributed nearly 22 percent of revenue in the company’s latest holiday quarter. That’s good, but remember that most of those add-ons are bought by people who already own Apple devices, and new device sales are not growing much, if at all.
The online marketplace operator announced in 2018 that it would be phasing out its usage of PayPal as a payments option by 2023. The two had previously been one company, but PayPal was spun out as a separate firm in 2015. Instead, EBay has started relying on Netherlands-based payments processor Adyen to be its primary processor, and eBay said it expects to manage most of its payments by 2021.