Published on May 30 2013

Following today's launch of a new stripped-down 16 GB fifth-generation iPod touch, The Loop reports Apple has disclosed that the company has reached a milestone for the device with over 100 million units sold since its launch in 2007.

Apple's iPod Touch sales reached 100 million

Historically, Apple has not disclosed the number of iPod touch units it sells each quarter, generally announcing only that the device accounts for more than half of the company's total iPod sales. The company revealed in documents filed in its lawsuit against Samsung last year that it had sold 46.5 million iPod touch units in the United States alone, but firm numbers have otherwise been difficult to come by.

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Published on May 28 2013

"Is there a converter out there that you know of that will convert .SWF files to video. Everything I use results in audio only."

SWF is a file extension for a Shockwave Flash file format created by Macromedia and now owned by Adobe. SWF stands for Small Web Format. SWF files can contain video and vector based animations and sound and are designed for efficient delivery over the web.

Some screen capture and recording software like TechSmith can also record videos in SWF format. There are many kinds of SWF files, such as SWF videos, SWF movies, SWF games and SWF animations etc.

SWF files are generally played on specific Adobe Flash Player, other programs can seldom play or edit SWF files. Therefore, it is maybe unconvenient for you to play or edit SWF files without Adobe Flash Player.

Don't worry, you can always find another solution. Generally speaking, you can convert SWF to any videos you like with a SWF Converter. There are some when you search on the Internet. But I want to share my favourite SWF Converter for you.

SWF Converter is actual a pair of SWF conversion programs named SWF Video Converter and SWF Converter for Mac for you to fast and best covnert SWF to almost all popular videos such as AVI, WMV, MPG, MOV, MP4, FLV, 3GP, MKV, VOB, DV, RMVB etc on Windows and Mac.

By converting SWF to whatever format you want, you can free import your SWF files to Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro etc for editing, or play SWF videos on your poratble devices iPad, iPhone, Samsung, Kindle Fire etc, burn SWF to DVD for enjoying with family for friends or upload to video sharing websites YouTube, Myspace, Yahoo Video etc for sharing with more people.

As SWF Video Converter and Mac SWF Converter share the same function, they only differ in interface, below we will take SWF Video Converter as an example to show you how to convert SWF on Windows.

Step by step to convert SWF files on Windows

Step 1: Load SWF files
Click "Select File" to import .SWF video into SWF Video Converter

How to convert and edit SWF on Windows and Mac

Step 2: Choose your desired output format
Click "Next" to go to the new window and select your target video format. You can also custom the folder to save the output video as well.

How to convert and edit SWF on Windows and Mac

Step 3: Convert SWF videos
Click "Next" at the bottom right. Then click "Start" to launch the conversion.

Other features that can be expected from SWF Video Converter

Tip 1: Grab SWF files
Additionally, the SWF Video Converter can also support you to download SWF videos from any webpage. If you prefer to download it, hit "Download SWF". Want to play back the video on portable device, you can press "OK" button to proceed the SWF conversion for your target player.

How to convert and edit SWF on Windows and Mac

Tip 2: Crop SWF movie
You can go on the step, if you would like to add image watermark as logo or copyright on the video.

After loading .SWF file into SWF Video Converter, click "Crop" to alter the video dimension or embed the watermark on the video. These image formats are supported: BMP, PNG, JPG, JPEG and GIF etc.

How to convert and edit SWF on Windows and Mac

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Published on May 27 2013

It appears that Apple has begun quietly phasing out its trailer download options from the website, effectively eliminating 1080p trailer availability.

Previously, the site gave users the ability to stream trailers in 480p or 720p, along with providing download options for 480p, 720p, and 1080p. Trailers uploaded to the site after an approximate date of May 22 no longer have any download options and can only be streamed in-browser at 480p or 720p.

Apple removes download options from Quicktime trailers website
Apple removes download options from Quicktime trailers website

While trailers uploaded before May 22 can still be downloaded, Apple appears to be removing the option from movies with multiple trailers that have a trailer uploaded after that date. For example, Disney Pixar's Monsters University has trailers that were uploaded on the following dates: 6/20/12, 3/08/13, 5/20/13, and 5/22/13. None of these trailers have download options.

Disney’s Planes, on the other hand, has trailers that were uploaded on the following dates: 3/15/13, 04/04/13, and 5/17/13. Each of these trailers can still be downloaded at all resolutions, including 1080p.

So, while older trailers can still be downloaded from the site, Apple appears to be removing downloads from older trailers as newer trailers are added, slowly phasing out the availability of trailer downloads altogether.

It is not clear at this point why Apple has begun phasing out movie trailer downloads, but we have contacted the company for more information.

Article Source: Apple Removes Download Options From Quicktime Trailers Website

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Published on May 24 2013

Apple on Wednesday pushed out a new version of QuickTime 7 for Windows users, bringing improved security features.

Apple software update brings QuickTime for Windows to 7.7.4

Wednesday's QuickTime update will bring the software to version 7.7.4, and is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users on Windows. The 39.49MB download is said to contain a number of improved security features, though Apple's description of the update doesn't go into detail beyond that.

The update requires a computer running Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

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Published on May 22 2013

Apple has been making efforts to offer deep social network integration in its mobile operating system, first offering Twitter integration in iOS 5 and then Facebook integration in iOS 6. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will expand its social network integration even further with iOS 7, including support for both photo sharing site Flickr and video sharing site Vimeo.

As with Facebook and Twitter integration, Vimeo and Flickr integration will allow users to be able to sign in to the social networks in the Settings menu. Those one-time sign-in credentials will be usable across iOS, providing comprehensive sharing options and easy integration with other downloaded apps.

Apple to Expand Social Network Integration in iOS 7 with Support for Flickr and Vimeo

Flickr is a logical addition to iOS given Apple's existing relationship with Yahoo, and popular video hosting site Vimeo is also a logical choice for iOS 7 as Apple continues to move away from Google products. Apple stopped offering YouTube as a stock iOS app with iOS 6 and also introduced its own mapping app, discontinuing its use of Google Maps.

While Apple continues to allow direct video uploads to YouTube from its camera app, Vimeo integration will give iOS 7 users an additional option for video uploads. As with Yahoo, Apple has an existing relationship with Vimeo, having offered integration with the service in OS X Mountain Lion.

As noted by 9to5Mac's unnamed source, though Flickr and Vimeo integration is currently in the works, as with all beta software, there is a risk that it could be removed before the public release of iOS 7.

Apple's upcoming operating system is expected to feature a "flatter" design to modernize the look of iOS 7 while removing many of the skeuomorphic design elements that were introduced with iOS 6. Apple is expected to debut iOS 7 at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June with a release to follow in the fall, and MacRumors has noted a surge in traffic from devices running iOS 7 suggesting that a preview is imminent.

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Published on May 20 2013

"Hi, is there any program to convert swf files to mov, avi, mp4, or basically any quicktime-compatible file format?"

QuickTime natively work with MOV format, if you need to import SWF to QuickTime for playback, you'd better convert SWF to MOV with a SWF to MOV Converter.

SWF to MOV Converter is specially designed for converting SWF to MOV for playback in QuickTime for both Windows and Mac OS users, known as SWF Converter (supported by Windows XP/Vista/7/8) and SWF Converter Mac (supported by OS X including Mountain Lion).

Besides converting SWF to MOV, SWF Converter is also able to convert SWF to other popular videos such as AVI, WMV, MPG, MP4, FLV, 3GP, VOB, MKV, ASF, RM, RMVB etc.

As SWF Converter and SWF Converter for Mac are only differ in interface, but identical in function, we will take SWF Converter as an example to show you how to convert SWF to QuickTime MOV on Windows.

Step by step to convert SWF to MOV

Step 1: Import SWF files

Click "Select File" button to load SWF files need to convert from your laptop. Meanwhile, you are able to convert online SWF video. Click "Grab" button, the SWF video can be successfully downloaded and shown at the left of the interface, you can view the video at the right interface. Choose the output place to put the SWF video.

Free and fast convert SWF to MOV

Step 2: Choose MOV as Output format

Click "Next" button to the Option interface, choose MOV as the output format, set the output path, customize output format setting is supported such as adjust Encoder, Sample Rate, Channel, Bit Rate.

Step 3: Start converting SWF to MOV

Press "Next" and hit "Start" button to begin convert SWF to MOV. You can stop at anytime to view the converted video.

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Published on May 19 2013

Samsung earned industry praise for estimating that it expected to ship 10 million units of its flagship Galaxy S4 to carriers in its first month on the market, six months after the same journalists voiced disappointment that Apple had sold "only" 5 million iPhone 5's in its first 3 days.

10M Samsung flagship phones in 28 days a 'record,' 5M iPhone 5 in 3 days 'disappointing'

A report by Philip Elmer-DeWitt of the Fortune Apple 2.0 blog drew attention to the stark contrast in media coverage on the two companies after one of Samsung Electronics' three chief executives told reporters that the company had shipped 6 million units to carriers globally and expected shipments to hit 10 million next week, the fourth week the new phone has been available for sale.

The report cited the Korea Times as describing the shipment numbers as making the new phone the "fastest-selling selling smartphone in Samsung's history." The story was picked up around the world with headlines like Business Insider, which ran "Samsung's S4 Starts Strong: 10 Million Units In Less Than A Month."

But as Fortune pointed out, that same outlet responded to Apple's 3 day launch weekend of 5 million units sold with the all caps headline "IPHONE 5 OPENING WEEKEND SALES COME IN WORSE THAN EXPECTED."

10M Samsung flagship phones in 28 days a 'record,' 5M iPhone 5 in 3 days 'disappointing'

As Elmer-DeWitt observed, "That kind of coverage must drive Tim Cook crazy."

Sales vs Shipments

On top of the disparity in slant on coverage, Apple's announced numbers were not just channel inventory shipments to global carriers; they were actual sales to customers, and those sales were constrained by supply issues.

As Apple's sole chief executive Tim Cook noted last September, "Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.

"While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone."

Samsung's channel vastly larger

Additionally, Samsung's inventory deployment counted shipments to carriers in 60 countries, including Korea, China, India and the U.S.

Apple launched iPhone 5 in just 9 countries: U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. A week later, long after selling those first 5 million units, it added 22 more countries, mostly in Europe.

That was still less than half the launch countries Samsung shipped its initial Galaxy S4 units to, but Samsung also has more carriers in those countries than Apple. That includes carriers like T-Mobile, which didn't get iPhone 5 until April 12, six months after its original launch.

Despite the late start, the carrier still reported half a million iPhone 5 sales in its first month of selling the iPhone.

A research note by Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein Research observed that "distribution for the iPhone, at ~240 carriers is significantly lower than Samsung and Nokia, which have essentially global distribution, and Blackberry, which is distributed by >2x the number of carriers."

Apple's country launches much slower than Samsung

Additionally, despite the fact that iPhone 5 marked Apple's fastest global release ever for a smartphone, the new smartphone didn't reach many large markets, including India, until November 2, a launch date for several additional countries that was actually delayed a week due to supply issues.

iPhone 5 didn't launch in Samsung's home of Korea until December 7, and didn't reach the huge market of China until December 14. In total, another 50 countries got iPhone 5 in December, nearly a quarter after its record setting launch weekend.

Apple announced another 2 million iPhone 5 sales in its China launch weekend, exclusive of the 32 other countries that got iPhone 5 the same day.

Samsung still mostly sells cheap, old smartphones

Samsung does continues to sell more mobile devices than Apple. While it refuses to say how many, IDC estimates that Samsung shipped 70.7 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, compared to Apple's announced sales of 37.4 million iPhones.

Shipments of Samsung's high end Galaxy S4 therefore only account for about 14 percent or 1/7th of its smartphone shipments. That compares unfavorably to Apple's estimated mix of iPhone models, which, while Apple doesn't detail figures publicly, analysts have complained that "only" about half of Apple's iPhone sales are its latest iPhone 5 model.

10M Samsung flagship phones in 28 days a 'record,' 5M iPhone 5 in 3 days 'disappointing'

Samsung's smartphone sales are dominated by low end, low profit models that run outdated versions of Android that aren't updated and that aren't even capable of running some of the latest software from Google.

Not only are all models of Apple's iPhone shipped with the latest version of IOS, but users can expect to get regular updates for at least 3 years after a model hits the market.

Hype around Galaxy S4 "complete nonsense"

In response to the tech media's flawgic fawning over the Galaxy S4, analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets noted last month that Samsung's latest phone was "heavier, fatter and less refined than the iPhone 5."

Those sentiments were echoed by Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, who called the model merely "evolutionary" and wrote "we view the S4 as unlikely to meaningfully impact iPhone share of the high-end over the full year, but do expect it to take share from other Android phones."

White added, "we are amazed by how analysts and the media have turned on Apple during the recent stock downdrafts with statements that Samsung is 'out-innovating' Apple. One would believe that Samsung is crushing Apple in the mobile phone market. We believe this is complete nonsense."

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Published on May 18 2013

SWF is an adobe flash file format used for vector graphics, multimedia stuff. GIF is an image format which can hold animations in the image file. It uses lossless data compression techniques to reduce the file size without losing the visual quality of the file. You can actually convert video files into GIF image format.

As said earlier, SWF files are flash files that can be used on websites and for multimedia related stuff. For better SEO reasons, webmasters avoid using SWF flash files on the web; instead GIF image formats get more visibility in the point of SEO. So if you want to convert SWF files to GIF format to use it on websites, here are 5 great software that can convert your SWF flash files into GIF format.

Below is the list of 5 great software that can convert SWF to GIF. There are lots of similar ones on the web, how did I choose the 4 best SWF to GIF converters? I made sure they provide top features and options to convert easily. Also the output result should be excellent without any loss of visual quality. It shouldn’t skip frames when converting flash files into GIF.

1. SWF to GIF

Best 5 SWF to GIF Converters for Mac and Windows

SWF to GIF Animator is free software that allows you to convert SWF files to GIF. You can change the output GIF size, color depth, frame rate, etc. This software can work with all SWF files even the complex structured ones, with repeats and with a single frame. It is 100% freeware.

2. E.M Magic SWF2AVI

Best 5 SWF to GIF Converters for Mac and Windows

From the name you can guess it’s a SWF to AVI software but has the feature to convert SWF to various image file formats. It is simple to use and can convert SWF to AVI and various other video file formats such as 3GP, MP4, iPhone, Xbox, PS3, Zune, DVD, Blu-ray etc. It doesn’t skip frames while conversion and also has option to convert Flash to PNG, TGA, TIFF image with alpha transparent channel. On selecting the output option, choose SWF to Gif (animation) option. It has both free and paid version. Download and try out the free version.

3. Eltima SWF to Animated GIF

Best 5 SWF to GIF Converters for Mac and Windows

This one is all in one converter that has SWF and FLV toolbox offering multiple types of conversion including SWF to GIF format. It is also possible to convert SWF to JPG, PNG or any other image file format. Similar to above software, you need to setup the output option to Animated GIF and get the output result without losing image quality. It has both free and paid version, download and try out the free version first. If you’re not satisfied with the output quality, try the first mentioned software which is 100% free with all premium functions.

4. 789Soft SWF to GIF Converter

Best 5 SWF to GIF Converters for Mac and Windows

SWF to GIF converter from 789Soft can support both Windows and Mac OSX platform. It can convert your SWF files to GIF format in a professional way. You can import the SWF file and convert into a GIF animation format. Later you can export GIF and extract picture list to extract separate picture. It also adds conversion of JPG, BMP, PNG files. It supports batch conversion and you can customize lot of parameters. It has got live preview, so that you can preview the output GIF file and adjust the output settings.

5. SWF Video Converter

SWF Video Converter are a pair of SWF Converters, SWF Converter for Windows and SWF Converter for Mac that enable you to fast and best convert SWF files, SWF videos, SWF animations, SWF games to whatever video format you like such as AVI, WMV, MPG, MOV, MP4, FLV, 3GP, MKV, VOB, ASF, FLV etc, besides, it can also convert SWF to GIF and to other image files such as JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF etc.

Have fun converting SWF to GIF with any one from the above 5 SWF to GIF Converters

Reference: 4 Best SWF to GIF Converters for Mac and Windows

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Published on May 12 2013

As part of its first quarter earnings release today, T-Mobile USA revealed that its iPhone 5 sales stand at approximately 500,000 units less than a month after the device debuted on the carrier. The carrier also launched the iPhone 4 and 4S in limited markets where the devices are compatible with its networks, but T-Mobile did not specify how many units of those models it has sold.

T-Mobile also announced that success with its Bring Your Own Device campaign continued during the first quarter, adding 100,000 iPhones per month from customers switching to the carrier even before it officially began offering the iPhone.

T-Mobile USA's iPhone 5 Sales Hit 500,000 Units

Comparing T-Mobile to other U.S. iPhone carrier launches, Sprint sold 1.8 million iPhones in its first quarter of availability in late 2011, although that debut took place within the context of the brand-new iPhone 4S launch. Earlier that year, Verizon activated 2.2 million iPhones in its first two months of availability.

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Published on May 7 2013

You wouldn’t know it by reading through the latest tech news headlines, but Apple is on track to have another stellar year. It’s already recorded two record-breaking quarters, and it has yet to launch a new or refreshed product.

But not everyone is ignoring Apple’s success. Fortune magazine on Monday released its annual Fortune 500 list of America's top companies, as ranked by revenue, with Apple jumping 11 places from last year to pass giants in the automotive, healthcare and banking industries.

Apple jumps to #6 in latest Fortune 500 rankings

Apple is bigger than ever -- the company cracked the Fortune 10 this year. But it’s a high-pressure job, being king of the hill. At Apple's press event this past October, it maintained more than disrupted with its software upgrades and iPad mini announcement. Also, this past year has seen a lot of CEO Tim Cook having to apologize -- once in September for the failure of Apple’s maps app, and then to Chinese consumers this April for slow repair services -- this in a market that Cook said this past January would be Apple's largest. Still, when every executive wants to invent the iPod of ___, Apple remains an innovation icon.

Wal-Mart edged out ExxonMobil for the top spot in this year's rankings, with Chevron, Phillips 66, and Berkshire Hathaway also ranking ahead of Apple and its $156.2 billion in revenue. In looking at profits, Apple ranked second among Fortune 500 companies at $41.7 billion, trailing only ExxonMobil at $44.9 billion.

Elmer-DeWitt notes that the rankings reflect Apple's booming fiscal 2012, at the end of which AAPL stock prices dropped precipitously. During Apple's quarterly conference call for the second quarter of 2013, the company announced reduced margins led to its first year-over-year decline in profits in a decade, but still managed to beat Wall Street estimates on revenues of $43.6 billion.

Apple is on track for another strong performance this year, having reached $22.6 billion in profit on sales of $98.1 billion in the first half of the year. That compares to earnings of $24.7 billion on $85.5 billion in revenue for the first half of fiscal 2012.

Reference: Apple Leaps to #6 in Latest Fortune 500 Rankings

Apple leapfrogs titans of industry to land No. 6 spot on Fortune 500

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